San Francisco, CA Real Estate News

By Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality
(Compass)
Celebrate the Japanese cultural heritage of Japantown at the Japan Day Festival. Experience an afternoon of Japanese cultural arts and music (drums, harp, dance, poetry, calligraphy, origami and more) in both outdoor and indoor venues. Outdoors, on the Peace Plaza stage near the pagoda enjoy music, poetry, dance.When: Sunday June 30, 2019Time:  12:30PM - 4:00/4:30PMCost:   FREE for all agesWhere: At the Peace Plaza and surrounding businesses in Japantown, San Francisco
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By Jeffrey Ditri, New York City Residential Rental Specialist
(JAD Realty Group, LLC.)
Billionaire Jack Dorsey, 42, has paid $21M for a Sea Cliff house next to one he bought in 2012 for $10M         The chief executive officer of Twitter is doubling down on an exclusive clifftop neighborhood in San Francisco.   Billionaire Jack Dorsey, who co-founded Twitter and Square, a credit card payment service, forked out $21 million for a house next to one he has owned for seven years, according to Mansion Global. Dorsey paid $10 million in 2012 for his first mid-century two-bedroom house in San Francisco’s Sea Cliff neighborhood.   Dorsey, 42, reportedly bought his new two-story house next door in November. According to property records, the Twitter CEO’s newly acquired house has five bedrooms and three bathrooms.   The seller, Hin Land Investment, had purchased the house in 1997 ...
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By Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality
(Compass)
While exploring San Francisco, especially on foot, one has the opportunity to really focus on small things, like the color red. Once you start to focus, you see red everywhere.Sometimes it's hard to miss, like the red dress of the White Crane Troop of musicians welcoming in Chinese New Year, or the brilliant red of the mini free library and bench in front of a residence in Presidio Heights.You will find red on all sorts of transportation options, and they are many in San Francisco, both people-powered and motorized.Nature makes a showing in red, and even our wonderful, eclectic houses sport red trim and festoons of red on store fronts.Today my focus is on the power color, red. What red have you spotted today? 
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By Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality
(Compass)
As some of you know I love walking throughout the neighborhoods of San Francisco. When on foot, walking between property showings or previews, to appointments or on errands, I have the luxury of a few minutes of time to enjoy some of the sights along the way.Today I am focusing on the color purple (and thinking of our colleagues Sally K. & David L. Hanson and their love of purple.)We see soft purple skies at twilight over AT&T Park (go Giants!) matched by the soft purple of fragrant lavender gracing Lafayette Park.Bold purple can be spotted on houses, apartment buildings and cars, too! Even the cabbages at the Heart of the City Farmer's Market gleam purple.  Just when ones eye needs a relief from the deep, bright purples, here's a lovely brick city street near the Sutro Forest, with the...
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By Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality
(Compass)
Exploring San Francisco, it's hard not to spot accents of orange. You'll find orange in the natural world; in a sunset at Ocean Beach, above, or in gardens throughout the city, like the poppies at Fort Mason Community Garden and the other flowers brightening Holly Hill Park on a cloudy day.Orange accents buildings, both large like this condo building in the Hayes Valley and small like the entry to tiny Cafe La Mediterranee on Fillmore Street.In San Francisco, you'll find orange inside buildings, on art walls in North Beach cafes and on art pieces at the Asian Art Museum.Finally, how can we end a post about orange without mentioning Halloween and jack o'lanterns!
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By Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality
(Compass)
As I walk around San Francisco this spring, I've been more aware of all the colors I see in the neighborhoods more than many other times. I've shared some yellow photos, then pink and green.When the skies cleared on Wednesday and Thursday, I was struck by BLUE - brilliant blue, soft blue, navy blue, ocean blue.Some years, when the Blue Angels perform over San Francisco Bay in October, the skies really are as blue as in the picture.You'll spot blue houses around town, like this one on Jackson Street in Pacific Heights.Or this darker blue Edwardian house not far away, with the blue car in frontPublic art can be blue, too, like this heart and the free little library on Jackson Street.Finally, with water on 3 sides of The City, plenty of blue of varying shades is seen in the ocean or here, ...
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By Rob Spinosa, Mortgage Loan Originator, Marin County
(US Bank)
The Lenders, The Dreamers and Me Immigration, as a topic, has been in the news a lot lately. Without weighing in politically, at least overtly, this is a matter close to my heart as it's not hard for me to forget that my grandparents fit the classic Ellis Island mold that shaped the lives of countless Italian-Americans.  A couple of years ago, I was honored to write a piece for our industry's M Report, and in it, I tried to imagine what it was like for my immigrant grandfather to obtain his first mortgage here in the United States.  Just conjuring his experience shed new light on my own value proposition and how I might better serve some of the most financially vulnerable, as they take a huge step towards realizing a big part of the American Dream, home ownership. By now, most of us hav...
