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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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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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

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

gabriel@climbsf.com | 415-562-6999

www.AtHomeSF.com

@TheDapperAgent

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.

gabriel@climbsf.com | 415-562-6999

www.AtHomeSF.com

@TheDapperAgent

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

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

gabriel@climbsf.com | 415-562-6999

www.AtHomeSF.com

@TheDapperAgent

Financing for Energy-Efficient Retrofits

There is no doubt that I’m a huge advocate for mechanics and systems that help to better the function and efficiency of a building of any type. Whether it’s a personal home or an office/commercial building, we simply have to find ways to limit the amount of waste we create and use modern energy systems to not just cut costs but potentially get off grid. In some cases, people have been known to create so much energy onsite that they can sell it back to the local utility company. Wouldn’t that be a nice change?!

I came across an article that discusses the growing industry for funding such projects and wanted to share it with all of you who may have an interest in it. This really should include all of us, especially a person like myself who is an investment property owner/buyer who is constantly looking for ways to cut down costs and create a great environment for renters who ultimately call your property home. So much of our personal happiness comes from our environment. Wouldn’t it make obvious sense for us to find the most comfortable and peaceful place we could find to call home?

Here’s a link to:

Increasing Access to Financing for Energy-Efficient Retrofits

Written by Mike Sheridan

Please also take a look at the photo that I used for this post that points out some of the latest energy-efficient tools used in today’s homes.

One piece of equipment that I personally think is extremely valuable is the “tankless” water heater. They are extremely efficient and take a fraction of the space that a traditional tank would. Also, if you’ve never experienced radiant heating before, it will change your life!

Get out there and get to know the future of building the way it should be done now and in the future!

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

gabriel@climbsf.com | 415-562-6999

www.AtHomeSF.com

@TheDapperAgent

Defining the “Real Estate Crush”

The “Real Estate Crush”. How it is seen by both men and woman. What kind of “crush” have you had on a home?

Real Estate Crushes

Visual Aid provided by C.A.R.

Causes and Solutions to our Water Crisis in California. Please do your part!

What can we do help our great state alleviate our current water crisis? See the chart below to find ways to help this serious issue.

The California Water Crisis

The California Water Crisis