Weekend Events and the Weekly Real Estate Update

Starting tomorrow, and running successive weekends (and one Friday) through December 17, the Great Dickens Christmas Fair & Victorian Holiday Party will be taking place at the Cow Palace in San Francisco. The immersive event, now in its 35th season, transforms the venue into Victorian London with the help of 800 performers dressed in period costume. Also this weekend, on Sunday Pier 39 offers an afternoon of activities and entertainment culminating with a tree lighting celebration at 6PM.


On the “Homes for Sale in San Francisco” front, here’s our report for this week, 11/12/17 – 11/18/17

It’s Price Reduction Season

Very expensive San Francisco homes tend to sell in greater numbers in October, according to a recent SFGate.com real estate report. Homes with a value of more than $3 million made up 17 percent of all sales in October, compared to 10 percent of annual sales.

At the same time, price reductions soar in October and November as sellers with time constraints try to make their homes more desirable and get in a quick sale before they lose buyers to holiday travels.

For example, according to the report, last year there were over 200 price reductions in October and about 140 more in November per the MLS. By comparison, in March, when buying picks up again after a winter lull, there are typically around 50 price reductions reported.

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Your Dine-In, Dine-Out, Take-Out Guide to Thanksgiving

Time is running short. Thanksgiving is a week from today. If you haven’t made plans yet, it’s probably time you should! We’ve got some options for you courtesy of 7X7.com that will make this Thanksgiving manageable, whether you prefer to dine in, dine out, or take out.

Dine-In You’re doing the cooking; Here’s where to get your turkeys:

To see the entire 7X7.com list with full descriptions, click here.

Dine-Out You’re going to a restaurant; These places are serving Thanksgiving dinners:

To see the entire 7X7.com list with full descriptions, click here.

Take-Out You’re bringing home a fully prepared feast; Leave it to the experts:

To see the entire 7X7.com list with full descriptions, click here.

The Great Dickens Christmas Fair Opens this Weekend!

Beginning this Saturday, and running successive weekends (and one Friday) through December 17, the Great Dickens Christmas Fair & Victorian Holiday Party will be taking place at the Cow Palace in San Francisco. The immersive event is now in its 35th season.

Here you’ll find over three acres of lamp lit streets, boisterous pubs, theaters, music halls, dance parties, tearooms, and shops offering one-of-a-kind treasures. It’s a dazzling interactive experience, and you’ll have the chance to mingle with more than 800 performers.

To begin to appreciate the attention to detail and the scale of this event, you’ll want to check out this “Cow Palace as Victorian London” map by clicking here.

The Dickens Fair takes place on November 18, 19, 24, 25, and 26, and Dec. 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, and 17; 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM each day. Organizers say Victorian costumes are encouraged but certainly not required for patrons. They invite you to “feel free to ‘come as you are’ to enjoy your adventure into Dickens’ London.”

To order tickets online, click here.

Ayesha Curry’s New Restaurant Opened in SF Yesterday

Ayesha Curry and Michael Mina’s highly anticipated new barbecue restaurant, International Smoke, officially opened yesterday in a space once occupied by RN74.

We’re guessing you know that Ayesha Curry is Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry’s wife, and that she has already made a name for herself in the culinary world by hosting a very popular cooking show on Food Network. This is her first foray into the world of brick-and-mortar restaurants.

According to a Yelp fan, the menu features grilled and smoked meat recipes with sensational seasonings that leverage Chinese, Jamaican, African-American and Polish influences.  Physically, the remodel of the space has been extensive, and includes a handsome bar and atrium.

Too soon for reviews, but Ayesha shares some of her thoughts about the place in an interview just published by SFGate.com. To read that post, click here.

International Smoke 301 Mission Street

Dinner service from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Tuesday, and until 10:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Lunch service will come at a later date.

Get Your Skates On!

Thanksgiving is still a week and a half away, and most tree lighting ceremonies have not yet taken place. Nevertheless, San Francisco’s ice rinks are already open and ready for your visit.

The City’s outdoor rinks have become very much a part of San Francisco’s holiday tradition. We’d just like to remind you there’s also an indoor option (in case it’s raining), and that rink is open every day of the year.

There’s no better time than now to lace up some skates and start carving up the ice.

Weekend Events and the Weekly Real Estate Update

The holidays are just around the corner, and there’s already so much going on. For starters, the Renegade Craft Fair takes place all weekend long at Fort Mason. On Saturday at Ocean Beach you’ll find the 35th Annual Sandcastle Classic from 11AM to 3:30PM — the biggest competition of its kind in Northern California. Then on Sunday, at 11AM in Fisherman’s Wharf, the 97th Annual Veteran’s Day Parade takes place. Finally, also on Sunday, you can enjoy a free concert at Herbst Theatre. From 3PM to 5PM The San Francisco Civic Music Association presents Mozart to Mendelssohn. Seating is limited, so if you’re interested in attending visit their Eventbrite page today!


On the “Homes for Sale in San Francisco” front, here’s our report for this week, 11/5/17 – 11/11/17

Home Prices Continue to Climb, Especially in the West

In a recent report, real estate news service RISMedia said home prices keep rolling nationwide, up 5.3 percent in third quarter of 2017.

The report quotes Lawrence Yun, chief economist at the National Association of Realtors, who said, “The stock market’s climb to new record highs, the continued stretch of outstanding job growth, and mortgage rates under 4 percent kept homebuyer demand at a very robust level throughout the summer. Unfortunately, the pace of new listings was unable to replace what was quickly sold. Home shoppers had little to choose from, and many had to outbid others in order to close on a home. The end result was a slowdown in sales from earlier in the year, steadfast price growth, and weakening affordability conditions.”

According to the report in the third quarter home prices in the West grew at the highest year-over-year rate, 7.0 percent to a median existing single-family value of $373,700. Prices in the Midwest followed at 5.6 percent to a median $202,400, while prices in the South were up 5.5 percent to a median $226,100. Prices in the Northeast grew at the lowest year-over-year rate, 4.1 percent to a median $283,300.

When measured by median existing single family home price, four of the five most expensive metro areas in the country are in California: San Jose ($1,165,000); San Francisco ($900,000); Anaheim-Santa Ana ($790,000); urban Honolulu, Hawaii ($760,200); and San Diego ($607,000).

Keep in mind these are metro areas, and so the San Francisco figure is different from what you typically see in our reports because the metro region that RISMedia is referring to extends beyond San Francisco’s city limits.

Move Over Pokémon, Here Comes Harry Potter

Niantic Labs, a San Francisco company that attracted the world’s attention in 2016 with an augmented reality game called Pokémon Go, is working with Warner Bros. Interactive on its next endeavor: a Harry Potter game.

The new game, called “Harry Potter: Wizards Unite,” will possibly launch in 2018. Like Pokémon Go it will also be interactive and utilize augmented reality. We’re betting you’ll love it, and that people will be playing it everywhere!

To see the company’s announcement, click here.