Arquitectonica’s One Mission Bay tops out in San Francisco!

Very exciting news for a city in extreme need for more housing units. The One Mission project is a great one and should prove a favorite for those taking a chance on a virtually brand new neighborhood in our great city. Just a few years ago, Mission Bay was empty lots and open land. What a difference 5 years can make.

One Mission Bay

Welcome One Mission Bay to our list of outstanding new residential buildings brought to market in recent years!

One Mission Bay 4

A beautiful entrance welcoming home owners and guests into the tastefully appointed One Mission Bay residences.

One Mission Bay 3

What a great place to call home. Imagine yourself taking advantage of the comforts afforded to you as a home owner in one of the city’s new condo buildings.

One Mission Bay 2

A tranquil setting along Mission Creek where homeowners who have North-facing views can take in the sites of the city just a stone’s throw away. Those folks will also be able to see views of our baseball stadium, AT&T Park.

Contact Gabriel for a consultation to buy or sell a home in San Francisco or Oakland.

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What Boomers Want

Roughly a third of our population is 50 years or older. This significant portion of our country is extremely important to our nation not only as leaders but trend setters in how we see and participate in real estate. With 59% of these folks planning on staying in their current homes and not selling, what does this mean for our inventory trends and need for new construction? Time will tell.

Please take a look at these interesting statistics on how the Boomers are leveraged in their investments, their trends when it comes to retirement plans and housing, and the idea of downsizing as they grow older.

What Boomers Want

Contact Gabriel for a consultation to buy or sell a home in San Francisco or Oakland. He can be reached at luxerealtySF@gmail.com or 917-674-6556.

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Can Millennials Find the American Dream?

With a shrinking middle class and with median incomes decreasing, is it still possible for Millennials to find their way to the American Dream. Well, obviously, it comes down to what your definition of American Dream is but, if it’s the traditional kind of working for yourself and having the ability and means to buy a home for yourself, let’s look at some facts.

The item to note, in my opinion, is the lack of jobs for such a large group of Americans. You may have a great education but may be having a difficult time finding a job. I don’t think there is any doubt as to why so many young folks want to live in urban areas. It’s lots of fun and there are JOBS!

Once you’re fortunate to find a job, paying down those student loans is, or should be, your main priority. I was lucky enough to have a smaller student loan balance after school after going to state universities in New York during a time when school wasn’t nearly as expensive as it is today. That said, paying off those loans was my main priority and, once I did, it opened up other opportunities.

If you’re interested in starting a family, well, just take a look at the statistic above. As you can see, this study estimates that it will cost around $250K to raise one child from birth to 18 years. To me, that seems a bit low but it all comes down to where you live I suppose. Just a word of advice from this old man: Don’t rush on this step. There’s plenty of time to raise a child or two after 30 years old. In fact, if you and your partner can, perhaps waiting longer to do this would be advantageous as you build your reserves, etc.

Millennials are a very important segment of our population and needed to be treated so. They are the leaders and future leaders of this country and they need our support. I hope they find a more fruitful life than we have left them so far. With their intelligence and forward thinking spirit, I’m sure they’ll find a way to great prosperity in no time.

Contact Gabriel for a consultation to buy or sell a home in San Francisco or Oakland. He can be reached at gabriel@climbsf.com or 415-562-6999.

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Own a piece of historic San Francisco at Mint Plaza

I am thrilled to announce my new listing at 10 Mint Plaza, a historical location home to not only stunning condos but also the historical San Francisco Mint Building. The “Mint” was completed in 1854 to deal with the obvious need to turn raw gold into coins. In fact, in its first year of operation, the SF Mint turned four million dollars worth of gold bullions into coins. That’s a lotta coins! Follow this link to find out more about our historical site: San Francisco Mint

Just next door to the Mint building lies Mint Plaza. Also an historical row of buildings that includes 10 Mint Plaza, extensively converted in 2006 by the Martin Building Company and released for sale in 2014 know as the Sliver Building. My client purchased unit #1 during this first release and is now ready to sell.

This home is very special. A private elevator opens to a full-floor loft home with polished concrete ceilings and soaring ceilings. There are custom features in all directions like wood panel hallway walls and steel work center and hidden washer and dryer. The features and amenities go on and on. Here is a link to the original website: Sliver Building

A view and a list of features can be found here: 10 Mint Plaza

See all the great attractions that surround this wonderful home:

Contact me directly at 415-562-6999 or gabriel@climbsf.com for more information or to view the home.

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Get Connected…To Your Community

As a Realtor, I love it when I get to work in my own community. Why? Well, let me tell you.

