A Sweet Ride Around San Francisco in 1955

How fun is this film! This film took place well before I was born, but depicts the San Francisco I have always loved. Take this wonderful tour around San Francisco and visit many of the landmarks that are still here today. The landscape has definitely changed over time and you will see places in this movie that are no longer here, but the heart of San Francisco still remains! Enjoy!

Cinematography by - Tullio Pellegrini
Filmed with Bell and Howell's Filmorama Lens

Ellinwood Residence Landmark #207

2799 Pacific Avenue: Built 1894

 The family coachman shown in this photograph is Carl S. Anderson, a Swede who was naturalized and in 1900 became a U.S. citizen. During World War II, the FBI stayed at the home to spy on the Russian Consulate located at Divisadero and Broadway.

The family coachman shown in this photograph is Carl S. Anderson, a Swede who was naturalized and in 1900 became a U.S. citizen. During World War II, the FBI stayed at the home to spy on the Russian Consulate located at Divisadero and Broadway.

Wanting to move from his home on Pine Street near Van Ness Avenue, Dr. C. N. Ellinwood commissioned architect Eugene Freeman Smith to design this home, first known as 2739 Pacific Avenue and later changed to 2799 Pacific Avenue, a number believed to be better suited for a corner home. It is among the earliest homes built on the crest of Pacific Heights after the extension of transit lines. This academically correct Colonial Revival was under construction from 1893 to 1894 and then the doctor and his wife, Elizabeth moved in and raised their four children.

The interior, with its formally arranged rooms, displays a very high quality of extant decoration. Aside from its 106 windows and 14 fireplaces, the building features a spectacular interior dome containing approximately 8,000 pieces of stained glass.

The house is ripe with multi-generational drama. In 1850, Divisadero was the dividing line between the City and the Presidio, and the Ellinswood House was one of the earliest homes located right at the boundary. Dr. Ellinswood was one of the officers in the U.S. Public Health Service and founder of the Marine Hospital of the Presidio. In 1902 he became the president of Cooper Medical College, which would eventually become Stanford Medical Hospital. By 1907, he was forcibly removed from the presidency following a financial management controversy over funneling funds earmarked for the now famous Lane Medical Library.

His descendants continued to own 2799 Pacific for over 100 years, including a bizarre 50-year stint from 1928-1978 when the house sat vacant and was rumored to have been used by the CIA to spy on the nearby Russian consulate. A later descendant, Alice Ellinwood, lived in the house alone and bankrupted herself in an attempt to restore it.

The home was completely reborn in 2000 by architect Lewis Butler and designer Paul Wiseman in a project that spanned 3 years and cost more than 10 million dollars. This renovation added a swimming pool, fitness center, caretaker's apartment and a spa with a 75' lap pool. By 2009, the mega mansion went into foreclosure, with a mortgage balance due of $11,363,000 and an unmet minimum bid of $10,000,000. Shockingly, no one showed up with cash in hand, so the bank had to forcibly kick out the defaulting owners in 2011.

Now..... this stately home has been lovingly cared for since 2012. If you drive by 2799 Pacific during Halloween or Christmas, you will be in for a wonderful treat. These famous homeowners know how to decorate for the holidays!

 

Iconic Coca Cola Sign

Coca Cola SF

San Francisco History

Standing 112 feet above Bryant Street atop a three-story building in San Francisco's South of Market area, the Coca Cola billboard has been a landmark for drivers going to and from the Bay Bridge since 1937 -- One year after the bridge opened to traffic.

The Spencerian script of the logo with its glowing background in a shade known as Coca-Cola Red was originally illuminated with neon. It alternately twinkled and shone for the better part of seven decades, but in 2010 it began showing its age.

Seventy-feet long and 30 feet high, the new sign is about the same size as its predecessor, but the look at night is crisper and the colors seem more vibrant.

The work to remove the original lighting system and reface the billboard with 4,800 CFLs for the white lettering and strip LEDs for the background took crews working day and night. The billboard was dark for only four days.

When I return from a long trip, I can always count on one of my favorite signs to light up and welcome me back to San Francisco. I am sure for years to come.......
 

BROLLIOLOGY

Umberella

A HISTORY OF THE UMBRELLA IN LIFE AND LITERATURE

By Marion Rankine

Humans have been making, using, perfecting, and decorating umbrellas for millennia — holding them over the heads of rulers, signalling class distinctions, and exploring their full imaginative potential in folk tales and novels.

In the spirit of the best literary gift books, Brolliology is a beautifully designed and illustrated tour through literature and history. It surprises us with the crucial role that the oft-overlooked umbrella has played over centuries — and not just in keeping us dry. Marion Rankine elevates the umbrella to its rightful place as an object worthy of philosophical inquiry.

“Marian Rankine [is] a delightful raconteur… Her charming book presents a whimsical and thoughtful survey of, yes, the umbrella — or ‘brolly’ in the British author’s parlance… Delicious.”
— Washington Post

As Rankine points out, many others have tried. Derrida sought to find the meaning (or lack thereof) behind an umbrella mentioned in Nietzsche’s notes, Robert Louis Stevenson wrote essays on the handy object, and Dickens used umbrellas as a narrative device for just about everything. She tackles the gender, class, and social connotations of carrying an umbrella and helps us realize our deep connection to this most forgettable everyday object — which we only think of when we don’t have one.

