Posts Tagged ‘Condo’

San Francisco Market Overview: September 2015

 

September is historically the month San Francisco sees the greatest number of new listings come on the market, and this year it hasn’t disappointed! Since the 1st of the month, more than 800 single-family homes and condos have hit the market, blowing last year’s count out of the water. Further sweetening the situation for prospective home buyers, there are more condos for sale now than any time in the past two years and the most sub-million dollar single-family homes we’ve seen all year.

While median prices for both property types have remained consistently above $1,000,000 for the past seven months, the month-over-month rate of appreciation has cooled recently leading some economists to believe the market is leveling off. Still, there are plenty of buyers out there and the key to home values will continue to be the pace of job growth. On that note, employment is at a record high in San Francisco, and the East Bay (where many people priced out of SF are already putting increasing pressure on the housing market) is in for some major job growth in the coming months, years and decades.

Uber’s recent purchase of the former Sears building in downtown Oakland could prove a huge boon for the city. Aside from the estimated 600 new residents it will bring to the East Bay, it could open the floodgates for startups to establish headquarters in the area. Additionally, Berkeley has a billion-dollar real estate pipeline — one of the largest building booms in its 147-year history — that’ll bring jobs and residents to the area over the next 40 years. If conventional wisdom is correct, the real estate market in the East Bay will be heating up — way up!

A recent study by rental website Zumper found that for every $1 billion in venture capital injected into a local economy, 1-bedroom rents will increase $69 per month, and 2-bedroom rents will increase $99 per month. In San Francisco, $1,069 or 33% of a median 1-bedroom rent can be attributed to this stimulation. As housing prices accelerate around the Bay Area, it should become increasing clear that the housing crunch is a regional issue rather than a strictly San Francisco one, and the solution to it will be best achieved in a coordinated effort.

 

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Meredith Martin is a Broker Associate at Paragon Real Estate Group and can be reached at Meredith@OpeningDoors.me

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A Broker Tour for the Record Books

 

With 309 new listings on the San Francisco Association of REALTORS® Broker Tour yesterday, there was no shortage of properties to see. In fact, including repeat properties, the Tour consisted of a total 477 properties — That’s more new and total listings than there’s been on any given Tour in years! Of the homes I previewed for clients and market research, here are three of my favorites:

1. 4173 Cesar Chavez Street, Noe Valley

From the MLS: Located on a rare cul-de-sac, this 4 bedroom, 3 full bath, 2 half bath house is the definition of modern luxury living and refined design. With 3 bedrooms on the top level and an Aupair suite on the entry level, its cohesive layout exhibits custom millwork throughout. The residence features a custom kitchen, library, dining area, and great room that opens to a stunning outdoor seating area and fireplace. The home is completed with a Speakeasy wet bar, media room, 2 car side-by-side garage, an elevator, 3 fireplaces (2 indoor, 1 outdoor), 3 decks (front deck, master suite deck, roof deck), and picturesque views of Downtown. The attention to detail validates that no expense was spared in the design and construction of this modern masterpiece. List Price: $4,850,000

Does your dream home include high-end finishes? If so, this one’s for you!

2. 458 Ashbury Street, Haight Ashbury

From the MLS: Reimagined Victorian completely rebuilt retaining period influences infused w/contemporary style, a blend of tradition & chic modernity. Graciously scaled rooms-large living room, family room w/dramatic accent wall, combined dining room & kitchen. Coved ceilings, molding, rosettes w/exquisite modern lighting & distinctive wall coverings enliven the spaces. Kitchen w/11-ft marble island, custom cabinetry, premium appliances, wet bar. Sizable deck w/built-in seating. Grand staircase w/custom iron-work. 2nd level: master suite w/sitting area, walk-in closet w/washer/dryer. Luxurious master bath w/dual sink vanity, soaking tub, walk-in shower, Calacatta Oro. 2 additional bedrooms, full bath. Top level: 2 bedrooms w/own bathrooms. Lower level: Exercise/media room, bathroom, sauna, 2 bonus rooms, storage, 3-car garage. List Price: $3,500,000

A shout out to BIRCH + TAYLOR for the gorgeous staging! According to CurbedSF, this home is one of the most intact Victorians on the market — and I’d have to agree. Stunning!

