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SAN FRANCISCO REALTY SHOWS RISING TIDE OF PROSPERITY FEBRUARY SALES REACHED GRAND TOTAL OF $5,969,044 Phenomenal Showing Revealed in Transactions of Past Month, Which Has Been Exceeded Only Once Since the Fire of 1906 r >:\ly nni~e*sinre the fire of 1906 have real estate transactions exceeded the volume of property transferred last month, the total sum involved being $5,369,044. This is all the more notable from the fact that it was a short month of only "22 business days. In review ing the last month Thomas Magee & real estate circular says: l»urinß the month of lelmiary there were 627 Bales, of .San Francisco real estate recorded for a total of $5,869.0 M. Theae Ogoree are more than $1,250,000 gwater than the figures for January, !(n<l thin in spite of the short SBODth, there h«v iMHinees liays during the i::onth. As compared with t'nc month of 1-Vbru las( Tear the month ju*f «*oeed a ■ t.ii'by in'.rc than $3,000,006. One < ■-' roiHribntinir causes to the liigh total fe* lebrimry was the iw'nilng of ClOtiac 21 additional transactions in the one hut 'ii the district cast of Main street to the water front and Mrnth of Market • ">r approximately ■rr with the deeds that wtnt r.n record dortag .lanuary. notice of whi.-h was iHken in the last leeue of the circular, a total fsUmaK than $;■..<*«>,ooo was inrested J.i tiiehc properties, 81 in number. Mo«t of these deada b*ex date* of ceTernl years d according to current rumor these proper ties haye lieen acquired for the Southern Pacific railroad, although none of the deeds recorded taken in its name. But even olimln mtiMS tills $2,000,000 from the figures for the >-ionth, the total of approximately $4,000,000 still 1 ry for tlsc month. j.ii<l Weald be more tlian $I.<\H),ooo greater than tell rh<- >-:ime montfa iast year. The largest transaction of the month -was; the e\ciiang" t»f thf Cr<**iey lot, owned tvy Mrs. liernianu iielrichs. at tin- north corner of Mission «n*i New Montgouu L 43 feet X* inches ir«»nt in ■'■ 160 feet front In N*«r Montgomery street, to Jessie street, as part pay ment for the Central llealty building, in the north side of Sutter street. 70 feet east of Ki-arny street. The size of this lot is 101 feet i.'s in Sutter street by 119 tpot deep to Hardle plac«, less small 5. in rear, with ■ Fix I basement building of stores and lofts. t *i<lll irv for all property remains ■iTitv in real estate is not confined to any particular section bat is general and well distributed v: :ffereut sections of the c:t*. IWU.i; SALES OF >IO\TH inione the principal sales of the month were the following: Ift the fifty vara section—Beside the sale in trade .if The Central Realty building, the north west corner of Sutter and Mason streets, 137:4) by i::7:ti feet, was sold in trade, tbe owners taklDi in part payment the property in the east Fide ~f mimore street. L'B feet north of Sacra ■tnet, ."0 )>} !«i:<> feet in size; ,tße south ( Pine ami Leavenwortli streets. i:J7:e by thwest corner of Geary nnd LeaVenwiTth streets. 68:9 by 77:t'.; the south f California and Jones stree! in trade, lit:: by l"7:i»; the south side of Setter sTii feet weat <<i Mason street, 00:0 by 1.7 X, with 10 rii,-ht of way leading out to street; the west side of Taylor street, 52 b • f Pacific street. 40 by 82 feet; and tb side of Kddy street. 87 :B feet east of 137 :5, s.ld in probate. In the 100 vara section: Besides the 21 sales already referred to ibera and the Crossley lot, ilde <if I'Vuirth etreet, 51:2 feet Dorthweat of Natima street, 51:4x82:6. less small 1., s-old in foreclosure at $40,000. and the east rnmpr of Third and Tehama streets, 30x5<0 in Third street, with lot 25x»0 adjoinius in Tehama Ox the Western Addition: The west side of Larkln MCtk of Grove, 60x100, fyld to the city as n portion of the civic center; the Borta aMe of Pacinc arenue, 140 fpet east of •reer. 7i>xi;il:e, with lot adjoining in MARIN COUNTY TO BE PUSHED TO THE FRONT Promotion League Forming Plans for Launching Great Forward Movement 3ALSTO, March 7.—Several com mittees of the Marin Promotion league ■net tliis week to devise ways and means of launching a great forward movement in this county. Tt was decided that the first step to be Uikcn is a membership campaign to get 2,000 Marinites enrolled in the Measures will be taken to affiliate with every improvement club in the county. It is proposed to put the county in order for i!