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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
As you know inventory in San Francisco is at its lowest mark in more than seven years. With such a low supply comes steeper competition which can put 1st time homebuyers at a disadvantage. I like to look at it as an opportunity to be informed and prepared. (Tips at the end)
Evaluating property and the market.
With low inventory the first time home buyer may be going up against investors who are also targeting the bargain-priced or lower priced homes that are in the same pool in which you are looking. Investors and contractors come to the table with buying power, large down payments and/or cash, which can edge you out of the deal. One strategy is to prepare to compete.
In a Sellers market, a strategy that is often employed by listing agents, are to list the homes for well under the market, in hopes of attracting a large number of offers. This means each home must be individually evaluated against the market to see if this is the case. If so, the buyer must be prepared to bring their offer in at the regular market price which can be substantially, sometimes $10k-$100k or more over the inappropriately low asking price. Just because a price is listed, it does not reflect the market value or the actual final purchase price range. Conversely, some homes do not require an overbid and your agent will be able to advise you accordingly. Continue reading
I’m so grateful that my recent sale of 432 Ivy Street, San Francisco, CA, a single family, 3 Bedroom, 3.5 bath home for $1,380,000. located in Hayes Valley was purchased by a beautiful, charming and newly married tech couple which resulted in the following endorsement.
1st time homebuyer’s, Dan and Kristine said, “Thank you again for being so wonderful during the process!”
“Erika was extremely helpful during the home buying process. She worked closely with us to understand the type of property we were
interested in and helped us find many places to look at so we could continue to refine what we wanted. Once we found a place she did an amazing job helping us come up with an aggressive pre-market offer.
She put together and submitted the offer over a few hours on the weekend and was super responsive to all of our questions. She was always on top of what needed to be done, worked closely with the mortgage officer to make sure everything was moving smoothly for a very fast closing window. We were very pleased with Erika and highly recommend her to anyone in the real estate market.”
Having strong representation in a competitive market helps. Give me a ring and let’s match you to your home or help you to sell and move ahead soon!
On Friday evening, 11/10 I parked in a lot on Valencia St., just past 14th Street. With the helpful direction of art associate, Hope Bryson, at Fouladi Projects Art Gallery at 1803 Market Street, I walked up the hidden bike path and crossed Octavia, drawn by the art in the window and ambient lighting. A handsome couple were headed in the same direction. This was an art reception with buzz. I could feel it already.
Sitting at a long farm table was tarot card reader and gallery assistant, Ginger Murray, offering free readings to those brave enough. A nice touch, since the theme for this opening featured an impressive body of work by artist, Russell Tyler aptly named “Fortune Teller”. This is his first solo show with Fouladi Projects running from November 9th through December 15th.
I sought out and chatted with Russell Tyler and his lovely wife, Trudy Benson, who both reside, have their studios and paint in Brooklyn, NY. “Trudy is an accomplished painter in her own right”, according to Holly Fouladi, Gallery owner, “Do you know they met at Pratt Institute when they were both in school.” What a charming story, 2 painters, man and wife, living their dream. This was a 4 day trip for them, to San Francisco for the opening; and we welcomed them with lovely weather that had just turned a little cooler that evening.
Splashed along the main gallery walls were Russells’ works of art in bright bold, pops of color and texture, almost comic booky. Not unlike himself, hip and handsome, cool, bespectacled & approachable. All of his art displayed were larger works demonstrating a mash-up feeling of pop art, abstract expressionism, with each evoking a definitive feeling or spirit. He paints in a raw state, eschewing brushes for use of paints directly onto the canvas. Russell said, “I connect the lines”, indicating his approach to the structure of the peice and said, “Sometimes I have a vision and sometimes I begin and find the vision”.
Which brings me to an important philosphy in life and art ? “Is life a circle or a line?” Or is a line a circle? An ongoing debate in my own art class!
The piece I liked most, I photographed. 2 hands reaching toward the world with a third eye, a spider web, a cloud, woven string through fingers, items flying. Vivid pastels and primary blues, chartreuse, yellows brightly intertwining. Rough and childlike with mature themes. There is definite intention in Russells’ work. I asked Russels if he paints in only this style and he stated, “I have many styles”, which has me wanting to see his prior work and watch him closely in the future to see where this patently talented artist takes us.
Most noticibly is Russell’s committment to his work.You can see the progression of the paintings in this series. I took a guess at which pieces came first and confirmed that I was right with his wife Trudy, who is Rusells’ greatest fan. The last two works in the series nearly lept off the wall with their confirmation of the fortune telling theme, evoking scenes from our dream life or the idea that perhaps we can take our own future and define it or in fact design it, much like Isabelle Allende does with words. With his final pieces in the series, it seems he reached a refinement and cleansing and completion of the theme, which is sure to take Russell to his bright future with his imagined “Fortune Teller” collection. Russell received his MFA from Pratt and has been widely exhibited on the Right Coast, Canada and now the ‘City by the Bay.’
