SAN FRANCISCO, REAL ESTATE, AND MORE

San Francisco Travel just shared a post that highlights 14 little known facts about the Golden Gate Bridge. If you think you know everything you need to know about the bridge, this list is sure to convince you otherwise. Here are just four of the items they include:

  • A bridge across the Golden Gate Strait was first proposed in 1872 and championed by railroad mogul Charles Crocker but the idea didn’t catch on.

  • The great California nature photographer Ansel Adams worried that building a bridge across the Golden Gate would ruin the beauty of the place. When Adams saw the finished Golden Gate Bridge, he changed his mind.

  • Eleven men died in accidents during construction, 10 of them on the same day. Another 19

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The Vintage Paper Fair takes place this weekend at the County Fair Building in Golden Gate Park. Whether you’re buying or just browsing, organizers say this Northern California’s finest selection of postcards, trade cards, stereoviews, photography, labels, brochures, and Victorian, transportation, and sports memorabilia, along with all manner of curious, beautiful, and interesting old paper! Admission is free, Saturday 10AM to 6PM, and Sunday, 11AM to 5PM.

On the “Homes for Sale in San Francisco” front, here’s our report for this week, 12/31/17 – 1/6/18

Predictions for 2018

The new tax code may have some impact on our local San Francisco housing market, but just how much impact is still uncertain. According to the Bay Area News Group,

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While some NFL cities are getting ready for the first round of the playoffs, San Francisco is going to sit this one out, as the 49ers fell well short of qualifying. Many in San Francisco are turning their attention to NBA basketball and our spectacular Golden State Warriors. But before we close the chapter on this year’s 49er season, let’s take one last look at their new quarterback, Jimmy Garoppolo.

Just how good was he?

Matt Maiocco with Sports Bay Area did some statistical analysis. During the five games that Jimmy started, the 49ers went from one of the league’s worst performing teams to one of its best, if not the very best, in many categories. It was an unbelievable, and breathtaking, turn-around.

Here is an excerpt from Maiocco’s

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It’s the weekend after New Year’s Eve, and maybe it’s time to throttle back just a bit. The Vintage Paper Fair might be the perfect way to do this. It takes place this weekend at the County Fair Building in Golden Gate Park.

Admission is free, Saturday 10AM to 6PM, and Sunday, 11AM to 5PM.

Organizers say this Northern California’s finest selection of postcards, trade cards, stereoviews, photography, labels, brochures, and Victorian, transportation, and sports memorabilia,  along with all manner of curious, beautiful, and Interesting old paper!

It will certainly provide you with some pleasant and intriguing hands-on browsing, and who knows, you may actually find something you wish to purchase. For more information, please click here.

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There was a lot to love in 2017, according to sf.eater.com. The foodie website selected their favorite new San Francisco spots, based in this case solely on their interior designs. But rest assured, at each place the food was every bit as breathtaking.

Here are their choices for the most stunning new restaurants, all of which opened within the last twelve months.

  • Villon 1100 Market Street
  • Robin 620 Gough Street
  • Eight Tables by George Chen 644 Broadway
  • The Saratoga 1000 Larkin Street
  • Petit Marlowe 234 Townsend Street

To see the entire feature, with photos and reviews, click here.

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WISHING YOU A HEALTHY, PROSPEROUS, AND HAPPY 2018!

This is the weekend many look forward to all year long. Sunday is New Year’s Eve! At midnight, San Francisco will host its an annual fireworks display on the bay, just off the Embarcadero, and 200,000 people will be there to take it all in. There are nearly 100 other NYE celebrations going on in the City that day, and sf.funcheap.com has published a comprehensive guide to it all on its website. To see the list of events, along with links for more detail, click here.

On the “Homes for Sale in San Francisco” front, here’s our report for this week, 12/24/17 – 12/30/17

Helping Your Children Cope When the Family Needs to Relocate

Hill & Co. Sales Manager Jill Gumina was recently asked by

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San Francisco Chronicle Urban Design Critic John King recently published a dissertation on the the Salesforce Tower that now dominates the City’s skyline. It’s a big story about a big building.

The piece is a deep dive that goes beyond the beams and glass of the building. The writer describes how the tower is really an embodiment of the changes that are taking place in San Francisco today.

“It is the nature of some buildings, if nature is the word, to loom even larger as symbols than they do in real life.”

“This was true of the Ferry Building, which opened in 1898 and immediately became San Francisco’s portal to the world. It was true of the Giants’ AT&T Park, which established a southern anchor for the Embarcadero and turned neighboring

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Sunday is the big night, New Year’s Eve! SF.Funcheap.com lists around 100 activities that are taking place that day and night.

The big event of course is the San Francisco New Year’s Eve Fireworks show. The fireworks launch at 11:59PM from barges located 1,000 feet out in the bay, just south of the Ferry Building near Pier 14 (Mission Street and The Embarcadero). The best viewing spots will be south of Sinbad’s Restaurant along the Embarcadero between Mission and Folsom Street.

The fireworks are usually synced to music, played out through speakers that are set up along the promenade stretching from Pier 14 down almost to the Bay Bridge. So although there’s no radio simulcast and no live entertainment, if you’re close to Pier 14, you should be

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Hope you had a great holiday!

Just a few days ago long awaited True Laurel opened, and it is really something to behold! Chef-owner David Barzelay and head bartender Nicolas Torres, from Lazy Bear, have put together an elevated menu of a la carte small plates and drinks, a complete flip on the tasting menu-only format of Lazy Bear, offering an affordable and accessible way to experience their cuisine and eccentric mix of cocktails.

The drinks and food look amazing. To see what we’re talking about, check out this slideshow from 7×7.com by clicking here.

If you love the Lazy Bear experience, but find the the price tag hard to swallow (at least $200 per person, before drinks), then True Laurel is for you. The 36-seat bar and dining room will

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