I've driven by this historical Pacific Heights Mansion many times in San Francisco. I admire that it's maintained its original look on the outside. Unfortunately, the same could be said about the inside. Look at those living room pink drapes, with those folds, tucks and ruffles! Thelma Harper turned Iola Boylan's frock into curtains!
Richard Burton from HBO's The Wire is in hot water. Not literally, but figuratively! He refused to pay $1k in water bills b/c he suspects it is too high. Well, now a lien has been placed on his Baltimore home & he faces foreclosure. What!? $1k must be a drop in the bucket for a star like him, right?!
On the hit show Shark Tank, Bill Lyons wanted "$250,000 in potential funding for Revestor, a service that he dreamed up to help potential real estate investors find the best property deals. It’s like a Zillow or Trulia for investors, Lyons said." I knew it wouldn't get green-lit. How do you define what is a "good deal"? Too many variables! What do you think?
We've always joked that pulling in 6 digits isn't saying much in San Francisco. With the high cost of living, it's like living a step about the poverty line. Well, I guess it's no joke. "National Assoc of Realtors is out w/ a report showing the qualifying income needed to buy a single family home in San Jose is currently $115,000 w/ 10% downpayment"...and that is San Jose, not even San Francisco!!
Madonna purchased this 6000 sq ft unit overlooking Central Park in the late 1980's during her rocky marriage to Sean Penn. Her brother Christopher Ciccone, who recently wrote an expose about her, was the decorator (that explain the lavendar.). Look, we don't wanna be mean, but this house ain't no Ray of Light!
SF Chronicle reports on the effort by Oakland to fold Piedmont back into its clutches (gasp!). Piedmont used to be part of Oakland a century ago, but they annexed themselves out...and ain't no way in hell they are going back to Oakland. Is it sour grapes for Oakland or does Piedmont reek of NIMBY-ism? Probably a little of both.
Piedmont has been the way it is now for 105 years: a wealthy, family-oriented community surrounded by Oakland. It's believed to be the only city in the United States to be located completely within another city. Some refer to it as the Doughnut Hole, or the Vatican City of the East Bay...."Piedmont was an enclave of wealthy people who wanted to divorce themselves from the madness of 1906 Oakland," said East Bay historian and author Dennis Evanosky. "They looked at the traffic, the crime, the people and said, 'You know, let's not be a part of that.' "
SF's New Micro-Apts Are 220 Sq Ft: Dang, At a Packed Party, a Girl Can Get Knocked Up & Not Even Know It!
Wired Magazine has the full deets here. Some ppl are complaining these only cater to young single professionals in San Francisco, when the city should be luring families to remain (Ppl with kids are leaving in flocks!). It seems SF has approved them, so families will have to muddle thru somehow.
At any rate, ladies, if you get invited to a party at one of these cube homes, keep your legs crossed!
This real estate agent is actin' a damn fool! He been stealing his competitors' for-sale signs. Geez, is this how they do it in Connecticut?! And here I thought Connecticut was all polite uppity.
David Hasselhoff's colonial mansion in Encino has 8974 sq ft which includes 5 bedrooms, a pool, a spa, a tennis court, a gymnasium, a library, a pub room.
Business Insider reports that uber affluent buyers are increasingly paying all cash (to beat out the rest of us who need to get a loan), and then take out a mortgage on the house after it closes. It ain't illegal but it's certainly puts buyers who need financing at a big disadvantage of snagging a home. "I always tell buyers they're not gonna play with these boys," says Zillow.com real estate expert Brendon DeSimone. "It's the big leagues. They're men with cashier's checks and they're fighting for these homes. They treat them like stock, like candy." So, I ask , how can a regular buyer compete? wah!
The mysterious island in the lastest James Bond flick is an actual abandoned island in Japan. It was owned my Mitsubishi for coal mining and eventually enslaved Korean & Chinese labor during WWII. At one point was the most densely populated area on earth. And then it was deserted. Fascinating stuff for history & industrialization (prison?) buffs.
Engaged real estate agents in NYC
Any of you met your boo hocking homes? If so, please share so I can learn! The Real Deal says: "Real estate, more than some other industries, affords plenty of opportunities to find love... And brokers meet plenty of new people each day." The Elite Daily also writes the "While many companies have strict no dating policies, there is one career path that has an advantage when it comes to finding love."
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