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Report: Bay Area residents are leading the nationwide migration

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 01:25:07 UT

California dreaming? Hardly.




Walk-through: Picturesque Portola Valley estate

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 22:03:45 UT

Twice a week, The Chronicle features a local home on the market that caught our eye for its architecture, history or character. Known as the Sierra Vista House, this four-bedroom has a bonus room on its lower level, an extravagant master suite upstairs and a plethora of patios on all sides. A built-in professional cooktop and copper exhaust hood outfit the remodeled chef’s kitchen anchoring the public rooms. The blend of slate tile and stone patios outside complements the natural, woodland setting as a solar heated pool shimmers in the foreground. Sliding doors off the master suite segue to a tranquil view deck. [...] a walk-in closet and a Jacuzzi bathtub make for a luxurious spa bathroom.




Silicon Valley Shake-Up: These Are the Next Top Tech Towns

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 11:00:00 UT

Like most of America's true paradigm shifts, the growth of Silicon Valley's tech industry started with lots of slow-burning embers—then exploded into a full-scale conflagration seemingly overnight. It took its name from the semiconductor businesses that seeded a patch of Northern California in the 1960s, attracting brainiacs from around the world. But the modern history of the place really began in 1976, when Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak first huddled together in a stuffy Los Altos garage to invent a cool, affordable personal computer, the Apple I—and a company that borrowed its name.




Piece of counterculture history in Sausalito's houseboat community hits market at $390,000

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 11:03:33 UT

The cobbled-together dwelling built atop a World War II balloon barge is a relic from a time when Sausalito's houseboat community was lively with a bohemian spirit.




In Sausalito, a massive $1.5 million home that floats

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 11:03:33 UT

A Sausalito houseboat on the market for $1.545 is massive with three bedrooms and three baths spread across 2,600 square feet. Even those without sea legs could call this floating abode home.




Price Point: $4.795 million in Clarendon Heights, San Francisco

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 22:11:49 UT

The main level has the public rooms, including a dramatic chef’s kitchen equipped with a hidden butler’s pantry and a wok burner. A two-car garage and two parking spaces in the driveway leave plenty of room for vehicles. Upstairs, the master suite offers a wood-burning fireplace, a Jacuzzi soaking tub, a walk-in closet and a private deck. The lower level includes a rumpus room and opens to a massive rear deck.



Price Point: $4.45 million in Sausalito

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 22:11:45 UT

BK Interior Design reimagined this home — one of Sausalito’s original estates — with the help of Robert Long’s interior lighting and Jessie Marti Gardening and Design. The home comes equipped with multiple Nest thermostats, upgraded infrastructure, fire sprinklers, a new roof and outdoor security cameras. The master suite enjoys an adjacent den/study and an expansive walk-in closet, while the home boasts exquisite views of San Francisco, Angel Island, Belvedere and Mount Tamalpais. Marble and walnut counters accent a sleek chef’s kitchen teeming with Thermador appliances and custom built-ins.



Queen Anne Victorian ‘a piece of San Rafael history’

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 22:11:02 UT

A property in San Rafael that has existed since the 19th century has never once landed on the open market. [...] . “This stunning, historic Queen Anne Victorian is a rare opportunity to own a piece of San Rafael history,” said Liz McCarthy of Paragon Real Estate Group, who is listing 22 Terradillo Ave. for $2.695 million. Contemporary conveniences pair alongside traditional design elements within the six-bedroom home — most notably in its sizable kitchen that opens to the family room. Sunlight pours through wood-framed windows, lightening the brooding ambience cast by a dark timber material palette. Intricate wallpapers lend distinct flair to both the dining room, office and master bedroom. Ceilings in each of these rooms are papered as well, resulting in stately, formal spaces perfect for engaging guests or staying in with one’s thoughts. Mature trees sprout from the sloped landscape, shading the pebble patio not far from the home. Six bedrooms, three full baths, a powder room and more than 4,800 square feet of living space define the home originally owned by Charles Page, whose grandson co-founded the San Francisco-based Page & Turnbull and remodeled the Ferry Building.