To order from Amazon click here. Happy Reading!

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1035 Vallejo Street, San Francisco

Open this Saturday and Sunday
2pm - 4pm.

Located along the crest of Russian Hill and situated along an exclusive cul-de-sac, 1035 Vallejo Street offers a rare opportunity to own one of the city's most highly sought residences.

  • $3,950,000

  • Exclusive Russian Hill cul-de-sac location

  • 3 Bedroom - 2.5 Bath

  • Private Garden

  • 2 Car Parking

  • Elevator to all Levels from Garage

  • On Site Concierge

 

Japan’s Most Famous Festival of Lights

Kobe Luminarie, Kobe, Japan

Back in 1995, the city of Kobe was hit with one of the most devastating earthquakes in Japan's history. Among the major cities, Kobe was the closest to the epicenter so it experienced the most damage both in terms of infrastructure and in lives lost. To pay tribute to the thousands who perished and to give hope to the surviving citizens, Kobe Luminarie, a light festival was put on that year, in December. After the earthquake, Kobe was without lights and was plunged into darkness, so the first Luminarie was meant to light up the city and to give the people of Kobe hope that their city could, one day, be restored.

The lights were donated by the Italian government and the installation was produced by Italian designer Valerio Festi and Kobe native Hirokazu Imaoka. Though not meant to be an annual event, it proved to be so popular, the city had no choice but to bring it back every year since then.

Over three million people now flock to Kobe to witness the country's most spectacular festival of lights held for approximately two weeks every December. Most amazing is that each of the lights are individually hand painted. This year, the event was held for 12 days in December ending on December 17.

Below are some of the most breathtaking designs created throughout the years.


Since you missed the Luminarie show this year, here is a wonderful video that captures its spirit.

Lasting Love and Landmark #251

  Glazer-Keating House  1110 Taylor Street

Glazer-Keating House
1110 Taylor Street

Built in 1906 shortly after the Great Earthquake and Fire, this Neo-Georgian dwelling served as the Coachman's House to the Flood Mansion, which still stands atop Nob Hill at 1000 California Street.

On October 16th 2002, the dwelling was finally designated by its owner, Dr. J Henry Glazer as: ZELDA d'ANGLETERRE GLAZER'S MEMORIAL LODGINGS, and such donated in his late wife's memory to the University of California , San Francisco for use and support of brain cancer research.

Dr. J Henry Glazer's love is clearly depicted in this tribute to his beautiful wife Zelda. The heartwarming history of their relationship and the reason he donated this classic home to help UCSF continue research to the horrible disease that took his wife's life.

A book simply called 1110 Taylor Street, San Francisco was also produced to explore the historic home and it's contents. It's a wonderful jaunt down memory lane and a fitting compliment for the historic neighborhood of Huntington Square.

 

 

THE SECRET LIVES OF COLOR

The Secret Lives of Color tells the unusual stories of seventy-five fascinating shades, dyes and hues. From blonde to ginger, the brown that changed the way battles were fought to the white that protected against the plague, Picasso’s blue period to the charcoal on the cave walls at Lascaux, acid yellow to kelly green, and from scarlet women to imperial purple, these surprising stories run like a bright thread throughout history.

In this book, Kassia St. Clair has turned her lifelong obsession with colors and where they come from (whether Van Gogh’s chrome yellow sunflowers or punk’s fluorescent pink) into a unique study of human civilization. Across fashion and politics, art and war, the secret lives of color tell the vivid story of our culture.

Below are some favorites:

After running his wallet dry, Duthé became a dancer, courtesan, nude model, and general woman of interest — though this lifestyle came with a reputation of stupidity.
— Blonde

The Secret Lives of Color by Kassia St. Clair
Kassia St. Clair is a freelance journalist and author based in London. She graduated from Bristol University with a first-class honors degree in history in 2007 and went on to do a master’s degree at Oxford.

“A mind-expanding tour of the world without leaving your paintbox. Every color has a story, and here are some of the most alluring, alarming, and thought-provoking.”
— —Simon Garfield, New York Times bestselling author of Just My Type: A Book About Fonts

For more information or to purchase one of these very cool books click here for more information. Happy Reading!

A Trip Down Market Street

NEW FOOTAGE AND SOUND! ENJOY!!

Many of us by now have seen this short film of a trip down San Francisco's Market Street in 1906. Four days after the film was made, San Francisco was rocked by an earthquake. The ensuing three-day firestorm destroyed three-quarters of the city, certainly, everything shown in this film. Mike Upchurch has recently done an excellent job of adding sounds to the film. Here is more information about the film with a link to the audio-enhanced version.

