Luxe Faves

New SOMA Release! 2Bed/2Ba Exquisitely Remodeled, 1119SF, $549k-$595k

New SOMA release of 6 stylishly remodeled homes at 181-191 Russ Street. Steps from the best culinary, shopping, arts and recreational destinations in the district. Walking distance to Whole Foods Market, ATT Park, and Draves Park 1/2 block away make this a city dwellers dream location.  Each freshly remodeled spacious two-bedroom two-bathroom home at features hardwood floors, high-efficiency lighting, all new kitchens with stainless appliances, modern bathrooms, large bedrooms and stunning open floor plans with Bay Windows. Storage and In Unit Laundry Room included. Low HOA fee. Asking $549,000-$595,000. Walkscore of 98, Transportation score of 100, Great Biking.

Early OPEN Sunday 1-4:30PM. Call Erika, Showing Agent, for private viewing 415-321-7076, Erika Burke, Top Producer DRE#01386234

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Hayes Valley Home Just SOLD at 432 Ivy St. – $1,380,000.

Talk about quintessential San Francisco.  This 3 Bedroom, 2.5 Bathroom single family Edwardian home, built in 1911, JUST SOLD for $1,380,000. to my wonderful clients who had set their sites on owning this home, in this specific location.  They knew what they wanted and I wanted to be sure they were able to complete their purchase.

Though we made an offer the moment the home re-emerged on the market with new lowered pricing at the beginning of September, the seller wanted to see a full marketing period and set an offer date for a few weeks later.  We strongly negotiated to a comfortable offer price and held fast for the offer date with an extended counter offer.  Since there are no single family homes for sale in Hayes Valley, there was alot of interest in the home.  Hayes Valley has many condominium and TIC offerings, but few single family homes, which made this an extra special value. 

We made it to the offer date where there were 3 offers and ours came in toward the top and had excellent terms.  A little more negotiating and my clients won the home.  I was absolutely delighted that our strategy worked and that they are now to call this home their own. Though there were a few unsure moments during the waiting period which we managed together nicely, this is what I call a successful day in real estate. 

Set on a tree lined side street off of Octavia Blvd., steps from the chic shops and restaurants of Hayes Valley’s hip and happening neighborhood, this home is an historical gem.  Built in 1911 and approximately 1700 SF,  it retains many of the original traditional features like wainscoating, crown mouldings, leaded windows, a charming wood stairwell, a fireplace, formal dining room with original cabinetry and all generously sized bedrooms on the upper level.  There is a charming clawfoot bathtub, original wood floors, a basement level with office space and a small yard with mature trees, beds for gardening and a deck off the kitchen.

The current 1 car garage can even be restored for 2 cars which is especially handy in this neighborhood. There have been some upgrades made over 10 years ago, so the home awaits updating with the TLC and refurbishing that will be made by the new owners who are looking forward to the task!

This is a family home just right for my clients, a newly married couple!  I look forward to watching their family grow and helping their friends, colleagues and family as I have helped them.  Keeping a positive attitude, negotiating smartly and making every advantage for my clients in every transaction means I have happy clients.  This is my singular goal!  I’m thrilled for them and can picture them happily ensconsed in this very special home.

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20 Parkridge Dr. #9 – Twin Peaks

Fabulous Downtown Views from this 2 Bed, 1 Ba.  2nd SOLD in this remodeled development of 12 Units. Garage, Deck, Storage, In-Unit Laundry,  Other Units available. SOLD for $519,000

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Twin Peaks Tech Chic 2 Bedroom SOLD for $535k, Only 2 left!

Guess where I’ll be this Sunday?  Happily showing the Memorial Weekend OPEN HOUSE on Sunday from 1-4:30pm at 20 Parkridge Dr. at Burnett off Market Street on Twin Peaks in San Francisco. 

I just SOLD Unit #12 to my ecstatic Buyer for $535,000.   Only 2, Two Bedroom Units are left!  #9 is offered for $519K.  What? Make sure to stop by and soak up these chic and beautiful,  fresh remodels featuring  hardwood floors, recessed lighting, new stainless appliances, parking and storage. 

 Enjoy a Modern | High Tech Open Living, Dining Kitchen Floor Plan filled with light from oversize double pane windows. New Stainless Steel Fridge, dishwasher, range and microwave.  Your two huge bedrooms are on either side of a spa like bathroom and the home features an in-home laundry with new machines. Take in the famous & enormous Downtown and Twin Peaks Panoramic Bay views from your private balcony.

