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Tech Protesters Get Personal, Target San Francisco Landlord

Jeff Chiu/The Associated PressHousing activists gather outside of City Hall in San Francisco on Jan. 21 to protest tech-worker shuttle buses. By Sarah McBride Demonstrations against the grip on San Francisco held by wealthy technology workers took a personal turn with protesters taking aim at a Google lawyer they say... Continue Reading »

Airbnb Agrees to Pay Hotel Tax in San Francisco

Getty Images/Flickr RF SAN FRANCISCO -- Online home rental service Airbnb has agreed to pay San Francisco's 14 percent hotel tax, addressing at least one concern of critics who say the company is flouting regulations. Under the plan, Airbnb would collect taxes directly from guests as an extra charge on their bill -- the... Continue Reading »

City Offers $200,000 Loans to Middle-Class Homebuyers

Jeff Chiu/The Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO -- San Francisco will now lend as much as $200,000 to some homebuyers toward a down payment on their first house or condominium. Mayor Ed Lee's decision to double the previous limit of $100,000 was intended to help middle-class residents who have been hit hard by the housing... Continue Reading »

San Francisco's 'Micro-Apartment': How Much Smaller Can We Go?

We thought a 325-square-foot apartment was tiny, but San Francisco has shrunk the size of a studio even further -- to a ridiculously minuscule 160 square feet. Patrick Kennedy of the development firm Panoramic Interests designed a life-size model of the smallest-size studio apartment that's legally allowed in... Continue Reading »

Christian de Guigne IV Estate: $100 Million Home Comes With the Owner

'Tis the season for homes that no one can afford to come on the market, it seems. The Hillsborough, Calif., estate of Christian de Guigne IV is up for sale for a gut-busting $100 million, The Wall Street Journal reported. This comes after the record-setting $117.5 million sale of a Silicon Valley home in November --... Continue Reading »

Richard and Rachel Lane Turn School Bus Into Energy-Efficient Home

When people envision a dream home, it's generally a two-story, brick-and-mortar classic with a backyard and white picket fence. But Richard and Rachel Lane's doesn't have four walls -- instead, it has four wheels. The Lanes live on a bus in the San Francisco Bay area: a former school bus, to be exact, that they... Continue Reading »

Listing Fail: Buy This House Without Seeing What It Looks Like Inside

We at AOL Real Estate love a good surprise -- just not when it comes to buying a house. After all, if you're putting all your hard-earned savings into a home, it's only natural you want to know exactly what you're getting! Clearly, the seller of this San Francisco home didn't quite get that memo. The listing states that... Continue Reading »

Top 10 Turnaround Towns of 2012's Second Quarter

As we continue to see signs of a broad real estate market recovery, it's important to remember that the recovery still varies wildly from market to market. Anyone still struggling to sell their homes, or with underwater mortgages are well aware that things aren't better everywhere. But some of the hardest hit areas are... Continue Reading »

Hottest Markets: 10 Cities Where Homes Sell the Fastest

For the past few years, you've probably been told that being a homeseller is one of the worst positions to be in. But it's not so bad now. Homes are selling faster in the majority of U.S. markets than they were a year ago, according to data recently released by Ten areas in particular are sweet spots if... Continue Reading »

10 Best Cities for Your Social Life

If you hate staying home and wish you could go out every night of the week, then you might want to consider living in these cities. Coldwell Banker took a look at some of the trendiest places in the country and narrowed their list of the "Best Places to Live for Social Seekers" down to a hoppin' Top 10. The real estate... Continue Reading »

Couple Tears Down $4.2 Million Manse for a Better View

When is a $19 million 11,200-square-foot mansion with a "resort-style health club," a 60-foot pool and 5,000 square feet of stone terraces not enough? When the view is partially obstructed by the $4.2 million mansion next door. The solution? Tear down the house next door. That's what Clark and Sharon Winslow of... Continue Reading »

6 Cities Where Rents Are Skyrocketing

By Michael B. Sauter Online real estate site Trulia recently released rental data for the 100 largest housing markets in the country. The report showed that while home prices have increased slightly in the past year, rent prices have increased more than 5 percent in the 12 months ending April 31, 2012. In six of... Continue Reading »

House of the Day: San Francisco Home Is Simply Poetic

Author William Saroyan once famously said, "San Francisco itself is art. Every block is a short story, every hill a novel, every home a poem." Well if all of that was literal, then this home would easily have a Nobel, Pulitzer and Bridport Prize under its belt. Blessed with unparalleled views of San Francisco's hills... Continue Reading »

House of the Day: Golden Views From San Francisco Manse

There's no shortage of luxury homes heralded for their "uninterrupted vistas," "sweeping panoramas" or whatever other fancy phrase a home's Realtor cooks up to try and communicate that his listing has pretty surroundings. It's not all bull honkie: Many of these homes do offer stunning views. But their beauty... Continue Reading »

The 11 Markets Where Homes Sell Fastest

California metros dominated a list of 11 fast-moving real estate markets in July, reported property search site released a list of metros with the lowest median age of inventory at the site -- a measurement of how long a property from a given metro area typically spends on the site. Denver, which... Continue Reading »

