The Hill is Alive with the Sound of Music….

by Gary Belk Well actually the sound of construction and moving trucks! Potrero Hill real estate has suddenly exploded. After months of no inventory there are now several nice properties on the market. If you haven’t explored the neighborhood now is the time. I moved to The Hill (as the locals call it)  in June and have fallen in love.  The weather is great, the clerk at the dry cleaners remembers my name and the shopkeepers along 20th Street stand out front and speak to me as I walk by. With the best weather in the city; it’s strategically located close to the 280 (easy access to the South Bay), the new mega biomedical China Basin and UCSF and it even has it’s own Cal-train Station. To top all of that, unlike SOMA and other parts of the city it has a distinct small-town feeling with a slew of great eating options, neighborhood parks with playgrounds and tennis courts and of course views of downtown and the water. Here are some links that will help you explore The Hill (as locals call it) from the comfort of your sofa. Around the Hill One Badass Block (7×7 Magazine) One of My Favorite Places The Good Life Grocery Mission Rock Real Estate Currently Available [idx-listing mlsnumber=”412280″] [idx-listing mlsnumber=”412522″] [idx-listing mlsnumber=”412427″] [idx-listing mlsnumber=”411376″] [idx-listing mlsnumber=”412348″] [idx-listing mlsnumber=”412519″]   Have you been to The Hill? Tell us what you like most about the area?  ...

Have You Dreamed of Owning A Home In San Francisco?

If you’ve dreamed of owning a home in San Francisco that you can really call your own, then now might just be the time to take a serious look at making that dream come true. Benefiting from magnificent views of the city’s stunning skylines, luxury San Francisco real estate offers exuberant lifestyle homes with great access to exceptional dining, renowned galleries, great shopping, and  a myriad of popular public festivals and events. With great offerings in exquisite luxury real estate properties available for sale and rent throughout San Francisco, with its many unique neighborhoods. Its proximity to Silicon Valley and its cultural appeal help make the Bay Area one of the highest priced markets in the country. These factors help keep property values in the region and also buffered it against the downturns that hit most other areas. According to The Wall Street Journal, home prices in San Francisco have risen more over the last year than in almost any other metro. Between July 2011 and July 2012, home prices rose more than 10 percent in San Francisco, sources report. Additionally an increased population of surging local tech market workers with sizeable incomes has contributed to a rise in the cost of housing overall, ranging from rental properties to San Francisco luxury real estate, the San Francisco Examiner reports. An influx of high-income workers anxious to find housing near the city continues to increase rental and home prices.  San Francisco has earned a reputation as a great place to live for people in higher income brackets an attract some of the state’s most affluent citizens. The Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies...

Potrero Hill Fixer with massive views

 Gary Belk  350 Pennsylvania San Francisco, CA Status:For Sale List Price: $1,500,000 MLS ID: 385451   This property is located on a double lot on the eastern side of Potrero Hill.  The location affords the home substantial views of the Bay, East Bay and to the north the City skyline.  The double lot gives you many options for expansion.  It would probably be allowed to build a multi-unit building or to expand the single family home.  The design concept that I have developed is to expand the home.  I add a great room/master suite addition to the home and change the floor plan of the existing structure to allow for open concept living on the ground floor.            ...

The Castro and surrounding areas

The Casto District is best known as the mecca of Gay culture for San Francisco and possible the world. But the Castro is so much more.  For it’s residents it provides a safe, walk-friendly neighborhood with easy transit to most parts of the city. In earlier times it was known as Eureka Valley. It was settled in the late 1880‘s by Irish and German immigrants. The recently completed Market Street Railway linked this new suburb to the rest of the city.  These immigrants built large Victorian homes for their large families.  The neighborhood remained predominantly occupied by these families until the after the Second World War when, just like the rest of America, many of the families fled the city for an easier life in the suburbs. This opened the door for young, mostly gay would-be homeowners to buy these large Victorians. The property in the Castro have been maintained and the area is safe and clean.  Today families are once again gaining in numbers.  You often see children and hear the sounds of laughter and play at neighborhood schools. With it’s central location, many amenities and stock of quality homes and condos this is a very popular neighborhood. [idx-listings community=”Eureka Valley/Dolore” propertytypes=”1059,1064,1060″ orderby=”DateAdded” orderdir=”DESC” count=”1″] [idx-listings community=”Corona Heights” propertytypes=”1059,1064,1060″ orderby=”DateAdded” orderdir=”DESC” count=”1″]...

Cole Valley and surrounding areas

Located in between the Haight and the Castro the “village” of Cole Valley has a character much different than it’s neighbors.  The residents are mostly young professional families. The shops along Cole Street are mostly locally owned catering to the neighborhood.  Food and coffee abound, in the three block strip of Cole Street there are more than a dozen restaurants and cafes.  Above the cafe’s awning on the corner of Cole and Carl is an old sign for the Other Cafe, a comedy club where Robbin Williams and Dana Carvey performed before they hit the big time. Cole Hardware has practically everything one could need, Alpha Market has a great Deli run by a kind gentleman named Jim and don’t overlook Bambinos Restaurant it’s been a neighbor staple for generations. [idx-listings community=”Cole Valley/Parnassu” propertytypes=”1059,1064,1060″ orderby=”DateAdded” orderdir=”DESC” count=”1″] [idx-listings community=”Buena Vista/Ashbury” propertytypes=”1059,1064,1060″ orderby=”DateAdded” orderdir=”DESC”...

Noe Valley

Noe Valley is a neighborhood of contradictions. It’s home to both liberals and conservatives, it has attracted the working class, dot.com millionaires, Hollywood film crews (“Sister Act,” “Nash Bridges”), and, in the 1970s, followers of controversial Indian guru Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh. Noe has a clean-cut image and it’s chock full of upscale restaurants, home-decor boutiques, and chic clothing shops. The housing is a pleasant mix of small apartment buildings and single families houses.  Many of the apartment buildings are 2 unit buildings that have been converted to T.I.C. units and condos. The hills that surround Noe Valley give it an air of remoteness and removal from the city which, along with the plethora of pretty, long-standing Victorians, is what attracts families with kids, dogs and strollers to the neighborhood. This, in turn, has attracted merchants who cater to them and earned the neighborhood the nickname “Stroller Valley”. [idx-listings community=”Noe Valley” propertytypes=”1059,1064,1060″ orderby=”DateAdded” orderdir=”DESC”...