THE BUZZ BLOG
  • SF’s Cool Urban Park On Top of New Transit Center Hot Real Estate

    San Francisco has got a new urban park – 5.4 acres of trees, shrubs, flowers, grass, walkways and waterways on top of a roof five stories up. That’s a pretty big and a very cool rooftop sitting pr...

  • Coming Soon: 150 Central Avenue

    Coming soon. Four unit Painted Lady on famous row in the Haight Ashbury. Decked out like a wedding cake, this painted lady is photographed a hundred times a day by tourists and day-trippers in the Hai...

  • SF’s Financial District Home to First Women-Only Coworking Space

    Last month I wrote about the hot competition among coworking space companies in San Francisco, and their pitch battle of amenities offered to attract in clients. Coming up in October in the Financial ...

  • San Francisco September Newsletter

    September is typically the single month with the highest number of new listings coming on market in San Francisco, a big spike in inventory which fuels the relatively short autumn selling season. Ver...

  • Just Listed: 1013 Cabrillo Street

    Set near the edge of the world’s greatest urban park, this is the home where you’ll dig for treasure in the back yard, test Grandma’s secret recipes in the sunlit kitchen, and build small but pe...

  • $3,000 Gets You What in SF Rentals Right Now, This Week?

    Three thousand dollars a month for apartment rent is certainly not cheap in any city, but in SF it’s only going to go so far. However, surprisingly (depending on your neighborhood, of course), it ca...

  • Coworking Spaces in San Francisco Competing With Big Amenities

    San Francisco’s coworking scene is undergoing a makeover as competition heats up between companies vying for the coworking market. Coworking is when workers from different companies work independent...

  • Making Laundry Sexy Again

    How Laundry Rooms soothe and restore It was the first room to the right just inside the front door. She walked in and twirled around like Julie Andrews in The Sound of Music. Visions of fitted sheets ...

  • SFRealEstateBuzz Makes Some News

    Our most recent sale, referenced above was a modest bungalow in the Outer Sunset. It went for a lot more than asking because it was in a highly sought after neighborhood with a heavy beach vibe, had a...

  • Robots Working in Restaurants in the Bay Area

    Robots are part of the SF Bay Area food scene. Not the foodie scene. But definitely the food scene. Check out a scene on Telegraph Ave in Berkeley recently where a DoorDash robot at two feet tall was ...

  • Four Charts About San Francisco Luxury Home Sales

    The second quarter of 2018 saw the highest quarterly number of SF homes selling for $2 million and above –  probably because quality family homes in good neighborhoods easily sell in the $2-2.5...

  • Just Listed: 1500 Diamond Street

    Your back bedroom opens onto a flowering garden, while at the front a sky lit kitchen and open floor plan take in a shimmering downtown skyline. Head up to the yard with your coffee and your eye will ...

  • San Francisco Real Estate Market Report

    We are pleased to announce that Paragon Real Estate has joined forces with Compass in order to deliver a new level of support and service for our clients. Founded in 2012, Compass is a real estate te...

  • SOLD: 2347 16th Ave

    Sold for $1,625,000...

  • SF’s November Ballot Includes Tax For Large Companies to Help Homeless

    San Francisco’s City Election committee recently approved a ballot measure up for vote in November 2018 that will address the city’s homeless situation with a tax on the city’s largest companies...

  • Props and Shout-Outs This Week

    Our business is built on referrals from old clients and fellow agents outside San Francisco.  This week’s hat tips go out to Colleen Larkin of Thornwall Properties, Julie Cuellas at Red Oak...

  • New Hotel in SoMa Touting Top Chef, Rooftop Bar

    San Francisco has its share of panoramic rooftop views along with mixologist drinks, and it doesn’t hurt to add another one at the soon-to-open Virgin Hotel with 194 rooms in SoMa, at 250 Fourth Str...

  • Does anyone else remember the Wild Mouse ride at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk?

    When I was a kid it was the only ride there I didn’t like. My hip sockets always took a beating in those tiny metal cars, and I never walked away without bruise or two along my swimsuit line. Th...

  • This Week’s Hot ‘Dog’ Links

    It’s a well-known fact there are more dogs than kids in the city these days. Whether you are a long time resident or new to San Francisco, we’ve compiled these links to show you the most dog frien...

  • Renting Is Now Cheaper Than Buying in San Francisco

    The sizzling buying market in SF has now turned another real estate law of gravity on its head: it’s now cheaper to rent than to plunk down the monthly mortgage on a house or condo in the city. Acco...

  • The Fascinating Etymology of SF Neighborhood Names

    San Francisco is the city of colorful, charming neighborhood names, the more edgy colorful the better it seems. As in Dogpatch, which origins is not exactly known but it’s speculated that it was a n...

