What you need to know about District 5 Single Family Home Sales in 2012

The parade of 2012 real estate market statistics continues. Last week we started off with an overview of the 2012 San Francisco market, and last week we looked at home sales in northwest San Francisco, and Zephyr 2012 market share. Today I’m going to skip ahead a few neighborhoods from District 1 to District 5, which is the central part of San Francisco and includes the following neighborhoods/mls-subdistricts:

  • Glen Park
  • Haight Ashbury
  • Noe Valley
  • Twin Peaks
  • Cole Valley/Parnassus Heights
  • Buena Vista/Ashbury Heights
  • Corona Heights
  • Clarendon Heights
  • Duboce Triangle
  • Eureka Valley/Dolores Heights (aka Liberty Hill)
  • Mission Dolores

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The chart above shows the median days on market for single family homes in District 5, broken out by neighborhood. As you can see, median days on market was down, sometimes substantially so… with Mission Dolores, Clarendon Heights, and Eureka Valley (Castro) being exceptional examples of how competitive 2012 was if you were a buyer.chart_4 (3)
The chart above looks at the number of single family homes sold by neighborhood in 2012. It is interesting for a couple reasons – it does a pretty good job of showing what neighborhoods in district 5 have single family homes (when we compare this with condos in the coming days it will give you a good idea of the types of housing that predominate any given neighborhood). Even though the number of sales was either up or slightly down year over year, we still saw a decrease in days on market, which is exactly what we would expect when demand exceeds supply.
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Finally, the chart above shows the median sales price of a single family home in each of the district 5 neighborhoods. It’s no surprise that Clarendon Heights led the way with the most expensive median sales price, with the 2012 price being up both year over year and compared to 2009. Another thing to note is that some neighborhoods (like Twin Peaks) have very few single family homes, so small sample sets can lead to some erroneous conclusions… for example, that Twin Peaks prices are plummeting. I may try and get a post in this week that compares 2011 and 2012 single family home sales in Twin Peaks, to give you an idea of how small data sets lead to graphs like the above.

Happy Tuesday, I’m out the door for broker’s tour. I hope you have a great day!

Beautiful Glen Park Remodel and Renovation

Writing before and after stories is always enjoyable, because if I’m writing about it, the ending is a happy one. I should consider writing a column about homes before and “never after” – these would be the homes that have a nightmare remodel which causes a divorce or other unhappy ending. But not today, folks! Today I’m happy to talk about a beautiful redo of a Glen Park home done by Kevin Sawyers, a Principal at Sawyers Design.

Kevin Sawyers of Sawyers Interior Design

Here is a bit about the project from Kevin:

The clients, a young San Francisco couple, came to Sawyers Design with an ample wish list, including the need to complete the project for a graduation party that was just three months away.

Their desired aesthetic would evoke the feeling of a modern lodge, architecturally uncluttered with a warm atmosphere. The kitchen also needed to accommodate a list of luxe appliances including a 36� Sub Zero refrigerator, double Bosch ovens, a full height Viking wine cellar, Bosch dishwasher and a Miele cooktop. These all needed to be placed on one wall or in the island, but the clients wanted the island top to be an expansive service space for entertaining. This meant we had to be clever about the overall layout, appliance placement, storage and the selection of materials.

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The project started with the demolition of the conventional, flat kitchen ceiling as well as a wall that sharply divided it from the main living room and entrance. The once segmented cottage kitchen and living room could now be transformed to a grand 100’ long entertaining space, with a 16’ tall cathedral ceiling along its axis. The redesigned layout accommodates a new dining area with the former dining room becoming a wine tasting nook.

To soften the look of the kitchen appliances, Bellmont Cabinetry was used. It allowed us to use overlay panels on the refrigerator and dishwasher, reducing some of the stainless steel. The sharp stainless steel acuity of the wine cellar door was kept to provide a touch of sparkle and reflect the seriousness of it’s lofty contents.

Warmth was brought to the room through the use of materials with the feel or impression of wood in medium to dark tones. For the wall of cabinets the color Terra Charcoal was used while the island cabinets are a lighter Terra Stone. For flooring, we extended the Italian Candia Valpanaro Cottage Wenge ceramic tile from the rest of the home. Caesarstone in Raven was used for the countertops and the “Waterfall� legs on the island, emphasizing the island’s monolithic proportions and central location on the axis of the room.