Hot Property: Glen Park home offers modern features, classic views

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 22:10:52 UT

A great room and chef’s kitchen with custom cabinetry highlight the top level. An Ipe deck stretching off the back of the home overlooks the Zen garden. A double shower stands out in the bathroom, while the walk-in closet includes a dressing room. Hours of entertainment await on a lower level housing a sunken media room with Helos/Dynamo theater speakers. A scaled wine cellar stands adjacent to the media room, and the lower level includes a pair of bedrooms that open to the garden. Notable standouts include NEST thermostats and smoke detectors, a Miele speed oven, an on-demand water heater and hard-wired data points in every room. The contemporary interior has a great room with a custom kitchen and a master suite with spa-caliber bathroom. A media room on the lower level contains Dynamo speakers and a wine cellar.




Alameda

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 22:10:41 UT

Ceiling medallions, stained glass windows and original hardware highlight traditional finishes found throughout this Queen Anne Victorian. Vibrant colors define the interior as handsome woodwork complements the wallpaper and window treatments. Visit www.2141santa clara.com for full details. Listing agent: Gene Boomer, Grubb Co., (510) 384-8834, gboomer@grubbco.com 2141 Santa Clara Ave., $1.395 million. Beds: 5 Baths: 21/2 Square footage: 3,033 Open home: 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday.



View home in Inner Sunset open Sunday

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 22:09:16 UT

Built in 1997, this stylish view home enjoys a bevy of picture windows, spa bathrooms and a ground-level apartment with a full kitchen. The price includes approved plans for an additional level that can be built on what is now a roof deck. Listing agent: Sally Thompson, Vanguard Properties, (415) 321-7000, sally-thompson@ vanguardproperties.com. 1495 11th Ave., $3.499 million Beds: 4 Baths: 3 Square footage: 1,179 Open home: 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday.



Pool, gardens surround remodeled home open Sunday in Novato

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 22:08:55 UT

This stylishly remodeled single-story residence built in 1970 features an open floor plan surrounded by lush gardens. The grounds on include a pool, a gazebo and a koi pond, while the upper level offers a media room with surround sound speakers and a powder room. Listing agent: Kathleen Daly, Coldwell Banker, (415) 925-3205, kdaly@ cbnorcal.com. 2 Meisner Drive, $1.195 million. Beds: 3 Baths: 2½ Square footage: 2,657 Open home: 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday.



Sound Off: So you want to be a Realtor?

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 20:36:45 UT

Next to selling great real estate and growing a solid referral and past client business, helping someone considering a real estate career is extremely enjoyable for me. When I ask why one wants to get into real estate I hear, “I love real estate and I love people.” Part-time agents almost never make it. There is a lot of time freedom and significant financial opportunity, but most people abuse the time freedom and end up with little or no financial reward. [...] this is a people business. Real estate is a complex and challenging career — strap yourself in and get ready for a wild, unpredictable ride. Rachel Swann, Vanguard Properties, (415) 225-7743, rachel@vanguardsf.com. [...] since most of us aren’t trained in sales, training is an important element to success: training in sales techniques, in the technical aspect of Real Estate laws and contracts, in communication and negotiation, and in building a strong mind-set. A career as a Realtor means being an independent contractor where you are CEO, CFO, CMO and the sales arm of your company. The Sellers and Buyers in the Bay Area are some of the most successful and technically savvy individuals. [...] being a trained sales agent that offers real-time market information as well as strong communication and negotiating skills is extremely important to your success.



Resplendent Queen Anne Victorian in Alameda

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 20:49:18 UT

Twice a week, The Chronicle features a home on the market that caught our eye for its architecture, history or character. Ceiling medallions, stained-glass windows and original hardware highlight the traditional finishes found throughout the home. The interior includes vibrant color schemes and handsome woodwork complements the wallpaper and window treatments. A deck stretches behind the home, providing an ideal space for container gardening, and a stone pathway leads through a garden to the front door. Throughout the home, finishes like Corinthian columns, bay windows and art glass accompany historic details like the eucalyptus gum wood stairway banister with silk sisal carpeting. The Walk-Through is produced by Sentinel Media Services for The San Francisco Chronicle.




Rockridge dump receives 19 offers, sells for quarter-million over asking

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 17:29:18 UT

Peeling paint, rotting wood, unfinished ceilings and torn-up linoleum didn't stop prospective homebuyers from making an offer on a ramshackle Rockridge dump.