A Few blocks from Molly Stones , Glen Canyon Park and centrally located in the middle of San Francisco for North or South commutes. Set beneath a green median and upon the hillside makes it private and accessible. A tremendous value for the location and comparable units currently on the market. Everyone who has purchased is delighted with their “find”.  Just right for the first time home buyer, student, professional, bachelor or bachelorette or a light and bright pied-a-terre.  Come and See me!

Showing by:  Erika Burke 415.321.7076, [email protected], DRE#01386234

Listing Agent, Vanguard Properties, Jonathan Deason


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Tiburon Home – a Magnificent Natural Beauty

High atop a Tiburon hillside ridge, nestled across from Angel Island with a sweeping view of San Francisco and the East Bay is an architectural masterpiece of a home built in 1995.

Vanguard Properties presents this one-of-a-kind home of 4 Bedroom, 4.5 Baths with 2 car parking. Carved out of the hillside is an earthy enclave of natural limestone and granite, carefully orchestrated to blend seamlessly with the California landscape. Most charming is a path that leads around the perimiter of the property and around the house to view from each window where there is a real sense of nature and relaxation.


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Luxury South Beach Loft-1 Block from San Franciscos’ Waterfront


Currently available is loft #130, 1535 Square Feet of cool modern living featuring two, 17 ft. windows spanning 2 levels. The unique entry level includes a tasteful modern kitchen with sub-zero fridge, room for dining before your floor to ceiling windows,  and a half bath, wrapped up in sleek steel, concrete and iron design elements, highlighted by inset and spot lighting.

“The surprise is the mezzanine and 2nd loft level Grande En Suite Master Bedroom”

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San Francisco South Beach Luxury Living at 200 Brannan #130

Last week I blogged about a gorgeous penthouse #506 offering for $1,250,000. at 200 Brannan in San Francisco’s South Beach waterfront neighborhood, which is still available.  Today, a beautiful 1535 SF 2 story loft in this luxury Condo Building has come to market.

This 2 level loft, #130, includes a second full bath on the main level and a large master suite on the upper level.  The mezzanine is large enough for a home office or family room. This is a plushly decorated secure full service building with door man, 24 hour security, included garage parking for 1 independant and exercise facilities plus recreation room for private parties.  Offered for $1,049,000.

One block from the Waterfront and near 2nd Street Cafes and boutiques.

Everything about 200 Brannan is luxurious and the perfect fit for the discerning full service condominium seeker. Please phone for your appointment to view this home.

Erika Burke – Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR), Vanguard Properties, [email protected] 415.321.7076

For more about 200 Brannan please review my prior post

 Listed by Eric Turner, McGuire Real Estate




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New to Market! Nob Hill Condo Hot spot-Available Now! Cathedral & Bridge Views!

A new San Francisco real estate market offering today is 1201 California St. #507 near Pine Street atop Nob Hill,  is a wonderfully priced condo opportunity for 1 Bedroom and 1 bath in an exclusive neighborhood with Views of Grace Cathedral and the Golden Gate Bridge. Blocks from Union Square, the theatre and financial Districts, the location is superb.

You are greeted by the door man in this elevator building. The kitchen features a beautiful marble countertop, laundry is available in the building. The bath includes French doors and finishes in keeping with the period. Enjoy views from the Living Room and Bedroom, carpet and slate flooring. New Homeowners will meet with board approval. Included is 1 indpendant parking space.

The building was made famous by Dashiell Hammets’ Maltese Falcon.  Built in 1926, it features ornate architectural details as San Francisco’s treasured Cathedral Apartments.  The building offers a Charming Roof Deck to take in the City’s most outstanding views.  Offered for $475,000. Shown only by appointment, please call to arrange your  showing and for further information.   

Erika Burke – Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR), Vanguard Properties, [email protected] 415.321.7076

Listed by Paige Dew-Ewing, BHG Mason McDuffie Real Estate
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Sleek lifestyle at 200 Brannan #506 – Luxury Bay Living in San Francisco’s South Beach.

