Archive for the ‘San Francisco Districts’ Category

Think Long-Term: Best Performing San Francisco Real Estate Investments


This past week, 2470 Broadway in Pacific Heights came on the market in San Francisco with a $6,995,000 list price. Purchased by the current owner in 1976 for $176,000, this price represents a nearly 10% average annual appreciation. It’s a story not dissimilar to that of the former Alioto mansion at 2898 Vallejo, purchased in 1973 for $225,000 and sold in 2013 for $11,700,000. These long-term real estate holdings with appreciation rates well above the San Francisco average left me wondering: Which neighborhood (and what property type therein) is the best long-term investment, historically?

Comparing neighborhood median sales price data for single-family homes and condos/co-ops/TICs, respectively, from 1993 (the earliest available data from the San Francisco MLS) to 2015 YTD medians and calculating the average annual appreciation from January 1, 1993 to September 25, 2015 revealed some surprising findings. North Panhandle (11.03%), Hayes Valley (10.94%), Inner Mission (10.31%), Haight Ashbury (10.05%) and Buena Vista / Ashbury Heights (9.81%) represent the five top-performing single-family home markets in San Francisco during that period. With regard to condos/co-ops/TICs, Downtown (10.19%), Haight Ashbury (9.67%), Anza Vista (9.29%), Inner Mission (8.87%) and Mission Dolores (8.87) compose the five top-performing markets since 1993.

It’s been said that San Francisco real estate is a better investment than the stock market. With nearly half the markets analyzed having average annual appreciation above 7% — the assumed long-term average annual return of a diversified stock portfolio — it appears to be true! Check out this CNN Money calculator and see how your home’s appreciation compares, and click below for neighborhood data.



Central Richmond, Inner Richmond, Jordan Park / Laurel Heights, Lake Street, Outer Richmond, Seacliff, Lone Mountain

central west

Golden Gate Heights, Outer Parkside, Outer Sunset, Parkside, Central Sunset, Inner Sunset, Inner Parkside


Lake Shore, Merced Heights, Pine Lake Park, Stonestown, Lakeside, Merced Manor, Ingleside Heights, Ingleside, Oceanview

twin peaks west

Balboa Terrace, Diamond Heights, Forest Hill, Forest Knolls, Ingleside Terrace, Midtown Terrace, St. Francis Wood, Miraloma Park, Forest Hill Extension, Sherwood Forest, Monterey Heights, Mount Davidson Manor, Westwood Highlands, Westwood Park, Sunnyside, West Portal

upper market

Glen Park, Haight Ashbury, Noe Valley, Twin Peaks, Cole Valley / Parnassus Heights, Buena Vista / Ashbury Heights, Corona Heights, Clarendon Heights, Duboce Triangle, Eureka Valley / Dolores Heights, Mission Dolores

central north

Anza Vista, Hayes Valley, Lower Pacific Heights, Western Addition, Alamo Square, North Panhandle


Marina, Pacific Heights, Presidio Heights, Cow Hollow


Downtown, Financial District / Barbary Coast, Nob Hill, North Beach, Russian Hill, Van Ness / Civic Center, Telegraph Hill, North Waterfront, Tenderloin

central east

Bernal Heights, Inner Mission, Mission Bay, Potrero Hill, South of Market, Yerba Buena, South Beach, Central Waterfront / Dogpatch


Bayview, Crocker Amazon, Excelsior, Outer Mission, Visitacion Valley, Portola, Silver Terrace, Mission Terrace, Hunters Point, Bayview Heights, Candlestick Point, Little Hollywood


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Meredith Martin is a Broker Associate at Paragon Real Estate Group and can be reached at


New Condo Developments in San Francisco


Yesterday evening I had the pleasure to attending “Cranes of SoMa” — a panel discussion of new residential developments in San Francisco’s South of Market neighborhood. No other area of the city is seeing as much construction as is happening here–Approximately 60% of the city’s new construction is happening in District 6 which includes the Tenderloin, South of Market, Mid-Market/Civic Center, South Beach, Mission Bay and Rincon Hill.

Fact: Never has there been so much construction at one time in the history of San Francisco (at least since 1906).

