July 5, 2013

Be a Micro-Slumlord in SF

Here’s an interesting property for sale: a brand new building full of micro-apartments in SF. 23 studios are leased and await your bloodsucking.  Thanks much to Burbed reader Michael Boltonestater for sending this in.

130704-harriet-redfin38 Harriet St
San Francisco, CA 94103
$7,395,000

— Beds
— Baths
11,775 Sq. Ft.
$628 / Sq. Ft.
Built: 2013
Lot Size: —
On Redfin: 27 days
Status: Active
Property Type: Apartments, 16-30 Units
Stories: 4
Building Name: SoMa Studios
County: San Francisco
Style: Contemporary, Modern/High Tech
View: City Lights, Bay Bridge, San Francisco, Downtown
Community: South of Market
MLS#: 409189

130704-harriet-studioThe SoMa Studios are the first new micro-apartments in the booming SoMa neighborhood, home to Twitter, Square, and hundreds of other tech companies, cafes, restaurants and clubs. The building represents the culmination of four years of research in hyper efficient and super green development. It reflects fastidious attention to detail and the highest quality construction. Fully leased. State-of-the-art seismic and fire safety. In-house 100 mbs internet connection. Extra-heavy solid core doors. Enhanced, engineered soundproofing. Built-in window seats and tables. Wood and porcelain tile floors. Elfa shelving and storage systems. GE Profile Dishwashers. LG all-in-one Washer/Dryer in each unit. LEED Platinum (pending certification).

100 megabits per second? No wonder they’re fully leased. And they’re featured on national television! Our only question is why the owner would want to give up a sweet hyper efficient and super green development deal like this.

Comments (3) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 12:38 am






June 23, 2013

Landlords from Hell settle for jail instead

Here’s a cheery story for you if you don’t like your landlord, as it will set things into a much better perspective.  Thanks very much to Burbed reader nomadic for alerting us to this development.

‘Landlords from hell’ accept prison terms for terrorizing tenants

130619-macys-mugshotsBy Lee Romney, Los Angeles Times, June 19, 2013, 2:45 p.m.

SAN FRANCISCO — A software engineer and his real estate agent wife who terrorized their tenants in a twisted attempt to force them to move are back after fleeing to Italy, and each has accepted a four-year prison sentence and two strikes rather than face trial, Dist. Atty. George Gascon announced Wednesday.

Nicknamed the "landlords from hell," Kip and Nicole Macy employed tactics "so outlandish and brazen" in attempting to clear their building of renters that "it sounds like the plot of a horror movie," Gascon said.

They each pleaded guilty to two felony counts of residential burglary, one felony count of stalking and one felony count of attempted grand theft. In custody on $2-million bail apiece, they are scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 22.

Kip Macy’s attorney, Lisa DewBerry, said the couple could have faced a maximum of 16 years in prison if tried on all charges.

130619-macys-sawBe sure to read the whole article, cataloging not only what the Macys were accused of doing to their tenants and their apartments, but also the part where they paid bail and fled the country for Milan and spent a year fighting extradition.

Don’t forget the power saw that popped up into one of the tenant’s floor without warning (the photo at left shows what happened when he whacked the blade with a nearby hammer).  There’s even accusations of email spoofing.  And here’s an older piece from Palo Alto Online when they were first hit with the charges; what’s interesting are the comments defending the Macys from the evil San Francisco tenants. Why, some of them read as if they were written from the perps themselves!  Why Palo Alto Online for a San Francisco story?  This caring couple lived in Palo Alto when they were accused of all these shenanigans. Kip was a software engineer and Nicole was… a realtard.

130619-macys-clementinaHere’s the building where all the fun took place. Don’t you want to go out and buy an apartment building in SF right now?

This is also your weekend open thread! How’s the renter life treating you? Is it awful enough to make you want to look at a bunch of Open Houses and overbid up the wazoo?  How about chatting up the other people at the Open House so you can spoof email saying they don’t want the property you’re trying to score? Hey, in a competitive market Insane Real Estate Bubble, the only way to win is to prevent everyone else from playing.

Comments (15) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:03 am

June 17, 2013

A Burbed Classic Design Goes Upscale. Way Upscale.

A little more than a year ago we ran a house that had a most unusual addition.  Remember the Budget-Add-A-Room strategy?  Just back a cheap RV next to the house, and… instant extra living space!  Also instant addition to Best of Burbed!

Hey, for a hundred year old house in the East Bay, this is a possible solution to cramped quarters.  Now imagine what this would look like if some la-di-da designer got ahold of this idea and tried staging it to attract some Twithead with more money than taste or sense.  It would probably look like today’s featured listing.