  • Stuff to Do In the Last Weekend of July 2018

    It’s always a pleasure to sip some good coffee at a good café on an interesting SF street and take a look at what’s coming up for a weekend that happens to be the last weekend in a month—in thi...

  • Seasonality: How Market Dynamics Change by Season

    Seasonality typically affects inventory levels, buyer demand and median home prices, often in very significant ways – as is illustrated in the following charts. However, it is not the only fac...

  • From Luxury to Ultra-Luxury Condos in SF

    Luxury has a certain ring to it in the condo world, and sparks up visions of design and amenities that include, …well, everything you can think of. However, luxury is not enough these days in San Fr...

  • 60,000 New Residential Units in SF Mapped Out

    San Francisco has a pretty big pipeline of new residential unit projects coming into the city—either as approved and being built or in the approval or proposal stages. These projects represent a sig...

  • SF Multi-Unit Residential Income Market

    The Multi-Unit Residential Property Markets of San Francisco, Alameda & Marin Counties This report generally separates out the 2-4 unit and the 5+ unit apartment building markets, since they typi...

  • Hotel Room Boom is Upon San Francisco

    San Francisco—one of the most visited cities in the world—is in the midst of a hotel room boom after several years of slack growth hotel-wise. The largest room increase was back in 2008 with the I...

  • The Symbiotic Affect of a Hot Job Market in SF and Rising Home Prices

    The ecology of San Francisco includes more than its Golden Gate Park and small park flora, and trees along streets and rooftop and inner courtyard gardens. It includes a less helpful symbiotic relatio...

  • What Costs How Much Where in San Francisco

    Median sales price is that price at which half the sales occurred for less and half for more. Average dollar per square foot reflects the livable interior space of a home and does not include garages...

  • San Francisco—a Great City of Adventurous Alleys

    A story out of sfweekly.com took on the cultural, cartographical importance of alleys in San Francisco, which is a city chock full of such, as it turns out. Anybody who regularly drives around and thr...

  • Office Rents Are Rising in SF for First Time in Two Years

    In the rising tide of prices in San Francisco you can now see office rents among the boats being lifted up. It’s been over two years since such increases were visible. Now, as of the second quarter ...

  • 2018 YTD: A Wild Ride for San Francisco Real Estate

    By any measure, the heat of the San Francisco market in the first half of 2018 has been among the most blistering ever. Probably only 3 or 4 other periods over the past 50 years have seen a comparabl...

  • Local Architects Sculpting San Francisco’s Skyline

    Architect firms local to the Bay Area are up front and center in the structural designing and interior designing of some of our most notable and prized local buildings, both here in SF and over to the...

  • Is Home Cooking Going Extinct – Replaced by Ordering Online

    Home cooking can be enjoyable—even contemplative—a way to relax and connect with things important about being human, being a couple or being a family. Yet, for many it is a responsibility, a chore...

  • San Francisco Professional Workers Looking For Work-Life Balance

    What are employees looking for in their work culture and environment in San Francisco, and, indeed, the entire Bay Area and across the country?  The stereotype is lots of free food (healthy as an opt...

  • Slowing Rent Growth in San Francisco – Why?

    The rate of rent growth in San Francisco has been dropping pretty significantly since 2015. And that is a puzzle, considering the super expensive buying environment in SF. Over the past three years th...

  • Eat Your Way Through All The New Restaurants – SoMa and Mission Bay.

    The numbers are a bit surprising, but for a foodie town like San Francisco, maybe not. Despite all the high costs and pretty daunting permitting processes to jump through new restaurants and cafes cro...

  • Win the Ugliest Dog Contest Up in Petaluma This Saturday

    Hey you with the ugliest dog in San Francisco, and you know who you are. Your dog is toothless or hairless or has a shockingly scrunched up face that you love to death, or hanging skin and a corkscrew...

  • Record Fast Time For Sales of Homes in San Francisco

    Fast times are here in San Francisco – if you’re selling your house. In fact, across the entire Bay Area the sale of a home is so fast from listing to closing that our SF Bay Area holds the fastes...

  • The Most Expensive Construction Projects in SF Now

    San Francisco’s pretty skyline—even with fog moistly rolling in—is being remolded as we speak, so to speak. There are cranes all over the place, and a few big-ticket projects have come online, l...

  • Pacific Heights Dream House Goes for $1.6 Million Over Asking

    Now there’s a cosmic coincidence. A Pacific Heights home was asking $8 million, and just sold for $9.6 million, $1.6 million or 20 percent over asking. That number $1.6 million is also the average p...

