November 2016 – Time for Thanksgiving! – San Francisco Real Estate

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November 20, 2016

The SFResidence Real Estate Review
November 2016

Hello from Janis

Janis StoneThe statistics for October 2016 sales are now online. The biggest winner continues to be single family homes UNDER $2M. On average, they sold just under 12% higher than the asking price. As always, this depends on the property, neighborhood and location. But we have resources that can help get you the BEST price for your home!

This is my favorite time of year.  It is a time to look forward to the holidays and to reflect on all that I have to be thankful for.  I am so very fortunate to live in such a beautiful place, to have a career that I love, to have family and friends I can depend upon and for whom I can be depended on and to have my health.  I wish all of you a long list of things you can put on your gratitude list.

With the election over there is all kinds of speculation on what is going to happen in the next year and years to come.  There is one thing I am certain of and that is I cannot predict the future.  However, there are people that are paid to do just that—predict the real estate market in the future.

On Nov. 16, 2016, Pacific Union held its third annual Real Estate and Economic Forecast in partnership with John Burns Real Estate Consulting in order to project Bay Area activity through 2019. Chief Economist Selma Hepp provides some key, high-level takeaways from the event in a post on the Pacific Union blog. A link to a video of the entire event is included. Go to this link to view the event—I think you will find it very informative. http://pacunion.us/2g3gHbW


REMEMBER… If you are MOVING or KNOW SOMEONE WHO IS, we have GREAT AGENTS to whom we can refer with confidence! If you or someone you know needs to buy or sell property somewhere else in the country, keep us in mind. And you agents out there across the country who are receiving this newsletter, you are on our referral list for your area!

From our Family and Friends

Tower Bridge, London Here are a few more of the many photos I took during our 2 1/2 week trip to London, Liverpool and Paris. There were so many things to see and thousands of photos to take.

This is a photo of the Tower Bridge which Mick always thought was the London Bridge (Old London Bridge is now in Lake Havasu, AZ).

Click on any of the photos to enlarge them.

Horse brigade during changing of the guards During our stay we purchased a three day pass for the Hop-On-Hop-Off-Bus in London which included an optional walking tour of the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace.

Go to my FaceBook page to see the changing of the guard video!

One of the college buildings in Oxford On another of our side trips we went to Oxford which is a town with a LOT of colleges, not just the one. So now Mick says, “I went to Oxford,” and he’s telling the truth. Here is just one of the magnificent old buildings in that town.
Bampton Church from Downton Abbey On the day we went to “Downton Abbey” we also stopped in the little town of Bampton that was supposed to be part of Downton. It actually was quite far away, but we saw the library which was the hospital in the show as well as the church and the home where Cousin Isabel supposedly lived.
Bampton Library which was used as the Downton Hospital Here is a photo of the library which was used as the entrance to the hospital in Downton Abbey.
Bampton private home that was used as exterior to Cousin Isabel's home on Downton Abbey Finally, here is the exterior of the Bampton home they used on Downton Abbey where Cousin Isabel lived.

More photos from the trip will be shown next month starting with our stop in Liverpool!

– Janis Stone


Interest Rates

Dennis Kowalski Our trusted advisor, Dennis Kowalski, is eager to help you with your mortgage needs.

With all the turmoil in the stock and bond markets, mortgage rates change day to day! However, interest rates have been very low for a long time. Now might be the time to take advantage of them!

Dennis is an award-winning loan consultant who has built his career on delivering unsurpassed customer service. His top priority is to make sure his clients are presented with all the options and information they need to make the decision that’s right for them.


FOR SALE Mission Bay – The Madrone
435 China Basin #628 - Mission Bay Condo - $1,595,000 435 China Basin #628

Enjoy indoor/outdoor living in this top floor 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo with HUGE terrace across the entire condo with water views, hardwood floors, parking and storage.  The Madrone is a full service building with resort style amenities including open air sun deck with 75’ pool,  outdoor spa, BBQ w/dining area, entertaining kitchen, fitness center with steam room and sauna, business center, and attendant lobby with seating.