Thanks very much to Burbed reader Michael Boltonestater for this rip-roaring reboot.

130616-norfolk-redfin55 Norfolk St #101
San Francisco, CA 94103
$599,000

HOA Dues: $400/mo.
1 Beds
1 Baths
— Sq. Ft.
Built: 1995
Lot Size: —
On Redfin: 17 days
Status: Active
HOA Dues: $400/month
Style: Modern/High Tech
County: San Francisco
Property Type: Live/Work Unit, Loft Condominium
Community: South of Market
MLS#: 408810

Think Big in this modern SoMa loft! Polished concrete floors, west-facing industrial windows, soaring ceilings make this live/work space special. Floor-to-ceiling glass windows w/ sliding door leads to private outdoor garden. Fire engine red spiral staircase leads mezzanine Master Suite w/ new carpeting, industrial railings, closet. Rare and unusual Winnebago nook creates a private, enclosed space. Kitchen w/ maple cabinetry, stainless steel backsplash, gas range, dishwasher, microwave. Full bathroom and storage area. Deeded parking and laundry in garage. Located at the western edge of SOMA, 55 Norfolk provides the best of SoMa nightlife, dining, shopping, tech companies. Access to shuttle buses, 101, and Bay Bridge makes commuting easy.

Hope you caught that: Access to shuttle buses. That means Google and Facebook, too!  Now, check out the rate and unusual Winnebago nook.

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Not too many listing photos have to come with safety warnings, either.

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You can tell from this view that unlike the Castro Valley house, this SF loft/condo had to cut things down. You’re only getting a quarter of a Winnebago. Maybe 3 other units also get the “rare and unusual” nook.

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Note that the house with the entire RV went for above asking.

Comments (7) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:09 am

June 9, 2013

We’re Number 8! We’re Number 8!

130608-trulia-sanjoseYes, another danged list! This time San Jose is #8 on the Least Affordable Housing Market list created by Trulia. Not only that, Oakland and San Francisco are ranked even better!  Let’s have a look, and also at this article that referenced the Trulia list.

Thanks very much to Burbed reader Petsmart Groomer for sending in the second article.

 

Rank US Metro % of monthly avg wage to pay mortgage YOY % change in prices
1 Honolulu, HI 74% 12.8%
2 San Francisco, CA 55% 19.6%
3 Orange County, CA 44% 21.2%
4 Ventura County, CA 41% 15.4%
5 Los Angeles, CA 41% 17.4%
6 (tie) San Diego, CA 37% 16.8%
6 (tie) Oakland, CA 37% 31.2%
7 (tie) Long Island, NY 35% 1.1%
7 (tie) New York, NY-NJ 35% 4.6%
8 San Jose, CA 33% 23.2%

Affordability is measured as a mortgage payment at 3.8%, 30 year fixed, on an 1800 sf home at median price per sf divided by local average monthly wage for a worker.

130608-trulia-oaklandNot only that, Oakland and San Jose metros are the 1-2 punch of year over year housing price increases, greater than every other Top 100 metro that Trulia examined.  San Francisco is also showing frightening gains at 19.6%, right behind Orange County.

But remember, 8s are very, very lucky.  Tell us how you feel about so many California cities on the Least Affordable List?  Are you going to keep renting or are you determined to get out there and overbid?

130608-trulia-pineappleThe Wall Street Cheat Sheet piece conveniently left our old nemesis Manhattan and environs off its list by completely ignoring it. After all, if you can’t increase housing prices by double digits, what the heck are you doing calling yourself unaffordable?

Now, what are we going to do about Honolulu? We’d better get those median housing prices up past a million in at least 15 more cities by next week!

Comments (6) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:04 am

June 6, 2013

Live in a million dollar city… for under a mil

We just noted that the cost of a median single family house in San Francisco is now a million dollars. So we really appreciate this contribution from Burbed reader sonarrat, who found us a bargain in Baghdad by the Bay. (Warning: Old Herb Caen references indicate blogger is older than the dirt you won’t get with this property.)  Let’s see what’s selling in San Francisco!