3. 3876 Clay Street, Presidio Heights

From the MLS: Stunning, top floor, two level ‘house-like’ condominium in a two-unit building, Built in 1909, thoroughly remodeled by current owner, under the guidance of interior designer Martha Angus. 4 bedrooms, 2 baths + 1 half bath with grand master suite. Living room and formal dining room with fireplaces. Spacious, sun-lit gourmet kitchen with eat-in banquet. Powder room, and separate laundry room. Two car (tandem) deeded parking, with tradesman entrance with interior access. Spectacular outdoor terrace (deeded to unit for owner’s exclusive use). Selected by 7×7 Magazine as the featured home residence in their annual ‘Design Issue’. List Price: $4,798,000

No need to stage this place — all the furniture, fixtures and artwork belong to the owner whom I met while touring the property. CurbedSF recently ran a story on the home which you can read here.

 

RealtyTrac says October 8th is the best day for home buyers in the San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont metro area, when buyers have paid an average of 25 percent less than a home’s value on that particular day over the past 15 years. Certainly with the flood of new inventory in San Francisco, we may see bidding wars ease up and perhaps the beginning of price stabilization. What are you waiting for? Get out there and write some offers!

 

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Meredith Martin is a Broker Associate at Paragon Real Estate Group and can be reached at Meredith@OpeningDoors.me

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Updated: New Condo Developments in San Francisco

 

 

 

 

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

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Meredith Martin is a Broker Associate at Paragon Real Estate Group and can be reached at Meredith@OpeningDoors.me

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San Francisco Real Estate on a < $1Million Budget

 

There’s the notion that a million dollars is the price you have to pay if you want to play in San Francisco’s red hot real estate market. After all, the most expensive properties get a lot of media attention– But if the median price is $1,160,000, that means almost half the properties on the market are selling for under $1 million.

Of those sub-million dollar properties, the majority are neither Below Market Rate units nor fixer-uppers, instead livable turn-key homes (search homes here). Socketsite recently published news of a double-digit uptick in the number of six-figure single-family homes for sale. Just this week, this two-bedroom single-family home in San Francisco’s Excelsior neighborhood sold for $630,000. The property is already occupied by an unprotected month-to-month tenant agreeable to paying market rent, making this a positive cashflow investment for the non-occupant buyer:

 

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Year to date, Excelsior has in fact had the most six-figure single-family home sales of any neighborhood:

 

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Last week, this two-bedroom two-bathroom condominium at the amenity-rich Telegraph Landing in San Francisco’s North Waterfront neighborhood sold for $950,000. It’s one of the almost 200 two-bedroom condos that have sold in 2015 so far:

 

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First-time homebuyer, investor, mom & pop… a million dollars is a lot of money to almost everyone, and opportunities do really exist beyond the hype of million dollar listings. Sure, prices have been reaching new peaks month after month, climbing to daunting highs. But actually San Francisco real estate is still more affordable now than at the height of the market in 2007, thanks to low mortgage interest rates:

 

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The frenzy that exists in San Francisco’s real estate market right now may be attributed to many factors: a booming local economy, low inventory, very few new residential developments, consumer confidence, credit availability, etc. As the city continues to stake its place as a world class destination, I believe prices will continue to rise — perhaps up to $3,000 per square foot, on par with Tokyo, Sydney and London. With that in mind, it may be only a matter of time before sub-million dollar home sales in the city are a thing of the past. Never underestimate the voracity of the San Francisco market!

 

Meredith Martin is a Broker Associate at Paragon Real Estate Group and can be reached at Meredith@OpeningDoors.me

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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

 

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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 Meredith@OpeningDoors.me

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