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No air conditioning, no problem: ‘Rammed earth’ Bay Area home hits the market for $4M

Liz Jassin | Kron 4 SONOMA COUNTY, Calif. (KRON) – A unique Sonoma home just went on the market for $4.2 million. 3480 Hawks Beard Drive is constructed of rammed-earth, plastered walls, and tile flooring. Rammed-earth construction allows the temperature in the home to remain cool, without air conditioning, throughout the summer, according to the listing. “One of the many benefits of a rammed earth home ...more

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Carlos Santana sells Tiburon home of 14 years for $5.53 million

Jack Flemming | Los Angeles Times Grammy-winning guitarist Carlos Santana just sold his scenic home on the Tiburon Peninsula for $5.53 million — about $430,000 more than he paid for the property in 2007. It’s not a surprising move for the prolific musician, who spends much of his time elsewhere. He owns a home in Las Vegas, where he’s held a residency for the last ...more

See rammed-earth, fireproof, eco-friendly home selling for $4.2 million in Sonoma

David Caraccio | Merced Sun-Star A Hacienda-style Sonoma home constructed of rammed-earth — rendering it fireproof and allowing the interior temperature to remain cool throughout the summer without air conditioning — is for sale for $4.2 million. The sellers, Bruce Needleman and Edna Hayes, who own the Salsa Trading Company, built the home in 1999. The couple is selling their well-known furniture business, as well, ...more

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San Francisco Area’s New Launches: Home Buyers and Developers Are Looking Beyond the City

Catherine McHugh | Mansion Global Rebounding interest in residential developments points to robust sales for 2022. Though the pandemic lockdowns of 2020 halted or at least slowed most industries across the U.S.—including the condo market in the San Francisco area—there have been some silver linings. “We have had to revisit everything in general, all of us. But now with the Delta variant out, we’re not ...more


San Francisco Tudor with secret library listed at $3.8M

Anna Marie Erwert | SFGATE With English Tudor Revival details intact, 146 Castenada Avenue has all the drama and theater you’d expect from a home once owned by Frank Passa. On the market now for the first time in 23 years, it’s asking $3.8 million. Passa was an antique violin dealer, a member of the Family Club of San Francisco and the Entente International Society of Violin ...more

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San Francisco Home With Secret Library On The Market For $3.8 Million

 Rebekah Gonzalez | A San Francisco home with a charming secret library just hit the market. This is the first time it’s up for sale in 23 years. According to KRON, the English Tudor-style home was built in the 1920s. Throughout the years it became known for grand parties with San Francisco’s Opera members. The previous owner was an antique violin dealer and musician who worked ...more

Tahoe real estate soars, even as pandemic eases

Resort towns have become some of the most competitive markets in U.S. By LOUIS HANSEN | Patricia Franklin and her husband, Doug, dreamed about a second home in Lake Tahoe during the COVID-19 pandemic as a family retreat. The couple started out with a $700,000 budget, enough, they thought, to get a move-in ready home in a nice community. After six weeks of online searching and masked home ...more

Dolores Park’s extravagant Light House condo returns to the market at a discounted $6 million

ByJen Woo You know the building—the 100-year-old neoclassical former church, with its formal dome and trio of carved wood double doors, that sits on a prime strip of Dolores, between 19th and 20th streets directly across from the park. If you follow real estate news, you also know the tale of the structure’s conversion to fancy AF condos back in 2016, and perhaps even about ...more

Bay Area luxury market soars in Q2

In San Mateo County, median home price sailed past $2M By Emily Landes (iStock) San Mateo County’s median home price exceeded $2 million in the second quarter, the first county in the Bay Area to pass that milestone, as luxury home sales across the region gained, according to Compass reports. Sales of homes for $3 million and up in the Bay Area more than doubled from a ...more