The Art of Rube Goldberg: Now at San Francisco’s CJM

We hope you’ve heard of Rube Goldberg. He was an American cartoonist, sculptor, author, engineer, and inventor. He is maybe best known for a series of popular cartoons depicting complicated gadgets that perform simple tasks in indirect, convoluted ways. He received many honors in his lifetime, including a Pulitzer Prize for his political cartooning in 1948.

What we didn’t know was that he got his start in life right here in San Francisco. He was born in the City in 1883 and died in New York in 1970. He was part of an established Jewish family — his father Max was Sheriff of San Francisco County in the 1890s. He graduated from Lowell High School in 1900 and UC Berkeley in 1904, in engineering. After working as an engineer for the City briefly, he left to do sports cartoons for the San Francisco Chronicle. He relocated to New York in 1907, where he remained for the rest of his life.

The Art of Rube Goldbergan exhibition now at the Contemporary Jewish Museum through July 8explores the career of Rube Goldberg (1883–1970), one of the most celebrated and influential cartoonists of all time. Marking the first comprehensive retrospective exhibition of Goldberg’s work since 1970, the exhibition brings together never-before-exhibited original drawings and preparatory sketches alongside rare photographs, films, letters, and memorabilia from the Goldberg family archives.

The Contemporary Jewish Museum
736 Mission Street
For hours and more information, please click here.


Weekend Events and the Weekly Real Estate Update

There are a number of things going on this weekend, including the 2018 Art Market San Francisco at Fort Mason, where you might find the perfect painting or piece for your place. For free admission tickets, click here. On Saturday, you can check out the Dutch “King’s Day” Windmill Festival near the Murphy Windmill on the south end of Golden Gate Park, or  watch as 30 dance groups take the stage at Dancing in the Park SF from 1 PM until about 5 PM. Admission is free. This event is one of many taking place during Bay Area Dance Week, from April 27 through May 6. Finally, on Sunday, you can take in the  20th Annual Glen Park Festival.

On the “Homes for Sale in San Francisco” front, here’s our report for this week, 4/22/18 – 4/28/18

Education, Income, and Domestic Migration

After analyzing recent data, BuildZoom economist Issi Romem said, “The most attractive parts of the country are harder to move to these days, and they’re being moved to by the cream of the crop in terms of education and income.”

According to an report, the economist presents evidence of what he calls “positive income sorting”: more wealthy, high-income professionals move into expensive cities. This new crop of buyers helps push up rising home prices and push out those who can’t afford them. We’ve certainly seen this taking place in San Francisco.

Will this constant sorting on income, class, and education, as well as the run-up in property value, eventually knock some of these superstar cities off their perch? The economist says that it’s not a problem in the short run. As long as venture capital continues to disproportionately flow into places such as San Francisco, and there is enough talent, and enough parts of the value chain, to create and launch companies, there’s no immediate danger.

Long-term however, this trend could become more problematic, as the polarization we’re seeing today becomes even more pronounced.

The Most Beautiful Interiors in San Francisco, Mapped

San Francisco is home to some gorgeous interiors — breathtaking public places of incredible scale featuring impeccable design, furnishing, and appointments.  just published a guide to 22 of these spots. The page includes an interactive map so you can see exactly where each interior is located,  along with descriptions, photos and links to even more Instagram photos for each place.

You may have seen some of these rooms, but we doubt you’ve seen all of them. To see the entire feature, please click here.

2018 Art Market San Francisco: Free Passes | Fort Mason

Following record breaking sales, city-wide partnerships, and attendance of over 25,000 visitors last year, the 2018 edition of Art Market San Francisco is pleased to present a significant selection of contemporary and modern artworks from returning Art Market exhibitors and exciting newcomers. View all the galleries presenting in 2018.

Art Market SF
April 26-29, 2018
Fort Maston Center, Festival Pavilion, SF
FREE – Tickets are normally $35, but you can download a Complimentary VIP Pass, courtesy of Nancy Toomey Fine Art.

