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WINDOW, WINDOW, BOX, WINDOW, WINDOW, BOX, WINDOW, WINDOW, BOX, WINDOW, WINDOW, BOX, ETC.

Friday, February 14th, 2014

Gracious urban living, Frisco-style:

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And you may find yourself
Living in a shotgun shack

Say What? You Can Buy a Two Bedroom Co-Op in the City of Richmond for $300-something per Month?

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

I think so. Like this place with a parking space is going for less than $100k, plus co-op fess of $300-something a month, which wouldn’t even cover the rent for a parking space where I live.

Anyway, it’s  in Atchison Woods It isn’t for me, but if you’re interested: westbissell338@yahoo.com

I guess I’m blown away by the pricing.

I had no idea

Introducing the “Front Yard Ambassadors Program” – All Stick, No Carrot – Will It “Transform” the Sunset District?

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

Here’s the thing. “Planners” back in the day had no freaking idea how many cars would populate the Sunset District.

They also had no idea how much public transit in the West Bay would degrade over the decades.

So it’s hard to park way out there.

So people improperly pave over their front yards for more “driveway” parking, don’t ask don’t tell.

Thusly:

Anyway, here’s what appointed Supervisor Katy Tang has for Fog Country – it’s the FYAP!

But if you participate, it’ll cost you $245 and you’ll have to listen to what SFGov tells you to do.

This is the kind of thing that will end up pissing off some of the people living out there.

This is a program for the sake of having a program. It will “transform” nothing. And it will not “change” the “pedestrian experience.” Sorry.

But, if you want to try this out, by all means:

“The Front Yard Ambassadors Program gives Sunset District residents the opportunity transform their front yards into vibrant, ecologically friendly and easy to maintain spaces in order to accomplish the following:

  • Change the pedestrian experience and demonstrate neighborhood pride
  • Provide permeable surface to take pressure off our combined sewer system and recharge our underground aquifer
  • Educate the community about what plant species are suited to our microclimate
  • Build relationships with neighbors and encourage the community to work together

Our Partners & Sidewalk Landscaping

Sidewalk landscaping programs exist in several organizations. To learn more about why increasing green space and permeable surfaces is important in San Francisco, visit the websites of our partners in the Front Yard Ambassadors Program below:

Apply to the Front Yard Ambassadors Program

Download the Fact Sheet Here
Download the Fact Sheet in Chinese
View Photos of Sunset District Gardens Here (Coming Soon)
Download the Application Here
Download the Application in Chinese

Questions?
Call our office (415) 554-7460 or email ashley.summers@sfgov.org

Front Yard Ambassadors Program Fact Sheet

How do I apply?
Apply by submitting an application, answers to the supplemental questionnaire and photos of
your front yard. You must ensure that a minimum of five residences on your block also submit
an application to be considered for the program. The application can be found on our website at
www.sfbos.org/tang under the “Front Yard Ambassadors Program” tab.

What is the cost?
Residents chosen for the program will pay a nominal permit fee, depending on how many
residents apply. Permit fees can range from $182 – $245.

How do I get my neighbors to participate?
This is a great time to meet your neighbors! Knock on their door and find out if they are
interested. You must have a minimum of five neighbors on your block to apply.

Who maintains the yard after installation?
Program participants will sign a Letter of Agreement that they will maintain the yard as long as
they reside at their current address. We hope that neighbors will get together for a work day each
year to help each other. Additional support will be provided by Friends of the Urban Forest.

What types of plants and landscaping will be installed?
Once chosen, residents will be able to sit down with professional landscape architects to discuss
their ideas. We have included photos of yards in the Sunset on our webpage for inspiration at
www.sfbos.org/tang. All landscaping will be low maintenance, drought tolerant, and able to live
in our coastal conditions.

Other questions can be directed to our office at (415) 554-7460.

