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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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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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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Hey, Homebuyers! Do you know your credit score?

 It’s that time of the year again. Yup, even in places like San Francisco, we can experience a peak in home sales during the Summer. If you’re one of those homebuyers looking right now, knowing your credit score not only builds confidence but also makes applying for your home loan that much easier. Once that pre-approval letter is in-hand there’s no stopping us!

Let’s take a close look at the chart below. Is it possible that 54% out of the prospective home buyers in this study really don’t know their credit score?!?! Seriously? You really shouldn’t be considering a home purchase without this information. With more difficult standards in the loan qualification process these days, this is really one of the very first things you’ll need to find out.

Finding out is pretty simply these days. There are services like CreditKarma.com and FreeCreditReport.com (a paid service). I find that FreeCreditReport.com is more accurate than others but that is just MY experience. I’ve found that Credit Karma leans to the high side pretty significantly. I’ve also found that when using the credit scoring systems on my credit card account that include them.

Look at the numbers on the bottom of this graph. Only 28% of people polled say that they’re keeping their credit card balances low. Please keep in mind that about 35% of your credit score is effected by this factor. I’ve heard that keeping it under 30% of the max limit is the criteria. I do half of that and keep mine under 15% almost all the time. I also pay off all debt in full each month.

One factor that I do like to see when getting close to applying for a home loan is the low number of people applying for or opening a new credit card. This also goes for things like auto loans and retail store cards. I would always advise a client to avoid doing this until close of escrow. Any changes like this during the loan process and before you close can be a sure way to lose the home of your dreams. Do not do this while you’re applying or already in the loan process, please!

A couple months ago, I blogged about 6 Myths of Credit Scores. Take a look at the following link to read that article too. It’s quite helpful.

Credit Card Myths

Contact Gabriel 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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Million Dollar Listing San Francisco Premiere at Local Edition!

Well, what can I say about it? It was cool? It was fun? No, it was a stellar celebration for the premiere of Million Dollar Listing last week at Local Edition in San Francisco. Hosted by Climb Real Estate Group and Sindeo, we had a packed house celebrating my friend and fellow-Climber, Justin Fichelson.

Justin was absolutely great on the show and has already received many accolades and articles supporting this. The only native of San Francisco in the show, Justin has an incredible knowledge of the city and has a massive network to boot. His philanthropic work was also part of the celebration raising money for The Exploratorium on the Embarcadero. In all, $18,000 was raised for a program aimed to help high school students work there providing support and doing tours to visitors of this most amazing San Francisco attraction.

On a personal note, I am happy to announce that I appeared on the show with Justin around the half-way mark. I’m on for about 10 seconds and I think I say about two words but, hey, it’s a start! Word has it that I’ll be on episode 3 as well. Stay tuned!

I want to send a HUGE thank you to the entire production team for including me on the very first show. You are true professionals and an amazingly talented team. I look forward to working with you more on Season 2!

Justin, a job well done and congratulations again on your spot on the show! I’m wishing you great success in the SF real estate world and as a member of the Climb family!

My gorgeous date, Amy, and me arriving at the premiere last week.

For more information about buying or selling in San Francisco or Oakland, contact Gabriel at gabriel@climbsf.com or 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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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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A Park 181 Luxury Residence Update

A new “Property Summary” was just released for Park 181; the future luxury residences that will be located at 181 Fremont in San Francisco.

Some of the highlights include a total of 185 valet parking spots, average unit size of the residential units, and a taste of the residential amenities.

Some corrections should be noted:

Floors 54-70 will be residential NOT floors 39-54.

Floor 52 will be the “Amenities” floor and will include a wrap-around terrace with 360 degree views, fitness center, lounge spaces, and a full catering kitchen.

For further information, call 415-562-6999 or email gabriel@climbsf.com.

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Park 181 Luxury Residences

A wonderful event occurred this week inviting a select group of Realtors to hear from the leaders of the much-anticipated new project, Park 181 (181 Fremont Street). I was amongst the lucky in attendance.