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By Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality
(Compass)
This San Francisco Realtor is vacationing in the east coast at present, and reveling in all the green I see, in Manhattan and New Jersey, and now in Maryland and Virginia. It is May and we're seeing green everywhere.While the green in San Francisco isn't so much woods like the picture above (Tryon Park, Manhattan, near the MetCloisters) plenty of green greets one as we walk around San Francisco, like this pathway in Lafayette Park in Pacific Heights.Or these pictures below, in the San Francisco Botanical Garden, a patio of a Pacific Heights house, San Francisco City Hall, and at the St. Francis Yacht club.         
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By Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality
(Compass)
Last week I shared various pictures I took that showcased Glimpses of yellow as I walked in San Francisco. Later I shared information about a one-night trip we took to the Sonoma County coast. That little get-away completely refreshed me and re-charged my batteries and left me----ahem---in the PINK.So today, here are some glimpses of PINK spotted in and around San Francisco.The cover picture shows delicate PINK cherry blossoms in Golden Gate Park.(Pink house with roses, in Pacific Heights, San Francisco)( a PINK mansion near the Lyon Street Steps, San Francisco)(PINK cloud at dawn, looking north from San Francisco to Marin County)(Grand Staircase at Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco - PINK!)(Bright PINK sign along Polk Street, San Francisco)(a PINK Victorian house in San Francisco)I'm...
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By Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality
(Compass)
Many people have heard that the distinct neighborhoods of San Francisco provide much of the charm of The City. For a REALTOR like me who loves to walk, I catch glimpses that often would pass by someone riding in Uber, Lyft, or driving themselves.Recently I have been struck by the beautiful colors I see as I walk to and from appointments, as I walk to my office, bank, shopping errands, and as I walk for the sheer joy of walking.Perhaps it's because we've had a couple of unseasonably warm spring days this week, but today I'm thinking YELLOW!(Corvette spotted on Jackson near Van Ness Avenue) (Roses blooming in April, Fort Mason Community Garden) (Gracious Queen Anne Victorian on Gough Street, near Lafayette Park)   (tiled stairs at a private residence on Broderick Street)
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By Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality
(Compass)
Come join Tom Parke, sales manager at Mason-McDuffie, Lottie Kendall, Realtor at Compass, and Rachael Kendall, team associate, as we demystify the buying process and answer fundamental questions like: how do I know if I'm qualified to buy anything? what's a credit score and how do I know if mine is good? how much down payment must I have? rents are sky-high in San Francisco; is it possible for me to buy a place of my own? These are typical questions we are often asked, the Buyer Information Night makes it easy to learn and ask questions in a friendly, no-pressure environment. Stop by on your way home from work. Enjoy some pre-dinner appetizers and beverages. Enter the raffle for a gift basket or two. Meet your neighbors. Start giving thought to how you might invest in your future. Ask t...
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By Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality
(Compass)
The 2019 line-up for the ever popular Stern Grove Festival has been announced. Thanks to the generosity of Rosalie Stern, who purchased the grove in 1931 and gave it to the City to honor her late husband, Sigmund Stern, the public has been enjoying music since 1938.Every Sunday afternoon, at 2:00PM, beginning Sunday, June 16 through August 18, treat yourself to a FREE outdoor concert, and enjoy these 2019 performances:June 16     Digable Planets, Bang DataJune 23     Los Van Van, Banda Sin NombreJune 30     Galactic, Baby & the LuviesJuly 7        San Francisco SymphonyJuly 14      Mitski, Madeline KenneyJuly 21      Toots and the Maytals, Lee Fields and the ExpressionsJuly 28      San Francisco BalletAugust 4   The Psychedelic Furs, JamesAugust 11  Pink Martini, Barrio ManoucheAugust 1...
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By Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality
(Compass)
To better help my clients, I see a lot of properties every week, many in San Francisco. There always seems to be one or two special places and capture my interest and would provide great living for my clients. Yesterday evening I took a look at an opportunity in a building I really like, The Landmark. Perched on a hillside on Russian Hill, adjacent to the lovely Ina Coolbrith Park, The Landmark has 60 condominium units stepping down the hill from Taylor to Mason street, on the staircase that is Vallejo Street (block too steep for cars!) and next to Broadway.  What an amazing opportunity to live so close to Chinatown, North Beach and the Financial District. Walk to work in the Financial District. Enjoy dining al fresco on Columbus Avenue in the heart of North Beach. Saunter over to City ...
