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


How Many of San Francisco’s 19 Sister Cities Can You Name?

The City recently installed a large, multi-pronged signpost near the Powell Street Station in Union Square, featuring the names of all of San Francisco’s sister cities and pointing in the direction of each, along with the distance away in miles.

The art installation was the brainchild of Mayor Mark Farrell, whose office credits it as a celebration of “person-to-person diplomacy.”

According to the City, a Sister City relationship is a broad-based, officially approved, long-term partnership between two communities in two countries. Sister City relationships in the United States began under President Eisenhower as a means to foster peace and prosperity by creating bonds between people from different cities around the globe.

These relationships bring people of different cultures together to celebrate and appreciate their differences and create cultural, educational, informational, and trade exchanges through person-to-person “citizen diplomacy.”

In case you are curious, here are our 19 Sister Cities:

Weekend Events and the Weekly Real Estate Update

Looks like we’re in for some sunny and warm weather over the next few days — the perfect conditions for the San Francisco Open AVP Beach Volleyball Tournament taking place now through Sunday, July 8 on Pier 30/32, the Embarcadro. Admission is free. If you’d rather stay indoors, and you’re a holder of a Bank of America or Meryl Lynch credit or debit card, you can take advantage of free admission to the de Young, Legion of Honor, and Contemporary Jewish Museum. It’s the first full weekend of July, and so it’s a Bank of America Free Museum Weekend. Click here for details.

On the “Homes for Sale in San Francisco” front, here’s our report for this week, 7/1/18 – 7/7/18

The Rise of the Older, Single Female Home Buyer

Since 1981, single women over 55 have been the fastest-growing demographic of home buyers when compared with a multitude of other categories, according to a recent Wall Street Journal report, citing an analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data by Ralph McLaughlin, founder and chief economist at Veritas Urbis Economics in Alameda, Calif.

Married couples are by far the largest group of home buyers, and single women the next largest group. But last year, single, older women made up 8.2% of all home buyers, roughly double the percentage of 20 years ago, Mr. McLaughlin says. These women also buy homes at nearly twice the rate as their male counterparts.

There have long been many more older single women than men, reflecting the fact that men remarry at a higher rate after a divorce, as well as the fact that men generally die at younger ages. But the dramatic increase in home purchasing by older women speaks to something else.

Many women in this place in life want to own a home of their own, says Jessica Lautz, director of demographics and behavioral insight for the National Association of Realtors. Ms. Lautz also notes that longer average lifespans — and people working until later in life — are giving older buyers across the country the confidence to take on a 15- or 30-year mortgage.

The fact that this trend is taking place is not surprising, but it is certainly worth noting.

A Family-Friendly San Francisco Symphony

Think Star Wars, The Little Mermaid, and a free performance at the Stern Grove Festival, and you’ll understand why we believe the San Francisco Symphony is particularly family-friendly this July.

The Symphony has scheduled a number of performances that are sure to appeal to a broader audience, and even hosts the world-famous Mariachi Sol de México®, led by the incomparable José Hernández, on July 12 at Davies Symphony Hall.

To see the entire schedule, please click here.

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!

“People in Plazas” Concerts Kick Off This Thursday

People In Plazas produces free noontime musical concerts in San Francisco public spaces. The series kicks off this Thursday with Josh Klipp and the Klipptones performing at 333 Market Street, and Jose y sus Picantes playing at Transamerica Redwood Park.

The organization puts together 120 + free performances at lunchtime in public plazas Monday through Friday in July, August, and September. The program reaches an audience of more than 30,000 annually.

Their mission is to encourage visitors, residents, and workers to use our outdoor public spaces. They strive to make these spaces “everyone’s neighborhood.”

To download a PDF that presents the complete schedule of concerts, along with their locations, click here.