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Building your real estate dream team (sponsored)

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 18:47:57 UT

Real estate is a team sport and whether you want to sell or buy a home, you'll need a dream team to make sure the process as smooth as possible. From financial professionals, to service contractors, to inspectors, there are a number of experts you need to recruit. So where do you begin?

20 best value towns in the West

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 12:00:00 UT

Where can you find the right house at the right price, a reasonable salary, and maybe a decent restaurant for date night? Sunset Magazine has some suggestions.

Peek into Jerry Garcia's past with this Stinson Beach real estate listing

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 12:03:33 UT

The storied Jerry Garcia aerie known as Sans Souci is now on the market for $4.35 million, that's 72 times more than what Jerry and his wife paid in the early 1970s.

Kensington traditional with partial city views open Sunday

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 01:30:52 UT

West of Tilden Nature Area and above Thousand Oaks stands a traditional residence ripe for personalization. A brick chimney protrudes from the hipped roof crowning this stuccoed two-story with arched and multipane windows along its facade. Mature landscaping dominates a backyard hosting two decks and a hot tub.

Stanley Saitowitz-designed condo in Hayes Valley open Sunday

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 01:30:40 UT

Designed by Stanley Saitowitz, this minimalist masterpiece exudes freshness and hosts a deeded patio. Built in 2014, the recent additions to the condo include built-in bookshelves, a Murphy bed and the kitchen’s fresh tile backsplash. LED lights illuminate the residence graced by wide-plank hardwood flooring and a kitchen equipped with professional appliances.

Sound Off: Respectful

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 01:30:20 UT

Death, divorce, or career changes are frequently triggers for an impending move, as are new babies, empty-nesting, and retirement. [...] every move is fraught with emotion. [...] I’ve yet to sell the house that didn’t have an emotional component or wasn’t highly charged. [...] I firmly believe that any and every real estate transaction - regardless of the circumstances - is best served when we leave our emotions out of the equation. A particular combination of factors will drive a decision to move forward. [...] gaining an understanding of a client’s specific situation is the optimal way to help them achieve their goals. When working with beneficiaries settling an estate I explain the steps they can take, should they elect to do so, to make the property more marketable, and the expected financial benefits of doing so. In the case of divorcing couples, I treat both parties equally, do not divulge such private information, merely state, if asked, that seller circumstances have changed.

Just Approved: Leveraging home equity to pay for college

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 01:29:58 UT

Leveraging home equity to pay for college Refinancing agent: Single-family residence in Five-year adjustable rate mortgage with interest only payment. There’s no secret surrounding the rising cost of college tuition. In this case, their existing adjustable rate mortgage fixed period was nearing an end, and soon their rate was going to rise to more than 4 percent. Since they intend to eventually sell their home in a few years, they preferred to get another adjustable rate mortgage that had a lower rate than the 30-year fixed and they also took advantage of the “interest only” payment option as they preferred a nice lower payment.

Hot Property: Turnkey penthouse includes potential for expansion

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 01:29:56 UT

Set on the top level of a condo building on the southeastern corner of Liberty and Church streets, a three-bedroom penthouse down the block from Dolores Park needs a new owner. Newly installed wide-plank European white oak flooring lines an updated dwelling teeming with stylish details. The building’s positioning on an extra-wide lot allows for generously sized rooms. High-end appliances, heated tile and stainless steel backsplashes provide the contemporary flair in a kitchen that hints at its 1970s roots with beveled glass display cabinets. The unit also includes a laundry area, deeded storage and independent parking. Located inside a detached building, the penthouse basks in natural light, and a strategically placed skylight brightens one of the updated bathrooms. The listing includes approved plans for an additional level, one that would add view decks and unobstructed outlooks of San Francisco. Sunny penthouse located on the upper level of a fully detached building a block from Dolores Park includes newly installed hardwood flooring, an updated kitchen and walk-in closets in all three bedrooms.

