SF Restaurants Doubling As Co-Working Spaces By Day

SF.Eater.com has spotted an interesting trend that’s taking place, and it makes so much sense we’re surprised that this hasn’t come up before. It actually began in New York. A startup called Spacious invites restaurants to open during the day — not to serve food, but to simply provide a comfortable setting and WiFi for remote workers and freelancers.

Spacious expanded its subscription-based membership model to San Francisco last fall, and it’s been growing steadily since, recently unveiling its latest restaurant partner, Barcino. Other SF Spacious partners are the Elite Cafe, Finn Town, Buffalo Theory, and the Press Club.

For remote workers and freelancers, a Spacious subscription is $129 a month (or $99 per month with an annual plan) — a better deal than WeWork, whose cheapest hot desk option is $220 a month.

For restaurants that often operate on razor-thin margins and have the extra space, it seems to make sense to do this, as long as it doesn’t interfere with prepping for dinner service of course.

Concerts Coming Up at AT&T Park

Outside Lands just ended, and we can’t help but ask, “What’s next?” SFTravel.com has the answer — though at this point tickets might be hard to come by. Here’s what’s coming up at AT&T Park in the coming weeks:

Ed Sheeran: Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018

Multi-platinum-selling and multi-award-winning artist Ed Sheeran will appear at AT&T Park a week from tomorrow. This is a stop in Sheeran’s first-ever stadium tour in the United States, and supports his latest album which recently won Best Pop Vocal Album at the Grammy Awards.

The Eagles with Zac Brown Band and the Doobie Brothers: Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018

Legendary band The Eagles land at AT&T Park for their only Northern California tour appearance in 2018. Their 2014 tour broke numerous U.S. box office records and sold out Madison Square Garden five times and the Forum in Inglewood six times. The Eagles were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1998 and received the Kennedy Center Honors in 2016. Special guests Zac Brown Band and the Doobie Brothers will also appear.

Journey and Def Leppard with Special Guest Foreigner: Friday, Sept. 21, 2018

Two of the world’s greatest rock bands — Journey and Def Leppard — are teaming up for a massive 58-city tour. AT&T Park will be the only Northern California stop on the tour. The bands, who also toured together 12 years ago, will perform popular hits such as “Don’t Stop Believin'”, “Faithfully”, “Photograph”, and “Rock of Ages”. What’s more, special guest — and multi-platinum album act — Foreigner will also perform in this epic classic rock show.

Great concerts in great venues. Just one of the things that makes this City so great!

Weekend Events and the Weekly Real Estate Update

Now in its 11th year, Outside Lands takes place today through Sunday in Golden Gate Park. Once again the festival will showcase world class music, art, and comedy along with some of the Bay Area’s best food, wine, and beer. Headliners include Janet Jackson, Florence + The Machine, and The Weekend. Meanwhile, there will be a huge “Rooftop Park and Salesforce Transit Center Opening” Block Party on Saturday from noon to 4PM — admission is free. There’s also the 2018 Hillwide Garage Sale in Bernal Heights on Saturday from 9AM to 2PM. Lastly, the Pistahan Parade & Festival takes place on Saturday and Sunday, celebrating the best in Filipino art, dance, music, and food — admission is free.

On the “Homes for Sale in San Francisco” front, here’s our report for this week, 8/5/18 – 8/11/18

SF Just Ranked Among Top 5 U.S. Cities in Which to Live

We are constantly hearing about how expensive it is to live in San Francisco, and how people are moving away. Yet the website WalletHub just compared the 62 largest cities in the U.S. based on 56 key indicators of attractiveness, and found that San Francisco ranked 4th in the nation, just behind Seattle, Virginia Beach, and Austin.

Affordability is clearly a problem, but San Francisco ranked 2nd in “quality of life”, 3rd in “Education and Health”, and 6th in “Economy”. We were surprised at the economy ranking, but “Building-Permit Growth” and “Wealth Gap” were both factored into the category, and that might explain the lower than we would expect rating.

