Posts Tagged ‘forest city’

The Lighted Christmas Snowflakes of the Corrupt Twitterloin: Bringing Holiday Cheer to Stolen iPhone Sellers

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

I’ll tell you, the lighted Christmas snowflakes of Market Street used to stop just past Fifth Street, because, you know, who cares about Mid Market?

Well, these days, the lighted Christmas snowflakes of Market Street make it all the way to 7th Street, AFAICS.

See?

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Hurray!

The Night the Lights Went Out on Market – Christmas Cheer Goes Dark in the Mid-Market Twitterloin

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

Here’s how things looked last night on Market Street, with all the streetlights and giant snowflakes turned off for some reason.

Oh, baby, that’s dark:

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Could it have something to do with the jury-rigged, frat-house-style wiring our City Family uses?

I know not.

When, oh when, will our Path of Gold glitter once again?

A 20-Percent Reduction in Asking Prices at the Presidio Landmark Apartment Building? Rentals Now Listed in the Craigslist

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

Here’s what I asked for back in September, when the cheapest unit at the new Presidio Landmark apartments was $2200 (plus $150 parking fee), IIRC:

“No doubt the Presidio Landmark apartments are Mega Turbo Double Awesome, but if they’ve only rented out 2% of the units after two months of trying, then perhaps a reduction in asking prices might be called for? Just asking.”

And here’s what we have in November:

$1800 Pristine Junior One Bedroom (laurel hts / presidio) [Or see below if this link has been taken down by now.]

I’m thinking that’s about a 20% reduction in asking prices, so that seems to be a good start.

I mean if you, unlike me, value “full service amenities you would find at the Four Seasons, the Ritz, or the St. Regis” then this could be the Middle Richmond District / Presidio home for you.

The hot tub in the eastern courtyard:

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Or get a full one-bedroom for $1875.

All the deets:


Green living at its finest! Presidio Landmark is a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certified project. The project takes a step forward in environmentally friendly design and operation.

Located in Presidio National Park you have direct access to amazing outdoor spaces, trails, and ocean vistas. Whether your hiking, biking or just laying about, this location has something for all who enjoy nature and serenity. You also have easy access to Marin and Downtown San Francisco as well as the 101 and 280 freeways. Take the PresidiGo, a private shuttle bus that can take you to various locations around the city, way better than MUNI.

In addition to being environmentally friendly and convenient this project features full service amenities you would find at the Four Seasons, the Ritz, or the St. Regis.
~ Concierge
~ Jacuzzi
~ Massage room
~ Fitness room
~ Yoga and Pilates room
~ Bike storage and shop (you can do your own bike maintenance)
~ Guest room availability
~ Courtyard with fire pit

This junior one bedroom features hardwood flooring and carpet. Brand new finishes anoint the entire unit. Radiant environmentally friendly heating is used in lieu of electric heaters. Its Green!

Multiple configurations are available.

Call, email or even text me (please add you name, and what you are texting about) to schedule a tour.
Alex Kaufman (415)699-5900

Location - Wedemeyer at 15th Ave , San Francisco, CA 94129

Rent: $1,800 Utils. Included: None
Bed / Bath: 0/1 Lease Term: 1 Year
Unit Type: Apartment Kitchen Type: Gourmet
Pets: N Stove: Electric
View: Park Flooring: Hardwood & Carpet
Outside Area: Patio Fireplace: No
Window Coverings: Blinds Laundry: In Unit
Parking: Yes Parking Fee: $150
Unit Amenities: Concierge, Spa, Fitness Center, Bike Shop & More!

The Belles Townhomes are Now Available – Seven LEED Platinum Units – Luxury in the Presidio Just North of The Richmond

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

Well actually, just two of the seven units that make up the Presidio’s new Belles Townhomes are available right now, but you’re only going to need one (most likely) and they’re all pretty much the same. (Except for the westernmost unit – that one might be ever so slightly different.)

[UPDATE: The western- and eastern-most units are a little different than the five in the middle - the ones on the ends have more windows and the westernmost unit lacks a deck, which is a bummer but oh well. The ones available now are middle units.]

So have at it, deets below.

This will be your view from the deck. You can see the Wyman Avenue homes to the left and the old PSHS Hospital / Landmark Apartments to the right. And off in the distance there’s Sutro Tower on the left and some other kind of tower on the right:

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The view looking down from the highest set of stairs:

They’re all pretty much the same. The floorplan:

And here are your more professional (mofessional) shots:

This could be your home office:

The kitchen is way up high on the third:

Open the windows and it smells like forest inside:

Looking north through the patio, ‘neath the photovoltaic panels:

Tall and thin windows to match some of the historic homes on Wyman Ave:

Save your pennies and maybe you yourself could live here someday.