The origin of the film was an enigma for many decades, and it was long thought to have been shot in September of 1905, after being dated as such by the Library of Congress based on the state of construction of several buildings. However, in 2009 and 2010, film historian David Kiehn, co-founder of Niles Film Museum in Niles, California, dated the film to the spring of 1906 from automobile registrations and weather records. Kiehn eventually found promotional materials from the film's original release and dated the film to April 14th, 1906, and finally gave credit to the filmmakers, the Miles Brothers.

Restoration: This version was transferred from a new 35mm print made from a restored 35mm negative, taken from the 1906-era 35mm print owned by the Prelinger Archives. This version does not appear to have any digital restoration, except minimal contrast and brightness adjustments.

Post Effects: This version of the film has been digitally stabilized to remove jitter.

Resources: Sounddogs, Youtube, Horseless.com, Wikipedia, Archive.org, Streetcar.org, earlyamericalautomobiles.com, Prelinger Archives.

Accuracy: Automobile sounds are all either Ford Model T, or Model A, which came out later, but which have similarly designed engines, and sound quite close to the various cars shown in the film. The horns are slightly inaccurate as mostly bulb horns were used at the time, but were substituted by the far more recognizable electric "oogaa" horns, which came out a couple years later. The streetcar sounds are actual San Francisco streetcars. Doppler effect was used to align the sounds.

Produced by: The Miles Brothers Photographed by: Harry J Miles Sound Design by: Mike Upchurch

And to learn more about the historic film, here's a clip from 60 Minutes with Morley Safer.

Millennials' New Weapon in Bidding Wars: Parent's Home Equity

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Call it the mortgage merry-go-round: Parents refinance their home to fund the full cost of their son or daughter’s desired home. This allows the child to compete as a desirable all-cash buyer in an area where bidding wars are common. Then, when the purchase closes, the child refinances the new home and pays the parents back.

Sellers often prefer cash because transactions can close quickly without making a deal contingent on financing. This is particularly important in bidding wars: If the purchase price is above the list price and appraised value, it may be tricky to get a loan, said Kas Divband, a Washington, D.C., agent with Redfin. Mr. Divband said he has worked on six deals where the buyer was relying on a parent’s mortgage to make an all-cash offer.

The strategy is also evidence of how difficult it is for millennials getting into the housing market for starter homes, where competition is the fiercest. Even those with high-paying jobs and hefty down payments are losing out, particularly in cities with strong job markets for young people, such as Washington, Boston and Seattle, said Nela Richardson, Redfin’s chief economist.

Educating him on how to talk to his parents was probably the most difficult part Mr. Coffman said, since it wasn’t every day their son asked for $2 million. The athlete worked with a loan officer who vetted him before the purchase and also handled his parent’s line of credit.

Redfin agent Cody Coffman recently worked with a 20-something Olympic athlete who paid $2.8 million for his first home, a newly built five-bedroom house in Los Angeles’s Venice neighborhood that was listed for $2.758 million. His parents took out a home-equity line of credit, or Heloc, to give him the full purchase price, allowing him to beat out four other offers.

“Educating him on how to talk to his parents was probably the most difficult part,” Mr. Coffman said, since it wasn’t every day their son asked for $2 million. The athlete worked with a loan officer who vetted him before the purchase and also handled his parent’s line of credit.

This move will not work for everyone. Parents must have enough equity in their homes to make a refinance worth it, and the same goes for the child’s new home. Both parties must be willing to take on the added hassle and cost of two loans. And mixing family and money is often fraught.

Here are a few more things to keep in mind:

• Loan options. Parents have several options for using the equity in their homes, including a cash-out refinance, which allows borrowers to refinance an existing mortgage plus an additional amount and take the difference out in cash; a home-equity loan, which is a loan against the value of a home, including a second mortgage; or a Heloc, which works like a credit card, allowing homeowners to qualify ahead of time and withdraw funds when the child is ready to close.

• Finance fail. The biggest risk is that children won’t qualify for a loan—or as big a loan as expected—especially if they pay above the asking price or the market cools. To help avoid this outcome, let the lender know your plans ahead of time, Mr. Divband said. It may be more convenient to use one loan officer for both transactions.

Note that some lenders want buyers to live in a home for three to six months before refinancing. An alternative is a delayed-financing mortgage, which allows a buyer to purchase the home in cash and refinance the day after closing for up to 80% of the value of the home, said Peter Lucia, a production manager at Brecksville, Ohio-based CrossCountry Mortgage.

• Think like a lender. Parents should do the same kind of due diligence as a lender, including vetting children’s finances. Tim Manni, a mortgage expert with NerdWallet, a San Francisco-based personal-finance company, recommends working with a lawyer to draw up a family loan agreement setting out repayment terms and other stipulations. Buyers may also want to get a home inspection.

• Consider the costs. A purchase mortgage or a refinance would typically cost about 2% of the loan value, Mr. Lucia said. Most closing costs would apply to two loans instead of one. Luckily, prepayment penalties are rare on primary-residence loans, though they might apply on investment properties, Mr. Lucia said.

• Tax tips. Givers must report gifts of more than $14,000 per person per year under federal tax law, though an individual must pay taxes only after exceeding the $5.49 million gift-tax exemption, which is a lifetime limit. Interest on the first $1 million of a purchase mortgage is tax deductible, versus only the first $100,000 on a home-equity loan or line of credit. Both parties should consult a tax professional.

