Van Ness Neighborhood News


  • 2 Bedrooms / 2 Baths
  • Square Feet: 1,091
  • List Price: $1,050,000

This two bedroom, two bathroom condo has a split floor plan with an open layout and views of San Francisco's City Hall. The spacious U-shaped kitchen has a large breakfast bar, maple cabinetry, and stainless steel appliances including a gas range. Designer upgrades include hardwood floors, an in-unit washer/dryer, newer paint, and custom fixtures; 1-car parking in the building’s garage is available for lease. Click on the arrow for more photos!

Click here for more information and photos.


1000 Van Ness Ave, where the AMC is located, is formally called the Don Lee Building and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places in San Francisco.

It is the largest and one of the three most architecturally significant automobile showrooms on San Francisco's historic Auto Row-- the name for Van Ness in the first half of the twentieth century, when it was lined with automobile showrooms and dealerships.

Much of Van Ness was intentionally demolished during the 1906 earthquake and fire, to create a fire break. When the street was rebuilt, San Francisco was at the beginning of a car boom — in about a decade, the city went from having 25 cars total to having more than 25 car dealerships.

Within this increasingly competitive field, manufacturers quickly learned the marketing power of showrooms. They understood that the architecture of the showroom was just as important as its primary role: as a place to display, store, and repair automobiles. In an era in which smaller automobile manufacturers were being weeded out, larger manufacturers aimed to...


A proposal to revitalize Austin Alley as part of the Polk Streetscape project has just been released.

Current plans include 9 new trees & an elevated plaza near Polk Street that would include café-style seating.

The Lower Polk Neighbors Organization's mission for this project is that:

"The Lower Polk Alleyways District Vision Plan represents a set of guidelines and planning goals for improvements to a pedestrian-prioritized area of the city that is defined by the Alleyways in order to create a high-quality, people-focused network within the dense urban grid of the City of San Francisco."

This would be an incredibly exciting pedestrian-friendly addition to those who live and work in the Van Ness neighborhood!

source: Hoodline


From the SFMTA website:

The SFMTA is seeking applications to fill vacated seats on the Van Ness Business Advisory Committee (Van Ness BAC).

The Van Ness Business Advisory Committee is made up of representatives from a diverse cross-section of Van Ness project corridor businesses. Members act as the voice of the community and provide recommendations and advice on how staff can best work with local businesses during construction of the Van Ness Improvement Project to bring out the character that has made this vital thoroughfare one of the city’s grand avenues.

The Van Ness Business Advisory Committee meets monthly on third Thursdays and operates independently from the Van Ness Bus Rapid Transit Community Advisory Committee, focusing on the impact the project has on local businesses.



Mel’s Drive-in at Van Ness Ave & Geary is the third in the franchise, opening in 1998. Mel’s Drive-In was made famous when its original location at 140 South Van Ness was featured in the George Lucas film “American Graffiti.” Built in 1947, it really was a drive-in, a style of restaurant had become very popular in southern California, where the warm weather made eating in your car comfortable year round. Mel's was one of the few drive-ins in northern California, and it was, and is, a huge success.

Today Mel’s serves as a late night diner for the neighborhood, and is an iconic place to grab a bite after catching a movie at the AMC 14 Van Ness Theatre, or a show at The Great American Music Hall, The Fillmore, or...


Van Ness Avenue has no shortage of cars and dealerships. But if you ever want to just admire without being pressured to buy, the Academy of Art Automobile Museum features rare and classic vehicles for the study of automotive design, and is open to the public. Located on the corner of Van Ness Ave and Washington Street.

Admission is $15 for adults, but proceeds are donated to the Boys and Girls Club and Rotary Club.

Tour times are:

  • Tuesdays from 11 AM to 1 PM
  • Thursdays from 2 PM to 4 PM

Find out more at


The Hub Project is the name of the redevelopment proposals at Market St and Van Ness Avenue.

The Planning Department has already renamed this area to create a neighborhood called The Hub District, which they say the area was called in the 1880’s through the 1950’s, when cable car lines converged here.

Developers for the proposed two 41-story towers to rise up to 420 feet above the Honda dealership at 10 South Van Ness Avenue, have refined their plans to include 984 units of housing (a roughly 25 percent increase from the originally proposed 767 units) and a parking garage with 518 spaces (up from 275 parking spaces originally proposed.) They have a backup plan drafted for a single tower which still accommodates all this.

These plans take advantage of the new height allowances given by the city to developers of The Hub....


The SF Planning Commission just approved a $400M condo building to be named One Oak at the corner of Van Ness Ave & Market St.

Debates were waged over how many parking spaces the building would be allowed to have at one of the busiest intersections in the city, with ample public transportation.

