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Price Point: $3.25 million in Russian Hill

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 19:51:42 UT

The northwest unit offers unobstructed views of a myriad of San Francisco landmarks, while the open floor plan enjoys floor-to-ceiling windows throughout. The open kitchen boasts an induction cooktop and ample counter space, and wide-plank hardwood flooring graces the residence. The master suite includes a walk-in closet with built-in shelving.



Sound Off: Home warranties can be worth the cost

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 19:49:52 UT

Be sure to read the warranty coverage and the fine print so you know what is covered and what is not. Be sure to always call the home warranty company first to see if the repair/replacement is a covered item. If you have the item repaired without contacting the home warranty company first, chances are you will not recover the expense. Plumbing, electrical and heating issues, including breakdown of the hot water heater, furnace and appliances, can be quite costly at a time when significant assets have been invested in your home. Home warranties are particularly valuable in properties with older appliances, and our usual recommendation is a one-year warranty. Sellers can also purchase coverage which typically covers many issues that may arise during the marketing and escrow periods in addition to one year of coverage commencing at closing. A home warranty covers the cost to repair or replace appliances and systems within a home and is a wise choice for anyone buying a property! The plan is far less expensive than purchasing extended warranties on your appliances, and you can have the electrical, plumbing, heating and cooling systems covered as well. Most home buyers are cash poor for awhile and in San Francisco are usually buying older homes, so not only is a home warranty very affordable, but also it’s likely to be used.



A pair of luxury dwellings wait behind Victorian facade in NoPa

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 19:47:39 UT

The byproduct of a yearlong renovation, 1578 and 1580 Fulton St. offer open floor plans, sleek finishes and enticing outdoor spaces. The upper unit, 1580, features four bedrooms, a media room and more than 3,000 square feet of living space. The master suite awaits off the back end of the home and opens to a private patio. The shared garage, a bedroom, a media room and a discreet storage space are on the street level. Another great room awaits beyond the entrance of 1580 Fulton St. Once again, a chef’s kitchen bearing integrated appliances and Calacatta Oro counters with waterfall edges awaits. Here, the unique roofline shapes the ceilings of a media room and a pair of bedrooms with en suite bathrooms. Fully updated Victorian bears a pair of residences with open floor plans, luxury kitchens, spa bathrooms, decks and high-end finishes. Bosch kitchens, Calcatta Oro counters, radiant heated white oak floors, Sonos sound systems, Cat6 wiring and other refined details await inside the pair of two-story homes.



Five bedroom open Sunday in Greenbrae

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 19:45:14 UT

This sunny and spacious residence in the Kentfield school district offers plenty of avenues for customization. Hardwood flooring graces the public areas, and the home includes an oversize garage with ample storage space. The home is near a public park and a bike path. Listing agent: Kathleen Daly, Caldwell Banker, (415) 519-6074, kdaly@cbnorcal.com; Lisa Lange, Coldwell Banker, (415) 464-3318, lisalange@ coldwellbanker.com. 168 Via La Cumbre, $1.279 million. Beds: 5 Baths: 3 Square footage: 2,421 Open home: 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday.



Hot Property:

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 19:44:47 UT

Regulations also limits how tall a structure can stand in this space, and the sloping lot offered physical limitations for crews. “Nowhere will you find another home like this one, it’s a study in geometry that results in a singular piece of art,” said Cathy Youngling of Paragon Real Estate Group, who is listing the three bedroom for $2 million. Each level enjoys a roof terrace with a foot of topsoil for flowers and vegetable gardens. Because the gardens are located on the rooftops, they are naturally resistant to becoming snacks for neighborhood deer. Mill Valley homes always offer a wealth of energy efficient amenities, and the Octagon House is no exception. The water is collected from the roof and the builders estimate about 80 percent of the rain that hits the roof is reclaimed and used for irrigation. The reclaimed water also percolates on the rooftop sculpture garden and is used for the entry level’s koi pond. The home uses green building practices throughout and includes a water reclamation system that irrigates the gardens.



Edwardian Craftsman in Jordan Park exudes period charm

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 23:13:03 UT

Twice a week, The Chronicle features a home on the market that caught our eye for its architecture, history or character. All the bedrooms — including the master suite — are on the upper level, with one opening to a sprawling sunroom that frames neighborhood views. A wood-burning fireplace warms a handsome dining room that includes a built-in china cabinet and box-beam ceiling. There’s a breakfast nook off the period kitchen that opens to a sunny deck overlooking a level backyard. Shade trees and established plantings afford privacy to the west-facing backyard and its lawn. Original hardware, inlaid hardwood floors, built-ins, coved ceilings and leaded glass windows highlight the refined interior.




No Pool, No Problem: 6 Clever Ways to Beat the Heat on a Budget

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 16:58:50 UT

Do you gaze wistfully upon the neighbors as they frolic and splash in their backyard pool? Is your lawn too small (and your bank account too slim) to consider installing your own? Fret not, dear reader—you can still cool off this summer. Each one of these swimming pool alternatives costs less than an in-ground pool and is relatively low-maintenance. So grab your towel and get ready to dive (or wade, as the case may be) in.




