Weekend Events and the Weekly Real Estate Update


This is the weekend many look forward to all year long. Sunday is New Year’s Eve! At midnight, San Francisco will host its annual fireworks display on the bay, just off the Embarcadero, and 200,000 people will be there to take it all in. There are nearly 100 other NYE celebrations going on in the City that day, and sf.funcheap.com has published a comprehensive guide to it all on its website. To see the list of events, along with links for more detail, click here.

On the “Homes for Sale in San Francisco” front, here’s our report for this week, 12/24/17 – 12/30/17

Helping Your Children Cope When the Family Needs to Relocate

Hill & Co. Sales Manager Jill Gumina was recently asked by the San Francisco Chronicle, “How can I help my children cope with the family relocating?” Here’s her reply:

“Children thrive on familiarity and routines. Learning they are moving can be traumatic. Some kids may have trouble understanding, especially if they weren’t involved in the decision-making process.”

“Prepare your kids by informing them early about the move. If possible, give them time to adjust. Talk about the move to reinforce that it is real and happening. Like adults, kids’ immediate reaction can be fear of the unknown. Give them plenty of info about the move, encourage questions. Answer honestly and prepare for a variety of reactions.”

“If moving nearby, take your kids to see the new destination. Visualizing where they are going helps to relieve anxiety. Involve kids as much as possible. They’ll feel they’re a contributing part of the event. Encourage their participation: have them view properties on the internet so they’ll feel they’re helping to find a home in their new town.”

“If moving away, show them images of the new destination: city/parks/school. Discover activities they can be involved in. Being supportive, loving, and patient will help your children – and you – adjust to the change in a positive way.”


The Salesforce Tower: A Symbol of a New San Francisco

San Francisco Chronicle Urban Design Critic John King recently published a dissertation on the the Salesforce Tower that now dominates the City’s skyline. It’s a big story about a big building.

The piece is a deep dive that goes beyond the beams and glass of the building. The writer describes how the tower is really an embodiment of the changes that are taking place in San Francisco today.

“It is the nature of some buildings, if nature is the word, to loom even larger as symbols than they do in real life.”

“This was true of the Ferry Building, which opened in 1898 and immediately became San Francisco’s portal to the world. It was true of the Giants’ AT&T Park, which established a southern anchor for the Embarcadero and turned neighboring Mission Bay from a planning theory into a functioning neighborhood. And it is true of Salesforce Tower at First and Mission streets…”

“…The presence of a 1,070-foot-high shaft of glass and metal on the skyline makes the former peak, the 853-foot Transamerica Pyramid, seem almost petite.”

“None of this happened by chance, or in isolation. And as workers complete the plaza outside and prepare the upper floors for their future tenants, the building’s impact on San Francisco’s physical and social landscape already is profound.”

To read the entire piece, click here.

Where to Welcome In 2018!

Sunday is the big night, New Year’s Eve! SF.Funcheap.com lists around 100 activities that are taking place that day and night.

The big event of course is the San Francisco New Year’s Eve Fireworks show. The fireworks launch at 11:59PM from barges located 1,000 feet out in the bay, just south of the Ferry Building near Pier 14 (Mission Street and The Embarcadero). The best viewing spots will be south of Sinbad’s Restaurant along the Embarcadero between Mission and Folsom Street.

The fireworks are usually synced to music, played out through speakers that are set up along the promenade stretching from Pier 14 down almost to the Bay Bridge. So although there’s no radio simulcast and no live entertainment, if you’re close to Pier 14, you should be able to hear the music just fine.

200,000 spectators are expected to be there, so be sure to arrive early. And remember to bundle up! For the more information on the fireworks show, and for the sf.funcheap.com list of other activities, click here.

New Cocktail-Focused Bar and Restaurant Just Opened

Hope you had a great holiday!

Just a few days ago long awaited True Laurel opened, and it is really something to behold! Chef-owner David Barzelay and head bartender Nicolas Torres, from Lazy Bear, have put together an elevated menu of a la carte small plates and drinks, a complete flip on the tasting menu-only format of Lazy Bear, offering an affordable and accessible way to experience their cuisine and eccentric mix of cocktails.

The drinks and food look amazing. To see what we’re talking about, check out this slideshow from 7×7.com by clicking here.

If you love the Lazy Bear experience, but find the the price tag hard to swallow (at least $200 per person, before drinks), then True Laurel is for you. The 36-seat bar and dining room will be the stage for food like Dungeness crab fondue, and broiled oysters with lardo, all available a la carte.

Open 4PM-2AM, 7 days/week, kitchen 5PM-1AM
All walk-ins, no reservations
753 Alabama Street
Food and cocktail menus

Weekend Events and the Weekly Real Estate Update


This weekend many of us will be doing last minute shopping, or preparing elaborate holiday meals. But if you have the chance to get out, here are some things you might want to do on Saturday. Take in Russian Holiday Bells — a very special performance featuring San Francisco Symphony guest percussionist Victor Avdienko at the Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin Street from Noon – 2:00 PM. Or enjoy Strolling Carolers on 24th Street in Noe Valley from 4:00 – 5:00 PM. And if you’re looking to do something around the City on Monday, Christmas Day, click here.

On the “Homes for Sale in San Francisco” front, here’s our report for this week, 12/17/17 – 12/13/17

2016 SF Commerce and Industry Inventory Report Just Released

According to a report just released by the City, between 2015 and 2016, San Francisco’s job numbers went way up, adding tens of thousands of new positions and driving incomes ever upward. But at the same time, relatively little new construction happened.

This is really not surprising as we’ve been reporting on these same trends over the years, but SF.Curbed.com did a nice job of summarizing the report’s findings.

The total number of jobs in San Francisco went up four percent during the year. That adds up to 27,048 additional positions, driving the total to an all-time high of 703,230 citywide.

At the same time, the number of building permits issued declined two percent. The City issued only 29,117 new permits between 2015 and 2016, 68 percent of them for residential projects. Keep in mind, most residential building permits are for changes to existing buildings rather than new construction.

The City is getting wealthier at an amazing pace. While jobs citywide went up four percent, total wages citywide went up six percent, to $71.5 billion in total. For perspective, back in 2012 that same figure was $49 billion.

To read the entire SF.Curbed.com report, please click here.

Six Things to Do on Christmas Day in San Francisco

This is the perfect time of year to enjoy San Francisco. As the song says, the fog has gone away and won’t return again until May. Maybe best of all, after weeks of hustle and bustle, Christmas Day in the City is actually kind of quiet by comparison. You can have it practically all to yourself.

Here are six things to do or places to visit in the City on Christmas Day, according to www.sftravel.com:

If you want to know what  San Francisco restaurants are open on Christmas Day, click here.

Sounds for the Holidays

The sights and sounds of the holidays have been all around us for weeks, but this weekend may be the last time much of it will be on full display. If you want to enjoy just a bit more of the sounds of the season, these two free events might be just what you’re looking for.

Russian Holiday Bells: a very special performance featuring San Francisco Symphony guest percussionist Victor Avdienko.
Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin Street, Saturday, Noon – 2:00 PM

Strolling Carolers: featuring the SF City Chorus
24th Street in Noe Valley, Saturday, 4:00 – 5:00 PM

We know it’s hectic out there, but whatever you do, we hope you have a chance to slow down and make the most of these final few days of this magical season.