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Now You See It…

Now You See It…

When some surreptitiously installed scaffolding and shrink wrap was removed from over the third floor deck which faces the street at 60 Rico Way in the Marina, at least one neighbor noticed a difference in the building’s façade and profile. When contacted by the City, which appears to have... Read More »

Damn Those Meddling Neighbors and Their Pesky Complaints

Damn Those Meddling Neighbors and Their Pesky Complaints

Purchased by a trust tied to a mid-sized developer for $2.555 million this past July, a permit for some relatively minor foundation work, along with the addition of a new structural beam and piers, to the single-family home at 146 23rd Avenue was issued a few weeks ago. An... Read More »

Another High-End Redevelopment and DUM Problem at Hand

Another High-End Redevelopment and DUM Problem at Hand

Purchased as a two-unit building with a “bonus room” on the ground floor for $2.7 million in November of 2017, permits to remodel and expand the Lake District property at 230 24th Avenue were secured in 2019 and the redeveloped building returned to the market last week, listed as... Read More »

Plans for Building Up in The Castro

Plans for Building Up in The Castro

Marketed as “a classic big-roomed Victorian with high ceilings plenty of original details, like crown moldings, built-ins, fireplaces, delightful floors,” with “an immense 2 bedroom in-law unit” on its lower level, the kitchen of which was tagged for having been illegally added and was in need... Read More »

Heads Up

Heads Up

Triggered by a complaint of “deadly large rocks” raining down on the little public beach below, an engineer’s report has confirmed an erosion of the cliff behind the infamous seven-bedroom home at 224 Sea Cliff Avenue.  And while the report didn’t identify an “eminent hazardous condition,” another big problem... Read More »

Rebuilt, Reduced, In Contract and Under Investigation

Rebuilt, Reduced, In Contract and Under Investigation

Purchased as an older two-story, two-unit building for $1.3 million in September of 2014, permits to remodel and expand the Dolores Heights duplex at 3790-3792 21st Street were approved in 2016, issued in 2017, and the structure was then taken down to its framing (and then enclosed). Having passed... Read More »

Pages From the Down-Low Merger Playbook and Result(s)

Pages From the Down-Low Merger Playbook and Result(s)

Purchased as a little two-unit building at the peak of Potrero Hill for $720,000 in February of 2012, 882-888 Carolina Street was subsequently expanded and remodeled with permits for a two-unit project that were secured in 2014. While a number of complaints alleging “work beyond the scope” of the... Read More »

On the Market and Outed Anew, Another DUM on the Down-Low

On the Market and Outed Anew, Another DUM on the Down-Low

Purchased as a two-unit building for $831,500 in October of 2011, permits to remodel the two one-bedroom, one-bath units at 1566 19th Street and 395 Arkansas, on the north slope of Potrero Hill, were subsequently requested and secured in early 2012, followed by a slew of complaints. In addition... Read More »

A DUM Remodeling “Mistake” That Could Be Rather Costly

A DUM Remodeling “Mistake” That Could Be Rather Costly

Purchased as a vacant two-unit building for $690,000 in September of 2001, a permit to remodel the kitchen on the main/second floor of the rather lovely Victorian at 1016 Pierce Street was requested and approved in 2010. A bathroom remodel was permitted in 2011. And in 2014, an over... Read More »

The City’s Assessment of DBI’s Integrity and Required Reforms

The City’s Assessment of DBI’s Integrity and Required Reforms

Having completed a “Public Integrity Review” of the Department of Building Inspection’s (DBI’s) permitting and inspection processes, driven by a need to root out departmental fraud and a history of inappropriate activities, the Controller’s Office of San Francisco has identified the following weaknesses in the DBI’s systems, processes and... Read More »