Celebrate Summer at the 33rd Annual Fillmore Jazz Festival

Art and soul converge on Fillmore Street over the Independence Day weekend. From sunup to sundown, visitors can enjoy live music from multiple stages, browse the offerings of over 12 blocks of fine art and crafts and enjoy gourmet food and beverages. Asian to Cajun, paintings to pottery, old favorites and new directions, the Fillmore Jazz Festival is not to be missed.   more...

Property Tax Relief for Seniors

A little known provision of the property tax law is of enormous benefit to San Franciscans age 55 or older. Since its passage decades ago, California’s Proposition 13 has greatly limited property tax increases until property ownership is changed. Two additional provisions, Prop 60 and Prop 90, were added to make it much easier — from a property tax perspective — to downsize later in life.   more...

For those of us who love libraries…

Peter Marino Transforms an Uptown Residence.   more...

Beautiful New Design Plans Revealed for Francisco Park on Russian Hill

Exciting new design plans have been released for the future Francisco Park on the site of the old Francisco Reservoir. The plans call for sweeping view terraces, a children's park, dog run, Historic Art & Education Center, a community garden and lots of open space. The thoughtful layout contains multiple areas of flowering trees & plants connected by natural paths containing smartly designed walls, benches and plazas. Once completed, Francisco Park will be a wonderful addition to the City’s north side!   more...

Dutch Master at the San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2017

Sausalito interior designer Martin Kobus makes his second impressive appearance at the San Francisco Decorator Showcase, now celebrating its fortieth year. He has created a brilliant homage to the Dutch Bibioltheek (library) and modern art technology. Kobus' dramatic room effortlessly mixes eras and style periods, and dazzles with a superbly controlled dream-like effect of great originality.   more...

Sotheby's Sells Record $71 Million Diamond

On April 4, Sotheby’s set a new record for any diamond or jewel when The Pink Star, a 59.60-carat oval fancy vivid pink internally flawless diamond, sold for US$71.2 million, more than double the previous record for a fancy vivid pink diamond.   more...

Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi List Santa Barbara Villa for $45 Million

The Wall Street Journal recently announced that beloved stand-up comedian, television show host, bestselling author, and Emmy Award winner Ellen DeGeneres and her wife, Australian–American actress Portia de Rossi, have listed their storied Santa Barbara, California estate for $45 million USD.   more...

Tour a Modern Tribeca Penthouse Triplex

This generous Tribeca triplex combines the most desirable elements of loft and townhouse living in a distinctly modern retreat. Originally developed during the Colonial era, 49 Murray Street spans approximately 4,600 square feet on three separate levels.   more...

The Sotheby’s International Realty Brand Achieved $95 Billion in Global Sales Volume for 2016

Sotheby's International Realty Affiliates LLC today reported that in 2016 its affiliated brokers and sales professionals achieved approximately $95 billion in global sales volume, the highest annual sales volume performance in the history of the brand, driven largely by a brand record of over 127,000 transactions.   more...

The Coolest Eco-Friendly Homes on the Market Right Now

Tour eco-friendly homes around the globe, including an incredible 2015 HOBI award winning ‘BEST CUSTOM HOME’ with water views in Greenwich, Connecticut.   more...

Contemporary Art and Design Highlights For Your Home

Sotheby’s France’s NOW! sale will take place in Paris on 23 February. The NOW! selection provides novices and seasoned collectors with carefully curated pieces to choose from. Explore the sale and find the perfect piece.   more...

Extraordinary Properties: Form & Function

Architecture that challenges the norm has the power to turn heads, but innovative design fueled by functionality transforms lives. Explore seven homes with dramatic and innovative designs.   more...

10 Most Popular Properties of 2016

Millions of people visited homes all around the world on sothebysrealty.com in 2016. Back by popular demand, we present the 10 most viewed properties from last year.   more...

The Woolworth Tower Remains a New York Downtown Classic

On 24 April 1913, with the flip of a switch from inside the White House, President Woodrow Wilson officially illuminated the Woolworth Building, thus inaugurating the world’s tallest construction. Today, just over a century after its completion, this National Historic Landmark is experiencing a rebirth.   more...

For Those Who Love Ultra-Modern, A Reimagined Victorian in Alamo Square

Incredible design and attention to detail are at the forefront of this dramatic contemporary home with stunning views across San Francisco.   more...

Luxury Real Estate Headlines: Week of January 23rd, 2017

Highlights from last week’s top news stories on luxury real estate, including mega mansions in Greenwich Village.   more...

Sotheby's International Realty Launches Apple TV App

Sotheby’s new Apple TV® app allows consumers to gain access to Sotheby’s extensive video library and watch HD streams of nearly 50,000 properties represented by the Sotheby's brand worldwide.   more...

THE LEADING 100!

The Luxury Marketing Council of San Francisco and San Francisco magazine in partnership with the Real Trends organization recently named Rebecca Schumacher to The Leading 100 for 2016. This list recognizes the top performers in Bay area residential real estate sales based on exceptional results and personal performance. Our congratulations to all of the agents named in The Leading 100 for their outstanding professionalism and dedication to our industry.

THE PACIFIC IN SAN FRANCISCO MAKES ITS FIRST SALE AT $3,750/SQ FT

The Pacific is San Francisco's newest and most highly anticiapted ultra-luxury building. News of the first recorded sale is announced in August 29th issue of The Registry.   more...