One of the favored project materials was the mosaic tile surrounding the window above the sink. This “backsplash� applied from countertop to ceiling and corner to corner, a Sawyers Design signature treatment, was painstakingly aligned with the cabinetry and window jamb.

Last but certainly not least was an exquisite ET2 Contemporary Lighting, 24-globe pendant light positioned over the island. This radiant centerpiece grounds the kitchen as the heart of the grand reconstructed space. Hanging over the plinth of the island the light fixture becomes sculpture.

As a summation and testament to the success of the project, a friend of the client said, “This home finally projects the temperament it always should have�.

Neighborhood Blog Roundup – April 23, 2012

Happy Monday morning everyone! What better way to start the week than to take a look at what the hot topics have been across the San Francisco neighborhood blogosphere.

I don’t doubt I’ve overlooked something phenomentally interesting, entertaining, or otherwise blog-worthy (but come on, Supervisor Mar in a hottub is pretty awesome). Leave a comment or shoot me an email with your favorite neighborhood blog!


Portola Dr & O’Shaughnessy Blvd. – Then and Now

While doing some research for an upcoming blog post about Portola Dr. I came across this great picture of the strip mall located along Portola between Evelyn and Fowler that was taken in 1938. For comparison, I went out and took a picture from roughly the same vantage point last Friday. As you can see, the more things change, the more they stay the same!

Portola Dr. in 1938, source: foundsf.org

The Miraloma Appliance co. is now home to the Portola Cleaners, while the Merit Food Center has made way for Tower Burger (yum!). I can’t quite read the signs on the next two buildings, does anyone know what was once there?  However, the Miraloma Market (far right hand side of the picture) is still the Miraloma Market (although way back in 1938 it didn’t have a taqueria).

Portola Dr. in 2012, source: Matt Fuller, GRI

If the street configuration and parking lot looks a little different to you, then you get bonus stars for your eagle eyes. Portola street was widened in the 1950’s during the lets-build-freeways-everywhere craze, which actually resulted in some of the original homes on Portola Dr. being relocated to other spots in the city.

Anyway, just a fun little then and now picture to satisfy you on this Tuesday. I’m headed out the door for broker’s tour shortly, and will be visiting neighborhoods from the north end to the south side of the city. Not much to view in Miraloma Park today, but inventory across the city is slowly creeping back up.

Have a favorite spot in the city, or an old picture that would make for a great then and now comparison? Get in touch, I’m a big fan of San Francisco history and always love to learn more about the history of the streets and homes in San Francisco.


Glen Park Slime

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Glen Park has some slime. As you can see from the above photos, some individual or group of individuals thought it would be cool/funny/hilarious/a good use of taxpayer funds to destroy the new plants that are a part of the O’Shaughnessy/Bosworth traffic calming project. For those of you not familiar with the area, it’s a twisty road at the bottom of the canyon, and it was great to see the city take some steps to slow traffic down and make it look a little bit more beautiful.

While the vandals weren’t able to destroy the traffic calming street bulbs and center median planter, they managed to do a number on some of the succulent plants that had recently been planted by the city.


O’Shaughnessy / Bosworth Traffic Calming Project
This project was made possible in part by the San Francisco County Transportation Authority through a grant of Proposition K Local Sales Tax Funds.

Project Information
The O’Shaughnessy / Bosworth Traffic Calming Project began in August 2005. Read the O’Shaughnessy/Bosworth Meeting Notes – 8/30/05 meeting (PDF),O’Shaughnessy/Bosworth Final Traffic Calming Plan (PDF), and the Funding-Phasing Plan (PDF)

Project Update
A pedestrian refuge island was constructed at the intersection of O’Shaughnessy and Malta to assist pedestrians crossing the street at that intersection.  That island has recently been removed as part of a paving project for the O’Shaughnessy corridor but it will be reconstructed as part of the paving project.

A new crosswalk and pedestrian island will be constructed on O’Shaughnessy at the intersection with Del Vale.  The guardrail on the uphill side of the street will be opened up to allow pedestrians to cross at this location without the need to step over the guardrail.

Between Bosworth and Malta, a portion of the striped median will be opened up to allow for landscaping.  Adjacent curb extensions will be constructed to narrow the lanes just uphill of where the housing begins on O’Shaughnessy.  The intent is to create a gateway to let drivers know that there is a change from a mountain road to a residential area near a park.  This work will take place as part of the paving project.

Source: San Francisco MTA website

Update / February 12, 2012:

The vandalized plants have been replaced. Let’s hope they aren’t trashed again!

The plants have been replaced!