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Old January 7th, 2015, 12:21 PM   #341
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An interesting article:

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San Francisco Loves to Hate the Design of Its Newest Tower

The new design for One Van Ness, which will rise 37 stories at the intersection of Van Ness Avenue and Market Street, is the work of Sn°hetta, the firm that designed the expansion to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (currently under construction). Sn°hetta's chief, Craig Dykers, has become something of a darling in San Francisco, where his firm recently opened an office. With major projects such as SFMOMA and a new stadium for the Golden State Warriors under its belt, Sn°hetta is designing the look and feel of the new San Francisco.

That's a problem for some. Any tower design for San Francisco is bound to touch a sore spot, even a mid-rise. One Van Ness features glass and masonry cladding as well as signature wedge-shaped cutouts: stylistic technical features designed to reduce wind downdrafts, says the San Francisco Chronicle's John King.

Critics have seized on that wedge.



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Old January 14th, 2015, 12:36 AM   #342
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Ex-Cube Farm 100 Van Ness Renting Fast to Tech Worker Bees



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100 Van Ness, the former drab 1970s AAA building that has transformed into a glassy apartment block, is officially open for business. The renovation, led by Solomon Cordwell Buenz, won't wrap up for a few months, but apartments are already going fast. 100 Van Ness started leasing a few weeks ago and is on track to rent out nearly a third of its 400 units by the end of the month. Residents are drawn to the building's copious amenities, which include a 2,300-square-foot fitness center, a bocce court, wine storage, and fantastic views (with the exception of this rather terrible one from apartment 402). The building is drawing plenty of techies who work at nearby tech companies, developer Oz Erickson, chairman of the Emerald Fund, told the San Francisco Business Times.

Although the apartments at 100 Van Ness are fairly modest, the prices reflect the location and long list of amenities. Studios, which range from 439 to 489 square feet, start at $2,600. One-bedrooms from 628 to 849 square feet start in the $3,100s, and two-bedrooms, with 984 to 1126 square feet, begin at $4,400.
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Old January 22nd, 2015, 10:11 PM   #343
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Old February 5th, 2015, 08:14 AM   #344
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Transbay Terminal now above ground and framing up nicely:


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Old February 5th, 2015, 08:17 AM   #345
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399 Fremont, 299 Fremont, 45 Lansing and the recently completed One Rincon Hill North Tower rising above the crane for 181 Fremont:


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Old February 5th, 2015, 08:22 AM   #346
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Old February 6th, 2015, 05:16 AM   #347
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Old February 6th, 2015, 06:13 AM   #348
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Seconded. Where is that Rincon Hill photo taken from?
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Old February 6th, 2015, 07:05 AM   #349
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Seconded. Where is that Rincon Hill photo taken from?
I'm guessing from Millennium Tower.
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Old February 8th, 2015, 05:52 AM   #350
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Some Hayes Valley updates:

400 Grove:



http://www.sfhog.com/hayes-valley-no...n-winter-2015/








450 Hayes:


http://www.sfhog.com/hayes-valley-no...n-winter-2015/


http://www.sfhog.com/hayes-valley-no...n-winter-2015/






http://sf.curbed.com/archives/2013/0...floorplans.php
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Old February 10th, 2015, 04:22 AM   #351
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I much prefer the new design of One Van Ness to the old one. It's also great to see some vertical progress on the Transbay Terminal after years of excavation and underground work. It will now become blatantly apparent to locals that work is actually happening there, which some were apparently doubting.
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Old February 12th, 2015, 08:33 PM   #352
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SFist just posted this incredible video from Carbon Studios. It makes me both excited for all the ongoing construction, and incredibly homesick.

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Old February 24th, 2015, 03:08 AM   #353
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Lumina towers getting shinier by the day:


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Old February 27th, 2015, 11:57 PM   #354
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Coliving Gains Momentum in SoMa with 1532 Harrison Proposal



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Living small in San Francisco often means closing oneself off in a studio or micro-unit. But, as Build Inc. principal Michael Yarne points out, "a lot of people are tired of living alone in a studio." Yarne was speaking at the recent (and provocatively titled) SPUR forum "Tenements for the 21st Century?" at which he and and architect Mark Macy of Macy Architecture presented their proposed coliving project, 1532 Harrison, in western SoMa. The three-building, six-story development, which will be classified as group housing under San Francisco Planning Code, is currently under environmental review. As proposed, it will include 235 private suites between 231 and 253 square feet, clustered around 28 shared living spaces (860-1,003 square feet each). The development seeks to answer an important question, says Yarne: "How to create a building that helps people build community?"

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Old February 28th, 2015, 12:00 AM   #355
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Lumina Lists Penthouse For $49 Million



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On the 41st and 42nd floors of the under-construction Tower B at Lumina, developer Tishman Speyer is marketing a roughly 14,000-square-foot duplex penthouse for an eye-popping $49 million. Listing agent Gregg Lynn of Sotheby's told the Wall Street Journal that the price—which is a goodly $10 million above the most expensive home currently listed on the MLS—is a record for San Francisco. With five bedrooms, five full baths, and two half baths, the mega-penthouse is about the equivalent of eight regular Lumina units, perhaps to the vexation of the rank-and-file millionaires who plunked down more than $2,000 per square foot for a dinky-by-comparison three-bedroom.




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Old February 28th, 2015, 01:52 AM   #356
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$49 Million seems pretty ambitious. This neighborhood is basically just one big construction site, but even when the projects are all done, I don't exactly see the draw of the area for a primary residence. If I'm plopping that money down, it's for a mansion in Russian Hill or Presidio Heights.

I wonder if Tishman is maybe trying to tap into the "sky vault" investor market like the luxury condos in New York?
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Old March 1st, 2015, 07:38 AM   #357
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So how much will these teensy 21st century tenement units sell or rent for?
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Old March 31st, 2015, 11:00 AM   #358
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Photo-Stalking the Rincon Hill Construction Bonanza




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Tech companies, who raise millions of dollars in funding rounds, are now helping raise the San Francisco skyline. New high-rises and office towers are being constructed in the heart of downtown. Bloomberg's Cory Johnson takes a look at the new demand.
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Massive 350-Foot Residential Tower Proposed for Central SoMa



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The Central SoMa boom spurred by rezoning that allows the construction of tall, tall buildings has gotten another boost with the filing of a Preliminary Project Assessment for a 37-story residential tower at the corner of Fourth and Brannan streets. The building would sit right across the street from the Caltrain station and amid a flurry of new activity, including the Flower Mart office towers and a pair of residential towers on what is now the Creamery. The latest proposal soars well above the 250-foot cap for the area and calls for 427 units in a Solomon Cordwell Buenz-designed structure.

The site is currently home to two squat buildings that hold a wine store, a coffee shop and a billboard. All would be demolished. There isn't yet a big name developer like Kilroy Realty or Tishman Speyer, the developers behind nearby projects, attached to this site.
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