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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Curbed San Francisco

The Average Bay Area Home Sells in 22 Days

But that's actually much slower than just a year ago. San Jose, Oakland, and San Francisco are the fastest housing markets in the country, but all three have slowed drastically since last year. Will the cooling market ever get cool enough to touch?

The Snøhetta-Designed SFMOMA Expansion


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Entirely Renovated Mission Victorian Does Away With Past, Asks $2.9 Million

In a neighborhood increasingly erasing any semblance of its past, this admittedly stunning five bedroom, four and a half bath Victorian follows suit. Located at 963 Alabama, it boasts an impressive, hefty 3,225 square feet... and a major redo.

Massive, Shiny 'Venus' Sculpture, SF's Tallest Public Art, Coming to Mid-Market

The good news: A tall, twisty giant "Venus" sculpture is coming to the Mid-Market area. The bad news: Most of us will not be able to see it.

Detour’s high-tech audio tours veer into museums for the first time

Almost two years ago, Andrew Mason introduced Detour, an aptly named departure from his previous job as the co-founder and CEO of Groupon. Today the app, which is available on iOS, offers richly produced, location-aware narrative tours of 10...

Under $700K Club: 1940s Excelsior Home Hits Market at Only $695,000

Alas, we had to do away with Curbed SF's popular Under 500K Club series because the well for anything listed at $500,000 and under has all but dried up. And with that, we raise the price point and introduce the refurbished $700K Club, showcasing...

Spectacular Presidio Heights Mansion Hits Market at $11.5M

This 1915 classic revival, created by San Francisco architect George Applegarth (who also created the curvilinear Downtown Center Garage at Mason at O'Farrell in Union Square), is pretty much what one thinks of mansions. Spectacular.

Street Artist Unleashes Doggie Art in Duboce Park

Local artist fnnch snuck some of his off-kilter dog art into Duboce Park, a revival of a previous piece that transformed the park's leash signs into...well, still leash signs, just ones with a bit more broad range.

New Snøhetta-Designed SFMOMA Expansion is an Astounding, Playful Success

One of the most anticipated architectural unveilings to happen over the last few years, locally and globally, the spectacularly renovated San Francisco Museum of Modern Art opened its doors to the press for a preview of their new Snøhetta-designed...

San Francisco Rent Comparisons: What $6,500/Month Gets You

Three dueling Edwardians, plus a stained glass bathroom in the Castro. If you had the scratch, which one would you want?

10 Things Not to Miss at the New SFMOMA 

Though some may decry the new expansion as a large meringue, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is poised to be one of the most important new constructions of 2015. Here's what you cannot miss when it opens May 14.

San Francisco Out-Built Even LA Last Year

San Francisco's population and net housing supply gains are keeping pace with each other, but we've got a lot of catching up to do from years past. That's the takeaway from the state's new population estimates, anyway.
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6 San Francisco Fixer-Uppers on the Market, Mapped

Check out these Grey Gardens waiting to go glam

Reports Say Rents Flat in Oakland, Down in San Francisco

Oakland instituted a rent freeze in April, and rents did dutifully freeze, although we can't say for sure that one thing caused the other. Rents are more or less down in San Francisco, but still the highest in the nation.

New Drone Footage Shows Major Progress at Apple Campus 2

It's time to head south to Cupertino to check in on the folks at Apple to see how their new $5 billion Norman Foster-designed campus is coming along. According to Matthew Roberts's detailed aerial tour, they're hard at work.

One Third of Bay Area Residents Plan to Leave for Good, Says Poll

Morale appears to have plummeted across the region, as only 40 percent of respondents in new poll feel things are going well in the Bay Area, and one-third plan to leave. That figure precisely matches the number of people making less than $75K.

Rare Presidio Heights William Wurster Lands on Market for $7.9 Million

Here's a chance to nab a rare piece of property in Presidio Heights, a midcentury 1959 William Wurster. The former dean of the UC Berkeley Architecture is best known for having designed UC Berkeley's Stern Hall, as well as a slew of California...

Your First Look at the 2016 San Francisco Decorator Showcase

The 2016 San Francisco Decorator Showcase at Telegraph Hill's Villa de Martini opened to the press on Wednesday. Twenty five of the best design firms on the west coast, each given their own space in the gorgeous mansion with which to work,...

Share Your Renovation Photos With Us

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Map: Tour the Classic Nintendo 8-Bit Version of San Francisco

Think of it as Google Maps from an alternate dimension, as this New York City artist profiles San Francisco and 17 other major cities in the form of 8-bit pixels.

Alamo Square Park to Close for Nine Months Beginning Next Week

As Curbed SF reported in January, Alamo Square Park — oft-prefaced as being featured in that ABC sitcom of yore whose name we dare not mention, because the park should stand on its own — will be closing for nine months beginning next week.

Long Vacant Pier 50 Site to Reopen as Bar with Ballpark Views

The one-time dance club and restaurant has been empty since 2010. Although always a good spot, in the interim it's become the hub of east side development, hemmed by Mission Rock and just a short run north of the site of the new Warriors arena.

10 Renovated Homes for Sale Right Now in the Bay Area

Renovations are tough. Sometimes they are unmitigated disasters. Other times, when they strike the right balance, they're successful, a joy to behold. Let's kick off Renovation Week by taking a look at some choice examples of the latter via these...

Rents Are Down, But Still So High You Probably Didn't Notice

City rents are mostly flat for the year, and we've seen a marked decline from the highest of the high last year. But we remain the most expensive city to rent in the nation, and the damage from last summer isn't completely gone. So, good news?

What's Behind This Door: Montgomery Street Station's Secret Break Room

After all these years going in and out of the Montgomery Street Muni station, we spotted this door ajar on Friday. And what's inside was a surprising treat: an employee break room.

Presidio Heights $10.9 Million Mega-Flip Reappears

Once an ugly duckling, this 1971 house got a two-year overhaul and has been on the hunt for buyers at an eight-figure price ever since. After briefly vanishing, it popped up again today with a slightly new look aimed at younger buyers.

This Two-Bed Palo Alto Bungalow Wants $10 Million

The average Palo Alto home costs anywhere been $2 million to $2.5 million these days, depending on who you ask. But what about this bungalow that's asking for $10 million? This isn't as bonkers of a deal as it sounds.

SF's Premier Living Wall Designer Talks About His SFMOMA Work

It's not easy being green. David Brenner made the largest public living wall in the U.S. for San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, but will it shape up and reach full bloom for opening day?

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Donald Trump's Bay Area Appearance to Disrupt Traffic, Lives Today

"Donald Trump's Bay Area appearance" aren't word we ever thought we would have to type regarding the infamously conservative GOP presidential frontrunner. But here we are, folks.