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  • 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!

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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!

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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

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  • 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.


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...

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.

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  • 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...


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

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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.

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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...


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.


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...

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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...


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