Posts Tagged: san francisco

Post-Gayborhood: Mission District, San Francisco

Over the past decade, the gayborhood has morphed into what’s often termed a “post-gay” neighborhood. At many LGBT-owned businesses, you’re apt to bump into plenty of straight folks as well — and vice versa. And it’s a good bet that the formerly explicitly gay neighborhoods will continue to become steadily more diverse — including the… Read more »

The Strange Is Gone From San Francisco

As I walk into the homey Inner Richmond apartment of Vetiver singer Andy Cabic three days before Christmas, the first thing I notice are the boxes lining the walls — an all too familiar sight in San Francisco these days. When asked about the changes the city has faced over the last five or so… Read more »

Is San Francisco Market Slowing Down?

That sound you hear may be some air finally escaping from the inflated San Francisco real estate market. Home prices in the San Francisco Bay Area fell by 1.8% year-over-year in March, the first such drop in four years, according to Redfin , a Seattle-based real estate brokerage. “For years, San Francisco has been one… Read more »

Is San Francisco’s Market Slowing Down?

That sound you hear may be some air finally escaping from the inflated San Francisco real estate market. Home prices in the San Francisco Bay Area fell by 1.8% year-over-year in March, the first such drop in four years, according to Redfin , a Seattle-based real estate brokerage. “For years, San Francisco has been one… Read more »

Ronald Parks, Gay San Francisco Real Estate Agent

Periodically we’ll feature one of our real estate professionals here to let our readers know about some great Realtors, Mortgage Brokers, and Other Real Estate Professionals. San Francisco, Marin, Napa and Sonoma Top Real Estate Professional. CPA that knows the market and the numbers. See Ronald’s Expanded Listing on Gay Realty Network Here Gay Friendly… Read more »

SF Planners Recommend Approval of Housing Slated for Castro funeral home

As expected, San Francisco planners are recommending approval of a mixed-use redevelopment project that would incorporate a Castro funeral home building. At its February 11 meeting, the planning commission is expected to vote on the Prado Group’s revamp of Sullivan’s Funeral Home at 2254 Market Street and its adjacent parking lot. The developer has proposed… Read more »

Cheryl Bower, Lesbian San Francisco Real Estate Agent

Periodically we’ll feature one of our real estate professionals here to let our readers know about some great Realtors, Mortgage Brokers, and Other Real Estate Professionals. Cheryl Bower is a San Francisco native, with seventeen years of experience in property investment and renovation. She specializes in the San Francisco real estate market, including residential sales… Read more »

San Francisco’s Millennials Can Afford Just 135 Square Feet For Housing

The typical San Francisco millennial can only afford to buy 135 square feet of housing, the lowest buying power in the country, according to personal finance company SmartAsset. Despite the city’s strong job growth and its reputation for well-paying tech jobs for young engineers, wages haven’t kept up with soaring property values. This year, San… Read more »

San Francisco Preservation Panel Approves LGBT Historic Document

San Francisco’s Historic Preservation Commission today (Wednesday, November 18) unanimously approved an LGBT historic document that’s meant to help hold on to gay spaces in the city. Officially titled the “Citywide Historic Context Statement for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer History in San Francisco,” the survey spans the centuries and features groups from Native… Read more »

San Francisco Luxury Housing Market Cooling

It’s official: San Francisco’s luxury housing market is cooling, according to Paragon Real Estate Group. “All price segments in San Francisco have cooled off from the overheated frenzy of the spring 2015 selling season — this cooling is a common seasonal phenomenon,” Paragon said in its November market report released Friday. “But while the lower… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Real Estate Agent: Randy Wilkins, Lafayette, California

Periodically we’ll feature one of our real estate professionals here to let our readers know about some great Realtors, Mortgage Brokers, and Other Real Estate Professionals. Randy Wilkins, an East Bay Native, is a successful Real Estate Broker specializing in both residential and investment sales. He earned his MBA from Saint Mary’s College in Moraga… Read more »

Watch the Spread of Million-Dollar Homes Consume San Francisco

Nearly two-thirds of the homes in the city of San Francisco today are worth more than a million dollars, according to the real estate site Trulia that tracks home values. That dizzying number speaks to the city’s affordable housing crisis — a crisis that has officials fretting about housing even for families making $140,000 a… Read more »

San Francisco Condo Prices Slip

San Francisco condominium prices fell last month and home sales lagged as the frenzied market cooled off. New condo prices fell 3 percent and resales slipped by 2 percent as the number of sales declined by nearly 20 percent between August and September, according to the Mark Co., a condo marketing firm. Paragon Real Estate… Read more »

Is San Francisco a Tech Haven or Gay Bastion?