While a ratio of .25 parking spaces to 1 resident had been agreed on by the city & planners, the new project won out w/ a .45 ratio, which means they will be granted 76 parking spaces, despite deep objections by the neighborhood association.

One of those objections is that this will set a precedent for two other proposed towers at the same intersection, but the developer argued that the parking space ratio is still lower than any other similar building in SF, and that it is needed to convince investors to fund the proposal.

The One Oak project will include 304 condos, 94 units of off-site affordable housing, and a 6,000-square-foot plaza.


sf pride.jpg

More than any other city in the world, San Francisco is known for its LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer, and others) activism and culture.

June is Pride Month, a time to celebrate this community’s difficult and extraordinary past and present. It is also a time to come together as a community to support each other and diversity in all of its many wonderful forms.

The month of June is recognized as Pride Month to pay homage to the Stonewall Riots of June 28th, 1969. The riots began when police raided the Stonewall Inn, a popular queer bar in New York City. These raids were frequent and savage, but what set this raid apart was that this time the patrons of the Stonewall fought back, sparking what is considered to be the first major LGBTQ+ rights demonstration in the United States.

Less than 10 years later, San Francisco elected Harvey Milk, the first openly gay politician in California, who sat on the Board of Supervisors in 1978 until his assassination the same year, along with Mayor George Moscone. He nickname was the “Mayor of Castro Street,” and the...


  • 2 Bedroom / 2 Bath
  • Sq Ft: 1,316
  • # of Parking Spaces: 1

This gorgeous condo has been freshly painted and features a 1,316 sq. ft. open floor plan with floor-to-ceiling windows and plenty of natural light. Amenities include n in-unit washer and dryer, 24-hour doorperson, fitness center, hot tub, and a sauna.


Eskabo Daan Filipino Martial Arts School offers donation-based self-defense courses in the Van Ness neighborhood!

The program is run by My Occupational Defense Inc. Here's how they describe it:

“Self Defense for the People is a unique program for everyone who wants to learn street-smart self defense to protect themselves, their loved ones, and their peers. We believe de-escalation and verbal self defense are just as important as physical defense techniques.

Classes are taught in an simple and effective manner for all people regardless of fitness level or age. No prior experience in self defense is required. This is a program that provides experienced instructors and lessons in a nurturing and supportive space.”

They suggest a $10 donation per class for those who are able to contribute, but no one is turned away for lack of funds.

Classes are drop-in and weekly on:

  • Mondays: Women Only Self Defense Class at 5:30pm
  • Wednesdays: Coed Self Defense Class at 5:30pm

Their address is 1475 Polk St #11 (second floor, above Star...


As the construction on Van Ness Avenue continues, we want to keep you up to date on what it’s all about and attempt to simplify the information SFMTA is giving out.

The Van Ness Improvement Project has three main goals

1) speed up bus service all along Van Ness (this project is called Bus Rapid Transit)

2) improve pedestrian safety

3) update the water and sewage systems beneath the road

Construction is expected to last until late 2019, so settle in. However, the city has promised to make every effort to maintain traffic flow during construction, which means that much of the current phase will be executed between 10pm and 5am. They also plan to work with business owners along Van Ness to ensure deliveries aren’t interrupted.

Some of the major changes they plan to implement include:

  • public transit only lanes, physically separated from the other lanes with bus shelters
  • enhanced traffic signals (meaning that they will wait to turn red for a few seconds if a bus is approaching an intersection)
  • safety enhancements for...

The Regency Center is a multi-use events venue originally built in 1909 as a masonic lodge. It is an architectural marvel and full of freemasonry symbols. SFGate reports on it:

"Among the symbology embedded in its walls are the maned lion's head, an icon thought to represent the sun and rebirth, as well as the double-headed phoenix, which as Garrett says, is likely a nod to the idea of drawing illumination from destruction."

Find out at more from the original article, here.

The Regency Center consists of three spaces:

  • The largest and most famous is the Regency Ballroom, pictured above, (with its own website) featuring primarily rock concerts (previous guests have included Bad Religion and Chance the Rapper) but other types of music concerts as well. It can hold up to 1400 people.
  • The Lodge space...

Twice a year Urban Air Market comes to Hayes Valley with over 130 vendors, live music, and interactive art. They will kick off their 2017 season with their SPRING show on Sunday, May 7th from 11am-6pm.

Featuring one-of-a-kind goods from local and sustainable designers and artisans, it's the perfect spot to hang with your BFF, dog, or your mom! (Mother's Day IS right around the corner, *winkwink*)

Enjoy performances by local musicians, try delicious street food, and/or strike a pose in the VW photo booth, Das Bus. (Don’t forget to share your lovely pics with us by tagging @urbanairmarket and with the hashtag #urbanairmarket!) Attendees can also get their DIY on by taking part in a “Re-Fashion” workshop with Fashion Revolution or meet-and-greet with the Hayes Valley Neighborhood Association.