San Francisco Residential Architecture: (Expensive) Little Boxes on the Hillside, (Expensive) Little Boxes Made of Ticky Tacky

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

Little boxes on the hillside,
Little boxes made of ticky tacky,
Little boxes on the hillside,
Little boxes all the same.

See?

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There’s a green one and a pink one 
And a blue one and a yellow one,
And they’re all made out of ticky tacky
And they all look just the same.

Not that I’m complaining or nothing.

$22 Million! Green! High Tech! “Villa Belvedere” is the “Perfect Location to Entertain During the America’s Cup”

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

Like maybe you guys can watch TV on a big screen or something during the America’s Cup, you know, that event the “little people” across the Bay paid for, you know, so that pretty-boy man-child former Mayor Gavin Newsom (IQ = 95, look it up) could be named “America’s Cup ‘Ambassador’ at Large.”

(And then he blows off the Opening Ceremony because he knows what a stink bomb it’s become, oh well.)

Anywho, up in Marin County people like Olivia Hsu Decker still think that the America’s Cup is a good reason for real estate inflation. See below.

“$45,000,000 Belvedere Waterfront Home on San Francisco Bay to be Auctioned with a Starting Bid of $25,000,000

The perfect location to entertain during the America’s Cup

SAN FRANCISCO, July 10, 2013 — The newly constructed “Villa Belvedere,” a hi-tech, “Certified Green” home, is known as the finest in Northern California. Previously listed for $45 million and located on the prestigious South Shore of Belvedere Island on San Francisco Bay, it will be offered at auction with a minimum bid of $25 million and no reserve. The deadline to submit a bid is August 22nd. Luxury home auction consultant, Guy Masters, has been engaged by the seller in cooperation with listing agent Olivia Decker of Decker Bullock Sotheby’s International Realty to market this unparalleled property.

(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130710/SF45566)

The appx. 15,176-square-foot, newly constructed residence features 7 bedrooms, 9 full baths + 2 half baths, and over 5,000 square feet of waterfront terraces. Breathtaking views of The Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, Bay Bridge, Alcatraz, and Sausalito can be seen from nearly every room. The gated and lushly landscaped 1.14-acre double lot includes a 200-foot driveway and motor court, providing parking for 15+ cars. Amenities include a theatre, wine cellar, gym with sauna/steam rooms, elevator, 50-foot gallery/entertainment room with bar/ catering kitchen, and pool with cabana/spa, while Smart-House technology operates home systems from iPhone or iPad on site or from anywhere in the world with internet access.

Painstakingly designed and constructed over four years, this magnificent residence was the 2012 Marin Designer Showcase. “I started with the world-class site, then I worked with my design team to create a home whose luxury and style equals the world-class panoramic views created by Mother Nature,” says Jeff Paster, the owner. Ms. Decker adds, “In my 30 years of marketing luxury homes in the Bay Area, this home is truly one-of-a-kind, like a rare Picasso or Rothko, and appropriate to offer at auction to connoisseurs of luxury homes.”

The property may be previewed by appointment or by attending one of the special viewing events. Brokers protected. For auction information and Terms and Conditions, please contact Guy Masters: 1-707-331-0525 or visit www.BelvedereAuction.com.

SOURCE  Guy Masters, Auction Consultant

Photo:http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130710/SF45566
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Guy Masters, Auction Consultant

Web Site: http://www.belvedereauction.com

Entourage, Frisco Style – The Great Mid-Market Land Rush Ended This Week – There Go the Men in Black

Friday, December 21st, 2012

Here’s the news from yesterday:

MacFarlane Partners grabs final vacant Mid-Market development site

And here’s the scene in Mid-Market yesterday.

From left to right: Jr. lackey, sr. lackey, lovely assistant, Man in Black (seen pointing across the street towards the current site of the Market Street Cinema strip club), and black Chevy Tahoe limousine:

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I’m not saying that these people are from the McFarlane Partners, but this is what it looks like when real estate people visit the open-air halfway house known as the Twitterloin.

