This tear down is what $5.5M buys you in Palo Alto

We all know property in “the heart of the Silicon Valley” runs pricey, but occasionally we can still be shocked anew by just how pricey. Here’s a totally run-down home, circa 1923, listing for $5.498 million. Yes, yes, in the land lies the real value. The original structure, a four bed, two bath of 2,008

Stunning Violeta Autumn home in Sausalito is mid-century modern frozen in time

This stunning Sausalito home manages to be both a sort of time capsule (the furnishings look straight out of the early 60s) and, somehow, also timeless—in a style that always seems ahead of its time, no matter what the era. It was designed by Violeta Autumn, who worked closely with architect Bruce Goff in the

Opulent, infamous de Guigne estate lands back on the market with $60 million price cut

In February of 2013, the de Guigne estate hit the Hillsborough market at $100 million, making news as one of the five most expensive properties for sale in the entire country. But there was a quirk in the listing that made it even more newsworthy: a life estate for the current owner. That owner was

Plenty of luxury condo construction in SF, and not much else

Using their own data as well as that compiled for the San Francisco Planning Department’s 75-page 2015 Housing Inventory report (released on May 27, 2016), Paragon Real Estate recently released its San Francisco Housing Development Report. This report is in response to the recent uptick in new construction in the city. “The new-housing landscape in San

Here’s what $2,000 a month rents you in five major American cities

Nationwide, the skyrocketing pace of rents has slowed. Data show median rent prices going flat month over month, as they began to decline in many expensive cities, particularly on the nation’s coasts. Overall, rents have increased a comparatively modest 2.8 percent between April 2015 and April 2016. The median price for a two-bedroom apartment in the U.S. is currently $1,300, while one-bedrooms

Former Ghirardelli manse hits the market in Piedmont at $5.2 million

Luxurious historic homes for sale abound recently- we had an early 1900s traditional  in Berkeley’s Claremont neighborhood, one of Belvedere Island’s first homes (built for a Wells Fargo exec)– and now 636 Highland is another example, this time in the East Bay’s upscale Piedmont neighborhood. A chocolate past Built for the Ghirardelli family in 1911,

Feeding frenzy: SF buyers over-bid on 69 percent of homes sold in last 30 days

Seller’s market? Not two words have ever been truer than those when used to describe San Francisco real estate over the last month. April and May heating up March, 2016 real estate action brought speculation of a cooling market. But that cooling didn’t last long, according to OpenHouse, which tracks real-time market trends, for-sale and sold

SF’s newest Passive House hits the Noe market with net zero impact

The newest Passive House to hit the SF market listed this week at 2127 Castro St, a four-bed, four-bath with two-car garage. Price tag: $4,995,000. Wildly popular, these homes are ecological genius. ENU Construction (founded by Ewen Utting) built 2127 Castro. This firm also built and sold the very first Passive House in San Francisco on 19th Street