Whether as a listing agent or a buyer’s agent, when someone is interested in my neighborhood or community I get excited. The reason for this is familiarity. I know my neighborhood, the people in it, the local shop owners, restaurant and bar owners, etc. very well. I love sharing my knowledge with people considering a purchase there or with buyers who come to visit a listing.

We all know the importance of using the internet for real estate information. It provides us statistics, listing information, and local business info amongst other things. That said, there is nothing that can replace the real people who live and work in our communities.

Get out and do some researching through immersion. Take a walk in your areas of interest with your Realtor and let them share with you their local knowledge. I love touring with clients and sharing the local knowledge I have. Technology is amazing but nothing beats the real thing. The human connection.

Contact Gabriel for your free consultation to buy or sell a home in San Francisco or Oakland.

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The Pacific – First Release Begins!

In June 2015, I posted an article highlighting an exciting new development known as The Pacific. Well, the time has come where we’ll be seeing sales opening for those lucky few who’ll be able to call this stellar new building their home. The first release in February features The Row House Collection, 10 adjacent three- and four-story residences. In Spring 2016, sales begin for the limited collection of 66 pristine flats, townhomes, and penthouses atThe Pacific.

To read more about this building in that previous post, please follow this link: The Pacific Comes to San Francisco

Some of the key features of the project mentioned in the previous post include:

Square feet:

Approx. 157,170 residential, 9 floors

Sustainable features:

LEED Gold

Adaptive re-use of the existing building.

Adjacent townhomes: LEED Silver

Electric vehicle charging stations

One dedicated City CarShare space

What is new?

Let’s move on to the new features being announced. I have been informed thatThe Pacific will be offering more outstanding resident features. These will include:

A private valeted garage

A grand lobby with concierge services

A fully appointed Guest Suite

A Yoga garden and fitness studio

A penthouse level observatory lounge with unparalleled views.

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of the new film of The Pacific.
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To purchase your dream home at The Pacific, contact Gabriel at gabriel@climbsf.com or by phone at 415-562-6999.

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Home Improvements That Pay Off

For many of us it’s time to consider cashing in on a good return on our homes or investment property. Values are at an all-time high in some areas and those gains are good for our next “steps”. Making sure you maximize on those gains is a huge consideration and one way to get the best price for your listing is to do some remodeling or improvements.

The attached graph, provided by C.A.R., shows us some good projects and their returns in the Pacific region of the country. Each segment of the country has different “improvements” that will be more important so make sure to source your local Realtor and consider what  would like to have when searching for your next property. Remember though, a overly specific uses like a custom rack for your widgets may not suite everyone. In fact, it may turn off some buyers.

Take a look at that return on the Entry Door! In my opinion, that is one of those additions that can work pretty much anywhere in the United States. Security for you and your family is paramount.

A recent addition of a wooden deck to a property I’m involved with in the Bay Area has me feeling good right now after seeing the second item on the list. After all, having a new outdoor space at a home is always wonderful.

Finally, the garage door replacement seems like a no brainer to me. Having an updated door provides security into the home, likely better and more up-to-date materials, and the confidence in knowing it won’t fall on your car when pulling into the garage! The other bonus is the pleasure of looking at a brand new door. It just looks better and adds curb appeal.

Whether it’s just for your own personal use or for an upcoming listing, these home improvements are a good way to add value and some can provide you with a good return. Consider these carefully when prioritizing your next project.

Let me close with a very important consideration which is choosing the right contractor for your next job. Please see a recent blog I wrote demonstrating the things to look for and look out for when deciding on your next contractor:

Hiring the Right Contractor is a Big Deal

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Hiring the “Right” Contractor is a Big Deal

We’ve heard a million horror stories of people who’ve hired and used the wrong contractor over the years. The time frame went weeks or even months longer than agreed upon. Budgets were doubled or tripled after all was said and done.

Don’t get the wrong idea though. Not all contractors are bad or untrustworthy. In fact, the contractors on my “team” are outstanding professionals and truly good people. Those are the people you want to work with and those are the kinds of people you will find who include the items mentioned in this very important “check list” of items you should be referring to when selecting the right contractor for your needs.

Read these points very carefully. They are all so important starting with multiple assessments and bids on price and timeline. Terms can be drastically different between contractors so get at least two if not three or more. You do this with doctors and other professionals so why would you skip this step when it comes to your home or your investment property?

I would like to suggest one more item to add to this list: Renderings! In my opinion, a good/great contractor with be able to recommend the right materials based on your needs and also provide you with a full rendering presentation of what the project will look like when it’s complete. Do not move forward until you’ve seen these and approved them! Taking a contractors word for it that ‘It’s going to look great!’ is not good enough.

