Tag Archives: real estate

File photo: A kite flies in the sky over Dolores Park.

Developments in Development: Take a Breath

It has been a week full of revelations on the housing front, but before I get into that, let’s take a moment to consider that rents have dipped, again. At least that is what Curbed reports based on an overview of realty sites’ estimates of asking rents at currently vacant apartments. Also, while fur often flies in the world of...
The view from Cesar Chavez Street of 1296 Shotwell St. Design by Herman Coliver Locus.

Senior Housing on Shotwell Brings Foes Together

It was a rare moment of accord at City Hall on Thursday, as activists frequently on opposite sides of San Francisco’s housing wars buried their hatchets to jointly support a Mission District affordable housing project contested by its neighbors. The project went before the Planning Commission to seek a height bonus, which would allow it to go to 85 feet in...
File photo: The view going up Dolores Street on a cloudy day.

Developments in Development: Shifts and Uncertainty

I must have angered the universe with my last happy-go-lucky, things-are-looking-up column because now there is tension, fear, but most of all uncertainty in the air. By that I do mean the election, but I’m not sure that the election alone is at the center of the unease that seems to have touched the development and real estate world locally....
The 20 Mission building and future home of Café Laundré seen from 20th Street. Photo by Laura Wenus

Café and Laundromat Headed for Former T-Mobile on 20th and Mission

A combination laundromat and café will occupy the space at the corner of Mission and 20th streets come January in the form of Laundré. The café-laundromat will feature a full-scale coffee bar alongside energy-efficient laundry machines and free soap with every wash. Owner Ariana Roviello noted that while a typical wash-and-dry cycle takes about 90 minutes to two hours, it will...
Photo by Lola M. Chavez

Developments in Development: Rays of Light

Yes, rents are still nuts, yes, only the rich can afford to move here…and yet, most of what I’ve seen floating around this week is kinda positive. I don’t mean to diminish the crisis. Bloomberg has a dispatch from another rent comparison study that really brings it home that yes, San Francisco is officially the most expensive city in the...
Doorways. (Armand Emamdjomeh)

Developments in Development: Where to Go?

Voters seem to have a bit of a love-hate relationship with tech – at least that’s what Curbed has found when comparing a recent survey of voters (commissioned by the pro-development Rise SF) that found most blame both the tech industry and the city for housing costs, and a 2015 survey (commissioned by a mayoral aide) that found most voters...
For rent sign

Developments in Development: Short Term

Fur is flying nationwide as cities around the country figure out how to deal with the housing arm of the sharing economy – short term rentals, a.k.a. Airbnb. Locally, District 9 Supervisor David Campos has joined lawmakers around the country in signing a letter, Elizabeth-Warren-style, to the Federal Trade Commission asking it to study to what extent Airbnb and other...
Capp Street between 16th and 17th, dark street with people and streetlamp

Developments in Development: No Light

If you hoped that there is a light at the end of the tunnel where maybe housing prices would  become sane again, don’t, says Curbed. They used an analysis from AppFolio, and an expert who said the chances of rents actually dropping, let alone down to reasonable amounts, are pretty slim. SFGate has a more optimistic interpretation of the same data,...
Protesters taped posters with real estate agent Shelley Trew's image on buildings along Mission Street. Photo by Laura Waxmann

Protesters March to Doorsteps of Real Estate Firm to Save ‘Thug Mansion’

Protesters blocked off the entrance to Vanguard Properties at 21st and Mission streets this afternoon during a rally against the sale of a Bernal Heights home, facilitated by one of the real estate firm’s agents, that would displace its tenants — a group of longtime Mission residents, teachers, artists, children and a senior citizen. The protesters accused real estate agent Shelley...
The musings in the posters come from user submissions to pricedoutofsf.com.

Developments in Development: Still Too Damn High

San Francisco is bracing for the next economic crash, it seems – at least that’s according to Bloomberg, which reports that the city is working on a plan that should set it up to withstand another 2008-style bust. Mayor Ed Lee warns us that we shouldn’t take the vibrancy of the economy for granted (has he noticed all the folks...
The nuns of the Fraternite Notre Dame Mary of Nazareth Soup Kitchen planned to move into an empty commercial space at 1930 Mission St. Photo by Lola Chavez

Displaced Nuns to Open Soup Kitchen in New SF Mission Location

Two nuns who have been making national headlines following the eviction of their soup kitchen in the Tenderloin, where they fed the hungry during the day and slept at night, are moving their services to the Mission. Last week, blessed with some unexpected altruism from none other than multimillionaire life and business coach Tony Robbins, Marie Valerie and Marie Benedicte of the Fraternite Notre...
Representatives from Keller Williams and the Valencia Corridor Merchants Association discuss the potential future hybrid retail and realty space at 461 Valencia Street after a hearing.

Realty Seeking SF Address Faces Opposition

A lukewarm welcome awaited the proprietors of a potential new real estate office and coffee shop at the Planning Commission, where Keller Williams Realty on Thursday sought a permit to move into what was once ArtZone 461 on Valencia Street. The realty firm has dozens of locations across the country and several in the Bay Area, and at issue is...
Photo courtesy of Kelly Niland

Designer Creates “Mission Realty Bingo”

Has a bingo card filled with real estate phrases appeared on your block?  The phrases are real listing excerpts, and they all come from listings in the 94110 zip code. “The epitome of San Francisco living” reads one of them. Another, “Ethnic cafés and hip night spots.” Then there are the more brusque examples: “Motion sensor, alarm system, video intercom”...
Tenants and community organizers at a July press conference at 2050 Bryant Street. Photo by Joe Rivano Barros.

Developments in Development: Feedback Loop

San Francisco may have its problems, but at least we, unlike LA, don’t have hundreds of buildings with load-bearing structures designed by engineers whose credentials were made in Photoshop. At least, not at the moment… that we know of. What we do have is a city full of plans for development that are being tried in the court of public...
Air Force veteran Alton Predew organizing his belongings. Photo by Joe Rivano Barros.

Developments in Development: Talk of Tough Times

A funny thing happened on the way to Super Bowl City: Talk of clearing the homeless out of sight has served to catapult them into the spotlight instead. Everyone’s talking about how the city has failed its most destitute, and that talk has expanded, inevitably, into conversations about evictions, housing, and the cost of living. The most recent, and hilarious,...