With consideration to new condominium developments of 60+ units:

  • 8 new developments accounting for a total 1,425 units are now selling
  • 941 units are currently under construction, pre-sale



Perhaps the most anticipated of the upcoming new developments is 181 Fremont Street, otherwise known as Park 181. Starting on the 53rd floor and rising 17 stories, the luxury high-rise condominiums here will offer residents the opportunity to live higher in the sky than anywhere west of Chicago. The unit count here includes a full 53rd floor of studio and one-bedroom residences available for purchase only be owners of larger units. At the 70th floor, a full-floor 7,000+/- square foot penthouse will be one of the San Francisco’s most valuable properties (the Tower B penthouse at nearby LUMINA is on the market right now for $49 million). Floors 54 thru 69 will offer a mix of two- and three-bedroom condominiums (no more than four per floor) and four half-floor penthouses. Recent sales have seen the cost of new condominiums rise above $2,200 per square foot, and residences at Park 181 are expected to start around $3,000 per square foot.

For more information on any of the new condominium developments now selling or under construction, please contact me.


Meredith Martin is a Broker Associate at Paragon Real Estate Group and can be reached at


Just Passed: Build Rent-Controlled In-Law Units


The San Francisco Board of Supervisors just unanimously passed legislation allowing for the addition of new in-law units throughout Districts 3 & 8. This affects the following neighborhoods: Chinatown, Nob Hill, Russian Hill, North Beach, Fisherman’s Wharf, Polk Street, the Financial District, Union Square, Castro, Eureka Valley, Upper Market, Noe Valley, Duboce Triangle, Diamond Heights, Glen Park, College Hill, Corona Heights, Buena Vista, Twin Peaks, Mission-Dolores, and parts of the Inner Mission.

This comes in the wake of city-wide legislation passed earlier this year allowing unlimited density to be added to residential structures within a building’s existing footprint when ‘structural upgrades’ (such as seismic retrofitting) are also made. While the legislation passed today does not stipulate structural upgrades, new in-law units must be added within the existing envelope of the building.

“It’s great to know we can add housing without changing the exterior configuration of buildings, and of course the possibility to add rent-controlled housing in 2015 is exciting.” – Julie Christensen, Supervisor, District 3




Meredith Martin is a Broker Associate at Paragon Real Estate Group and can be reached at


San Francisco Secret Spaces

Rooftop Reverie

Rooftop Reverie

San Francisco is a very special place. Right now, some think  it’s the epicenter of the universe. The Titans of Tech, the heart of artistic culture and Karl the fog (our weather is now a mascot!) reside here, working and playing hard. But we all need a break…

The folks at SPUR have shared their local real estate expertise in a cell phone application titled, SPUR Secret Spaces & Hidden Oases to showcase destinations for revitalization. The best part, all are open to the public!

I have narrowed to my top 5. Enjoy!

1. Rooftop Reprieves at The Crocker Galleria on 50 Post St. @ Montgomery St. This breath of fresh air location boasts 2 Rooftop Sun Terraces. Complete with lovely benches, flowering trellis’ and a working foundation, this quiet open space has lived up to its name since its construction in 1982. With easy access to restaurants & restrooms, Rooftop Reprieves receives a stamp of excellence!

2. Standing Among Giants at TransAmerica Redwood Park on 600 Montgomery St. @ Clay St. This iconic oasis lives up to it’s fame.

TransAmerica Redwood Park

TransAmerica Redwood Park

Resting beneath the shadow of this towering skyscraper, an Urban Park accessorized with massive Redwood trees, grass, wooden benches and a stage, takes my first prize for best of the best. Nearby restaurants have cooked lunch for the voyeur of these gentle Redwood giants since 1973.

Moroccan Bliss!

Moroccan Bliss!

3. A Moroccan Plaza at Citicorp Center Building on 1 Samsome St. @ Sutter St. This remarkable architectural accomplishment has provided San Francisco with a glass enclosed roof, supported by 2-story arches of white marble since 1912. A visitor is sure to have a few moments of holiday bliss as palm trees accent this quaint cafe scene. Drift amongst the true show stoppers, an art deco bronze sculpture and marble fountain centerpiece. Sit back, relax and enjoy the tables and chairs free for visitors use since 1983.

4. Up in The Clouds on 343 Sansome St. @ Sacramento St. This split location shares 2 open spaces with the public. Savor the sun and the view from the 15th floor terrace.

15th Floor Terrace

15th Floor Terrace

Travel to the adjacent mall for easy food service. Bring lunch back over and appreciate the olive trees and flower bed planters. This special space has been gifting benches, moveable chairs and tables since 1990.

5. Power Lunch Greenhouse on 101 2nd St. In 2000, contemporary minimalism invited an expansive, glass-enclosed designer cafe to SOMA.