  • San Francisco’s Toilet Kiosks to Get Jetson-like Makeover

    Say “ciao” to the old SF green JC Decaux public toilets. They’re going, well… “down the toilet.” Swooping in from a sort of Jetson’s futuristic techno and environmentally-friendly blend ...

  • A Marriage Made in Heaven? – Work Plus Living In Same High Rise

    Well, it’s probably the easiest home to work commute, outside of just working from inside your home. Just walk to work on the same floor you live on in a high rise—at least that’s the new idea f...

  • Upcoming Stern Grove Festival – Free and Fabulous

    Summer concerts are zinging in on us in the SF Bay Area and our own San Francisco is putting on very special outdoor concert shows including the Stern Grove Festival: ten Sundays of absolutely free (d...

  • Bay Area Market Survey: From Billionaires in Mansions to Flippers & Fixer-Uppers

    The county and city appreciation percentages in the chart above were calculated by averaging changes in both median sales prices and average dollar per square foot values. We also incorporated S&...

  • Women Are Better Tippers Than Men, Even With Subpar Service

    We in San Francisco are good tippers, even very good tippers at our ginormous array of restaurants. We often plunk down 20% or near that. We appreciate good, attentive service and the hard work of ser...

  • Nearly 50% of SF Bay Area Residents Planning on Moving Away

    According to a survey of registered voters by the business-sponsored Bay Area Council conducted across the nine counties of the SF Bay Area, there are 46% of us who are planning to move out of the are...

  • Tiny, Affordable Apartments Going Up in The Tenderloin

    Tiny as a meme for how-to-live-in—as in tiny house—is catching fire in the city apartment living tableau in American cities where affordable housing is a chronic situation. Now in SF’s Tenderloi...

  • Affordability & the Cost of Housing in the SF Bay Area

    The California Association of Realtors recently released its Housing Affordability Index (HAI) for the 1st quarter of 2018, which measures the percentage of households that can afford to buy the medi...

  • Street Artist Honeys Up Side of Building in SoMa

    Maybe you’ve already heard of him, the anonymous SF street artist who goes by the nom du plume of fnnch, pronounced as “finch.” If so, his latest paint-and-brush project at 1263 Mission Street i...

  • Kaiser Permanente Puts Up $200M to Fight Homelessness

    Homelessness in San Francisco remains an escalating society challenge and even worry among San Franciscans. In certain street areas homeless people and conditions are making a bad rep for the city amo...

  • San Francisco Luxury House, Luxury Condo, Co-op and TIC Markets

    As seen in the chart below, so far in 2018, SF luxury home sales have been very strong, higher than in any previous year since the recovery began in 2012. The recent stock market volatility notwithst...

  • 2-Day Carnaval in Mission District Blasts Off This Weekend

    San Francisco has its own Carnaval street celebration—not quite the size of New Orleans, but still a cultural/social/cuisine blast. Our Carnaval has been dancing and eating and music-playing its way...

  • SF Cultural Enclaves Moving Toward Heritage Preservation

    The district of Bayview in San Francisco is a neighborhood of working class housing, retail shops and small hometown restaurants. It used to be a place of grittiness and patches of poverty. But like t...

  • Wow – Need $333K a Year to Buy a Home in San Francisco

    It’s an easy number to remember: $333,000. So, if you’re talking at a party or around the cooler, you can make a weighty dialectical point by stating, “Buying a home in San Francisco—house, or...

  • Amazon Cashier-Free Grocery Stores Coming to SF and Chicago

    Well, it’s a dubious honor, and another first for San Francisco, city of cultural experimentation ever since the Barbary Coast days. Amazon, with its love-hate relationship with consumers, is coming...

  • Twelve for Twelve in San Francisco Real Estate Neighborhoods

    Across the U.S. the average increase in housing pricing is about 7 percent from 2011 on to where we are now in May 2018. In San Francisco that appreciation rate is running 12 percent since 2011 and th...

  • San Francisco Homes Earn More Per Hour Than Average U.S. Workers

    If you own a home or condo in San Francisco, then its accruing market value is chugging up around the clock, kind of like a money printing machine. In fact, the upward growth of value in a San Francis...

  • Another Beer Haus Suds it Up in San Francisco

    Beer is uber popular in San Francisco, and the Bavarian tradition of combining barrel-pulled beer and hearty German food in a long-table atmosphere under a haus roof is further promulgating in SF. We ...

  • Historic Designation Pushes Back Big Development in North SF

    The Laurel Heights neighborhood is lovely, leafy and now embroiled in a battle between the Laurel Heights Improvement Association (LHIA) and developers Prado Group and SKS. The developers are wanting ...