>ls and attract visitors to all parts of it. A series of scenic roads around Tamalpais and to the Marin county beaches is now planned. pa will be taken at once to es lablish a Marin county exhibit at the California development board this year give moving picture lectures it la proposed to raise at least $10, --r this year's publicity campaign. Every man and every woman who be lieves in Marin county and who is will 'ng to work will be asked to lend as ?istance. On tho eleventh, next Tuesday night, a banquet will be given at Coppa's San Rafael, by the league. Three hundred persons will sit down at this i. llobert Newton Lynch of the California development board will be there and speak on "Grasping An Op portunity.' , Other good speakers will make addresses. The board of super visors will be asked to come and break ; with the league and imbibe in- ;'tratlOi*» SALES OF HOME SITES BREAK ALL RECORDS Ilrmnnd for Property In >'eiT Tracte In RVldence of the Prosperity of the Times .-ing from the number of sales made in the Crocker Amazon tract dur ing 1 lie last month, it appears that Sato i'"rancisro is entering on a great . o w th. ru&ry, though it was but a short inohth, Isolds the record for the num ber of sales made in Crocker park, than $125,000 worth of property was sold In this subdivision in exactly ■vcfiks. No other subdivision in San Francisco has ever equaled this ; kable activity before. Many reservations for homesites In the new Crocker Amazon unit, Crocker have already been received in Sleea of the Crocker Estate com pany. If the sale* continue to be made as in the past it will not be long b< fore all the new homesites will be taken up. For the year, up to the t. the Crocker Estate company Id more than $210,000 worth of property in these subdivisions. WOODSIDE HOME acres, not far from Family Club > g-e comfortable residence, 6 bedrooms, i bathe —perpetual run ning stream affords large water y—2s acres in bearinp apple ard. Place in first class con dition. « $30,000 Baldwin & Howell 318-324 KEARNY ST. ! flip south side of Bmadway. CSxIC2:C fe«t in J shsts sold at probate: the west side of Yen Ness : HMM) M feet Di>rth of Pino street, 125:6 feet weM .if Van Ness avenue, 07:8x137:6 feet, and the north m;!«> of Geary street, 100 feet east of Van 9MM avium-, 5.">x120 feet. • In the Mission: The south corner of Twelfth ami Stevenson streets. 60*15:11 feet, sold in trade fir the wathwcal MTMT of Nineteenth sad Capp Btreet", <Wxl<>4:o fert. Bl lltOfXG OPERATIONS T Tin- total building contracts entered into during i the month of February amounted to $1,070,043, divided aa f-ll'nvs: Brick $94»5.243 frame &55.882 Alterations 219,948 Total : $1,979,043 The totiil building contracts entered into since tin- Bra Muiotmt to 1237,019/ttS. All buildings erected witfeta two years after the tire cost from S~' to 90 per <'ent core tliau the original contract price; stace then tlu-y li.tve cost at least 10 to !."> Mr cent men than tba original contract price. • It Iβ, therefore, conservatively estimated that the i i total, expended for building oeerfctteM since the j ! tip- Is not less than $281,000,000. There have h<en building permits granted since the tiro. I'EBRI AIIV MORTGAGES During the month of February there were 741 mortgages and deedg of trust recorded against Shn Fraaetoco reni estate for a total of $4.tviN. 122. l>uring the same period 437 releases of inortjfasri> wnd nn nwmjlllDil of deeds of trust wpp- recorded. .Siure the fire. It bas been iin i possible, finiutr t<> the destruction of the public to aMertait! the total inrolved hi all re ad reconveyances from the office of the I city himl <■•■unity recorder. However. 378 of these I releases stated Uμ amount involved and showed a total of $l,8?B.t0i. The largest nortcafe of the month was a bond mortgage for $1,500,000 jriTen by the Crocker Hotel company Eβ tbe Mercantile Trim company on the St. frauds hotel property, coruer of Pow ell and Geary streets. Last month the record*, included a reconveyance for $1,000,000 on this property and the Shrev* butldinp from the Equit- j able Life Assurance s-x-iety to tbe Crocker Hotel company. The additional $500,000 borrowed is undoubtedly Intended h« a building loan to finance the ert-etion of the new wing to be added to the St. Franeti hotel at the corner of Powell and Poet streets. Among the other larpc mortgages for the month Uμ following: Dqed of trust from William Wilson company to Uosa Stahi «nd J. Dooald Undo (trustees for A'loipti Stabl) for $105,000, in the south side of ! Post street between Grant avenue and Stockton street, the west side of Montgomery street be tweea Sattn and liush, ana four other parcels; deed of trust from George E. Dow Estate com pany to Wellington Gregtr Jr. and Jame* J. Paras, (tniateaa), for |M,W, at the north corner of First ami Howard streets; Florence A. Browne to til-.' Hibernia b:tnk. mortgage for $90,000, in the south side of Past street betweea Mason and Taylor: deed of trust for $90,000. from Perkins, Trowbrtdjje ft MeKiustry to Anglo-California SYiim ■ •ouipany. in the south side of Kutter etreet between Mason and Taylor, and mortgage for $83,200, from ("onarepatlon Sherith-Israel to the I German bank, at the northeast corner of Califor ! nia and WdL>ster str.ijv. i Among the large releases for the month were I th<> following: Hibernia bank to Herbert B. Law and Hartlaud l>.w, reiease of mortgage for $273. 