Esteemed HLRN Member Olivia Hsu Decker shares her views and offerings on Bay Area real estate.
What local amenities does this area have to offer (parks, community center, recreation programs)?
Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco Bay, Sausalito, Golden Gate National Recreational Park, Wine Country in Napa Valley and Sonoma, Silicon Valley or hi-tech industries.
Can you describe the local school system, and what type of education children get here (private, public, charter – focus on sports, the arts, etc.)?
The two best universities in United States are in the San Francisco Bay area: Stanford and UC Berkeley. There are also various private and public schools on top of national list.
What is the community culture like (i.e. private, gated, urban, diverse, etc)
Urban and diverse. Culture facilities include San Francisco Opera, Symphony, Ballet, De Young Museum, Legion of Honor Museum, Asian Art Museum and Museum of Modern Art.
What is transportation like to the area’s major surrounding cities, or within the city?
Public transportations including BART, buses and ferry boats are within City of San Francisco and some surrounding cities.
Is there a strong political presence or community leader involvement in this area?
The area is very democratic and free spirited.
Are there any local traditions that bring the community together? (sports events, charity events, sales, holiday celebrations)?
San Francisco Giants Baseball is very well-known, annual SF Opera Ball, Fall Antique Fair, Opening Day of Bay Sailing Season, Napa Valley Wine Auction, Pebble Beach Vintage Concourse… are larger local events in Northern California.
What is the job market like or major industries that are at the core of this area?
Silicon Valley hi-tech and internet industries headquartered in Bay Area are creating a lot of jobs for the area—Facebook, Google, Apple, Yahoo, Twitter, Zynga, and many more…..
What are some thriving small local businesses that make an impact in the community?
The internet companies such as Twitter, Square, Groupon, Facebook, Google, Zynga…
What are the local property taxes like and what other financial responsibilities should a property owner in this area be prepared for?
The property tax in California is 1.1 percent of the purchase price. No other tax for property owners.
Please note any Key Listings you have in your area:
Located on a 1.14 acres prime waterfront lot on San Francisco Bay with unobstructed views of Bay Bridge, San Francisco, Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, Sausalito and beyond, this magnificent 15,500 square foot home features 7 bedrooms, 8 full and 2 half baths, 3-car garage and 15 cars, over 5,000 sq. ft. of stone terraces to enjoy the panoramic vistas, gated 200′ long driveway leading to large genuine porphyry cobblestone motor court, 50′ Bisazza tile pool and spa, terraced gardens and separate pool house, gym with sauna and steam room, gourmet kitchen with butler and food pantry, temperature-controlled wine cellar, deluxe master suite with his/her closets and bathrooms, home theater and spacious office, elevator to all 3 floors, slate roof, zinc and stainless steel gutter system, stucco exterior with stone columns and trims, walls of glass for spectacular indoor/outdoor living and entertaining. Designed by renowned San Francisco architect Sandy Walker.
Stunning Italianate Mansion with Golden Gate Bridge, Bay, Palace of Fine Arts, Alcatraz Island, Marin Headlands, Fort Mason, Russian Hill, Coit Tower, City, Mount Diablo and Berkeley hills. Exquisite architectural detailing throughout, seven en-suite bedrooms, eight full bathrooms and three half bathrooms, formal living room, formal dining room, reception hall, grand foyer, mezzanine, library, seven fireplaces, eat-in kitchen, media room, family room, wine room, au-pair quarters with kitchen, gym, five marble terraces, six cast bronze balconies, garden with irrigation, gated driveway with parking plus four car garage, elevator, security system with cameras, two laundry facilities, wired for Wi-Fi and automatic drapery, Lutron lighting throughout. Walking distance to Union Street shopping District, prestigious schools, transportation and easy access to the Golden Gate Bridge.
This stunning gated Mediterranean style estate set on almost two acres boasts panoramic views of the San Francisco skyline, Bay and Bridges. Features include a 2-story main house of approx. 7,000 sq ft with lovely finishes, 1,438 sq ft guest house, a grand terrace that enjoys full sun with pool, spa and 1,280 sq ft pool house, lighted tennis court, entertaining piazza with Italian fountains, 12,000 gallon full ecological irrigation system, 10 bedrooms, 8 full and 3 half baths, and 6+ car garage parking and parking for 20+ more.
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