SAN FRANCISCO, REAL ESTATE, AND MORE

The San Francisco Independent Film Festival is celebrating its 20th anniversary. The festival, which opened last Thursday, features two weeks of programming at the Valencia and Roxie theaters, showcasing new independent films from around the world.

The 2018 roster presents 33 feature-length films and 51 shorts. The festival also hosts big annual events like the Big Lebowski Party and the Anti-Valentine’s Day 80s Power Ballad Sing A Long.

For more information and tickets, click here.

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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

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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.

  • Restaurant | House of Prime Rib
  • Bar | Balboa Cafe
  • Landmark | Ferry Building Marketplace
  • Attraction | Union Square
  • Entertainment venue | Levi’s Stadium*
  • Park | Mission Dolores Park
  • Shopping | Westfield San Francisco Centre

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?

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It’s Super Bowl weekend, so there’s a good chance you’ll be spending a bunch of hours in front of a big screen, eating something that’s not really very good for you.

At some point this weekend you’re going to want to get some fresh air, and it’s supposed to be beautiful out. With that in mind, why not consider a San Francisco neighborhood walking tour.

On Sunday, there will be 15 guided history walks to choose from, and you should be home in time to enjoy the game, and feel less guilty about that big plate of nachos.

San Francisco Walking Tours
Super Bowl Sunday, February 4, 2018

  • 10:00 am – Cow Hollow
  • 11:00 am – Castro: Tales Of The Village
  • 11:00 am – Mission Dolores Neighborhood
  • 11:00 am – Japanese Tea Garden
  • 11:00 am
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Barvale opened in early December, and it’s certainly worth noting. This is the 23rd restaurant opened by Adriano Paganini’s Back of House restaurant group. It’s also the first Spanish one from the company, which is behind Beretta, Delarosa, Flores, Super Duper Burger, and more.

According to the Chronicle, “Barvale is the result of what Paganini does often: scope the Bay Area food scene, identify a hole and create something that could safely fill it. From the beginning, he said Barvale wasn’t meant be a traditional sit-down restaurant, but more of a communal stop for groups of friends headed out for the night.”

In his review of the restaurant, critic Michael Bauer thought the food could be better. However, he did concede that if Barvale’s goal

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We were touched by the SF.Curbed.com post — 25 Small Ways to Make SF a Better Place.  While you may not buy into all 25 suggestions, you’ve got to admit their heart is in the right place. The illustration that accompanies the post is itself whimsical, uplifting, and wonderful.

It’s nice to know that idealism still has a place in our City, and that acts of kindness still carry considerable weight here.

The feature explores what you can do in your home, in your neighborhood, on the road, in your community, and with a group. To see all 25 suggestions, along with links to related content or organizations, click here.

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SF Sketchfest — the annual San Francisco comedy festival — will end its two week run on Sunday. The eclectic festival will have hosted more than 200 shows across 16 venues before it’s over. SF Restaurant Week continues this weekend, and runs through next Wednesday. It’s a celebration of San Francisco’s world-class dining community. Nearly 130 restaurants are participating. Finally, The 16th Annual San Francisco Film Noir Festival returns to its home at the historic Castro Theatre tonight through Sunday, February 4th. 24 movies will be presented, all from the original film noir era, 1941 to 1953.

On the “Homes for Sale in San Francisco” front, here’s our report for this week, 1/21/18 – 1/27/18

4th Quarter 2017 San Francisco Real Estate

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It’s official — the announcement has been made — so we can now tell you that this year’s SF Decorator Showcase home is a Hill & Co. Real Estate listing! It’s a 1930s Spanish-Mediterranean house that features six bedrooms, and five and a half bathrooms. It really is a gorgeous place, and it’s located on one of the most coveted blocks of Marina Boulevard, across the street from Marina Green and San Francisco Bay.

Sf.curbed.com, for one, is ecstatic about the selection, partly because the showcase is more typically held high up the hill in Pacific Heights.

The San Francisco Decorator Showcase is widely considered to be the West Coast’s premier design showhouse event, renowned for featuring the work of the region’s top interior and landscape

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Noir City returns to its home at the historic Castro Theatre this Friday through Sunday, February 4th. Film Noir from A to B takes audiences back in time with a program of 12 genuine “A” and “B” double bills, spanning the breadth of the original film noir era, 1941 to 1953.

The festival presents 24 classic noirs as they were experienced on their original release, pairing a top-tier studio “A” with a shorter, low- budget second feature, or “B” film. All but one of the films will be presented in gorgeous 35mm.

The 16th Annual San Francisco Film Noir Festival
January 26 – February 5, 2018 Castro Theatre

For more information and details, click here.

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SF.Eater says that San Francisco saw some big restaurant openings in 2017, from China Live to Villon and International Smoke. But 2018 may wind up being an even bigger year for new restaurants in the Bay Area. These spots will be opened by established names like Dominique Crenn and Joshua Skenes, and by up-and-comers who have already shown a lot of promise.

These restaurants aren’t open yet, but here’s a list in alphabetical order of what’s coming. Keep an eye out for them!

Amara
Location: 5800 Geary Blvd, Outer Richmond
Key players: Mourad Lahlou, Luis Maldonado
Projected opening: Mid-May

Angler
Location: TBD, San Francisco
Key player: Joshua Skenes
Projected opening: June

Bar Crenn
Location: 3131 Fillmore Street, Cow Hollow
Key

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