Serving champagne and wine and a custom cake with a likeness of Russells’ painting, added an entertaining food and art twist to the reception. The back room featured Objects D’art and ‘one of’s’, of other signifigant painters as well as mixed media pieces and two life size leaning cartoon tigers reminding me of “Snagglepuss” of the 60’s.
Our gracious and beautiful hostess and gallery owner, Holly Fouladi was the co-owner of a gallery just a few blocks away for over 10 years when she decided to venture out on her own. Open just about 6 months, Fouladi Projects is new and already attracting an array of clientele, from San Francisco’s hip and artcentric, art enthusiasts & art bloggers like myself, collectors, young professionals, and of course, other artists!
Holly’s choice of gallery artists feature a mix of up and coming and known artists. I love that she is bringing artists from other areas to expose and share in the sophisticated San Francisco art scene. Holly said she chooses art that moves her keen eye and really gets to know the artists, whether emerging or known artists, it is the whole story behind the artist and their art that makes Hollys’ approach on point and current. Keep an eye on the experienced gallerist, Holly Foouladi, her warm, hip, happening and welcoming gallery and make sure you sign up for her email notifications for upcoming receptions at www.fouladiprojects.com. Hope to see you at the next opening, I’ll be there!
It was coincidentally the Day of the Dead with a celebration and parade in the Inner Mission, so the streets were filled with painted faces and revelers. An exciting nite in the Mission, which comes alive at night with cafes, shops and pubs welcoming everyone!
This gallery is co-operative, so 80% of the proceeds of any sale go directly to the artists. The gallery sells more than $100k of art per year and showcases a wonderfully diverse set of artists, that change monthly. There is always something new to see like oil and acrylic paintings to giclees’ jewelry, handcrafted objects d’art, wood block prints, printmaking pieces. Link to on-line gallery: http://www.cityartgallery.org/gallery.html
Their concept is that the artist pays to become a member, joins the group, then pays to showcase their art in any month of their choosing and contributes time to meeting before the reception, hanging their own art (placement by lottery) and /or participates in the food and beverage service for the reception. I love how affordable this makes it for emerging artists or anyone, to show their art in a gallery. Of course, the art must be juried first!
Make sure to stop into this hip and happening gallery and enjoy the revolving exhibitions. Support your local San Francisco artists and make a purchase. Art is priced between $100.-$1000. – quite affordable!
I attend many art openings, always promising that I’ll keep my pocketbook closed, though the temptation is great and I feel wonderful purchasing art and supporting artists, being a painter myself. On this night, I couldn’t resist and I purchased a wonderful ‘Vamps Gallery’ woodblock print from artist Katie Gilmartin, a successful studio artist in San Francisco. She’s a fun character herself and her art is so ‘Pulp’ and well done., mounted on beautiful french pulp paper and framed. Double Pulp!! She offers limited editions of her prints. www.katiegilmartin.com
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
SF Overlook Development, LLC have completed their environmental review with pending planning approval to build a proposed 34 units on the hillside below Crestmont Dr. in San Franciscos’ Forest Knolls neighborhood.
Crestmont Preservation is an organized group of home owners and community members with the common cause of preserving the quiet and peaceful enjoyment that is their right as homeowners. Their primary concern is the additional 340 person trips, (136-170 car trips…based upon round trips per person for average of 5 residents per 2-3 bedroom unit per day), moving through this quiet, residential neighborhood of narrow, hilly streets along with the increased density this large development will bring to the end of this cul-de-sac, already the city’s longest.
SF Overlook states their 34 unit project is 44% less units than the max allowed by zoning. The mix of units are two and three bedroom family townhomes and one 11 unit building. This project will improve hillside stability through water management, new retaining walls and drainage improvements. They propose to add 51 off-street covered parking spaces and will apply for up to 68 parking spaces Continue reading
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.
For more about 200 Brannan please review my prior post http://erikaburkesf.com/?p=2004
Listed by Eric Turner, McGuire Real Estate
As a member of The San Francisco Luxury Marketing Council, I attended a presentation of “America’s Cup – Everything you need to know”, Hosted by Al Nucifora at The City Club at 155 Sansome tonite. Presenter, Napa Valley Vintners’ Association served an array of Napa Boutique Wines and and was introduced as the Official Wine of the America’s Cup. Napa wines will exclusively be served at the events. In Napa Valley, 95% of vineyards are family owned, 80% produce 10,000 cases and less. There are 45 acres of planted vineyards which is only 9% of the county. They will be partnering to offer promotion for visitors to visit Napa during their Bay Area holiday.
