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Olsen House, circa 1954, now on the Berkeley market for the first time ever

In Thousand Oaks, the Olsen House stands on a forested lot, its glass walls overlooking sylvan serenity. Architect Donald Olsen built this home for his wife Helen and himself in 1954. Now, for the first time, 771 San Diego Road is on the market, with an asking price of $1,795,000. Historic Berkeley home Listed in

Increasing number of S.F. apartments offering ‘move in specials’

We all know the San Francisco rental market is tough. In recent years, it has presented challengers for renters, but now it seems to be getting tougher for landlords. If the number of “move in specials” is anything to go by, filling vacant units this fall isn’t as easy as it usually is. Though hardly scientific

More than $65 billion in real estate estimated to be at risk in the Napa and Santa Rosa areas

More than 170,000 homes are at some level of risk from the wildfires in Napa and Santa Rosa, which would cost over $65 billion to completely reconstruct, according to CoreLogic hazard risk analysis. CoreLogic said that of that total, 6 percent (or over 11,000) are at significant risk, while the rest are at low to

S.F. real estate is the most ‘overvalued’ in the U.S., according to banking giant

Don’t call it a bubble. San Francisco’s real estate market is merely “overvalued,” according to a new report from UBS. The financial services firm’s annual Global Real Estate Bubble Index says that, even amid rising prices, the relatively high incomes in San Francisco make buying a home here “relatively feasible.” However, San Francisco is still the most

Seller of ‘distressed’ Mountain View cottage gets $1.1 million, 7 years of free rent

A Mountain View cottage with under 1,000 square feet and in “distressed condition” has sold for $1,100,000 in a matter of weeks. Sadly, in the crazy world of South Bay real estate that alone would not be enough to merit our attention. What really caught our eye was the unique restrictions put on the deal:

Guess which S.F. zip saw a 40 percent increase in sales prices this year?

The most expensive zip code in San Francisco isn’t in one of the city’s tony northern neighborhoods, like Pacific Heights or Telegraph Hill. In fact, it’s not north at all, but south—South Beach to be exact. That’s right, 94105 is the priciest zip code in San Francisco, according to data from property research site Property

Mid-century time capsule hits market for first time in almost 50 years

Mid-century homes aren’t unusual in the Bay Area; but one so well preserved, so maintained by a family that lived in and loved it for almost 50 years? Less common. The last time 760 Spruce was for sale, the year was 1968. Now, it’s for sale again, at $1.2 million. History Dr. John and Eunice Jackson

The Bay Area sees more of this unorthodox living situation than anywhere else in the U.S.

Roommates are a fact of life in expensive cities like San Francisco. But while the typical roommate scenario involves a bunch of young singles sharing a place, in recent years more and more couples have been hopping on the roommate bandwagon. Local leasing agent James Wavro started noticing an uptick around 2014, as rents in

The real estate buzz words that sell San Francisco’s most luxurious listings

The old saying goes that, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” But sometimes just a few words, used over and over again, can create a pretty compelling picture. This is especially true when it comes to luxury real-estate, where “broker speak” can give a very interesting peek into the mindset of high-end buyers. Perhaps

Ex-Yahoo CEO’s former Belvedere property may break records with $65-million price tag

There’s just one small problem with the $65-million home on over an acre of waterfront property on Marin’s Belvedere—outside of the astronomical price tag, of course. Simply put, the estate hasn’t been built yet, though plans for an over-10,000-square-foot main home, as well as a small guest house closer to the private beach, a buried

Spectacular Daniel Liebermann–designed mid-century in the Berkeley Hills listed for $3.8M

Daniel Liebermann, protege of Frank Lloyd Wright, passed away in 2015 but his unique stamp on Bay Area architecture is timeless. Working with Wright, Lieberman assisted with the construction of the Marin County Civic Center during the 1960s,and is credited with numerous outstanding homes dotting the Bay Area landscape. And now, you could own a

Walden Monterey offers high-end communal living on 600 acres

This is the year Henry David Thoreau would have turned 200 years old, should he have lived so long. His legacy, of course, lives on in the heart of any fan of early American literature, and, now, apparently, in a new luxury housing development on the Monterey Peninsula. Walden Monterey is a 600-acre, tree-covered hillside property

What you can rent in S.F. for $20,000—and up—a month

When the owners of a home on Cumberland Street in Dolores Heights purchased and renovated the property several years back, they felt like they finally had their dream home. Then a job opportunity in Europe came up. The owners didn’t want to sell, but knew they’d be gone for an indefinite period of time. So

TIC studio across from the Panhandle in a 1905 mansion asks $375K

Located directly across from the Panhandle Park, 1932 Fell Street is a 1905 mansion turned 11-unit TIC development. One of the smallest of these units has recently come to market asking $375,000. The studio’s most notable feature is a curved raised sleeping platform with a checkerboard pattern. It is two steps up from the main

Olympic gold medalist’s mid-century Marin home hits market at $2.6 million

In mid-century splendor is 40 Twain Harte Lane, perched in Bret Harte Heights with spectacular, sparkling views. The house, a four-bedroom and four-bathroom of 3,065 square feet, enjoys a two parcel lot, totaling over 1.3 acres. It’s currently owned by Olympic gold medal sprinter Michael Johnson, who at one point in history was considered “the

Will a new listing bring a tiny S.F. enclave into the $5-million-plus club?

Back in 2014, 91 Commonwealth Avenue in Jordan Park sold for $4,962,000. The five-bedroom, 4.5-bath 1915 home remains the highest sale ever recorded in the small enclave tucked away between Geary and California streets, just east of Arguello. Sellers agent Joan Gordon said the “unusual house” was able to net such an unusual price for

Incredibly embellished 1900 Victorian hits Haight Ashbury market for $2.995M

Built in 1900, this incredible Queen Anne exhibits San Francisco grandeur both old and new. The property at 1915 Oak Street is a four-level, 3,633-square-foot abode offering three bedrooms in the main home and a one-bed, one-bath au pair unit with its own kitchen downstairs. All this Victorian charm — with a decidedly artsy twist —

Below market condo lists for $316,692 in SF’s Sunnyside neighborhood

Below market units (BMR): rare, complicated phenomena that appear on the San Francisco market infrequently; but each time they do, they create excitement. Take 370 Monterey Blvd., #201 for example. This one bed, one bath condo is 807 square feet, listed at $316,692. That’s a price of $392 per square foot. The median sale price

Check out the S.F. landmarks in the bathrooms of this $5.85M Willis Polk Tudor

In 1893, Willis Polk designed a grand Tudor Revival home on top of Pacific Heights. At the time, the famed architect was at the beginning of his lauded local career. He would go on to create many other gorgeous residences, as well as landmarks like the Hallidie and Hobart buildings downtown, One Lombard Street at

‘Fairy tale’ Haight-Ashbury cottage with private front yard asks $849K

The 50th anniversary of the summer of love may be behind us, but we’re betting many buyers will still fall head over heels for this “Alice in Wonderland cottage” in the Haight. “Alice had to fall down a rabbit hole before she got to her magical garden,” read the fanciful listing notes. “Your own path to

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