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Special only-in-S.F. homes on the market – SFGate

Tales of the City’s Real Estate. Special only-in-S.F. homes on the market – SFGate.

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EXCLUSIVE PRE-MLS Listing: 467A Duboce Avenue, Duboce Triangle, Chic Penthouse, $939,000, exclusively listed with Kevin Ho, Vanguard Properties

Learn more about this exclusive pre-MLS listing at 467A Duboce Avenue with Kevin Ho, Vanguard Properties

After less than a year here, the owners of 467A Duboce are relocating back to New York. They are heartbroken to leave this warm, chic and private home located in middle of the coveted Duboce Triangle area, which is steps away from a vibrant dog park, nightlife, transit and urban conveniences.
Like its brethren, noted architect Owen Kennerly designed this serene space, which stands apart from the other homes in the Chinese Laundry group because of its finishes, vast outdoor space, west-facing windows, exclusive roof deck and main level deck.
You may remember 467A was sold in a blink last year and you may have missed it. Here’s your chance for you and your best clients to see it before anyone else does in advance until August 3. After that, it’s anyone’s guess what the open market will say.

See what's inside.

467A Duboce Floorplan. (Approx.)

Housing Exuberance Led by Shiller’s U.S. Glamorous Cities – Bloomberg

Housing Exuberance Led by Shiller’s U.S. Glamorous Cities - Bloomberg

In San Francisco, [residential real estate] prices are being driven up by the soaring technology industry. In May, a record 211,400 people were employed in the city’s professional services sector, which includes computer design, an increase of 12,400 positions from a year earlier, according to the California Employment Development Department. Jobs in health care and private education services, leisure and hospitality also had larger-than-normal annual increases….

via Housing Exuberance Led by Shiller’s U.S. Glamorous Cities – Bloomberg.

Trio of homes on SF’s 20th & 21st streets sell for way over asking | On The Block | an SFGate.com blog

The market continues to roll on.  You see the result of no inventory now?

Trio of homes on SF’s 20th & 21st streets sell for way over asking | On The Block | an SFGate.com blog

Trio of homes on SF’s 20th & 21st streets sell for way over asking | From “On The Block” a SFGate.com blog.

Visit Me Tonight at this 2 bedroom 2.5 bathroom chic Townhome located at 471 Duboce Ave., Duboce Triangle, San Francisco, California, Listed by Vanguard Properties.

Twlighlight Open House: 2 bedroom 2.5 bathroom Tenant-in-common located at 471 Duboce Ave., Duboce Triangle, San Francisco, California is hosted by Kevin K. Ho, Esq. Thursday, June 21, 2012 5:30 – 7:00 p..m.!

The Chinese Laundry? 471 Duboce

of Vanguard Properties..

Atop Buena Vista Terrace: startup veteran sells his 7000 sq ft pad for a cool $7M

Feast your eyes on this double-wide lot home that was built a few years ago. Modern, steel-framed constriction on a spectacular lot make for views in…well…every room! Even doing the dishes is fun: Practicality combines with views galore.

That said, the insights into how the 2x successful startup owners live everyday is also fascinating. This home is well-announced, spacious, filled with subtle and not-so-subtle luxury details. On the market for $7M. Listed with Payton Stiewe. You’re more than invited to use my buyer-representation services here!






Will 1687 Alabama break records for Single-family homes in Bernal Heights?

1687 Alabama promises to be a hot, hot, hot property with its chic renovation of a typical two-level San Francisco home that really shows off the possibilities

Jim Hurley and Vanguard are known for their renovations (biased opinion acknowledged). But in this case Jim and his development partners have outdone themselves by turning a run-of-the-mill Bernal Heights home on Alabama Street (just up the block from Precita Park) at the base of Bernal’s North Slope into a demonstration piece showcasing the fullest potential for San Francisco’s classical homes.

The finishes are quality, the modern aesthetic shines. Sure there are wood floors, a kitchen with an island, bathrooms and bedrooms and even a skylight. But it’s the execution that sets this home apart. Skylights are used to cast massive amounts of light even on foggy morning. The wood floor blanks are broader. The baseboard and door framing treatments are elegant and clever. And my personal favorite the floating bathroom vanity with underlighting (sayanora pedestal sinks!) The massive walk-up open living space with kitchen and living room is flanked by two bedrooms and bath. A skylight and modern chandelier light the stairs going down (a piece of craftspersonship in itself) to the master suite level with an en suite bathroom (double floating vanities that all open and lead out to a cleverly landscaped backyard.

Listed at nearly $1.3M this home will touch the $1000/sqft price point if it sells at the price. Take a look at it while you can!













What does $16.5m get you these days in SF?

