Spend A Night In The Presidio, In Luxury Or In A Tent

Enjoy an overnight stay in the Presidio. The park is currently home to two hotels, the Inn at the Presidio, and the recently opened Lodge at the Presidio. You can also enjoy a national park camping experience at Rob Hill, the Presidio’s group campground.​​​

You absolutely need to make reservations well in advance, and accommodations aren’t inexpensive. Even camping will cost you $125 per site per night. But the views and the experiences are priceless. Picture yourself, for example, sitting at an outdoor fire pit with a view of the Golden Gate Bridge in the near distance.

See the ABC 7  video report below to learn more about the amenities at the Lodge of the Presidio.

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Weekend Events and the Weekly Real Estate Update

SF.FunCheap.com has published a great online guide to San Francisco’s best Bastille Day celebrations taking place Saturday. Enjoy all things French — food, music, wine , beer, and more at a variety of venues. Meanwhile the SF Anime & Cosplay Festival is happening from 11 AM to 4 PM in Japantown Peace Plaza. And on Sunday you can watch the World Cup Final, France vs. Croatia, on a big outdoor screen with thousands of others at Civic Center Plaza. It promises to be a spirited and fun event!


On the “Homes for Sale in San Francisco” front, here’s our report for this week, 7/8/18 – 7/14/18

A California and Bay Area Real Estate Market Report

We will soon be releasing our 2018 Second Quarter Report, but in the meantime we thought we would share information provided by the California Association of Realtors, based on May 2018 real estate sales. A continued shortage of homes for sale pushed California’s median home sales price to a new record for the first time since the previous housing boom, with the Bay Area recording double-digit percent annual growth for the 11th straight month.

According to the report, the median sales price for a single-family home in the state was $600,860 in May, up 9.2 percent year-over-year for the highest annual rate of appreciation in four years. California’s median price surpassed its previous peak of $594,530, recorded 11 years ago.

“As we predicted last month, California’s statewide median home price broke the previous pre-recession peak set in May 2007 and hit another high as tight supply conditions continued to pour fuel on the price appreciation fire,” CAR Senior Vice President and Chief Economist Leslie Appleton-Young said in a statement accompanying the report. “With inventory starting to show signs of improvement, however, home price appreciation could decelerate in the second half of the year, especially since further rate increases are expected to hamper homebuyers’ affordability and limit how much they are willing to pay for their new home.”

The median sales price for a single-family home in the nine-county Bay Area climbed to $1,088,000, up by 16.4 percent from May 2017, marking the second straight month the region hit a new peak. More specifically, all five of the state’s million-dollar counties are in the Bay Area: San Francisco ($1,620,000). San Mateo ($1,600,000), Marin ($1,415,000), Santa Clara ($1,400,000), and Alameda ($1,025,000).

It’s All About France In San Francisco This Weekend

Saturday is Bastille Day, and Sunday the French take on Croatia in the World Cup. It’s good to be French this weekend! Of course, it’s also good to be in San Francisco, where you can celebrate right along with the best of them.

On Saturday, from 10 AM to 7 PM, take in all the sights and sounds at Bastille Day 2018, where you’ll find French food, live music, wine and beer, a vintage car show, a kids playground, and more. It takes place at Embarcadero Plaza and admission is free.

Later that evening you can celebrate Bastille Day in Belden Place, a European style alley known for its alfresco dining — often dubbed the French Quarter of San Francisco.

Then wake up the next morning, grab some croissants, and watch the World Cup live on a big outdoor screen with thousands of others in Civic Center Plaza! If you’d prefer to root for Croatia on Sunday, you’re certainly welcome to do so.

C’est magnifique!

2018 World Cup Live Viewing Party at Civic Center Plaza

Sure it’s early. But if you’re a fan, you’ll want to be there! Sunday, kicking off at 8 AM, the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department  will host a free public viewing party of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Final Match, presented on an enormous outdoor big screen.

