The 34rd Annual Fillmore Jazz Festival takes place this Saturday and Sunday. It’s free, outdoors, and the largest of its kind on the West Coast — from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM both days. Also, on Saturday and Sunday, you can watch the World Cup on big screens while enjoying the brunch of your choice at SoMa StrEat Food Park. Finally, this Sunday is the first Sunday of the month, so admission to the Asian Art Museum is free. This is one of the largest Asian museums in the Western world, with a collection of over 18,000 artworks spanning 6,000 years of history. Free First Sunday Admission is for the main galleries — it usually costs $15 for this general admission.
On the “Homes for Sale in San Francisco” front, here’s our report for this week, 6/24/18 – 6/30/18
What Makes the Bay Area Marketplace Different
Hill & Co. Sales Manager Jill Gumina was quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle recently, this time responding to the question “What makes the Bay Area marketplace different from other local markets?”
Here’s what she had to say:
“Our unique ability to embrace change of all manner and style, search for better solutions, improve the quality of our lives and those around us and the diversity of lifestyles make the Bay Area an exceedingly desirable place to live.”
“Creating companies and work places that develop new medical, environmental, technological, educational and socioeconomic transformations draws and attracts the brightest people in the world to our communities.”
“Couple those attributes with some of the best weather on the planet, beautiful and vibrant coastal and inland cities and towns and the attraction is irresistible.”
“A strong labor market that includes skills and jobs of all levels and dimensions fuels that desire and drives up the need for additional housing.”
“Property values and construction costs are at all-time highs with contractors searching worldwide for qualified workers. Huge demand and low housing supplies continue to sustain our robust and vigorous housing market, unlike anywhere else in the country.”
Summer is here, and it’s time to get outside and do some hiking. Thrilllist.com published a guide to the most beautiful hikes in the Bay Area, including some valuable information on each trail. All are within easy reach of San Francisco, and one is in the City itself.
Here are their picks:
To see the entire piece, along with links and trail descriptions, please click here.
Birdsong opened in early May and it’s already caused quite a stir! And why not. The folks behind this new place spent time in some of the finest restaurants in the City, including Saison, Atelier Crenn, Benu, and Monsieur Benjamin.
According to Sarah Chorey with 7×7.com, Birdsong is all about heritage cooking. Chef Chris Bleidorn plays with many elements of nature throughout his multi-course affair. The menu blends together the flavors of the Pacific Northwest and his East Coast upbringing. The cooking techniques are intricate and exquisite, finessing fundamental techniques like open fire, fermentation, smoke, and dry-aging.
Each day a new menu is crafted based on the finest offerings from the restaurant’s network of small farms, ranches, and fisheries. They say that they intentionally avoid conventional agriculture in order to support local substantiality and bring flavor and creativity to the forefront.
Limited à la carte options will be available beginning July 1.
Birdsong, 1085 Mission St., SoMa, birdsongsf.com
We love this City, and we can’t get enough of these photos. SF.Curbed.com just published twenty pictures that show you what San Francisco looked like in 1856. The feature includes an interactive map so you can pinpoint the location for each image.
Among other photos, you’ll see pictures of Alcatraz, North Beach, downtown, Russian Hill, Rincon Point, and city hall when it was located off Portsmouth Square.
1856 was the year San Francisco County was formed, first distinguishing itself from San Mateo County. The population had swelled to 30,000 people. Just eight years earlier, before the discovery of gold, only about 1,000 people lived in San Francisco.
To see the photos and map, click here.
This weekend, once again it’s all about pride. With over 200 parade contingents, 200 exhibitors, and more than 20 stages and venues, the San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration and Parade is the largest LGBT gathering in the nation.
Celebration and Rally
Saturday, 12:00 Noon to 6:00 PM
Sunday, 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Civic Center Plaza
Sunday, 10:30 AM
On the “Homes for Sale in San Francisco” front, here’s our report for this week, 6/17/18 – 6/23/18
Pipeline of Residential Development in San Francisco Grows
With the number of newly proposed units of housing to be built in San Francisco having outpaced the number of units where construction has recently been completed, the overall pipeline of apartments and condos under development in San Francisco increased by 2,600 in the first quarter of 2018 to a record 67,800. That’s an increase of 4,200 units over the same time last year.
What’s more, according to a recent SocketSite.com post, the number of units in projects which have already broken ground and should be ready for occupancy within the next year or two has ticked up by 475 to 6,750. However, that remains 23 percent below a recent peak of 8,800 — set in the third quarter of 2015.
Nevertheless, when building permits and proposals are added to the number of projects currently underway, San Francisco’s Housing Pipeline now totals 67,800 as mentioned. This figure includes 11,450 units of “affordable housing” which are to be offered at below market rates.
A new Stephen Frykholm exhibition, Summer Picnic Posters, opens this Saturday at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and runs through September 3. This is how the museum describes it:
In 1970, furniture company Herman Miller — producer of iconic pieces by designers such as George Nelson and Charles and Ray Eames — hired Stephen Frykholm to lead its recently established graphic design department. One of Frykholm’s first assignments was to create screenprinted posters for the Sweet Corn Festival, an annual company-wide summer picnic. He designed a new poster each year from 1970 to 1989 before passing the baton to his team, which he led until his retirement, in 2015.
His bold, Pop art–influenced posters have become iconic in their own right, instantly transporting us to the picnic table with their vibrant close-ups of a favorite American pastime.
We don’t know if it’s the subject matter — so innocent and uncomplicated — or the thought that a commercial art assignment could be so beautifully done that it becomes museum-quality fine art, but we find this exhibition irresistible.
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