Huge New Palo Alto Condo Aims for $1,500+ Per Square

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Construction recently kicked off on a mixed-use four-story residential and office building on Cowper Avenue, near the Palo Alto Caltrain station. Because there is so much demand in the area and new construction there is so rare,developers R & M Properties are aiming for prices of $1,500 per square foot for the residential portion, which will consist of a massive 5,000 square foot condo with private elevator access. That condo alone could bring in a price of$7.5 million. The 30,000 square feet of office space on the first three floors already has a tenant, although there’s no word on who that may be. The new building, designed by architecture firm The Hayes Group, is expected to be complete by the end of 2015.

Source: SF Business Times

Where to Eat on Christmas in San Francisco

Where to Eat For Christmas 2013?

While restaurants clamor for patrons to drop money on special meals just six days later, Christmas Day is a dining wasteland in San Francisco for those who don’t feel like hitting up their nearest Chinese joint. But for those who don’t feel like cooking for their families (or putting up with their families at all), a few options are available, from prix-fixe feasts to stunning ocean views to gigantic steaks. To round out the Christmas offering, we’ve also added a few prime spots to savor the traditional Italian Feast of the Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve, or drop some serious cash before resorting to Stouffer’s on Christmas proper.

Locanda’s Christmas Eve Feast of the Seven Fishes dinner ($90 adults, $45 kids) will include gulf shrimp and burrata panzarotti (filled savory pastries) and a charcoal-grilled stuffed whole trout, among other dishes. More info here.
557 VALENCIA ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94110
(415) 863-6800
A16’s Christmas Eve Feast of the Seven Fishes will offer yellowtail crudo and octopus stew at the Marina location ($80, with $65 optional wine pairings), and Dungeness crab and squid ink tonarelli and whole roasted trout with white truffles at the Rockridge location ($75, with optional $60 wine pairings).
2355 CHESTNUT ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94123
(415) 771-2216
INCANTO
Christmas Eve at Incanto also means Feast of the Seven Fishes time, with a menu of seafood salad, linguini with clams, roasted fish with olives and kumquats, and tiramisu. Dinner is $65; wine is extra.
1550 CHURCH ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94131
(415) 641-4500
Melissa Perello is offering a $90 four-course prix fixe menu (with optional $40 wine pairings) for Christmas Eve. While specifics aren’t available yet, we imagine there will be lumberjack cake involved.
3870 17TH ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94114
(415) 621-3870
For sheer indulgence, it’s hard to beat La Folie for Christmas Eve, with wild mushroom risotto, John Dory topped with lobster mousse, and a chestnut-whiskey bombe for dessert. Dinner is $160 with an optional $85 wine pairing; for extra decadence, add on an ounce of Osetra caviar, blinis, and lobster for $120.
2316 POLK ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94109
(415) 776-5577
Keiko provides another lavish Christmas Eve option with their $195 prix-fixe menu, featuring the option to pair dinner with a bottle from the owner’s private collection of vintage wines.
1250 JONES ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94109
(415) 829-7141
BISOU
One of the few non-Chinese restaurants outside of downtown to stay open for Christmas Day, Bisou will offer a $75 four-course prix fixe with truffled scallop carpaccio, Maine lobster, duck breast, and pecan pie as options.
2367 MARKET ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94114
(415) 556-6200
CAMPTON PLACE
Enjoy an Indian-influenced Christmas Day meal with options like Maine lobster with spiced carrot pilaf, slow-cooked monkfish tail, and seared beef filet with black truffles. It’s $125 per person for four courses.
340 STOCKTON ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94108
(415) 955-5555
Ame gets in its Feast of the Seven Fishes just in the first course, with small preparations of seven kinds of seafood. There’s also sauteed fluke fillet and herb-roasted venison. Christmas Day dinner is $112/person, with optional $65 wine pairings.
689 MISSION ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94105
(415) 284-4040
SUTRO’S AT CLIFF HOUSE
For a view of the water that will make even a solo Christmas Day special, the Cliff House at sunset makes a pretty great choice. The bistro will offer breakfast and lunch from from 9 am-1 pm and classics like prime rib and pork chops a la carte at dinner, while Sutro’s will have tuna tartare, Dungeness crab ravioli, and Christmas goose available a la carte from 11 am-9:30 pm.
1090 POINT LOBOS AVE, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94121
(415) 386-3330
LUCE
Christmas Day at Luce can go one of two ways: there’s a $45 brunch buffet with unlimited sparkling wine and mini hot dishes until 2:30 pm, then a more sophisticated $85 prix fixe (wine pairings $45) at night, with dishes like uni and new potato, slow-cooked lamb loin, and roasted squab. More info here.
888 HOWARD ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94103
(415) 616-6567
BOB’S STEAK & CHOP HOUSE
For the Christmas Day diner who’d rather skip the fussy prix fixes and go to town on a giant steak, we offer Bob’s. Another option in this genre is Osso Steakhouse, which will also be serving on Christmas.
500 CALIFORNIA ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94104
(415) 273-3085
Southern-fried Christmases abound at 1300 on Fillmore, which is offering a whole prime rib this year for their first-ever holiday feast. Tickets are $65 per person and $32 for kids.
1300 FILLMORE ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94115
(415) 771-7100
NEW ASIA RESTAURANT
Care for some comedy with your Chinese food? Kung Pao Kosher Comedy is offering a Christmas Day prix-fixe complete with laughs from an all-Jewish comedic lineup. Options include a seven-course meal for $64, or cocktails and vegetarian dim sum for $44.
772 PACIFIC AVE, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94133
(415) 391-6666
SAN TUNG CHINESE RESTAURANT
It shouldn’t surprise anyone that non-celebrants’ tastes on Christmas Day run to Chinese restaurants, which are open, open, open. But if it’s San Tung’s dry-fried chicken wings you crave, get there early: the line gets longer, earlier, with each passing year.
1031 IRVING ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94122
(415) 242-0828
Source: SFist
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San Francisco Rising: Transbay, Trinity, Salesforce Towers

