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!

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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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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.

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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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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.

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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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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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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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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