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Splendid Pacific Heights mansion seeks $10.75 million

Mon, 22 May 2017 11:03:33 UT

The exterior of a PacHeights mansion on the market for $10.75 million is classic and simple. The interior of 1994 Jackson St. explodes with exuberance.

Farewell, Lambeau! Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie selling his Green Bay home

Mon, 22 May 2017 11:00:00 UT

An NFL executive is no stranger to closing deals. Now Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie is trying to get a buyer to sign on the dotted line and take his modest home in Green Bay, WI, off the market.

McKenzie, who made a name for himself as an executive with the Green Bay Packers, has listed his two-story home in a cul-de-sac for $379,900. According to property records, the home on a half-acre lot was sold in 2008 for $440,000. It was put on the market in April 2016 and has since had three price changes.

How is the market similar or different since the Great Recession in 2007?

Mon, 22 May 2017 01:00:55 UT

Back before the 2007 Recession lenders were giving out loans in many cases with little or no regard to standard underwriting guidelines commonly known as “lair loans” or no documentation loans. Buyers have to be fully qualified and underwritten to get a loan full documentation loans. Before the Great Recession the feeding frenzy among buyers was fed by the expectation of profits from ever increasing prices and the availability of easy credit. Lenders were giving loans with little or no down payment at all, did not use even the most rudimentary income verification. Because of low or no down payments, many owners had little or no skin in the game, walked as the values of nearby property plummeted.

Kids' cute letters score family a coveted house in San Francisco

Sat, 20 May 2017 01:36:52 UT

A brother and sister's handwritten letters sealed the deal for a seller who had 15 offers on the table, writes realtor Alexander Clark on his blog the Front Steps. According to the post, the letters "pulled at the heart strings of the sellers and ultimately got them the a price less than the top offer, and less favorable."

Price Point: $3.35 million in Danville

Fri, 19 May 2017 23:19:54 UT

The professionally landscaped grounds offer a pool, waterfall and spa amid a backdrop of foothill views. A balcony stretches off the master suite, a pristine space that hosts a dual-sided fireplace in its sitting area. The interior begins with a two-story foyer that includes a turned staircase before transitioning to a sunken living room with wide moldings, a tall ceiling and inlaid hardwood flooring. Beds: 5 Baths: 5½ Square footage: 6,566

Price Point: $3.495 million in Lake District, San Francisco

Fri, 19 May 2017 23:19:28 UT

Sited blocks from Sea Cliff, Mountain Lake Park, Clement Street and the Golden Gate Bridge, this corner Edwardian blends comfort and style. The lower level offers a guest bedroom, a laundry room, a garage and a separate entrance, while the main floor features the living room, dining room and dramatic chef’s kitchen opening to a rear deck. Three bedrooms and an office occupy the upper level, and the home includes a south-facing garden.


Fri, 19 May 2017 23:18:54 UT

Designed by George Plowman in 1908, this refined Craftsman enjoys views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the bay. One bedroom includes a sundeck with striking vistas, and the kitchen overlooks a deck of its own. Learn more at Listing agent: Anne Politeo and Tim Cannon, Marvin Gardens Real Estate, (510) 381-1618, info@timandanne 139 Hillcrest Road, $1.695 million. Beds: 4 Baths: 2½ Square footage: 2,890 Open home: 2 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday

Sumptuous Edwardian open Sunday in Ashbury Terrace

Fri, 19 May 2017 23:18:35 UT

Rich woodwork accents the interior of this Edwardian with Arts and Crafts details that dates back to 1912. The kitchen is modern with clean lines. Custom closets and shades finish a dramatic master suite. Visit Listing agent: Feroza Unvala, Paragon Real Estate Group, (415) 806-4910, feroza@paragon-re. com; Cheryl Lazar, (415) 517-4376, clazar@ 1 Ashbury Terrace, $3.495 million. Beds: 4 Baths: 3½ Square footage: 2,792 Open home: 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Just Approved: Averting a payment spike

Fri, 19 May 2017 19:19:04 UT

Mortgage agent: Single-family home in southern Marin County. Appraised value: $1.39 million. Loan amount: $1.0425 million. Seven-year adjustable rate mortgage with interest-only payment. Backstory: A San Francisco Chronicle reader who needed to refinance their home approached Liz Bayer. The homeowner’s current lender had notified them that their current interest-only mortgage was going to revert to a principal+interest payment and the rate was also going to go up. Bayer consolidated their first and second mortgage into a new “interest-only” mortgage, fixed for the first seven years of the 30-year term so their new payment would be just under $3,600 a month.

