41st Annual Union Street Music Festival

Union Street is usually a pretty quiet place, a very cool neighborhood business district lined with popular boutiques, art galleries, cafes and bars. People tend to chat comfortably while dining at outside tables set up by restaurants whether long-time favorites, or brand new to the neighborhood.

That all changes this weekend, when the 41st Annual Union Street Music Festival takes place. This year’s event will have live bands performing in small entertainment areas throughout the site. Five different genres will be featured: Jazz, Blues, Country, Bluegrass and Local Bands.

The Festival will also include the traditional things that have made this event a stand out over the years, including Arts and Craft Exhibitors, unique Sponsors, Festive Food Vendors and Community Groups. The Festival will also feature full pours of tasty beers and fine wines in the beverage gardens found throughout the site.

The Festival takes place this Saturday and Sunday, from 10 AM to 6 PM both days. It all happens on Union Street, between Gough and Fillmore.

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15 Burgers to Eat Right Now

Burger alert! Eater San Francisco just published a heat map to 15 places in the City serving up some of the best burgers in town. As a public service, we are sharing this information with you!

“These 15 restaurants are all places that are doing it really right when it comes to making the best burger possible, from renditions that employ umami-heavy porcini powder to others that replace the water in a housemade bun with pickle juice for that extra touch of flavor.”

Eater SF

The feature includes descriptions, photos, websites and a map that shows exactly where you can find these spots. To see the whole report, click here.

Spoiler alert! Here are three of the places they mention:

  • ABV  3174 16th Street Mission District
  • Mezcalito 2323 Polk Street Russian Hill
  • The Saratoga 1000 Larkin Street Tenderloin District

Weekend Events and the Weekly Real Estate Update

It’s a three-day weekend so lots going on! Here are just some of the things you can do: The 39th Annual Carnaval San Francisco takes place Saturday and Sunday in the Mission. A free concert by jazz “Jedi master” tenor saxophonist Richard Howell & Sudden Changes happens on Saturday from 1 to 2:30 PM at Yerba Buena Gardens. It’s Memorial Day of course, and there is a Memorial Day Commemoration  on Monday from 10:30 AM to 3 PM at the Presidio’s Officer’s Club. Activities around this event include a grand march with veterans, a formal ceremony, a ranger-led cemetery walk, and a community picnic on the Main Parade Ground.


On the “Homes for Sale in San Francisco” front, here’s our report for this week, 5/21/17 – 5/27/17

A recent realtor.com report summarizes some of the trends we’ve noted in recent years. It turns out what’s taking place in San Francisco is actually happening across the country, and contributing to America’s worsening housing shortage. Young people in the U.S. prefer living in city centers and that has had a significant impact on our nation’s housing stock.

In some of the country’s largest and most prosperous markets, such as New York, San Francisco, Boston and Los Angeles, housing construction has been stronger than normal in the urban core but weaker in the suburbs, where new housing can be built abundantly and more cheaply.

As builders have shifted focus toward trendier urban markets and away from cheaper suburbs, they have produced less housing overall than they otherwise might have. At the same time, high land costs in central cities have pushed developers to focus on higher-end housing geared toward high earners.

Salesforce Tower: Good for the Skyline or Bad?

The Salesforce Tower reaches 61 stories high making it the second tallest building in California, and by far the tallest building in San Francisco. The tower should be fully enclosed by the end of July, and Salesforce employees should begin reporting to work there in October. 1 million of the 1.4 million square feet of office space has already been leased.

Even so, the question remains: Is it a good thing for the skyline, or a bad thing? Chronicle  Architecture Critic John King recently wrote a column on the topic. He doesn’t seem to offer an opinion one way or the other – saying that San Franciscans once vehemently opposed the Transamerica Pyramid, now an SF icon. He does, however, explain why the Salesforce Tower is so provocative.

He offers five reasons:

  1. It’s everywhere: It can be unexpectedly seen from neighborhoods throughout the City, even from Geary Boulevard in the Outer Richmond.
  2. Size matters: It’s big because the City wanted it that way. After Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects was selected, a new neighborhood plan specified that the tower “should be the tallest building on the city’s skyline,” with a height of at least 1,000 feet.
  3. Perpetual flux: From the moment it began to climb in January 2016, Salesforce Tower has put on a show, like some Erector Set on steroids.
  4. Design mysteries remain: There still are unanswered questions about how the tapered titan will touch the ground — including its half-acre plaza at Fremont and Mission streets, which will double as the main entrance to the Transbay Transit Center, set to open early next year.
  5. The shock of the new: The story of the Bay Area since the 1960s is defined by the tension between a region with global aspirations and one that doesn’t want to lose what made it special in the first place. Salesforce Tower raises the stakes, like other towers have before.

To read the entire column, click here.

Carnaval Time in San Francisco!

It’s the three-day Memorial Day weekend, and on Saturday and Sunday, the 39th Annual San Francisco Carnaval Festival takes place in the Mission District. Organizers say this is the largest multi-cultural celebration on the West Coast, and over 400,000 are expected to attend the family-friendly event.

The 2017 Grand Parade will be held on Sunday, beginning at 9:30 AM. It’s your chance to watch a brilliant procession of contingents, most of which will feature beautifully adorned floats depicting rich multicultural themes, along with performers who engage and entertain the crowds.

The 2–day festival will take place both Saturday and Sunday on Harrison Street between 16th and 24th Streets. The festival runs from 10 AM to 6 PM both days. Enjoy global cuisine, international music, dance, and arts & crafts. Traditions from Brazil, Mexico, Bolivia, Colombia, Trinidad & Tobago, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Guatemala, Chile, Haiti, and West Africa will all be featured.

Poke for All!

Poke places are opening all over town. Poke is a raw fish salad, and it’s become extremely popular in San Francisco over the last year or two. Hoodline just noted the opening of a new place, called Poke Life, that just opened across from UCSF’s Mission Bay Campus.

Poke Life features small ($10.95) or large ($12.95) “signature” poke bowl options, like the “Hawaii Five-O” (tuna, edamame, cucumber, roasted sesame seeds) and “The Cocktail” (sous vide prawn, wasabi sauce, cucumber, avocado, pickled ginger, carrot, dried shallots). There’s also a make-your-own-bowl option, which lets you choose from a variety of rice or veggie bases, fish options, sauce, and custom toppings.

Poke Life is open from 11am to 3pm, Monday through Friday. It’s one of many poke-themed openings over the last couple months, along with the Mission’s Dolores Outpost, the Inner Sunset’s Poke Origin, Chinatown’s Katsu House and Russian Hill’s Ahipoki.