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Amazing Joe Montana ranch property in play: See the $29 million Napa villa

San Francisco 49ers great Joe Montana is selling a distinctive 500-acre Napa Valley villa for $28.9 million. BY DAVID CARACCIO San Francisco 49ers great Joe Montana is selling a distinctive 500-acre Napa Valley villa for $28.9 million. The equestrian estate in Calistoga, California, was inspired by his and his wife Jennifer’s travels in Italy and France during breaks in the NFL legend’s career, according to the ...more

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Russian Hill home once owned by ‘Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde’ creator’s widow asks $13.8M

Willis Polk mansion comes with a stained-glass window depicting the ship featured in Robert Louis Stevenson’s “Treasure Island.” By Brock Keeling@BrockKeeling  Jun 14, 2019, 10:49am PDT Shortly after losing her husband, the noted writer Robert Louis Stevenson, Fanny Osbourne Stevenson, herself a magazine writer, commissioned Willis Polk to design this Mediterranean- and Tudor-style mansion near the top of Russian Hill. The circa-1900 home, located at 2323 Hyde (any similarity to Strange Case of ...more

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5 LEED-Certified Homes for Guilt-Free Luxury Living

Emile L’Eplattenier|June 7, 2019 There are a ton of people out there who still associate healthy with bland and boring. There’s just something about a pan-seared rib eye that tofu can’t match. When it comes to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified homes, many buyers have similar misconceptions. In some buyer’s minds LEED and luxury are polar opposites. Just more tofu and kale ...more

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Two-fer features luxury apartment-selling and art fund-raising

Leah Garchik April 29, 2019 Updated: April 29, 2019 11:46 a.m. There we were, Champagne glasses in hand, in a two-bedroom apartment on the 55th floor, pretty much on top of the 802-foot-tall luxury apartment house at 181 Fremont St., admiring the view of the hills, the bay and the behemoth Salesforce Tower just across the street, wondering whether if we had $15.5 million, we, too, could splash ...more

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The 181 Fremont Raises SF Leaders to New Heights

April 30, 2019 Less than a minute On April 24, the 181 Fremont residence kicked off its Philanthropy Awards series by honoring Illuminate, the organization behind some of San Francisco’s most well-known public light installations — think The Bay Lights at the Embarcadero, and nightly display of light on the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park. A collaboration between the East Cut Compass development and Jay ...more

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Who’s Really Buying Property in San Francisco?

ALEXIS C. MADRIGAL A lot of software developers, according to an unprecedented new analysis. There has never been a town like the one San Francisco is becoming, a place where a single industry composed almost entirely of rich people thoroughly dominates the local economy. Much of the money that’s been squished out of the rest of the world gets funneled by the internet pipes to ...more

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Housing prices drop in tech-heavy counties

Runaway Bay Area housing prices — fueled by strong employment and scarce inventory — have started stalling in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties, hinting that even well-salaried professionals have had enough. Resale home prices dropped year-over-year in February in Santa Clara County by 16 percent and in San Mateo County by nearly 6 percent, according to a report released Thursday by real estate data ...more

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Bay Area’s largest real-estate firm? It’s a New York startup | News | Palo Alto Online

Compass, the venture-funded real-estate startup that launched its first office in the local market just over two years ago, became the Bay Area’s largest residential brokerage firm this month after acquiring Peninsula powerhouse Alain Pinel Realtors for an undisclosed amount on March 9. The deal will nearly double Compass’ Bay Area headcount by bringing on board 1,300 agents from Alain Pinel, a company whose sales ...more

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With Alain Pinel buyout, Compass could become Bay Area’s biggest real estate brokerage

The current issue of Gentry magazine has a two-page ad with the headline “Big Brother or Real Estate Brokerage?” The copy reads: “Some brokerages use your information to make money on more than just real estate and mortgage transactions. We don’t. Your data is yours. Our job is to safeguard it. Period.” The ad is for Alain Pinel Realtors. The unidentified “Big Brother” is Compass, ...more

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Compass came from nowhere to become the Bay Area’s biggest residential brokerage

Two years ago, residential real estate brokerage Compass Real Estate had no Bay Area presence to speak of. But following a blistering run of acquisitions that included technology platforms and their biggest competitors in high-end residential real estate, Compass has become the Bay’s largest residential brokerage with 3,000 agents and nearly 100 local offices, the company said this week. Their latest acquisition of a former ...more

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