Anyway, we won’t be seeing as many of these people in the future since there’s nothing left to buy.

How long did this era last?

Two or three years…

But San Francisco-style neocorporatism lives on.

OMG, It’s Zillow-Palooza 2012 – Half Day Real Estate Forum at Palace Hotel Oct. 12th – FHA Commish! USC! Free!

Friday, September 14th, 2012

I don’t know, this whole deal sounds like a lot of cheerleading for the real estate industry, which is still heavily subsidized by the Feds.

Oh, and the state of California as well.

But “post-bottom landscape” and “good time to buy?” Well, after hearing those phrases bandied about, how can you resist?

So if you want to be the next Donald Trump, have at it. After all, you can’t win your share of middle-class welfare if you don’t play.

Just don’t get too optimistic, again…

“Zillow, USC Lusk Center to Host Housing Forum in San Francisco; FHA Commissioner Carol Galante to Give Keynote - ”California’s Housing Market: Navigating the Post-Bottom Landscape” - To Explore Whether It Is a Good Time to Buy, Issues Around Prop 13

SEATTLE, Sept. 13, 2012  – After a housing recession that eclipsed the Great Depression, many markets are again experiencing home value appreciation sparked by high demand but a low supply of homes. What are the sources of this situation, and how long will it last? What will come next? What should real estate professionals and consumers know about this “new” housing market?

To help answer some of these questions, Zillow®, the leading real estate information marketplace, and the University of Southern California Lusk Center for Real Estate will host the half-day “Forum on California’s Housing Market: Navigating the Post-Bottom Landscape” Oct. 12 at San Francisco’s Palace Hotel.

“When it comes to today’s housing market, it’s a confusing time for professionals and consumers alike,” said Zillow Chief Economist Stan Humphries. “The sheer size of California’s real estate market, along with the fact that cities in the state were among the first to enter the housing recession, combine to make California a kind of bellwether for what to expect as other major housing markets begin to stabilize and recover. We’re thrilled to host an esteemed group of national and California-based experts to discuss the state of the market and issues of particular relevance to California.”

“With rising rents and historically low mortgage rates, owning a home appears to be very appealing,” said Richard Green, Lusk Chair in Real Estate at USC. “But underwater borrowers are reluctant – or unable – to sell, tying up supply in a high-demand environment. We look forward to discussing the implications of these factors on the housing market.”

This will be the second housing forum hosted by Zillow this year. The first, “America’s Housing Crisis: Private-Sector Responses and Public Policy Innovation,” was held in New York in April.

Full details of the San Francisco event are below, and guests can register for this free forum at http://cahousingforum.eventbrite.com. More information and updates about speakers can be found at www.zillow.com/blog/category/housing-forum.

       Forum on California’s Housing Market:
        Navigating the Post-Bottom Landscape
              October 12, 8 a.m.-noon
                   Palace Hotel
               2 New Montgomery St.
                   San Francisco

                 Keynote Speech by
                   Carol Galante
       Acting Federal Housing Administration
     Commissioner and Assistant Secretary for
                      Housing

    Top Housing Experts in Public and Private
       Sectors Will Debate and Discuss in Two
                      Panels:
     Is It a Good Time to Buy in California?:
          The Housing Market’s New Normal
    Moderated by Richard Green, Director of the
          USC Lusk Center for Real Estate
                        and
                        —
        Prop 13 in a Healing Housing Market
     Moderated by Colleen Edwards, Owner, EMC
                      Creative
Other speakers include:
    —  Spencer Rascoff, CEO, Zillow
    —  John Burns, CEO, John Burns Real Estate Consulting
    —  Bert Selva, President, Shea Homes
    —  Eric Gutshall, President and COO, Haven Realty Capital
    —  Dowell Myers, Professor, Director, Population Dynamics Research Group,
        USC Sol Price School of Public Policy
With a special overview of the nation’s housing market by Zillow Chief Economist Stan Humphries.

About Zillow, Inc.