According to the report, cities all across the country are dealing with issues around the high cost of living, pollution, traffic delays, and limited living space. But big cities represent opportunity, economic and otherwise, which appeals to people of all walks of life — especially young professionals seeking advancement in their careers and social lives. Another main draw is easy access to diverse dining and entertainment options.

The bottom line is this: San Francisco remains a city that draws people from all over the world. People want to live here and, given our limited supply of real estate, that demand continues to drive up the cost of rent and the price of homes.

SF Women Have Children Later Than Anywhere Else In U.S.

SFGate.com published an interesting story yesterday, explaining why San Francisco women have children later in life than anywhere else in the nation.

Women in San Francisco County become first-time mothers, on average, at age 31.9. If they’re married, that number rises to 32.4, and if they’ve got a college degree, it increases to 32.9. Manhattan mothers trail closely behind in the age ranking, as do those in Marin County.

The average age of first-time mothers in the U.S. is 26, and for fathers it’s 31. Those numbers have increased with the decades. In 1972, women typically gave birth at age 21.

Why are San Francisco women giving birth later than others? The answer, though complex, largely boils down to education. Women without college degrees give birth an average of seven years earlier than those with degrees. According to SFGate.com, there are other factors as well as you might expect. Child care costs and the high price of real estate can become a barrier to starting a family in San Francisco and in many other parts of the Bay Area.

When you think about this, none of it is surprising. It’s just interesting to see the actual numbers, and to learn about our ranking in comparison to the rest of the country. To read the entire piece, please click here.

Transit Center & Rooftop Park Grand Opening Block Party

A free Neighborhood Block Party will be held this Saturday from noon to 4 PM at the brand new Salesforce Transit Center and Rooftop Park.  The event will feature music, food trucks, fitness classes, games, tours, and performances, as well as exhibits showcasing historic and state of the art buses — this is the Transit Center after all.

SF.FunCheap.com has all the details, and says the best entrance is the Grand Hall at 425 Mission Street at Fremont, where escalators will take you up to the bus deck and park. Keep in mind, the Gondola will not be open until September.

This is the long awaited grand opening, literally years in the making. We absolutely can’t wait to see it!

Salesforce Transit Center & Rooftop Park Grand Opening Block Party
Saturday, August 11, 2018 | Noon to 4PM
Salesforce Transit Center, 425 Mission Street, SF
FREE – RSVP on Facebook

A Guide To Fisherman’s Wharf For Non-Tourists

If you have guests in from out of town, at some point you are going to have to venture down to Fisherman’s Wharf. Turns out, it’s not that bad. In fact, there are some spots here you’ll want to visit with or without your out-of-town guests!

Sf.eater.com just published a guide to some of their favorite spots in Fisherman’s Wharf. It includes photos, descriptions, links, and an interactive map.  It’s hard to argue with their list. Many of the places they name would be on our list of favorites citywide as well.

Here are just a few:

To see the entire feature, and for information on all the spots on the sf.eater.com list, please click here.

New Golden Gate National Park Print Added To Series

You have no doubt seen this poster series. Begun in 1995 with a depiction of the Golden Gate Bridge, the series was conceived as a way to “unify” the Golden Gate National Recreation Area “under one brand identity, while still highlighting the individual beauty of each site.” The series includes images of Alcatraz, Fort Point, the Marin Headlands, and Lands End.

A new print has been added, the 21st in the series. This time, the subject is Ocean Beach. According to SFGate.com, the piece has that familiar minimalist look, and depicts the feature most prominent at Ocean Beach — its waves.

Artist Michael Schwab has produced this series over the years, and we’re glad to see this new addition. The print is on sale now in park stores. You can also order it online here.

