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Can the Managers of the New 100 Van Ness Apartment Building Get Away with Making “Security Deposits” Non-Refundable? We’ll See

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

Click on “Lease Now” to see this:

“*To reserve your new home, please click the “Get Approved” button above to complete our rental application and start the screening process. You will be required to submit a payment of $35.00 for the non-refundable Application Fee and the Security Deposit of $500-$1000 for the apartment is due within 72 hours by drop off or overnight mail. After three days from the date of application, the Security Deposit is non-refundable.”

Well, first off, “home.” Like, it’s not even a condo, man. How about “apartment” instead?

And second off, I ain’t never paid no nonrefundable application fee. What you do is ask how much the  credit / eviction check costs them and then offer to pay that. If that’s a no-go, then perhaps you shouldn’t move in? (I realize that building employees have to deal with flaky people all the time, but I’m not the flaky people category, I don’t think.*)

What really grinds my gears is the idea of any building manager talking about any kind of “non-refundable” deposit. Such a deposit does not exist under California law.

Check it:

(m) “No lease or rental agreement may contain a provision characterizing any security as “nonrefundable.”

You want to quibble? Fine, quibble, but this non-refundable status is agin the law, agin the law I tells you!

Most people in Cali can market apartments without prima facie violations of Cali law. So why can’t you, 100 Van Ness? Why can’t you?

Just asking.

Oh what’s that, what’s $35 to somebody who thinks moving into the Outer Twitterloin at $4000 for a one-bedroom is a good idea? All right, well, maybe it’s not a good idea to move into this building. Realize that most of the non-BMR people are probably not going to renew after their first year (just like at the abysmal “luxury” Fillmore Center apartments near Japantown, where you can pay thousands and thousands per month in rent, and for what). So, why are so many people going to move out of 100 VN after just a year? Think on that. Part of the reason might have to do with dealing with the 20-somethings in “building management.” Are they going to come in and say, uh oh, you walked on our cheap, brand-new hardwood flooring in high heels so here’s a bill for $7,000 for reflooring? Maybe. (Stuff like that happens just around the corner of 100VN all the time.) And there’s the nabe, which might wear you down over the months. OTOH, maybe this building is a dream come true for you, right next to Van Ness Station and not too far from the Civic Center BART Station. Fine, be my guest. Enjoy. But the same 20-something chicas who don’t understand why it’s not kosher to expropriate four-figure “Security Deposits” in the Great State of California just might not be aware of all the other laws what protect you.

Oh, what’s that, it’s OK to retain a “holding deposit?” Well, we aren’t at that point yet, because you all labeled it a “Security Deposit.” I’m now satisfied that you all don’t know what you’re doing. Welcome to Cali, 100VN Management. It’s going to be a bumpy ride…


*Like the last time I bought a car, I didn’t even test drive it. No salesperson neither – the “big guy” had to assign a salesperson to me at the end of the sales process in order to “get the transaction to go through.” This sales process took about seven minutes. Later on, the salesperson had to “orient” me. I asked for the 30-second version of his 20-minute spiel. It was basically this: “Never press this button.” And I’ll tell you, that was good advice. I had already figured the downsides of pressing the button and if I hadn’t, then I would have figured things out fast, like during the times that I pressed that button by mistake. In any event, what he meant was, never press this button unless you know what it does and the conditions are right for it.  The point is that I’m not a flake so I never pay no nonrefundable application fee and you shouldn’t either. Sometimes, like back during Dot Com 1 in the late ’90’s, landlords would harvest thousands of dollars in application fees for just one unit over one weekend. Did the LLs actually run the checks potential tenants paid for? Nope. That’s what made it a scam. A nice, four-figure, income tax-free scam. These days, they charge you $35 to run a check that costs them even less than before, like a few bucks max. Oh well.  

Two Views of the Refurbished AAA Building – 100 Van Ness is Now Move-In Ready – Studios Start at $3090 per Month

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

That was the windup, and here’s the pitch, for our old AAA car club building / brand-new apartment building:

100 Van Ness combines elevation with elegance offering highrise living with sweeping multi-million dollar views. Our amenity filled Rooftop Terrace elevates 374 feet above ground creating panoramic views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Bay Bridge, Twin Peaks, and everything in between! This world class building is conveniently located within walking distance to public transportation, shopping, dinning, and entertainment.”

(Remember, these aren’t just million dollar views, they’re “multi-million dollar views,” whatever the Hell that means.)

(And remember, 100 Van Ness is a “world class building” – it’s all they talk about at Versailles these days, I’m sure…)

Now, why do they charge $3090 (and up!) per month for small studios? Well, so you can subsidize the rent of all your new BMR neighbors, so that people who lived in SF longer than you auslanders can pay just $1139 a month for much larger two-bedrooms. It’s the Circle of Life, or something.

Oh, and even tho this building be old, there’s no rent control, having to do with the date on the Occupancy Permit. So maybe you’ll get a $1000 a month rent increase after you first year’s lease is up, who knows.

Anyway, the refurbishment looks pretty much done these days. The current view from the south:

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And from the north, with City Hall, with the highest classical dome in the Western Hemisphere (yes, classical, highest, Western, if those are the parameters, SF wins the contest) in the foreground:

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And where’s the closest gro sto? IDK. One supposes the “ghetto Safeway” at Church and Market, but I’m not sure.

Parkour, Frisco-Style – Are You Brave Enough to Jump from This Tower Crane to This Other Tower Crane?

Friday, January 3rd, 2014

You could film a James Bond movie up on top of the tower cranes of San Fran these days.


