Thursday, September 25, 2008

The Civic Minded

















For as long as I can remember, my grandmother was vehement in her efforts to push city officials and public entities to provide a safe environment for the citizens of St. Louis Park, MN. From unsafe crosswalks to precariously dim-lit parking lots, if Jayne was impacted by it the city heard about it. And fixed it all.


Now you can be Jayne too, with the help of a new website called SeeClickFix. The site gives "power to the community" by allowing the general public to report (See & Click) any safety hazard or nuisance on a Google-based map. Diehards then band together and work collectively to resolve the situation (Fix!). The concept does not necessarily bypass working within San Francisco city's red tape, but rather get people together to be a big enough voice to get themselves heard. Even more, it's entertaining: you can watch the real-time issues get reported, with the help of the sidebar navigator.




Are you ready to buy or sell your home? Contact me today.
Amy Blakeley, REALTOR®
McGuire Real Estate
www.AmyBlakeley.com
ablakeley at mcguire.com

Thursday, July 10, 2008

JUST LISTED: TOP FLOOR VIEW UNIT AT THE PALMS





JUST LISTED
555 4TH STREET UNIT 930
at
THE PALMS



$630,000 ~ Open Sundays, 2-4 and shown by appointment. This top floor 1 bedroom 1 bath condo in the Heart of Soma will be your sanctuary in the City! Upgraded kitchen with Sub-Zero refrigerator and all Bosch appliances. Wonderful outlooks to Soma and AT&T Park. Southern exposure windows make this unit bright and cheery all day long.


The Palms is a hip urban community and a full service building. It offers a 24 hour doorman, concierge service, gym, yoga studio, private movie theater, club room, and a business center. It is just blocks away from the best Soma has to offer, including restaurants, grocery stores, Caltrain and the Google Shuttle.


This unit comes with 1 car deeded parking. Visit the website at http://www.thepalmsunit930.com/ for more information.

Are you ready to buy or sell your home? Contact me today.
Amy Blakeley, REALTOR®
McGuire Real Estate
www.AmyBlakeley.com
ablakeley at mcguire.com

Friday, May 23, 2008

Once a Firehouse, Now a $6 Million Spread

I don't normally post about singular properties, but a $6 million listing in Noe Valley caught my eye. This firehouse built in 1909 was sold by the San Francisco Fire Department in 1959 and used as an artist's studio and residence. Last sold in 2006 for $2,100,000 (under asking), it comes to us now dramatically reformed and doubled in size (6140 sq. feet per MLS, and yes, that's $1038/sq. ft.).




3618 22nd Street [Paragon]




Are you ready to buy or sell your home? Contact me today.
Amy Blakeley, REALTOR®
McGuire Real Estate
www.AmyBlakeley.com
ablakeley at mcguire.com

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Nobody Left California in 2007, Either.

Last year I wrote on the United Van Lines 2006 report, which stated that there was little to no change in California’s population. United Van Lines, the largest household moving company in the United States, released its 2007 annual report on US Migration earlier this month. California's statistics for 2007 came out the same.

The company report on moves across the nation in 2007 stated that North Carolina was the top state for inbound residents for the second year in a row. Nevada also kept its second place slot. The top states for inbound traffic were in the South and the West, the company reports, including Alabama, South Carolina, West Virginia, Oregon, Arizona and Wyoming. Biggest population loser? Detroit, Michigan.

California saw its lowest annual exodus of residents for the 5th straight year. Considering the recent mortgage crisis, record sales declines, and high foreclosure rates in various communities throughout the state, it seems that quite a few people are still staying put.

Interestingly, today the San Francisco Chronicle also released details from the Census Bureau’s 2007 report on how Americans have moved, and noted that Texas (Houston, Dallas, Austin & San Antonio) and Georgia (Atlanta) were the top two states for incoming residents. Both the Chron and United Vanlines reports confirmed that the Southern and Western regions saw the biggest jump in population.

And a bright note… also coming from both reports: New Orleans saw its first year of increased inbound migration since Hurricane Katrina.

Are you ready to buy or sell your home? Contact me today.
Amy Blakeley, REALTOR®
McGuire Real Estate
www.AmyBlakeley.com
ablakeley at mcguire.com

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Esprit Park Model Homes Now Open

Esprit Park will unveil 4 model homes this Thursday, March 20th, beginning at 12 PM. Two of models will be in the South Court, which combines new construction with preserved brick and timber architectual details. The other two models will be North Court units, which are entirely new construction.

One bedroom units at Esprit Park range from the low $600,000's - $900,000's; two bedroom units range from the mid $900,000's - $1,500,000.


Are you ready to buy or sell your home? Contact me today.
Amy Blakeley, REALTOR®
McGuire Real Estate
www.AmyBlakeley.com
ablakeley at mcguire.com

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Many New Developments Now Offering Incentives

Many new developments are currently offering incentives:

Mission Valencia has lowered prices, and is offering up to 6 months prepaid mortgage as well as 2 years of paid HOA
The Arterra is offering 4.125% financing to qualified buyers who purchase units starting at $700,000 and up
The Hayes is offering 4 months prepaid mortgage plus a 1 point buydown on interest rates
Esprit Park has lowered prices, with 1 bedrooms starting at just $595,000, and are now accepting 100% refundable deposits ($3000) on reservations
The Portrero is offering up to 6 months prepaid mortgage as well as 2 years of paid HOA on 1 bedroom units
733 Front Street is still offering a free Moped (!), along with 2 years paid parking in a nearby lot for units that don't included parking within the building.

For more information on these developments or any other San Francisco developments, please contact me.

Amy Blakeley, REALTOR®
Ablakeleyatmcguire.com
(415)296-2173 Direct
www.AmyBlakeley.com