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By Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality
(Compass)
The San Francisco City Chorus has been working hard, preparing a treat for us! Who: San Francisco City Chorus, a community group of about 30 singersWhat: Spring Concert, with pieces by Franz Schubert, Felix Mendelssohn and Alexander GretchaninovWhere: Old First Presbyterian Church, 1751 Sacramento Street (corner of Van Ness Avenue), San Francisco 94109When: Saturday, May 4, 2019 at 3:00 PMWhy: To provide us a joyful, peaceful respite in the midst of our busy days If you're in the San Francisco Bay Area, please come and join us. I think you'll be glad you did.San Francisco City Chorus ...where the City sings  
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By Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality
(Compass)
Located Pacific Heights, along the Van Ness Avenue corridor, where Nob Hill and Pacific Heights meet, with Russian Hill 2 blocks away, you'll find Pacific Place, a condominium project. I've written about Pacific Place several times before, including this post from 2012.Pacific Place remains a highly-desired place to call home. Built in 2001, this well-maintained development remains lovely and pristine. One can appreciate that there is one parking spot per unit (unlike many new projects built in the last couple of year that have often have only 1/2 spot per unit) with no stacker mechanism to stall or break down. The secured, well-lit 3-level garage, with a deeded spot for every unit, is served by two high-speed elevators in each tower whisk you to your floor--no stairs, no weather with w...
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By Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality
(Compass)
As Friday draws to a close, my mind is whirling around, not settling on any one thing. This entire day has been that way, from my morning yoga at home practice, to my early morning "wake up and breathe" walk. From lunch with a client/friend to our check up on the renovations of a duplex that will soon be ready for a new tenant. And dodging rain drops once again as I drove home. A nap didn't settle me down, nor did cooking a new meatless recipe for dinner (yummy!) It seems fitting that this blog post just has random pictures that I enjoy. I hope you'll find one that makes you smile. If there is any theme, it could be called, "color in the urban environment." The dog portraits were showcased at a gallery called "Batch" a couple of blocks from home. The license plate was spotted as we walk...
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By Debra Donovan, San Francisco Real Estate
(Park North Real Estate)
We are in full swing for the 2019 San Francisco real estate market. Median sales prices ticked up compared to last month, though single family home prices were down compared to the same month last year. Inventory is again anemic with fewer new listings than last month or last year. The average days on market are also shortening compared to January , though they are still longer than what we saw for most of last year. Check out all of the February stats below! Median Sales Price:The median sales price for a single family home shot back up to over $1.5 million, but was down compared to the same month last year. Condos and loft prices also bounced up compared to January and were also up compared to February of last year. New Listings:New listings of single family homes and condos/ lofts we...
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By Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality
(Compass)
Several weeks ago I posted pictures of various Victorian houses I walked by on a morning walk and asked which color appealed the most. (You can read that post and see pictures here.)Grant Schneider said he'd like to see some pastels, so -- here you go, Grant. I spotted these yesterday as I walked along Baker Street on my way home from an appointment.Beauty is all around us; we just need to open our eyes.
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By Debra Donovan, San Francisco Real Estate
(Park North Real Estate)
Last week I had the opportunity to attend a seminar hosted by the San Francisco Women's Council of Realtors that featured an amazing panel of local pros: Patrick Carlisle, Compass Chief Market Analyst, Compass Paul Zeger, Partner at Polaris Pacific Gary Slossberg, Senior Economist at Wells Capital Management, Inc. Research Division  The focus of this moderated panel discussion was to examine the current and forecasted Bay Area economy and real estate market for 2019. It was a very instructive event, so I thought I would share some of the highlights. On 2018:The panel was asked to describe 2018 in a few words. Here's what the panelists said: “Turbulent, Helluva ride, and End of Cycle?”Patrick Carlisle reminded us of the cyclical nature of the real estate market. Specifically, that real e...
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By Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality
(Compass)
As I walked home from an early morning meeting this week, these Victorians caught my eye. Would you paint a house black? This one worked, and looked good. White and tan are more common colors, not surprisingly.Which color appeals most to you?All the eye-candy on my walks in San Francisco make the hills less steep (or perhaps it's knowing my morning coffee awaits!)  
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