Tower: 350 Mission Street
Height: 424 feet, 30 floors
Architect: Skidmore Owings & Merrill
Specs: 420,000 sq. ft. office space (fully leased by Salesforce.com), 5,400 sq. ft. ground floor retail, 9,650 sq. ft. public open space
Currently: As you can see in the photos above the elevator core has risen well above street level. Rebar for what will be the vertical support columns is also poking above the street. With the basement levels nearly finished expect the building to begin growing at a pace of about 2-3 floors per month as it continues its ascend above the surface.

 

Tower: Transbay Tower
Height: 1,070 feet, 63 stories
Architect: Pelli Clarke Pelli
Specs: 63 floors, ground floor retail, public plaza, bridge connecting to Transbay Transit Center, public art.
Currently: The last time we checked in on the tower, permits were issued and excavation was in an exploratory phase. We now have some seriously heavy-duty equipment on site and a more permanent construction fencing installed. A quick word with an onsite contact confirmed that this project will be entering full-scale excavation immediately.

Tower: Trinity Place
Height: 22 floors
Architect: Arquitectonica
Specs: 1,900 apartments, 1,450 parking spaces, a 42,000 sq. ft. open plaza and 60,000 sq. ft. of ground floor retail
Currently: Construction and excavation crews have recently returned to the site, indicating that phase three is preparing to get moving along. Crews will begin excavating space for a massive underground parking structure featuring 1,450 parking spaces. Its unclear whether phase three will include the final two buildings remaining, or if there will be a fourth phase to complete the 1,900-plus apartment complex.

Source: curbed

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2770 Sea View Pkwy, Alameda, CA

4 Beds / 2.5 Baths Townhouse

Monthly Rent: $3250

2-story serene setting, 4 bedrooms and 2.5 baths townhouse by walking trail and water.

Lower level: Marble entry to wall to wall carpet in living room with fireplace, shutters provide the elegant classic setting and privacy. L shape dining area opens to a separate patio, great spot for morning coffee. Spacious updated eat-in kitchen comprises of tile floor, Corian counter top, bay window, stainless steel appliances, pantry and plenty of cabinets space. Another patio extends the outdoor living outside the kitchen.

Upper level: Staircase leading to the 4 bedrooms and 2 full baths. Hallway bath was remodeled and covered with marble flooring and shower over tub. Double sinks in the updated master bathroom and vanity setting.

Amenities and Appliances included: Two-car side by side garage, guest parking ample off street parking; stove, refrigerator and washer & dryer.

For more info: http://www.postlets.com/rts/9999136

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