A Massive 11,000 sq ft Pac Heights Mansion listed with Pac Union at 1250 Pacific at Baker

The last of the Newhall family that owned this Cape Cod tucked away off of Pacific behind another ‘modest’ home passed away a couple of months ago willing this 7 bedroom mansion to a nearby church after living there for 92 years. Yes, 92. In the end it was her and a 24-hour caregiver left on this home with amazing public spaces complete with a replica of a cape cod shingled house – but inside under an atrium that leads into another nautical-like homage to the aft of an 19th century English sailing ship. The caregiver was given the ‘modest’ brick home across the street and the church got the house. The house has a servant wing ala Downton Abbey in addition to a massive outdoor greeting area for your dignitary of choice, working nob and tube electrical systems, antique water heaters and dryers as well as sweeping views north and of the Getty’s apparently. It’s not every day where you can look down on their home right?

Oh, and one thing, there’s no kitchen apart from the one in the basement where all the domestic staff lives. The SF real estate market is hot these days and $16.5M just doesn’t get you what it used to!

Here are some snaps taken during the 45 minutes it took to tour the house. Oh, and forgot to mention there are no showers in the house and we were pretty sure the phone worked!









Tuesday’s Tour for May 15, 2012 – Lots of New?

Congratulations to my clients Carrie and Aaron for getting into contract in the exclusive, almost sold-out Millwheel!

Carrie and Aaron got in on the ground floor in this about-to-pop building before most anyone in SF did because they worked with me and were willing to go for it! It’s exciting, it’s the right timing and about being in the right place at, of course, the right time! This opportunity was not even on the MLS yet (and may never end up there) and I found out about it by being curious, courteous and tenacious. It paid off!

So, will you find your new home like Carrie and Aaron did? Take a look below at our Tuesday Broker Tour sheet to get a start by learning what we’re seeing this upcoming week…. MLS Broker Tour for 5:15:12

Open House Picks of the Week: May 6, 2012 Edition: The Full House House is On!

Here are this week’s picks of the weeks from San Francisco’s open houses. This past week has seen multiple offers again and slackening inventory for the upcoming week. But rumor has it that the number of 3R permit historyapplications (required for all sales) are up. Three new developments, 299 Valencia, the Millwheel and the Madrone are pre-selling fast – before construction has finished.  Navigate to KevinHo.org to see my in-depth reports, pictures and videos from my visits to each.  Apart from that, there’s a lot to look at, check out this week’s open houses below.

Where I will be today:

Inner Mission $649,000 – 601 Alabama St #306, San Francisco, CA 94110

Where I'll be Today

Open House Sunday 5/6/12 – 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm, I’ll be there from 1 – 3 p.m.

Second unit for resale since 2009! Two blocks from Flour + Water Restaurant in vibrant Mission, this upscale unit features 1038 sf of spacious living space, 2BR/2BA, pkg, in-unit W/D hook-ups, gas stove, stainless steel appliances & more. Designed by award winning architect Daniel Solomon & built in ’09, pet & family-friendly 601 Alabama radiates pride of ownership & great sense of community! Split-bedroom plan (1-master suite) is ideal for roommates! Walk-score of 94 in Walker’s Paradise & known for best weather in the city, ground zero for foodies is near all great Mission dining & nite life, transportation & easy freeway access. Absolutely a fantastic place for fun & relaxation! HOA also pays PG&E gas & broadband. FHA approved.


  • Type: Condominium Beds/Bath: 2/2.0 Parking: 1 Approx. Sq. Ft.: 1038 (Per Tax Records) MLS: 395819

A Painted Lady for Sale! (The Full House house) 710 Steiner

The iconic Full House house or otherwise known as one of the ‘Painted Ladies’ is on the market for a mere $2.295 million.  Now you can own this bit of “HISTORY,” exclaims the marketing text. Directly facing Alamo Square you’ll have tourists flocking to you as well as Bay to Breakers every May.  

Uncle Jesse?

Built in 1894 it has 4 levels and that Gold Rush meets Victorian era feel from the pictures posted online.  What would Bob Saget Say?   Want to know what it looks like on the inside? Take a look by clicking the link to 710 Steiner | SFOpenHomes.com.

There’s a hook for everyone at this place – Bauerware

We all know San Francisco homes are unique, what happens when you need unique hardware to match? Well, take a look at Bauerware over on 17th St.

One of the grms in the city is the store located at 17th and Noe Streets that sells best variety of custom and unique hardware anywhere. Right next to Frances is Bauerware – a great shop that I’ve known about for the past couple of years. It’s locally-owned, happily run, and uniquely stocked.

Take a look at some of the examples of the variety of things that are seemingly ordinary and looked over everywhere else but quintessentially San Francisco here.








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