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A Look Inside San Francisco's Luxurious 181 Fremont

181 Fremont is making history in San Francisco as one of the City's most iconic, sophisticated, and most architecturally significant buildings in the last decade. We invite you to look inside the most luxurious new residential high-rise on the West Coast.

Developed by Jay Paul Company, 181 Fremont’s interiors were conceived by internationally-renowned architect and designer Orlando Diaz-Azcuy, his final achievement before retirement.  Solidifying his legacy as one of the world’s greatest design talents, the building includes 55 residences occupying the top sixteen floors of an 800’ glass and steel saw-tooth tower (which will be the third tallest building in the Bay Area), 181 Fremont is about to reset San Francisco’s standard for luxury real estate and the future of California residential high-rise development forever.

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These are the first renderings ever released by Orlando Diaz-Azcuy of 181 Fremont’s final interior features and finishes, based on years of traveling to dozens of countries to source the finest materials available. Diaz-Azcuy’s goal was the fusion of old-world craftsmanship with modern luxury that speaks to the global influences of buyers who expect only the finest things in all aspects of their lives.

“I found inspiration in timeless materials, natural luxury, and the history of San Francisco,” said Diaz-Azcuy. “The care and quality that went into even the smallest details of this building make the greatest impact – it is the ultimate expression of luxury.”

If there is a defining space that captures Diaz-Azcuy’s vision it’s 181 Fremont’s lobby. Diaz-Azcuy spent three years thoughtfully conceiving the grand 25-foot high entrance, which is anchored by an open seating area that he personally designed. Suspended overhead, a flowing fabric shade casts an ethereal light that changes throughout the day. Says Diaz-Azcuy, “To enter the lobby of this building is like walking into a living sculpture.”

At the other end of the spectrum, Diaz-Azcuy spared nothing when it comes to the most minute design elements including the lobby, hallway, and lounge scones that required an artisan manufacturing process. As a result each one is completely unique.

Polished Italian Calacatta Carrara marble throughout the residences’ interiors was selected for its rarity and cut against the grain to bring out a signature deep veining in every room. To achieve this rebellious sense of individualism in the marble, Diaz-Azcuy and his team spent months in Italy, selecting and pulling each slab from the seaside quarry cliffs by hand—which also ensured continuum with 181 Fremont’s sense of absolute architectural perfection.

Even the most palatial residences in the world, however, must still feel like home. For the residents of 181 Fremont, Diaz-Azcuy envisioned them walking through their front doors into another world. As such, the front door hardware were one of the first items handpicked by Diaz-Azcuy. A polished brass handle custom-crafted by Parisian artisans Série Rare will grace the entrance door to each residence, making it feel as if you were entering an old-world, European cathedral.

One thing Diaz-Azcuy didn’t have to envision or create are 181 Fremont’s views of the San Francisco skyline and the surrounding mountains, which are the most coveted views in the city—if you’re lucky enough to be one of the rare custodians of these 55 residences.

Now 30-stories out of the ground sales for 181 Fremont began in May. If you'd like to schedule a private showing of this or any other residence in san Francisco or Marin County, contact The Costa Group!

Article excerpt and images from Forbes. 


San Francisco Headlines

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Cow Hollow Condo Offers Incredible Rooftop Views

If you're looking for great rooftop views of Angel Island, the Golden Gate Bridge, the Marin Headlands and the Bay, this Cow Hollow condo at 2916 Fillmore is the place to be. With only 6 residences, this condominium affords a perfect location as well as peace and quiet.

The unit itself is on the ground floor of the 1906 building and offers 1,074 square feet of living space in the 2 bed, 1 1/2 bath residence. Gorgeous hardwood flooring, in-home office and modern kitchen as well as a ideally situated with an abundance of shops, bars and eateries. 

The stunning views offered from the rooftop deck.

The stunning views offered from the rooftop deck.

If you're interested in scheduling a private showing of this or any other property in San Francisco or Marin County, contact The Costa Group.

Construction Commences on $6 Billion Treasure Island Redevelopment

One of the largest mixed used projects in the Bay Area, the $6 billion redevelopment of Treasure Island and Yerba Buena Island has kicked off with initial infrastructure work. This includes demolition of 40 existing buildings as well as creation of new roadways, utilities and parks. The first phase will include approximately 2,100 residential units, up to 500 hotel rooms and 90 acres of parks, built on 45 acres of Treasure Island's western shoreline and the 80-acre Yerba Buena Island.

Vertical construction of new housing could begin in 2017, beginning with around 250 townhomes on Yuerba Buena Island, followed by 400 to 500 units in four to five story buildings on Treasure Island. The project's planned 8,000 residential units are expected to be constructed over the next 10 to 15 years, depending on market demand.

San Francisco Community & Development Update

Below is a quick synopsis of recent community activity and development in San Francisco. 


Residents protest Ellis Act evictions of mid-Market building

A group of artists and musicians living in an 84-unit building on Market Street are going toe-to-toe with their landlord after being handed notices of what they say is the largest Ellis Act eviction in San Francisco history for their live-work units late last month.

Supervisor Peskin Introduces Idea for Building ADUs Citywide

Last week at the full Board, District 3 Supervisor Peskin announced legislation to allow for the construction of new accessory dwelling units (ADUs), aka in-law units, throughout San Francisco. At the hearing, he referred to building new in-law homes as a “pragmatic infill strategy” that could potentially add up to 40,000 new homes throughout the City.

San Francisco Planning Takes Lead in Modernizing Environmental Review for New Development Projects

For decades, environmental analysis of transportation impacts focused on how quickly cars moved through a given intersection, a flawed approach that was expensive to calculate, did little to benefit the environment and promoted urban sprawl rather than smart infill growth. The new approach is more comprehensive, looking at the method of travel, how far the person is going, and how many other people are in the vehicle to determine the impact on the environment.


New rendering shows building that will replace Flax Art & Design

New rendering shows building that will replace Flax Art & Design

Solomon Cordwell Buenz Architecture is behind the new design, which incorporates more of a natural, textured element to the facade. The building is still slated to be a nine-story, 162-unit structure with subterranean parking, along with 4,500 square feet of ground-floor retail space.

Canton Seafood Condos Closer to Reality

The plans for razing the two-story Canton Seafood & Dim Sum restaurant at 655 Folsom Street and constructing a modern 14-story building, with 89 condos over 2,300 feet of commercial space and an underground garage for 36 cars with its entrance on Hawthorne, have just been granted an Eastern Neighborhoods based exception from having to complete an Environmental Impact Report (EIR).

Ground Breaks On Condos, Restaurant At Former Pagoda Theatre officially began this week on the Palace at Washington Square, a condo building with ground-floor restaurant space that will occupy the former Pagoda Theatre site at 1731 Powell Street, near Columbus Ave.

Transbay Joint Powers Authority Approves $160 Million Cash Offer Pre-entitlements

Generally zoned for 750 feet, Parcel F is the last remaining site available for development of a super-tall building in downtown San Francisco and the final parcel that can directly connect to the Transbay Transit Center Rooftop Park via a pedestrian sky bridge. F4 proposes to construct a tower on Parcel F containing 200-300 hotel rooms, 200 residential units, and 250,000-425,000- square-feet of office.

New Condos Proposed for Big Bubble Site

The Cow Hollow parcel upon which the two-story Big Bubble Laundromat sits at 2525 Van Ness Avenue, adjacent to Amero, is zoned for development up to 65-feet in height. And having recently acquired the site, a Vancouver-based developer, the Executive Group, is working on plans for a seven-story building to rise. The proposed 65-foot building includes 27 condos over 1,500 square feet of café/retail space fronting Van Ness Avenue and an underground garage for 27 cars

Tenant Buyout Clears the Way to Raise the Roof on Mission

With Anna’s Linens on Mission having closed, and the master tenant from which Anna’s had been subleasing having been paid to forfeit the remaining 30 years on their 99-year lease, plans to renovate the existing 12,000-square-foot structure and add four floors of residential units above are in the works. 

Checking In On Octavia's Planned Micro-Unit Apartments

It's been over a year since we covered plans for Parcels M and N, two narrow Octavia Boulevard-adjacent lots where two micro-unit apartment buildings are in the works. Despite the lack of visible progress, the project is still trucking along behind the scenes. Architect Douglas Burnham from envelopeA+D, which is handling the development, gave us an update.

For the complete list of related articles, click here.

San Francisco Residential Development-February 2016 Edition

The median new construction price per square foot has risen to $1,326. It is expected that the majority of all condominium units currently under construction will be released for sale in 2016, suggesting a potential shortage of new units in 2017. There are a number of developments in the approval, review and/or conceptual process including Tenderloin, Treasure Island, Mid-Market and Dogpatch, to name a few. 

For the most recent quarter, the median price for a new condominium was $1,290,000. 147 units closed while 516 units remain available. Price per square foot increased 11% year-over-year and 7% month-over-month.

The median price for resale condos was $1,100,000 with 562 units sold and 142 remaining on the market. Price per square foot was $958, a 1% increase year-over-year.

The below are some of the properties currently selling:

  • 450 Hayes
  • The District
  • 1001 Seventeenth
  • Lumina
  • The Rockwell
  • Luxe
  • Fulton 555
  • 72 Townsend
  • San Francisco Shipyard
  • Summit 800
  • 6 Mint Plaza

Click here to read the February San Francisco Development Report in its entirety.

If you're in the market to purchase a condominium in San Francisco, contact The Costa Group to find out how we can help you find the perfect home to fit your lifestyle.








Google Fiber Coming to San Francisco

Yesterday, Google announced that it will provide its lightening-fast gigabit Google Fiber Internet service to certain apartment and condominium complexes as well as affordable housing in San Francisco. 

Gigabit speed allows users to download HD movies or backup computers in seconds instead of hours. It could significantly increase the productivity of those who work out of the home, allow for more efficient, collaborative online studying and even positively impact the tele-health industry.

Taking into account 'a number of factors, including the city's rolling hills, miles of coastline, and historic neighborhoods,' the company decided to piggyback upon existing fiber networks instead of laying its own line.

San Francisco will be Google's fifth city in the nation equipped with its Fiber Internet service. Currently, the two main high speed Internet providers in the Bay Area are Comcast and AT&T. 

Google's super high-speed Internet coming to a lucky few in San Francisco. 

Google's super high-speed Internet coming to a lucky few in San Francisco. 

"That's a good thing for consumers. We can get to better services and more competition without having to build lots of new or redundant networks," said Hovis, who works for local governments and nonprofits on broadband projects, some involving Google Fiber. "We don't see huge amounts of competition in broadband. It's really expensive to build these networks. It really leads to monopoly and duopoly.

The cost of Google Fiber to those lucky San Francisco residents is not yet determined but will most likely be competitive with current providers. Hopefully, the service will expand throughout the city. 

Google has also been working on plans to offer service in San Jose.

Are you looking to buy or sell in San Francisco? Learn more about The Costa Group and how we can help.

Arterra Condos of San Francisco, CA

As proud Realtors at Arterra, we love to see what people are up to around our vibrant neighborhood. 

Live in modern luxury while reducing your carbon footprint at Arterra, a LEED-Certified modern high rise complex, built with renewable resourced, sustainable building materials and Kwan Henmi interior design finishes. Located at 300 Berry and 5th Street in the Mission Bay/South Beach neighborhood; offering the ultimate urban lifestyle with a myriad of cultural activities, services, restaurants, parks and an exciting night life at your fingertips. 

The amenities in this gorgeous building are bountiful, while the HOA fees are beyond reasonable.  At Arterra, it's easy being GREEN by simply living here!

With so much going on around Arterra, there is never a dull moment. 

DEVELOPMENT PIPELINE | Developers plan to squeeze more affordable housing on key Mission site

A nonprofit development duo was tapped by San Francisco’s top housing agency to build 101 affordable apartments at 17th and Folsom Streets, squeezing about two-thirds more units than the city initially projected.

Read more about it in the SF Biz Journal



SF Residential Development Newsletter | The Costa Group | Sept 2015

Wondering what's happening in the booming San Francisco Development World.  Here is the latest news, stats, summaries, updates and building snapshots on all of San Francisco's current and upcoming exciting developments. Check out this amazing 32 page newsletter that covers all you need to know to plan your next real estate move.

