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.

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

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

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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.

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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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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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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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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.

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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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What’s Important to the LGBT Community? Looks like Home Ownership is…

It is no question that a large segment of our residents in San Francisco are part of the LGBT community. They are a powerful force and I am honored to call many of these fine folks my dear friends. Many of my friends are home owners or look to purchase a home in the near future.

Lets take a look at some of the items that are most important to the LGBT Community when it comes to the Real Estate conversation.

Safe neighborhoods seem to be paramount in the research. Also, having access to parks is important as many same-sex couples I know that aren’t having human children call their animals their kids. Taking dogs out to the park is fun and also a lot better than doing their “doggie business” in the street. Of course, this is probably one of many reasons why a park is important but it’s something that stands out as a very San Francisco lifestyle element.

In the “Working with a Realtor” sector, it seems obvious that folks would want to work with someone who is open and willing to work with the LGBT community. Discrimination of any kind is cause for concern and a Realtor is held to the highest standard with regard to this topic. Fewer LGBT-identified folks cared if their agent was also within this distinction which says a lot about trusting who you’re working with and holding you accountable for your level of expertise as apposed to who you sleep with.

Here’s to helping EVERYONE in their pursuit of owning a home in San Francisco and EVERYWHERE!

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

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More Subways in San Francisco? I hope so.

Reading a recent article from Cory Weinberg, reporter at the SF Business Times, I was struck by the importance of a more modernized and updated transportation system in the city of San Francisco, especially pertaining to subways.

Read the Full Article Here

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As a former New Yorker, I couldn’t imagine life without a subway system. Then, I move to San Francisco and quickly found out what life was like without one. It is my opinion, but I feel as though this city could greatly benefit from a fully integrated subway system.

Obviously, there are reasons why it has been difficult to do this in the past, namely, the difficulty in structural integrity that makes digging and creating things underground. I get that. But, the subway that is currently being dug that ends in Chinatown makes no sense to me. In my opinion (I have a few of these), not connecting the new subway to the F line in the Wharf makes absolutely no sense whatsoever. If we connected them we could have one large loop that could potentially bring many more people to the tourist areas as well as reduce traffic congestion. Heck, I’d likely use it too and I usually walk downtown from my home in North Beach.

I have no experience in city planning and do not pretend to. What I do know is that if we don’t take the steps to modernize this city and bring it up to date we run the risk of losing a lot of profit to help its citizens and also stay lagging in making getting around our city that much tougher as population grows. We must resist the urge to stay the “old San Francisco” and do what helps our progress in 2015 and beyond. We aren’t going to lose our “charm” by building a better way of life for our residents and visitors.

Again, this is just my opinion…

I support the efforts of those trying to make this city a better place. Please read the article to hear the full story.

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

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The “Boom” is coming! Are you ready?

As we reach the final stretch to this event, a quick reminder of who is speaking and why it is so important for anyone involved in the real estate business in or around the Bay Area to be there. We look forward to seeing you on Friday for this incredible panel discussion and a fun and celebratory reception at the SF Jazz Center!

The “Building Boom” series came about 2 years ago when the SFAR’s Member Education committee concluded that it was imperative that the real estate community in San Francisco and the Bay Area stayed current on what was being built, where it was being built, who the players where and how it effected us as real estate professionals as well as our clients. We asked other key organizations in our community like The Women’s Council of RealtorsCREAAAREAA, and YPN for help in creating the areas’ best event for our members and the Building Boom was born.

This session will mark our 3rd semi-annual event and it’s the greatest one yet. We have some of the areas greatest experts in real estate sales, development, city planning, economics, and the real estate press. And, for the first time, we are offering seats to those who are non-members of SFAR (San Francisco Association of Realtors) and our affiliate associations.

The event will be followed by a reception to celebrate with friends, make new connections, and discuss your ideas and thoughts about real estate in our great city.

We are looking forward to seeing you at this incredible event! Mark your calendar and Register Here to book tickets today.

Contact Gabriel Rojas about buying or selling your Bay Area property at gabriel@climbsf.com or by phone at 415-562-6999.

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SF Building Boom Comes to the SF Jazz Center!