000, o> 12 block! at North San Francisco; the Southern Trust --onipßny to the Wenben Estate >. reconveyance, at tbe northwest cofner of Slitter and Mason streets; Elena Ormart and i others to Elise A. Drexler. release for $100,000, '■n property ;n Uμ southeast line of Market street between Sixth and Seventh, and release for $90, --006, from German bank to l>. B> Dorn, in the north side of Turk street between Jones and Leaven worth, and three other parsei<;. Interest rates on mortgages and deeds of trust to from r> V- to C per cent net at the sayings banks. RESIDENCE PARK NOW NEARING COMPLETION Forest Hill Gorgeous With Floral Effects and Art of Landscape Architect The fbousands that regularly visit ami ramble through Forest hill are at last beginning to get an idea as to what that natural park will look like when it is turned over to its owners by the engineer in charge, Mark Dan iels. Many of the winding boulevards have received their coats of macadam and are nearly completed. Various of the large urns, vases and benches which are all made of artificial stone and in exact reproduction of famous Greek originals are already in place and give an air of distinction and refinement to their surroundings. That nature will not permit herself to be overshadowed by the handicraft of mere man is evidenced by the signs of a nearing spring. The pine and eucalyptus trees are beginning to show their new spring foliage, and the many miles of the geraniums, which were planted last fall, are showing their adoration for the sunshine by bursting into their many vivid and flaming tone shades. The next two or three weeks will bring out nature in all her gorgeousness, and many San Fran ciscans, hungry for a taste of spring In the country, may revel in the delights of Forest hill. For the benefit of those who are not familiar with the location of Forest hill it may be mentioned that It is part of Sutro forest and that it may now be reached by the Hayes-Ninth avenue car line, which runs directly to the Madera Land Facts Will alfalfa and fruit grow in Madera County? 11. H. Whitmore, lecturer and representative of the Madera County Chamber of Commerce at the California Development Board, Ferry Bldg. (upstairs), foot of Market Street, will give you free reliable information and answer all your questions. Special lecture including 125 col ored views given each afternoon from 3 to 3:30. This coupon gives you and your friends free admission. If you can't attend, send it to Mr. Whit more, Ferry Bldg., San Francisco, and receive free new illustrated booklet on Madera County, San Joaquin Valley. $45 PER ACRE Good Subdivision Proposition-— 600 acres, for small farming, early vegetables and fruit, in San Joaquln County, about 10 miles east of Stockton, within % mile of railroad station. Can arrange satisfactory terms to responsible buyer. Baldwin & Howell 318-324 KEARNY ST. THE SAX. FRANCISCO CALL. SATURDAY. MARCH 8. 1913. SC£/V£ AT CONTRACTORS , BANQUET IN THE SHARON BUILDING LAST SATURDAY EVENING. HANDSOME LANDSCAPE EFFECTS, WITH CURVED STREETS. PARK SPACE AND SCULP- Tt J PFD r/f?VS that CJVF A nrSTIWCTWE APPEARANCE TO FOREST HILL property from Powell and Market streets in 30 minutes. If coming in automobile, motor through Golden Gate park in South drive to Seventh avenue entrance, then south in Seventh , avenue past L»ake Honda to Dewey boulevard. MORE LAND BOUGHT BY SOLANO COMPANY A. J. Rich & Co. have just announced the consummation of two large pur chases for the account of the Solano Irrigated Farms, Inc., being the Daniel eon and Petersen properties, aggregat ing more than 2,000 acres. These two pieces of property have been held in the same ownership for the last 30 years and ha% r e been considered among the most valuable properties in Solano county. The price has not been di vulged, but is supposed to have been in the neighborhood of $150,000. This company now controls about 100,000- acres, making It the largest single irrigation project in the west. A large force of men are fcuilding reservoirs, five dredgers are at work and 17 caterpillars engaged in plowrng. Ingleside Terraces Come—see. "That's all" ELECTRIC CARS WILL SOON RUN TO HARBOR Southern Pacific Extending Line to Richmond and New Shipping District RICHMOND, March 7.