Corrections & Amplifications
Givers must report gifts of more than $14,000 per person per year under federal tax law, but an individual must pay taxes only after exceeding the $5.49 million gift-tax exemption, which is a lifetime limit. An earlier version of this article failed to make it clear that an individual owes this federal gift tax only if the lifetime limit is exceeded. (Oct. 13, 2017)

By Leigh Kamping-Carder

Appeared in the WSJ October 13, 2017, print edition as 'Tag-Team Mortgage Financing.'

JUST LISTED: Stylish and Chic South Beach Living

170 King Street #802
Offered at $1,295,000


 

SOUTH BEACH LIVING

Bright, light, and airy TOP FLOOR CORNER UNIT. 2 bed, 2 bath + den condominium in beautiful South Beach. Once one of the model homes, this open floor plan is designed for today's modern living. Fresh paint, new carpet, and designer lighting offer a new look. The well laid out open kitchen features a gas range, microwave, stainless steel appliances, pendant lighting, bar seating and stone countertops. Conveniently located near The Embarcadero, AT&T Park, gourmet/casual dining and transportation. With a transit score of 100, getting to work will be a step outside your door. This chic unit also includes an exclusive use balcony overlooking the heated pool, Jacuzzi, and courtyard. Three storage units and secure deeded parking. This well maintained building has 4 elevators, landscaped outdoor lounge area, BBQ, clubroom, theater, gym, and roof terrace. Welcome to the epicenter of San Francisco’s new economy.

Features include:

  • Top Floor Corner Unit
  • 2 Bedroom (One en-suite)
  • 2 Bath
  • Den
  • Large Closets
  • Private Balcony
  • Hardwood Floors
  • New Carpet
  • Designer Lighting
  • Fresh Paint
  • In Unit Laundry
  • Secured Parking
  • Well Maintained Building
  • In-house HOA
  • HOA Dues $685.95
  • Quick access to the Muni light rail,
    Caltrain, I-101, I-280, and the Bay Bridge

Neighborhood


 

JUST SOLD Madera Gardens Gem!

This charming four bedroom three bath home has been in the same family since the 1950s and has been lovingly cared for over the years! I am pleased to announce that my first time buyers Chris and Hilary just closed on this lovely home! In the competitive Marin marketplace, this home was a true find. With a close proximity to parks and award winning schools, they cannot wait to call this place home and raise their young family! First time buyers are the best!

Buyer Represented - $1,750,000

Need help finding your perfect home or are you ready to sell? Call me so we can get started. 415.450.8465

JUST LISTED: Gorgeous Lumina view unit! Catered Tour and Twilight!

201 Folsom Street 32D, San Francisco
Offered at $1,695,000

Supreme Living in South Beach


Broker Tour, Wednesday 13th - 12pm - 1:30pm
(catered lunch)

Twilight Tour, Wednesday 13th - 5:30pm - 7pm
(wine + cheese + chocolate)
 
Hosted by Mike Ostby from First Republic
 

Renovated to the highest designer quality, this move-in condition one bedroom + den condominium offers full service, doorman living along San Francisco’s famed waterfront.
 
Designed by world-renowned Bernardo Fort-Brescia of Arquitectonica, LUMINA’s striking curves and angles capture the elegance, modernity, and vibrancy of San Francisco’s new economy. Situated along the core of the city’s newly developing cosmopolitan hub, 201 Folsom Street is one of the city’s latest premier addresses. Property values and prestige will continue their upward trend upon the completion of Salesforce Tower, 181 Fremont, Park Tower, Oceanwide Center, and the neighborhood's crown jewel, the 5.4 acre Transbay Terminal City Park. Welcome to the epicenter of urbane city living!!!
 

Top shelf features include:

Gaggenau appliances
Premium Caesarstone quartz countertop and backsplash
Custom SieMatic kitchen cabinetry
Wide plank hardwood floors
Built-in cabinetry with full size Murphy bed) by California Closets
Custom built in TV wall cabinet with 72’ Samsung television and Bang & Olufsen sound system
Motorized window treatments
Custom lighting
Bosch washer and dryer
Double vanity with Volakas marble counter-top
European porcelain flooring and shower tiles
Indulgent MAAX soaking tub
Smart NEST Learning Thermostat
Designer paint colors
HOA $1,013.49 per month

1BED + DEN | 1 BATH | 975 SQ. FT.

Contact Stacey Caen for details. 415.450.8465 or stacey.caen@sothebyshomes.com

Transbay Transit Center: Everything you need to know about it (updated)

Towering terminus humanizes neighborhood skyline by giving San Franciscans a rooftop park and event space

While the South Beach and Yerba Buena neighborhoods have grown up (and up, and up) over recent years, the new Transbay Transit Center—would-be crown jewel of the neighborhood and linchpin of a transportation network that will, should all go according to plan, one day stretch all the way to Los Angeles by rail—has been spreading.