All the deets:

“Forest City Raises the Bar in Sustainable Living With Unveiling of Belles Townhomes in Presidio

Distinctive Townhomes are First in San Francisco to Achieve Multifamily LEED Platinum Certification

Two of Seven Apartments Now Available Feature Prototype Energy Saving Dashboard, Solar Power, and Panoramic Roof Decks in a National Park

San Francisco – Forest City Development is setting a new standard in sustainable living with the unveiling of Belles Townhomesin the Presidio of San Francisco. Belles Townhomes are the only newly constructed residential building in the Presidio and the first multi-family residential building in San Francisco to achieve the Green Building Council’s LEED Platinum certification.

“Green building and green technology dominate this design and allow residents to stay connected to the Presidio’s natural setting and live with less environmental impact,” said Alexa Arena, vice president of Forest City-San Francisco.

The first two of the seven attached three-story three-bedroom contemporary townhomes are now available to lease. Each has a patio at ground level overlooking the green, a terrace at the main living level off the living room, a panoramic roof deck, a garage and private entrances from the street totaling 2,100 square feet of modern living space.”

Ever more deets, after the jump.

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Introducing the Belles Townhomes – Seven LEED Platinum Units – Luxury in the Presidio Just North of The Richmond

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

So maybe you want to move into the Presidio but you don’t like all the old construction. Well, now’s your chance, cause the new Belles Townhomes from Forest City in the Public Health Service District are the only new construction resdences you’ll find in the Presidio.

These units are well fitted out, to a higher level than what you’ll find at the more suburban Wyman residences to the west and the more youthful (and also more empty-nester, I’d guess) Landmark Apartments to the east. The pricing still hasn’t been set, AFAIK, but it’s likely to be stratospheric what with the engaged living and all.

This will be your view from the deck. You can see the Wyman Avenue homes to the left and the old PSHS Hospital / Landmark Apartments to the right. And off in the distance there’s Sutro Tower on the left and some other kind of tower on the right:

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The view looking down from the highest set of stairs:

They’re all pretty much the same. The floorplan:

And here are your more professional (mofessional) shots:

This could be your home office:

The kitchen is way up high on the third:

Open the windows and it smells like forest inside:

Looking north through the patio, ‘neath the photovoltaic panels:

Tall and thin windows to match some of the historic homes on Wyman Ave:

Save your pennies and maybe you yourself could live here someday.

Resolved: The Presidio Landmark Apartments Should Lower Rents by 20 Percent. Anyway, Big Green Party Tomorrow

Friday, September 24th, 2010

No doubt the Presidio Landmark apartments are Mega Turbo Double Awesome, but if they’ve only rented out 2% of the units after two months of trying, then perhaps a reduction in asking prices might be called for? Just asking.

Nay, demanding.

You don’t want the Landmark to turn into the Overlook, right?

So many empty hallways…

Anyway, as promised, there’s a big party tomorrow up in that whole Public Health Service District (PHSD) just north of Lake Street. All the deets are below.

(Now, don’t even think about trying to drive your fly hoopty onto the grounds of the PHSD for the big shingdig. Again, deets below.)

“FROM MARINE HOSPITAL TO PRESIDIO’S 1ST GREEN NEIGHBORHOOD – OPEN HOUSE CELEBRATES RE-BIRTH OF PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE DISTRICT

Presidio of San Francisco (September 23, 2010) – The Presidio’s historic Public Health Service District (PHSD),established more than a century ago to provide care to mariners from around the world, has been rehabilitated as a welcoming new gateway to the Presidio. It now features residences, cultural and educational organizations and public trails that link the Presidio’s natural, historic and recreational attractions. The Presidio Trust, along with its development partner Forest City, is celebrating the re-birth of this corner of the park with a “Green” Grand Opening Saturday, September 25 from 11am to 4pm.

Visitors to the open house will be among the first to visit the Presidio’s first green neighborhoodand explore places long hidden from public view.  They will have the opportunity to take self-guided tours of newly rehabilitated buildings and landscapes around the district; explore an EcoVillage showcasing sustainable ideas and products; enjoy local food, art, and live music; and participate in kid-friendly activities courtesy of the Presidio YMCA. 

It goes on and on, see you after the jump

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The Presidio Landmark Apartments in the Old PHSH Hospital are Mega Turbo Double Awesome

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

There I was at the Presidio Landmark apartments the other day only to find out that that Philip Ferrato from Curbed SF already beat me to the punch. His metaphorical footprints were all over the place. No matter, let’s take another gander.

And who knows, maybe you’ll have the coin to sign a lease. (And included in that, you’ll get an assigned parking space* for each bedroom(!) you rent. Shhh… don’t tell the StreetsBlog.)

