Oh Yeah, There’s That Football Game on Sunday

It’s Super Bowl weekend, so there’s a good chance you’ll be spending a bunch of hours in front of a big screen, eating something that’s not really very good for you.

At some point this weekend you’re going to want to get some fresh air, and it’s supposed to be beautiful out. With that in mind, why not consider a San Francisco neighborhood walking tour.

On Sunday, there will be 15 guided history walks to choose from, and you should be home in time to enjoy the game, and feel less guilty about that big plate of nachos.

San Francisco Walking Tours
Super Bowl Sunday, February 4, 2018

Please Note: The Japanese Tea Garden tour is free, but admission to the Japanese garden of $6-$8 is still required.


The New Tapas Place on Divisadero

Barvale opened in early December, and it’s certainly worth noting. This is the 23rd restaurant opened by Adriano Paganini’s Back of House restaurant group. It’s also the first Spanish one from the company, which is behind Beretta, Delarosa, Flores, Super Duper Burger, and more.

According to the Chronicle, “Barvale is the result of what Paganini does often: scope the Bay Area food scene, identify a hole and create something that could safely fill it. From the beginning, he said Barvale wasn’t meant be a traditional sit-down restaurant, but more of a communal stop for groups of friends headed out for the night.”

In his review of the restaurant, critic Michael Bauer thought the food could be better. However, he did concede that if Barvale’s goal is to be a fun place to gather for drinks and a few bites, it is already a success.

Why not check it out for yourself and see what you think.

Barvale 661 Divisadero (at Grove)
Open 5 PM to Midnight Sunday to Thursday; 5 PM to 1 AM Friday and Saturday

25 Small Ways to Make SF a Better Place

We were touched by the SF.Curbed.com post — 25 Small Ways to Make SF a Better Place.  While you may not buy into all 25 suggestions, you’ve got to admit their heart is in the right place. The illustration that accompanies the post is itself whimsical, uplifting, and wonderful.

It’s nice to know that idealism still has a place in our City, and that acts of kindness still carry considerable weight here.

The feature explores what you can do in your home, in your neighborhood, on the road, in your community, and with a group. To see all 25 suggestions, along with links to related content or organizations, click here.

Weekend Events and the Weekly Real Estate Update

SF Sketchfest — the annual San Francisco comedy festival — will end its two week run on Sunday. The eclectic festival will have hosted more than 200 shows across 16 venues before it’s over. SF Restaurant Week continues this weekend, and runs through next Wednesday. It’s a celebration of San Francisco’s world-class dining community. Nearly 130 restaurants are participating. Finally, The 16th Annual San Francisco Film Noir Festival returns to its home at the historic Castro Theatre tonight through Sunday, February 4th. 24 movies will be presented, all from the original film noir era, 1941 to 1953.

On the “Homes for Sale in San Francisco” front, here’s our report for this week, 1/21/18 – 1/27/18

4th Quarter 2017 San Francisco Real Estate Report

Hill & Co. just released its 4th Quarter 2017 San Francisco Real Estate Report. If you haven’t already seen it, you might want to take a look. The median sales price for San Francisco single family homes in the fourth quarter was $1,500,000, and the median sales price for San Francisco condos and lofts in the fourth quarter was $1,175,000.

Home prices reached new highs in San Francisco in 2017, as they have done every year for the past several years. For the year as a whole, the median sales price for a single family home was $1,417,671, with 2,253 sales recorded in 2017. The median sales price for a condo or loft was $1,150,000, with 2,791 sales recorded in 2017.

The Hill & Co. 4th quarter report includes these articles and features:

• How San Francisco home prices fared in 2017, and what to expect in 2018

• Record-breaking deals during a time of global and domestic uncertainty

• 4th Quarter home sales by neighborhood

• 4th Quarter single family home and condominium sales by month

• Listings from around the world

To view the 2017 4th Quarter San Francisco Real Estate Report, please click on, or copy and paste, the link that follows: http://bit.ly/2FYWtML

The 2018 Decorator Showcase Home Is a Hill & Co. Listing!

