What $2,000,000 buys you in The Mission

Since 2000 there have been six sales of single-family homes and condominiums in the Mission neighborhood that have closed for over $2 million. Half of those sales have happened this year (2013). Let’s take a quick look at how the Mission district is becoming The Multi-Million-Dollar Mission District.

507 Capp

Listed by Zephyr Agent Lily Remoundos and sold by Zephyr Agent Ron Whitney, this is the most expensive MLS-listed sale in the Mission district, located on Capp at 20th St. The home boasts over 4,000 square feet of living space and is absolutely beautiful, with precise attention to detail, beautiful historic touches and clean, modern open living spaces and high-end kitchens and bathrooms. It came to market at the end of September and closed slightly below the asking price of $3,600,000.

879 Florida
Listed by incoming SFAR Board of Directors President Betty Taisch with Coldwell Banker, this home came to market about the same time as 507 Capp and closed a day before 507 Capp. It was listed for $2,195,000 and sold for over $2,500,000. The 800 block of Florida has never been known as the place people start looking for $2,000,000+ homes, but this unique home above a studio used for photography was both beautiful and a rare find for the incredibly creative and wealthy.

2533 Folsom
Listed by D Paul Brown with Paragon Real Estate, this home came to market in May and closed in June. Listed as having 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, and about 2,400 square feet of living space – and a water tower – for $1,955,000. It closed for $2,200,000 making it the cheapest home you can find in the Mission for more than $2,000,000.

Here’s our list of the homes in the Mission District that have sold for more than $2,000,000.00, listed from most expensive to least expensive:

507 Capp St. (sold in October of 2013 for $3,525,000)
1419 15th St.
879 Florida St.
266 14th St.
1348 S. Van Ness
2533 Folsom St. (sold in June of 2013 for $2,200,000)

PS – And soon to join the list will be 3120 23rd St. listed by Paul Garvey of Coldwell Banker. It came to the market last week for $3,290,000 and already has an accepted offer.

You’re Parklet Isn’t This Hip

I’ve written before about parklets, and how they vary from their friends in the eco-system of urban parks, the mini-park and the park. I love parklets, even that one on Hayes street in front of Arlequin that would make an excellent parking spot for me on a regular basis. But I can walk a little farther, I’m cool with it. There are some pretty sweet and creative parklets throughout the city, and the other night I was in the Mission district for a soccer game and stumbled across the Deepistan National Parklet.

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And I’m sorry, I don’t care how hip your parklet it, the Deepistan parklet probably has it beat. It’s got its own facebook page, with more fans than my facebook page (I’m not bitter, I’m just impressed. And wondering if I could become a hip parklet in the Mission?). And while I really love the parklet, what caught my eye was the Victorian home behind the parklet that is painted in bright silver. Yes, you heard me right – bright silver!

I’ve seen Victorian homes painted many a shade of, well, pretty much everything. I’ve also seen more than my fair share of Victorian homes that have been sadly abused. But I’m pretty sure that this is the first Victorian I’ve seen painted in shiny silver, and the crazy thing is that it works. At least, IMHO, it really works quite well. I have no idea if the folks behind the nation of Deepistan are the same creative and brave souls that painted their home silver. But it wouldn’t surprise me in the least if the two are somehow related. After all, as the old cliche goes, the hipster never falls far from the coffee shop.

So hats off to the people of Deepistan and the shiny silver Victorian, they made me grin on a chilly Saturday evening!


Shotwell’s Permeable Pavers

This past week I found myself along Shotwell Street in the Mission District. In particular, I found myself along Shotwell between 17th and 18th street, and I couldn’t help but notice all of the permeable pavers that had been installed along the street.

Below is a picture of what I’m talking about:

Permeable Pavers along Shotwell Street in the Mission District

It turns out that all that permeable driveway was no accident – the street was a pilot project sponsored/supported/spearheaded by PlantSF, which is a local non-profit on a mission to “promote permeable landscaping equally as sustainable urban infrastructural practice and as a beautification effort; by providing information to the public and by partnering with city and neighborhood organizations.”

You can find out more about the Shotwell Street project on their featured project page (scroll down or just search the page for Shotwell). This projet was installed in 2005, and was a joint project of the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services, Departments of Public Works and Public Utilities Commission and Shotwell Street property owners. It is also notable as the premier project of Plant San Francisco. Here are a few project highlights:

  • It demonstrates one approach to reducing storm loads on the combined city sewer system
  • Instead of entering the sewer, rain water permeates the exposed soil and nourishes plants.
  • Drought tolerant plants were selected by the neighborhood association in collaboration with the Department of Public Works
  • Plantings were undertaken during the wet season and no irrigation is provided or required.

If you’d like to see something like this in front of your home, but don’t feel like moving to the Mission district, don’t fret! Plant SF has a great “how-to” guide on their website that walks you through the process of working with the city to remove your concrete and turn it into something much more eco-friendly. And if you’ve been cited with a”30-Day Notice to Repair” your sidewalk, you’ll be thrilled to know that the available sidewalk landscaping permit satisfies the requirements for repair.

Below is also a video I took along the street:


Neighborhood News

What’s been up in the nabes? More than any one person could ever keep up with, but here are a few highlights:

Glen Park cleanup next weekend – June 9, 2012

We’re looking forward to partnering with DPW and their staff, equipment, and know-how to continue to clean and green our neighborhood on June 9th. We hope you’ll join your neighbors, Mayor Lee, and Supervisors Campos and Wiener in volunteering at this DPW Community Clean Team event for Districts 8 and 9.

Noe Valley Summerfest is coming up soon – Saturday, June 16, 2012
Hawaiian shave ice, Smitten ice cream tasting, a petting zoo, live music, honey bee demos, a magic show … it can only mean one thing: SummerFEST on 24th Street.

On Saturday June 16 from 11-5 (the day before Father’s Day), 24th Street merchants will be throwing a family event in downtown Noe Valley.

via Noe Valley SF (and yes, Zephyr is a sponsor. Who knew??!)
Burrito Justice has an awesome look at the Miracle Mile, circa 1954… more commonly known these days as Mission St.
D10 Watch highlights some upcoming home ownership workshops being sponsored by Lennar.
From Lennar:


Join one of our FREE Home Ownership Assistance Workshops and start building your future today!

6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Lennar Trailers at Hunters Point Shipyard Corner of Donahue St & Galvez Ave

6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Bayview Opera House 4705 Third Street, San Francisco

6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Bayview Opera House 4705 Third Street, San Francisco


Please contact Chonta Burgess at 415.344.8861 or Chonta.Burgess@lennar.com
Visit our website at www.hunterspointcommunity.com

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The Dogpatch Howler has a fascinating story about trying to track down who in the city is responsible for an old police station that recently suffered approximately $200,000 in fire damage. Long story short: everyone thinks the building belongs to someone else, the city is going to sell it someday, but a lot of paperwork remains to be hurdled between today and the sale!