Tickets are good for the following dates/times:

  • Valid for Unlimited Admission to Art Market San Francisco during Preview Hours on Thursday, April 26
  • All Public Fair Hours – Friday April 27, Saturday April 28, and Sunday April 29

VIP Preview
Thursday, April 26, 2018— 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Public Hours
Friday, April 27, 2018— 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
Saturday, April 28, 2018 — 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
Sunday, April 29, 2018 — 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Thanks for bringing this event, and the complimentary pass, to our attention.

Highly Anticipated Che Fico Is Already a Hit

The place just opened, and it’s already receiving rave reviews. Gwyneth Paltrow posted a photo of the meal she had there, and Anderson Cooper broke his no-food-on-Instagram rule to do the very same thing. It’s not just celebs liking this place. In a 7× restaurant review, writer Sarah Chorey says Che Fico is serving up some of the best rustic Italian food she’s ever had.

“Chef David Nayfeld and James Beard Award–winning pastry chef Angela Pinkerton met while working at NYC’s Eleven Madison Park; Nayfeld also opened Joël Robuchon’s restaurant at the MGM Las Vegas. The team has been laboring over this restaurant for the past four years, and you can taste the effort in their perfect handmade pastas, pizzas, and pastries.”

She recommends you order a bit of all of it!

By the way, just so you know, according to an equally effusive story about the restaurant in the San Francisco Chronicle,  “che fico” is Italian for “what a fig,” and more aptly, “oh, that’s cool.”

Che Fico, 838 Divisadero Street,
Hours: Tuesday through Thursday from 5:30 PM to 11 PM, and Friday and Saturday from 5:30 PM to 1 AM

50 Things To Do Outside San Francisco

There are a million things to do in San Francisco and that’s usually our focus. However, San Francisco Travel just listed 50 things to do beyond our city limits, and we like their thinking. Since it felt like summer this past weekend for the first time in weeks, we thought we’d share these get-out-of-town ideas with you now so you can start making your plans for all the weekends to come.

The list is divided into a number of categories, and we’ve posted them here:

  • Nature Lover (East) Lots of things to see and do in Yosemite
  • Nature Lover (South) A drive down Highway 1 and spots to explore
  • Live Music Venues, venues, venues all over the Bay Area
  • Napa Valley and Sonoma County Wineries and vineyards
  • Bike Around the Bay Some great rides
  • Beachcomber Six singular beaches — Cowabunga!

To see the entire list, along with descriptions, click here.

Weekend Events and the Weekly Real Estate Update

Sun’s out, and there’s tons to do, including; the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival on Saturday and Sunday; Many, many Earth Day actives on Saturday and Sunday; Opening weekend for Unbound, A Festival of New Works presented by the San Francisco Ballet; the 35th Annual San Francisco International Beer Festival on Saturday at Fort Mason Center, from 7 PM to 10 PM; and Opening Day on the Bay and the annual Blessing of the Fleet and parade of boats on Sunday.

On the “Homes for Sale in San Francisco” front, here’s our report for this week, 4/15/18 – 4/21/18

The Earning Power of San Francisco Homes

SF homes ‘earn money’ seven times faster than average U.S. workers according to a recent report posted on That is a remarkable statement when you think about it.

The website says that the median sales price of a San Francisco home increased by $454,000 between February 2017 and February 2018.

That’s more than 30 times what a worker at the federal minimum wage of $7.25/hour earns in 52 working weeks at 40 hours per week. ($15,080 before taxes.)

It’s also nearly 7.7 times the median U.S. per hour income of $28. And it’s more than four times San Francisco’s estimated median income of $103,801 in 2016, which is among the highest in the country.

The appreciation we’ve seen in home values in San Francisco in recent years has been astonishing — the result of a strong economy and implacable demand. Presenting that appreciation in comparison to annual personal incomes is an intriguing way to see just how great these gains have been.