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I bet you could totally make that jump.


100 Van Ness Has Been Stripped to the Bone – You’ll be Able to Move In Soon – Best of All, No Rent Control!

Friday, October 4th, 2013

I’d like to open my remarks with a humorous anecdote. The Official Bird of San Francisco isn’t the California Quail, it’s the crane. [Pause for gasps and puzzled looks.] The construction* crane! [Pause to wait for the applause to die down, to enjoy the smiles of onlooking Walter Wong and Rose Pak, to bask in glory of being appointed by that guy who got appointed by that guy who got appointed by Willie Brown, to exult in being an obedient figurehead girl who does exactly what Downtown tells her to do.]

This is as naked as 100 Van Ness Avenue is going to get. (It’s the Harbinger of the Apocalypse, don’t you know.)

Be sure to invite me over to enjoy the 20+ foot tall penthouse playground.

Box, crane tower, another box, sky, clouds. NewMa, meet OldMa: 

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All the fun will start in 2015…

*By that, she means tower crane, which I suppose is what people call them in everyday life. I’ll remember 2013 as the year I could see a dozen huge tower cranes over San Francisco every day. Not that that’s a bad thing in itself. But corruption is a bad thing, right?

The Reskinning of 100 Van Ness Continues – Our Old AAA Building is Now Totally Wide Open Up Top

Monday, June 24th, 2013

All the deets:

100 Van Ness Repurposed, Redesigned And Rendered

Here’s how things looked last month:

And now, these days,  it’s even more  totally wide open:

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Uh, Does 100 Van Ness Have a Sunroof Now? Sure Looks That Way

Friday, May 17th, 2013

Look, it’s totally wide open:

Just saying, Brocephus

Your Giant Photo of San Francisco’s Western Addition, Annotated

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

Part of the Western Addition, anyway:

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It’s hillier in person BTW.

And here’s the Google Earth version:

Don’t Miss Today’s Big Meeting About Adding a Bike Path to the Western Span of the Bay Bridge – 5:30 PM, 100 Van Ness

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

Via LivaSOMA comes news of today’s big meeting about putting a bike lane on the western span of the San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge.

It’ll look like this:

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All the deets:

“Open House to Unveil Design Alternatives for Bay Bridge West Span Bike/Ped Path Project – December 13 Meeting to Highlight Concepts, Challenges, Opportunities

Tuesday, December 13, 2011
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m

SFCTA Board Room
100 Van Ness Avenue, 26th Floor
San Francisco, CA

The Bay Area Toll Authority (BATA), in partnership with Caltrans and the City and County of San Francisco, has developed several design alternatives for a bicycle/pedestrian/maintenance path project on the West Span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge and will present these alternatives for public review and consideration at an informational open house on Tuesday, December 13, 2011, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m in the San Francisco County Transportation Authority Board Room, 100 Van Ness Avenue, 26th Floor, in San Francisco.

The open house will advance development of a Project Initiation Document (PID) for what is formally known as the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge Bicycle Pedestrian Maintenance Path Project. The PID is intended to update the feasibility study performed in 2001. In addition to featuring design alternatives, the open house will outline key challenges and constraints, project costs, and the development process for the project. The public is invited to view project exhibits and talk with project team members. A presentation will be made at 6 p.m. and at 6:45 p.m.  Please note the same presentation will be given at both times.

The proposed pathway project would extend the bicycle/pedestrian path already being constructed on the Bay Bridge’s new East Span by taking it around Yerba Buena Island and across the bridge’s West Span into San Francisco. In addition to providing a continuous bike/ped route from Oakland to San Francisco, the path project also would provide improved bridge access for Caltrans maintenance crews, thereby reducing maintenance closures on the bridge. Please note that these are preliminary designs and that funding for this project has not yet been identified.

Project materials will be posted to after the meeting. Meeting facilities are accessible to persons with disabilities. Requests for special accommodations should be directed to Meghan Daniels at or 415.227.1100 x118.”

That New SFPUC Building Going Up on Golden Gate Avenue Isn’t Making Much of an Impression So Far

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011


Camera left: Fox Plaza, 100 Van Ness, Sutro Tower

Camera middle: 100 McAllister (UC Hastings – the oldest and largest law school west of the Mississippi, until somebody tells me different), City Hall (the highest old-school dome in the Western hemisphere, yes higher than the U.S. Capitol Building)

Camera right: State Building (a bit stubby but you state workers are going to ride out the next Big One with elan), future SFPUC site (see the busy, busy tower crane?), old Federal Building (Big Blue)

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Now, the SFPUC Building at 525 GG was supposed to have windmills on the top and whatnot but that’s not going to happen now.

Oh well.

How will you make a mark SFPUC? How will you show the world how great you are? (LEED-certification? Is that it? Well, O.K., just be sure to tell tout le monde about over and over and over again…)

Looking West From the 29th Floor – A Unique View of the Western Addition – From Hayes Valley to Mervyn’s Heights

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

This one will get extra big when you click on it. Might have taken me a few moments to get oriented – how long will it take you?

The vaunted Hayes Street Hill doesn’t look all that hilly from this perspective (although it certainly is steep in real life, like when you’re running the annual Bay to Breakers Footrace and Civic Event – it’s the hardest part of the course and the second-highest point after JFK Jr. Drive near Prayerbook Cross in Golden Gate Park.)

Anyway, here it is, the Western Addition, or at least the parts you can see from 100 Van Ness:

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And here’s a similar view from Google Earth (but, sorry G.E., you can’t actually see the Pacific Ocean from Van Ness):