Rare, Modern 1920s Gem For Sale

  

Entering the opulent lobby of 850 Powell, with its arched colonnades and corbeled beams, is like stepping back in time to the golden age of Nob Hill. Built in 1923 by three of the most renowned architects of the day, the Francesca remains one of the City’s true gems.

One of only 40 residences in this historic building, Unit 104 is utterly unique. Beyond its carved wood door, you leave the 1920s behind and find yourself in a luxurious and comfortable 4 bedroom, 4 full bathroom urban retreat that combines grand spaces and gracious details with the sleek open space modern feel of a loft. Skillfully and extensively remodeled, 104 greets you with a serene entry hall warmly lit by pendant lamps of rose-colored glass. The hall opens into a spacious living room with the restored wood-burning fireplace dramatically set against marble that stretches from the wide-planked wood floors to the high, beamed ceiling. Drenched in natural light, the room offers abundant space for relaxing, entertaining, and dining.

   

The chef’s kitchen features high-end wood cabinets, designer tile, and top-of-the-line appliances, including (delivered straight from Italy) an 8-burner gas range and 2-zone wine refrigerator. A broad island welcomes guests to sip and chat as you cook with TV to accompany your breakfast. Off the kitchen is a convenient second entrance to the unit.

   

Each of the four large, peaceful bedrooms is accompanied by its own full bathroom, beautifully remodeled and thoughtfully appointed. The master bedroom takes in breathtaking views of the Bay and the Transamerica Building from windows on two walls. Walk-in closets and built-in cabinets offer tons of in-unit storage.

Cutting-edge smart technology (Control4 and Lutron systems) let you raise and lower the window shades automatically; play music through built-in speakers; and monitor the unit with a video surveillance system from inside and outside of your home.

The Francesca is perfectly situated on iconic Nob Hill, across from the Fairmont Hotel and with the beloved San Francisco cable cars running along Powell Street at its feet. Nearby, you’ll find Huntington Park, Top of the Mark, and the Big 4 Restaurant, as well as the landmark architecture of Grace Cathedral. University Club, Pacific Union Club, Olympic Club, Wingtip Club, and the Battery Club are all nearby as well. A few blocks down, Union Square offers world-class shopping, dining, and theater, with the Financial District, North Beach, Chinatown, and SOMA just minutes away.

850 Powell is among downtown San Francisco’s most exclusive properties. This stunningly remodeled condo offers a unique chance to experience modern luxury in one of the City’s signature historic neighborhoods.

    

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Annual Dog Costume Parade

Mark your calendars for Climb’s first annual dog costume parade, which will begin at the Condo Store at 325 Berry Street in Mission Bay. Please join us for this unique event. Dress up your pup in their favorite costume and trick or treat with other doggy friends.

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Woodlands Market Opens At Lumina

      

Woodlands Market, one of the Bay Area’s best independent grocery stores, has a new location at Lumina in the Transbay/Rincon Hill neighborhood. Located at the corner of FOLSOM AND MAIN STREETS in one of the iconic highrise’s retail spaces, the store is a much needed convenience to the ever-evolving neighborhood and especially to the residents at Lumina, now 85% sold. The store is delighted to be an anchor retailer and the first full-service grocery store in the area, committed to the neighborhood’s growth. For over thirty years Woodland Markets have sold natural and sustainable products from local suppliers, offering a large selection of fresh produce, meat, and seafood, along with a variety of prepared foods. The new location at Lumina is approximately 9,500-square-feet, and has a coffee bar  with in-house juices, and fresh bread made daily. LUMINA residents were invited to a sneak peek preview of the new market recently.

 

Former North Beach Theater site to be condos

After 20 years of sitting empty the Pagoda Theater in North Beach was torn down, with a plan to  replaced it with a luxury  condominium complex. The new construction will be 5 stories tall with approximately 19 residential housing units — 15 two bedrooms, two one bedroom, and two three bedrooms. The building will be across from the iconic Washington Square park in the heart of the North Beach neighborhood, a rare location to find new construction. The condos will occupy the top four of five floors, over a ground floor restaurant that will be approximately 4,700 square feet. There are plans for 27 parking spots  and it is assumed that each unit will have one parking space and that the remaining spaces will be used by the restaurant. All of the homes will have with very high-end finishes.  Some of them will have private decks. There will be a shared roof deck for residents. The developer is West Builders, and construction started last year in 2016.

A Sellers Market in San Francisco

 

How long can the residential real estate market go on like this? We are about two years into a national trend of dropping housing supply and increasing median sales prices. There are some regional variations to the story, but the shift to a predominantly seller’s market is mostly complete. According to a recent report by the San Francisco Association of Realtors, the median sales price for condos increased last month to $1,065,000 in district 9 – that’s an increase of 12.1% over last year. Multiple-offer situations are now commonplace, as good homes routinely go for over asking price and are off the market in a single day. In July  50% of all condominiums in District 9 sold over list price. It is evident that a favorable San Francisco economy keeps buyers in the chase. If you are curious about your home’s current market value, contact me and I will do a market analysis.