Here it is, as it looked yesterday, with Presidio Trust Executive Director Craig Middleton out front talking about what constitutes “Presidio Magic.”

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Hey, didn’t this building used to be a hospital?

A hospital for merchant marines and sailors?

So it would seem.

And hey, wasn’t this place filled with graffiti not too long ago?

Oh yes, but things are all cleaned up now. See? Here’s the very same staircase:

O.K. then.

Now, realize that developer Forest City wants you to come by (by appointment, there’s a waiting list just to see the place, I think) and move in. Look at the greeting you’ll get:

Building 1801 will soon be open for business. (How many tripods do you see in this shot?)

Now, let’s head up on the famous staircase. You won’t find a doorless, open design like this in a SoMA skyscraper owing to fire code regulations. The LandMark will make use of an emergency water curtain setup:

But look here, the old metal handrail assembly was just plopped onto the marble way back in 1932, can you see? No matter, a little rust never hurt no one. This building doesn’t deny its history, that’s for sure.

Now, let’s check out the rooms.

This is part of a one-bedroom that has about 1050(!) square feet. (This particular unit would be used as a three-bedroom in most any other part of the 415.)

And here’s your view. Can you see Mount Sutro? Yes, barely.

But hey, where would former San Francisco mayor Willie Brown hang his red socks to dry after handwashing if he were to live in this building – which is the nicest unit? How about this suite? The entrance is extra long, good for displaying your art, non?  

And here’s the kitchen, complete with island and hood for indoor BBQ.

One of these wings is not like the other/ One of these wings just doesn’t belong…

Right, it’s a three-story add-on! See it on the left? If this building is “anchor-shaped,” you’re looking from the ring down the shank and towards the left fluke. (This will all be clear the next time one of the satellites from Google’s fleet passes over to update the Google Maps.

And there’s a hot tub! It has benches in there so you can face those sitting in the deck chairs.

That’s the tour.

So, here’s the old Public Health Service Hospital back as she was in 1935. (Note just one GGB tower back there.)

And here’s how she was not too long ago with the ugly wings out front:

You’ve come a long way, PHSH.

People are moving in August 1st or something. Will you join them?

*Or you can get a credit for foregoing each parking space, but it won’t be all that much, I’m sure.

San Francisco Theater Festival a Huge Success at Yerba Buena Gardens

Sunday, July 26th, 2009

This is what the Sixth Annual San Francisco Theater Festival looked like today down in the SoMA‘s Yerba Buena Gardens:

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Here’s the sched and here are a bunch of photos. That should whet your appetite for next year.

Yes, it’s all free. See you next year!

“The San Francisco theater scene can become stronger and more vigorous, appealing to community members who do not currently benefit from the contribution theater arts make to one’s life through activities like the Theater Festival. Director Peter Sellars has noted that bringing people together for a shared theatrical experience does more than create good art; it creates and nurtures a sense of community and an interest in the common good.

The Festival creates access and expands the theater audience. Working together to put on the Festival, the theater community conducts a large-scale event that gains the attention of the broader community. The Festival induces cross-pollination of audiences as attendees interested in one performing group stay to see others. As the Festival grows, we will see theater audiences expanding, leading to more performances, more productions, and more theater jobs, as well as a richer cultural experience for all community members.

While there are festivals for film, dance, jazz, blue grass, beer, and wine, there is no comparable festival for theater. The San Francisco Theater Festival is unique. This is the only showcase for Bay Area live theater, presenting the full spectrum of theater groups. This is the only festival that takes place on one day or a single weekend, providing the audience with an opportunity to sample conveniently the many theaters available here. This is the only FREE festival, thereby providing open access to all.”

All the Players, after the jump.

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The Presidio’s Old Public Service Health Hospital to be Revived as Apartments

Monday, December 8th, 2008

Despite our crippled credit market, all systems are go in the Presidio as Building 1801, aka the Public Service Health Hospital, is now being transformed from an abandoned hulk into 154 apartments

Two ugly, tacked on wings having “no historical value” are coming down right now, so it seems grafitti artists will have to find a new Yelp-rated place to play. Read all about it, and don’t forget to check out the comments from some of the more radical NIMBYS.

The future is now – adaptive reuse is coming to Building 1801 courtesy of ForestCity, which is going for Gold LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) status on this project. Click to expand:

Dan Bernal, District Director for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi:

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom with Presidio Trust Executive Director Craig Middleton and Holly Middleton:

HERE BE DRAGONS – in this case it’s just a Caterpillar with MP-30 Primary Pulverizer Jaws. Hic sunt dracones:

Follow the progress of demolition here.

There’s tons of stuff going on at the Presidio these days. Check the calendar from the Presidio Trust here.

Excelsior! Ever Upward!