Urban Air Market: Hayes Valley is FREE to attend and will take place along Patricia’s Green Park on Octavia St. at Hayes St.

Check them out on Facebook here



  • List Price: $499,900
  • Studio / 1 Bath
  • Sq Ft: 398
  • # of Parking Spaces: 1

This contemporary studio is in the refined urban residential building Symphony Towers, centrally located near San Francisco’s cultural center with easy access to public transportation, freeways, and tech shuttles. The kitchen has granite countertops and stainless steel appliances including a Miele oven. There is a beautifully installed Murphy bed with a wall closet and cabinets for storage. The bathroom is spacious with an attractive limestone countertop and a shower over a tub. An in-unit Bosch washer and dryer and deeded 1-car parking complete the home; current HOA dues are $501 per month. A must see home in the heart of the city.


Local architecture firm Ian Birchall & Associates has submitted plans to construct either five stories or nine stories of fresh housing at the corner of Van Ness and Pacific in Pacific Heights.

Both applications call for a complete demolition of the current five-story, 53-foot-tall building at 2101 Van Ness Ave., which currently houses Happy Donuts and office space above.

One of the proposals seeks to construct a five-story, 50-foot-tall replacement with 35 residential units. Thirty-one units would be one-bedrooms, four would be two-bedrooms and seven of the units (20 percent) would be affordable. The plans also include two ground-floor retail spaces totaling 2,101 square feet, 17 ground-floor parking spaces and 68 bicycle parking spots for residents.

With the property currently zoned for development of up to 80 feet, the alternate proposal seeks to take advantage of the State Density Bonus Law to construct a nine-story, 84-foot-tall residential building with 48 units divided equally between one- and two- bedroom dwellings. Like the...


List Price: $899,900

2 Beds / 2 Baths

Sq Ft: 1,149

# of Parking Spaces: 1

This rarely available, spacious 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom corner condo is offered at an amazing price. With some TLC, this 1,149 sq. ft. home (per tax records) will be stunning. In-unit laundry, parking and storage are included. Daniel Burnham Court is located in one of the best and vibrant areas of San Francisco, in the Van Ness/Civic Center neighborhood and directly across from the brand new CPMC Hospital. The building features a professionally managed on-site HOA office, 24-hour doorperson, heated outdoor pool, spa, and fitness center. With a Walk Score of 99, it is close to public transportation, tech buses, shops, restaurants and nightlife. Do not miss this opportunity!!!


Plans to raze the Pacific Heights Auto Body shop at 1675 Pacific Avenue and the perennially cursed restaurant space at 2050 Van Ness Avenue, on the southeast corner of Pacific, across from the blessed Steakhouse of Harris, have been in the works for two years.

Yesterday, the formal application for an eight-story building to rise up to 80 feet in height on the Nob Hill/Van Ness Corridor site was accepted by Planning.

And as newly designed by Ian Birchall & Associates, the proposed ‘1683 Pacific’ project includes 53 residential units over two ground floor retail spaces, storage for 60 bikes and a garage for 27 cars

Built in 1913, the current auto body shop and restaurant space on the site are actually a single structure with two separate facades and...


San Francisco-based developer Pacific Eagle Holdings set out to create a living space where residents could work during the day and have space to entertain at night...

They envisioned rooftop spaces with views of the city, practical amenities to accommodate a busy lifestyle, and a welcoming lobby that exudes modern design but remains functional. Enter The Austin – a 100 residence building opening next year with studio, one- and two-bedroom options – that is ideal for those taking advantage of the increasing trend of flexible company hours.

The property equips residents with uninterrupted Wi-Fi connectivity throughout the lobby lounge, where comfortable seating options abound and relaxing music fills the air. On a nice day, the roof deck dinner tables might become conference tables, and a landscaped courtyard with a Zen-like ambiance adds an outdoor office option for residents. Busy professionals will be thrilled to find dog washing facilities onsite, indoor bike parking and a front desk-turned-concierge should a courier or...


When the Hi Neighbor Hospitality Group signed a contract to open two places in the newly developed 100 Van Ness apartments, Mid-Market seemed like the pot of gold at the end of a restaurant rainbow.

Twitter, Uber, Dolby and other companies had settled in. A wave of condominiums and apartments were newly opened or under construction. The location appeared to be a sure bet.

Construction was delayed for nearly 18 months, and by the time the quick-service Corridor Cafe opened in February and the more ambitious restaurant — named Corridor — opened in June, the pot seemed to have been filled with fool’s gold.

Cadence, an ambitious restaurant across the street from Uber headquarters, opened and closed within six months. The expansive Bon Marche Brasserie closed last month, and a few blocks away in Mint Plaza, Oro drew its last breath.