Palatial San Rafael property with endless bay views

Fri, 19 May 2017 19:14:09 UT

Set on roughly 2.5 acres, the lavish estate exudes elegance with a sprawling pool patio and virtually endless vistas to Mount Tamalpais and the Bay Bridge. The home opens to a two-story foyer punctuated by a curved staircase and stone floor. A wide entryway leads into a sumptuously appointed living room framing views of the Bay Bridge and water. An office nook tucked in the corner provides a discreet place for kids to do their homework or adults to sort through the mail. The freshly remodeled kitchen includes a spacious dining area and opens to an east-facing pool patio. A resort-caliber master suite with a palatial spa bathroom dominates the upper level. There’s a walk-in steam shower beside a jetted soaking tub in the bathroom, while the sleeping quarters includes a vaulted ceiling and raised fireplace. Dual doors off the bedroom open to a private deck overlooking the pool and surrounding landscape. The home features a newly remodeled chef’s kitchen, a two-story foyer and a dramatic master suite with a spa bathroom and private deck.

Nob Hill studio open Sunday

Fri, 19 May 2017 19:11:16 UT

This vintage studio includes a full kitchen and a bay window overlooking the street. The unit offers deeded storage and a shared rooftop terrace with views of the Golden Gate Bridge. A claw-footed tub and pedestal sink highlight the period bathroom. Learn more at Listing agent: Cece Blasé, Paragon Real Estate Group, (415) 577-0809, 1155 Leavenworth St., Unit 7, $405,000. Bed: 1 Bath: 1 Square footage: 320 Open home: 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Hot Property: 'Unprecedented' Oakland zero net energy home will pay your power bills

Fri, 19 May 2017 19:10:38 UT

Some of the Bay Area’s most distinguished homes stand along Oakland’s Skyline Boulevard, and the block’s newest addition stands out as a monument to efficiency. Scott O’Hara Construction, mechanical engineer Glen Friedman and Eco Performance Builders created the zero net energy home at 5685 Skyline Blvd. High-end appliances, rift-cut oak cabinetry and quartz counters outfit a sleek chef’s kitchen. The living room offers soaring ceilings and a ribbon-flame gas fireplace. There’s a deck with city views on one side, while the opposite end of the living room opens to a concrete patio and garden area. Opulence awaits in a master suite finished with a luxurious spa bathroom and a Brazilian walnut deck. A walk-in shower and a freestanding soaking tub outfit the master bathroom, while the covered deck frames landmark views. Freshly completed four-bedroom, two-story in the Oakland hills comes teeming with designer details and energy efficient features.

Sumptuous details in Eurkea Valley view home

Fri, 19 May 2017 17:40:37 UT

Twice a week, The Chronicle features a home on the market that caught our eye for its architecture, history or character. Straddling the border of the Eureka Valley, Noe Valley and Castro neighborhoods, this carefully updated trilevel east of Twin Peaks has expansive views and designer details. The home opens to a sunny living room featuring dual-hung picture windows and contemporary lighting. The dramatic chef’s kitchen includes dual ovens, a professional range, Calacatta marble counters and Ann Sacks tile backsplashes. Landscaped front and rear gardens complement the home’s sprawling decks. Located on the top floor, the master suite has a private view deck, as well as a spa bathroom with contemporary vanities and a freestanding soaking tub.

This $1.79-million castle in the Santa Cruz mountains has a secret bar and theater

Wed, 17 May 2017 19:17:56 UT

The castle-like exterior of 11025 Alba Road may look like it belongs in the mountains outside a quaint French village circa 1680, but it is in fact located in the mountains outside the quaint Santa Cruz village of Ben Lomond and was actually built in ye olde 1980s on a nearly 11-acre property amidst the redwoods.

Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson Sell 2 Pacific Palisades Properties

Wed, 17 May 2017 18:30:18 UT

Hollywood power couple Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson have found a buyer for their side-by-side homes in the Riviera section of the Pacific Palisades, according to Variety. One buyer scooped up both homes for a combined price of $17,500,500, a slight discount from the $18 million the couple were seeking.