My clients come to me asking for referrals and I’m happy to suggest various resources for their needs. Trust your Realtor to also do the same. Part of being a successful Realtor is having a “team” of various professionals that we’ve built trusting relationships with. Your Realtor can do a lot more for you than just fill out forms to buy or sell a property.

Contact Gabriel to buy or sell your home in San Francisco or Oakland.

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New Symphony Towers Listing for Sale!

November 15, 2015 marked the premiere of a new listing I represent with trusted colleague and listing partner, Michelle Balog. Being sold by the original owner, this 2008 construction is in exceptional condition and offers buyers a great starter home or a pied-de-tier in this fine city. Look at the views of City Hall!

Here is more information about this lovely studio condo:

Address: 650 Turk Street #T706
Neighborhood: Van Ness-Civic Center
Bedrooms: Studio
Bathrooms: 1 BA
Style: Condo
Parking: Deeded
HOA Dues: $486
Listed At: $549,000

This studio condo features incredible light, an open floor plan, and iconic views. Symphony Towers is a refined urban residence that is perfect for the urban dweller or for a pied-a-terre seeker who likes to be amidst city living with modern amenities including an elevator. Centrally located near San Francisco’s cultural center, The Performing Arts District (PAD), Symphony Towers is only a short distance from the SF Symphony, Ballet, and Opera. There is easy access to public transportation, freeways, and tech shuttles, and one of the most popular and best local coffee makers, Philz, is right by your front door!

One-car parking is an added convenience, but public transport is a cinch. The building includes a locked bicycle storage room and a controlled-access garage with City CarShare if you need use of a second car. Enjoy panoramic views of the city from the gracious roof deck where you can sunbathe, entertain with the help of the gas barbecue, or sip a beverage and watch the sunset.

Several of the City’s major cultural and governmental buildings are located in the Van Ness/Civic Center neighborhood along with the Civic Center Plaza and United Nations Plaza. The United Nations Charter was signed in the Herbst Theatre in 1945, and in 1987 it was declared a national historic landmark. Other buildings of note include City Hall, the Supreme Court of California, the War Memorial Opera House, Davies Symphony Hall, and the Art Institute of California. The area is brimming with history. It is the epicenter for culture and the arts. Take cooking classes at The San Francisco Cooking School, enjoy a famous French soul food brunch at Brenda’s, take in a performance at Great American Music Hall or the Opera House, or watch a movie, all within a few blocks of your home. Whole Foods is nearby as well. At 650 Turk you are in the center of the city and close to major highways for quick transportation.

Unit Features:

• Studio condo with iconic views of San Francisco
• Great layout with incredible light
• Open living/dining area with laminate wood flooring
• Modern kitchen with granite counters and stainless steel appliances including Miele oven, cooktop, and hood
• Full bathroom with limestone counters and shower over tub
• In-unit Bosch washer and dryer
• Deeded 1-car parking plus bike storage
• HOA dues: $486 per month

Building Features:

• Elegant custom lobbies with maple and slate finishes
• High-speed elevator
• Landscaped courtyard and fountain
• Landscaped roof deck with stainless steel gas grill and incredible San Francisco views
• Controlled-access garage
• Locked bike storage room
• State-of-the-art building access systems
• Professional property management
• City CarShare location available to residents
• Blocks from Jefferson Square Park
• Close to many shuttle stops, gyms, cultural activities, and great restaurants and bars

For showings contact Gabriel Rojas at 415.562.6999 or gabriel@climbSF.com

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Climb’s New Mid-Market Office is Launched!

Climb Real Estate is truly the most innovative real estate company I know of anywhere in Northern California and possibly in the country. I am constantly blown away by new ideas, apps/platforms, and ways of “seeing” the business of real estate that Climb brings to the table.

One such idea is a work space, or, “Lab”. It’s a combination of real estate office shared with other companies in the very successful WeWork concept at 25 Taylor Street in San Francisco. It’s also a place where Climb’s Director of Technology, Mark Choey, and the team create new technology to help those interested in buying, selling, or just staying current in the industry by way of inventions like Explore, Climb’s custom search platform. This space is also about design. Part of what makes Climb so special is its desire to stay connected to people visually by way of amazing aesthetics in furniture and architecture.

Come take a tour of our new office in Mid-Market. You’ll find me there during the week doing deals, making great connections with the folks who share space with us, and just enjoying the beauty of the space. This place is amazing!

 If you’d like a tour of the space, please contact Gabriel at gabriel@climbsf.com or 415-562-6999.

Contact Gabriel to buy or sell your home in San Francisco or Oakland.

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