Today I had the pleasure of viewing a luxury Penthouse at 200 Brannan in the exclusive South Beach neighborhood, steps from the Embarcadero, near the Ferry Building, South Parks’ 2nd St. restaurants and boutique’s, Giants Stadium, only steps from San Franciscos’ quintessential bay views and numerous outdoor activities. Close to the Bay Bridge, 101 and 280 and public transportation.

200 Brannan is one sleek, beautifully kept, luxury condominium building of 191 homes.

As an experienced luxury Realtor, I am the appointed representive for 200 Brannan through our Vanguard Properties website and will keep you informed of the latest offerings.  I will arrange your private showing or provide accurate comparables and comparisons for your home sale at 200 Brannan.

I view every home with the idea in mind of who the buyer might be, and ask, “Would I live there myself”? I can give a definite “Yes”, to the current offering of penthouse Unit 506 and easily picture a sophisticated couple, business bachelor or bachelorette, design or art world professional, luxury pied-a-terre seeker, or a young urban dweller making this prestigious offering their home.

Greeted at the door by the engaging door man, Roberto, one immediately feels secure and that they are entering an exclusive, service oriented, 5 star living experience, from the atrium entry, to the exquisitely chosen neutral palette on the walls of the quiet, plushly carpeted hallways. Dotting those walls are custom art and photographs that are finished with sophisticated lighting; which guide you past the serene green bamboo ground floor courtyard and on to the multiple elevators that bring you closest to your home.


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Richmond District Beauty




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Outstanding Sea Cliff must see luxury home

This is a “Luxe Fave” of mine that  just came to market… an amazingly majestic Spanish Meditaranean home at 738 El Camino Del Mar Ave. at 30th Street in Seacliff; San Franciscos’ exclusive neighborhood of mansions that take in sweeping views of the Bay and Golden Gate Bridge.   

Originally built in 1927 and remodeled in 2009 by designer Ken Fulk, the finishes are in one word, beautiful and is in keeping with the style of home with a fresh up to date elegance and beauty.  The home has spacious open feeling of largesse for 3 Bedrooms and 3.5 Baths including a view Master Suite, media room, gourmet kitchen, wine cellar, plus front and rear landscaped gardens and 2 garage parking. The living room features the views as well.  There is a 2 car garage!!

Offered for $6,995,000 Contact me to arrange a private showing 415.321.7076

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Frankly Chic Brick and Timber Clock Tower Loft

I had a suprise treat today during my Tuesday property tour. I viewed a rarely available 1733 SF Brick and Timber loft in the coveted Clock Tower Building in San Francisco’s South Beach (SOMA) neighborhood. This home is perfect for an artist, a couple who entertains, a tech exec or an expressive bachelor or bachelorette. This is a home in which to live your glory days, even if that means a fabulous San Francisco pied-a-terre now that the kids are in college.

The building itself features broad expanses of metal and wood and each homes door has a metal lighted sculptural feature that adds to the hip, arty, modern feel. The interior courtyard is charmingly landscaped with ferns and vines covering the interior walls. There are elevators from the entrance and to the Tower, where #454 is located.

This private loft bedroom sits a few steps above the expansive living area that is framed at the far end by two enormous windows that span the width and overlook a charming vintage building landscape. The quality of lite is exquisite and the exposed brick, stunning hardwood floors and vaulting exposed beam ceiling make this a New York Style loft.

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The Millenium-San Francisco Luxury Resort Highrise Living

Yesterday, I toured San Franciscos’ Luxury Tower, The Millenium with  my colleague, Uche Nchekwube, M.B.A., Realtor at Vangaurd Properties.  We were greeted by the valet as we drove up and met by  the buildings’ concierge who escorted us to our private showing appointment.We had the luxury of viewing the gorgeous homes currently offered for sale.

Our showings consisted of a visit to the City View residences, loft like urban dwellings with seamless finishes like marble bath and kitchen, soaking tub, sleek cabinetry, picture windows, and urban views! Very modern, streamlined and sophisticted. The hallways are quiet, plush and serene. Then we were escorted to model homes at the ‘Residences’, 1 and 2 bedroom homes on the lower floors and the slightly larger, Grand Resdiences with stupdendous views, on the upper floors. They have numerous floor plans to choose from, for each Residence group. We saw Floor Plans A, C and F, each featuring something specical, an extra walk-in closet, a guest room/office, a den, more square footage, a commanding view, a new and different lay out! It’s easy to see why the most exclusive buyers are making the Millenium their home. It’s fresh, clean, beautifully designed and luxurious. Everything has been thought of for you in terms of surroundings, service and comfort.

