NFL QB Alex Smith Selling San Francisco Area Home After Trade to Kansas City

    Posted by Cristin  |  July 18, 2013  |  2:53 pm  |  Tags: , , , , , , ,

    Andrew Weber, US Presswire

    Alex Smith

    Los Gatos, CA

    Most Known For

    Former SF Niners quarterback, replaced midseason by Colin Kaepernick and later traded to the Kansas City Chiefs

    Home Stats

    4 bedrooms, 3 full, 1 partial bath, 5,644 square feet, pool



    When San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith was replaced midseason by breakout star Colin Kaepernick, it was clear that the former first-stringer would soon be riding the bench or packing his bags and heading elsewhere. Alas, after Kaepernick led the team to the Super Bowl, San Francisco traded Smith to the Kansas City Chiefs in exchange for two draft picks.

    Now a Kansas City resident, Smith is settling into his new life in the Midwest and selling his San Francisco-area home for $3.25 million. Located in Los Gatos, a ritzy suburb 30 minutes south of the 49ers’ stadium, Smith’s now-vacant home has 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms spread out over 5,644 square feet. In the backyard, you’ll find a pool, sprawling lawns and stellar Bay Area views.

    Cherish Atkinson Zubillaga of Sereno Properties is Smith’s agent on the listing.

      @Twitter Co-Founder Evan Williams Selling #SanFrancisco Mansion for $2.995 Million

      Posted by Cristin  |  July 16, 2013  |  2:46 pm  |  Tags: , , , , , , , , ,


      Evan Williams

      San Francisco, CA

      Most Known For

      Twitter co-founder @Ev

      Home Stats

      4 bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms, guesthouse, rooftop deck



      Twitter co-founder Evan Williams is selling his mansion in the Noe Valley neighborhood of San Francisco for $2,995,000. First reported by Curbed SF, Williams and his wife Sara purchased the home at 313 Duncan Street in 2009 for $2.4 million. They remodeled the pad in the family-friendly neighborhood and they’re now saying #goodbye to the home.

      In true Twitter fashion, here’s the property description in 140 characters:

      3-level fully-restored Victorian home with 4 bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms, separate guest house, private garden, and rooftop deck.

      The Williams had originally planned to demolish another house they owned in the Parnassus Heights neighborhood of San Francisco and build a brand new home, but neighbors aggressively opposed the project and its fate is currently unknown.

      When he’s not battling his neighbors, Williams is working on a new start-up project, Medium. He left his role at Twitter in 2011.

      Eric Turner of Maguire Real Estate holds the listing.

        MLB Pitcher Barry Zito Striking Out, Slashes San Francisco Area Mansion By Another $720,000

        Posted by Cristin  |  July 5, 2013  |  6:34 am  |  Tags: , , , , , ,

        SF Giants

        Barry Zito

        Kentfield, CA

        Most Known For

        MLB pitcher who famously signed a $126M contract; two-time World Series champion with the San Francisco Giants

        Home Stats

        4 bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms, brand new guesthouse, pool



        San Francisco Giant Barry Zito may be a champion on the baseball field, but he’s struggling in real estate game. The San Francisco Giants pitcher, who famously signed a $126 million-dollar contract, can’t find a buyer for his stunning Kentfield, CA Mediterranean mansion and just price chopped the estate by another $720,000. Originally listed for $11,495,000 in October 2012, the home was price chopped by a million in March 2013 and just took another “hit.”

        When the home first hit the market in June of 2012, Zito’s publicist Kathy Jacobson told the Huffington Post that the motive for the move was a shorter commute. “Barry loves Marin and the house; he was married there…but with the drive over the bridge all the way across town to the ballpark, it was just too much, especially with a new marriage.”

        No telling where the star pitcher and his new wife, beauty queen Amber Seyer will head next, but we do know that they’re leaving behind a champion-worthy estate. Called “Villa Della Pace,” Zito’s for-sale home is sited on over 2 acres of hillside directly overlooking Phoenix Lake.

        Situated on a private lot with two iron gates, this estate features 4 bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms and an enormous kitchen/family room. The large master suite is on the home’s main level and has a master bath with beautiful granite countertops and an extra-large custom stone shower, double sinks, and walk-in closet. The main level also comes with an office – the perfect place for Zito to consider all the ways to spend that nine-figure paycheck.