The Hi Neighbor team consists of Ryan Cole, chef Jason Halverson, Tai Ricci and Jason Kirmse. They also own Stones Throw, Fat Angel and Trestle, where diners get an amazing three-course dinner for $35. Cole lives five blocks away...


Just Sold!

  • 818 Van Ness Ave #708, San Francisco, CA
  • 1 Bed / 1 Bath
  • 733 Sq Ft
  • $790,000

For more information: visit

This gorgeous unit at the ARTANI is simply amazing! It offers beautiful city views, sleek modern design, black oak floors, top of the line Viking appliances, CaesarStone countertops and Italian tiles. The living room has floor to ceiling windows which are complemented by custom Hunter Douglas shades and opens to a wonderful Juliet balcony. There is deeded parking for one full size vehicle and a roof deck with breathtaking panoramic views. The Artani, a modern luxury boutique building, is located in one of the best and vibrant areas of San Francisco. It is walking distance to public transportation, shops, restaurants, opera house, ballet and much more.


Just Listed!

  • 818 Van Ness Ave #708, San Francisco, CA
  • 1 Bed / 1 Bath
  • 733 Sq Ft
  • $790,000

For more information: visit

This gorgeous unit at the ARTANI is simply amazing! It offers beautiful city views, sleek modern design, black oak floors, top of the line Viking appliances, CaesarStone countertops and Italian tiles. The living room has floor to ceiling windows which are complemented by custom Hunter Douglas shades and opens to a wonderful Juliet balcony. There is deeded parking for one full size vehicle and a roof deck with breathtaking panoramic views. The Artani, a modern luxury boutique building, is located in one of the best and vibrant areas of San Francisco. It is walking distance to public transportation, shops, restaurants, opera house, ballet and much more.


Bus stops are being consolidated on Van Ness Avenue beginning Saturday, June 4, to prepare for the start of construction of the Van Ness Improvement Project.

Discontinuing these stops, served by the 47-Van Ness, 49-Van Ness/Mission and 90-San Bruno Owl, will help maintain traffic flow and minimize delays for cars and buses caused by construction, which is expected to continue through 2018.

To help our passengers find the best stop location for them, our ambassadors will be at the locations of the discontinued bus stops beginning Monday, May 23.

The remaining stops will reflect as closely as possible the location of the Van Ness Bus Rapid Transit's accessible boarding platforms once construction is completed. These stops were selected during the Van Ness Improvement Project’s environmental review phase, which evaluated each location according to spacing, street grades, transfer routes and passenger usage.

Customers currently using the bus stop at…

  • Greenwich (southbound) may board at Union
  • Greenwich (northbound) may board at...

A Tesla showroom is opening in San Francisco -- just as demand for the company's latest Model 3 electric sedan booms.

A Tesla Motors spokesperson said the Palo Alto-based electric car maker plans to open a "sales and service center" in the city. She wasn't able to confirm an opening date, but signs plastered on the former Bentley building at the corner of Van Ness Avenue and O'Farrell Street say "Opening Soon" and "Summer 2016."

Bentley and Lamborghini moved their car dealerships next door into the Maybeck building earlier this year. Then, about a week ago Tesla signs went up on the old dealership's street level windows at 999 Van Ness Ave., according to a security guard who works across the street.

At the bottom of one window there's an email address to ask about "career opportunities" with billionaire Elon Musk's company.

The SF showroom will join other Bay Area locations in Palo Alto, Burlingame, Walnut Creek, Dublin and San Jose.

Credit: Sasha Lekach



Construction at 1450 Franklin is coming along quickly and we will soon be announcing the sales release of these sixty-seven elegant condominium residences.

In the coming weeks you will see the exterior draping removed from the building. This will reveal the historically-inspired facade at the base of the structure that pays homage to the 1920’s Auto Row building that occupied the Franklin & Bush site. A beautiful design that honors the past as we look to the future.

for more info visit:


High-end grocery retailer Whole Foods said this week that it will continue with its plans to set up a store in the Polk Street Neighborhood Commercial District, despite recent legislation from San Francisco Supervisor Aaron Peskin that seeks to ban chain stores in that area.

Whole Foods (NASDAQ: WFM) has been proposing a slimmed down version of one of its larger stores in what was formerly the Lombardi Sports site, a 19,000-square-foot store at Polk and Jackson streets it has dubbed 365 by Whole Foods. It told the Business Times Wednesday that it would push on with the project because of the large number of requests it has had to open shop in the area.

“We believe the community should decide what retail serves them,” Whole Foods spokeswoman Beth Krauss said in a statement to the Business Times. “From the beginning of the (conditional use) process we’ve been gathering community feedback on the proposed 365 by Whole Foods Market project. So far, the response has been largely positive. We will continue that dialogue with residents over the coming weeks.”



