Salesforce Transit Center To Open In August

From Socketsite: “With little slippage in the expected completion date for San Francisco’s Transbay/Salesforce Transit Center over the past month, the target opening date for the new center and its 5.4-acre rooftop park has been unofficially set for August 12, 2018.”
San Franciscans can celebrate the opening of the Salesforce Transit Center and Park with a series of free, public events to make it a moment for the history books.  You can find more information on participating as a featured partner in the Salesforce Transit Center Grand Opening by clicking here.
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Next Major Tower to Hit The Market Near Salesforce

A new highrise called The Avery is coming to the Transbay District in SOMA, offering 118 brand new luxury residences. It’s a great opportunity to live in a fantastic location near the new Transbay Terminal and central to everything. Located at 420-488 Folsom Street, the sculpted tower was designed by renowned architect Rem Koolhaas and will be an  architectural statement” once it is finished.  The one-, two- and three-bedroom residences and penthouses will start on the 33rd floor of the 56-story tower. There will be retail on the ground level. The building sits just two blocks from Salesforce Tower, San Francisco’s tallest building, and the future Transbay Transit Center, the crown jewel of the neighborhood. The Transbay district encompasses 40 acres slated to include more than 6 million square feet of commercial space and 4,400 homes. The Avery homes’ interiors are designed by Clodagh, a new York designer famous throughout the world for her luxury spa, hotel, home products and fashion design. With Clodagh’s trademark of “LIFE-ENHANCING MINIMALISM” the residences will be a unique mix of innovative materials and leading-edge technology, incorporating the principles of Feng Shui. Not to be missed. The sales gallery is expected to be open in June.

Being A Homebuyer Can Be Challenging

Being a homebuyer can be challenging, but there are some things you can do to be sure you will succeed. First time homebuyers often come to the table unprepared and with misconceptions. Don’t let that happen. Here are some things to consider:

  1. Time is of the essence! When the market is active it is particularly important to move fast with a decisive offer right in the beginning. If you don’t you will definitely not have a good chance on winning the bid.
  2. Don’t expect a property to be perfect. There is no such thing as a perfect property. Try to look at the pros and cons and weigh the good with the bad. You can always turn a property into your version of perfect once it is yours.
  3. You maybe can’t have it all, so be prepared to compromise. It is unlikely you will find a property that has everything you want in a home. Think about the things you absolutely must have and the the items it would be “nice to have”. Make lists.
  4. Stay in your budget. Do not pay attention to what others are saying or doing. You know how much you can spend. Don’t forget that in addition to paying your mortgage you will need to factor into monthly expenses your taxes, utilities and maintenance.
  5. Understand what you need from a new home, verses what you want or would like to have. Communicating with your agent about your needs will help the process of finding a new home move along more quickly.
  6. Educate yourself about the Financial Process. Your agent and lender can help you with that. Buying a home may be the biggest financial event in your life. Don’t let yourself be intimidated. Start the process early by gathering information and documentation about your finances. Be sure to get a trustworthy loan officer.
  7. Make sure you get pre-approved for a loan before you start shopping. That way you will know exactly how much you can spend. You will never have to  experience being turned down for a mortgage. It would be very frustrating to fall in love with a house you can’t have.
  8. Forget about low ball offers. You run the risk of insulting the seller. Let your agent determine a fair market value by running the comparables and advising you on a strategy that will win you your new home.
  9. Be ready. Educate yourself about neighborhoods, commute times and anything about location which may impact your life. When the time comes you will have done your homework and will be ready to perform.
  10. Determining a home’s current market value is not something that Redfin or Zillow can provide with any accuracy. It is worlds better to have an agent who is familiar with your market. Have them visit the property to understand the full scope of the situation. They will be able to run a more true-to-life market analysis that will be more telling than any algorithm.

 

Year Over Year Home Prices Are Increasing

Year over year home prices have been increasing throughout the Bay Area. Single-family homes and condos continued to perform well in the first quarter of 2018. In San Francisco the median sales price was up 23.8% for single family homes and 4.6% for condos and lofts. Listings spent less time on the market than in the first quarter of 2017. Take a look at my office’s exclusive data covering the entire Bay Area:

Good Value, Great Location

An awesome one bedroom condo at The Palms, unit #825 has amazing views of San Francisco’s skyline and hills. The Palms is a beautiful building with a nice look and feel, and is on the sunnier side of town. It has an impressive courtyard with a variety of palm trees and dramatic lighting which will uplift your spirits on a foggy summer night. If you like a walkable place, this is in the heart of it all. You can’t beat it, it’s in a great SoMa location. The condo is on the eighth floor so you are able to feel a sense of being connected to the city, with floor to ceiling windows and views from all the windows. It gets great natural light, and also has a long balcony. There are wood floors in the kitchen, living and dining room. The kitchen is well designed with handcrafted Studio Becker cabinetry, top quality Bosch appliances, and a beautiful Sub-Zero fridge. There is a nice size bedroom and bathroom with plenty of cabinet space. Luxury full service amenities include 24/7 front door staff that is always professional and enthusiastic. Both Whole Foods and Safeway are very close, as are lots of restaurants, pubs, services and shops, including acclaimed restaurants like 25 Lusk, Marlowe, & celebrity chef Chris Cosentino’s new restaurant.  This building has a conference center and business center for use which is very convenient if you work from home. The condo comes with a parking space and is perfect for commuters. There is easy access to 101, I-280 and I-80. And you can catch the Caltrain only one block away at 4th and King.

 

  

Both Ends Of The Spectrum

San Francisco has a complete range of options when it comes to housing and you will find properties at both ends of the spectrum. Like the townhouse-style one bedroom TIC condo that recently came on the market in the Mission district. Located at 1384 Florida Street #B, it’s super cute and feels like a cottage, and is listed for  $799,000. Originally built in 1900 the unit is a standalone building that sits at the rear of the property. It’s main level consists of an open living/dining/kitchen area with a contemporary natural feeling. It has warm wood floors and double doors opening onto a garden with a charming brick patio. There is a spiral staircase that leads to an upstairs bedroom suite. It’s in a great location in the city near the Inner Mission’s trendy 24th Street, and at the same time the home is far enough away from the street to be like private, urban oasis where you can really get away from it all.

And if you really want an urban retreat consider living at 22 Portola, something at the opposite end of the spectrum. The home in Diamond Heights also recently became available, offered for $3,349,000. It’s a four-story, single family row home designed by J. Lloyd Conrich, a San Francisco native.  With its four bedrooms, three and a half baths and dazzling views of the city, it looks much as it did when it was built in 1948,  from the outside at least. Inside the home has been beautifully remodeled and expanded. The whole-house is engineered for earthquake safety and has a fire suppression system. Solar panels supply most of the home’s electrical supply. From the great room on the second level broad windows frame views of the city and bay. There is a fabulous modern chef’s kitchen and a large family room that doubles as a home theater with sound-insulated walls, and 7-channel surround sound. From the moment you enter the house in the foyer, you get a glimpse of one of the home’s most unique features, the grand staircase. Custom-designed out of glass and steel by Oakland artist John Lewis, it is a four-story work of art. Rising from the ground floor to the skylight-capped top level, the planes of rippled, textured glass create a stunning waterfall of light. Remote-controlled windows at the top of the stairs create cross-ventilation that cools the entire house on hot days, and when San Francisco’s famous fog rolls in, 7-zone programmable radiant heating keeps the rooms snug and warm. Tucked at the back of the fourth level, the grand master suite is a serene oasis of its own, adjacent to the “Solarium lounge” opening onto a large deck. There are breathtaking panoramic views of the city. And while the cottage in the Mission seems like worlds away, it’s not so far. The city has something to offer everyone, so long as you venture to believe you can achieve your dreams.

 

Sold! Another Stunning Condo at Lumina!

I just sold one of Lumina’s final remaining units, a stunning two bedroom condo that was actually one of their model homes, a 1,367 sq. ft. residence overlooking the city. Only a few condos remain… Not only is this brilliant condo community in the perfect location  being near the Financial District, Ferry Building, and close to the new Transbay Terminal – but it has amenities that you wouldn’t expect, like a rock-climbing wall, monthly farm-to-table dinners, a daily premium coffee service, a roof deck with movie projection walls,  apps to improve your valet parking experience, a wonderful gourmet market on the ground floor, and a full-length saline lap pool. Don’t wait if you would like to be one of the first original inhabitants of one of San Francisco’s most illustrious new constructions.

Do you know about San Francisco’s farmers markets?

There are so many farmers markets in San Francisco. It’s a great way to get inspired, support local farmers, save money, and even learn about agriculture. Find out what’s in season and grows near you. There are more than a dozen markets throughout the city. You can find fresh fruits and vegetables, herbs, flowers, meats and eggs from small regional farmers, many of whom are certified organic. You’ll also find locally made products like artisan cheeses, breads and jams. Some of the markets also have food vendors too, so it’s great for grabbing lunch or a snack. Many of the markets are open year round. Check out this guide to the city’s farmers markets to find one near you.