Weekend Events and the Weekly Real Estate Update

It’s once again a very busy weekend in San Francisco when it comes to events and activities. For starters, there’s the Chinese New Year Parade and Festival — always a big draw. The parade is on Saturday evening, and the festival takes place both Saturday and Sunday. The Noise Pop festival concludes its one-week run with shows and events throughout the City on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Finally, since this is the last weekend of the month,  TreasureFest (formerly Treasure Island Flea) will take place — this month featuring a Mardi Gras theme. There will be Mardi Gras beads, “buy one, get one free” craft hurricane cocktails, 30+ Food trucks and tents serving New Orleans inspired foods like West Coast Gumbo and California Beignets, live jazz music, and much more. 

On the “Homes for Sale in San Francisco” front, here’s our report for this week, 2/18/18 – 2/24/18

Home Prices Continue to Climb Across the Country

An uptick in existing-home sales in the final three months of 2017 pulled down housing inventory to an all-time low and kept home-price growth at its recent robust pace, according to the latest quarterly report by the National Association of REALTORS®.

In fact, across the country, home prices were up 5.3 percent in the fourth quarter in comparison to the same period in 2016, and in nearly two-thirds of the nation’s markets, home prices were at an all-time high.

Four of the five most expensive housing markets in the fourth quarter were in California, and yes, San Francisco was among them — ranked #2. As is often the case when national figures are released, San Francisco in this survey includes Oakland and Hayward. Here are the rankings:

San Jose metro area, where the median existing single-family price was $1,270,000; San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, $920,000; Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, $785,000; urban Honolulu, $760,600; and San Diego-Carlsbad, $610,000.


Noise Pop Is On Now Through Sunday

So much is going on in San Francisco, it’s hard to keep up with it all. The Noise Pop Festival opened on Monday, and runs through Sunday. The Festival celebrates indie music, arts, and film. Now in its 26th year, Noise Pop has brought early exposure to many emerging artists in the Bay Area and beyond, many of whom have gone on to widespread acclaim.

Over the next four days there will be different films, art shows, happy hours, and concerts to take in all over the City and the East Bay. For more information, and the full schedule of events and performances, click here.

The Chinese New Year Parade and Street Fair


It’s a busy weekend, but today we’re going to focus on just one thing: the City’s annual Chinese New Year Festival and Parade. After all, this is one of San Francisco’s biggest and most treasured events, a tradition since the 1860s. Organizers say that the parade and festival have grown to be the largest celebration of Asian culture outside of Asia.

The parade features over 100 units, and it is one of the few remaining night illuminated parades left in the country. The parade takes place on Saturday between at 5:15 PM and 8 PM. It includes elaborate floats, lion dancers, folk dancers, costumed elementary school groups, marching bands, stilt walkers, Chinese acrobats, and a 288 foot long Golden Dragon (“Gum Lung”).

The Street Fair takes place Saturday, from 10 AM to 4:30 PM, and Sunday from 9 AM to 5 PM.  More than 120 booths and concessions will be on hand.

There are many other related activities taking place as well. For schedules, routes, locations, and complete information, click here.

Cafe Jacqueline: A Very Special Love Story

“There is no restaurant in San Francisco like Cafe Jacqueline in North Beach, which serves souffles and little else. There is no Cafe Jacqueline without its 82-year-old chef, Jacqueline Margulis, who makes every single one.”

So begins a wonderful feature in the Chronicle that recently profiled this very special restaurant and its chef and owner. According to the article, Jacqueline was raised in a convent and attended a cooking school in Bordeaux. After raising two children in the Marina, she opened Cafe Jacqueline thirty eight years ago at the age of 45. The place has landed on “The Most Romantic Restaurants in the City” lists ever since.

There is no Cafe Jacqueline without Jacqueline. You often hear that said of other places and other owners, but this is no platitude. She touches every dish that goes through its tiny kitchen — working in swift, silent tandem with her prep cook.

The head waiter, Matthew Weimer, says that if you ask Jacqueline, she says she’ll keep at it for two more years. “What’s going to happen when it’s gone? Well, it’s gone,” he says, “It’s like a souffle. It’s there and it’s gone.”

If you never been, better make reservations now!

Cafe Jacqueline
1454 Grant Avenue
5:30 – 11 PM Wednesday – Sunday

Weekend Events and the Weekly Real Estate Update

SF Beer Week comes to an end this weekend, as does Tulipmania at Pier39. There’s still time of course to enjoy both. On Sunday the Asian Art Museum hosts a day-long event to celebrate the start of the Chinese New Year. There’s a full schedule of family activities planned, including performances, workshops, story telling, and more.

On the “Homes for Sale in San Francisco” front, here’s our report for this week, 2/11/18 – 2/17/18

San Francisco Is Once Again the Nation’s Hottest Real Estate Market

In January, according to a realtor.com report, San Francisco took back the crown from San Jose, becoming once again the hottest real estate market in the country. San Jose came in second, followed by Vallejo. As usual, California dominated the survey, claiming 13 out of the top 20 spots.

In this study, the San Francisco market includes Oakland and Hayward. Rankings are based on the number of realtor.com listing views in each major metropolitan market (including satellite cities), plus the number of days homes spend on the market before being snapped up by buyers.

The other California cities ranking among the hottest markets in the nation are San Diego (No. 6), Santa Rosa (No. 7), Sacramento (No. 8), Stockton (No. 10), Modesto (No. 11), Fresno (No. 13), Los Angeles (No. 14), Chico (No. 16), Oxnard (No. 17), and Santa Cruz (No. 18).

Chinese Year of the Dog Arrives Tomorrow

January 1 is always the first day of the New Year according to the Western Gregorian calendar. In contrast, the Chinese New Year begins at a different time each year. This year, it begins tomorrow, the 16th.

The reason it’s held at a different time each year is actually simple to understand. The Western year corresponds to the earth’s cycle around the sun. The Chinese year, on the other hand, is based around the moon. Also known as a Lunar New Year, it differs annually because a lunar month is around two days shorter than a Western month. The Chinese New Year always falls on the second day of the new moon after the winter solstice.

This New Year marks the start of the year of the dog, which is regarded in Chinese culture as an auspicious animal.

The big Chinese New Year Parade in Chinatown doesn’t take place until the 24th of this month, but this Sunday you can get a head start on the celebration at the Asian Art Museum. There’s a full schedule of family activities planned throughout the day, including performances, workshops, story telling, and more.

SF Beer Week Ends this Weekend!

This weekend is your last chance to take in an SF Beer Week event or two. There are still tons of them scheduled to take place on Saturday and Sunday. Your best bet is to go to the SF Beer Week website, click on Schedule, click on All Dates, and then pick the day you want to look at. All the events for that day are displayed.

Find the one that speaks to you — whether it’s the Wagyu Pho Brunch at Hitachino Beer & Wagyu, Darkside – Dark Beers and Heavy Metal at Emporium SF-Arcade Bar Venue, or the Food Truck Bonanza at Barebottle Brewing Company.

The 10th Annual SF Beer Week
February 9 through 18, 2018