I am very pleased to announce the 3rd Annual SF Building Boom Panel Discussion is coming to the SF Jazz Center on September 18th!

The “Building Boom” series came about 2 years ago when the SFAR’sMember Education committee concluded that it was imperative that the real estate community in San Francisco and the Bay Area stayed current on what was being built, where it was being built, who the players where and how it effected us as real estate professionals as well as our clients. We asked other key organizations in our community like The Women’s Council of RealtorsCREAAAREAA, and YPN for help in creating the areas’ best event for our members and the Building Boom was born.

This session will mark our 3rd annual event and it’s the greatest one yet. We have some of the areas greatest experts in real estate sales, development, city planning, economic growth, and the real estate press. And, for the first time, we are offering seats to those who are non-members of SFAR (San Francisco Association of Realtors) and our affiliate associations.

The event will be followed by a reception to celebrate with friends, make new connections, and discuss your ideas and thoughts about real estate in our great city.

Another first for us is the opportunity for sponsorship. If you have an interest in getting your real estate-related product or service in front of hundreds of real estate professionals, contact Deborah Grinnell at deborah@sfrealtors.com or by phone at 415-230-26732.

We are looking forward to seeing you at this incredible event! Mark your calendar and Register Here to book tickets today.

Contact Gabriel Rojas about buying or selling your Bay Area property at gabriel@climbsf.com or by phone at 415-562-6999.

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Is love in the cards for Google and The Shipyard?

It’s just a matter of time before this part of San Francisco is a highly flourishing area with jobs and beautiful homes. The question is who will help build it and how long will it take? Moves like the potential Google investment could really help to expedite this.

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Read the full article by SF Business Times writer, Cory Weinberg:

EXCLUSIVE: Google eyes S.F.’s Hunters Point Shipyard for future office space

As always, I’m always suggesting to my more pioneering clients that this is an area to invest in. As someone who invested in areas like South Harlem in the early 2000s, I can tell you from experience that it’s always best to buy or build early than too late.

For more information about buying or selling in San Francisco and Oakland, contact Gabriel at gabriel@climbsf.com or 415-562-6999.

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The Pacific comes to San Francisco!

Located at 2121 Webster Street in San Francisco, The Pacific is a new condominium building coming to market in late 2015.

In charge of the architecture and the interior design is Handel Architects. This 76-unit buildings is being called a modern luxury building according to Handel and will go into its sales phase in late 2015 and delivery is scheduled for Spring 2016.

Little is known about this project at the moment but it will be comprised of a limited number of luxury flats, two-story penthouses and three-bedroom townhouses. Some key features of the project 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

One charity: water well funded (Not certain what Trumark Urban means by this but I will follow up once I’ve found out more.)

Here is a link to The Pacific:

The Pacific

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I’m very pleased to report on this new project as San Francisco continues to look for ways to increase its housing supply.

For more information on buying or selling in San Francisco, contact Gabriel at gabriel@climbsf.com or via phone at 415-562-6999.

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Trumark Urban to bring 2 new condo buildings to SF

Starting as I often do with my San Francisco real estate blog, We Need More Housing! This statement still rings true in just about every corner of this fine city. Thankfully, a handful of new condos go into sales mode this year and more that will begin that process in the early part of 2016.

Two projects I’d like to bring to your attention today are two that have already broken ground thanks to Trumark Urban: Knox, a 91-Unit condo building located at 645 Texas Street in the Dogpatch and Rowan, a 70-unit condo building located at 346 Potrero Avenue, consider the Inner Mission.

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Click this link to see the full article in the SF Business Times:

Dogpatch/Inner Mission Condos

Both of these projects will begin their sales process in the Spring of 2016 and both estimate completion in the Fall of 2016 which means that owners should expect to move in late 2016. The Dogpatch currently has 5+ multifamily project currently in the works and, in my humble opinion, is poised for some serious growth and appreciation for current homeowners in the area. Many exciting things are happening in this area so keep your eyes peeled for a lot more to come.

For more information about buying or selling in San Francisco, contact Gabriel at gabriel@climbsf.com or by phone at 415-562-6999.

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The Old Mission Theater Returns!

