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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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

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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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You need a condo. I have the answer. Fulton 555 comes to San Francisco.

Okay, we have a housing shortage in San Francisco. So what?! The key to getting into contract in the new construction market is to work with someone with ties to the new development marketplace and the people selling it. I’m that person.

Today, I meet with my team to get the currently unreleased pricing information on Hayes Valley’s latest offering, Fulton 555. This new construction is a collection of 139 modern residences with a broad array of junior one-, one-, two-bedroom and town home floor plans, many of which feature generous outdoor space.

Fulton 555’s amenities include a lounge, rooftop terrace, dog park, bike workstation, private meeting space and an onsite grocery store.

If you are buying with a loan you must be pre-approved first. If this applies to you then contact me and I will fill you in on who the preferred lenders are for this project.

Gabriel is an expert in new construction in San Francisco and Oakland. Contact Gabriel at gabriel@climbsf.com or at 415-562-6999 for more information on Fulton 555 or other new projects in the area.

You’ll also see Gabriel on the new Million Dollar Listing San Francisco.

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Is Staging a Home Important? Absolutely!

As a busy listing agent in one of the hottest markets in the world, I discuss the importance of staging with my sellers all the time. Some resist thinking that the cost isn’t worth it. This couldn’t be further from the truth. It is proven that staging costs come back to you at, typically, 5 times or more when it’s time to review offers. It may be possible to get away with not staging outside of major metropolitan areas but in a place like San Francisco, it is imperative that potential buyers envision themselves living in a home when they come to your open house and see you listing online. This one step can keep you from leaving thousands of dollars on the table. Important decision? You bet!

Staging your home can also help you to de-clutter your home and utilize furniture that is appropriately sized and up-to-date with current trends that potential buyers can connect to. Have you ever gone to a home and seen a sofa the size of an aircraft carrier in a tiny living room? I have. It takes over the room and simply doesn’t work. It makes the room seem smaller than it is and will most definitely turn buyers off.

Take a look at this graph that shows the highlights and benefits of staging and also shows the ranking of rooms to stage for more effect.

To list your home and for more helpful information about staging and selling your property, contact Gabriel at gabriel@climbsf.com or 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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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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