Weekend Events and the Weekly Real Estate Update

Lots going on this weekend, beginning with the 45th Annual Nihonmachi Street Fair on Saturday and Sunday on Post Street between Laguna and Fillmore Streets in Japantown — from 11AM to 6PM both days. The 9th Annual Chinatown Music Festival happens on Saturday, from 12 – 4PM at Portsmouth Square. At the same time, the Playland on Balboa Music Festival takes place on Balboa Street between 35th-38th Avenues. There’s more. The San Francisco Neighborhood Theater Foundation will kick off its “2018 Film Night in the Park” series at dusk, on Saturday at Dolores Park. They will be showing Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994). Lastly, Jerry Day 2018 takes place Sunday, from 11AM-6PM, at the Jerry Garcia Amphitheatre in McLaren Park — 50 John F Shelley Drive.

On the “Homes for Sale in San Francisco” front, here’s our report for this week, 7/29/18 – 8/4/18

Bay Area Home Prices Remain Up Year-Over-Year

The median price of a Bay Area home was $875,000 in June, matching the all-time high set in May, while sales dropped precipitously to the lowest level for the month of June in four years, according SF Chronicle columnist Kathleen Pender, citing a recent CoreLogic report.

The median price of a new home, resale or condo in the nine-county region was up 12.9 percent from June of last year. Sales, meanwhile, were down 2.2 percent from May and 9.2 percent from June 2017.

The Bay Area continues to defy expectations that prices would drop — or at least moderate — this year as a result of rising mortgage rates and the federal tax law that limits the benefits of homeownership, especially in high-cost markets.

In fact, according to the column, the price of a single-family home in San Francisco in the first half of this year was $1.62 million, up an astonishing $220,000 from the same period last year.

A Compelling Case For Eliminating Parking Spaces?

We never thought that the day would come when we would say that eliminating parking spaces in the City makes sense, but writer Kevin Frazier makes a pretty compelling case for it in the most recent issue of the Marina Times.

He focuses on the Marina, and presents a lot of astonishing numbers that may in fact suggest that parking spaces might become a thing of the past, at least in that neighborhood.

Here are some excerpts:

“Marina residents — increasingly less reliant on cars for transportation — may soon not need a place to park a car (assuming they even own one). In 2011, 51.6 percent of Marina residents drove to work (44.2 percent drove alone, the rest carpooled). With the proliferation of ride sharing, scooter-grabbing, and public transit awareness, just under 41 percent of workers used a car to get to work in 2016 (33 percent drove alone). In the same year, 35 percent of the city’s workers drove alone and 7.2 percent carpooled, bringing the total to 42.2 percent citywide.”

“Other Marina workers simply forgo commuting at all. The percentage of people working from home climbed from 9.8 percent of workers to 10.8 percent from 2015 to 2016. What’s more, economists generally forecast that working from home will become available to more workers as video-chatting and file-sharing expands into new sectors.”

“Another shift in demand for parking: tourists opting to ride-share, scoot, or cycle instead of renting a car. Lime and other multimodal transit companies have quickly discovered tourists’ travel preferences and moved them away from rental cars. Hertz and others have closed hundreds of shops in recent years in response to tourists finding new options more affordable and efficient. Accordingly, the city has seen a significant increase in the supply of alternate modes of transportation that don’t require conventional parking places.”

“A final factor threatening the prevalence of parking spots: the majority of Marina residents don’t own a car. Less than 30 percent of San Francisco households in 2016 owned a car, a 4 percent decline from the year before. Car-less households may soon tire of effectively subsidizing parking and the negative externalities it creates. Consider that surface parking spots cost $5,000 to $10,000 to construct; even more staggering, structured parking spots tally to $25,000 to $50,000 per spot.”

Pretty compelling, right? To read the entire piece, please click here.

The “Film Night In The Park” Series Begins This Weekend

The San Francisco Neighborhood Theater Foundation will kick off its “2018 Film Night in the Park” series on Saturday at Dolores Park, with a presentation of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994).

The series will then present three additional films later this month, and in September:

All films begin at Dusk. They are presented on a giant outdoor screen and attendees are encouraged to picnic before each film, though refreshments are available. The screenings attract residents from throughout San Francisco and the Bay Area.

Sounds like fun!