Ashton Kutcher Lists Bachelor Pad for $2.6M

It may be no surprise that social media-savvy Ashton Kutcher, who is a Twitter and Facebook addict, is using the Internet to cross-promote his Hollywood Hills home for sale and a nonprofit organization he and his wife, Demi Moore, founded. The $2.6 million listing of his 4-bedroom, 4.5-bathroom Beverly Hills-area former... Continue Reading »

San Francisco's Contender for Oldest Home Hits Market for $3.8M

With its colorful cast of owners and near-miraculous longevity, the house on 31 Alta St. may be the oldest -- and at least the most interesting -- home in all of San Francisco. And if the price is right -- the home just went on the market -- you can add your name to a list of bootleggers and seafarers who once called it... Continue Reading »

Real Estate Agents Grab for Rental Listings as Sales Stagnate

I've lived in three apartments in San Francisco over the past decade. For each one, my landlord has always been a "mom and pop" team, an older married couple who bought the house or building as income property or kept it after they moved elsewhere, and decided to handle the renting and tenant management duties themselves.... Continue Reading »

NFL's Joe Montana Selling Wine Country Mansion For $49M

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HGTV's David Bromstad: Making a 'Color Splash' by Breaking Some Rules, Keeping It Simple

He skyrocketed to fame on HGTV, thanks to his win on the first season of the network's "Design Star" series. Since then David Bromstad has become a household name thanks to his work on HGTV's "Color Splash" and national appearances on morning shows. Bromstad encourages everyone to paint, regardless of the rules. For... Continue Reading »

San Francisco Home Prices Rebound; What $685K Can Buy You

The housing market is bouncing back in San Francisco, where sales of houses and condominiums jumped 50 percent in the first quarter from a year earlier. Improving technology stocks and a limited housing supply are credited with the increase. And not just more homes were sold, but at higher prices, with the median price... Continue Reading »

Tiny Prefab Living in San Francisco Apartment Building

If you thought prefab living was solely for outside the city limits, think again. Zeta Communities, a San Francisco company that produces net-zero-energy housing, is working on exciting new project called Smartspace. The company has partnered with two Bay Area housing projects to create two four-story apartment buildings... Continue Reading »

San Francisco's Bernal Heights Becomes Foodie Hotspot

Only a few years after young families created a real estate boom in San Francisco's Bernal Heights neighborhood, another is happening in the neighborhood -- in the food business. And not just new restaurants, although those are cropping up and adding unique tastes to residents' culinary choices, but also butcher shops,... Continue Reading »

San Francisco: Presidio Bets on Luxury Rentals for Park Upkeep

The 1,500-acre former military base known as the Presidio was reborn as a public park in 1994. Its rolling hills, ocean views and 800-odd buildings were put under the watch of the Presidio Trust and funded, at least until 2012, by the federal government. Now that those monies are soon to dry up, the trust has come up with... Continue Reading »

Home for Sale in San Francisco's Emerging Bernal Heights, $1.1M

San Francisco's Bernal Heights neighborhood is undergoing a transition that's taking it beyond what it's been known for: excellent hilltop views of the city. For a little more than $1 million, you can buy a house in this vibrant neighborhood. It's not likely to stay that affordable for long. The New York Times recently... Continue Reading »

San Francisco Condo: Short Hop to Giants' Ballpark, $1.8M

The San Francisco Giants are off to a hot start this season, making the prospect of living near the team's ballpark an especially appealing adventure. This condo at 657 Third St. is two blocks from AT&T Park, and you can just hear the stadium calling your name as you walk by on a game day -- or is that crowd noise? Continue Reading »

San Francisco Rental: 1BR Marina-Style Apartment for $1,200

Here's your opportunity to enjoy an apartment built in the style of those found in the Marina, without having to live among those uptight Marina folks. Yes, this place is located out in the peaceful Sunset neighborhood. Located right by 19th Avenue this is your gateway to being close to SF State, Golden Gate Park, as well... Continue Reading »

San Francisco: Homes in Theater District for $499K or Less

Every time I visit a big city, I like to spend a week doing nothing more than going to a live theater performance every night, with sightseeing and a fancy dinner wrapped around it. For $499,000 in San Francisco that can be done by buying a home within walking distance of its theater district, allowing you a place to stay... Continue Reading »

San Francisco: Prices Drop on Telegraph Hill

For millionaires it must always be a good time to enter the housing market. After all, they can still afford a home when prices are high, and now that they're low again, million-dollar bargains abound. Recent price drops in San Francisco's Telegraph Hill make the area worth looking at again. I recently wrote about a... Continue Reading »

Portland and Seattle: The New San Francisco Suburbs

What do some people do when they can't afford their soaring housing prices of San Francisco? They move to the suburbs. Guess what's constituting as a suburb of San Francisco these days? Cities as far as Portland and Seattle, 600 to 800 miles to the north. In this age of telecommuting this type of scenario is now an... Continue Reading »


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