Luke’s Lobster Rolling Into San Francisco This Fall

It’s not yet August, and we’re already looking forward to this fall, when the Maine-based seafood chain Luke’s Lobster will be opening its first West Coast location in San Francisco. We love lobster rolls that much!

According to, the new location will be housed in the historic Bourdette Building at 90-92 2nd St. (between Jessie and Mission streets), in the space once occupied by Henry’s Cafeteria.

Founded in 2009, the New England-style seafood chain is focused on responsibly sourced seafood. It currently has more than two dozen locations across 10 states, mostly on the East Coast, as well as in Japan and Taiwan.

The menu is focused on an assortment of seafood classics, like lobster rolls and clam chowder, and sides such as Cape Cod chips and poppyseed slaw.

To see their full menu, click here. And then just hang tight for a few more weeks.


A Profile of Local Artist Emily Fromm

You may be familiar with Emily Fromm. We were not, until we spotted a profile about her in a recent issue of CA Modern. Emily lives and works in the City, and she captures in a wonderful and unexpected way the essence of living in San Francisco — our local neighborhoods, street scenes, and the people that are found here.

Emily, 26, paints in a flat style, without shadow or depth, and limits the number of colors she uses in her paintings.  As a result, her work has a bold graphic novel feel about it, yet the settings are all easy to recognize.

According to writer Dave Weinstein , “Emily’s focus on the material world and pop culture belongs to a long tradition that includes 16th century Dutch genre scenes, the Japanese Ukiyo-e prints of the 1700s, American regionalists like Edward Hopper, and, more recently, the comic book work of Oakland artist Daniel Clowes.”

A year ago Emily was part of a two artist show at a San Francisco gallery that doubles as a tavern, 111 Minna Gallery, and she will have another show at Minna in early 2019, this time a one-person show. What’s more, in 2020, her work will be displayed on a ceramic 9 feet high by 36 feet long mural at Terminal One at San Francisco International Airport. The City’s Art Commission has asked her produce portraits of San Francisco’s most iconic neighborhoods for the mural.

Emily Fromm may or may not be an artist you are already know, but we have no doubt you’ll be hearing more about her in the years to come. To see samples of her work please visit her website at

Weekend Events and the Weekly Real Estate Update

The San Francisco Civic Music Association presents the Mozart to Mendelssohn concert, Pastoral, on Saturday night at Herbst Theater. Admission is free and registration/RSVPs are appreciated but not required. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors open at 7:30 PM. The 41st running of the San Francisco Marathon (Full Marathon, 1st Half Marathon, 2nd Half Marathon, 5K and Ultramarathon) will fill San Francisco’s streets with over 27,500 runners on Sunday. The race expo, open to the public and free, will be held at Fort Mason today from 12 PM to 7 PM and tomorrow from 9 AM to 5 PM.  The San Francisco Ballet returns to Stern Grove Festival performing an afternoon of selections from the current repertory. It all starts at 2 PM on Sunday. Admission is free with seating on a first come, first served basis.

On the “Homes for Sale in San Francisco” front, here’s our report for this week, 7/22/18 – 7/28/18

2nd Quarter 2018 San Francisco Real Estate Report

Hill & Co. recently released its 2nd Quarter 2018 San Francisco Real Estate Report. If you haven’t already seen it, you might want to take a look.

Prices for homes declined a bit from the first quarter, but the median sales price for a single family house remained above $1.6 million in all three months of the second quarter — well above last yearʼs median prices during the same period. Condominiums and lofts also saw an increase in the median sales price year-over-year, though the increase wasnʼt as steep in comparison to single family homes.

If the Bay Area were a nation, it would be the 19th largest economy in the world, according to a recent Mercury News report. Whatʼs more, the nine-county regionʼs dynamic economy is still charging ahead, and shows no signs of slowing down. This puts tremendous pressure on housing of course, and that explains why home values have continued to climb so dramatically year after year.

The 4-page Hill & Co. report features a number of charts, including second quarter home sales by neighborhood. This chart has information on the number of sales in each neighborhood, along with median sale prices, percent of change year-over-year, days on market, median price per square foot, and the most expensive sale in the quarter.

