Thursday, May 25, 2006

Thinking Inside the Box: Creative California Design

There are indications that the California housing market is cooling. The fact still remains, however, that people looking to buy single family homes in high demand areas will be spending a million dollars, and often settling for something south of the imagined "dream home."

This reality can often lead to creative thinking, and in Redondo Beach, California, creative thinking is taking place inside the box: a 3,000 square foot house built entirely of recycled shipping containers. A similar project is taking place in Victoria, British Columbia; according to my currency converter, the house in Southern California is being built for approximately $135 per square foot. Add on the cost of the designer and then subtract all the benefits of sturdy, environmentally friendly housing, and you've got yourself a bargain. Unfortunately San Francisco is a little short on vacant lots.

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Amy Blakeley
McGuire Real Estate
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Monday, May 01, 2006


1318-1320 Masonic - A Quintessential Haight-Ashbury Craftsman

Entire building offered at $2,099,000
~ OR ~
1318 Masonic offered at $1,340,000 ~ 1320 Masonic offered at $859,000

Sirkin TIC Agreement Available

A stunning 2-unit Craftsman home nestled between Haight Ashbury and Ashbury Heights, offering house-like space and tranquility in the heart of the City. Move-in ready and vacant at close of escrow!

Constructed in 1908, both units have period details and wood-burning fireplaces. The shared deck in the rear is a perfect retreat. An undeveloped basement provides the opportunity for extra storage or the development of a four-car garage.

Set in the historic Haight-Ashbury, 1318-1320 Masonic is bordered by Buena Vista Park, Haight Street, Cole Valley, and Golden Gate Park. The neighborhood offers a balanced blend of elegance and flair which is derived from the area’s colorful past.

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Open House Sunday, May 28th 2-4PM.

For more information on this property or to schedule a viewing appointment, contact me today!

Amy Blakeley
McGuire Real Estate
(415)296-2173 Direct
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