Monarch at The San Francisco Shipyard Grand Opening

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 22:27:16 UT

Join Lennar on Saturday, July 15 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the Grand Opening of Monarch, the newest collection of homes at The San Francisco Shipyard. Come enjoy complimentary eats, refreshments, music and tour the new professionally-decorated model homes by West Elm.




Japanese accents fill ultramodern Oakland view home

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 23:23:08 UT

Ultramodern construction, Japanese style, contemporary lighting and expansive views define this newly built two-story home designed by Randy Ruiz of AAA Architects. The steel frame holds masonry walls and concrete floors accented by sleek lines and modern finishes. Both the living room and master suite include fireplaces and panoramic views, while the sunken dining area provides a spot for upscale entertaining. A broad island anchors the eat-in chef’s kitchen, and integrated appliances and expansive countertops complement the space. Outside, the courtyard basks in natural light and includes a built-in grill. The listing offers a distinct design with unforgettable outlooks, and expansive public spaces.




Million-dollar housing boom: Cities where seven-figure listings have skyrocketed

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 18:54:19 UT

Time was, a million dollars seemed to evoke so much to everyday Americans. Swanky vacations in the French Riviera. Bespoke suits and garages filled with Bentleys and Mercedes-Benz roadsters. Corporate titans sipping champagne (mixed with the tears of oppressed workers). And perhaps one thing most of all: big, beautiful, luxury homes.




Price Point: $1.895 million in Berkeley

Sat, 17 Jun 2017 00:32:26 UT

This shingled midcentury enjoys unobstructed vistas of the Berkeley Rose Garden and filtered glimpses of the bay. Wide-plank, pegged oak flooring spans the interior as a cathedral ceiling towers over the living room and mahogany panels the library. Landscape architect Michael Boyd — whose work is part of a permanent collection at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art — meticulously sculpted the grounds. The listing includes a pool house with a powder room. Learn more at www.1245glen.com. Listing agent: Mel Selvidge, Pacific Union Real Estate, (510) 316-9655, mel@melselvidge.com. 1245 Glen Ave. Beds: 4 Baths: 3 Square footage: 1,879



Hot Property: Glen Park Midcentury gets a facelift

Sat, 17 Jun 2017 00:32:04 UT

Mark Lopez of Guild Staging and Design replaced the hardwood floor, added a deck and removed bizarre lighting from the exterior. Cypress trees surround the lot, and a driveway stretches between the trees on its way to the garage of the hillside home. Built in 1946, the postwar construction boasts three bedrooms, three full bathrooms and a pair of powder rooms. The master suite opens to a private deck, and its spa bathroom offers a soaking tub beneath frosted glass windows. Set on nearly a quarter of an acre, the grounds are ideal for dog owners or anyone interested in lots of exterior space, she said. A garden, decks and a patio offer plenty of outdoor space, while the interior has nearly 2,300 square feet of luxury living. The contemporary floor plan includes a great room with a gleaming chef’s kitchen, where a professional range and a pot filler highlight a suite of stainless steel appliances. A freestanding soaking tub rests beneath frosted windows in the master suite and the master bedroom opens to a private deck.



Multifamily Victorian open Sunday in Pacific Heights

Sat, 17 Jun 2017 00:31:54 UT

This multifamily estate has a pair of three-bedroom dwellings with open floor plans, skylights and a combined 1,500 square feet of exterior space. The units have transparent wood-burning fireplaces, updated kitchens and remodeled bathrooms. Near Sacramento Street, the Victorian is close to boutiques and dining. Listing agent: Rachel Swann, Hill & Co. Real Estate, (415) 225-7743, rachel@theswanngroupsf.com. 1830-1832 Lyon St., $4.995 million. Beds: 6 (total) Baths: 6 (total) Square footage: 5,200 Open home: 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday.



South-facing two bedroom open Sunday in Noe Valley

Sat, 17 Jun 2017 00:31:46 UT

A spacious, open floor plan maximizes every bit of this south-facing unit that’s awash in natural light. Located on the upper level, this listing features walnut stained flooring and expansive city views. Learn more at www.180daystreet.com. Listing agent: Rebecca Schumacher, Sotheby’s International Realty, (415) 928-3800, rebecca. schumacher@sothebys homes.com. 180 Day St., $1.285 million. Beds: 2 Baths: 2 Square footage: 1,100 (est.) Open home: 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday.



Ultra-contemporary new construction open Sunday in Oakland

Sat, 17 Jun 2017 00:31:20 UT

Sweeping views of the bay and San Francisco await from this sleek contemporary designed by Randy Ruiz of AAA architects. Superlative indoor/outdoor living opportunities highlight the bright, open floor plan of the home sited on a secluded cul-de-sac. The spacious residence includes an au pair suite. Listing agent: Bebe McRae, Grubb Co., (510) 652-2133, ext. 415, bmcrae@grubbco.com. 132 Alpine Terrace, $4.5 million Beds: 4 Baths: 4½ Square footage: 5,215 Open home: 2 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday.