In The News

Here you can find recent news coverage and analysis about Compass, real estate, business, California economics, and more.



Architectural Digest Features Hillary Ryan’s Restoration Hardware Estate

If you’ve ever visited an RH store and wanted to move in, now is your chance. The home brand—known for mixing modern furnishings with antique, patinated finishes—has transformed a Napa Valley estate into an RH haven, named Eight Palms, replete with design and furnishings exclusively from the brand. Over a two-year period, RH CEO Gary Friedman worked to remodel the California property to fit the ...more

Nob Hill Jewel Box Catches Coverage from On the Block

In an alleyway just a few blocks from the Cable Car Museum on Nob Hill, 12 Auburn fits a whole lot of design punch into just over 700 square feet. But the small size of the single-family home was actually a benefit, according to interior designer Noz Nozawa of Noz Design. Describing the project on her website, Nozawa said, “Given the kitchen’s small footprint, we ...more

Power Broker Perspectives: Mark McLaughlin – Building a Winning Team

Mark McLaughlin, CEO of San Francisco’s Pacific Union International, celebrated his 10th year in residential real estate this past September. The Bay Area native started Morgan Lane, a small brokerage business in Marin County, in 2006, and in August 2009, acquired Pacific Union and has seen sales rise from $2.2 billion to more than $7.8 billion. “I love the people in this industry. I was ...more

Dana Green’s Duffield Estate Highlighted in Cottages & Gardens Magazine

PeopleSoft founder David Duffield spent seven years on the design and construction of a dream house for his family—and their pets—on more than 21 acres in the East Bay hills. Among the more unusual amenities at the multi-gabled English manor are a dog spa, two paw-washing stations and an aviary. The 10-bedroom house is a paradise for young humans as well, with a home cinema, ...more

Diablo Magazine Looks at Duffield Estate

Imagine 400 people on a waiting list to visit 16 condominiums; imagine those condos selling out within months at roughly $1,000 per square foot, or more than $1 million for a 1,000-square-foot condo. That was the scene at the launch of Danville Hotel Town Center, a downtown condo development that took eight years from concept to completion. Built around the historic Danville Hotel, the complex ...more

Patrick Barber Comments on Supply and Demand in Pacific Heights

Pacific Heights, the 1990 film starring Michael Keaton and Melanie Griffith, tells the story of a middle class couple who renovate and rent out their dream house in one of San Francisco’s nicest neighbourhoods. Unfortunately, their chosen tenant is a psychopath who destroys the house and tries to kill them. The good news is that, 26 years on, such a scenario is more unlikely than ...more

SF Business Times Lists Ten Most Expensive Houses Sold in the Bay Area

The most expensive home to sell this year in the Bay Area was a four-bedroom, 14,000-square foot home with seven bathrooms in the Oakland Hills that went for $20.5 million — a $500,000 discount on the home’s list price. Of the top 10 most expensive homes to trade hands this year, nine went for under asking. One home in Atherton sold for $16.5 million — ...more

Bloomberg focus on Oakland with Carla Huffington

Stacey Smith and her husband looked at about three dozen homes in the San Francisco Bay area and lost a bidding war before finally purchasing a four-bedroom house in June for $1.5 million — 40 percent more than the asking price. Their search wasn’t in Silicon Valley or San Francisco. It was just across the bay in Oakland, which has supplanted its pricier and better-known ...more

Jeannie Anderson Addresses Millennium Tower issue in SF Chronicle

Jeannie Anderson A: The Millennium Tower, completed in 2009 by Millennium Partners, set the standard for luxury. The discovery of a defect in such a landmark has made headline news. Most San Franciscans know that much of downtown and South of Market were once part of the bay. But the fact that one of the city’s tallest buildings has apparently begun to sink is both ...more

East Bay Craftsman Shines in SF Chronicle

Twice a week, The Chronicle features a home on the market that caught our eye for its architecture, history or character. Location, prestige and luxury — this freshly built four-bedroom combines it all. Known as the “East Bay Idea House,” the four-story contemporary marries the efforts and influence of Landmark Development Corp., Robert Nebolon Architects, Geremia Design and DFI Properties with Sunset magazine. The ultra-modern ...more