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Cow Hollow : Real Estate Advice

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Tue Feb 17, 2015
Cindy Davis answered:
I think this is a legal question...If you are concerned, you should probably call an attorney that specializes in tenant-landlord relations.
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Mon Dec 1, 2014
Next Buyer answered:
To simplify the answer, you can check out a sample of title report at or download a free property report at
Beside a title report, the bank will require you to buy a title insurance before they can fund the mortgage to protect themselves from any ownership and title problems. ... more
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Sun Oct 27, 2013
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Wed Jun 12, 2013
Lance King answered:
Adding on can be prohibitively expensive, especially if you are going up. I would get cost estimates on the expansion and do the math.
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Wed Apr 10, 2013
Helen Yuen answered:
Under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), businesses and certain government buildings are required to take steps to make their buildings accessible to those who are handicapped. Provisions may include elevators, wider doorways that can accommodate wheelchairs and, in certain cases, wheelchair ramps. Certain exemptions are afforded to buildings on the basis of design or historic integrity. The U.S. Department of Justice has established an easy process for reporting problems.

Older buildings before 1990 have no handicap requirements, however, each state or city can make
up their own laws or requirements and enforce them.
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Tue Feb 19, 2013
Jed Lane answered:
I admit that I haven't riden the hound since the early 1970s. The bus station used to be on 7th Street between Market and Mission but it is now at 200 FOLSOM ST. That makes the Embarcadero station closest. ... more
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Wed Feb 13, 2013
Cindy Davis answered:
One good reason is that it costs them money to use credit cards so in essence, they are getting less money...
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Thu Jan 17, 2013
Alina Aeby answered:
Hello there,

This is a good website which will help you plan your itinerary using public transportation:

There are also apps for both iPhone and Droid:

I hope this helps a bit.


Alina Aeby-Broker Associate
Pacific Union International/Christie's
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Mon May 7, 2012
John Arendsen answered:
Well, I'm not a local SFian. But I will tell you as a frequent visitor that the Cow Hollow is one of our favorite areas in the entire city. First and for most it's about the flattest urban area we know of. Most of SF is pretty hilly which is great and we love walking all the neighborhoods.

But Cow Hollow is a very strategic place to launch yourself from to just about anyplace you want to go. From the Cow Hollow Hotel my wife and I can walk the GG Bridge back and forth in the morning and end up at Fisherman's Warf for lunch. From there we can walk through the Italian District to the downtown area of Rush St and end up in China Town for Dim Sum and be back home before dark (summertime).

I know I'm a romanticist but we love SF and we especially love Cow Hollow. In fact if anyone ever wants to trade their flat in Cow Hollow for a neat little beach casita in Leucadia for a few days we're all ears. Were available almost anytime.
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Wed Nov 30, 2011
Laura Mchugh answered:
The buses can be noisy, and parking can be hard. There is meter parking on Union Street, but otherwise you need a parking permit (K) and/or a garage.
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Wed Nov 30, 2011
Laura Mchugh answered:
This area is really safe, pretty, and close to the Bay/Crissy Field. The intersection of Union St and Steiner St is one of many hubs of activity in this neighborhood. The #'s 22, 41, and 45 buses pass by this intersection. It also has many restaurants, bars, wine bars, boutiques, etc nearby. There is also a church on this corner, if you're into that (and this church does NOT have annoying/loud bells, so no worries there!) ... more
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Tue Oct 25, 2011
Trulia asked:
What did you wish you knew before moving here?
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Tue Oct 25, 2011
Trulia asked:
Is this area safe or dangerous? What types of crimes are committed? Are there any intersections or streets that should be avoided?
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Tue Oct 25, 2011
Trulia asked:
Are home prices in Cow Hollow going to appreciate or depreciate? What are the current market conditions for buying or renting?
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Fri Jun 13, 2008
Michael Barron answered:
Hi there Kristian. Have you had this discusssion with your realtor? You might want to. You can price where ytou wnat it but it needs to be in alignment especially for Condos on Union Street

Consult withyour realtor , If you are not happy with the situation you should examine your alternatives

Kind Regard
Michael Barron
First Team Real Estate
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Tue Mar 11, 2008
Jed Lane answered:
Up. The only downward pressure that area will experience wi come from sellers that have to sell and fewer buyers that can qualify for loans.
At the prices and desirability of Cow Hollow that is a very small segment of the market so not much pressure.
Any seller that can has to move and can rent the property until the credit market is stabilized will hold till then. Rents are going up in most areas of SF and the north side is always a strong rental area.

