Listed for: $9.5M
Size: 5-bed, 5-bath single-family home
Location: 16 Spruce St., Presidio Heights
The skinny: First listed in early September for $9.5M, this Presidio Heights flip was only on the market for 15 days before it sold for asking. The white and glassy abode made it onto our map of the most heart-stopping house flips, because it sold for $4.3M in 2013 and then got "re-imagined" as a "Mid-Century modern residence" before landing on the market with the more-than-double price tag.
Listed for: $6.3M
Size: 4-bed, 4-bath single-family home
Location: 1973 Filbert St, Cow Hollow
The skinny: This newly constructed house—built on the site of a pre-1906 home that managed to survive the agitations of the quake but not those of developers—arrived on the market in August asking $6.3M. The new structure looks to be all home theaters and fire pits, with a few bedrooms thrown in for tradition's sake.
Listed for: $5.85M
Size: 3-bed, 3.5-bath, 2,955-square-foot condo
Location: 1960 Grant Ave Ph 17, Telegraph Hill
The skinny: When we drew up our list of the 25 most expensive homes for sale in San Francisco last week, No. 24, Penthouse 17 at Telegraph Terrace, was under contract, and now the sale has gone through. Even after bouncing on and off the market for the better part of the year and cutting its price down from the original offering of $6.25M, this three-bed condo didn't make its asking price—which may have been rather ambitious to begin with. The property last sold for $2.9M in 2010 and then, per the brokerbabble, underwent a renovation. No before pictures are around to make a real comparison, though. It's got more terraces—seven!—than bedrooms and baths combined, so there's that.
Listed for: $4.995M
Size: 5-bed, 4-bath, 4,500-square-foot single-family home
Location: 2159 Bay St, the Marina
The skinny: Built in 1927, this Marina manse last sold in January 2011 for $3.6M. After spending only a month on the market, it pulled in $450K over asking. The property has five bedrooms on the same level, a deck with a fire pit, closets as big as a micro-unit, charming rounded doorways, and what the brokerbabble terms "sexy European finishes"—quite a creative way to spin the warring animal prints and that Union Jack carpet in the kids' room.
Listed for: $4.2M
Size: 5-bed, 4.5-bath, 4,346-square-foot single-family home
Location: 91 Commonwealth Ave, Laurel Heights
The skinny: This amply sized home arrived on the market in early September and went into contract in just eight days. Built in 1920, the property doesn't have a history on the MLS, but it did get fairly recent renovation in 2007 that upgraded windows and opened up some interior walls. Those updates no doubt helped the sellers get their $762K over asking. We're fans of the arched windows, coffered ceilings, and brickwork.
Listed for: $5.495M
Size: 5-bed, 5.5-bath single-family home
Location: 3962 Clay St, Presidio Heights
The skinny: In a former life, this home was a three-unit building, last selling for $3.15 million in 2008. The new owner combined what had been a main residence with two garden apartments into a single-family home. With a white marble bath, new rec room, and a deck off the master suite, 3962 Clay listed for a confident $5.495 million in April. Its hopes deflated over the course of several months as it went through three subsequent price chops before the current buyers shaved off yet another $95K in their winning bid.
Listed for: $3.595M
Size: 6-bed, 4.5-bath, 4,283-square-foot single-family home
Location: 235 Broderick St, Haight Ashbury
The skinny: At some point, someone very steadfast gave this Victorian, built in 1892, the overhaul it needed to be reborn as a LEED Platinum-certified home. It's got the old facade, moldings here and there, and original-looking stained glass, along with solar panels, radiant heating, and the outsize sanctimony particular to those who pursue more than one kind of integrity at once.
Listed for: $2.998M
Size: 3-bed, 2.5-bath single-family home
Location: 22 Rico Way, the Marina
The skinny: Here's another property that went into contract in a flash. Built in 1928 and last sold in 2005 for $1.74M, this Marina home was reworked by Huang Iboshi Architecture, which brought in more natural light and added storage. The staging and photography don't exactly show off this supposedly bright home, but the kitchen is pretty spacious, and the quiet street may have helped nudge the offer well above the $3M mark in the barely three weeks the home spent on the market.
Listed for: $3.195M
Size: 5-bed, 5.5-bath, 4,665-square-foot single-family home
Location: 279 Castenada Ave, Forest Hill
The skinny: Some rather sneaky flippers picked up this home in December 2013 for $2.6M, hoping to turn a quick $595K profit on their laughably light cosmetic upgrades, which basically amounted to a new coat of paint. They took a $197K price chop and still did modestly well, pulling in a $412K increase over their purchase price.
Listed for: $2.395M
Size: 4-bed, 3.5-bath, 2,679-square-foot single-family home
Location: 525 Jersey St, Noe Valley
The skinny: Built in 1900, this four-bedroom spent all of two and a half weeks on the market before going for $610K over asking. The recently remodeled home is a very odd mix of old (prominently displayed stained glass, exposed ceiling beams) and new (the most au courant decorating expertise Pier 1 has to offer).