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Classic Noe Valley Home
Two Bedrooms One Bath 1,175 square feet per tax records (not verified by seller or agent) Built 1948 per tax records Great location! Magical, south-facing garden

This charming Noe Valley home has a living room with gleaming wood floors a corner fireplace and period trim.  The formal dining room is lit by a large skylight and is adjacent to the kitchen.  A vintage Wedgewood stove is the centerpiece of the kitchen which has quartz counters and a stainless steel refrigerator.  There are two well proportioned bedrooms and a large bathroom with a stall shower and a tub.  The second bedroom opens to a large deck.  There is expansion potential down.  Currently there is a room and a bath, likely added without permits.  There is a fantastic yard with mature plantings, including fruit trees.  The location is fantastic--it is within walking distance to 24th Street shops and restaurants, close to MUNI and company shuttle busses and close to highways 101 and 280. 


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The San Francisco supervisors are scheduled to review a proposal that would require owners of soft story buildings to retrofit them by 2020.  The proposed plan will require about 3,000 buildings in San Francisco, built before 1978 to undergo seismic retrofits in the next several years. Single family homes and smaller buildings will be exempt from this plan. During the city's voluntary retrofit period, the least expensive project was $8,000 and the most...

One question that many Sellers overlook when making the decision about who to hire to represent them in the sale of their home:  Would you ever be willing to represent the buyer as well as me?  And the follow on question: How many times have you reprsented both the buyer and the seller in a transaction?  Representing both the buyer and the seller in the transaction is perfectly legal, and some agents make this a business practice.
You might consider, however, hiring an agent who will not...

When you are buying or selling a home, it is important for you to select an agent who is experienced, knowledgable, professional and will help you through every step of the process.  After selecting an agent, you'll work with this person to identify the property that is right for you, help you determine the price and terms of the bid that are appropriate and help you negotiate the contract.  Once ratified (the deal has been accepted by all parties), your agent will lead you through the...

During your escrow process, you will be asked by your agent, lender and/or escrow officer how you plan to hold title.  There are several options for California residents.  Before you choose, it is best to confer with your expert advisors, including your attorney and accountant.  How you hold title can have significant implications on your estate (if your property transfers upon your death) and on your taxes.  
The common ways of holding title for co-owners includes (but is not limited...

After touring properties this week, I have decided that my favorite home was the listing located at 378 Lowell Avenue in Mill Valley – Tam Valley to be more specific.  It was simply a magical property. I would love to return at night to see the thoughtful lighting which has been placed within the exterior hardscaping.  Maybe the presence of the large Buddha on the home’s hillside spoke to my need for peace and calm, or possibly it was the hammered copper details placed throughout the...


I was awakened in the middle of the night to the SHRIEK of the smoke detectors in my house.  Jolted awake.  No sign of smoke or fire.  Headed downstairs quickly--no sign of anything there.  All detectors screaming downstairs.  And finally, down to my neighbors house below.  No noise, no signs of smoke or fire.  Just quiet.
I managed to shut the system by turning off all of the circuit breakers until I hit the correct combination that shut off all five alarms.  Relief.
My dog looked...

This article was written by Stacey Lamirand.
Purchasing a home is a large investment and buyers are advised to do a careful investigation of the property.  There are six areas of potential trouble that should be thoroughly investigated by a licensed home inspector. Sometimes cracks, bulges and spots are an indication of trouble, sometimes they are not.  Better to be safe than sorry--hire a licensed contractor to inspect your property before you complete while you are in escrow.
1).  The...

Mission Terrace Masterpiece
2 Spacious Bedrooms Bathroom with Beautiful Tiles, Tub and Stall Shower Parquet Floors in Living and Dining Rooms Garden With Mature Plants Bonus Room Down

Traditional & stylish, this tunnel entrance home has much appeal! Bright & inviting rooms include an elegant living space, formal dining room, a spacious kitchen w/ wonderful flow between these rooms. The two bedrooms overlook a pleasant garden! The updated, yet classic,bathroom has a separate shower & tub. A large room (bonus)downstairs completes this home, w/ a spacious garage providing interior access. If you're looking for a lovely, comfortable home, close to transportation, THIS IS IT!

3 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms 2 Car Side-by-Side Garage Parking Fabulous Roof Deck Cook's Kitchen Great Location

This detached home is a jewel located across from the Panhandle and its majestic trees. Located near Golden Gate and Buena Vista Parks, NOPA and the Divisidero Corridor with its great restaurants and shops including DeLessio's and Falletti's Market.

The huge roof deck and solarium create a refuge from city life--a great place for relaxing and entertaining. The double-parlor living room has gum wood molding and wainscoting. The kitchen and adjacent dining area are bright and spacious. Upstairs are three bedrooms and one bath. The master bedroom has a dressing and laundry area. Originally a two-unit building, many of this home's original details have been restored, while great new ones have been added including stained glass windows and the light-filled cook's kitchen.

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