‘A new standard for modern Tiburon elegance’

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 01:29:46 UT

Set on a hillside, the dramatic residence relies on glass walls and massive picture windows to frame views of Richardson Bay and Mount Tamalpais from its .64-acre lot. “The progressive, warm and timeless design sets a new standard for modern Tiburon elegance,” said Joshua Deitch of Coldwell Banker, who is listing 835 Stony Hill Drive for $8.685 million. Sited near Gilmartin Drive and Tiburon Boulevard, the superlatively designed residence offers an easy commute to major freeways and local hangouts. Exceptional finishes, high-tech conveniences and meticulous planning reveal themselves again and again throughout the residence. If that in itself isn’t impressive enough, these dynamic entertainment spaces include built-in speakers, gas fireplaces and an expertly arranged kitchen. While the other suites contain more than their share of grandeur, the master suite steals the show with an entry foyer, a walk-in closet, a spa bathroom and a private patio warmed by a gas fireplace. Lighting, sound, security and climate all take orders from wall-mounted iPads strategically placed throughout the home. Landscape architect Jim Bradanini surrounded the home with drought-tolerant, low-maintenance landscaping to complement the lap pool, bocce court and outdoor kitchen. Designed by the Ryan Group and built by Tamalpais Construction, this sleek contemporary has a pergola off the great room, a lavish master suite and an accommodating open floor plan graced by oversized windows.

Sunny spaces abound in post-firestorm contemporary

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 22:12:50 UT

Twice a week, The Chronicle features a home on the market that caught our eye for its architecture, history or character. Chic appointments and an airy floor plan are found in this three-bedroom Contemporary finished a few years after the 1991 firestorm. The two-story hillside home opens to a sunny main level with a sunken dining area. With a stylish chandelier, the dining area has a view of the updated kitchen through a huge cut-out. Both the kitchen and living area open to view terraces. Besides a deep backyard, the home also has private, covered patios off two bedrooms.

Gleaming contemporary estate in Mill Valley’s Middle Ridge

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 21:48:51 UT

Twice a week, The Chronicle features a home on the market that caught our eye for its architecture, history or character. Situated off the street and at the end of a circular driveway, the home is on a little more than an acre in the private Middle Ridge neighborhood. Picture windows and an open floor plan contribute to the reimagined interior’s accommodating dimensions. High-gloss laminate cabinets finish a kitchen equipped with a professional range and an espresso station. Floating vanities, designer tile and polished hardware are found in the five bathrooms and powder room. The east-facing tiled courtyard overlooking an evergreen grove includes a circular fire pit, and the interior includes a study with a fireplace that opens to the living/dining room.

Which of President Trump’s proposed policies could be the most beneficial/detrimental to Bay Area real estate?

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 21:12:36 UT

President Trump made many proposals during the campaign and has been very active since taking office a few weeks ago with executive orders; things like the Immigration Ban, repealing the Affordable Care Act, building a border wall, defunding sanctuary cities, infrastructure rebuilding and more. The demand is being driven by mortgage interest rates that are still historically low and the incredible job creation in the Hi-tech and Biotech industries in the Bay Area. [...] to reframe the question, will any of the executive orders or proposals made by President Trump effect the supply and demand factors that drive our local Real Estate Market and if so in a positive or negative manner? Trump’s infrastructure proposal could indeed further stimulate our economy and real estate market but if his plan is not revenue neutral which is in not likely to be, it might have trouble getting congressional approval. Furthermore, I have not heard any proposals from President Trump to change with the mortgage interest deduction or the capital gain exemption of $500,000/$250,000 on a primary residence. Moving ahead, San Francisco will continue to attract the global buyer due to its desirable lifestyle, real estate, air quality, education and health care.

Once You've Seen Kirk Hammett's San Francisco Home, Nothing Else Matters

Sat, 11 Feb 2017 12:00:00 UT

He's all metal riffs onstage, but at home, Metallica's lead guitarist and songwriter Kirk Hammett is all about luxury living. But don't take our word for it: The 54-year-old rocker listed his grand neoclassical estate in San Francisco for a head-banging $16 million.

Price Point: $1.35 million in Oakland

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 23:58:21 UT

The level-in entry makes the Oakland hills home easily accessible and a voluminous interior offers an open, airy ambience. Floor-to-ceiling windows frame San Francisco’s skyline and the bay and the landscaped, level garden provides space and privacy for games and alfresco dining. An open kitchen connecting to the family room hosts a breakfast bar, granite counters and a pantry.

Price Point: $1.295 million in Bernal Heights

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 23:58:21 UT

The master suite rests on the lower level and opens directly to the landscaped garden. Another bedroom on the lower level down the hall from the master suite could easily serve as a home office. The main level boasts an open floor plan and another bedroom with an en suite bath, while the eat-in kitchen opens to a deck that descends to the manicured backyard. Quartz counters, wood grain laminate cabinetry and stainless steel appliances outfit the fashionable contemporary kitchen.