        The gorgeous home features a new guest house and both the main home and the guest house enjoy  panoramic views of coastal hills and parks.The property is surrounded by stone terraces, lawns and gardens as well as an outdoor fireplace, barbeque, fountain, spa, and spectacular swimming pool.

        Marilyn Rich of Pacific Union real estate holds the listing.

          Updated: Tech Mogul David Sacks Pays $20M For Home on San Francisco’s Famed ‘Billionaire’s Row’

          Posted by Cristin  |  December 18, 2012  |  4:02 pm  |  Tags: , , , , , , , ,


          David Sacks

          San Francisco, CA

          Most Known For

          Uber-successful tech mogul who was once CEO of Yammer and COO of PayPal

          Home Stats

          17,500 square foot main home and 6,000 square foot guest house, Unfinished interiors



          Tech mogul David Sacks has just paid $20 million for 2845 Broadway Street in San Francisco, making it the one of the most expensive homes ever sold in San Francisco. Sacks and his wife Jacqueline are the proud new owners of the partially-completed home on ‘Billionaire’s Row.’ The estate was previously owned by Peter Sperling, who made his fortune and earned his right to live on the prestigious block by helping build the The University of Phoenix online education empire.

          Sacks and his family will fit right into the neighborhood: earlier this year, he sold his company, Yammer, to Microsoft for $1.2 billion. Prior to Yammer, Sacks was COO at PayPal and founder of, a family tree building and networking site. Just one month after selling Yammer, Sacks predicted “the end of Silicon Valley as we know it.” Perhaps this hunch is what convinced him to settle his young family into the historic Pacific Heights neighborhood, a part of town also enjoyed by nearby residents like the Getty family, Larry Ellison and Marc Pincus.

          Originally listed unfinished for the astronomical price of $65 million, the Sacks’ new home came on and off the market with drastic price chops for the greater part of six years. According to Socketsite, 2845 Broadway was part of a two-parcel site, which also included 2940 Pacific, that was purchased by the Sperlings for $32 million in 2002. The cost of construction for the 17,500 square foot home and 6,000 square foot guest house exceeded $20 million, and the “buzz among local brokers” is that it will cost upwards of $10 million to finish the home. Sacks better dig deep into the Microsoft money to make it happen.


          We had previouly heard buzz among local “in-the-know” brokers that the purchase price would be $34.5 million. This is not the case and our source was incorrect. Public records now show the full purchase price of the home was $20M.

            Luxe Agent Profile: Joel Goodrich of Coldwell Banker Estate Previews International

            Posted by Cristin  |  November 9, 2012  |  3:00 pm  |  Tags: , , , ,

            Joel Goodrich

            San Francisco, CA

            Today we’re pleased to feature Joel Goodrich, an incredibly accomplished and connected San Francisco real estate agent that has sold some of the most incredible and iconic luxury real estate in the City by the Bay.

            Up and down San Francisco’s famed “Billionaire’s Row” and beyond, Joel has listed and sold homes to and for the who’s who of San Francisco society. When he’s not busy selling luxury real estate, Joel fills his time with a myriad interests that include movie production, fashion, interior design and technology. In addition to being stellar agent, Joel is a man about town and has been on 2 best-dressed lists, is a regular at Paris Fashion Week, has been on the Red Carpet at the Grammys and was an executive producer on two indie movies.

            Let’s learn more about Joel and the secrets to his success!

            How did you get your start in real estate?

            My real estate career really took off when I started staging my own properties – I had an orchid collection and would put my orchids and other accessories in my listings, which caught people’s attention, and soon I was getting a lot of calls; I also was very involved in the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce and was President of the Golden Gate Business Association. I also got involved in various charities and soon was mixing in the City’s social circles, which led to a lot of very high end business in listing and selling some of San Francisco’s most iconic properties.

            What sale or career milestone are you most proud of?

            My first $10 million+ sale, representing the buyer of Sharon Stone’s Sea Cliff estate.

            What is your dream home location?

            My dream home location is where I’m at – A Nob Hill Penthouse with incredible views, fireplace and high ceilings- I never planning on leaving! It is in a classic 1920’s Art Deco building and has been featured in 2 publications- one headlined it “Versace Meets Versailles- in the Sky” and the other “The Gilded Life!”

            What kind of car do you drive?

            Mercedes C240. I used to have a sports coupe, but it’s not practical for real estate!

            iPhone, Android or BlackBerry?