Other charts provide a month-by-month look at San Francisco home sales by property type – whether single family home or condo and loft – for April, May, and June.

To view the report, please click on, or copy and paste, the link that follows:

Amazing Video About Sutro Baths: Our Forgotten Landmark

We have always been fascinated by San Francisco’s Sutro Baths, once the world’s largest indoor swimming pool establishment. The entire structure burned down to the ground in 1966, but you can still make out something of its astonishing scale in the ruins where it once stood at Lands End.

The video below, Sutro Baths: A Forgotten Landmark, tells the remarkable story in vivid relief. It includes wonderful historical footage, along with eyewitness accounts. Just over 14 minutes in length, it is a trip back in time well worth taking, to a place that in spite of all of our advances and technology, is truly unimaginable today.

The San Francisco Marathon Happens This Weekend

The 41st running of the San Francisco Marathon (Full Marathon, 1st Half Marathon, 2nd Half Marathon, 5K and Ultramarathon) will fill San Francisco’s streets with over 27,500 runners on Sunday. Runners will enjoy waterfront miles along the Embarcadero, Fisherman’s Wharf, and Crissy Field; feel their heart pound as they race across the Golden Gate Bridge; speed past landmarks like Coit Tower, Golden Gate Park, and AT&T Park; and pound the pavement through San Francisco’s liveliest neighborhoods like Haight-Ashbury and The Mission.

The race expo, open to the public and free, will be held at Fort Mason on Friday from 12 PM to 7 PM and Saturday from 9 AM to 5 PM. The races take place on Sunday. For more information, click here.

Jiangnan Cuisine Among 10 Best New Restaurants in 2018

San Francisco Magazine just published a list of what it considers to be the 10 best new restaurants in the Bay Area in 2018. We’ve mentioned many of them previously, including Nyum Bai, True Laurel, Che Fico, Robin, Avery, and Sorrel. But one restaurant on their list that we haven’t written about is Jiangnan Cuisine.

Here’s part of what San Francisco Magazine has to say about the place:

“There’s no sauce quite like a Wuxi sauce: glossy and pitch-black, balanced on a knife’s edge between sweet and too sweet. Still, it might have been easier for Wuxi natives Zhanyong Shao and Jean Hua to market their year-old restaurant, Jiangnan Cuisine, as a Shanghainese joint. But they were determined to shine a light on the food from their hometown (a two-hour drive from Shanghai) and the entire Jiangnan region.”

“Naturally, then, the food at their Outer Richmond spot is pure Wuxi. What that means, in part, is that Shao, the chef, is a wizard with soy sauce, rock sugar, and Shaoxing wine — the key ingredients in a traditional Chinese red braise, which Wuxi cooks have honed to special perfection”

What’s more, Yelp reviews tend to be extremely enthusiastic about the Jiangnan Cuisine, as you might expect for a spot that San Francisco Magazine names among its top ten new restaurants. So it seems very much worth a visit if you haven’t been yet.

Jiangnan Cuisine 320 Balboa Street, near 35th Avenue

Urban Kayaking

Sometimes you think you’ve got to go far away for certain activities. You might think kayaking is something you do in some distant, remote Canadian lake surrounded my mountains. Think again. Think urban kayaking, and City Kayak.

There’s more to urban kayaking than trying to retrieve baseballs out of McCovey Cove — though that is a ton of fun. There are piers to explore, waterfront views to admire, and sea lions to spot.

Why not take the plunge this summer, and explore the relatively flat waters of the bay that is right in front of us. City Kayak has everything you need from lessons to rentals to guided tours.

City Kayak, South Beach Harbor(Pier 40)

Note: City Kayak is located in South Beach Harbor in San Francisco, next to AT&T Park. The shop is inside the Pier 40 building. Don’t go to Pier 39. A common misconception — Pier 40 is not next to Pier 39. Even-numbered piers are south of the Ferry Building and odd-numbered piers are located to the north.