Real Estate Update for San Francisco Homebuyers and Sellers
courtesy of:
Eileen Bermingham
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San Francisco Market Overview
What's Hot in the Richmond?
Commuters Looking Forward to New BART Cars
Show Cal Academy Some Love
San Francisco Market Overview 
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What's Hot in the Richmond? 

The Richmond is our northern coastal neighborhood surrounded by the Lake District, Sea Cliff and Jordan Park. It offers home owners a residential neighborhood with a variety of architecture, countless cafes, shops and restaurants, parks, views and easy access to downtown. Primarily a neighborhood of single family homes, but recent multi-unit building conversions have placed quite a few condos on the market as well.

Here's a peek at some great options for under $800,000:

313 2nd Avenue # 2 - $579,000
2 bed, 1 bath condo with one car parking and a Walkscore of 95. Recently renovated condo with remodeled kitchen and bathroom. Hardwood floors, in unit laundry and garage parking highlight this condo with relatively low HOA dues.

810 44th Avenue - $639,000
Single family house along the western corridor of the Richmond. Hardwood floors, 2 beds. 1 bath + sunroom up and a separate entrance to a lower level 1 bed, 1 bath in-law unit with a kitchen. One car garage.

708-710 8th Avenue - $675,000
Two-unit Edwardian in the heart of the Richmond. Two 2 bedroom, 1 bath units and a cottage in the backyard (no kitchen in cottage). Both units have tenants, $3340 per month in rent.
Commuters Looking Forward to New BART Cars 
Bay Area commuters just got a first look at design concepts for BART's new cars -- quite a relief to those everyday riders who would never describe the fleet as comfortable, clean or fresh. It's a well-deserved face lift for the oldest fleet of cars in the nation (happy 40th, BART Trains!).

This May, BART is set to spend $1 billion on about 240 new train cars. The new cars, known as the "Fleet of the Future" will be designed by BMW Group/Designworks USA. BART released information and renderings this week on their three proposed concepts and in true San Francisco fashion, they want our feedback.

The concepts vary in many ways but also have some similarities. Most notably, the seats are not upholstered, making them much easier to clean; very reassuring in light of last year's Bay Citizen report on the seat's cleanliness (or lack thereof). Also absent from the all three concepts: carpet. Clean seats and no dingy carpet -- something we can all look forward to!

The BART website has brief overviews of each concept as well as links to the "Fleet of the Future" website that has detailed PDFs on each concept, including possible color palettes and other fun details. There's also an electronic feedback link so the public can have a say. If you can't wait until May to see the new cars, fear not, the train cars will be available to view in person at several community open house meetings.
Show Cal Academy Some Love 
All those pics snapped over the past year at the California Academy of Science in Golden Gate Park could win you a great prize package, as well as the esteem of your photo-loving peers.

Throughout January, you can simply post your best photos of the Academy and the natural world to Flickr tagged with "lovelife2012". Professional judges from the worlds of science and publishing will review photos in six categories: Land life; Aquatic life; Family life; NightLife; Mobile life (photos of the Academy taken by smart phone); and Protect life, photographs that encourage awareness of the natural world.

Surely you have one of these stashed somewhere on your phone's memory card! You have until February 1st to give it your best shot.

The general public will also be invited to vote for their favorite image, which will win the People's Choice Award. All awards will be announced at the March 1st NightLife at the Academy.

Find the full rules and see last year's winners right here.
Eileen Bermingham • 415.823.4656 • ebermingham@zephyrsf.com
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