S.F. LUXURY MARKET TAKES A HIT AS TECH BUYERS AND FOREIGN INVESTORS PULL BACK

It looks like the full-steam-ahead San Francisco market is finally slowing down, with overall inventory rising to levels not seen since 2012, when the market was still recovering from the financial meltdown of 2008, according to Redfin data. The segment of the market taking the hardest hit seems to be the luxury market, where the typical buyers (namely tech and foreign investors) are taking a step back, said Redfin agent Miriam Westberg, who specializes in high-end sales.   more...

London's Brexit Pains Could Mean Gains for American Luxury Real Estate

With Britain now seeking to end its membership in the European Union, US luxury real estate analyists are anticipating that overseas investors in the London market will sell their properties and take their money stateside.   more...

Market Report: First Half 2015 & Looking Ahead

Frustrated buyers, overjoyed sellers – that sums up this year so far. The market for residential real estate in San Francisco remains characterized by fierce overbidding and escalating prices with no end in sight.   more...

First Half 2015 & Looking Ahead

Frustrated buyers, overjoyed sellers – that sums up this year so far. The market for residential real estate in San Francisco remains characterized by fierce overbidding and escalating prices with no end in sight.   more...

PLEASE VOTE NO ON PROP G

On November 4th, San Franciscans will be asked to vote on Prop. G. The politicians behind Prop. G may have meant well, but in reality, the measure is so deeply flawed and so riddled with loopholes that it will make the housing problem worse. Prop. G is a massive new tax on housing, the costs from which can be passed on in total to new owners and new tenants. Making housing in San Francisco even more expensive is not the way to make housing in San Francisco more affordable.   more...

2013: The Year and Looking Ahead

was unquestionably a record-setting, stellar year for San Francisco residential real estate. Citywide we enjoyed a complete recovery and exceeded all previous highs set at the end of 2007. 2013’s median sale price in single family houses was up 20.4% over 2012 and up 10.2% for condos/co-ops/TICs. Days on market plummeted over 34% as offer dates were set on most properties. Nearly 35% of all properties sold for over the list price, with the average sales price at 4.4% over list. We are experiencing extreme inventory shortages, and while Spring should bring new listings, the   more...

ART SANDWICHED IN AT FOG DESIGN+ART

Join the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art's Modern Art Council on the go as we delve into the world of design at FOG Design+Art, the city's newest modernism fair, featuring prominent 20th-century and contemporary design dealers and a selection of leading modern and contemporary art galleries. In collaboration with the FOG Design+Art Steering Committee, we invite you to enjoy a delicious breakfast in a private design lounge, followed by an explorative panel discussion with leading members of the design and architecture community.   more...

Second Half, 2012

What a difference a year makes! After the steady decline in values that began as a result of the financial crisis and Lehman collapse, San Francisco’s residential property values rose steadily throughout all of 2012, gaining nearly 10% year over year. Values now approach mid-2008 levels, down only slightly from the 2007 peak. Demand remains strong and inventory is scarce.   more...

First Half, 2012

The market was so strong in the First Quarter of this year that there was not a moment to devote to summarizing what was happening while trying to ride the crest of a big wave. Consequently, this Report covers the entire First Half of 2012.   more...

Fourth Quarter, 2011

2011 has proved to be a year of contrasts - and the year has nearly 6 weeks remaining at the time of this writing. Netting out the contrasting elements, here are some of my personal observations:   more...

Fourth Quarter, 2010

Let's talk results: 2010 proved to be a relatively stable year for San Francisco's north side real estate market. These superb neighborhoods all showed slight fluctuations, with the overall trend resulting in an approximately 2% rise in property values over the last year. We have now regained over half of what was lost in value due to the financial sector's crisis that hit in 2008.   more...

Third Quarter, 2010

We are in the midst of the third quarter of 2010, and the biggest news is today's ultra-low mortgage interest rates. A "jumbo conforming" 30-year fixed loan (up to a loan amount of $729,500) is now priced at under 4.5%! A jumbo 30-year fixed loan (higher loan amounts) is priced approximately one percent higher.   more...

First Quarter, 2010

The recovery continues - the First Quarter of 2010 was strong in all San Francisco residential property price ranges, and that momentum is even more evident in April. All economic indicators of our local real estate market continue to improve. We now have very modestly rising home prices, fewer days on market, many multiple offers, and improved inventory accompanied by strong demand.   more...

Third Quarter, 2009

Reflecting on the third quarter of 2009, it is clear that San Francisco real estate experienced a bounce off the bottom of the market as buyers returned in earnest. Buyers now realize that the market recovery in San Francisco has not just begun-it also appears to be sustainable.   more...

Second Quarter, 2009

The buyers are back. Properties in San Francisco’s best neighborhoods were not selling during the first quarter of this year, but that has changed. Coinciding with the Spring season, the buyers stepped forward, acknowledging the general consensus that our market has seen its bottom — especially in District 7 (Marina, Cow Hollow, Pacific Heights and Presidio Heights) and Russian Hill.   more...

Fourth Quarter, 2008

Always committed to discussing the City’s real estate market in unvarnished terms, we now share with you our fourth quarter San Francisco assessment. Clearly macro economic events have had an impact on our wonderful city and its high end properties.   more...

Third Quarter, 2008

Today is July 11th, and I must admit that I have been dragging my feet in writing my Q3 market commentary.   more...

Second Quarter, 2008

San Francisco’s residential housing market continues to defy gravity. When most of the nation and some of the Bay Area is feeling the impact of the credit crisis to varying degrees, our desirable neighborhoods continue to prosper. The first quarter of this year saw a continuation of residential property appreciation in both single family homes and condominiums/TICs.   more...