Being the tallest building in the city at 853 feet high, the Transamerica Pyramid has dominated the San Francisco skyline since 1972. That is, until now.
The Salesforce Tower has officially surpassed our iconic triangle to become the City’s tallest building. Upon completion in 2018 the skyscraper will hit an imposing 1,070 feet, soaring into the sky in all its shimmering glory.
The building will host retail and office space and features innovative qualities such as outside air intake on every floor that allows fresh air to flow throughout the building. With ten foot high windows on every floor, it gleams in the California sunlight, a bright addition to our city.
Corgis have taken the internet by storm in recent years by looking cheekily over their shoulder while wiggling their heart-shaped behinds. Saturday, October 22nd, from 10am-2pm, thousands of these fuzzy height-challenged pups will be taking over Ocean Beach as the annual Corgi Con kicks off. The event includes a costume contest, Corgi race, and the joy of tiny fur balls frolicking in the sand. You can RSVP here.
Sunday be sure to stop by Off the Grid‘s finale Picnic in the Presidio. This will be your last opportunity this year to enjoy the delicious lineup of local food trucks at the beautiful Main Parade Ground. Work off some of those calories with free yoga and document the fun with a green screen photo booth from 11am-4pm.
Tartine Bakery is one of the most outstanding bakeries in San Francisco. Serving everything from rustic country bread to sweet and delicate pastries, the bakery has developed a reputation that leads hundreds of hungry people to line up at their door on Guerrero Street daily.
The good news is Tartine Manufactory has opened a second spot at 595 Alabama Street, also in the Mission. While lines may still form at this new location, at least you have a second place now to satisfy your cravings for massive buttery croissants. The menu also includes sandwiches and salads to go along with the pastries – making any possible wait more than worth it.
This upcoming Saturday, October 22, the annual Festival of Rock Posters will take place in the Hall of Flowers in Golden Gate Park. Many older San Franciscans will find this hard to believe, but 2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the invention of the psychedelic rock poster.
These posters were an important part of the San Francisco music scene back in the day. Much like the music they were promoting, they broke all the rules and helped to create a completely new culture and experience, with its own unconventional forms of expression.
The entire world was enraptured by what was taking place in San Francisco at the time. On Saturday, you’ll have a chance to see and even purchase the posters that embodied an entirely new counterculture mindset.
You’ll be hearing a lot about this period in the coming months. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the 50th anniversary of the Human Be-In is Jan. 14, and that will launch a year of tributes to the Summer of Love.
Catch the 10th anniversary of the Treasure Island Music Festival this weekend and experience the festival on its final year on the Island. The Festival will continue to run in a different location annually, but it has not been announced where, as of yet. Tickets can be bought here and the festival will run both Saturday and Sunday. More information can be found here.
The 27th annual Potrero Hill Festival is also taking place this Saturday from 11am-4pm. The festival will take part between Wisconsin and Missouri Streets. There will be local food vendors and artists, musicians, homegrown entertainment and much more! You can get more details on the event here.
On the “Homes for Sale in San Francisco” front, here’s our report for this week, 10/09/16 – 10/15/16:
Jonathan Smoke, Chief Economist with Realtor.com, recently published a very thoughtful piece about the real estate reports you read and hear about all the time. He says that homes are not like stocks, new cars, or barrels of oil. Homes are inherently unique. That’s especially true of course in San Francisco.
We see conflicting numbers all the time. The NAR reports one set of numbers, CoreLogic another, Case-Shiller another, and the federal government yet another set of numbers. The problem is their findings are often based on different criteria and different market definitions. It can lead to lots of confusion. What’s more, Mr. Smoke contends there is no such thing as a national housing market – real estate really is hyper-local. So when these organizations report on national real estate trends, that has the potential to simply compound confusion.
Mr. Smoke concludes by saying, “Since home values are complex, inherently unique, and highly variable by neighborhood, no reported price metric will beat the insights of local Realtors… Getting that one-on-one intel is the way you’ll truly get plugged in to the market trends in your neighborhood.” We’re not sure we could have said that better ourselves!
Good news for all you cyclists and pedestrians! The bike path spanning across the Eastern span of the Bay Bridge is finally completed. Don’t get too excited just yet, as there are a few finishing touches to add before the path is finally open to the public, but after many delays in the process it looks like it won’t be long until the path between Oakland and Yerba Buena Island finally opens.
The construction of the path has taken a couple of years, mainly due to construction delays and design tweaks. Although it is possible for cyclists to continue on to Treasure Island from Yerba Buena Island, the SFCTA is advising against it, mainly due to the road being tight and congested with people attempting to enter the freeway. Shuttle buses will be provided for less experienced riders to reach Treasure Island if they so wish.
Upon reaching Yerba Buena Island via the bike path, there will be a lookout point which is meant to be quite spectacular, along with bike racks, restrooms and water fountains. Keep an eye out for the bike path’s opening day and be sure to check it out!
The Treasure Island Music Festival is back this weekend for it’s 10th year running, and this year will be the last of the festival running as we know it. Due to a major development on the island, the festival will move to a new location in 2017, which is yet to be announced.
The setting of the Treasure Island Festival is one of it’s biggest selling points, and the organizers of the festival are ready to give the island one final send off. The music festival will run on Saturday the 15th and Sunday the 16th of October, with many many known acts performing such as Sigur Ros, Ice Cube, James Blake, Purity Ring and Glass Animals.
There will also be shuttles running in and out of both San Francisco and the East Bay to transport spectators to the event. There are still some tickets available online, and you can buy them here. Don’t worry if you can only attend one day – they have single day tickets available too!
If you are still on the fence, you can read more on the festival here.