The America’s Cup is a series of regatta’s held in top venues around the world, sailing the AC45’s, the fastest catamarans with cutting edge wing sail technology. The marketing message is that this event is “Innovative and Revolutionary”. They have 28 Broadcast Partners, have recieved 5.8 million UTube Views and expect 370K spectators to take in the World Series of Racing. www.uTube.com/AmericasCup
Time to make your home a short term rental or if you are ready to sell, prepare in time for the quickly approaching race dates!
Pier 39 will be host to the America’s Cup Village and the Finish Line where you can get up close and personal with sailor and take in bands at theAmphitheater. Piers 27/29 Will be home to the International Broadcast and Media Center to coordinate and support more than 1,000 journalists.
President Obama has come to town, to visit, raise his campaign profile and to raise funds. We haven’t heard much from his camp, aside from today’s visit, about his campaign for the next term. Though I enjoyed Michelle’s’ (yes, we are on a first name basis, at least in my book), public announcements and TV appearances touting the humanity of our current present, his devotion to family and dog and his character as first and foremost, a man of ethics. She spoke clearly about the sacrifices that wife and children make to stand behind their man in the white house, and having said that – endorses him for another term out of her conviction that he will continue to be the right leader for our country or she and the kids would not be making this sacrifice again! Continue reading
Today Vanguard Properties, the well-known San Francisco real estate firm headed by Principal James Nunemacher for nearly 30 years, announced the “21 Club” Top Producers of Vanguard Properties for 2011, including Erika Burke.The achievements of these very hard working Realtors and Broker Associates are recognized yearly by the firm, in alphabetical order, are as follows:
“We are thrilled with all of our agents performance and this past year’s gain in what has been touted as a down national real estate market,” said Mr. Nunemacher.
The 2011 year end numbers for Vanguard Properties posted close to a 30% gain in sales over 2010. “We are thrilled with all of our agents performance and this past year’s gain in what has been touted as a down national real estate market,” said Mr. Nunemacher.
The firm is looking forward to yet another year of growth with the opening their new sales office in downtown San Francisco located at 199 New Montgomery Street.
Dress for Success truly puts on an elegant show and knows how to entertain us while we loosen our purse strings, bid on the auction items, pick up a few holiday gifts while giving to a good cause.
The Lovely Ms. Rodriguez, having benefited from the programs tutelage, was our guest speaker, letting us all know how DFS helped her define her career goals, spurned her to “get in shape” and has made her want to give back in her own life! Truly inspirational. Continue reading
450 San Bruno #2 Off Market
$699,000 New Low Pricing! At $348 per square foot, this is a tremendous value!
This San Francisco panoramic downtown view home the one to have. 2 Floor split level condo was added/built in 1984. This spacious 3 bedroom & 3 bath home is a sure choice, at 2007 Square Feet for $348 per sq ft. Make easy upgrades in this clean good looking home, to add value and make it your personal showcase!
Top level penthouse suite with Jacuzzi tub is light, bright & open with enormous views and 2 walk out decks. The Lower (1st of 2) levels, has a cozy open living floor plan with new kitchen appliances, a Master bedroom with en suite bath, 2nd hall bath, a 2nd bedroom/office/den leading to a large walk out deck with views.
Included are 2 deeded tandem parking spaces inside the large shared garage plus 2 BIG locked private storage closets, plus in-unit laundry hook-ups (top level). Freshly painted interior throughout.
Located on the Mission side of the FWY. with dbl. dbl. windows making it quiet. Steps to SF Design District, Whole Foods, Starbucks, cafes & more. HOA $372. Walk Score of 92. A find for the smart buyer!
Visit www.450SanBruno.com for further info and pics.
Check out our San Francisco Green Spaces, small tucked away community parks that may even be smaller than a City lot. This is wonderful and necessary in a City as dense as ours. We are 7X7 with lots of living space and now a chance for more open space.
Here is a Great Link for Goodwill Industries. They propose a wonderful costume recycling idea. You can gather friends and families costumes and pass them along! Click on the link to find a center near you!
Remember to pass the word along. I pass along GREEN Tips, recycling information and any other resource I have, every day in mySan Francisco Real Estate practice.
Here’s the latest on the first time home buyers tax credit!!!
I went camping last weekend and I’m proud to say that all of our equipment that needed batteries, were either wind up flashlights or used rechargeable batteries. We made the original investment and get a feel good vibe everytime we charge our batteries in ad
I am a Realtor representing buyers and Sellers of Real Estate in San Francisco and I make it my business to impart GREEN info to my clients on a regular basis. Ask me about GREEN homes for sale, what you can do now to make GREEN improvements to your current sale OR when preparing your property for sale – ask me what Green features buyers are looking for before beginning your home repairs or improvements.vance and have plenty of light at our campsite and are helping the environment at the same time. Not to mention the resources we are saving when going it outside with the elements…that’s another story. Continue reading