It's been nearly a year since we last heard anything from Oryx Partners' planned 256-unit building at the old KRON-TV building on Van Ness, which currently sits empty and dilapidated along the corridor. BuzzBuzzHome tipped us off to some new renderings just released for the site by Handel Architects with fresh views from Myrtle Street, the side street that will be home to a series of townhomes in the development.

There's also a new site plan available that shows how the land, which stretches from Van Ness back toward Franklin, will be used. Townhomes will sit along Myrtle, separated from the main building by a courtyard. The 14-story residential tower will have a rooftop deck and a roof terrace. The building is also meant to activate what is currently a very dead block with retail space and a public plaza that includes 12,000 square feet of open space. According to the official website for the project, Oryx is still deciding whether to make the building condos or rentals.

So what comes next for the project? A Planning Commission hearing is anticipated for some time in...


It's been some time since we last checked in on 1545 Pine Street, a new 12-story condo building that just held its official groundbreaking. In that time, the development was sold by Trumark Urban to Pacific Eagle, but the new owner hasn't changed much about the Arquitectonica-designed building. It willbring 103 condos—down from 123—to Pine between Van Ness and Polk, just a block and a half away from Whole Foods and its adjacent Rockwell development.

Residents will gain access to amenities like outdoor patios, a dog-washing facility, fire pits, and barbecue stations. One of the three retail spaces on the ground floor will go to the Lower Polk Community Benefit District, which will put in a gallery for local artists alongside its own operations. The developer is also taking part in efforts to activate local alleyways, including Austin Alley, which backs 1545 Pine. When complete, the development will have a mix of studio, one- and two-bedroom condos. Sales are expected to start next year, and the building will be open to residents by early...


San Francisco has agreed to sell Mid-Market site 30 Van Ness Ave. to developer Related California for $80 million, with the proceeds of the sale slated to be used to build a separate mixed-use development at the Goodwill site at 1500 Mission St.

The new 30 Van Ness project will add 600 new units in area with 4,000 already planned, as midtown continues its building boom. The Goodwill site project will have 500 residential units and city offices on 450,000 square feet of planning space.

The deal is the finalization of a convoluted sale closely followed by the Business Times this year.

San Francisco’s Department of Real Estate had initially been in talks with Carmel Partners to buy the five-story, city office-filled 30 Van Ness. But when those negotiations crumbled, the city turned to Related, who quickly put together a plan this fall.

On Nov. 6, San Francisco’s real estate director, John Updike, declined to name a developer to the Business Times but said “we're very close to moving a final agreement to the Board of Supes.”

Related California’s...


The Van Ness and Geary Hospital is to be an approximately 226-foot tall measured from the top of the patient tower and will be 12 stories above grade from the corner of Van Ness and Geary. There is a 5 story podium that is a whole city block which rises 80 feet from the corner of Van Ness and Post.

vanness artcie.png

A median two-bedroom apartment in San Francisco now rents at $5,000 a month, one-third pricier than the runner-up New York City, according to the rental website Zumper.

The dubious – and cringeworthy – milestone makes a San Francisco two-bedroom nearly twice as expensive as other major cities like Boston, Miami, Los Angeles and Chicago. The cost of a two-bedroom in the city grew by 19 percent year over year.

A San Francisco one-bedroom costs $3,620, also the most expensive in the country.

Certainly, San Francisco's housing crisis is complex – spinning out of control in part due to a history of underbuilding and a slew of high-paid jobs. As Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) real estate executive Jay Bechtel said this week, “Younger engineers will do anything to stay in San Francisco.” (The third-most expensive city in the country is Google’s headquarters, Mountain View, according to Zumper.)

But San Francisco is an outlier for another reason: The gap between a one-bedroom and a two-bedroom is much wider than any other city. Anecdotally, that pricing underscores a...

Van Ness Trees.jpg

Dozens of San Francisco residents who live along Van Ness Avenue packed a City Hall hearing room Monday evening with one unified purpose — to speak for the trees.

Almost 200 trees along the major thoroughfare are designated for removal as the city upgrades the public transit system, the sewers, the lighting and the landscaping, a move that involves planting more than 400 new trees.

But the neighbors living along the stretch don’t want new trees. They want to keep the old ones and are angry that seemingly no one had told them the black bark acacias, cork oaks and ornamental cherry trees in front of their homes are getting the ax.

“I do feel the notification of this project was horrible,” Karen Burns, president of the Marina Chateau Condominium Association, said as she submitted a petition signed by residents of the 64-unit building opposing the removal of the trees. “There was such a lack of understanding of what’s going on.”

San Francisco Public Works officials held the public hearing on the tree removal required to build the city’s first bus rapid transit...