There are enormous views available of the City and the bay and our colorful urban landscape. In our busy lives, the Milleniums’ Owners’ level offers the relaxation, socialization and comfort that one would book a resort stay for. Spanning the entire lower level, you will find a temperature controlled wine storage locker, a wine tasting room shaped like a wine barrell, an owners lounge with the latest magazines & periodicals with a fireplace, private dining room, and a snack/coffee bar. If that’s not enough you can take advantage of the movie theater, the indoor swimming pool, the private spa rooms and lounge by the enormous fireplace on the outdoor terrace. Wanting to exercise, there is a workout room, pilates studio and fully equipped gym, plus a play room for the kids. The concierge on this level can arrange any private party or event in any room on this level for you.

At every turn The Millenium offers an air of luxury and sophistication that is evident from the moment of entry. These homes demonstrate the  exclusivity that is sure to appeal to the most discerning city dwellers and home owners. Allow me to fill you in on some of the features and benefits of these homes and schedule your private showing. Reach out at 415.321.7076 to view at your convenience.

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Compound in the Heart of San Francisco-Preview in NOPA. Act Quickly for first look.

Today I previewed a compound Oasis in the heart of San Francisco on Divisadero. I was frankly flabbergasted at the amazing modern meets Storybook Victorian home that was behind the ornate well cared for visage.  Not on the market presently, though it will be any moment now, so I’m giving you the first glimpse. 

Sitting on a double lot gives it the feeling of being a compound. It’s garden setting and sophistication make it an oasis.  The main home on 2 levels have 3 beds and 2.5 baths, with a master suite with an additional office.   An elegant spaciousness is made by the open vistas of this fabulous entertainment home.  Throughout is the notable gleaming walnut radiant heat hardwood floors, marble fireplaces, ornate pillars, exposed brick and beams, stained glass, high cielings with modern touches and high end finishes. There is a deluxe sound system.

The chef’s kitchen features stainless counters and all of the extras you would expect including a sleek breakfast bar that seats a crowd. The master marble bath has a free standing soaking tub with outdoor deck access to lounge on 1 of the private decks after your bath. One bath features vintagelike beadboard and bath furniture and even of course, there is a modern powder room.  All well thought out and impressive, providing class, elegance with modern touches and conveniences.  This is truly a San Francisco home at its’ finest and most impressive.  Did I mention the turret room…it’s round of course. Continue reading

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Luxurious Family Home in San Francisco! Todays’ absolute Favorite!

We think that our latest Luxe Fave is a really good value for $2,195,000 for just under 3000SF and will likely generate multiple offers.  Located at 1948 Sutter Street near Fillmore in San Francisco this Stick Victorian style home has 4 bedrooms on the same floor, which has lately become the popular floor plan for families and another family bonus is a den or family area open to the kitchen.   This neighborhood is known as the Jazz District and has a wonderful weekly well attended farmers market. No wonder why this is so lovely; its’ located near the historic cottage row.  It is showing as light and bright as can be, chock full of windows and modern lighting, with its’ monchromatic staging showing off it’s traditional features and seamless upgrades, like beautiful wood flooring, new baths, working fireplaces and more.  This home has a back yard too and an oversized lot!  For showings call Erika  at 415-321-7076.  This one won’t last long, so hurry!

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the House you want to call Home

Located along a one way tree lined street, the graciousness of this home starts the second you set eyes on the spectacular brick entry courtyard and surrounding lush greenery and flowering gardens.

formal dining room opens to the front patio

Beautifully remodeled, this phenomenal home offers spa-like bathrooms, Ebony stained hardwood floors, large picture windows, beamed ceilings, recessed lighting and custom hardware. The main floor features an inviting formal entry, library with City views, living room with French paned windows and a wood burning fireplace, remolded powder room, dining room, and custom eat-in kitchen with the sweetest breakfast nook.

kitchen and breakfast nook

The second floor is home to 4 bedrooms, and 3 bathrooms. Two of the rooms are connected with french doors, perfect for siblings.  The third bedroom has its own bathroom. And finally the piece de resistance- the master suite complete with large bathroom, walk in closet and shoe closet. Heaven!