In addition to the screening, there will be soccer activities for kids, a mobile rock climbing wall, and food trucks. Civic Center Commons Initiative will also be offering lawn games like giant Jenga and cornhole for guests to enjoy.

The world will be watching this game. And you can enjoy it all, right here in San Francisco.

By the way, if you want to catch today’s game between Croatia and England, that game is being shown outdoors by the City as well beginning at 11 AM. The location for this semi-finals match is different. It will be shown at Sue Bierman Park, just north of the Ferry Building.

Foodie Tuesday: Robot-Made Burgers in San Francisco

At Creator, a new restaurant in SoMa, high-tech robots are now making  $6 hamburgers.

It’s the culmination of years of research aided by some of the region’s best and brightest minds who have worked at the likes of Tesla, NASA, Walt Disney Imagineering and Chez Panisse. It’s not like these robots are driving cars, but still this is pretty impressive!

Do you think this might go over well in San Francisco? You bet it will. The place just opened and there’s already a wait-list to get in. We’re not talking hours. We’re talking weeks and months. As of now, you need to buy pre-paid tickets to visit Creator — but there are none available. According to its website, tickets are sold out for June and July, and there is a wait-list for August.

Never-the-less, we’re told it’s worth the wait so be persistent! Watch the video to learn more.

Creator 680 Folsom Street, near Third Street, San Francisco creator.rest

How Many of San Francisco’s 19 Sister Cities Can You Name?

The City recently installed a large, multi-pronged signpost near the Powell Street Station in Union Square, featuring the names of all of San Francisco’s sister cities and pointing in the direction of each, along with the distance away in miles.

The art installation was the brainchild of Mayor Mark Farrell, whose office credits it as a celebration of “person-to-person diplomacy.”

According to the City, a Sister City relationship is a broad-based, officially approved, long-term partnership between two communities in two countries. Sister City relationships in the United States began under President Eisenhower as a means to foster peace and prosperity by creating bonds between people from different cities around the globe.

These relationships bring people of different cultures together to celebrate and appreciate their differences and create cultural, educational, informational, and trade exchanges through person-to-person “citizen diplomacy.”

In case you are curious, here are our 19 Sister Cities:

Weekend Events and the Weekly Real Estate Update

Looks like we’re in for some sunny and warm weather over the next few days — the perfect conditions for the San Francisco Open AVP Beach Volleyball Tournament taking place now through Sunday, July 8 on Pier 30/32, the Embarcadro. Admission is free. If you’d rather stay indoors, and you’re a holder of a Bank of America or Meryl Lynch credit or debit card, you can take advantage of free admission to the de Young, Legion of Honor, and Contemporary Jewish Museum. It’s the first full weekend of July, and so it’s a Bank of America Free Museum Weekend. Click here for details.


On the “Homes for Sale in San Francisco” front, here’s our report for this week, 7/1/18 – 7/7/18

The Rise of the Older, Single Female Home Buyer

Since 1981, single women over 55 have been the fastest-growing demographic of home buyers when compared with a multitude of other categories, according to a recent Wall Street Journal report, citing an analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data by Ralph McLaughlin, founder and chief economist at Veritas Urbis Economics in Alameda, Calif.

Married couples are by far the largest group of home buyers, and single women the next largest group. But last year, single, older women made up 8.2% of all home buyers, roughly double the percentage of 20 years ago, Mr. McLaughlin says. These women also buy homes at nearly twice the rate as their male counterparts.

There have long been many more older single women than men, reflecting the fact that men remarry at a higher rate after a divorce, as well as the fact that men generally die at younger ages. But the dramatic increase in home purchasing by older women speaks to something else.

Many women in this place in life want to own a home of their own, says Jessica Lautz, director of demographics and behavioral insight for the National Association of Realtors. Ms. Lautz also notes that longer average lifespans — and people working until later in life — are giving older buyers across the country the confidence to take on a 15- or 30-year mortgage.

The fact that this trend is taking place is not surprising, but it is certainly worth noting.