1635 California Street

1635 California Street

Vanguard’s marketing materials describe 1635 California Street as having a “stylish entrance lobby and elevator much like a boutique hotel”. And after making it to yesterday’s open house, we’d say “boutique hotel” fairly characterizes the “36 modern luxury residences” as well. Much like 1725 Washington, these “residences” suffer from... Read More »

San Francisco Population 400,000?

Results of the Bay Area Council’s annual poll have been released. Although 35 percent of respondents ranked transportation as their highest concern, 19 percent said housing was the biggest problem. Forty percent said they have considered moving out of the region, and 70 percent of those cited high housing... Read More »

Permaconstruction At Post And Masonic Presidio

Permaconstruction At Post And Masonic Presidio

A year ago construction began on a multi-unit building at the corner of Post and Masonic Presidio. After nine months workers stopped showing up. And today, the building sits unfinished and off the market (as far as we know). So our question of the day, does anybody know what... Read More »

Speculators in San Francisco?

An excerpt from this week’s Surreal Estate: Recently, San Francisco has added protections to make Ellis Acting less desirable. Just this week, the California Court of Appeals upheld a new law that would compel landlords to give each legal tenant 120 days’ notice and $4,500 (up to three tenants)... Read More »

Friday Fun: Name This House

Friday Fun: Name This House

Welcome to the inaugural installment of SocketSite’s Name This House™ (just sounds better than “identify this house”). First up, an ex-bachelor pad with a modern façade that belies quite possibly the best bay views in San Francisco. Unfortunately we’ve only seen pictures of the views, so bonus points to... Read More »

Economic Impact Of Industry Slowdown

A couple of interesting paragraphs from Inman News yesterday: “As real estate industry layoffs continue and the toll mounts, some industry experts predict a toll of as much as 40 percent of existing jobs lost by the end of the year, while others insist that the WaMu layoffs [2,500... Read More »

Golden Gate City?

Golden Gate City?

Okay, we’re big fans of apartment therapy. And we’re looking forward to their full-blown San Francisco edition. But somebody really needs to tell them to stop referring to San Francisco as “Golden Gate City”. You’re killing us over here people. That being said, and if you have a long... Read More »

Ellis Act Relocation Assistance Upheld

A challenge of San Francisco’s relocation assistance law for Ellis Act evictions has failed. From the Chronicle: A state appeals court on Tuesday upheld a San Francisco law requiring landlords who plan to get out of the rental business to pay relocation assistance to the tenants they evict. The... Read More »

Reader’s Tip: MLS DOM

A reader “tips” us off to a trick for finding a listing’s DOM on the MLS: “If you want to see the date a home goes on the market. Do a search for open houses, it will give the “DOM” days on market. That does not help if they... Read More »

706 Mission Sold And Mission Bay Booming

Add the 10-story office building at 706 Mission St. to the list of “older, smaller office structures snapped up by luxury housing developers” over the past couple of years (others include “the former Chronicle building at 690 Market St.; 333 Grant Ave.; 74 New Montgomery St.; and 201 Sansome... Read More »