So UP!
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Tue Mar 11, 2008
Jed Lane answered:
Getting up zoned from RH2 to RH3 will depend on many factors. The only way you can find out would be to either research with the planning department and look for information on posible changes that might be coming along. some of the changes being considered as we speak are the Market Octavia plan which could be the template for all density in the residential areas of the city.
There are major changes going on in the city right now with a new planning director and new head of DBI. Redevelopment and other things like the Eastern Neighborhoods rezoning won't affect you in Cow Hollow but the transit corridor planning might. It could be very possible that the best you could do is build a 2 unit building.
The process will be daunting to undertake on your own but start with building a knowledge of your neighborhhods specifics and talk to builders working in the area to find out what the process was for them. Aslo contact architects to get their experience.
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Tue Feb 19, 2008
K Wei answered:

Not the best apartments as far as finishes and quality of workmanship are concerned (IMO). The views from some of the units are nice (#503 is my favorite), but that's about it. Don't go rushing in to buy those penthouse units at a premium either. Get the same thing (again IMO) by buying into the 5th floor.

You're right, location is not phenomenal, but it's not bad either and if you're up in the building, you'll hardly notice.
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Wed Oct 31, 2007
Laury Macauley answered:
Obviously, no one can say for sure where specific prices will go, but your guess is certainly on target with those of many professionals. The California Association of Realtors predicts that 2008 will be the low in the overall CA market and then prices will rise after that. However, that doesn't mean that prices in SF or in any specific community will wait that long to rise. All in all, if you don't need to sell now, I would wait until at least Spring when more buyers will be on the market. Just my 2 cents! ... more
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Tue Oct 16, 2007
Dan Robinson answered:
Clara, here are the elementary school ratings for Foster City and the surrounding areas. The State Rank is determined by a school's API Score in comparison to all other schools in California. (1 is the worst, 10 is the best). An equal number of schools occupy each rank.

San Carlos Elementary School Ratings
* Arundel Elementary rank: 10
* Brittan Acres Elementary rank: 9
* Central Middle rank: 9
* Charter Learning Center rank: 10
* Heather Elementary rank: 8
* Tierra Linda Middle rank: 10
* White Oaks Elementary rank: 10

# Belmont-Redwood Shores Elementary Ratings

* Central Elementary rank: 10
* Cipriani Elementary rank: 9
* Fox Elementary rank: 10
* Nesbit Elementary rank: 8
* Ralston Intermediate rank: 10
* Sandpiper Elementary rank: 10

Redwood City Elementary Ratings

* Adelante Spanish Immersion rank: 7
* Clifford Elementary rank: 8
* Roy Cloud Elementary rank: 9
* Fair Oaks Elementary rank: 1
* Henry Ford Elementary rank: 4
* John Gill Elementary rank: 6
* Hawes Elementary rank: 3
* Hoover Elementary rank: 3
* John F. Kennedy Middle rank: 5
* McKinley Institute of Technology rank: 3
* Newcomer Academy rank: 1
* North Star Academy rank: 10
* Orion Alternative rank: 7
* Roosevelt Elementary rank: 2
* Taft Elementary rank: 2

San Mateo-Foster City Elementary Ratings

* Abbott Middle rank: 7
* Bayside Middle rank: 4
* Baywood Elementary rank: 10
* Beresford Elementary rank: 6
* Borel Middle rank: 7
* Fiesta Gardens International Elementary rank: 5
* George Hall Elementary rank: 5
* Highlands Elementary rank: 10
* Albion H. Horrall Elementary rank: 2
* Laurel Elementary rank: 8
* Meadow Heights Elementary rank: 6
* North Shoreview Elementary rank: 6
* Park Elementary rank: 7
* Parkside Elementary rank: 5
* San Mateo-Foster City Community Day rank: none
* Sunnybrae Elementary rank: 7
* Turnbull Learning Academy rank: 2

You can get further details on the specific schools here:

Dan Robinson
RE/MAX Today
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