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Blog Archives: February 2016

Can More Affordable Housing Tame the Beast on Bryant?

February 12, 2016
By Mary Jo Bowling | Curbed SF   One of the most divisive developments in town is the one proposed for a 1.5 acre tract of land at 18th and Bryant Streets, hence the nickname from critics. They call it the "Beast on Bryant." Today, the San Francisco Chronicle reports the mixed use project might be considered slightly less beastly due to developer Nick Podell's pledge to donate a part of the land to the Mayor's Office of Housing and Community Development for affordable housing. According to the report, the donated land is big enough ...

New plan for M-Ocean View subway line unveiled

February 12, 2016
By Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez | SF Examiner   Nearly 45 years ago, Muni trains boldly went where no San Francisco train had gone before: underground. That underground network travels underneath Market Street and Twin Peaks. But there it stops. Trains west of those hills unearth at West Portal Station, mixing with cars, pedestrians and more. Planners say that slows the subway systemwide. “I think we built half a rapid transit system,” Liz Brisson, told the San Francisco Examiner, “now we need to build the other half.” Brisson is ...

San Francisco real estate ‘overvalued’ according to new report

February 12, 2016
By Emily Landes | SFGate   As San Francisco home prices continue to rise, a new report is calling the local market “overvalued” by about 16 percent. Prices continue to go up in many markets throughout the country, but home prices in the Bay Area have “risen to a level unsupportable by area income,” according to Fitch Ratings. That’s news that should come as no surprise to anyone who has recently tried to buy a home here, where vastly over-asking sales prices are the norm and even badly damaged homes like the one leading off the ...

Is your home one of these vacant San Francisco lots from 1956?

February 05, 2016
By Bob Bragman | SFGate   On my last visit to the local flea market I purchased a stack of San Francisco real estate records from 1956, fifty years after "the big one." Each record was slightly larger than an index card, with a picture of the property and information typed on the back. Prices ranged from $1,000 up to almost $17,000 for a parcel with 3 or 4 lots. The location listed on the cards was often an approximation, such as "adjacent to 32 Josiah Avenue." The property taxes, when listed, were always less than $100. The terms were ...

Roosevelt Tamale Parlor on the Market in the Mission

February 05, 2016
via   The Roosevelt Tamale Parlor is for sale.  And this time we mean the actual restaurant/business, not simply the Mission District building out of which it operates. As we first reported last year, the Tamale Parlor building at 2817 24th Street recently traded hands, the two flats above the restaurant have been renovated, and the new owner has been trying to flip the property, the price for which wasrecently reduced to $2.9 million. And while the Tamale Parlor is currently was doing around $700,000 in business per ...

The most famous shipwrecks of San Francisco Bay

February 05, 2016
By Katie Dowd | SFGate   San Francisco Bay has provided refuge for cargo and passenger ships since the first Europeans sailed through the Golden Gate in the late 1700s. In the coming century, it would become one of the nation's great seaports, a huge hub of activity. It would also become a massive graveyard of shipwrecked vessels. San Francisco's stunning fog and rocky coastline make for a deadly combination when ship captains become confused. Well over 100 ships have been wrecked along the coast, many in the busy Gold Rush days of the ...

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