SF’s Floating Firehouse

You’ve probably seen the Embarcadero’s iconic 1915 fire station. The City’s fireboats are housed there, and it has a picturesque location with the Bay Bridge towering above.

Station 35 as it is called isn’t going anywhere, but plans are in place for a significant upgrade just behind it. According to a 7×7.com report, last month SF Public Works released its design plans for a 16,300-square-foot floating extension which would bob up and down with the waves.

The new state of the art structure would also house one new rescue watercraft; a third fireboat to join the other two currently in use at Station 35. Construction is slated to begin in 2019, with completion scheduled for 2021. For more information and details, click here.


Weekend Events and the Weekly Real Estate Update

SFJAZZ and the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy join forces to present Pulitzer Prize and Grammy-winning composer John Luther Adams’ Inuksuit in a unique free outdoor performance at Lands End and Sutro Baths on Saturday at 1 PM. On Sunday, the 51st Annual Festival of the Chariots takes place in Golden Gate Park, with the parade starting at 11 AM, and the festival beginning around 1 PM. The event features a free vegetarian meal, live music, ancient Indian dances, exhibits, books, and more.

On the “Homes for Sale in San Francisco” front, here’s our report for this week, 7/23/17 – 7/29/17

The National Association of Realtors® reported Monday that for the country as a whole existing home sales slipped in June, with the blame again placed on low levels of inventory. The decline in sales was anticipated, as pending home sales have decreased in each of the previous three months, ticking down by 0.8 percent in May, and down 1.8 percent in June.

The organization, however, offered some good advice for those hoping to purchase a home. It may be a bit hard to hear for weary buyers, but according to NAR President William E. Brown, those who postponed their home search this spring because of limited inventory may have better luck as the summer winds down. A good many buyers will have stopped looking at this point. Inventory remains extremely tight, but patience may pay off in coming months for those looking to buy.

Persistence is enormously important in this market — both across the country, and in San Francisco.

Festival of the Chariots

This Sunday the 51st Annual Festival of the Chariots takes place in Golden Gate Park. It’s an annual event celebrating the Ratha Yatra festival which has been performed for thousands of years in Puri, India. Now, major cities throughout the world celebrate this festival.

The day begins with an interactive parade, as people pull three large chariots by ropes through Golden Gate Park. The parade begins at 11 A.M. at JFK  and Transverse Drive, and ends at Sharon Meadow around 1 P.M. for the Festival of India. Everyone is invited for a free vegetarian meal, live music, ancient Indian dances, exhibits, books, and more. As many as 3,000 people attend annually.

The event is free. For more information click here.

11 Great BBQ Joints in San Francisco

It’s summer. It’s BBQ time. But if you live in San Francisco, there’s a good chance you don’t own a barbecue, and even if you do own one, there’s a good chance you don’t want to go through the hassle of having to clean it.

We have a no muss, no fuss solution. Dine out! 7×7.com published a list of eleven drool-worthy joints that are sure to satisfy your BBQ cravings. For example, here are three that caught our eye:

To see the entire list — with descriptions, photos, and links — click here.

A Sneak Peek at the Transbay Transit Center

The Transbay Transit Center construction project is nearing completion.  The first phase is scheduled to be done December 22 of this year, with bus service in place in early 2018. In the meantime, sf.curbed.com recently published a sneak peek showing the transit center as it currently looks — lots of good photos and information with descriptions, details, and links.

The expectations for the transit center are enormous. According to the feature, here’s what you’ll see once it’s open to the public:

“The original Transbay Terminal was a Depression-era artifact—and quite a depression piece it was by the end of its life, rundown and seeing only a fraction of its former volume of commuters.”

“The new project wants to be all things to all people: not just a bus and train station, but also an architectural display far removed from the hunkered-down concrete design of the old building, a treatise on innovation as the planned terminus for the state’s high-speed rail project, a Union Square-grade retail hub south of Market, and a centerpiece for South Beach as a neighborhood.”

“Or as the City and the Transbay Joint Powers Authority prefer to think of it, Transbay as a neighborhood. ‘It’s an entirely new neighborhood,’ says facility manager Martha Aragon Velez. ‘How often does a city get to do something like that?’”

To see the entire report, click here.

Weekend Events and the Weekly Real Estate Update

This weekend the 2017 San Francisco Marathon takes place on Sunday, with the expo happening on Friday, noon to 7 P.M., and Saturday 9A.M. to 5 P.M. at Fort Mason. Also on Saturday and Sunday, the 79th Annual Ginza Bazaar and 86th Annual Bon Odori take place, presented by the Buddhist Church of San Francisco, 1881 Pine Street at Octavia Street.

On the “Homes for Sale in San Francisco” front, here’s our report for this week, 7/16/17 – 7/22/17

Hill & Co. just released its 2nd Quarter 2017 San Francisco Real Estate Report. If you haven’t already seen it, you might want to take a look.

Stories and features include:

• A Lead Story Reporting that San Francisco Home Values Reached All-Time Highs in the Second Quarter
• A Status Update on the Demand for Luxury Real Estate
• An Article on Property Values Vs. Home Values
• A Chart with Second Quarter Home Sales by Neighborhood
• Listings from Around the World

To read the four-page report click here.