SAN FRANCISCO, REAL ESTATE, AND MORE

This weekend Japantown will host one of San Francisco’s most popular events, the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival. It will run for two weekends, April 14th and 15th, and April 21st and 22nd.

The Cherry Blossom Festival in San Francisco is said to be the second largest Japanese American festival in the nation, just behind Washington D.C. More than 200,000 people are expected to attend. This is your chance to experience Japan without leaving the City. You can expect to see food booths, cultural performances, martial arts, live bands, and more.

The festival will be held within the borders of Laguna and Fillmore Streets between Geary Boulevard and Bush Street. For details on the festival, please click here.

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Sf.Eater.com has done it again — posting a guide to late night eating in San Francisco that includes an interactive map that makes it all so easy to find.

This list of 39 restaurants, food counters, and bars presents some of the best late night meals the City has to offer — from the classic burger or tin-foil swaddled burrito to the more eclectic mussels doused in butter and nutella-glutted crepes.

Here are five of our favorites:

  • 15 Romolo, 15 Romolo Place, swanky
  • Arinell Pizza, 509 Valencia Street, fast casual
  • Black Cat, 400 Eddy Street, swanky
  • Namu Stonepot, 553 Divisadero Street, fast casual
  • The Saratoga, 1000 Larkin Street, swanky

To see the remaining 34 spots, along with a little description of each place, click here.

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Suddenly, they’re all over town! Electric-scooters are everywhere!

Three companies just hit the streets of San Francisco, diving into the electric-scooter-sharing business simultaneously. Spin, Bird, and LimeBike together have more than $200 million in funding, so clearly they are taking this rather whimsical form of transportation quite seriously.

SF.curbed.com just published a pretty comprehensive explanation about what’s going on here. It provides “everything you need to know about the great electric-scooter takevoer of San Francisco.” It tells you what’s legal and what’s not, and what you can expect when you ride one of these bad boys.

To see the story, please click here.

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The San Francisco International Film Festival is underway and runs through April 17. Founded in 1957, organizers say it’s the longest-running film festival in the Americas. This year, the festival features more than 180 films and live events. On Sunday, the San Francisco Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon will take place. There will be live bands along the course, and parties at the Hard Rock Cafe and the Pub at Ghiradelli. Even if you can’t get up early on Sunday for the race, you might want to check out some of the ancillary events, including a Health & Fitness Expo today and tomorrow.

On the “Homes for Sale in San Francisco” front, here’s our report for this week, 4/1/18 – 4/7/18

Real Estate Through the Years

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We’ve always thought you had to go to Mexico or Hawaii to horseback ride on the beach. Turns out, you can do that just minutes from San Francisco at Mar Vista Stables. Located off of Skyline Boulevard just south of Fort Funston, you’ll horseback ride down to the ocean through rolling hills and wildflowers, and then ride along the sandy beach, taking in the sights and sounds of the Pacific right beside you.

Sounds so nice, doesn’t it? Now there is supposed to be a lot of rain over the next couple of days. After that and in the weeks ahead, this might make for a perfect mini getaway — a thousand miles away, right next-door.

Thanks to our friends at SF Date Night for telling us about this!

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This has to be one of the most beautiful half marathons in the world, and it has its own sound track! The start time for Sunday’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon is 6:15 AM, and the course begins at PIER 37 on the Embarcadero, runs up Bay, crosses Crissy Field and the Golden Gate Bridge, and ends at Ghiradelli Square.

If you can’t run, or get up that early, you might want to check out some of the ancillary events, including a Health & Fitness Expo on Friday and Saturday. The two-day expo will feature the latest in running technologies, fitness apparel, health and nutrition information, and interactive displays.

Race day, there will be live bands along the course, and parties at the Hard Rock Cafe and the Pub at Ghiradelli. Yes it happens early on

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7×7.com just published its list of 100 dishes to devour in San Francisco — the Big Eat 2018. Remarkably, this year’s list features 76 new dishes to try. Many of these plates are standouts from the City’s hottest newcomers, and several are old favorites that most everyone may forever crave — all are listed in random order.

Here’s a sample of the 100:

  • Palak chaat (V) at August 1 Five, 524 Van Ness Ave. (Civic Center), august1five.com
  • Gnudi (V) at Villon, The Proper Hotel, 1100 Market St. (Civic Center), properhotel.com
  • Bodega “Burger” at The Snug, 2301 Fillmore St. (Pacific Heights), thesnugsf.com
  • Omakase at Robin, 620 Gough St. (Hayes Valley), robinsanfrancisco.com
  • Cauliflower fritters (V) at Barcino, 399 Gough St. (Hayes Valley),
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Baseball’s back and the weather should be great for tomorrow’s opening game at AT&T Park. It’s always a party!

The Giants just completed a series with the  Dodgers in Los Angeles, winning two of four games. That’s a pretty nice start to the season, and the winning pitcher from last Thursday’s opening game, Ty Blach, will be pitching for the Giants again tomorrow.

Against the Dodgers Ty threw five shutout innings in a 1-0 Giants victory. Unfortunately, ace pitchers Madison Bumgarner and Jeff Samardzija remain out with injuries, and it will be a long time before we see their return. Others will need to step up in the meantime. Ty did really well in his first start, and hopefully he’ll pitch just as well tomorrow.

The game starts tomorrow at

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Spring is here, and it’s certainly worth celebrating! Two big San Francisco events do just that, in wildly different ways, and a third event is just plain crazy! Holi is the Indian festival of colors, and on Saturday the biggest Holi event in San Francisco takes place at California College of the Arts. On the other side of town, on Sunday in Cow Hollow, a second spring event takes place  — the 27th Annual Union Street Easter Parade & Spring Celebration. And the crazy event? The Bring Your Own Big Wheel (BYOBW) races at Vermont Street at 20th. Big people on tiny plastic big wheel bikes racing down the curviest street in the City!

On the “Homes for Sale in San Francisco” front, here’s our report for this week, 3/25/18 – 3/31/18

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According to sf.funcheap.com, the spring series of free outdoor film screenings returns to the Proxy Walk-in Theater starting tomorrow. For 2018, the film series explores the nature of place and identity: how we shape the places that shape us. With humor, precision, and love, these stories of people and place paint a portrait of our shared condition.

The free Friday evening film screenings begin at 7:45 PM, with ‘doors’ opening at 7 PM. Come early to claim a good spot, enjoy a frosty Fort Point Beer (all proceeds support outdoor cinema at PROXY) and delicious fare from popular food trucks.

Here’s the lineup this year:

  • March 30th: I, Tonya
  • April 6th: Quest
  • April 13th: Florida Project
  • April 20th: Road Movie
  • April 27th: Lady
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