Candytopia: Museum, Funhouse, Or Simply A Fantasyland?

Whatever it is, it opened last Thursday, and it is something to behold. Described on its website as a “sprawling sanctuary of confectionary bliss,” the experiential museum debuted in New York and Los Angeles before arriving in San Francisco.

Like the the Museum of Ice Cream, it’s perfect for whimsical exploration, and instagram. Hoodline explains that Candytopia features seven rooms, one of the most notable being its art gallery. There, some of pop culture’s most recognizable faces — Snoop Dogg, Cardi B, and Prince among them — are comprised entirely of jelly beans, gummy bears, red vines, rock candy, sprinkles and jawbreakers.

In other rooms, guests will have the opportunity to be blasted by rainbow confetti that shoots out of a pig’s rear, or take a dip in the much-buzzed-about Marshmallow Pit.

Whatever it is, it might be worth checking out. Tickets are available now through the end of November.

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Weekend Events and the Weekly Real Estate Update

AIDS Walk San Francisco takes place on Sunday. It’s a 10K fundraising walk starting and ending in Golden Gate Park. Thousands will participate in this year’s event. The Renegade Craft Fair happens on both Saturday and Sunday at Fort Mason, and there’s a Bastille Day celebration at Justin Herman Plaza from 11 A.M. to 8 P.M. on Saturday.

On the “Homes for Sale in San Francisco” front, here’s our report for this week, 7/9/17 – 7/15/17

SF Property Assessments Hit $231.2 billion After 10.8% Rise

Thanks to new construction, rising real estate prices and higher inflation, the assessed value of Bay Area real and personal property rose to about $1.6 trillion for 2017-18, up by $110 billion, or 7.4 percent, from the year before. What’s more, according to Kathleen Pender with the San Francisco Chronicle, among all Bay Area counties San Francisco had the biggest percentage jump — 10.8 percent over last year.

The vast majority of taxable property is residential and commercial real estate. The rest is personal property — which includes boats, aircraft and business equipment such as computers, office furniture, and machinery. The three main things that add to a county’s tax roll are new construction (which is generally added at market value), reassessments triggered by property sales, and inflation.

At this point, the San Francisco assessor’s office has not yet done the analysis to determine to what extent specific factors contributed to the City’s 10.8 percent increase.

Free Opera at AT&T Park this Friday

This really is a unique way to experience opera, and AT&T Park, at the same time.

San Francisco Opera and the San Francisco Giants invite you to Opera at the Ballpark. It’s a free live simulcast of Mozart’s Don Giovanni, and it takes place this Friday, June 30, at 7:30 PM. The performance will be simulcast live from the War Memorial Opera House.

It’s your chance to join 30,000 fellow attendees for an unforgettable evening of opera – and garlic fries – under the stars. You can choose between sitting on the field or in the stands. But to better ensure you’re choice of seating, you should register now for early entry starting 5 PM.

This is quite literally an “only-in-San-Francisco” kind of event.

100th Opening Day on the Bay this Sunday

This Sunday’s 100th annual Blessing of the Fleet and parade of boats officially opens the San Francisco Bay Area boating season! The boats will power and sail along the waterfront, view-able from Crissy Field to Pier 39.

It starts at 12 PM and ends around 2. It’s actually supposed to be sunny on Sunday, and at this point, that’s practically a miracle. It seems like it’s rained every weekend for months.

More than 100 historic work boats, fire boats, tow boats, and classic and contemporary craft will participate. They’ll be decorated with flags and streamers, and it should be a spectacular day!

Hamilton Opens Tomorrow

Hamilton finally arrives tomorrow at the SHN Orpheum Theatre, with preview performances through Wednesday, March 22, an opening performance on Thursday, March 23, and a run through Saturday, August 5.

There are still some tickets available on the SHN website, but there aren’t many, and they are expensive. It’s likely you already knew that. What’s the big deal you ask?

The New York Times described it this way:

“A show about young rebels grabbing and shaping the future of an unformed country, “Hamilton” is making its own resonant history by changing the language of musicals. And it does so by insisting that the forms of song most frequently heard on pop radio stations in recent years — rap, hip-hop, R&B ballads — have both the narrative force and the emotional interiority to propel a hefty musical about long-dead white men whose solemn faces glower from the green bills in our wallets.”

It won 11 Tony Awards, and a Pulitzer Price for drama, and grossed $3 million in a single week on just eight performances on Broadway – making it the first musical to cross that threshold. So yes, it seems it is a big deal. Of course, if you can’t afford or get tickets to the show, you can always buy the album on iTunes for $19.99.

Weekend Events and the Weekly Real Estate Update

March '16 - It's Friday

It’s an exciting weekend in the City, with the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival back for it’s 16th year running! Get yourself down to Golden Gate Park for the three day music festival where you can expect to see performers such as Cyndi Lauper, Glen Hansard, Dropkick Murphy’s, Chris Isaak and many more! You can take a look at the full line up here.

If the Bluegrass Festival isn’t for you, we recommend checking out the 2016 Castro Street Fair, which takes place this Sunday from 11am to 6pm at Castro and Market. There will be live entertainment, local artists, vendors and a party atmosphere for you to enjoy! If you would like more information on the fair, click here.


On the “Homes for Sale in San Francisco” front, here’s our report for this week, 9/25/16 – 10/01/16:

We will be releasing our third quarter San Francisco real estate report in a couple of weeks, when the final numbers for September come in. In the meantime, SocketSite may have provided us with a sneak peek on Monday.

The real estate website reported that the number of single-family homes and condos listed for sale in San Francisco as of Monday totaled 885, which according to their statistics is the most at any point in time since the end of 2011 and 31 percent higher versus the same time last year.

The site says this number doesn’t include homes for sale but currently not listed on the MLS, nor does it include the vast majority of new construction condos available for sale across the City.

SocketSite also reported that there have been a significant number of price reductions this month. With inventory up and prices potentially down, if you’ve been looking to buy a home this might be the time to redouble your efforts!

Weekend Events and Your Weekly Real Estate Update

Friday-BannerThere’s a lot going on in the City’s art and music scene this weekend. Saturday kicks off the 5th annual Supersonic Art Invitational. This event, put on by Spoke Art and Supersonic Art will feature over 75 artists work. For more info, click here.

Don’t forget this weekend is also the San Francisco Tape Music Festival, the only festival of it’s kind that features 4 concerts and the work of 32 local and international composers.


On the “Homes for Sale in San Francisco” front, here’s our report for this week, 1/3/15 – 1/9/15:

Industry insider Brian Buffini just posted his predictions for 2016. In many ways, it’s more of the same, as buyers across the country are more agile and better equipped with information than ever before.

Most buyers start their search online and continue to use the Internet throughout the process. In fact, 43 percent of all buyers looked for properties on line before even contacting an agent or looking for information about the homebuying process itself. However, despite having incredible access to information, buyers and sellers alike continue to recognize the importance of agents, and rely on them for guidance and assistance when buying and selling properties.

According to Buffini, 88 percent of buyers would use their agent again or refer him or her to others.