            Blackberry. It’s still the quickest and most accurate for email, and I live on my email.

            What site/app do you check first when you wake up?

            I start checking email about 6:30 or 7 (though my phone stays on at night in case of overseas calls), then as soon as I’m caught up, I check the stock market, particularly the companies my clients are invested in.

            What was the last book you read?

            The great architect Andy Skurman’s new book Contemporary Classical- Andy is a good friend and does the most fabulous houses and apartments in the City!

            Name your favorite guilty pleasure.

            Going to the Chanel Show during Paris Fashion Week!

            What’s another fun fact about you?

            I grew up being a competitive figure skater. I started in the Bay Area, then when I was 10 moved to Paris where I trained with the French National Skating Team. I competed for 10 years, then skated professionally in an ice show, then coached for 5 years -my first of 3 careers!

            Take a peek at some of Joel’s listings!

              Apple Exec Debuts iPhone 5, Along With His New $17M SF Estate

              Posted by Vanessa  |  September 17, 2012  |  6:38 pm  |  Tags: , , , , , , ,


              Jonathan Ive

              San Francisco, CA

              Most Known For

              Senior VP of Industrial Design at Apple

              Home Stats

              Five-level, 7,274 square foot, 6-bedroom, 8.5 bath



              Jonathan Ive has had a busy past couple months to say the least! In the wake of the most anticipated tech launches of the year, the senior vice president of industrial design at Apple has reportedly been juggling designing a newer and sleeker iPhone 5, all while closing on a new $17 million San Francisco estate, reports The Wall Street Journal. Given last week’s iPhone 5 release, Ive is surely proud to show off his new project, as well as his fabulous new digs.

              For the past year, it has been rumored that Ive was looking to take his family and head back to his native Britain, however it looks as if this extravagant 7,274-square-foot dream home on San Francisco’s “Gold Coast” may have been reason enough to stick around.

              Located in the sought-after Pacific Heights neighborhood, the estate was originally listed for $25 million as it sits in the city’s most exclusive “Gold Coast” blocks. Built in 1927 and designed by the famous architectural firm Willis Polk & Co. – most known for designing The Palace of Fine Arts, one of San Francisco’s most famous monumental structures– the 6-bedroom, 8.5 bathroom estate offers an elegant, Bay Area escape inside and out.

              The five-level floor plan includes a slate roof and top-level deck with spa and stunning views of the entire city that would take your breath away. The main and lower levels feature large formal rooms, a gourmet kitchen, a bottom-level apartment and a fabulous moss-covered brick garden courtyard. Period-authentic architectural designs are seen throughout the entire space, with antique door fixtures, plaster moldings, windows with stone and oak flooring lining the walk ways to create an authentic ambiance.

              If the views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island and Russian Hill aren’t enough, an elevator, polished-copper chandelier, library, various wood-burning fireplaces, fitness room and bottom-level apartment should give you an idea of the San Francisco luxury Mr. Ive will come home to.

              It’d be no surprise if this stunning home will keep Ive continuing to innovate and design in the Bay Area – at least until the release of iPhone 10.

              Images and details via Sotheby’s.

                Despite A Shrinking Stock Price, Zygna Chief Mark Pincus Buys Big Mansion in San Francisco

                Posted by Cristin  |  August 6, 2012  |  6:47 pm  |  Tags: , , , , , ,

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                Mark Pincus

                San Francisco, CA

                Most Known For

                CEO of Zynga, creator of Farmville, Cityville and other addicting games

                Home Stats

                Four-levels with 7 bedrooms, 6 full baths, and 4 half-baths



                While Zynga’s stock price continues to trade lower and lower, CEO Mark Pincus is trading up his lifestyle. According to sources, Mark Pincus and his wife Alison, co-founder of the delightfully addictive home decor flash sale site One Kings Lane, have just picked up a posh new San Francisco pad. Originally priced at $16.5M, the Pincus family paid $16M for the home in the posh SF neighborhood of Pacific Heights.

                Pacific Heights, or “Pac Heights,” according to locals, is the must-live-in neighborhood for the billionaire set. The Pincus’ new neighbors include Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, the Getty familyUniversity of Phoenix owner Peter Sperling, and dozens of other monied folks.

