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May 12th, 2017


Before & After: The Power of Good ‘Vision’

July 18th, 2012

One of our strengths is the capability to visualize every home’s potential. A simple remodel, paint job or design tweak can make a huge difference in a home’s ambiance – not to mention its perceived value. We can help assess the potential each home has and estimate the true cost to getting your dream house (or kitchen, or bathroom).

As listing agents, we also use this skill to stage the home so potential buyers can envision themselves living there. We’ve captured some before/after photos that do a great job conveying the power of good “vision.” (We’ll admit – using a good camera with a wide-angle lens gives the “After” photos that much more of a punch!)

Exterior

We updated the exterior of the building with a strong paint color to give this smaller building a bold presence on the street.


Living Room

This home had been a rental property for 15 years, so it needed a fresh start. The owners didn’t live in town, so we oversaw the remodel to prepare it for sale. We restored and painted the trim, patched & painted the walls, and installed new floors in addition to adding interior design elements.



Eat-in Kitchen

Transformation doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Painting the cabinets white and adding new hardware took the entire room to a new level. Aside from the new appliances, this room’s new look was achieved for under $2,000!

 

Bedrooms

Since the bedrooms were small, space planning was key. We tried to maximize the space so buyers could see the potential in each room.

 

Bath

We gutted and replaced the bathroom with a classic palette, using white subway tile and gray slate. The result is a timeless look that can easily be updated by adding trendy fixtures.

 

Basement

Even the garage got a clean-up to showcase its full size.


Improvements in the Outer Sunset

July 10th, 2012

The San Francisco Planning + Urban Research Association (SPUR) has released its final Master Plan for Ocean Beach (we discussed the previous draft here). With improvements like restoring the dunes and adding bike & pedestrian improvements around the Cliff House, this plan could create a lot of value for the seaside neighborhood.


San Francisco Home Prices Rise

July 10th, 2012

Bloomberg recently reported that home prices are on the rise in San Francisco. The trend may continue, making now a good time to buy before prices rise further. Contact us for a personalized tour of properties that meet your criteria.


Yet Another Reason to Love the Mission

June 25th, 2012

If all goes according to plan, 2014 will bring a lovely new park to 17th & Folsom, complete with an amphitheatre/outdoor classroom, a community garden & greenhouse, and a playground. The San Francisco Planning Department is currently in the process of finalizing the concept plan, and its design can be viewed here.


Surf’s Up: Ocean Beach Master Plan Launches with an Art Installment

June 21st, 2012

Since 2010, SPUR (San Francisco Planning + Urban Research Association) has led a long-range planning effort for Ocean Beach. Their current draft of recommendations is intended to outline the issues facing Ocean Beach (such as erosion) and offer “implementable actions” to the agencies responsible for change in order to improve and preserve San Francisco’s beautiful western coast.

On June 6, an art exhibit celebrating the Ocean Beach Master Plan opened at SPUR’s Urban Center at 654 Market Street (suggested donation $10).


Neighbors Unite to Save Noe’s Town Square

June 18th, 2012

The parking lot at 24th and Sanchez where the Noe Valley Farmer’s Market currently takes place has been put up for sale. A group of neighbors known as the Friends of Noe Valley Town Square have joined together in an attempt to “preserve the lot as an open space park.” In order to do so, the community must raise $2 million (the city will donate an additional $2 million).

We love the community spirit of this effort! Those interested in helping out can visit the donation page here.


Before & After: The Power of Good “Vision”

June 10th, 2012

One of our strengths as an agency is the capability to visualize every home’s potential. A simple remodel, paint job or design tweak can make a huge difference in a home’s ambiance – not to mention its perceived value. Our expertise will help you assess the potential each home has and estimate the true cost to getting your dream house (or kitchen, or bathroom).

When we act as listing agents, we also use this skill to stage the home in a modern, neutral fashion so potential buyers can envision themselves living there. We want the home to show its absolute best so visitors can see its potential. We’ve captured some before/after photos that do a great job conveying the power of good “vision.” (We’ll admit – using a good camera with a wide-angle lens gives the “After” photos that much more of a punch!)

719 Castro Street

Living Room
The original architectural details in this Painted Lady were very much intact and quite appealing. The original Douglas-fir floors were in good shape and added to the overall elegance. We highlighted these features with a fresh contemporary paint palette and a new timeless light fixture. These improvements helped potential buyers experience the power of combining Victorian architecture with a modern aesthetic.

 

 

Kitchen/Dining/Sitting Area:
This area had all the ingredients for creating the ideal great room. It was open, spacious and light-filled. In order to maximize the space with we continued with the light gray walls, super white trim and added a large, eye-catching, modern table fashioned from airplane metal. Again, we took the opportunity to showcase the beauty of a modern sensibility coupled with old world charm. White couches, a natural wood coffee table and light gray walls enhanced the sunroom’s light and airiness.

 

 

Double Parlor:
We transformed the traditional Victorian double parlor into a master suite with a bedroom and sitting area. Removing the curtains allowed the sun into the room, brightening and freshening the ambiance.

 

Guest Bedroom:
We changed the light fixtures and added a headboard to make the bed feel more regal and substantial. Adding a mirror opened up the space, and the cool, neutral wall color is calming – perfect for a bedroom!

 

3rd Bedroom:
Formerly used as a workout room, this would be perfect as a nursery or child’s bedroom. We re-vamped the furniture accordingly. With just one window in the room, enhancing the natural light was imperative. Fresh paint helped the room feel airy while still maintaining architectural interest.


“The Castro” or “Eureka Valley”: What do you call it?

May 23rd, 2012

Whether you’ve lived in San Francisco for decades or days, there are always fun factoids to learn about our fair city. This week, we went down the Google rabbit-hole trying to find out whether there was a difference between the Castro & Eureka Valley, and where the names came from.

Noe, Castro, Sanchez, Valencia and Guerrero were all prominent Mexican ranchers, according to the Noe Hill blog, for whom streets and peaks were named in 1854. Wikipedia confirms that the Twin Peaks are named Noe Peak and Eureka Peak and therefore lend their names to the valleys below them. And Wikipedia further clarifies that the Castro is technically a neighborhood within Eureka Valley.

Why was it named Eureka Peak instead of honoring another Mexican rancher? That stems from the gold rush era, when “eureka” became the state motto of California after gold was found in Sutter’s Mill in 1848.

No matter what you call it, it’s a fabulous area! Contact us if you’re interested in becoming a part of the neighborhood.


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