With so much multifamily product in the pipeline, you'll want to join us for Bisnow's SF Multifamily Summit on Oct. 31 to hear the latest on how to differentiate your project from the guy next door. (Putting a bow on the building doesn't quite do it.)
Yesterday, we got a preview from HKS Architects' Brendan Dunnigan
, who will speak about dog- and people-friendly
amenities in this town, like a enclosed dog run area at HKS' Arc Light
property in South Beach. (Perfect for busy startup employees
who want it all, including a pooch.)
Getting creative with retail spaces
early on is also key. A daycare center at HKS' Potrero Launch Apartments
helped meet city planning requirements and offset fees (and gave moms more shut eye). Those 196 units got leased up in record time
—three months, Brendan says. HKS has a luxurious lineup of local hotels in its portfolio: the Ritz Half Moon Bay
and the Four Seasons in Palo Alto (a visiting VC's hotel of choice). In LA, its W Hollywood project included penthouse condos, which helped offset the cost
of the hotel construction.
One of HKS' large residential projects in SF is 45 Lansing
on Rincon Hill, a Crescent Heights-owned, 320-unit tower
that broke ground a few months back. Despite high demand, housing challenges exist
. The city's strict rule
that requires two-bedroom units comprise 40% of each residential project gets in the way as more singles over couples
want units in the city. As a result, HKS is configuring some two-bedroom units for roommate situations
, inserting living room or kitchen spaces between bedrooms instead of sharing a wall.
Last week, we joined 400 industry folks
at Langan and Treadwell & Rollo's big bash
for its annual family reunion at the Americano Restaurant
at Hotel Vitale, set to the stunning backdrop of the new Bay Bridge span (structural engineers were geeking out). We snapped Treadwell & Rollo's Western region director Phil Tringale,
with Fox Rothschild partner Phil Hinerman.
Phil H. is a frequent lecturer
in wine programs around the country.
We caught up with CREW Chapter prez and Boston Properties lease admin manager Helen Duong
at the org's annual chapter sponsor appreciation luncheon.
(We took this pic of her back in April... restaurants are so dark.) In 2006, the luncheon only had about two dozen attendees—last week, we counted 60 at the Ritz's Parallel 37
On the menu: pan-seared halibut, chocolate truffles, and a personal hello from the chef. CREW San Francisco's sponsorship dollars have increased at least 30%
since times were tough
in the real estate biz in 2009 and 2010, she reports.