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

Outrageous Beverly Hills spec house asks $150 million

Featuring 10 bedrooms, 20 bathrooms, 38,000 square feet, a movie theater complex, parking for 60 cars and not just a spa but a spa level, 301 Carolwood Drive in Los Angeles has just come to market asking $150 million. If sold at anywhere near that price, it would beat out neighboring ridiculous mansion, Fleur de Lys,

Oakland rents jumps again in April, now equal with Boston

Since last summer, Oakland’s been getting a lot of press for its rapid, rather unsettling housing price appreciation, particularly that of its rental market. According to Zumper’s National Rent Report for April, 2016, that appreciation has continued. Oakland is up 1.3 percent for one beds and 0.7 percent for two beds month-over-month. “Prices are now
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by Ben Taylor, You probably know someone with a tech job in San Francisco or an advertising gig in New York. She eats at world-class restaurants, travels to foreign countries on business and boasts a LinkedIn profile sparkling with brand names and blockbuster deals. But what gets under your skin most is her salary,
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Market gridlock? San Francisco’s starter home inventory down 70% in four years

“Starter homes” are just what they sound like: the low end of the market where the buyer, new to said market, begins an ostensive trajectory upward. The starter home brings the needed wealth/equity to move to a“trade up” home, which is theoretically closer to the ideal home the buyer sought from the outset, but could

Bay Area hosts three of nation’s top five most pricey rental markets

Rents in three Bay Area cities went up last month, meaning that now, our corner of California commands three places in the top five most expensive rental markets in the nation. According to Zumper’s National Rent Report for March, 2016, San Francisco rent prices increased 2.6 percent in February, reaching a median one bedroom price of $3,590.This