At a modest five stories tall, instead of soaring up it’s been growing out, 1,400 feet from one end to the other, like a concrete giant that decided to lie down for a nap between Beale and Second streets.

As such, it’s almost impossible to appreciate the scale of the soon-to-be-finished first phase of the building until you step inside, like we did for a hard-hat tour with senior construction manager Dennis Turchon.

It’s been Turchon’s job to oversee a crew of 700-plus on-site workers putting the pieces together since 2012. Now he’s in the homestretch—the first phase of the station must be finished this year.

“It’s a concrete thing now—literally,” he says of watching plans long in the making become real.

The original Transbay Terminal was a Depression-era artifact—and quite a depression piece it was by the end of its life, rundown and seeing only a fraction of its former volume of commuters. 

The new project wants to be all things to all people: not just a bus and train station, but also an architectural display far removed from the hunkered-down concrete design of the old building, a treatise on innovation as the planned terminus for the state’s high-speed rail project, a Union Square-grade retail hub south of Market, and a centerpiece for South Beach as a neighborhood.

Or as the city and the Transbay Joint Powers Authority prefer to think of it, Transbay as a neighborhood. “It’s an entirely new neighborhood,” says facility manager Martha Aragon Velez. “How often does a city get to do something like that?”

If the transit center is going to succeed—not just as a business venture and a way of unifying the pieces of the region’s transit needs, but also as a building that confers definition and identity onto the surrounding blocks—its best asset is the PWP-designed park on the roof.

Not necessarily because of the landscape itself (although it is shaping up to be quite lovely), but simply because, as a wide-open perch high above the streets, the park gives San Franciscans a place from which to confront and relate to the changing skyline.

On one end, the Salesforce Tower protrudes audaciously into the sky. On the other, a few blocks away, the Gothic grandeur of the PacBell Building keeps its peace. Between them, San Francisco’s past and present spreads out in a panorama of architecture and history.

Critics of the new, taller San Francisco sometimes find its scale disconcerting. “Manhattan was always tall, [...] very antithetical to the idea of San Francisco’s connection with nature,” Jasper Rubin, chair of Urban Studies at San Francisco State, said of the skyline in 2015.

Indeed, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and intimidated by the scale of new construction from street level. 

But from the roof of the transit center, with the skyline spread out like a buffet on all sides, the new scene appears a little more accessible. It’s helpful being able to look at the city eye-to-eye again.

Here’s a peek at the work still being done, along with everything you need to know about the incoming transportation collaboration over the next six months:

  • The substantial completion date for the first phase is December 22, 2017. “But that doesn’t mean buses will be running that day,” cautions Turchon. Coordinating the comings and goings of all of the transit agencies will take time in itself, and bus service won’t happen until early 2018.
  • Though originally budgeted at $1.9 billion, Turchon tells Curbed SF the final price tag will end up just under $2.26 billion. 
  • The entire building will run over 1 million square feet, one-tenth of that consisting of retail space.
  • The Transbay Joint Powers Authority, which serves as developer on the project, formed back in 2001, nine years before demolition began on the old Transbay Terminal.
  • The original Transbay Terminal dated to 1939. The erection of the Bay Bridge combined with gas rationing during the war made the terminal extremely popular in the 1940s, serving 26 million people annually.
  • TJPA calculates that the new Transit Center will service more than 45 million passengers per year, or about 100,000 on an average weekday. All of those people are going to come in via a dozen transit agencies that will connect with the building.
  • Note, however, that 100,000 a day is a long-term goal, as some of the relevant agencies won’t connect to the station right away. In fact, some—those related to the state’s high-speed rail plans—don’t themselves even exist yet. 
  • Agencies include AC Transit, BART, Caltrain, Golden Gate Transit, Greyhound, Muni, SamTrans, WestCAT Lynx, Amtrak, Paratransit, and (fingers crossed) High Speed Rail.
  • The 1.3-mile Caltrain extension, bringing peninsula trains downtown instead of to their present Fourth Street terminus, will cost more than the entire first phase of the transit center ($2.6 billion), and has only just begun preliminary study. 
  • A planned BART pedestrian tunnel “will connect the east end of the Transit Center’s Lower Concourse with the BART/Muni Embarcadero Station” via a block-long passage under Beale Street.
  • But those rail-related plans are part of a planned second phase of construction, which hasn’t been budgeted or fully planned yet.
  • Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, the firm behind Salesforce Tower, is the architect of record.
  • To avoid making transit spaces feel claustrophobic, the design incorporates as much natural light as possible, including the dramatic centerpiece light column. “[Even] on a dark winter day the light reflecting off the awning will light up the bus deck,” Turchon says, noting that the qualities of the light change distinctly with each season.
  • The design of the lacy awning surrounding the building (crews were preparing to install the final elements during our visit) borrows from geometric formulas of British mathematician Roger Penrose.
  • And it also takes on the character of the surrounding neighborhood. “It looks like it’s changing colors, because it’s reflecting the buildings around it,” Turchon points out.
  • The rooftop park is 5.4 acres, and measures some 1,400 feet from one end to the other. 
  • On top of green space, the park will include restaurants, a cafe, a playground, and an amphitheater for rooftop concerts and live performances.
  • Also, roughly 470 trees will be added. Turchon’s favorite: monkey puzzle.
  • Piling mountains of soil on top of a building like this wouldn’t be seismically sound, so inflexible building foam makes up most of the park’s foundation.
  • However, as Turchon pointed out, the trees need a base of real soil around their roots too, to keep water and nutrients from escaping.
  • TJPA anticipates that the entire project will create 27,000 regular new jobs in the city.
  • Transbay jobs related to transit center operations will run up a bill of some $20 million per year, according to the San Francisco Chronicle’s Matier and Ross. “We expect to have an operating deficit” at first, TJPA executive director Mark Zabaneh told the paper.
  • But Transbay facility manager Martha Aragon Velez says she remains optimistic about filling retail space quick enough to fund building operations. “There’s only a 1 percent vacancy rate on this side of Market,” she told Curbed SF. “That shows a lot of pent-up demand.” Retail analysts Kidder Mathews estimated 1.8 percent retail vacancy citywide at the end of 2016.
  • All told, workers in 41 U.S. states have contributed something to the building, mostly via manufacturing. (The only states left out: South Dakota, Vermont, Maine, Montana, Wyoming, Virginia, Mississippi, Hawaii, and Alaska.)
  • The two 134-foot, 670,000-pound cranes used during the major construction themselves took two days to build from more than 100 pieces each.
  • Digging took up over a third of the construction time, from December 2011 to February 2014. More than 640,000 cubic yards of material came out of the ground.
  • The excavation went so deep that it dug down to the “Old Bay Clay” level of strata, the 130,000-year-old blue-green soil deposits that predate the last Ice Age.
  • Archaeological digs underneath the site revealed a variety of Gold Rush artifacts,including a surprising number of creepy broken dolls.
  • Also unearthed: The 13,000-year-old tooth of a Colombian mammoth, now part of the California Academy of Sciences collection. 
  • Almost all of the concrete from the destroyed original terminal ended up recycled.
  • A four-story, human-like statue built from leftovers from the old station was planned, but had to be scrapped as it ended up over budget.
  • The center features a mini eastern span of the Bay Bridge, which can be seen from Howard Street between Second and First.
  • Mixed-use tower 181 Fremont, featuring a $42 million penthouse, will open sometime in 2018.
  • A movement is afoot to change the Transbay Transit Center’s neighborhood from Yerba Buena/South Beach to the East Cut.
  • In July 2017, the Transbay Joint Powers Authority (TJPA) made the renaming of the Transbay Transit Center official. Both the transit hub and park will be known as the Salesforce Transit Center. The 25-year sponsorship cost the tech firm an estimated $110 million.
  • After the rechristening of the center was made official, SFMTA director Ed Reskin slammed the decision as “distasteful,” but was careful to add, “Every dollar we get privately helps us fulfill our public mission.”

Courtesy of Curbed San Francisco - BY ADAM BRINKLOW

OPEN HOUSE: Noe Valley Stunner!

575 28TH Street
San Francisco

OPEN HOUSE:
SATURDAY June 17 - 2:00PM - 4:00PM
SUNDAY June 18 - 2:00PM - 4:00PM

Feel right at home in this stylishly remodeled Noe Valley residence offering a myriad of magnificent living and entertaining spaces spread over 4 spacious levels, all with sunny, south-facing decks, and a large backyard. With a modern take on Arts and Crafts style the sophisticated color palette and light filled rooms feel welcoming and stylish.

  • Unique opportunity to own a large five bedroom family home in the most sought-after neighborhood in the city
  • Stunning remodeled Noe Valley single family home
  • Five generous bedrooms and four full bathrooms (three ensuite)
  • Showcasing unobstructed Bay, hill and city skyline views
  • Kitchen features thick-cut Carrara marble, custom cabinetry and 6-burner Thermador stove
  • Kitchen flows to open plan family room and dining area with south-facing deck
  • Light-filled penthouse master suite with stunning views, fireplace, his and hers designer closets, double French doors to sunny, south-facing deck
  • Ultra-luxe spa bathroom with Carrara marble, deep soaking tub, double-sink vanity, view deck and separate laundry room and WC.
  • Spacious lower level with home theatre and office
  • In-law or au pair suite with separate sitting room and laundry room with washer dryer hook up
  • Recessed lighting throughout
  • Wine cellar crafted from reclaimed wood
  • Large backyard-access from all four levels
  • South facing sunny decks on every level
  • Two car parking side-by-side garage with interior access
  • Walking distance to Walter Hass Playground and Billy Goat Hill
  • Approximately 4,030 sqft.

OFFERED AT $3,495,000

OFF MARKET LISTING - Turnkey Luxury Living

Move right into this amazing water view luxury condo. Only your suitcase is needed! A serene atmosphere greets you upon entering this sophisticated one bedroom + den residence In the city's highly sought LUMINA. Designed by world-renowned team of Bernardo Fort-Brescia of Arquitectonica and Heller Manus Architects, LUMINA’s striking curves and angles capture the elegance and vibrancy of San Francisco's magnetic waterfront.

