Interested in what’s happening with new developments in San Francisco? Click the link below to view the interactive map…
Source : Parascopesf.com
The Great Dickens Christmas Fair is a one-of-a-kind holiday adventure into Victorian London – an elaborate party with hundreds of costumed players performing and interacting with patrons in over 120,000 square feet of theatrically-lit music halls, pubs, dance floors and Christmas shops.
It’s a twilight evening in Charles Dickens’ London Town; a city of winding lanes filled with colorful characters from both literature and history. Enticing aromas of roasted chestnuts and hearty foods fill the air. Cries of street vendors hawking their wares ring out above the bustling crowd. Dozens of lamplit shops are filled to overflowing with Christmas gifts. The Dickens Christmas Fair is a treasured Bay Area tradition since 1970 and a splendid way to celebrate the holidays.
Four weekends including the Friday after Thanksgiving: November 29th through December 22nd, 2013 from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM PST
Cow Palace Exhibition Halls, 2600 Geneva Avenue, San Francisco
General Admission, $25. Student/Senior/Military, $21. Children 5-11, $12. Children Under 5, Free. Groups of 15 or more, $17. Pickwick Club (Fair season pass), $60.
For more information go to www.dickensfair.com/
The 24th annual Union Square Tree Lighting on November 22nd, 2013, featuring Macy’s gift to the City of San Francisco and most recognizable Christmas tree. The 83-foot tall, reusable tree will be dressed with 33,000 energy-efficient twinkling LED lights.
One of the prettiest features of winter and Christmas in San Francisco is the lighting – lights on buildings, on trees and in windows, which look even better as the nights get longer and colder. When the light diplays switch on (starting the week before Thanksgiving) you know it’s the onset of the holiday season.
Friday, November 22nd, 2013
Union Square, San Francisco – located between Geary, Powell, Post and Stockton Streets
I am trying to teach my son not to care too much about how he measures up to others. A little healthy competition is fine. (I can run faster!) But wondering who makes more money, who has a better house, who has a better car… not so much. It’s a process.
But we all wonder, don’t we? Here’s a chart you can have some fun with. Some of it will make you feel pretty good (greenest!) and some pretty bad (most homeless)… Have fun and try not to brag too much to your out of town friends and relatives.
There are a lot more statistics on the market in general below, but I wanted to take a moment to talk about the KINDS of properties I sold in 2012. Because it is different from what I sold in 2009 and 2010. The take away is that it really is a good time to sell just about any kind of property… If you have been sitting on the fence or think you are still stuck, please reach out and let’s talk!
Five of my 19 sales were TICs. Between 2008 and 2012, TICs were not moving at all. I listed three TICs this year. We sold one at asking in about three weeks, one just below asking in two weeks, and one 30k (5%) over asking price in about 10 days. That was OVER asking price folks. For a TIC. Haven’t heard that one in a few years.
Also, while I am hearing that the “distressed” market is in decline, 2 of the 19 sales were bank owned (REO) and 3 were short sales. (Though I am great at this stuff, it is painful, frustrating and I won’t mind when people are all making money again, so I hope the experts are right and distressed sales are on the way out!)
Three out of 19 were investment properties.
Eight out of 19 were listings. And all but one of my eight listings sold in 2 weeks or less.
Eleven out of 19 were buyer representations; and
Four of the eleven buyer representations were ones we saw prior to them being listed in the MLS. It was a fast paced market and getting the jump on the competition was the name of the game. Two I found out about by networking with other agents, one my buyers found scouring craig’s list, and one I found by knocking on the door of a distressed home because it fit the bill for a buyer I had in mind. This was a significant difference from past years where one or two sales would be pre-market opportunities.
If you want to look at specific closings, they can all be found here: http://jennifer.intersectmg.com/properties/sold/ read more →
I know I am. I do not enjoy seeing George Davis’s altogether every time I am near Castro & Market. It makes my son uncomfortable and, you know what? Me too. At an appropriate public event, I don’t mind if people are nude or scantily clad, but this daily parade of the pants-free should be stopped. It’s bad for the city as a whole and for the health of the generally very inclusive Castro neighborhood specifically.
Natalie Rome of Paragon is quoted in the Chronicle today as saying that George and his band caused a couple to steer clear of the area. I had the same thing happen this summer as well. To read the Chron article, click here.
Supervisor Scott Weiner has proposed a ban on public nudity. While it might be better if a supervisor with a different last name sponsored the legislation, his name may help the whole thing catch on. My thanks to you Scott for taking a potentially unpopular stand and talking about what we’ve all been trying to ignore lately. To contact your supervisor to let them know you support (or do not support) the measure, click here.
You often call me with questions about things that are going on with buildings or plans for building next door or around the corner from you. I’m always happy to help but I thought you might have fun exploring things for yourselves.
For most of your questions, my go to resource is the San Francisco Department of Building Inspection. On their website you can look up all the permits and COMPLAINTS for a given address or APN (Assessor’s Parcel Number). You can access the site at http://www.sfdbi.org
Second in line is the San Francisco Assessor’s office, where they now have a video to help you apply for a temporary reduction in property taxes, among other great information. You can find that website here.
Finally, San Francisco has a interdisciplinary tool called the San Francisco Property Information Map that allows you to look up a site address and find information regarding everything from zoning, to landmark information, to traffic planning zones to assessed values. You can access the San Francisco Property Information Map here.
Try to use the information you obtain tactfully at all times 🙂 read more →
To be taken with a grain of salt but I enjoyed it:
http://www.thebolditalic.com/drewhoolhorst/stories/1958-moving-to-san-francisco read more →
It is summer in SF, which sometimes means it is cool and breezy, sometimes baking hot and sometimes all of the above within an hour. Change keeps life exciting and in San Francisco we are never bored in the summer by stretches of dog days heat.
There is lots to do here, SF Park & Rec has everything from pottery to hiking. The 75th Annual Stern Grove Festival offers music ranging from Opera to The E Family. And, my personal favorite, the SF Neighborhood Theater Foundation, (co-sponsored by Paragon Agent Jim Fisher!) offers an amazing selection of movies at Dolores Park, Washington Square Park and Union Square. To be more specific:
Saturday, 6/16, Dolores Park – SING-ALONG MAMMA MIA! (2008) see photo at right and note: Hipsters largely too cool to sing but we were not …
Saturday, 7/14, Union Square – THE ARTIST (2011)
Saturday, 8/4, Dolores Park – SIXTEEN CANDLES (1984)
Saturday, 8/25, Union Square – AFTER THE THIN MAN (1936)
Saturday, 9/15, Dolores Park Park – THE GRADUATE (1964)
Saturday, 9/29, Washington Sq. Park – MIDNIGHT IN PARIS (2011)
Hope to see you there! (Just don’t forget your blanky.) read more →