Listed at $1,595,000

FOR SALE Nob Hill Co-op
1200 Calfifornia #8D - Nob Hill Co-op - $2,995,000 1200 California #8D

STUNNING VIEWS of the GG Bridge, Bay & City from this exquisitely remodeled 2 bedroom, 2 bath cooperative in an exclusive full service building on the top of Nob Hill. Wake up or entertain looking at the full span of the Golden Gate Bridge, the Bay and sparkling lights of the City. The open floor plan features the kitchen with custom cabinets, stainless steel island with cook top, electric oven, Bosch dishwasher, wine refrigerator & Sub Zero refrigerator. This opens to the dining room & living room with PANORAMIC VIEWS. Both of the bedrooms have great VIEWS. The master suite has a walk in closet & both baths have been beautifully remodeled. Additional features include laundry, hardwood floors, automated sun shades, parking & storage.

Listed at $2,995,000

SALE PENDING Eureka Valley Condo
245 Collingwood - Eureka Valley Condo - $1,295,000 245 Collingwood

Fantastic location for the indoor/outdoor living that this home offers. Beautifully remodeled top floor condo with French doors leading to decks off the kitchen, master bedroom and dining room, high ceilings, tall doorways, hardwood floors, in unit laundry, great light and 2-3 car tandem parking. The kitchen has stainless steel appliances, (Bosch, Fisher/Paykel), island and breakfast area. Large yard with hot tub and informal HOA with the other unit. Don’t miss your chance to own this special home.

Listed at $1,295,000

SALE PENDING Eureka Valley Units
4650-52 18th St. - Eureka Valley Units - $2,500,000 4650-52 18th St.

offers the best of contemporary City living with the magnificence of Victorian architecture in a superior Castro-Eureka Valley location. Newly built in 2005 and mostly detached on all sides allowing great natural light throughout, home offers 3 beds/3.5 baths on three levels & a legal 1 bed/1bath guest apartment w/a separate entrance, a Great Room living/dining w/FP+ Chef’s kitchen for large scale dining & entertaining, soaring ceilings, a dramatic central staircase & garden patio; a 2nd level Master suite w/FP, guest bedroom w/en-suite & deck + top floor 3rd bedroom, bath & office w/vu deck. Garage pkg. Conveniently located steps to Castro Village restaurants, cafes & grocery stores, public transportation & area freeways.

Listed at $2,500,000

COMING SOON! Scotts Valley
Scotts Valley 234 +/- Acres - $4,800,000 234 +/- Acres

Located in the heart of Scotts Valley off Hwy. 17 with a stream, cabin, olive trees, and timber ready to be harvested.  Build your dream home, have a retreat, grow grapes or have a wonderful get away close to Santa Cruz or the Silicon Valley.  It is 3 separate parcels so there is development potential also.

To be listed at $4,800,000

SOLD Eureka Valley Home
374 Douglas - Eureka Valley Home - $1,599,000 374 Douglas

Uniquely tucked into the hillside and towering above the tree line this special home offers tremendous light, privacy and smashing San Francisco skyline views! The main home features 2 levels of living w/ an updated kitchen, dining, and living room all with striking views. 2 bedrooms opening to a terraced garden, full bath and laundry finish this level. Up to the 2nd level is the master suite and access to HUGE view deck. Below the home is a studio in-law unit with a full kitchen, bath and a separate private entrance. Features such as 2 fireplaces, abundant privacy and even an air conditioned master suite make this home special. Location is A+ with super easy street parking, a rarity for San Francisco!

Buyer Represented
Listed at $1,599,000 sold for $1,915,000

SOLD! Midtown Terrace Home
148 Marview - Midtown Terrace Home - $998,000 148 Marview Way

Beautiful detached Midtown Terrace home with ocean views. The main floor features three bedrooms all on one level a remodeled bath with Kohler fixtures, designer tile and extra deep tub an open floor plan living and dining room with wood burning fireplace, fully remodeled open kitchen with commercial Wolf gas stove, stainless appliances and granite counters. The lower level has a two car garage, laundry area and storage and opens to a back yard with both flat and terraced areas. High ceilings in lower level with expansion potential. Seller has done extensive work on French drainage systems, foundation work and sheer walling and insulating garage area. Midtown Terrace is a wonderful single family area close to everything.

Buyer Represented
Listed at $998,000 sold for $1,150,000


See you next month!

Janis Stone DRE# 00517072

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