It’s no secret that that the tech market has exploded in San Francisco in the last few years. According to a report by Dr. Michael Mandel, an estimated 68,000 people in the city of San Francisco work in the technology industry; one report by the Bay Area Council Economic Instituteputs the number of professional science… Read more »

A Surprising Culprit in San Francisco’s Real Estate Crisis

The awkward, criss-crossing intersections around Market Street and Van Ness Avenue will soon pop with some of the most change in the city. Nearly every property zoned to rise at least 120 feet tall under 2009’s Market-Octavia Plan has been snatched up, and the city’s newest spate of towers is in the works. Carpet stores,… Read more »

Featured Gay Real Estate Agent: Mario Banuelos, San Francisco, California

Periodically we’ll feature one of our real estate professionals here to let our readers know about some great Realtors, Mortgage Brokers, and Other Real Estate Professionals. Mario is a San Francisco real estate superstar. He is a nationally recognized Top Agent, as well as a husband, son, brother, uncle, and friend. Mario is also a… Read more »

Even Techies Getting Priced Out of the Bay Area

As rents and home prices have skyrocketed over the past few years, the Bay Area has become a more difficult place to live, to put it mildly. Real estate website Redfin has compiled data showing that Bay Area residents are increasingly looking to buy in other locations. Back in 2011, 85.5 percent of people located… Read more »

San Francisco Supervisor Wants to Ban New Condos for the Rich in the Mission

San Francisco has become ground zero for class warfare as wealthy real estate developers snatch up cheap housing and kick out long time residents so they can build million dollar condos in a process called gentrification. City Supervisor David Campos says he’s had enough, and today he’s going to introduce an ordinance to halt all… Read more »

New Zoning Rules for Castro Gayborhood

Legislation meant to bring stronger public scrutiny of office-type uses taking over ground floor retail spaces in San Francisco’s gay Castro district and along Noe Valley’s commercial corridor sailed through the city’s planning commission today. The commission voted 5-0 to recommend that the Board of Supervisors adopt the zoning change. The supervisors are expected to… Read more »

San Francisco Inventory Decline Leads to Mass Overbidding

A gradual decline in inventory has contributed to the increase in overbidding among buyers, according to a new report from Paragon Real Estate. The real-estate firm tallied the number of homes, co-ops, TICs, condos and even 2-4-unit buildings listed on the MLS, starting just before the market recovery began in 2012. It found that while… Read more »

The Most Walkable Cities in the US

I’m really shocked Portland isn’t on this list: In an announcement that will surprise no one, Walk Score, the company that produces the go-to metric for walkable cities, has once again ranked New York as the number one most walkable large U.S. city. With a score of 87.6, New York in fact extended its lead… Read more »

Castro Groups Oppose New Umpqua Bank in the Gayborhood

Most financial institutions looking to open in San Francisco’s gay Castro district can usually bank on facing opposition. Many residents and merchants say the neighborhood is already saturated with enough banks that create dead zones throughout the commercial corridor. Umpqua Bank officials are finding this maxim to be true as they seek approval to open… Read more »

Featured Gay Real Estate Agent: Kirk Dahle, San Francisco, California

Periodically we’ll feature one of our real estate professionals here to let our readers know about some great Realtors, Mortgage Brokers, and Other Real Estate Professionals. Kirk works hard for his clients, and uses his intuitive nature to provide fantastic customer service. Kirk’s previous clients have described him as ‘going above and beyond or ‘knowing… Read more »

San Francisco, Portland, and Austin Top Metro Areas With Most LGBT Residents

The San Francisco metropolitan area has the highest percentage of the adult population who identify as LGBT of any of the top 50 U.S. metropolitan areas, followed by Portland, Oregon, and Austin, Texas. Variation in the percentage who identify as LGBT across the largest metro areas is relatively narrow, with San Francisco’s percentage just 2.6… Read more »

Prices Up, Sales Down in San Francisco

Last month, the number of Bay Area home sales slowed to a crawl and hit its lowest level since the recession in 2008, according to the latest report from DataQuick. A slowdown is normal for January, but even compared with January 2014, sales are down, dropping 5.5 percent to a seven-year low of 4,439 houses… Read more »

San Francisco Penthouse Listed at $49 Million

A 15,000-square-foot duplex condominium that overlooks the Bay Bridge is the new most expensive listing in San Francisco, with a price tag of $49 million. The penthouse on the 41st and 42nd floors of one of two Lumina towers being developed by Tishman Speyer is still under construction. However, marketing began this week thanks to… Read more »