The Harrison: The Epitome of Luxury Living

From the moment one steps into The Harrison’s grand lobby, it is clear that the building provides owners superior levels of luxury and comfort. The magnificent tower that stands at 401 Harrison St. offers homes with prime location and unmatched amenities and services that shield residents from the city’s fast paced hustle-and-bustle. Here are three reasons why The Harrison is the best of the best in terms of San Francisco luxury condos. Amenities Initially intended to be part of the One Rincon Hill establishment, the Harrison combines some of the extravagant amenities that its neighbor … [Read more...]

Three Reasons to Buy a Home NOW in San Francisco

Mortgage rates in the United States are currently at a record multi-generational low, and have consistently fallen for the last decade. Sitting at a startling 3.35% for a 30-year fixed loan, current mortgage rates present a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for anyone interested in purchasing real estate in San Francisco. There is reason to believe that this trend will continue throughout the year. Here are three reasons why you as a potential homebuyer should take advantage of current mortgage rates in the U.S. The BREXIT While the feeling of crisis across the pond has begun to … [Read more...]

Real Estate Roundup: Golden State’s Energy…

London's pain may be San Francisco's gain in the high-end real estate market. Also, CA's temperate climates have helped keep overall energy costs amongst the lowest in the nation. These stories and more in Pacific Union's weekly Real Estate Roundup. Real Estate Roundup: Golden State’s Energy... California's temperate climates help keep overall energy costs low. Also, London's pain may be San Francisco's gain in the high-end real estate market. Check out these and other recent headlines of note in our weekly Real Estate Roundup. #alamedacounty #altamontpass #bellehaven Pacific … [Read more...]

Real Estate Roundup: Housing Costs Stretch Bay…

More than 600,000 people commute into Bay Area each day from other places in Northern California. Real Estate Roundup: Housing Costs Stretch Bay... More than 600,000 people commute into the nine-county Bay Area each day from other places in Northern California, blurring the region's geographical boundaries. Also, mortgage rates are near their all-time lows, thanks in part to the recent Brexit development... #bayareacouncil #brexit #freddiemac Pacific Union Social: Powered by VoiceStorm … [Read more...]

Brexit: Something Is Rotten in Denmark.

Brexit: Something Is Rotten in Denmark. In her latest Economic Straight Talk column, Pacific Union Chief Economist and Vice President of Business Intelligence Selma Hepp offers her take on the U.K.'s unexpected decision to leave the European Union and how it might impact the U.S. housing market. #brexit #europeanunion #federalreserve Pacific Union Social: Powered by VoiceStorm … [Read more...]

The Mark Company addresses the market An inside look from Alan Mark

    We at The Mark Company would like to take a moment to address a series of recent articles about the challenges currently facing the San Francisco residential real estate market. Despite what you may have heard, the San Francisco housing bubble has not burst. Let’s look at the big picture to understand the trends that are driving the current market and how they will continue to impact the market for 2016 and beyond. Alan Mark, President of The Mark Company, offers some key points below on why not to panic and tips on how to succeed moving forward.   One: … [Read more...]

Bordeaux Winemakers Are Snapping Up Napa Estates As the Chinese pile into Bordeaux, French château owners rediscover California.

Alfred Tesseron, who owns Bordeaux château Pontet-Canet, hunted for a Napa Valley property for years. When he and his niece Melanie saw the late Robin Williams’s 640-acre Villa Sorriso high up on Mount Veeder in September, it had the right wine “magic.” The closest neighbor is musician (and vintner) Boz Scaggs. The château’s visionary technical director, Jean-Michel Comme, walked every row of the 18.4-acre vineyard, probing the soil and vines. The real estate broker organized tastings of older vintages of classic wines made from Mount Veeder grapes, such as Mayacamas, to let Comme see the … [Read more...]

French Wine Makers Purchase Napa Valley Luxury Estate

The new year is off to a wonderful start! Will Densberger and I were pleased to represent our clients Alfred and Melanie Tesseron, in the purchase of their gorgeous Napa Valley estate. This sprawling estate, Villa Sorriso, sits atop the Mayacama Mountains, between the Napa and Sonoma Valleys and is truly a site to behold. I'm so proud of this project, amazed to read all the wonderful articles and elated to receive a shout-out in the Wall Street Journal. Some excerpts from the articles below: "..the Napa Valley estate of the late comedian Robin Williams has sold for $18.1 million, … [Read more...]

Real Estate Roundup: Bay Area Homes Still Worth More Than Owners Think

Here’s a look at recent news of interest to homebuyers, home sellers, and the home-curious.   BAY AREA HOMEOWNERS CONTINUE TO UNDERESTIMATE PROPERTY VALUES While the average U.S. homeowner has too rosy of an opinion of their property’s value, price appreciation here in the Bay Area has driven home values beyond expectation. Quicken Loans’ latest Home Price Perception Index says that average appraisals were 1.8 percent lower than owners’ opinions in December. That was the 11th consecutive month that appraiser values have been lower that owner expectations, although the gap … [Read more...]