Every detail has been taken into consideration and designed for efficiency. Top notch quality and beautiful design make this home the perfect retreat.

Top shelf features include:

  • Gaggenau appliances
  • Premium Caesarstone quartz countertop and backsplash
  • Custom SieMatic kitchen cabinetry
  • Wide plank hardwood floors
  • Built-in cabinetry (with full size Murphy bed) by California Closets
  • Custom built in TV wall cabinet with 72’ Samsung television and Bang & Olufsen sound system
  • Motorized window treatments
  • Custom lighting
  • Bosch washer and dryer
  • Double vanity with Volakas marble counter-top
  • European porcelain flooring and shower tiles
  • Indulgent MAAX soaking tub
  • Smart NEST Learning Thermostat
  • Designer paint colors
  • HOA $1,013.49 per month

Access to a wide array of amenities includes a 24-hour doorman, state-of-the-art fitness center with a climbing wall, two private exercise studios, spa facilities with a private treatment room, 75-foot lap pool, landscaped rooftop terrace with barbecue facilities and outdoor screen, bi-level club lounge, theater-style private screening room, private dining room. High touch valet technology allows residents to summon their car remotely. 24/7 valet parking service. One parking space.

A brilliant take on premier living in San Francisco. Located on San Francisco's Embarcadero promenade, the Ferry Building, Financial District, Union Square, and AT&T Park are nearby.  Owners enjoy convenient access to the Bay Bridge, Bay Area highway ramps, BART, and SF Muni.

Condominium can be purchased fully furnished.

Offered at $1,695,000

South Beach

Bordered by the Financial District, Mission Bay and SOMA the South Beach neighborhood in San Francisco has transformed into exceptional towers packed with contemporary apartments and luxurious penthouses. Trendy clubs and chic cafes now permeate the area. The vicinity boasts picturesque views of the bay and prides itself on being one of the cleanest sections of San Francisco. South Beach serves as home to the San Francisco Giants, giving fans plenty of reasons to cheer them on at AT&T Park.

The Neighborhood

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INSPIRED DESIGN: NICOLE HOLLIS

  Kona  Coast Retreat

Kona Coast Retreat

 Nicole Hollis

Nicole Hollis

Sleek Sophistication

Operating from a brilliant light filled atelier in the San Francisco design district, Nicole Hollis imbues her designs with the sleek sophistication of a knowing and seasoned practitioner. Whether gathering inspiration from the vineyards of the Napa valley or the tropical breezes of the Hawaiian islands, Nicole seamlessly blends the alchemy of site and design. I had the recent chance to catch up with Nicole in her brimming studio to discuss her tireless pursuit of inspired collaboration with her designers and clients and the inspiration she draws from her good fortune to live with her family in the former Pacific Heights home of Julia Morgan.

 

 

 

 


 

When did you know that interior design would be your creative path?

Nicole Hollis: I was 12 years old and visited friends’ houses in Palm Beach. These beautiful interiors inspired me and I knew from that moment that I wanted to create unique spaces for people to live in.

You came out of Howard Backen’s office to establish your own interior design firm. What did you learn while working with Howard?

NH: Howard can simplify the complex for any client with great charm. The flow of his residential spaces are inspiring and he is always thinking about the context of his architecture.

In the Napa Valley, seasoned locals say you have elevated the time honored Backen look. What do you love about working in the wine country?

NH: We continue to be inspired by Howard’s architecture and interpret the interiors through another lens. Wine country mixes awe-inspiring terrain with pioneering attitudes. Napa Valley continues to integrate old with new in every aspect. This makes it one of the most interesting places to design.

Your husband, Lewis Heathcote, is your business partner. What surprised you about him when you two developed a professional relationship?

NH: He and I have been working together for fifteen years so our working relationship has been evolutionary. My biggest surprise is how well we continue to bounce new ideas off each other.

What type of culture have you developed in your office?

NH: We focus on a culture of “we” not “I”, so it’s collaborative and supportive working environment with clients, architects, contractors, artists, and craftspeople.

  Kona  Island Residence

Kona Island Residence

Who is you perfect client?

NH: We’ve had a lot of really great clients that can give us a sense of what they think they’d like and then grant us the time and space to elevate that concept into something they couldn’t have imagined.

Do you have a creative routine or process?

NH: I do and I don’t. My process is to keep breaking up the process so I can see everything from different angles and continue to be surprised.

You recently collaborated with Brooks Walker on a Tiburon home. What was your experience like working together?

NH: The house is beautiful and stands as a testament to working with Brooks and his team. He truly understands how to listen to clients, collaborate with other parties and that the best idea always wins.

You and your family are fortunate to live in Julia Morgan’s old home on Divisadero Street. Does her spirit inspire you?

NH: Yes I think about her a lot. I cannot begin to imagine the hurdles she had to overcome in the early 20th century as a woman in design. I think of her coming home and ruminating over her projects and how I sit in the same spot, inspired by her.

Where do you find inspiration for your designs?