  • News and Highlights
  • Market Performance
  • Currently Selling
  • Sold out and Re-sale
  • Upcoming Developments
  • Pipleline Summary
  • Residential Supply
  • New Density Bonus

Click Here for the SF Residential Development Newsletter>

To find out more about condominium values and real estate opportunities, please connect with The Costa Group.

The Ferry Building Marketplace on the Embarcadero

 5 Best Foodie Spots Here!

Ferry Building Marketplace on the Embarcadero

Ferry Building Marketplace on the Embarcadero

1.      Slanted Door 

Vietnamese restaurant that anchors the north-east corner of the Marketplace. serves lunch and dinner seven days a week, has a full bar with signature cocktails, and offers outdoor seating. The menu ranges from Vietnamese street food to complex meat and seafood entrees.


Lunch: Daily 11am-2:30pm
Sunday-Thursday: 5:30pm-10pm
Friday-Saturday: 5:30pm-10:30pm

2.      Gott’s Roadside  

A different kind of burger joint, serving juicy cheeseburgers with thick chocolate shakes, but their versions of these American classics are made-to-order from top-notch, locally sourced ingredients.


Daily: 8am-10pm
Soft Serve from Frozen Yogurt: 11am-7pm


3.      Marketbar

Mediterranean menu mostly sourced from fresh ingredients sold at the Marketplace and the weekly Farmer's Market.


Lunch & dinner from 11:30am

Saturday & Sunday:
Starting with brunch from 9am


4.      Hog Island Oyster Company

San Francisco oyster bar and retail outlet for the Tomales Bay oyster farm of the same name.


Open Mon-Thu, 11:30am - 9:00pm.

Fri, 11:30am - 10:00pm.

Sat, 11:00am - 10:00pm.

Sunday, 11:00am - 9:00pm.


5.      Bouli Bar

Bouli Bar is chef owned and operated using the finest fresh Northern California farm fresh ingredients and fisheries. Check out Boulette's Larder, their sister restaurant.


Mon, Closed
Tue, 11am – 3pm, 8am – 10:30am
Wed-Fri, 11am – 3pm, 6pm – 9:30pm, 8am – 10:30am
Sat, 11am – 3pm, 8am – 10:30am
Sun, 10am – 2:30pm

Stay fit with the Costa real estate Group

Here are a few of our favorite fitness spots in the city!

Barry’s Bootcamp

236 King Street
San Francisco, CA 94107

  • The Best Workout in the World®
  • Hour-long workout includes 25-30 minutes of interval cardiovascular treadmill routines
  • Hour-long workout also includes 25-30 minutes of strength training utilizing free weights, resistance bands, medicine balls and other equipment.
  • Trainers, muscle groups and even workout segments vary throughout the week so that no one class is ever the same.
  • Motivational intense music played during hour-long session.
  • Smoothie bar for an after-work out nutritional boost.


Bay Tenis Club

645 5th Street 
San Francisco, CA 94107

  • 12 indoor climate-controlled courts
  • 12 rooftop outdoor courts
  • Tennis programs for all ages and abilities
  • State-of-the-art fitness space.
  • Train with first-class pros and enjoy our quality fitness equipment and group exercise classes.
  • Wind down after your workout at Match Point Café with a fresh, healthy snack or cocktail. Whatever you need to live life to the happiest, it's all at the Bay Club.



Pure Barre

3727 Buchanan St
San Francisco, CA 94123

  •  Your teacher will set up the exercises and then circulate the room, correcting form to help you get the most out of your time with motivating music.
  • High energy warm-up leading to sculpting and strengthen your arms with light weights and conditioning. Then, step up to the ballet barre to tone your thighs. lift and shape your seat with small and precise movements. Define and strengthen your abs with targeted exercises.wind down by stretching and elongating your muscle.
  • The positions and movements are basic - it's how deep you work in them that makes the difference. 



215 Fremont Street 

San Francisco, California 94105

  • CorePower Yoga strengthens, balances, detoxifies and exhilarates the body and mind.
  • Set to energizing music
  • CorePower Yoga classes will have you moving, breathing and sweating.
  • No matter your age, strength or flexibility level, CorePower Yoga has a yoga class to meet you where you are.
  • Classes: Beginning Corepower yoga, CorePower Yoga Heated Yoga class, Hot Power Fusion class or Yoga Sculpt class [with weights].