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Photo: Erin Lubin, Special To The Chronicle

Great things are coming out of this boom we’re having including the rise of some of our most beautiful but forgotten treasures. One of those is the Old Mission Theater which should return to us as a multiplex movie theater sometime in late 2015 according to the developer.

Look at some of its ornate finishes from the original theater:

The full article about this exciting project can be found here:

Old Mission Theater to rise again as gleaming multiplex

I think this also makes a great new amenity to the new Vida condos located just next store.

For more information about Bay Area real estate, contact Gabriel at gabriel@climbsf.com or by phone at 415-562-6999.

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Rem Koolhaas-Designed Transbay Project kicks off in 2016

More and more we see the exciting news of what is to come in San Francisco’s TransBay project area.

The 56-story tower will begin construction in 2016 and provide the city with 554 new homes. There will also be two mid-rise buildings that will be 6 and 8 stories each.

The tower is designed by Rem Koolhaas Architecture, and two mid-rise podium buildings designed by local firm Fougeron Architecture.

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Please see the link for the full article here:

http://sf.curbed.com/archives/2015/04/22/rem_koolhaasdesigned_transbay_project_lops_off_27_affordable_units.php

For more information about new development or to buy or sell in San Francisco, contact Gabriel at gabriel@climbsf.com or 415-562-6999.

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Do Millennials Prefer the Burbs over the City?

When I first saw this information my immediate reaction was one of disbelief. I mean in a place like San Francisco you see so many young people; Millennials. The idea that this group of people would prefer to live in the suburbs and in rural areas versus the city just seemed silly. Then, I took a moment to reflect about this. Why would this be happening?

Well, it turns out that a lot of the Millennial group is looking for larger space and, for some, a more simplistic way of life. They want places with more bedrooms and a larger amount of space to call home. Maybe they’re planning on a family or would like a separate room for an office and a guest room for friends and family to visit. Let us not forget that the price of real estate in places like San Francisco and the Bay Area are hitting all-time highs and many Millennials may just not be ready for the high price tags associated with buying here.

Whatever the reason, Millennials, according to CAR and the National Association of Home Builders, are changing their minds about city living and choosing to live elsewhere.

Any thoughts on the matter?

Gabriel Rojas is a top-producing Realtor in San Francisco and Oakland. He can be reached at gabriel@climbsf.com or 415-562-6999.

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72 Townsend if finally here!

As some of you may remember, I wrote about this new mid-rise development a year ago when I had a listing next door to the site of this new condo building. The much-anticipated completion is around the corner and sales are starting now. For more information or for a tour of the sales office, please contact me at 415-562-6999 or via email at gabriel@climbsf.com.

I’m looking forward to putting my buyer clients into this amazing new building!

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The future of Pier 29

A very exiting future for Pier 29 and the water front of SF. What will end up here?

Because I live so close to this destination, I’m particularly excited about what the future holds. Personally, I’d like to see some great organic produce, some fine dining (no chains or franchises please), and maybe some unique retail. Of course, having an adequate amount of green space is essential.

Here’s to the future!

Pier 29

Photo by John King

Read the original article from The Barbary Coast News: http://www.barbarycoastnews.com/2014/08/19/whats-next-for-pier-29/

Pool or a School?

How important is location to a great school to home buyers? Apparently, very important! Take a look at this infograph from C.A.R.

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San Francisco SoMa High-Rise Boom

It’s an exciting time to be part of the growth of our SoMa and Mid-Market areas. With 16+ projects in the works, and more on the way, our fine city is finally growing up. Some may argue that this type of growth will ruin the “charm” of San Francisco. In my opinion, there will always be plenty of charm to go around. However, San Francisco is in need of change that is long overdue. We have a window of opportunity that closes day by day that we need to take advantage of. If not, opportunity will go to cities that are willing to change and grow with the times.
 
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Here’s a link to the original article from PRWeb: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/05/prweb11897721.htm

New Homes Hit the Market in Hunters Point this Summer!

88 new homes will begin selling at Shipyard in Summer of 2014! This is the beginning of many exciting changes slated for Hunters Point and the surrounding area.

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Renderings by Transparent House

Here is a link to the official website: http://thesfshipyard.com