                The Pincus family has been very active on the San Francisco real estate scene as of late. In late December 2011, they sold an understated San Francisco home in the Cole Valley neighborhood for $1.97M. Also now sold is their stunning, never-lived-in Presido Heights home for $8.2M.

                What could possibly top their former properties? Let’s dig into the details of the new Pincus family playground: built in 1907, and never before been on the market, this Pacific Heights view mansion is a classic piece of San Francisco architecture that has remained in the same family since it was built. Set back from Pacific Avenue for the utmost in privacy, the grand residence is perched on the south side of the 2800 block of ‘Outer Broadway,’ one of only three blocks known as the ‘Gold Coast’ of San Francisco – where the most prestigious homes in all of San Francisco sit and elicit gawks from tourists and locals alike.

                The residence was originally owned by Edwin W. Newhall and the architect for the home, Albert Farr, was renowned in San Francisco and the Bay Area. Today, the historic residence stands as it was – a classic example of Dutch Colonial Revival architecture with shingled facade, period lighting, and myriad diamond divided light windows, plus picture windows that present magnificent Golden Gate Bridge and Bay views. Spanning four levels plus a spacious attic, the home reflects the design of the early 1900s, with grand formal rooms on the main level, a continuous succession of family bedrooms and sitting rooms on the second and third floor, plus original staff quarters and the main kitchen on the basement level. With over 15 main rooms and approximately 11,500 square feet, the home presents a remarkable opportunity to reimagine the interior design for a variety of 21st century lifestyle needs – something Alison Pincus and her One Kings Lane team will likely have no problem perfecting.

                Steve Gothelf of Pacific Union International represented the sellers.

                  San Francisco Renaissance Revival Mansion Seeks Sophisticated Buyer

                  Posted by Cristin  |  May 2, 2012  |  2:09 pm  |  Tags: , , , ,

                  Home Stats

                  8 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms, 2 powder rooms, 12,667 square feet



                  Built in 1904 for the prominent industrialist and financier Julius Mack, this timeless residence of uncompromising elegance from the Beaux-Arts era is gracefully situated on the corner of one of the City’s premier residential blocks in the heart of Pacific Heights, one of the most pricey and elegant neighborhoods in the City by the Bay.

                  With extraordinarily unique architectural features, grand-scale rooms, lovely views of the Bay and City lights, and a wonderful quality of light and openness, this Renaissance Revival-style mansion affords an elegant contemporary lifestyle while enjoying the unforgettable glamour and timeless elegance of another era.

                  This residence’s many amenities include eight bedrooms, seven baths, two powder rooms, seven fireplaces, two libraries, four offices, sitting room, two terraces, formal dining room, kitchen with separate butler’s pantry, ballroom converted into a giant family/entertainment room, and motor court for six to seven cars parking.

                  Joel Goodrich of Coldwell Banker holds the listing and this stunning home was also featured in the San Francisco Chronicle.

                    5 San Francisco Rentals for Ben & Courtney of ‘The Bachelor’

                    Posted by Cristin  |  March 27, 2012  |  4:55 pm  |  Tags: , , , , , , , ,

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                    Bachelor Ben and Courtney

                    San Francisco, CA

                    Most Known For

                    The latest engaged duo from ABC's 'The Bachelor'

                    Home Stats

                    Apartments in San Francisco's Marina District


                    $2,000 - $5,000 a month

                    Cohabitation alert! US Weekly is reporting that ‘The Bachelor’ duo of Ben Flajnik and Courtney Robertson are taking the next step in their relationship – moving in together. The two were spotted hauling boxes into the San Francisco apartment that Ben shares with two roommates in San Francisco’s trendy Marina district.

                    According to the US Weekly inside source, the engaged duo aren’t shacking up with roommates permanently and are eager to find a great place of their own. The insider said “this arrangement is just temporary… they want to get settled in as soon as possible.”

                    So, with the San Francisco rental market on fire, they’ll have a lot of competition for a great place. As a matter of fact, San Francisco is one of the only markets in America where it’s cheaper to rent than buy. And with their brief romance and rocky start, these two lovebirds should stick to a lease. You know…just in case.

                    Here are 5 great San Francisco apartments Ben and Courtney should consider for their next move:

                    3655 Broderick Street – 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom – $3,400 a month

                    Very large 1 bedroom in a great location. The building has an elevator (rare in older San Francisco buildings). The particular apartment is a corner unit with a new kitchen with granite counter tops,  stainless steel appliances,  refinished floors, a separate tub/shower, large closets and new windows.

