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Kezar Recycling Center finally closing?

March 4th is supposed to be the last day for the recycling center near Kezar Stadium in the Inner Sunset.

Mayor Ed Lee has agreed to allow the Parks and Recreation Department to close the center which has been a sore spot for neighbors for years.  Since the fight has been on-going, whether the center will actually close on the 4th of March when their lease is up is unresolved. The story from Curbed SF

I’ve been using that center for over 20 years.  My experience is different than neighbors of course.  To me, the center looks well run, clean and hidden from the street.  I can imagine that the noise from the center all day and on weekends, and the lines of homeless people with carts of recycling for redemption can wear out even the most liberal of people.

I certainly hope that if this center has to go, the city will find a place for it to go.  The center is very convenient to get and out of and centrally located.

West Portal two bedroom cosmetic fixer

611 Ulloa is located in wonderful West Portal.

611 Ulloa exterior-garage at the back

Two bedrooms, one bath, separate garage structure at the back of the property.  Period detail intact and plenty of room to make it your own. Listed for $769,000, this is a great entry level opportunity.

Available to show by appointment.

April update

The property didn’t sell within the first month, so it was reduced to $699,000 and got into contract within a week.  Due to close at the end of April.

Living room fireplace and built-ins

New soccer fields near the Beach Chalet

There’s a proposed renovation for the athletic fields near the Beach Chalet.  The current grass athletic fields would be renovated to be renovated into four synthetic soccer fields with lighting for night play.  The renovation will include updated restrooms, a parking area, picnic tables, bbq pits and spectator stands.

Proposed Beach Chalet Field Plan

Story from Socketsite

The deal is not yet a done deal.  There is another public hearing before the upcoming Environmental Impact Report and some neighbors are not onboard with the plan-fearing traffic, noise, and unwelcomed lights during night-time play on the fields.

Derek Hough buys a condo in West Hollywood

From the Real Estalker-Derek Hough buys a condo in West Hollywood.

Who is Derek Hough you say.  Blasphemy!  He’s on Dancing with the Stars.  Now, I can’t say I watch the program regularly, but my mom does and when I’m visiting, we watch it.  He’s a heck of a dancer (not hard to look at!) and I believe, has won on more than one occasion.

Kudos to him for buying well withing (I’m sure) of his budget.  There certainly seems to be a lot of celebrities selling now-I have to wonder if many of them are doing it out of need.

Here’s the story from the Real Estalker. Still a funny read.

Sunny Pacifica

I’m expanding my business into Daly City and Pacifica, as I’ve had some clients ask me to help them out outside of SF city limits.

I’m learning that there is a part of Pacifica that is sunny.  And the listing agent of the following house tells me it is in that area.

Poking around Pacifica, I’ve found some very nice homes in cute neighborhoods-for very good (by SF standards) prices.

Here’s one I found at 1468 Madeira listed for $534,000.

1468 Madeira-exterior

A remodeled three bedroom, one bath home with two car parking.

1468 Madeira-kitchen

The thing I found most appealing about it:

Secluded setting, adjacent to San Pedro Creek, views of the mountains from inside the house and from the garden.

Listed by Fisher Realty.

February update:

I saw this on a Monday, and it was in contract by Wednesday.  Interestingly, the home had been on the market since October of 2010. I’ve found that Murphy’s Law has a lot to do with that.  One person gets interested, so others do too!

March update:

Recently closed for $525,000.  This was a nice house.  Makes me feel great about the house I just sold in Pacifica with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, remodeled for $510,000!

Castro Cala looks like it will be a Mollie Stones

The word on the street is that Mollie Stones is going into the old Cala in the Castro.  It was actually a Delano’s when it closed, but to me, it will always be Cala.

Delanos Market-aka Cala

Mollie Stones is a nice store-that should be a nice addition to the Castro.  The speculation from Grub Street

Lot’s of grocery store action going on in the area-Whole Foods going in the new development at the old S&C Ford at Market and Dolores and then, of course, Trader Joe’s made a significant effort to go into the old Tower Records space on market, which is not going to happen.

Really bad real estate photos-you just have to look

Like a bad accident, there really isn’t a way to avoid looking at these bad real estate photos.  I did not compile these myself, but I have certainly seen enough.  I guess the good news is that the actual room usually looks better than these bad photos-and some spaces are impossible to photograph and make look good.

I gave up on doing my own photos just to avoid such embarrassing situations.  I now hire a professional photographer on all my listings-it really is astounding how much better they  turn out.

In the meantime, enjoy the Valentine’s day real estate porn from SFGate

Marin in San Francisco-Edgehill Mountain home and guest house

I saw this interesting home at 330 Edgehill on tour.

Edgehill-main house

On Edgehill Mountain near Forest Hill Extension, this unusual home is at the pinnacle with a great wooded setting, views, a guest cottage and two car garage.

The home has been in the same family for over 40 years.  The home is rich with period detail and the floor plan in comfortable and formal.

Formal dining

The main house has two bedrooms, one and half baths, formal entry, formal dining room, sun room and den.  Great views and very secluded.


The guest house is a studio apartment, complete with kitchen, bathroom and balcony.  Wonderful for a home office, guest quarters, or extended family.

Guest house

Listed for $1,395,000 (It was on the market last year for $1,595,000) Available to see by appointment.

Listed by Pacific Union


April update:

After two months on the market at the reduced price of $1,395,000, the home was reduced to $1,200,000 and got into contract within a week.

Opt out receiving the yellow pages

Thank you Mike Friedman for sharing this link to opt out of the yellow pages.  I so rarely use them anymore!  Seems to me that if you use them, even one a few years old is probably ok!

President of the SF Board of Supervisor’s David Chu has proposed legislation that would unsolicited delivery of the Yellow Pages.  Here’s the word from SF Curbed. That may a bit extreme….  Although I wouldn’t mind if he did that with the SF Examiner.

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