Cool Things To Check Out In The Bay Area

 

Waterfront Festivals & Events

Rock Balancing at Crissy Field – Sat 8/26
22nd Northern California Dragon Boat Festival – Sept 23-24 – Lake Merritt

$1 Summer Movies

Regal Summer Movie Express – $1 movies at 10 am on Tuesday & Wednesdays, but just in Dublin and Fairfield

Shakespeare & Theater in the Park

Midsummer Nights’ Dream – Inferno Theater at 4 pm every Sat & Sun through August 13th
Vallejo Shakespeare in the Park – Titus Andronicus – Just 5 performances
Shakespeare or Space Wars
SF Mime Troupe

Outdoor Summer Concerts & Festivals

Stern Grove – Every Sunday through August 27
Pier 39 turns 39 – Every Friday
Presidio Twilight – Every Thursday night
Presidio Picnic through October 29th
Golden Gate Park Band – Free Sunday symphony concerts at 1 pm through October 8th
People in Plazas Free Music Festival – through October 7th
Yerba Buena Gardens Festival 

The Biggest Weekend of the Year

Fleet Week – Oct 2-9
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass – Oct 6-8

New San Francisco Night Markets

Commons on Third Thursday
 “Undiscovered SF” – Filipino Night Market*

Food Festivals

Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival – Sept 9-10
Eat Real Oakland – Sept 22-24
San Francisco Street Food Festival – Maybe October 14-15

Cultural Festivals

J-Pop Summit – Sept 9-10
Pistahan Filipino Parade & Festival – August 12-13

Dog Events & Festivals

Corgi Con – Fall 2017 –  Sat 10/21 at Ocean Beach near the Cliff House
Bark in the Park San Jose – Sat 9/16 – San Jose at William Street Park

Summer Outdoor Movie Nights

Check out all the remaining outdoor movie nights – Orinda, Pleasanton, Menlo Park, Redwood City at Courthouse Square, Jack London Square, Walnut Creek, Marin County Mart Wednesday nights on Santa Cruz beach, Alameda, Danville, and Pier 39 last Fridays.
San Jose has “Starlight Cinema every Saturday in August at St. James Park with movie-related fun and games starting about an hour before the film
Film Night in the Park – San Francisco
15th annual Film in the Fog in the Presidio
West Wind Drive Ins 
– in Concord and San Jose

The “Great American” Solar Eclipse

Eclipse – Monday, Aug 21st – First total eclipse in the US since 1979
Big gathering near Cupid’s Span in SF
Special events will be held at the Exploratorium
Many libraries all over Bay Area
 hosting events
Stay safe and watch online with NASA – They’ll have a live feed

Summer of Love: 50 Years Later

Summer of Love at Library – Most of the big “Summer of Love” events are over, but the SF Library has tons of free events and art exhibits like a 1967 Fashion Show 
Art & history shows – Summer of Love and Haight thru Oct 29 at Jewett Gallery in Main Library
Jerry Day Concert  Sunday, August 6 – McLaren Park Jerry Garcia Amphitheatre

Other Awesome Upcoming Events

49ers Open Practice – August 5 at Levi’s stadium – $5
National Night Out – August 1 – Neighborhood block parties all over the Bay
Facebook County Fair – August 26th – Join Facebook for a free summer county fair

New Prime Spot in SOMA – 99 Rausch

Inspired by the Mid-Market renaissance, 99 Rausch is rising up, a 6-story, 112-unit condominium community with state-or-the-art amenities and environmentally sustainable features. They did a really great job with units in maximizing space and natural light. Despite the limited square footage with some units, the floor plans feel very open. Studios start at $599,000, one bedrooms from $799,000 and two bedrooms from $1,250,000. Parking and storage available.The building is located in a prime spot in the city at the intersection of Rausch and Folsom between 7th and 8th Street in the south of market neighborhood. Contact me for additional information or a showing.

Let me get you in early! With pre-approval I can get you in early.

     

 

A Strong Demand For Home Buying in San Francisco

As has been the case for month after month – and now year after year – low inventory is the primary culprit for any sales malaise rather than lack of offers. There is strong demand for home buying, emphasized by higher prices and multiple offers on homes for sale, none of which is news to San Franciscans. The San Francisco Association of Realtor reports that in June new listings were down 36.0 percent for Condo/TIC/Coop properties, however pending sales increased. The Median Sales Price was up 10.8 percent for single family homes but decreased 2.6 percent to $1,145,000 for Condo/TIC/Coop properties.

How much is your property worth now?

Want to know what your home’s current market value is? Regardless of whether you are looking to sell or just curious about the market, I would be glad to do a comparative market analysis.

AWARD-WINNING CORNER TRI-LEVEL LOFT

Located in the heart of the Inner Mission, this award-winning corner 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom loft offers a multitude of opportunities, from an inspiring residential home to a unique live/work environment. With three floors and separate street-level direct access, this tri-level live/work loft combines the best of modern urban living in one of San Francisco’s most desirable neighborhoods. Contact me for more information (415) 205-3899.