                    2170 Vallejo Street - 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom – $4,750 a month

                    Impeccably cared for, this 1200+ square foot condo offers customized luxury at its finest. Perched on the North side of Pacific Heights, 2170 Vallejo is ideal for a stroll down into The Marina and Cow Hollow for dinner, or shopping and nightlife on Fillmore Street. This decadent unit is truly a rare find. Features include: One of 2 units on floor 3 with no connecting walls in a 10-unit building, sunny southern exposure with oversized bay windows, Art Deco period detail with modern remodel, recessed lighting, original refinished hardwood floors, 10-foot beamed ceilings, wood-burning fireplace with carved mantle, sleek custom designer gas kitchen with brushed aluminum cabinetry, conceiled fridge and drawers, granite countertops, outfitted with Gannenau oven, hood and range, vintage tiled bathroom featuring deep tub with shower, custom mirrored cabintry with recessed shelving, abundant closet space with double mirrorred doors, linear entry system, elevator in building, permitted street parking, and laundry room in building.

                    2374R Vallejo Street – 2 bedrooms, 1.5 bathrooms – $4,300 a month

                    This property is located in the exclusive Pacific Height neighborhood, but close to the hustle and bustle of Ben’s favorite haunts. It has been completely updated but retains its vintage character. It has panoramic views of the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz. It has granite counters and stainless steel appliances (gas range). Beautiful hardwood floors throughout. Lots of light. The washer and dryer are inside the unit. It is close to public transportation and within walking distance of Union St., Filmore St., Chestnut St. and Alta Vista Park.

                    Pixley Street - 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom – $4,000 a month

                    Top floor, completely remodeled with with old charm and character–the best of both worlds! Gorgeous 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom flat in a quiet, 2 unit building. Newer hardwood floors throughout, high ceilings and lots of windows make the apartment feel open, airy and sunny. Small office desk/nook off the kitchen Almost brand new bathroom with deep, sunken tub. Luxury, eat in kitchen white marble counters, gas oven, dishwasher, ample cabinet and counter space. Overhead lighting throughout and a decorative fireplace in the living room. Rare for San Francisco, a washer and dryer is in-unit. The unit also comes with a shared patio in the back of the building, a storage area in the garage and 2 car tandem parking.

                    3018 Gough Street - 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom – $3,400 a month

                    This is the upper unit flat in a 2-unit building. So spacious that it feels like a single family home. Never before rented,  this flat (officially classified as a condo) has a large kitchen with small eating area next to a free standing gas fireplace. There is a separate laundry room at the far end. Off the kitchen is a large dining room with original hardwood floors and built-in hutch. Along side of the dining room through glass French doors is a huge carpeted living room with gas burning fireplace. The two rear bedrooms are side-by-side and both have refinished original hardwood floors. This flat has loads of natural light with a large skylight at the top of the stairs.

                    Which San Francisco apartment do you think Ben and Courtney should move into?

                      Joe Montana Chops $14M Off Asking Price for Wine Country Retreat

                      Posted by Vanessa  |  January 20, 2012  |  1:41 pm  |  Tags: , , , , ,

                      Joe Montana

                      Calistoga, Ca.

                      Home Stats

                      3 bedroom, 3.5 bath, private pond, full bocce ball and basketball court



                      NFL Hall of Famer Joe Montana is giving all  San Francisco 49er fans a special playoff treat this year: an extra huge price cut off his listed Northern California retreat, Villa Montana. According to Yahoo! Sports, Montana has taken a grand total of $14M off, that’s a 31% discount, and relisted the Calistoga getaway home for $35 million.

                      Originally listed back in 2009 for $49 million, this home is not limited to just 49er fans. Anyone who enjoys basking in California’s wine country sun, takes pleasure in playing bocce ball in the comfort of their home, and/or fancies riding beautiful horses can also live or vacation in this three bedroom, 3/5 bathroom estate.

                      Nearly 10,000 square feet and 500 acres of beautiful Calistoga land makes this home to die for. Complete with an olive farm, full bocce ball and basketball court, an equestrian stable, an exquisite pool and spa, and breathtaking mountain views, you won’t have a problem turning the TV off in this home. (Unless, of course it’s the NFL champion playoff games.)

                      The home also includes a private pond, shooting range and guest house.