Zillow (NASDAQ: Z) is the leading real estate information marketplace, providing vital information about homes, real estate listings and mortgages through its website and mobile applications, enabling homeowners, buyers, sellers and renters to connect with real estate and mortgage professionals best suited to meet their needs. In addition, Zillow operates an industry-leading economics and analytics bureau led by Zillow’s Chief Economist Dr. Stan Humphries. Dr. Humphries and his team of economists and data analysts produce extensive housing data and research covering more than 150 markets at Zillow Real Estate Research. Zillow, Inc. operates Zillow.com®, Zillow Mortgage Marketplace, Zillow Mobile, Postlets®, Diverse Solutions(TM) and RentJuice®. The company is headquartered in Seattle.

Zillow.com, Zillow, Zestimate, Postlets and RentJuice are registered trademarks of Zillow, Inc. Diverse Solutions is a trademark of Zillow, Inc.

(ZFIN)

SOURCE  Zillow.com

Zillow.com

CONTACT: Katie Curnutte, Zillow, +1-206-757-2701 or press@zillow.com

Web Site: http://www.zillow.com

And the Big New Tenant at the “Flagship” 800 Market Building Right Next to the Union Square Apple Store is … GameStop?

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

Get all the deets below.

Do people still buy video games in a box and then go home and shove a rotating disc into their PCs? Really? News to me.

Anyway, here’s the new sign:

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You’d think a big retailer could just slot right in there and make money what with all the foot traffic at Fourth and Market, but I guess the particularities of doing business in the 415 make 800 Market a garden of bones.

Anyway:

GameStop Relocating to 800 Market Street in San Francisco, Joins Diesel as Co-Tenant

July 11, 2012 –Michael Seigel and Sharon Carmichael with Terranomics Retail Services represented tenant GameStop, Inc. in the lease of 4,630 square feet of inline retail space on the ground floor of 800 Market Street in San Francisco. GameStop, the world’s largest multichannel video game retailer with a network that includes 6,614 stores worldwide, is relocating its Powell Street store, with plans to take occupancy at its new San Francisco flagship location on Market Street in September. The gaming company will join Diesel as a co-tenant in the mixed-use building, known as the California Savings Building, composed of office over street-level retail and owned by INVESCO Real Estate. GameStop’s new space is positioned two blocks from Union Square and the Moscone Center. GameStop currently has three other locations in San Francisco.”

OMG, It’s the Great San Francisco Structures Map 2012! 134 Buildings Under Construction, Approved, Etc…

Monday, June 25th, 2012

But don’t tell the San Francisco Bay Guardian, oh no. They won’t want to see certain buildings, like 8 Washington,* on this list.

Anyway, here it is, via Claudia Siegel, the San Francisco Business Times San Francisco Structures map 2012.

What an odd pattern of development, non?

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Those West-side NIMBYs sure are strong, huh?

All the places, as of June 2012, after the jump.

*Putting 8 Washington/Rose Pak on the ballot this Fall? Sure, why not? 

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He’s Ba-aaack: Infamous Pacific Heights Foreclosee John Lee Hudson – BONUS: Cheesy ACQUIRE Replicar

Monday, June 25th, 2012

Or maybe John Lee Hudson isn’t back but his car sure is, having been spotted in the Financh on Friday.

(Parked illegally, of course, with the four-way flashers flashing.)

As seen on Halleck Alley in the heart of the 94111 – note ogler taking a snap while gushing about this 100% fake 1928 Mercedes Benz SSK replicar:

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Now, if I had gotten taken down by Jim Cox over at the Socketsite in this fashion, well, I’d have left town vowing to never come back.

But some people are shameless.

Even more shameless than Hollywood Foreclosure King Nicolas Cage, who used to own 1945 Franklin* before JLH et ux. 

Anywho, this ride is not a “Refurbished 1936 Mercedes Excalibur,” just saying.

*I think he was the one who added the garages to the front – at least that’s what the nanny told me back in the day.