Vacancy rates became a point of controversy in San Francisco in recent years, with advocates for the homeless and those in danger of eviction pointing out that there are more vacant homes […]
‘The Front Steps’: How They’re Going To Stop the Golden Gate Bridge Making That Noise
When showing off housing in the Richmond, the Golden Gate Bridge is a pretty solid ace in the hole. Sure, the bridge inspires and represents the entire city, and lots of locations […]
‘The Front Steps’: What’s an Eruv, and What Does the Richmond’s Do?
It’s Hanukkah, and while sources like Rabbi Sari Laufer write that Hanukkah is not actually a major holiday in most Jewish traditions, it remains the most prominent in American culture and as […]
‘The Front Steps’: It’s True, Fewer People Leave the Richmond
A couple weeks back a reader left a comment proposing that the Richmond was a more stable neighborhood than much of the rest of San Francisco because fewer people move in or […]
‘The Front Steps’: Why Richmond Homes Sell For More
The Front Steps enjoyed a big Richmond sale this week, with bidding on 764 24th Avenue pushing the final sale price up to nearly $1 million more than the original asking price. […]
‘The Front Steps’: Where Does the Richmond End?
When studying housing in the Richmond, at some point you have to confront the question: Where does the Richmond start and stop, really? Most neighborhoods are defined in terms that are open […]
‘The Front Steps’: Richmond Houses Never Stopped Selling During the Pandemic
When reading and writing about housing, it’s easy to get hung up on prices; after all, that’s the bottom line. But there are other, possibly better ways to measure how strong or […]
‘The Front Steps’: Do Unlucky Numbers Scare Off Richmond Home Buyers?
With Halloween weekend upon us, all sorts of scary superstitions are on people’s minds. Like this one: Some realtors who work in the Richmond offer this hot tip: Homes with the number […]
‘The Front Steps’: Return of the “Mummy House”
With Halloween right around the corner, housing watchers with long memories may wonder whatever became of the Richmond’s scariest home listing? We’re talking about the so-called “mummy house” at 152 4th Avenue, […]
‘The Front Steps’: What It Really Costs To Buy a Home In the Richmond
The cost of housing is not the whole story when it comes to real estate, but for obvious reasons it’s the factor that tends to preoccupy people the most, especially if they’re […]
‘The Front Steps’: How the New Central Subway Could Have Been The Richmond’s
In San Francisco’s easternmost neighborhoods, the big news transit-wise is that the long (long) delayed Central Subway is tremblingly close to opening to the public, connecting Chinatown to Third Street via a […]
‘The Front Steps’: When the Richmond Wasn’t the Richmond
You might not believe that the Richmond has only technically been called “the Richmond” for about a dozen years now, but it’s true. Neighborhood names and boundaries are usually quite subjective, but […]
Real Estate Market Remains Healthy on SF’s West Side
San Francisco Realtor Alexander Clark, however, said Zillow reports like these – and ensuing articles based upon them – are meant for “shock and awe” and often tell a partial story.
Outer Richmond Deal of the Week on 46th Avenue
For my neighbors in the Outer Richmond, a couple recent sales of note…all of ’em significantly over list price, which as I said in prior posts doesn’t really mean much when almost […]
Central Richmond Condo Sells For $155,000 Over Asking
Column by Alexander Clark.
When the editor of the Richmond Review asked me to contribute here online, I thought a weekly “market update” would be great. Reality is, our market doesn’t change weekly, so I’ll save those market updates for theFrontSteps monthly report on our site (The latest taking a look at housing affordability in San Francisco).