Over the past year or so, the Van Ness Avenue corridor has become of of the hottest spots in town for new development proposals. With the $2 billion California Pacific Medical Center and transit upgrades like the Van Ness Bus Rapid Transit lane headed to the area, developers have been swarming to transform the former drive-through wasteland into a new residential and commercial corridor. The latest Van Ness proposal was just filled with SF Planning by developer Build Inc. and calls for a new 14-story building with 120 rental apartments at 830 Eddy Street just up the block from Van Ness.

The 830 Eddy site is currently a two-story parking structure that sits next to a commercial building with a Burger King on the ground floor. The two sites were once part of one development parcel, and the new proposal brings them back together into one site. The new building, which is set to be designed by BAR Architects, would devote 40 of its 100 underground parking spaces to the commercial building while keeping the remaining 60 for its residents. Lobby access would be on Willow Street,...


The two food-and-beverage retail spaces at 100 Van Ness's ground floor have been snapped up by restaurant group Hi Neighbor, the flavorsome force behind FiDi hotspot Trestle (as well as Stone's Throw in Russian Hill and Fat Angel in Western Addition). The concept is still under wraps, but Hi Neighbor partner Ryan Cole told our sister site Eater SF that they plan on "appealing to the on-the-go customer," an approach that the nearby Twitter building's Market on Market has thoroughly embraced, for one. No timeline has been released as of yet, but expect to see portable munchies arriving on this corner of the Civic Center/Hayes Valley crossroads sometime in winter 2015.

Credit: Lamar Anderson



Location: 1701 Octavia St (b/t Austin St & Bush St), San Francisco, CA 94109

P: (415) 408-7507

Hours: Tuesday - Sunday, 5:00 PM - 10:30 PM



Octavia is the newest restaurant from award-winning chef, Melissa Perello. Beautifully defined flavors and seasonally driven cuisine are the cornerstones of Octavia's menu- all in an elegant yet relaxed neighborhood setting.

Chef Perello's daily evolving selections spotlight her commitment to sustainability and the Bay Area's wealth of agricultural resources. Combined with her natural ability in the kitchen, the result is simple and expertly crafted dishes that reflect her fine-dining pedigree and down-to-earth personality.

Named after the restaurant's location, Octavia is an ode to refined but comfortable sensibilities in both food and decor. A seamless blend of original history and modern elegance, Octavia's natural...

vanness news.jpg

San Francisco rents are up again, to an average of $3,458 a month in the first quarter of 2015, according to a report from Real Answers. That figure is less than 2% higher than it was last quarter, but more than 13% higher than rental figures from the first quarter of 2014.

But note that this report only looks at rentals in complexes with 50 or more units and averages asking rents in properties ranging from studios to three-bedrooms. Many San Francisco rental units are not located in buildings this large, and the ones that are tend to be in newer, amenity-laden complexes, which typically run a bit higher in rent.

Take, for example, the one-bedroom currently being offered at Venue in Mission Bay for $3,824 a month, according to a recent Craigslist post. (The 2013 building is featured in the slideshow above.)

The well-appointed apartment may be only 729 square feet, but it comes with luxe amenities not found in most older, smaller San Francisco apartment buildings—like a clubhouse, conference room, fitness center, twice monthly free cooking classes and on-the-go...

van ness pic.jpg

The first defibrillator won’t be used at the new California Pacific Medical Center on Van Ness Avenue for three years, but the $2 billion hospital is already sending shocks through the surrounding neighborhoods.

Betting that the 700,000-square-foot hospital will create huge demand for bedrooms and office space, opportunistic builders and property owners near Van Ness and Geary Boulevard are lining up development projects that will result in 2,000 new housing units, 1 million square feet of office space and possibly hundreds of hotel rooms.

The projects include the redevelopment of the KRON-TV building at 1001 Van Ness, where Oryx Partners is planning to build 165 units. On Geary just east of Van Ness, architect Michael Stanton has filed an application to build 130 apartments on a parcel currently occupied by the Opal Motel. The adjacent Opal Hotel would be retained and renovated as part of the project.

Meanwhile at 1200 Van Ness, home to a 24 Hour Fitness and a former Circuit City location, property owners have applied to build an eight-story rear addition that...

article picture.jpg

The long-awaited Rockwell condo project is gearing up to start sales after nearly a decade of planning. The site itself is still one big dirt pile, but by August 2016 the first of two 13-story towers will be ready for residents. The sales office is set to open April 11. Rockwell is being advertised as a one-of-a-kind project in Pacific Heights, where big new developments rarely rise. The building, on Pine between Franklin and Van Ness, is really more Lower Pacific Heights, but the location is rather fantastic. It's practically on top of Whole Foods and within walking distance of the Polk and Fillmore Street shopping districts. Prices for the 260 condos won't officially be announced until the sales office opening date gets closer, but pricing is expected to start in the low $700,000s for one-bedroom units, which will range from 686 to 727 square feet.

