A Guide to San Francisco’s Best Public Art Installations

SF.Curbed.com just updated and published a wonderful guide to San Francisco’s best public art installations. It includes an interactive map, making it easy to locate all of these pieces.

On this list you’ll find everything from statues made of trees and earth in the Presidio to a kinetic sculpture in the Tenderloin that moves with the wind and lights up at night.

Here are a number of our favorites:

  • Skygate 1574-1636 The Embarcadero
  • Nuotatori 661 Lombard Street
  • Earth Wall 50 Moraga Avenue
  • Fountain at Gateway Court 430 Davis Court
  • The Thinker 100 34th Avenue
  • Untitled (Three Dancing Figures) 747 Howard Street
  • Willie McCovey Statue 24 Willie Mays Plaza
  • Caruso’s Dream 55 9th Street
  • SQUARED Fell St & Octavia Boulevard
To see the entire list, along with photos, descriptions, and the interactive map, please click here.

San Francisco Art Book Fair Happens This Weekend

The Bay Area Art Book Fair runs Friday, July 20th through Sunday, July 22nd at Minnesota Street Project (MSP). Admission is free.

Now in its third year, the San Francisco Art Book Fair (SFABF) cultivates a diverse and inclusive roster showcasing talent from the Bay Area art publishing community and beyond, exhibiting hand-stapled zines alongside limited edition clothbound tomes.

Since its founding, the fair has grown exponentially, welcoming 10,000 visitors in 2017. This year marks not only an increase in the number of exhibitors, but also the highest international turnout, including representatives from Iran, United Arab Emirates, Japan, and France.

San Francisco Art Book Fair
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
Minnesota Street Project (MSP), 1275 Minnesota Street

The Chronicle’s 2018 Rising Star Chefs

The San Francisco Chronicle just released its list of 2018 Bay Area Rising Star Chefs, and we thought we’d share their names with you. The Chronicle’s feature includes of course a lot more detail and explanation. The chefs on this list have fewer than five years’ experience running a kitchen.

When choosing this year’s group, the Chronicle team considered several factors. Culinary talent and delicious food were, of course, paramount, but they also wanted to celebrate those chefs who are changing their industry for the better. According to the piece, if you take a look at these chefs and their restaurants and venues, you’ll start to understand what Bay Area cuisine means in 2018 — and where it’s going.

Here they are:

  • Nichole Accettola Kantine 1906 Market Street, San Francisco
    A modern Scandinavian cafe — done her way
  • Francis Ang Pinoy Heritage Pop-ups and events
    Honoring Filipino heritage while pushing boundaries
  • Christa Chase Tartine Manufactory 595 Alabama Street, San Francisco
    Leading by example, from the kitchen at Tartine
  • Alexander Hong Sorrel 3228 Sacramento Street, San Francisco
    The pop-up path leads to the stellar Sorrel
  • Nite Yun Nyum Bai 3340 E. 12th Street, Oakland
    Her Cambodian cuisine finds a home in Oakland
  • Sita Kuratomi Bhaumik, Jocelyn Jackson, and Saqib Keval People’s Kitchen Collective No brick-and-mortar address, instead community dining as a social practice,  in collaboration with individuals and organizations at various venues
    Rise of the revolutionaries

Spend A Night In The Presidio, In Luxury Or In A Tent

Enjoy an overnight stay in the Presidio. The park is currently home to two hotels, the Inn at the Presidio, and the recently opened Lodge at the Presidio. You can also enjoy a national park camping experience at Rob Hill, the Presidio’s group campground.​​​

You absolutely need to make reservations well in advance, and accommodations aren’t inexpensive. Even camping will cost you $125 per site per night. But the views and the experiences are priceless. Picture yourself, for example, sitting at an outdoor fire pit with a view of the Golden Gate Bridge in the near distance.

See the ABC 7  video report below to learn more about the amenities at the Lodge of the Presidio.

Weekend Events and the Weekly Real Estate Update

SF.FunCheap.com has published a great online guide to San Francisco’s best Bastille Day celebrations taking place Saturday. Enjoy all things French — food, music, wine , beer, and more at a variety of venues. Meanwhile the SF Anime & Cosplay Festival is happening from 11 AM to 4 PM in Japantown Peace Plaza. And on Sunday you can watch the World Cup Final, France vs. Croatia, on a big outdoor screen with thousands of others at Civic Center Plaza. It promises to be a spirited and fun event!

On the “Homes for Sale in San Francisco” front, here’s our report for this week, 7/8/18 – 7/14/18

A California and Bay Area Real Estate Market Report

We will soon be releasing our 2018 Second Quarter Report, but in the meantime we thought we would share information provided by the California Association of Realtors, based on May 2018 real estate sales. A continued shortage of homes for sale pushed California’s median home sales price to a new record for the first time since the previous housing boom, with the Bay Area recording double-digit percent annual growth for the 11th straight month.

According to the report, the median sales price for a single-family home in the state was $600,860 in May, up 9.2 percent year-over-year for the highest annual rate of appreciation in four years. California’s median price surpassed its previous peak of $594,530, recorded 11 years ago.

“As we predicted last month, California’s statewide median home price broke the previous pre-recession peak set in May 2007 and hit another high as tight supply conditions continued to pour fuel on the price appreciation fire,” CAR Senior Vice President and Chief Economist Leslie Appleton-Young said in a statement accompanying the report. “With inventory starting to show signs of improvement, however, home price appreciation could decelerate in the second half of the year, especially since further rate increases are expected to hamper homebuyers’ affordability and limit how much they are willing to pay for their new home.”

The median sales price for a single-family home in the nine-county Bay Area climbed to $1,088,000, up by 16.4 percent from May 2017, marking the second straight month the region hit a new peak. More specifically, all five of the state’s million-dollar counties are in the Bay Area: San Francisco ($1,620,000). San Mateo ($1,600,000), Marin ($1,415,000), Santa Clara ($1,400,000), and Alameda ($1,025,000).

It’s All About France In San Francisco This Weekend

Saturday is Bastille Day, and Sunday the French take on Croatia in the World Cup. It’s good to be French this weekend! Of course, it’s also good to be in San Francisco, where you can celebrate right along with the best of them.

On Saturday, from 10 AM to 7 PM, take in all the sights and sounds at Bastille Day 2018, where you’ll find French food, live music, wine and beer, a vintage car show, a kids playground, and more. It takes place at Embarcadero Plaza and admission is free.

Later that evening you can celebrate Bastille Day in Belden Place, a European style alley known for its alfresco dining — often dubbed the French Quarter of San Francisco.

Then wake up the next morning, grab some croissants, and watch the World Cup live on a big outdoor screen with thousands of others in Civic Center Plaza! If you’d prefer to root for Croatia on Sunday, you’re certainly welcome to do so.

C’est magnifique!

2018 World Cup Live Viewing Party at Civic Center Plaza

Sure it’s early. But if you’re a fan, you’ll want to be there! Sunday, kicking off at 8 AM, the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department  will host a free public viewing party of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Final Match, presented on an enormous outdoor big screen.

In addition to the screening, there will be soccer activities for kids, a mobile rock climbing wall, and food trucks. Civic Center Commons Initiative will also be offering lawn games like giant Jenga and cornhole for guests to enjoy.

The world will be watching this game. And you can enjoy it all, right here in San Francisco.

By the way, if you want to catch today’s game between Croatia and England, that game is being shown outdoors by the City as well beginning at 11 AM. The location for this semi-finals match is different. It will be shown at Sue Bierman Park, just north of the Ferry Building.