Are We Entering a Buyer’s Market?

For the past two quarters sellers have had their pick of buyers due to inventory shortages and homes in high demand. Things seemed to have changed at the end of the third quarter and it looks like we might be entering a buyer's market. Home sales in San Francisco usually rise in August, but this year it’s running 16.8 percent lower than previous years. At the same time, inventory for single-family homes and condos combined is relatively higher compared to earlier this year, 2015. Inventory for condos, new-construction and resale, is on the rise as expected. There are 15% more condos … [Read more...]

New Regulations Affecting SF Landlords

Buying a new home isn't easy in today's market and purchasing one occupied with tenants can make the process even more complicated.  Earlier this month, at Pacific Union, two prominent real estate attorneys came and spoke to us about a few of the new regulations that came into effect this year that change the rights and responsibilities of SF landlords regarding eviction and the removal of tenants - short term rentals, tenant buyouts and the Ellis Act amendment. Short Term Rentals In response to the number of Airbnb and VRBO evictions (over 1,100 evictions between March 2014 and February … [Read more...]

Sales Prices are Still High but Inventory is on the Decline

Demand for San Francisco Bay Area real estate has arguably never been more intense, as highly paid professionals flock to the region to take advantage of an excellent job market. But a look at the number of single-family home sales across the Bay Area for the first half of 2015 shows that, for the most part, units sold have been slowing for the past two years. According to MLS data, single-family home sales dropped in six of Pacific Union’s nine Bay Area regions* in the first half of this year compared with the same period last year. When comparing this year’s first-half sales with 2013’s, … [Read more...]

453-Unit Potrero Development Starts Leasing This Fall

For information regarding listings, contact Robert Landsness. Potrero Hill development to begin leasing in October Just over one year ago, the big lot at the corner of Seventh and 16th streets in Potrero Hill was just a big, empty expanse covered in cracked concrete. Now, a 453-unit development run by Equity Residential is well on its way to completion, and the project has a new name and a date for preleasing. The David Baker-designed complex is now known as Potrero1010, and it will begin preleasing in October for December move-ins. Renderings of the stamped-concrete and wood exteriors set … [Read more...]

The Linea : One of San Francisco’s Newest Developments

If you are interested in making the Linea your home, or would like to learn more about this development, please contact buying agent Rob Landsness. Brought to you by world-renowned architect Bernardo Fort-Brescia, Linea is an elegant new housing development whose walls of glass give it a sleek look and modern feel.  Its luxury and style is unmatched in the city’s surrounding neighborhoods, and its combination of comfort and class on the inside make I hard to resist.  Some of the amenities residents of Linea will enjoy include an attended lobby, an interior courtyard with lush greenery, and a … [Read more...]

The St. Francis Yacht Club

Founded in 1927, the St. Francis Yacht Club is both the oldest and most prestigious nautical club in the Western United States.  With unobstructed views of the Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge, as well as prime docking space in San Francisco’s famous Marina District, it is no wonder the St. Francis Yacht Club was named the number one yacht club in the U.S. by Platinum Clubs of America in 2012.  The Club's members enjoy a wide spectrum of sailing opportunities including youth and one-design racing, as well as cruising activities. In addition to putting on world-class regattas, the St. … [Read more...]

The Marlow : A New Development Nextdoor

If you are interested in making the Marlow your home, or would like to learn more about this development, please contact buying agent Rob Landsness. The Marlow in San Francisco is one of the city’s newest premier luxury housing developments.  Located at 1800 Van Ness Ave, the Marlow in San Francisco sits at the juncture of three of the city’s most desirable and stylish neighborhoods – Pacific Heights, Russian Hill, and Nob Hill – walking distance from bustling bars and nightclubs, fine dining, and boutique shopping. Units of the Marlow in San Francisco The Marlow houses ninety-eight … [Read more...]

The Bay Area’s Best Small Town Escapes

Summer is officially here and as much as we love San Francisco, it’s always nice to leave town for a bit to enjoy the sunshine in a new locale. SFGate.com recently put out their list of the Top 10 Small Town Escapes worth the Drive. Check them out! 1.Aptos - Enjoy lunch at the Seascape Beach Resort, then soak up the sun at Rio Del Mar State Beach or Seacliff State Beach where you can gaze out at the USS Palo Alto, a World War I cement ship parked at the end of the pier since 1929. (Drive time: 1.5 hours) 2.Bolinas - Just up the coast from its more famous neighbor, Stinson Beach, Bolinas is … [Read more...]

Pacific Heights Real Estate

The Neighborhood of Pacific Heights Pacific Heights is an neighborhood of San Francisco that is well known as one of the most coveted regions on America's West Coast. Here you will find Pacific Heights real estate that it truly unique in both its architecture and location. While the neighborhoods desirability creates a large demand for PAcific Heights real estate, a quality agent can help you navigate either buying or selling in this special neighborhood. Having lived in the area, expert Rob Landsness has plenty of experience with Pacific Heights real estate and can help you find the perfect … [Read more...]