Rockwell, designed by Kwan Henmi, comes from Oyster Development Group, the same team behind last year's blockbuster sellout Marlow down on Van Ness Avenue. Oyster's President Dean D. Givas says that Rockwell will be a step up...


Plans for the burgeoning Van Ness corridor just got a little clearer with developer Oryx Partners' unveiling of renderings for the old KRON-TV site, which the station recently vacated in favor of a smaller footprint on Front Street. Designed by Handel Architects, the project would replace the KRON-TV building with a 14-story structure including 255 residential units and 5,200 square feet of retail. Oryx unveiled the renderings at a community meeting on Tuesday, and today the development's website went live. The project will include a mix of studios, one-bedrooms, two-bedrooms, and three-bedrooms, as well as 12,000 square feet of open space. No word yet on whether the units will be condos or rentals.

Oryx will officially submit a planned unit development application later this month, and Oryx's JC Wallace says his target date for going in front of Planning is January 2016.

Credit: Lamar Anderson


article image.jpg

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. 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.

100 Van Ness is one of three Emerald Fund buildings in the works. The developer is looking to capitalize on the revitalization of Mid-Marketby building housing in adjacent Civic Center. Also on the way are 101 Polk Street, with 162 units, and 150 Van Ness, with 450 units. The location has become one of the hottest in town, with other recent announcements of a new...

cathill article.jpg

Architecture firm Woods Bagot has released the proposed design for a new 265,000-square-foot mixed-use complex at 1200 Van Ness, an area of San Francisco that's buzzing with development activity.

The developer, Van Ness Post Center, plans to replace the entire former Circuit City building, which has languished on the market since the big box retailer shuttered in 2009.

Woods Bagot's design calls for commercial, retail and office space in the lower four levels with residential units rising eight stories above in an attached tower. There would also be five levels of below-ground parking.

The project would join the rebuilt $2 billion California Pacific Medical Center along Van Ness.

"1200 Van Ness will capture the energy of both the new CPMC hospital campus on Van Ness and the revitalization of the Lower Polk Street neighborhood retail corridor, providing a mix of uses that connects and enhances both districts," said Woods Bagot Principal John Britton.

The project is currently under review by the San Francisco Planning Department, the architecture firm...


For years, a striking Richard Meier-designed tower was planned for the currently underused corner of Market and Van Ness, but the project was plagued by troubles with ground-level winds. In late October developer Build Inc. announced that Meier had been replaced by Snøhetta, the starchitect firm behind the SFMOMA expansion, and Solomon Cordwell Buenz (SCB), architects of the One Rincon towers and 100 Van Ness. A new design has now been released for the prime site, as John King reports in the Chronicle, and it envisions a masonry and glass 37-story residential high-rise with wedge-shaped breaks in the facade that will lessen the wind effects and create communal spaces for residents. Along Oak Street a new public plaza would be covered by canopies that would also help to deflect the wind.

The canopies above the plaza would reach 20 to 30 feet into the air and create a new public space with room for performances by students at the nearby San Francisco Conservatory of Music and a new entrance to the Muni subway station. The design has also undergone a name change that reflects...


Sutter Health has selected Pacific Medical Buildings to develop a $168 million medical office building at its new California Pacific Medical Center campus in San Francisco.

The nine-story, 250-square-foot office medical office building will be located on the rebuilt CPMC Cathedral Hill campus at Van Ness Avenue and Geary Street, a project that includes a new 700,000-square-foot acute-care hospital.

The $2 billion hospital is currently under construction and slated to open in 2019. The project was approved last year after more than a decade of planning and political wrangling.

"This is an exciting project for us and we are privileged to be a part of the new medical center campus," PMB President Mark Toothacre said in a statement. "The centralized location of the new campus will significantly enhance the ability of San Franciscans to obtain needed medical care even after a major seismic event."

Development of the medical-office space, which is aiming for LEED Silver certification, will be a joint venture between Chicago-based real estate investment trust...


100 Van Ness, the drab 1970s office tower and former AAA headquarters that's been undergoing a costume change at the hands of Solomon Cordwell Buenz, has nearly completed its transformation into a glassy residential high-rise. Back in October, we got to peek inside the Emerald Fund and National Real Estate Advisors' newly curtain-walled structure and scope out the 360-degree views from the roof deck. Construction is still under way (crews will finish the lower units first and work their way up), but leasing kicked off just before Thanksgiving. The developers sent us a pricing breakdown for the units and they're not half-bad, for this town at least.

