SF to improve handling of chronic quality of life offenders?

An article in this morning’s Chronicle by CW Nevius talks about talks that have been occurring to possibly do something about dealing with individuals on the sidewalks that are a continuous source of problems. To quote the article:

For decades there has been confusion and general inaction when it comes to the hundreds and hundreds of citations that police give to aggressive panhandlers and those who drink and urinate on San Francisco’s streets. But there might soon be a plan in place to hold the worst offenders accountable.

Spurred by a Chronicle story earlier this month that detailed how the citations are regularly dismissed, thrown out or simply ignored, representatives of the Police Department, mayor’s office, district attorney and Superior Court have put together a series of proposals that should significantly improve the handling of these so-called quality-of-life infractions.

The plan focuses on chronic lawbreakers – those who rack up dozens of citations over a few months – and require them to appear at court. Currently, chronic offenders shrug off infractions. If they don’t show up at court – and they rarely do – a bench warrant is issued, but it hardly ever results in any consequences.

“We want to look at the process for the top 40 offenders,” said Dariush Kayhan, the city’s homeless policy director. “We want to be able to flag these people, require them to show up in court and then have the judge walk them through all the violations that have occurred.”

Stranger things have happened in San Francisco, and it is nice to see public officials paying attention, but I’m not holding my breath.

Garbage In, Garbage Out: My Concerns with Using Listing Price as a Market Metric

Coldwell Banker recently released a study of the most expensive and least expensive housing markets in the United States, using the listing price of a 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom property as their metric, which I think is an absolutely horrid and pointless metric to use when conducting a study of housing prices.

It’s been blogged about just about everywhere, and well, I’m blogging about it here so from a public relations point of view, they are certainly getting their mileage out of it…

And while I think just about every study will show that San Francisco is one of the most expensive places to live (we like to think of it as the culture tax), I really disagree with the use of listing price as a metric. Listing price is a statement of what the seller would like you to pay for his or her house. However, in every market the buyer ultimately sets the price of the house. Yes, their is negotiation, but if the buyer doesn’t ultimately agree or come to a compromise with the seller, then the house will never sell. So who cares what it lists for?

You could argue that home prices generally sell within some percentage of their list price (it’s usually within a few points in San Francisco, on average, in my experience), so it is a “close enough” metric to work with… but really, to me it comes across as lazy and sloppy and something you’d use if you wanted some cheap PR and didn’t want to spend a lot of money getting the data.

And as long as I’m ranting, I think the use of a 4 bedroom, 2 bath home as the metric is a bit silly. A 4/2 home in San Francisco is much larger than our normal home, so it distorts a bit what the average cost of a home is. And yes, you can argue that for comparison’s sake, it presents a consistent property type to compare in different markets. But I think that you easily run the risk of having a very small sample size in some markets that doesn’t accurately represent the true cost of housing in that market. And since it isn’t titled “where are the most expensive 4 bedroom, 2 bath homes” I say it’s misleading.

All of which I guess is my way of saying that I’m thrilled to be working for a local San Francisco real estate firm, even if we don’t pull cheap PR stunts like using a bad market metric – listing price – to make broad conclusions about affordability.

Condos at One Hawthorne, San Francisco

The condos at One Hawthorne in San Francisco were released for sale several months ago, and I toured the building at the time it opened.

One Hawthorne, San Francisco, CA

Described in their marketing as offering “hand-selected materials and thoughtfully edited details meet the eye at every level, beginning with the hewn wood and stone surfaces of the lobby and rising through the warm, artful interiors of each home,” I would have to agree that the One Hawthorne finishes are nicely done and tasteful. Pretty much what you would expect for a building in this location, built at this time, and being sold at this price. It was nice to see that gas cooktops were standard throughout, the only exception being JR 1’s (studios), where city code prohibits a source of gas from being open to the sleeping area (don’t quote me on that, but you get the idea…)

One Hawthorne dues seem a bit high for the amenities (beautiful roof deck, attended lobby, valet parking, gym and outside terrace), particularly when you factor in the valet parking fee. Not to sound petty, but I’m not sure that “three high speed elevators” qualify as an amenity in a high rise building built in 2010, but I guess it was generous of them not to make us all take the stairs.

The clients I’ve taken through so far have been most interested in the two bedroom corner units, some of which have really smart layouts and a nice open feel to them.

Parking is definitely one downside to the building, with a monthly fee for parking and a less than 1:1 ratio (hence the valet parking) – however the location of One Hawthorne is such that hopefully you won’t need a car and are planning on getting most places on train, muni, or foot.

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So there you have it, a quick overview of the condos at One Hawthorne in San Francisco, CA. If you are interested in taking a tour or would like additional information and thoughts about the building, don’t hesitate to get in contact with us today!

Because Everyone Needs a Firehouse!

You’re a hip urbanite. You’ve got your iPod iPhone, iPad, Blue Bottle Coffee frequent buyer card, a hip wardrobe, thousands of twitter followers, and yet you still don’t feel like your life is complete. What are you missing?

A Firehouse!

And depending on the budget, we’ve got a few options for you.

Want the original deal in a Dogpatch location? Ready to throw some elbows at an auction sale? Then 909 Tennessee might be for you. Being sold off by the San Francisco General Services Agency, the auction deadline is Tuesday, November 23 at 9:00am. See the invitation to bid for more details.



Auctions not your thing? Not looking for a firehouse fixer?Afraid the Dogpatch will scare off all your friends in the BMWs? Then how about a beautifully redone firehouse in Noe Valley? Listed by Joseph Marko and Rafael Acevedo of Paragon Real Estate, it is currently yours for the price of $4,250,000. Which is substantially less than the original asking price of $6,375,000 when the home went on the market for the first time.

Noe Valley Firehouse
Noe Valley Firehouse

And finally, if you’re in the market for a firehouse but don’t have a hose full of cash to spray at it, then you might want to think about 117 Broad St., listed by Luba Muzichenko of Zephyr Real Estate for $975,000. But hurry, the MLS lists it as under contract with contingencies, so if you want your firehouse for under 1 million, you’ll need to move quickly.

117 Broad St.
117 Broad St.

So regardless of the style of firehouse you need to complete your hipster lifestyle, we’ve got you covered!

San Francisco Bay Area Race/Ethnicity Infographic from flickr

I found this incredibly interesting and awesome mash-up of data on flickr.

Someone took the time to represent race and ethnicity as reported on the 2000 Census data and create a visual representation for the bay area. They also did the same for a bunch of other cities, it is pretty slick stuff that you can see here.

Race and ethnicity, San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley

And what do the colors represent? Well, a look at Marin county should tell you what the red dots are for.

Seriously, here’s the breakdown:

Red is White, Blue is Black, Green is Asian, Orange is Hispanic, Gray is Other, and each dot is 25 people.