There to present was Alan Mark of The Mark Company and renowned designer, Orlando Diaz-Azcuy of ODADA. Mr. Diaz-Azcuy walked us through his design vision and showed us the materials being used while walking us through the details of the residential interiors and common areas. They were quite stunning and incorporated some very unique and inspiring elements.

Orlando Diaz-Azcuy, Designer

Park 181 will set the new standard in what luxury should be and will be in San Francisco moving forward. As our city changes and matures, so does our type of buyer. The wealthy that may have bought in New York, Paris, or London are now focusing on San Francisco in a new way.

Here are some of the details gathered so far:

181 Fremont will be a 70 story high rise that will be topped with 17 floors of residential living, known as Park 181, with offices below. The homes will be located on floors 54-70 and will be the highest residences in the Western United States. 181 Fremont will stand 802 feet tall and offer the fortunate who will live and/or work in it incredible views with its floor-to-ceiling windows. Residents will also be getting the very best in amenities. An amenities floor will be located on the 52nd floor which will include a wrap-around terrace with 360 degree views, fitness center, lounge spaces and a catering kitchen.

Additional features that will set Park 181 apart from any other is the addition of 12 “Accessory Suites” in which homeowners can purchase an additional studio or one-bedroom home for guests, offices, home/childcare staff, etc. Park 181 will also be the only residential building that will offer direct access to the Transbay Terminal and its elevated 5.4 acre park via the “Skybridge”.

Wrapping up the amenities will be a fully staffed private residential lobby with concierge and two dedicated destination dispatch elevators. There will also be valet parking, 90 residential parking spaces and bicycle parking.

Details that I have a personal interest in pointing out are things like the distinctive diagonal bracing that creates the elegant design and forward-thinking engineering solution. Give thanks to Heller Manus Architects for this. Also of note will be the building’s emphasis on sustainable elements. Park 181 will be Platinum-level LEED certified and implement water and energy saving techniques that minimize the environmental impact common to high rise construction.

Here is further information provided by The Mark Company:

1 Full-Floor Penthouse Home – Floor 70

2 Half-Floor Penthouses – Floor 69

2 Half-Floor Penthouses – Floor 68

The remaining homes will be a collection of 3 Bedroom plus Den Homes (2), 3 Bedroom Homes (14), 2 Bedroom plus Den Homes (20), and 2 Bedrooms Homes (14). Home size will range from 1,400 to 3,600 square feet. The full-floor Penthouse is estimated at 7,000 square feet!

Construction has already begun and they should be available in the first quarter of 2016. Should you have further questions about Park 181, contact me at 415-562-6999.

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Amero’s Close Out Event!

A final close-out event will happen this Wednesday at Amero at 1501 Filbert Street from 4-6 PM. This event will be spotlighting the final two remaining homes that feature amazing Golden Gate Bridge views.

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Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be provided by Plumpjack Winery.

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http://amerosf.com

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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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http://news.kbhome.com/blog/72-townsend/live-lap-luxury-kb-homes-72-townsend-san-francisco

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Tech Savvy Home Buyers

The world is now full of Tech-Savvy buyers.

Check out these statistics on how buyers are using technology. 89% of home buyers are currently using online resources during the home buying process and 71% are using online resources to submit documents to their lenders!

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What can your Realtor do for you?

Your Realtor not only negotiates on your behalf, they do a whole lot more. See the various ways that a Realtor can shape your next transaction and potentially save you a lot of money. Knowledge is key!

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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/

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

Attitudes About Home Prices Now and In The Future

Sellers are, indeed, feeling good about home prices and their rising values. Take a look at this graph to see how people are feeling about the future of home values.

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It’s truly amazing to see the shift in the market and in the attitudes of the citizens of this country over the last two plus years. In San Francisco and the Bay Area things are red hot with no signs of slowing down. I hope that the rest of the country can say the same thing soon.