Studios, which will range between 439 and 484 square feet, will set renters back at minimum $2,600. One-bedrooms (628-849 square feet) start in the $3,100s—which, while not cheap by any measure, is about $250 below the latest median rental rate for a one-bedroom in San Francisco and a good $445 below the price of a one-bedroom at Avalon Hayes Valley three blocks west, where the neighborhood commands a higher premium. Meanwhile,...


The plan for San Francisco’s first Bus Rapid Transit project is moving forward. San Francisco's Municipal Transportation Agency's (SFMTA) board of directors has approved major changes that will eliminate traffic lanes and parking along busy Van Ness Avenue in an effort to make the thoroughfare more efficient.

The Van Ness Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) will stretch along the corridor with 10 stops from Mission to Lombard streets and will provide more space for Muni and Golden Gate Transit.

SFMTA Director Ed Reiskin said Van Ness’ six lanes will be reduced to four, with two lanes for motor vehicles in each direction. Separated BRT lanes will run down the middle of the avenue serving Muni’s 49, 47 lines as well as Golden Gate Transit.

The changes for the estimated $125 million-project have been in the works for some time, with the SFMTA board approving it last September, but the formal adoption came this week.

According to Reiskin, left turns will be history along the stretch and instead of parking you can expect pedestrian bulb-outs for those waiting for the...

10:27:14 1.png

The hottest high-profile architecture firm now at work in San Francisco has a third prominent assignment: a 400-foot tower at the long-neglected corner of Market Street and Van Ness Avenue.

The firm is Snøhetta, designer of the new wing of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art as well as the arena that the Golden State Warriors hope to build in Mission Bay. This would be the first U.S. tower for Snøhetta, founded in Norway but on the rise in the United States since being selected in 2004 to design the pavilion for the National Sept. 11 Memorial & Museum.

Snøhetta will replace an even better-known architect for the corner: Richard Meier, the Pritzker Prize-winning designer of the Getty Center in Los Angeles, whose firm has been working on a tower in the same location since 2008.

Meier’s concept was a tapered shaft with soft curves, clad in glass intended to resemble a slit veil. The design being crafted by Snøhetta and the San Francisco office of SCB won’t be released until later this year, according to the site’s new developer.

“We’re looking for a...


The construction boom has made it impossible to drive or even walk in downtown San Francisco — and heads up, the boom is spreading.

Next on the list for shutdowns: Van Ness Avenue.

My sources at City Hall tell me plans are in the works to build an underground walkway at Van Ness and Geary for Sutter Health's new hospital on the site of the old Cathedral Hill Hotel.

The tunnel will go under Van Ness and connect the 274-bed hospital to a medical office building that will go in across the street.

Plans call for three separate full shutdowns of the intersection, each lasting three days, plus another four months of partial shutdowns.

They keep moving the dates for the big dig, but it’s coming, most likely early next year.

Meanwhile, I was at Union Square the other day, or should I say what is left of Union Square.

Construction on the Central Subway has shut down the main shopping core of Stockton Street, and Geary is down to one lane as well.

No wonder the merchants are hurting.

Workers tell me they’re at it around the clock,...


Architect Clark Manus and land use attorney Steve Vettel are veterans of big development projects in San Francisco, so it's little surprise that they would be in the middle of a fight over a 416-foot tower on Cathedral Hill.

Except this time they are on the side of the neighborhood opponents - not the developers.

One of the city's most contentious land-use battles is shaping up on the top of Cathedral Hill, where the longtime property owner Adco Group is proposing a 400-foot tower at 1481 Post St., across the street from the Cathedral of Saint Mary the Assumption.

The tower, which would add 262 condominium units on a strip of land now occupied by tennis courts and a parking garage, would be the tallest building in a neighborhood of high-rises built in the mid- to late-1960s. The developer says the 400-foot height, while 140 feet higher than the zoning allows, is consistent with the city general plan, which calls for the tallest skyscrapers to be built on the tops of hills.

The Planning Commission will hold its first hearing on the project's environmental...


“Save Polk Street” has aimed its parking-first agenda at Van Ness Bus Rapid Transit. A couple dozen speakers protested the project an SFMTA hearing last week, distributing fear mongering flyers claiming that removing some parking and banning left turns would “kill small businesses,” back up car traffic, and make the street more dangerous.

The long-delayed Van Ness BRT project was already approved two years ago by the boards of the SFMTA and the SF County Transportation Authority. Last week’s hearing was on specific street changes, like removing parking for station platforms and pedestrian bulb-outs. No action was taken by the hearing officers, but the street changes are expected to go to the SFMTA Board of Directors for approval in October.

The speakers and the fliers distributed weren’t explicitly associated with Save Polk Street, but many of the same faces and familiar inflammatory rhetoric could be found at the hearing.

Dawn Trennert of the Middle Polk Neighborhood Association, who has been seen at past meetings wearing a “Save Polk St.” t-shirt, spoke at the...