While the lower floor on most houses usually just offer one giant media room and room for extra storage- the lower floor in this home upholds the graneur feeling of the rest of the home. In addition to a media room, there is a play room/exercise room, mechanical closet, storage room, wine cellar, bedroom-en suite, and bathroom. PLUS access to a large walk-out deck and the backyard.

backyard deck

This bright and airy home boasts the best in indoor/outdoor living and wonderful privacy. One can not help but picture what life here would be like- fabulous.


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Brand New Construction

kitchen and dining area

With all the finishes, bells and whistles you would expect in 2011. The yard is very finely finished with patio area, lawn, garden and VIEWS. 102 Conrad is located on a hill in a windy neighborhood, but the weather is usually warmer than the rest of the city up there! This may not be the most walkable neighborhood in San Francisco but you are just steps away from BART.  All  4 bedrooms are on the top level of the house (master with a bay view). The main level begins in a light-filled living room, and moves to a centrally located dining room, completed with a kitchen/great room that opens directly to the landscaped garden and patio.  The entry level features a media room with bath, wine cellar and 2 car garage. The master and the living room both have gas fireplaces.

Cant get more Turn Key than this Yard

Modern, clean, fun and impressive.


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Decks, Decks and more Decks!

open kitchen

11 Cook Street is located off of Geary on a dead-end street in Jordan Park. The nearest shopping area is Laurel Heights, and it is not far from Mountain Lake Park. Large backyard, with a deck off of every level (and soon-to-have permits for roof top deck for even MORE outdoor space with outstanding views).

look at all those decks!

All outdoor rear decks have stairs leading down to the yard.  Grand high ceilings and open space for comfortable family living and entertaining on 4 levels. HUGE- over 4,350 sqft! Basement has a large living area (could be used for many different purposes: media room, gym, entertaining etc. ), plus a bath with steam room and sauna, and wine closet. 1st floor has a two car garage, foyer, kitchenette, two baths and two bedrooms- as well as a deck.  The second floor has a LARGE, open feel with high ceilings and two rooms- very large open living and kitchen/dining with sliding floor to ceiling glass doors that open up completely to the deck as well as a bathroom. The third floor has all three bedrooms (the master bathroom is beautifully done) and two baths, and of course a deck off of the master. This is the perfect house for a young family who also loves to entertain. This duality is our favorite feature about the house.

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Un-Traditionally Traditional

While this property is legally two units with separate entrances, it has been set up as a single family home. With this caveat, I automatically assumed that I would not be a fan of 1115-1117 Cole street. Even with the prime location- just two blocks to Cole Valley shopping, dinging, and entertainment- I could not picture calling a “two unit building” home.  I will admit when I am wrong, and boy was I wrong! The minute I walked in, I immediately began to feel at home. Both grand and cozy at the same time, this is the type of property that one could easily call home.

The main floor features a formal dining room and living area as well as a renovated kitchen with top-of-the-line appliances open to an eating/family area. This open space in the rear of the home affords direct access to a west-facing backyard. 

There are three bedrooms on the second level; two at the rear of the home, one of which has a sun room with a door to a deck that overlooks the back yard. The third bedroom is at the front of the home. There are three full baths, one on each level, All of which have been tastefully  updated.

The lower level of the house has a kitchen and bath and a large Spanish-tiled living space that has a clubhouse feel and could easily transform into a media room or entertaining space. As if this weren’t enough- there are also two working  gas fireplaces with custom handmade tile, good closet space, and attractive period details. There is radiant heat on the two lower levels and a large attic space which could be improved.

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WOW Factor home in Tiburon

 I would say that the first thing that caught my eye about this home was the kitchen, but in doing so I feel like I am cheating on the rest of this home that I feel in love with! From the views, to the out of control statement fireplace, to the use of the outdoor spaces- I go back and forth between picking my ABSOLUTE favorite thing. I usually associate contemporary with cold, but this home is as warm and inviting as it is contemporary. Situated on 17,000 sq ft the property really maximizes it’s outdoor space. The living/dining area connects with a large level yard and gardens for quiet relaxation. The sumptuous master suite has French doors leading to a private terrace with sweeping Bay views. Recently reduced to just under $3 million.

Now back to the designer gourmet kitchen- the focal point of the great room with Bay views. It makes me want to throw a party.


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