—The Southern Pacific electric system in Richmond will be running over Cutting boule vard and through Wall's Harbor center, in which the city council has accepted a block as a city hall site, within a few months. "Work on the electric line is to begin at once. Elg-ht carloads have been dumped beside the com pany's main line at the Pullman shops for laying the track in Cutting boule vard. The new road will permit early morning electric switching privileges, and will open a factory territory at the west, which will add one more to tho unusual features of development that make Harbor center a prize for investors. The leading streets of the city, including Twenty-third, Cutting boulevard and Potrero avenue, pass through or alongside this tract. Wall's Harbor center will receive all the development from the inner har bor, which lies almost alongside it. To reach thl3 harbor, which will soon be under construction, is one of the prime objects of the Southern Pacific in get ting a line down early over Cutting boulevard. WOODLAND ATTORNEY STRICKEX WOODLAND. March 7.—Phil Burton, a "Woodland attorney, was stricken with paralysis today. lie probably will re cover. Bnrjrfars Get Jewelry—Jewelry worth $100 was stolen yeeterdav from the apartment of Mrs. Anna I* Tennyson, ( 351 Jones street. GOOD HEAL ESTATE Large Building Loans Made This Week'by Banks and Insurance Company Loans on city real estate, -while few in number and for the most part in small sums, show a very healthy con dition in the money market. The sav ings banks and insurance companies loaning' to builders and purchasers •of good property. Following arc some ! of the principal of the week: The Fireman's Fund Insurance company made h building loan of $<r,.oo<'> to the Ilin-1" Kstate I company to erect a hotel and itorea at tbe south east COtoer of Minna and Fifth streets on a lot 80x148. The Italian-American bank loaned $8,000 to F. V. Boger to bnild a residence in the ea«t side of Hyde street, 02 feet south of Broadway, on a lot 25x87. The German S.ivldrs bank mad* a loan of $3,000 to Earl Mnler to erect a store with rooms above, to eoct $8,000, in tve west Fide of Fill more street, 72 feet south of Greenwich, on a lot 24x100. The Hibernia bnnk made a renewal loan of $2".ooo to the Methodist board of Missions on property at the southwest corner of McCoppin uii'l Valencia street-. The Hlbernla bank loaned $00,000 to the Fi delity Iruprovemct»t company to finance the pur chase and make Imprufcmenta oa two M<vks In the I'arkside District nt M and L aud Sorenth aurl Eighth aver.ups. Tb* Mutual Savjnps bank msde a bul!d!np loan of $50,000 to the Franklin Realty company to construct apartments In the north side of O'Far rel! etreet, 137f« east of L-nrkin. Ob a lot 6Sx 137:6. The Savings T'nion bank lonnM $7.."rfio to ETSra bfth Brasseur to build flats in the southeast side of Park lane North, 352 feet east of Third ■ street, on a lot 22x07. NAPA COUNTY RANCH SOLD TO SAN FRANCISCAN The Bellview ranch at Oakville, in Napa county, has been purchased for $32,000 by John O'Donnell, the San Francisco attorney. The estate includes 474 acres of cultivated land and a spa cious residence. Dr. George Holbrook has leased the ranch, where he will establish a mountain sanitarium. The sale was made by the Herold & Klngr Real Estate company. Good Haul by Bnrgrlara —The home of A. Serventi, 2517 Castro street, was visited by burglars late Thursday nigrht and $175 in gold and jewelry valued at $40 were stolen. Wall's Harbor Center Richmond's Profit Center The small mvestor can not buy in the REAL CENTER of any large city today. The smaller investor can buy in the CENTER OF RICH MOND, which will be a big city. Wall's Harbor Center Heart of a Growing City. Resolution No. 447 BE IT RESOLVED, By the Council of the City of Richmond, duly assembled, that the City of Richmond accept and it does hereby ac cept the deed dated February 17, 1913, made to it by the HARBOR CENTER LAND COMPANY, a corporation, and the land therein and thereby conveyed, for the purposes and on the conditions In said deed stated: and. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That a copy of this resolution be certified by the City Clerk of the City of Richmond, and be attached to the said deed and be recorded tnerewith. I do hereby certify that the foTeg-oing , Resolution passed and adopted at a reg-ular meeting of the Council of the City of Richmond on February 17, 1913, by the following vote: Ayes; Councilmen Garrard, Follett, Hartnett, Willis, Doolins Ludewig, Penry and Owens. Absent: Councilman McDuff. In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the corporated seal of the City of Richmond. J. C. OWENS. Mayor.