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.


Noise Pop Is On Now Through Sunday

So much is going on in San Francisco, it’s hard to keep up with it all. The Noise Pop Festival opened on Monday, and runs through Sunday. The Festival celebrates indie music, arts, and film. Now in its 26th year, Noise Pop has brought early exposure to many emerging artists in the Bay Area and beyond, many of whom have gone on to widespread acclaim.

Over the next four days there will be different films, art shows, happy hours, and concerts to take in all over the City and the East Bay. For more information, and the full schedule of events and performances, click here.

The Most Popular Type of Food in Each SF Neighborhood

This is kind of fun. A Google mapping project has determined the most popular type of food in each of San Francisco’s neighborhoods. To do this,  Google compiled the “aggregated, anonymized, and differentially private” data from users who opted into Google Location History. Got that?

Anyway, according to SFGate.com, a neighborhood cuisine’s popularity breaks down just about how you would expect. Restaurant-goers most often frequented pizza and Italian places while in North Beach, Chinese restaurants around Chinatown and the Richmond, and Mexican spots when in the Mission District.

Turns out Mexican food is the City’s overall favorite, just as it is for California as a whole. Nationally, San Francisco proved to be a “cuisine capital” for coffee (it ranked #6 for most java shop visits), Chinese (#2) and seafood (#9).

To see the map, click here, scroll to the bottom of the page, and select San Francisco. You can enlarge the map as you wish.


SF Beer Week 2018 Kicks Off Friday

Okay. So this thing doesn’t start until later this week. Still, we wanted to give you plenty of time to make your plans.

Organizers say SF Beer Week is a grassroots collection of events hosted by hundreds of different breweries, restaurants, bars, and retail stores throughout San Francisco and the region. These curated events celebrate craft beer and the craft beer community. No one event, venue, or kind of beer defines it.

Events are hosted at a wide range of locations, and may cater to various beer tastes (hoppy, sweet and malty, sour, aged, cask-conditioned), food tastes (cheese pairings, dessert pairings, multi-course dinners), and entertainment interests (movies, games, sporting events). There are even TED Talk-style educational seminars.

It’s complicated, but oh so rewarding. SFGate.com provides a list and descriptions of the events they believe are most promising. Or if you prefer, study the entire schedule yourself – you can sort by the type of event you want to attend – and start making your plans today!

The 10th Annual SF Beer Week
February 9 through 18, 2018


Weekend Events and the Weekly Real Estate Update

It’s Super Bowl Weekend, and there’s not much to do but wait for the game and all the eating that goes with it. If you’re still not sure where you are going to watch the Super Bowl, sf.funcheap.com has published the perfect guide for you.  Super Bowl LII: Where to Watch tells you where to find SF’s biggest screens, arcade parties, puppy bowl celebrations, drink specials, and more. Of course, before all of this, you might want to take advantage of the beautiful weather we’re forecast to have, and join in one of Sunday’s 15 free San Francisco Walking Tours.

On the “Homes for Sale in San Francisco” front, here’s our report for this week, 1/28/18 – 1/3/18

SF Real Estate Is Expected to Be Hot Again in 2018

Even after a years-long boom, the San Francisco metropolitan area is still expected to be among the hottest U.S. housing markets in the country in 2018, according to an SF.Gate.com report. Factoring in home values, rents, and jobs, San Francisco is expected to rank as the No. 5 hottest real estate market in the nation.

For all the talk of the U.S. tax overhaul hitting wealthy blue-state real estate, the San Francisco Bay area is set for more home-price gains. Its technology-fueled economy and persistent housing shortage are sending values ever higher — and that may get even more pronounced as tech share sales create still more new millionaires in San Francisco and Silicon Valley. In short, home prices will keep rising as more startups go public or sell shares privately, generating cash for tech investors and workers.

In the city of San Francisco, low unemployment at 2.2 percent — along with the expansion of large employers such as Dropbox, Facebook, and Google — is likely to ensure demand for housing will continue to outstrip supply. The median house price in the City soared 11 percent to a record $1.5 million in the fourth quarter, while the average time it took to sell fell to two weeks from 22 days a year earlier.

To read the entire report, please click on, or copy and paste, the link that follows: http://bit.ly/2DLxEXc


San Francisco’s Most Popular Destinations According to Uber

Uber has become indispensable of course in San Francisco. The rideshare company picks up people from all over and drops them off at destinations throughout the City. Along the way, the company collects lots of data.

Uber just posted an item on their blog that presents the City’s most popular destinations in seven specific categories, based on passenger requests.

For more details, and to see the entire post, click here.

*By the way, do we have to remind Uber that Levi’s Stadium is in Santa Clara?


The Salesforce Tower: A Symbol of a New San Francisco

San Francisco Chronicle Urban Design Critic John King recently published a dissertation on the the Salesforce Tower that now dominates the City’s skyline. It’s a big story about a big building.

The piece is a deep dive that goes beyond the beams and glass of the building. The writer describes how the tower is really an embodiment of the changes that are taking place in San Francisco today.

“It is the nature of some buildings, if nature is the word, to loom even larger as symbols than they do in real life.”

“This was true of the Ferry Building, which opened in 1898 and immediately became San Francisco’s portal to the world. It was true of the Giants’ AT&T Park, which established a southern anchor for the Embarcadero and turned neighboring Mission Bay from a planning theory into a functioning neighborhood. And it is true of Salesforce Tower at First and Mission streets…”

“…The presence of a 1,070-foot-high shaft of glass and metal on the skyline makes the former peak, the 853-foot Transamerica Pyramid, seem almost petite.”

“None of this happened by chance, or in isolation. And as workers complete the plaza outside and prepare the upper floors for their future tenants, the building’s impact on San Francisco’s physical and social landscape already is profound.”

To read the entire piece, click here.