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Before and after: The dramatic transformation of a shabby Berkeley cottage

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 10:59:36 UT

Two years ago, 905 Hearst Ave. in Berkeley was a ramshackle cottage with crumbling walls. Now, the home listed by Red Oak Realty for $1.649 million has the feeling of a modern Napa farmhouse

Sound Off: How important is it for a Realtor to be a member of the National Association of Realtors?

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 01:16:48 UT

Q: “How important is it for a Realtor to be a member of a trade group like the National Association of Realtors?” A: It is very important for a Realtor to be a member of the National Association of Realtors (NAR) and its affiliates such as the San Francisco Association of Realtors. NAR, the largest trade association in America, has a collective voice of 1.3 million commercial and residential professionals. Members adopt the group’s Code of Ethics, requiring Realtors to cooperate with each other to serve the client’s best interest. NAR members also have access to industry trend data that can benefit buyers and sellers, such as “must-have” home features, and what is most likely to delay the close of escrow.

Price Point: $1.895 million in Piedmont

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 01:14:11 UT

Modern amenities abound in this Piedmont trilevel remodeled in 2017. The lower level hosts a carpeted family room, bedroom with en suite bathroom, a finished bonus room and a workshop adjacent to the garage. Custom cabinetry, quartz counters, a wine refrigerator, stainless steel appliances and a center island accessorize the chef’s kitchen, while the dining room opens to a backyard with a concrete patio and established plantings. The owner’s suite features a vaulted ceiling and a plus space large enough for an office. The home also includes a laundry chute, an irrigation system, custom shutters and wiring for speakers throughout.

Just Approved: Client family care requires fast home purchase turnaround

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 01:12:34 UT

Mortgage adviser: Sheila Perez. Property type: Single-family home in Antioch. Price: $353,000. Loan amount: $346,606. Loan terms: FHA 30-year fixed at 5.125 percent with $6,100 lender credit for closing costs. Background: A construction worker and single father who takes care of his mother and brother had been living in an Oakland home for several years when he learned his landlord was planning to sell the property.

Hot Property: Luxurious Dolores Heights condo for less than the median price in San Francisco

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 01:12:15 UT

Indulgent design couples with tech-savvy amenities atop Liberty Hill in Dolores Heights. “This is a home in a world-class location that’s been designed to the last square-inch,” said Kevin Wakelin of Pacific Union Real Estate, who is listing 3758 21st St. for $1.149 million. “And it’s less than the median price in San Francisco.” The median price for a two-bedroom in San Francisco is $1.25 million, according to stats from Trulia. Located on the ground floor of a trilevel Victorian built in 1907, the two-bedroom enjoys an open floor plan and a wealth of designer finishes.

Townhome with views of Alcatraz open Sunday

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 01:09:39 UT

Located on the 14th floor of the Summit, this north-facing unit offers unobstructed views of Alcatraz and San Francisco Bay. The updated residence features fresh paint, marble flooring, floor-to-ceiling windows and a balcony. Listing agent: Alexis Coddington, Sotheby’s International Realty, (415) 630-0210, alexis.coddington@; Paul Ybarbo, Sotheby’s International Realty, (415) 640-7281, paul.ybarbo@

4-bedroom Craftsman open Sunday in Oakland

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 01:09:30 UT

Built in 1912, this two-story Craftsman in Rockridge features a wealth of period built-ins and an updated kitchen that steps out to the level backyard through French doors. All four bedrooms are found on the upper level and the home includes a wood deck and a tile patio. A gas fireplace anchors a living room accented by wainscoted walls. Listing agent: Kara Thacker, the Grubb Co., (510) 339-0400, Ext. 386, 5701 Keith Ave., $1.495 million. Beds: 4 Baths: 2½ Square footage: 1,978 Open home: 2 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday.

Expansive Atherton home open Sunday

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 01:09:07 UT

This palatial home lives like a European villa and includes a spa with a cedar-lined sauna, a theater, a wine cellar and a rec room. The home sits on nearly an acre and offers expansive terraces and a pool. Finishes of marble, mahogany, and maple are found throughout the trilevel. Listing agent: Mary Gullixson, Alain Pinel Realtors, (650) 888-0860,; Brent Gullixson, Alain Pinel Realtors, (650) 888-4898, 65 Selby Lane, $9.995 million. Beds: 7 Baths: 11 Square footage: 10,815 Open home: 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday.

Custom detail radiates throughout two-story Ritz-Carlton penthouse

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 20:31:32 UT

Imagine living in a luxury hotel amid a major metropolitan with every whim catered to, every indulgence accounted for and every finish deftly tailored. That’s going to be the life for whoever is next to live on the 24th floor of the Ritz-Carlton San Francisco. “This showcases the ultimate in world-class architectural design, smart home technology, and 180-degree views of San Francisco from sunrise to sunset,” said Gregg Lynn of Sotheby’s International Realty, who is listing the penthouse for $5.95 million. Custom built-ins abound within the two-story penthouse. The residence offers built-in furniture, including a couch in the living room and seating at the end of the kitchen island.

Price Point: $1.739 million in Mission Dolores

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 20:28:39 UT

Refinished hardwood floors, fresh paint and new carpet in the bedrooms accent this top-floor condominium that’s roughly three blocks from the 16th Street Mission BART station. The residence boasts an open floor plan and in-unit laundry, as well as walk-in closets in every bedroom. A private roof deck with views of downtown crowns the residence that includes a shared garage. The two-level unit offers a skylight above the staircase, and the owner’s suite comes with its own terrace. A wrap-around fireplace warms the great room as stainless steel appliances outfit the kitchen. Listing agent: Donna Cooper, Hill & Co.

Getaway: Glen Ellen country estate

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 01:18:53 UT

A life of recreation and relaxed elegance awaits in Glen Ellen. “Stylish interiors, rustic touches and hardwood plank floors throughout create a sense of warmth and comfort,” said Tina Shone of Sotheby’s International Realty, who is listing the Glen Ellen country estate for $3.5 million. The estate, whose address is withheld at request of the owners, offers a wealth of outdoor play and entertainment areas. It features a pair of houses standing two stories tall, each offering outdoor areas on both levels. The main home enjoys a north-south orientation while the guest house stretches from west to east.

Walk-through: Classical finishes, expansive backyard define Mill Valley farmhouse

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 21:46:49 UT

Twice a week, The Chronicle features a home on the market that caught our eye for its architecture, history or character. More photos: Address: 151 Elm Ave., Mill Valley Asking price: $3.95 million Description: Designed by Barbara Chambers, this four-bedroom farmhouse has bluestone patios, a custom kitchen and thoughtful built-ins. The owner’s suite features a vaulted ceiling, walk-in closet, dressing area with custom vanity, and a walk-in shower and claw-foot tub finish the adjoining spa bathroom.

Buses full of Bay Area realtors turn up in Sacramento seeking bargains

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 15:28:21 UT

It's a trend that can't be ignored -- more people are moving to the Sacramento region from the Bay Area than to Seattle, Denver and Phoenix combined. That's the word from the Greater Sacramento Area Economic Council.

Owned by one family since 1959, Clarendon Heights beauty asks $2.498M

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 04:07:47 UT

In the same family since it was built in 1959, this mid-century beauty looks forward--toward a panoramic city and water view-- and back-- upon a forest. You can be the next owner of 145 Mountain Spring Ave., for the price of $2.498M

A home with a salty history is listed in Sausalito for $795,000

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 11:42:34 UT

The vessel dating back more than 100 years now stands on pilings within the seaside town's house boat community at Waldo Point and has been fully restored, offering a unique place to call home. It can be yours for $795,000.