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.


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.

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 Hoodline.com, 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.

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

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

Foodie Tuesday: Robot-Made Burgers in San Francisco

At Creator, a new restaurant in SoMa, high-tech robots are now making  $6 hamburgers.

It’s the culmination of years of research aided by some of the region’s best and brightest minds who have worked at the likes of Tesla, NASA, Walt Disney Imagineering and Chez Panisse. It’s not like these robots are driving cars, but still this is pretty impressive!

Do you think this might go over well in San Francisco? You bet it will. The place just opened and there’s already a wait-list to get in. We’re not talking hours. We’re talking weeks and months. As of now, you need to buy pre-paid tickets to visit Creator — but there are none available. According to its website, tickets are sold out for June and July, and there is a wait-list for August.

Never-the-less, we’re told it’s worth the wait so be persistent! Watch the video to learn more.

Creator 680 Folsom Street, near Third Street, San Francisco creator.rest

Food and Fireworks: Where To Dine Out On The 4th

If you’re like us, you want to dine out and watch fireworks in roughly the same location, as it will be tough to get around tomorrow night. It seems to us the best bet might be Fisherman’s Wharf and Pier 39, and so we’ve gone right to the source for their recommendations.

To visit the Fisherman’s Wharf website for restaurant and cruise suggestions,  along with a rundown on the activities and concerts scheduled to take place that day and night, please click here.

Happy 4th!