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Mill Valley view home an ode to Mount Tamalpais

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 18:13:07 UT

Twice a week, The Chronicle features a home on the market that caught our eye for its architecture, history or character. More photos: www.sfgate.com/columns/walkthrough Address: 660 Amaranth Blvd., Mill Valley. Asking price: $1.8 million. Description: Designed by architect James Borthwick as an ode to Mount Tamalpais and the surrounding hillsides, this four-bedroom home was constructed with lots of decks and large windows that frame mountains and the bay. Nestled against 8 acres of protected land, the home is near hiking trails, downtown and the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.



Two-bedroom unit in Russian Hill’s Summit building open Sunday

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 18:11:43 UT

This 18th floor unit in the Summit building offers floor-to-ceiling windows framing views of Alcatraz, the Marin Headlands and San Francisco Bay. Building amenities include a parking garage, a doorman and a concierge. Listing agent: Betty Brachman, Sotheby’s International Realty, (415) 296-2215, betty.brachman@ sothebyshomes.com. 999 Green St., Unit 1801, $2.1 million. Beds: 2 Baths: 2 Square footage: 1,410 Open home: 2 to 4 p.m., Sunday.



Sound Off: What advice do you have for someone looking to start a career as a Realtor?

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 00:08:41 UT

A: Getting a license is just the beginning of getting established. You can take community college courses or private courses online. Community college courses allow for more in-depth discussions which are helpful. Then you must pass the state exam and get fingerprinted. Next, you have to decide where to place your license. Interview the various brokerages, comparing training, marketing, lead generation, and management. Understand how you will be paid. Will you have a mentor? How will you learn the ropes and get experience? Throw yourself into activities that will produce business. Make a list of everyone you know with contact info. Send them an announcement.



Price Point: $1.695 million in Berkeley

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 00:07:21 UT

Designed by Julia Morgan, this brown shingle home contains intricate woodwork and stained glass windows. There’s a large country kitchen and an oversize formal dining room with original built-ins. Multiple decks rest off the back of the home and overlook the large backyard. The lower level features an in-law unit with a private entrance. An open house takes place Sunday from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Learn more at www.1220sprucest.com. Listing agent: Devin Ratoosh, Marvin Gardens Real Estate, (510) 919-5499, devin@ratooshgroup.com. 1220 Spruce St.



Price Point: $1.695 million in San Rafael

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 00:06:57 UT

Set on nearly an acre and a half, this private estate features renovated bathrooms, updated light fixtures and new paint. Stainless steel appliances outfit the chef’s kitchen and the home has sweeping views of the bay, Glenwood, China Camp Open Space and Peacock Gap. Patios, decks and an outdoor fireplace provide ample indoor/outdoor living opportunities. There’s an open house from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. See more at www.166bayviewdrive.com. Listing agent: Jeff Sterley, Pacific Union Real Estate, (415) 359-4871, jeff.sterley@pacunion.com. 166 Bayview Drive.



Just Approved: Broker helps clients improve credit score, secure better loan

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 00:06:06 UT

Mortgage adviser: Brenda Wyatt. Property type: Maxwell Park, Oakland. Loan type: FHA Purchase price: $650,000 Down payment: 3.5 percent. Rate: 3.625 percent. Backstory: The owner of an extremely popular and well-known Oakland restaurant and her spouse were interested in buying a home. After interviewing multiple agents in the area and comparing interest rates from many different lenders, the couple chose Brenda Wyatt.



Six-bedroom mansion in Piedmont side of Montclair open Sunday

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 00:03:57 UT

Designed by Virgil W. Jorgensen and built by Alex Cedarburg, this home on more than 11/3 acres dates back to 1927. Grand formal rooms feature soaring ceilings, and French doors in the living room, dining room and foyer open to a flagstone patio with bay views. Listing agent: Anian Tunney, Grubb Co, (510) 928-7447, tunney@grubb co.com. 6363 Estates Drive, $4.5 million. Beds: 6 Baths: 4½ Square footage: 5,431 Open home: 2 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday.



Two homes on one lot open Sunday in Berkeley

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 00:03:51 UT

Two houses occupy a single lot in Berkeley’s Elmwood District. The first is a remodeled Dutch Colonial, while the second is a two-bedroom, one-bathroom. A shared courtyard stands between the two homes. The property is near BART, UC Berkeley and College Avenue. Listing agent: Julie Nachtwey, Pacific Union Real Estate, (510) 376-7440 jnachtwey@pacunion.com. 2802 Webster St., $2.8 million. Beds: 3 Baths: 2 Square footage: 2,077 Open home: 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday.



UC Berkeley poll: Over half of Bay Area voters consider leaving due to housing costs

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 22:12:41 UT

A stunning 51 percent of Bay Area voters have considered leaving due to rising housing costs, according to a new poll of California voters from the UC Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies.




A home for less than $400,000 in the San Francisco Bay Area? It's possible.

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 11:00:00 UT

Good buys? Homes those with small budgets can afford in Novato, Sausalito, Richmond and Vallejo




Luxurious renovated two-story home in SF’s Noe Valley

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 20:58:00 UT

Twice a week, The Chronicle features a home on the market that caught our eye for its architecture, history or character. More photos: www.sfgate.com/columns/walkthrough Address: 355 Elizabeth St., San Francisco. Asking price: $3.495 million. Description: This recently renovated two-story home on a tree-studded street in Noe Valley has an open floor plan that’s awash in natural light. The home opens to glimpses of the dining area and chef’s kitchen. The living room has a decorative fireplace with an ornate mantelpiece.




For the average U.S. home price, San Franciscans can buy a home the size of a shipping container

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 11:00:00 UT

The average price of a house in the United States is $200,700. For the same price, San Franciscans could afford a home the size of a shipping container.




Montara villa where P. Diddy produced music video on market at $6.5M - for 2 bedrooms

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 11:27:34 UT

This seaside estate in Montara, Calif., on the market for $6.5 million has a lot of cachet.




Mill Valley contemporary offers parklike grounds

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 21:32:07 UT

Twice a week, The Chronicle features a home on the market that caught our eye for its architecture, history or character. More photos: www.sfgate.com/columns/walkthrough Address: 403 Wendy Way, Mill Valley Asking price: $1.795 million Description: Set on more than one-third of an acre, this four-bedroom, 2½-bath home features designer finishes and a welcoming flow. An open-beamed, vaulted ceiling shelters a living room that includes a ribbon flame fireplace and access to a view deck. Caesarstone counters, pendant lights, flat-front cabinetry and high-end appliances outfit the chef’s kitchen.



Fairy tale cottage puts Disneyland to shame for $775,000

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 23:07:56 UT

Who knew that Snow White's cottage would only cost you slightly more than Seattle's median sales price?