NH: The natural world is of great inspiration to me. I’m also constantly drawn to fashion design.

Who are your design idols?

NH: Jil Sander, Alexander McQueen, Martin Margiela, and Ilse Crawford

Favorite weekend getaway?

NH: We were married in Big Sur and it continues to pull us in.

When were you the happiest?

NH: My two children honestly have excellent senses of humor so there isn’t a week that goes by that we’re not belly laughing with them. That’s hard to top.

  The Buchanan Hotel  San Francisco

The Buchanan Hotel San Francisco

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Many thanks to Nichole Hollis, Katherine Nelson, and Avery Carmassi for working with Joseph Lucier and I on this feature!

FROM BROADWAY TO BELVEDERE

In 1962, architect Norman Gilroy rejected the notion that San Francisco’s historic buildings should be sacrificed in the name of progress. 1818 Broadway, a mansion that Willis Polk designed for Dr. Francis Moffitt in 1914, was slated to be razed for an apartment complex. It’s owners agreed to sell Gilroy the mansion if he moved it off the site.

  1818 Broadway shown in its original location.

1818 Broadway shown in its original location.

After several months of negotiating for financing and for building transportation permits at both ends of the move, Moffitt Mansion was ready to journey to the property of some partners on Belvedere Island, which was 15 land and sea miles away across the bay. Using a chainsaw, workers literally sliced the 15-room mansion into two neat sections, each 30 feet high, 35 by 40 feet on plan, and weighing 85-100 tons.

"If you hear this particular whistle, don’t think: just run, the foreman warned. As the first house section moved onto the steep Franklin Street hill, its full weight suddenly canted onto its front dolly. With a scream like a train whistle, the impact tore a one inch steel box beam in two, knocking a two-foot hole in the street. Movers scattered like rabbits."

Chainsaw

This half of a house is ready to go! Ayen Movers claims this was the “largest and most complicated moving job ever attempted in San Francisco” It required 30-foot-vertical street clearances, navigating a 2.5 mile route through a congested area, and an elevation drop of 185 feet. Completed at night to avoid disrupting traffic, the move required lowering transit and power lines at several major street intersections to allow the sections to pass.

  Here, workers jack the house up at 3:30am.

Here, workers jack the house up at 3:30am.

It required 30-foot-vertical street clearances, navigating a 2.5 mile route through a congested area, and an elevation drop of 185 feet.

“If you hear this particular whistle, don’t think: just run, the foreman warned. As the first house section moved onto the steep Franklin Street hill, its full weight suddenly canted onto its front dolly. With a scream like a train whistle, the impact tore a one inch steel box beam in two, knocking a two-foot hole in the street. Movers scattered like rabbits."

Time spent waiting for the right weather conditions was not wasted. This photograph shows the two sections being weather proofed for their sea journey. Meanwhile, temporary tracks and a ramp were being built to slide the building halves over the seawall onto the barge for transport.

  A close-up shot of the track to the barge shows the amount of work and detail that went into building the ramp to slide the buildings from land to barge. A similar ramp for unloading was later built on the other side of the bay. With one of the halves of the Moffitt Mansion in the distance, it is easy to appreciate the immense size and scope of the project.

A close-up shot of the track to the barge shows the amount of work and detail that went into building the ramp to slide the buildings from land to barge. A similar ramp for unloading was later built on the other side of the bay. With one of the halves of the Moffitt Mansion in the distance, it is easy to appreciate the immense size and scope of the project.

  In this shot, the house and barge with its tug captained by Master Mariner John Seaborne, is leaving the San Francisco shoreline for Belvedere Island. The trip will take one full day battling wind and tides in the Golden Gate all the way. The follow up positioning and siting work was left to Ayen house movers, and contractors were hired to restore and reconstruct the residence and landscape grounds.

In this shot, the house and barge with its tug captained by Master Mariner John Seaborne, is leaving the San Francisco shoreline for Belvedere Island. The trip will take one full day battling wind and tides in the Golden Gate all the way. The follow up positioning and siting work was left to Ayen house movers, and contractors were hired to restore and reconstruct the residence and landscape grounds.

West Shore Blvd

On West Shore Road, the sections were lowered into place on newly poured concrete foundations. The view shows the house after the halves were rejoined. Amazingly, the gap between the sections was exactly the width of the first chainsaw cut made on Broadway. The original Polk drawings, found walled up in the house, guided the restoration, and damaged pilasters and moldings were replaced with plaster casts and high-quality modern-day hand carving.

The Moffitt Mansion move is testimony to how an idealistic gamble by a single architect inspired others to preserve important buildings for posterity. Without Norman Gilroy’s vision and determination to convince city officials that historic houses could still be moved and preserved, the later rescue and restoration of many Painted Lady Victorians in the Western Addition might never have happened.

  This interior shot captures just one room of the residence’s restored glory.

This interior shot captures just one room of the residence’s restored glory.

  8 West Shore Blvd today!

8 West Shore Blvd today!

 

 

 

SOLD: Marina Private Garden Condo!

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Seller Represented - $945,000

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