Modern Greenhouse eatery

Power Lunch Greenhouse

Bath in sunlight and pull up a chair or a bench to watch daily noon-time entertainment. Delight in the contrasting white marble and black granite decor that frame an over-sized painting and sculpture. What are your favorite San Francisco spaces?

Rita Roti is a broker associate / assistant manager at Zephyr Real Estate and can be reached at


Liveable SF: Big Plans for Potrero Avenue

Potrero Ave Streetscape Improvement Plan

Potrero Ave Improvement Plan, Photo Credit: SFDPW


What makes a neighborhood become more of a community? What does making a neighborhood more livable mean to you?

To one of my neighbors, Gillian Gillet, it means long term projects with an end game that adds up to a more livable city for us all.

From Gillian Gillet, Director of Transportation Policy:
“As some of you may know, I’ve been active in trying to make our neighborhood more safe, livable and walkable since about 2002 when I began a traffic calming petition for San Jose/Guerrero. Since then, we have bike lanes, a planted median, Guerrero Park, upcoming streetscape improvements that CPMC will build when it rebuilds St. Luke’s, and the sewer upgrade and streetscaping project on Cesar Chavez Street (including permeable, planted bulb-outs). The third leg of the package of projects we need in order to begin to heal the injury brought to our neighborhood during the Freeway era (Burrito Justice and Bernalwood have excellent posts on this), is to restore Potrero to livability. The Department of Public Works is leading an effort to widen sidewalks, formalize the bike lanes and make pedestrian safety improvements to Potrero. Wider sidewalks and bulbouts make walking more pleasant and crossing the street safer, especially for seniors and people with disabilities.”

So here we are, with great success on San Jose/Guerrero with the greening project, the amazing reconfiguring of Cesar Chavez Street with the new sewer line installation, greening and traffic re-organization, both examples of community cooperation that led to safer and more enjoyable streets!

Next on the schedule, I hope, is the safety improvement project on high-traffic Potrero Avenue in the Mission district. Plagued by a fatal bicycling accident in October 2013, the city with local encouragement, will hopefully perform a dramatic facelift.

Focused on blocks 21st-25th Street, city plans are calling for a $3.2million renovation to be completed in 2015. The proposed upgrades compliment the San Francisco General Hospital rebuild. The investment constructs wider sidewalks, new lighting and structured methods to slow traffic and secure pedestrians and cyclists.

Some local merchants and neighbors are supporting the preservation of existing parking spaces, while  other neighbors and some San Francisco General Hospital employees express their concerns and needs for increased pedestrian safety. Sasha Cuttler, a nurse at SF General, shared her perspective with SF.Streetblog reporter Aaron Bialick. “I know people that work here (SF General) that have been injured just coming to work, and I’m concerned that we need to do more to protect people”. Cuttler has rallied workers to voice the urgency for buffered bike lanes, longer transit lanes or better yet, exclusive transit lanes to secure their safe daily transit.

Ideal plan for cyclists

Ideal plan for cyclists, Photo Credit Aaron Bialick

The  plan also proposes the expansion of street corners, bus stops and the addition of T lights at every corner. “The improvements to Potrero Avenue is a large project with lots of considerations to account for. As San Francisco Supervisor ensuring our citizens safety is the top concern. So of course pedestrian and bicyclist safety is absolutely a priority,” says Malia Cohen, District 10 Supervisor.

Nonetheless, the big debate was in not just the aesthetics but the functionality of the project. At some public meetings, the conversation targeted the addition of a landscaped median, and the removal of many existing parking spaces. Neighborhood residents and businesses strongly rejected this design, contending not only the effect a reduction of parking  spaces will have on them, but also the possible effect of increased speed from commuters.

However, there now seems to be compromise, with option 1  being the preferred choice after 5 community meetings, there might be a ribbon cutting in the future, like that at the Cesar Chavez Streetscape project.

The SFMTA Traffic Engineering Public Hearing on the ‘Potrero Streetscape Improvement Project’  is scheduled:
February 14
Room 416 (Hearing Room 4)
4th Floor, City Hall

Public Comment needed on the proposed parking, traffic, and transit changes toPotrero Avenue between Alameda and 25th streets. (This is the proposal that will remove 58 parking spaces along Potrero Ave.)

Following the public hearing the project will go to the SFMTA Board for final approval.
The hearing date at the SFMTA Board has not yet been scheduled .

More information on the project can be found at

Streetscape Improvement Plan, Photo Credit Aaron Bialick

Streetscape Improvement Plan, Photo Credit Aaron Bialick


Rita Roti is a broker associate / assistant manager at Zephyr Real Estate and can be reached at