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This House Cray: The Fairmont's Gingerbread House

Asking Price: A life's worth of cavities 

Year built: 2013

This House Cray: 2520 Pacific

Asking Price: $27M

Year built: 1905

Photos: 38 Dolores Grand Opening Celebration

Some of San Francisco's top architects and developers welcomed VIPs, apartment-hunters, politicians, and press to the ribbon-cutting and celebration of one of the city's newest addresses—38 Dolores in the red-hot Castro/Mission districts.

Arc Light Co.: Your Green Oasis In San Francisco's South Beach Neighborhood

The visionaries behind the architectural transformations at Mint Plaza continue their penchant for stunning-yet-sustainable design with a new collection of condos in one of the city's sunniest and most celebrated neighborhoods—and have managed to become San Francisco's very first residential project to be certified Gold by Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED™) For Homes Mid-Rise.

Open House Alert! Four Definitions of "Modern" Just Over the Bridge

 Open House Alert! Four Definitions of "Modern" Just Over the Bridge

There's a lot of good Mid-Century architecture in the suburbs around San Francisco. We've left out the usual suspects— tract houses by Joseph Eichler— and here are three in Marin County from the period plus one completely new house worth seeing. All are open on Sunday, fairly close to the Golden Gate Bridge and each other.

Real Estate Report: The Perfect Kitchen For Holiday Entertaining, No. 1

If you're like us, you've been looking around your kitchen, thinking about the holidays, and wondering how you're going to pull it off. This week we'll be looking at entertaining-ready kitchens that you may not find under the tree but can still go on your wish list. First up, some rare Streamline Moderne in San Francisco's Noe Valley.

The Basics: A 3-bed, 3.5-bath house built in 1938 and beautifully renovated in the past few years. Asking $3.3M, it's been on the market for three months. We looked at it last March 2011 just before the current owners purchased it for $3.2M. Change in plans?

Real Estate Report: Darkly Vintage Classic in San Francisco's Tendernob, $895K

In the Tendernob— on the edge of one of San Francisco's "polite" neighborhoods and one of its seedier ones, close to Union Square and downtown— this vintage classic is on the market.

The Basics: a 2-bed, 2-bath condominium in a 1913 building and in quite good shape, with a renovated but still "vintage" kitchen. On the market forty days and asking $895K, down from $948K. No garage in the building, leased parking is available for $280 a month, plus HOA dues of $798 a month.

Esprit Park's Gorgeous Housing Development Ignites the Spark of the Dogpatch

It's no secret that the Dogpatch is one of the most up-and-coming neighborhoods in our dear city. Not long ago, the Dogpatch was a place people came to work–not necessarily a place to hang around, drink and eat. Now, it's the future home of Magnolia Pub's new brewery, Sutton Cellars' wine tasting venture, Michael Recchiuti's new cafe and a major revitalization of the Pier 70 area. That's not even considering all the delicious eateries and wine bars already packing the area.

Real Estate Report: Open Sky Views and Walls of Glass in this SOMA Penthouse, $1.199M

Not everyone's image of San Francisco living, but this condo is only a block from the Embarcadero, Pier 30 and the planned America's Cup Village, the ballpark, and South Beach Park.

The Basics: A 2-bed, 2-bath, 2-parking space condominium on the top floor of 200 Brannan Street in San Francisco's South Beach neighborhood, asking $1.199M, on the market almost two months, and just went "pending" a few days ago. Monthly HOA dues are $650.00. 

Real Estate Report: Kensington 6-Bedroom, $1.65M

Once the home of an eminent UC Berkeley English professor, this c.1933 house has a host of places for your extended library.

The Basics: A  6-bed, 3-bath, 2 .5-bath house in Kensington, an incorporated village just north of Berkeley, and on the market a week. Hidden from the street by shrubbery, the house is arranged around a courtyard and has a swimming pool. Asking $1.650M.

Not So Basic: What the realtor is calling a master bedroom is actually a huge skylit space, lined with custom file cabinets and bookcases,  plus the original tongue-and-groove ceiling and exposed beams. An office big enough for a professor and a few grad students, from days when everything was on paper.

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