Address: 350 Alabama Street #9
Neighborhood: Inner Mission
Bedrooms: 2 BR
Bathrooms: 2 BA
Style: Live/Work Loft
Parking: Assigned
Square Feet: 1,867
HOA Dues: $653.63
Listed At: $1,395,000

The entry level is the perfect space for a variety of creative uses. With direct street access, a mini-kitchen, and a full bathroom, this space can be a guest suite, office space, or multi-generational home. It’s currently being utilized as a successful salon. There is also a second tiled entrance off the courtyard offering dual entry opportunities.

The middle floor is an entertainer’s dream. The large living room features celestory corner windows, double-height loft-style windows with window treatments, original Brazilian cherry re-engineered floors, soaring ceilings, and access to a balcony. The large U-shaped gas chef’s kitchen boasts stainless steel appliances, cherry cabinets, black granite countertops, recessed lighting, and ample counter space.

The upper mezzanine level offers an enclosed master suite with an impressive walk-in closet space that could also double as an office space, nursery, or second guest space. New laminate floors have been installed. There is a hall closet before the enclosed bedroom. The master bathroom has a shower over a tub, toilet, and vanity. The space has been reconfigured to maximize storage space, with a 8.5-foot by 13-foot walk-in closet added by the owner.

In addition to a balcony, this premium 1,867 sq. ft. Inner Mission loft (per architectural consultant) comes complete with parking, a washer/dryer, and a large storage space. Current HOA dues are $653.63 per month.

The engaging urban design of this award-winning building blends seamlessly with the spirit of the Mission District to create exceptional living spaces within a dynamic environment. Take refuge from the urban city in the huge interior tiled courtyard with seating areas and lush plants. The building also includes exceptional Webpass internet service for its residents.

350 Alabama is nestled in the heart of the most vibrant neighborhoods in the city adjacent to an abundance of restaurants and cafes, grocery stores (including the city’s largest Whole Foods), and the most dynamic mix of cultural and culinary gems. In addition to some of the city’s best weather, enjoy restaurants like Heirloom Cafe, Flour and Water, Central Kitchen, Universal Cafe, Locanda, and Farina. You’re also close to Blue Bottle Coffee and Heath Ceramics. Muni and BART are just a few blocks away, ensuring the city’s lively surrounding neighborhoods (The Castro, SOMA, and Potrero Hill) are in within reach. There’s also easy access to 101/280, the Peninsula, Caltrain, and the Bay Bridge.

LUXURIOUS MODERN CONDO WITH VIEW IN TWIN PEAKS

    

Welcome to 850 Corbett Avenue Unit #4. This prime luxury 2 bedroom plus den, 2 bathroom Twin Peaks condo is perfectly situated at the top of Market Street with an eastern view that overlooks downtown. Built in 2003, this one-of-a-kind turn-key property provides the best of contemporary living in a boutique 6-unit building.

A grand-scale living/dining room welcomes you into this luxurious home with a gas fireplace and floor-to-ceiling French-style windows that come with scenic views of San Francisco’s downtown. A flexible light-filled den space is raised off of the living room and can be used as a guest alcove, dining area, or office. A well-equipped U-shaped gas kitchen with marble floors opens up to the living/dining area and is perfectly set up for entertaining. The large master bedroom features an en-suite bathroom and a large walk-in closet. A nice separation of the second bedroom and bathroom adds to the wonderful smart layout of this home. An in-unit washer/dryer and a deeded parking space with a storage area add to the value of this home. Full of light, this luxurious and open loft-like home is a city dweller’s dream.

With top-rated public schools nearby and easy access to public transportation, Mollie Stone’s, and major Bay Area freeways 280 and 101, this home is a real gem. Please contact me for more information at (415) 205-3899.

   

   

Address: 850 Corbett Avenue #4
Neighborhood: Twin Peaks
Bedrooms: 2 BR + Den
Bathrooms: 2 BA
Style: Condo
Parking: Deeded
Square Feet: 1,690
HOA Dues: $522.37
Listed At: $1,350,000

Unit Features:

• 2 bedrooms plus den, 2 bathrooms
• 1,690 sq. ft. per tax records
• Open living/dining room with fireplace and glass doors for fresh air
• U-shaped kitchen with stainless steel appliances
• Washer/dryer in unit
• Deeded 1-car parking in building garage
• Dedicated storage space
• Built in 2003
• Current HOA dues: $522.37 per month

 

 

Neighborhood Features:

• Easy access to public transportation, downtown, freeways 101 and 280; Muni 37 bus stops half a block away for a short ride to Market Street
• Close to groceries including Mollie Stone’s, Safeway, CVS
• Nearby schools are Clarendon Elementary, Rooftop, Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts (SOTA)
• Local parks include Douglass Playground, Noe Valley Courts, and Noe Children’s Playground