It’s official — the announcement has been made — so we can now tell you that this year’s SF Decorator Showcase home is a Hill & Co. Real Estate listing! It’s a 1930s Spanish-Mediterranean house that features six bedrooms, and five and a half bathrooms. It really is a gorgeous place, and it’s located on one of the most coveted blocks of Marina Boulevard, across the street from Marina Green and San Francisco Bay.

Sf.curbed.com, for one, is ecstatic about the selection, partly because the showcase is more typically held high up the hill in Pacific Heights.

The San Francisco Decorator Showcase is widely considered to be the West Coast’s premier design showhouse event, renowned for featuring the work of the region’s top interior and landscape designers. Each is assigned a space in the house or on the property, and given license to transform it as they wish. The results are breathtaking.

All the funds raised through the Decorator Showcase go directly to support the San Francisco University High School (UHS) Financial Aid Program.

Now in its 41st year, the Showcase will take place from April 28 through May 28, 2018. More details to follow!

The City’s Noir City Festival

Noir City returns to its home at the historic Castro Theatre this Friday through Sunday, February 4th. Film Noir from A to B takes audiences back in time with a program of 12 genuine “A” and “B” double bills, spanning the breadth of the original film noir era, 1941 to 1953.

The festival presents 24 classic noirs as they were experienced on their original release, pairing a top-tier studio “A” with a shorter, low- budget second feature, or “B” film. All but one of the films will be presented in gorgeous 35mm.

The 16th Annual San Francisco Film Noir Festival
January 26 – February 5, 2018 Castro Theatre

For more information and details, click here.

The City’s 12 Most Anticipated Restaurant Openings in 2018

SF.Eater says that San Francisco saw some big restaurant openings in 2017, from China Live to Villon and International Smoke. But 2018 may wind up being an even bigger year for new restaurants in the Bay Area. These spots will be opened by established names like Dominique Crenn and Joshua Skenes, and by up-and-comers who have already shown a lot of promise.

These restaurants aren’t open yet, but here’s a list in alphabetical order of what’s coming. Keep an eye out for them!

Location: 5800 Geary Blvd, Outer Richmond
Key players: Mourad Lahlou, Luis Maldonado
Projected opening: Mid-May

Location: TBD, San Francisco
Key player: Joshua Skenes
Projected opening: June

Bar Crenn
Location: 3131 Fillmore Street, Cow Hollow
Key players: Dominique Crenn, Juan Contreras, Matt Montrose
Projected opening: February 20

Location: 842 Valencia Street
Key players: Phil West, Arnold Eric Wong, Steve Werney, Carlos Yturria
Projected opening: February

Location: 1085 Mission Street, SoMa
Key player: Chris Bleidorn
Projected opening: Late winter

Bon Voyage!
Location: 584 Valencia Street, Mission
Key players: Josh Harris, Morgan Schick
Projected opening: February

Che Fico
Location: 834-838 Divisadero Street, Divisadero Corridor
Key players: David Nayfeld, Angela Pinkerton, Matt Brewer
Projected opening: March

Merchant Roots
Location: 1365 Fillmore Street, Fillmore
Key players: Ryan Shelton, Madison Fraser
Projected opening: February

Manufactory Food Hall at SFO
Location: SFO International Terminal
Key players: Chad Robertson and Elisabeth Prueitt (Tartine), Gabriela Cámara (Cala), Pim Techamuanvivit (Kin Khao)
Projected opening: Summer 2018

Location: 3228 Sacramento
Key players: Alex Hong, Colby Heiman
Projected opening: April

Unnamed Tartine Project
Location: Hotel G, 398 Geary Blvd, Union Square
Key players: Chad Robertson, Liz Prueitt, Team Tartine
Projected opening: TBD

Location: 528-555 Washington Street, Jackson Square
Key players: Michael and Lindsay Tusk
Projected opening: Spring 2018

For more details on each of these spots, click here.