The Appeal of the Branded Residence


Property markets world wide may be somewhat in flux, but one segment is anticipated to grow in the next few years: branded residences. These properties are the result of a partnership between a developer and a brand, creating residences that can be sold to buyers. Hotel groups like the Ritz-Carlton and The Four Seasons are all on board, which gives luxury buyers the option of homes in desirable locations close to these hotel brands, often with linked services. Here’s what else

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Remembering The Embarcadero Freeway


San Francisco’s Embarcadero, the eastern waterfront, is the city’s historic harbor area. The three-mile stretch is the result of engineered sea walls originally installed to create an accessible port for ships. In the latter part of the 19th century, the Embarcadero and the iconic Ferry Building were among the busiest transit hubs in the world. But within a few short decades, America’s embrace of car culture would change the area dramatically. Today, I’m looking back at the Embarcadero Freeway and

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Long-Anticipated IKEA Comes to Downtown San Francisco


San Francisco’s very first IKEA is on schedule to open August 23 on Market Street, which is exciting in itself. But in a city that was rattled to the core by the pandemic, the opening of this 87,000-square-foot Swedish home goods giant is huge. The media is calling it “different from any IKEA store seen before” and asking whether it will single-handedly “fix San Francisco’s downtown woes.” Dramatic, to be sure, but let’s dive into the sentiment behind that question.

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Luxury Properties at Lake Tahoe

If you’re shopping for a luxury escape at Lake Tahoe—or just browsing for fun—we’re making it easy. We’ve rounded up all the luxury lake listings from Compass, then cut and paste the good stuff! Here’s what a budget of $6 to $35 million will get you. Incline Village 714 Champagne Road $8,500,000 | 7 beds | 6.5 baths | 6,923 sq ft The Ultimate Tahoe Estate, a magnificent oasis of luxury on over an acre of meticulously landscaped grounds. Redefining

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Is Your Home in a Safe Neighborhood?


Neighborhood safety is high on the list for most of my clients, except in the handful of situations where clients are looking to build equity in an “up and coming” neighborhood. But determining the safety of a particular neighborhood is not necessarily something you can do by how nice the street looks. The Fair Housing discrimination laws to which real estate agents are beholden also muddies the water somewhat by regulating what agents can and can’t say to clients. While a straightforward

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