- I. R. VAUGHN, City Clerk of the City of Richmond. T A L R -,, City Clerk of the City of Richmond and Clerk of the Council of the City of Richmond, do hereby certify that at meeting of said Council duly and regularly convened and'held on th« 17th day of February, 1913, at which a quorum and a majority of said Council were present and acting, a resolution of which the fbresroina is copy was duly adopted by said Council. c 19th"day ce o S f%>bruar n j% ins. ° f Said Clty ° f Richmond - "»ia (Corp't Seal) T. R. VAUGHN , City Clork- Recorded at request of T. R. VAUGHN. Feb. 20 VM" \ r> -,"t 1«> mln. past 1 P. M., in Vol. 194 of Deeds, page 461, Records'of Contra Costa County. M. 11. HURLEY, County Recorder. Block in Its Center Accepted by Council as the New CITY HALL SITE S. P. Has Unloaded Rails for Its Electric Line Over Cutting Boulevard Buy in Richmond's center, in the center of a cfeming metropolis at prices you would pay for mere suburban property elsewhere' % Easy for everyone. Small amount down.' Small payments monthly. NEW RICHMOND LAND COMPANY 801 Monadnock Bldg., San Francisco, Cal. GEORGE S. WAUL, Prcalcleut He Has Made Thousands of Dollars for Thousands of People. BUILDERS MEET TO CELEBRATE Banquet Held in New As sembly Room of Sharon Building Marks Third Annual Gather ing of the General Con tractors' Association Celebrating the opening of the taoet elaborately lifted contractors' assembly chamber In the United .States, the mem bers of the General Contract©!* , •*•© elation gathered !*•« Satwday evening In a banquet in the Sharon building quarters. This marked the third an nual meeting of the association am ; regarded by the builders of the city as the most important stride of San Fv • ch'eo's growth In many years. Several hilndred members gathered at the banquet with Mayor Rolph, several of the supervisors, representatives the exposition and civic bodies and the officers of the association at the speak ers , table. Charles A. Day. retiring president, officiated. Mayor Rolph delivered a stirring ad dress, speaking- in glowing terms of the progress of the association. Other speakers were Charles W. Gomp'-rtz, new president: James McNab. Charles Vogelsang, Lewis P. Ryington. W. T. Sesnon, A. C. RtUofaon, Georgd R- M , *- Dougrall. Paul Bancroft, F. H. Masow and P. J. Lynch. The banquet committee was composed of P. J. Lynch, chairman; Charles W. Gompertz and John Biller. The recep tion committee was composed of C. J. Carillon, R. G. Graham. J. W. Hatch, J. A. Jordan, F. 11. BfUOW, H. J. Ralston. C. D. E. T. Thurston. Charles Wright, W. H. Wright and Frank M. Heffernan, publicity manager. SUNSET BI:ING GRADED FOR HOME BUILDER^ Doing; Extenelre Str» . Work on Elevated l.jiml Near X Street and 23d Avenue Evidence of the popularity of tlie Sunset District is shown by the grad ing operations now going on in the vicinity of X street and Twenty-third avenue. The grading , of the block of land be tween Kirkham and Lawton (L.) streets and Twenty-third and Twenty-fourth avenues is nearing completion, an I ! grading , or paving of the streets sur rounding will at once be pro with. Aside from the above work, Kirkhatn (X) street is being graded from Twenty-first avenue to Twenty-eight "n, anu the property owners hsv»? etgne i up for the following , street work: Judfth (J) street between Twenty-seventh arul Twenty-ninth avenues, and Irving ( I > street between Twenty-sixth and Twenty-eighth avenues. These elevated lands give every resi dent an unobstructed view of the matchless scenery of park, ocean and Marin county .shore*""which no locality of the city can excel. The firm of Sol. Gets * Sons Have graded more than 25 block* ered and* paved streets, and with the water and gas mains the mpney in vested by them in that part of th runs into several millions. They are at the present time engaged in th< opening , of their new tracts recentlv purchased. GEARY STREET STORE LEASEI> H. Summerfleld & Son report having leased the store and basement in the C. Frederick Kohl property, located In the southerly Hue of Geary street. 27:6 feet east of Powell. Schussler Rna;. ers, the art dealers, are the tenants, who stayed in their temporary uptown quarters until they could secure a good downtown home. The- terms of the lease are for a period of years at a rental approximately $70,000.