Weekend Events and the Weekly Real Estate Update

This year, as the luck of the Irish would have it, St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Saturday. SF.FunCheap.com has published a comprehensive guide to the City’s Irish block parties, festivals, and parades. To see the complete list of events, click here. On Sunday, the Presidio Picnic 2018 season kicks-off at 11 A.M. on the Main Parade Ground Lawn.

On the “Homes for Sale in San Francisco” front, here’s our report for this week, 3/11/18 – 3/17/18

S.F. Starter Home Prices More Than Double in Only Five Years

The prices for a San Francisco starter home have more than doubled in the last five years, according to a recent report on SFGate.com. There has been a 103.3 percent increase during that time period in the least-expensive segment of the market.

The report divides housing stock into three equal segments based on value. In contrast to the least-expensive San Francisco homes, with a median price of $530,900, the most-expensive segment, with a median price of $1,559,400, has risen 70.4 percent in the last five years.

This trend of less-expensive home growth outpacing more-expensive home growth has been seen across the nation. Experts explain that owners of starter homes across the country are gaining equity faster than other homeowners because demand for entry-level homes continues to grow faster than supply.

While it appears this trend is accelerating nationwide, it’s worth noting that over the last year three markets — San Francisco, San Jose, and Seattle — have bucked the trend, with the most expensive homes gaining value faster than the least expensive homes. In San Francisco, for example, the least-expensive segment is up 9.5 percent in the last year, while the most-expensive third is up 11.6 percent.


The de Young Museum Has Some Great Exhibitions Coming Up

You’re going to want to visit the de Young Museum in the coming weeks and months as some very exciting exhibitions will be presented. They are very different from one another, but all seem intriguing.

Cult of the Machine March 24, 2018August 12, 2018
Fans of the Eighteenth Century March 31, 2018April 28, 2019
Judy Dater: Only Human April 7, 2018September 16, 2018
Weapons of Mass Seduction: The Art of Propaganda May 5, 2018October 7, 2018
Contemporary Muslim Fashions September 22, 2018January 6, 2019

For more information on the de Young and for tickets to these exhibitions, click here.

St. Patrick’s Day Is Saturday: Need We Say More?

San Francisco has a long history of loving St. Patrick’s Day! This year, as the luck of the Irish would have it, the day itself falls on a Saturday. Perfect! And the ideal way to celebrate the weekend, and St. Patrick’s Day, is to stretch the whole thing out as much as possible.

With that in mind, SF.FunCheap.com has published a comprehensive guide to the City’s Irish block parties, festivals, and parades. It starts with an event tomorrow night at the Haight Art Center, and ends on Sunday night with an After Party at the Irish Cultural Center on 45th Avenue.

To see the complete list of events, click here. And, as the Irish like to say, may misfortune follow you the rest of your life, and never catch up!


29 San Francisco Restaurants and Bars with Cozy Fireplaces

Whether it’s raining out, foggy, or just windy and cold, there’s nothing quite like a hot meal, or a hot toddy, and a fire burning in a fireplace to warm you up. SF.Eater.com just posted a guide and interactive map to 29 restaurants and bars in San Francisco that feature a fireplace. Clearly, there are lots of them, and they are located throughout the City!

Go to the post and just scroll down the list for photos and descriptions. The interactive map on the right will show you where each spot is located as you scroll. Of the 29 they include, here are five of our favorites:

For more details, and more spots to choose from, click here.


5 Things to Do in San Francisco on a Rainy Day

We’re told it’s going to rain over the coming days. Here are ways to stay dry, and have some fun at the same time, courtesy of SFTravel.com.

5 Things to Do in San Francisco on a Rainy Day

  • SPiN SF For ping pong lovers who are looking for a little friendly competition and an urban atmosphere, this is the spot for you.
  • San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) SFMOMA’s seven floors of modern and contemporary art will make you forget about the dreary weather outdoors.
  • Mini-golf at Urban Putt This is San Francisco’s only indoor mini-golf course, and their 14 handmade holes were inspired by San Francisco landmarks and architecture.
  • The Walt Disney Family Museum A trip to The Walt Disney Family Museum will be sure to keep you and your kids entertained despite the gloomy weather.
  • Boudin Bakery Tour Learn some history behind Boudin’s sourdough French bread and why it just can’t be baked anywhere else on earth other than right here in San Francisco.

Now grab your umbrella and rain boots, and you’re good to go.


Weekend Events and the Weekly Real Estate Update

Sunday Streets kicks off its 10th anniversary season in the Mission this Sunday. From Duboce Avenue to 26th Street, Valencia Street will be turned into to a car-free community space for all to enjoy. Also on Sunday, the EmBARKadero St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Cocktails event happens, starting at 10AM at Brannan Street Wharf and ending at Pier 23. The pup and human with the best St. Patty’s costumes will win prizes!

On the “Homes for Sale in San Francisco” front, here’s our report for this week, 3/4/18 – 3/10/18

A Tax Break You May Not Know About

As we’ve been reporting, the inventory of homes for sale is incredibly low. We’re hearing from homeowners who bought their homes years ago — and pay property taxes based on that relatively low original purchase price — that they are reluctant to sell their properties, in part because they don’t want to pay higher taxes on the higher priced replacement homes they would need to buy. They are worried about this even when downsizing.

It turns out, however, for people over 55 this is not an issue! Thanks to Propositions 60 and 90, you will be able to continue to pay the property taxes that you are currently assessed even after buying that new home.

Say you bought a place many years ago for $300,000. Even though that home is now worth perhaps $1,300,000, your property taxes are still roughly based on your original purchase price — keep in mind the assessed value goes up each year by no more than 2% and your taxes are based on the then current assessed value. Let’s say you want to downsize, Propositions 60 and 90 make it possible for you to buy a new home for $1,300,000 or less, and continue to pay the lower property taxes you are already paying.

As you might imagine, some restrictions apply. But this is clearly doable, and a wonderful option for homeowners who may not be aware that this tax break is available to them. Why not talk to your tax consultant and see what’s possible.

For details, and more information on Propositions 60 and 90, please click on, or copy and paste, the link that follows: http://bit.ly/2t1lEdV


New Exhibit at the Walt Disney Family Museum Opens Today

The Walt Disney Family Museum‘s latest original exhibition, Make Believe: The World of Glen Keane, showcases the Disney animator and Oscar Award-winning artist’s career and work from The Fox and the Hound (1981) to Tangled (2010). Keane is the artist behind many hugely popular characters, including Tarzan, Ariel, Pocahontas, Rapunzel, and the Beast. Make Believe is on view from today through Sept. 3, 2018.

Keane curated this exhibition himself, in partnership with the museum’s Director of Collections and Exhibitions. Featuring sketches, hand-drawn animation, and maquettes from throughout his career, Make Believe offers an intimate look at many of Keane’s iconic characters, from beloved films such as The Little Mermaid (1989), Beauty and the Beast (1991), Aladdin (1992), Pocahontas (1995), and Tarzan (1999).

Visitors can also get a rare glimpse into Keane’s recent 2017 collaboration with Kobe Bryant and legendary composer John Williams on Dear Basketball, which just won an Academy Award for Best Animated Short.

The Walt Disney Family Museum is located in the historic Presidio. For ticket information, click here.