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Christina Peyton and Paul De Jesus took their time reimagining a shingled trilevel in Corona Heights. Nine months of planning preceded two years of redevelopment as the pair rebuilt the foundation, modernized the infrastructure and installed a plethora of thoughtful built-ins. “We tried really hard to bring something unique,” Peyton said of 148-152 Saturn St. “We were very careful with the renovation and took the rest of the time to do what we wanted with the building to get it to the standard we wanted.” While reconstructing the foundation, the team excavated the lower level, establishing a one-bedroom unit with an open floor plan in the process.
Mortgage adviser: Liz Bayer. Property type: Single-family home in San Francisco. Appraised value: $2.125 million. Loan amount: $978,000. Loan type: 30-year fixed. Rate: 4 percent. APR: 4.02 percent. Backstory: The Great Recession took its toll on the client, who saw dramatic income declines during the real estate crisis. Incomes varied greatly with swings of more than 20 percent from year to year.
A: An off-market or pocket listing refers to a seller and realtor signing a listing agreement that allows the broker to offer the property for sale, but keeps the information out of the MLS. An off market listing can be attractive to sellers because it potentially offers greater privacy and convenience than an MLS listing - it’s perceived as being easier for the seller - with no For Sale sign, no open houses, no staging, just finding the buyer. It can also be used to price test the market before they seller is ready to commit to a sale. The downside is that an off market listing greatly lessens exposure to other real estate brokers, their buyers and the public.
This wood-shingled condominium is a freestanding cottage located behind a three-unit building. The main level offers an open floor plan and an updated kitchen with marble counters, as well as French doors opening to a private patio. Both bedrooms and a recently renovated bathroom occupy the upper level. Listing agent: Sue Schultes, Paragon Real Estate Group, (415) 307-0153, email@example.com. 1350 Filbert St., Unit A, $1.8 million. Beds: 2 Baths: 1½ Square footage: 1,414 Open home: 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Exposed concrete and an Austrian oak floor finish a great room crowned by a 25-foot tall ceiling in this unit. SieMatic cabinetry and Bosch appliances highlight the kitchen, while Carrara marble flooring finishes the master bathroom. The residence includes a private entrance off Ivy Street. Listing agent: Caroline Kahn Werboff, Sotheby’s International Realty, (415) 999-7407, firstname.lastname@example.org. 450 Hayes St., Unit 1F, $1.55 million. Bed: 1 Baths: 2 Square footage: 1,121 Open home: 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday.
A live/work condo with Venetian-plaster walls, Machiche wood floors and plenty of architectural pedigree has arrived on the market in Berkeley. “The finishes are superior, and the views are optimum,” said Bill Grimason of Marvin Gardens Real Estate, who is listing the two-bedroom for $1.445 million. “I’ve sold a lot of live/work units, and this is the most impressive one I’ve done.” For years the home served as the headquarters of Sheahan + Quandt Architecture & Interiors. The team designed the interior of the home, and Patrick Sheehan also designed the exterior.
Twice a week, The Chronicle features a home on the market that caught our eye for its architecture, history or character. More photos: www.sfgate.com/columns/walkthrough Address: 1 Highland Ave., San Rafael Asking price: $5.285 million Description: Atop 3 acres above the Dominican in San Rafael, the shingled Craftsman has many built-ins and thoughtful inclusions. Panoramic views await in the living room, which is accented by a coffered ceiling, walnut floors and a brick fireplace. Granite counters and stainless steel appliances outfit an updated kitchen that stands beside a family room and breakfast nook.
Twice a week, The Chronicle features a home on the market that caught our eye for its architecture, history or character. More photos: www.sfgate.com/columns/walkthrough Address: 301 Makin Grade, Kentfield Asking price: $4.995 million Description: Sitting on more than a half-acre of terraced land facing Mount Tamalpais, this four-bedroom home offers extensive outdoor spaces and grand luxury. A detached pool house and pool patio stand below the home, and the main residence has built-in features and abundant natural light.
Built in 1931 with walls of local fieldstone, Petty's retreat has mountain and water views across the natural lake from almost every room.
Twice a week, The Chronicle features a home on the market that caught our eye for its architecture, history or character. More photos: www.sfgate.com/columns/walkthrough Address: 15 Sunset Drive, Kensington Asking price: $999,000 Description: Unique design and classical finishes await inside this four-bedroom cabin in Kensington. Set on about a third of an acre that’s studded with redwoods, the residence enjoys a forest setting that complements its architecture. Plaster walls, skylights and hardwood paneling define a rustic interior accentuated by a stone fireplace in the living room.
Warm, welcoming public rooms and serene bedrooms await at this 1930s traditional on the border of Oakland and Piedmont. The rear garden hosts a brick patio and a workshop/art studio/playhouse. Built-ins are found throughout the residence. Listing agent: Jack Cooper, Grubb Co., (510) 339-0400, Ext. 214, jcooper@ grubbco.com. 80 Florada Ave., $2.095 million. Beds: 5 Baths: 4 Square footage: 3,248 Open home: 2 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday.
Twelve- to 15-foot ceilings await inside this trilevel residence that frames views of downtown, the waterfront and the East Bay hills. The home includes high-tech amenities like Sonos sound, a Tesla charger and motorized blinds. Listing agent: Dan Slaughter, Vanguard Properties, (415) 531-2800, danslaughter@vanguard sf.com. 625 Grand View Ave., $3.595 million. Beds: 4 Baths: 3½ Square footage: 2,765 Open home: 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Twice a week, The Chronicle features a home on the market that caught our eye for its architecture, history or character. More photos: www.sfgate.com/columns/walkthrough Address: 462 Michigan Ave., Berkeley Asking price: $1.95 million Description: There are bay views from all the main level’s public rooms in this recently remodeled four-bedroom home. The kitchen has a Thermador range and a center island with bar seating, and the adjacent dining room opens to a redwood deck overlooking the backyard and bay. The living area has a fireplace in a floor-to-ceiling surround, and the family room opens to a covered deck.
A 1909 Julia Morgan perched on a hill in Vallejo took his breath away.
Twice a week, The Chronicle features a home on the market that caught our eye for its architecture, history or character. More photos: www.sfgate.com/columns/walkthrough Address: 25 Glen Alpine Road, Piedmont Asking price: $6.85 million Description: Privacy and elegance abound at this expansive four-bedroom compound set amid mature landscaping, vegetable gardens, fruit trees and entertainment spaces. Both the living and dining rooms boast soaring ceilings, built-ins and walls of windows, while the chef’s kitchen includes a 60-inch Wolf range and a walk-in pantry with cherry counters.