130605-octavia-redfin51 Octavia St
San Francisco, CA 94102
$849,000

HOA Dues: $372/mo.
3 Beds
2 Baths
1,620 Sq. Ft.
$524 / Sq. Ft.
Built: —
Lot Size: —
On Redfin: 7 day
HOA Dues: $372/month
Community: Hayes Valley
MLS#: 408755
Property Type: Tenancy In Common
County: San Francisco

Elegant, remodeled 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom TIC on a tree-lined block in Hayes Valley. This is 130605-octavia-buildingan exceptional value for its size & scale. Living room with a decorative fireplace & pocket doors. Formal dining room with a built-in hutch. Large kitchen with stainless steel appliances & an exposed brick wall. Bathrooms with Carrera marble counters & a clawfoot tub. Private laundry room off the kitchen. A small office completes this home’s desirable floor plan. Gorgeous period details include softwood floors, high coved ceilings, & moldings. Lovely, bay windows with views of trees & the city. The unit has abundant natural light, good closet space & additional storage. A short walk to the Valencia St. Corridor, the Castro, Mid-Market, MUNI & BART.

Upcoming Open Houses

Sunday, Jun 9: 1:00-4:00 pm     Tuesday, Jun 11: 11:30-1:00 pm

130605-octavia-distressedNo land, and it’s a Tenancy In Common? What could possibly go wrong? Let’s ask sonarrat.

Burbed doesn’t visit the City by the Bay all that often, but it’s worth a visit now and again. And if you play your cards right, then you, too, might be able to enjoy the round-the-clock traffic jams, endemic vagrancy, picayune city ordinances, and high prices that make San Francisco so great. Because what says you’ve arrived better than living in a city that hardly anyone can afford to tolerate?

Aw, you say that like it’s a bad thing! Look at how this living opportunity is close to everything!

130605-octavia-aerial

If you’re providing services to mobile temps working from their cars (and seriously, who among us isn’t?), you can’t beat the location! You’re the first stop off the freeway!

Comments (4) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:01 am

June 3, 2013

San Francisco median home hits $1 million

San Francisco median home hits $1 million

The median price for a single family home in San Francisco hit $1 million in April — the highest level since 2007.

The new median price is a 32 percent jump from $760,000 last year.

Told you so. <mic drop>

If anything, I’m surprised it’s only 32%. If my math is correct, this really should’ve been 200%.

Let’s face it – have you seen how much money is out there right now? Just look around – everyone has a brand new Tesla. Everyone just got back from an amazing trip. Geeks no longer wear free t-shirts… it’s all about $400 selvedge jeans. The premium bikes. Paying top dollar for a PBR.

Madhaus calls this Bay Area Bubble 4.0. I disagree. I call this “FINALLY!!!!!”

My only hope is that we can undo some of these onerous government regulations, and bring back innovation into the lending space. It’s been too long since we saw the introduction (and squashing) of disruptive things like NINJA loans and neg-am loans. It’s time to bring these back.

With additional lending innovation, I think we can easily see a 200% increase in the median price in SF by next year. $2M is a much more reasonable price for such an amazing, disruptive area. Just wait until Box and Evernote IPO for $1.4T each. That’s right. You heard it here first.

2020

$6M median home price in SF.

I see it. Can you?

Comments (7) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:02 am

June 1, 2013

Northern California: Fit, healthy & wealthy

130531-afi-top10The American College of Sports Medicine has released their annual American Fitness Index, and we’ve got three spots in the top ten.  You can check out lots of details over on their site, but here’s the the ten fittest metros (out of 50) on their list.

Notice who isn’t here? That’s right, New York City.  They’re a practically dead-average #24 out of 50.  The least healthy and fit metro? Oklahoma City.

San Jose metro (Santa Clara and San Benito County), as all the metros, was given a list of Strengths and Challenges in the fitness and health department.  It seems we’re good at some aspects of healthy living (good eating, fewer obese people, lots of biking to work) but we’re failling down with all the asthma and diabetes sufferers, not to mention all the loons living here. Also we’re low on some of the dedicated sports areas per capita, no doubt because they’d be better off as residential property (sheesh, anyone knows that).

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Again, you can feel free to peruse the website, because it has all kinds of interesting stuff on how they made their list. But the reason we’re calling the list out in the first place isn’t just because we have three cities in the Top 10.

It’s because somebody’s pulled a Burbed and decided to critique how this list was made.  Even better, the complaining site is one we’ve previously called out for not including San Jose metro on their own lists.

Updated: Nope, that was actually Travel & Leisure.

The basic complaints are that too many of the indicators that produce the index tend to line up with who has the money. The above Top 10 has a high correlation with household income.

130531-afi-appsorsAnd the bitchfest goes on: there are too many indicators and they end up reinforcing each other.  Worse, some of the Community Health numbers are for how many facilities are in the city limits, rather than the larger metro areas. Yes, this is an actual case of mixing apples and oranges, which is actually a reasonably healthy thing to do.

Finally, our critic notes that this sort of data doesn’t change much, so creating an annual list sort of defeats the point. Minneapolis has gotten #1 for the last 3 years.

Comments (2) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:05 am

April 22, 2013

(Parking) Space: the final frontier. Of real estate.

BlogAtoZ-SIt finally happened.  One of our long-time regular readers (and we’re not going to Say which one) finally couldn’t take the Sadistic water torture of the Blogging from A to Z Challenge anymore, and wrote in to Snap about it.  But think about what it is we do here on this Site. We do things that make people Surly. So Sure, we got Someone Snippy about one of our Subjects? (Admittedly, one of our Subjects Strung out over even more time than the @*$(*$)*#(@!~ zip code lists.)  So Sorry about that.

Seems we’d Surely Show Some Superb Stuff after Seeing our Supporters in a Snit!  Say… Thanks very much to Burbed reader Michael Boltonestater for Sending this Speck of Sod in.

130421-townsend-redfin88 Townsend St
Unit P-124
San Francisco, CA 94107
$80,000

0 Beds
— Baths
— Sq. Ft.
Built: —
Lot Size: —
On Redfin: 17 days
Property Type: Condominium
County: San Francisco
Community: South Beach
MLS#: 406606

The property for sale is an independant side-by-side parking space within the 88 Townsend building. It can be rented out to potentail tenants that don’t live in the 88 Townsend building.

Now we really have Seen everything.  Condo parking Spaces, Side by Side yet. Complete with the Superness of tenants from other buildings. Sign us up! 

Sh—! Pending!

Comments (8) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:02 am

March 31, 2013

We’re Number One! We’re Number One!

130329-disposable-successLast week Richard Florida found himself defending his research from an amusing little pissing match started by Joel Kotkin. The argument was over whether “creative class” metros drive the economic engines (Florida) or whether suburban sprawl has it all (Kotkin).  Florida himself dubbed this dustup Flo-Ko. So instead of looking at just which areas are the most “economically advantaged” (a PC way of saying loaded with rich bastards), he addressed X’s objection and decided to subtract out the cost of housing from the index.

What’s left is a disposable income advantage index of the 20 metros with the most money left over after paying the housing nut.  And, you guessed it. Silicon Valley, as represented by the MSA called San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, is totally first on the list.  Let’s take a gander at the top five.

Rank Metro Name Income after Housing: Month Income after Housing: Year
1

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA

$3,901

$46,812

2

Durham, NC

$3,513 $42,156
3 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA $3,441 $41,292
4 San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, CA $3,342 $40,104
5 Trenton-Ewing, NJ $3,270 $39,240

New York was Lucky #8, Seattle came in at Less Lucky #13 (right behind a couple of Connecticut metros), and Philly brought up the bottom at #20.  This scatter graph shows how the housing costs versus income data looks, and that’s Silicon Valley in the extreme upper right.  You should see datapoints labeled as you hover over them.

What makes a metro have so much disposable income?  There’s a high correlation between number of knowledge worker jobs (that creative class thing again), at 0.73, high incomes (0.60) and number of college grads (0.53).

Inotherwords, Florida 1, Kotkin 0.  x1000.

Comments (1) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:09 am

March 11, 2013

So awesome in SF… there is no asking price

What do you think? Typo, toxics, or TERRIFIC OPPORTUNITY?  Buy now, at a LUCKY PRICE!  Thanks very much to Burbed reader Petsmart Groomer for this superlative steal in San Francisco!

130310-eddy-redfin430 Eddy
San Francisco, CA 94102
$8

— Beds
— Baths
— Sq. Ft.
Built: —
Lot Size: 6,356 Sq. Ft.
On Redfin: 25 days
Property Type: Lots & Acreage
County: San Francisco
Community: Tenderloin
MLS#: 404942

2 lots; 430 Eddy St. & 519 Ellis St. There were previous approvals for 46 Senior Units. Approvals are expired. Offers will be reviewed on or after March 15th. There is no asking price. Seller reserves the right to reject any offer.

Whoa.  This is so different than all those other real estate deals where the seller has to take any offer, no matter how ridiculously insulting.  Like, say, $8 for two lots in San Francisco.  And not the part way the heck out by the fog, either.  No, this is in the Tenderloin, the sweetest neighborhood of all!  Now, let’s have a look at what they’re selling and forgot to photograph.

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Yesssss! Score! Trash bins!

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See that big red Pin with an A on it? That’s A for Approvals Are Expired, so their loss is your gain! Start your overbidding now!  You know why you should invest in this area?  It’s a growth opportunity!

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Comments (4) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:01 am