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What are you doing to stay sane? Surely not moving…!!???

Pandemic, shelter in place, mass unemployment, terrible financial hardships for many households and small businesses, new ways of working, office buildings empty, people move, rents plunge, dreadful fires, an anxious presidential election, interest rates to historic lows, stock markets to new highs, billionaires decamp to save on taxes, IPO mania breaks out again, vaccines begin […]

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Just the Four of Us

SF house and condo markets have been affected differently by the pandemic. This report attempts a deeper dive into the data across the city and within different city districts. The market typically starts a big slowdown in mid-November, running through the mid-winter holidays, until it begins to wake up in mid-January. High-price segments normally see […]

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Fun things, sun things, positive things, negative things

As illustrated below, the San Francisco market currently reflects a variety of both positive and negative indicators. Among Bay Area markets, the city is seeing the softest recovery from the initial shelter-in-place plunge in activity in early spring, while some other counties – less expensive, more suburban or rural – are experiencing extremely high demand. […]

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Some Good News and other things to enjoy right now, or not!

Hanging in there? Week by week, day by day, hour by hour. I’ve seen my best and worst self for sure. I read an article a month ago that continues to resonate greatly. We as a collective have experienced a great death in this period (an emotional death that holds space for the countless physical deaths). T […]

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What We Know We Don’t Know.

Updated Market & Census Statistics, Home Prices & Appreciation Rates, Luxury Home Sales, Price Reductions, Employment & Interest Rates. It will be another month before hard data on the autumn selling season begins to become available. In the meantime, below is a review of market trends and statistics through the third quarter. Note that September […]

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A $15 million tear down??

When the 6,400-square-foot modern Tuscan villa in Hillsborough hit the market last year, it featured the design touches of no fewer than four architects. The floors were walnut, the custom mahogany doors imported from Italy and the kitchen fashioned with Scavolini cabinets and Wolf and Sub-Zero appliances. Outside, a pool beckoned along with tennis and […]

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But where will Fire Pie go??

Plans to convert the former used car lot turned Firepie parcel on the northeast corner of Valencia and Cesar Chavezhave been drafted. And as envisioned by Kerman Morris Architects, a six-story, 32,000-square-foot building could rise up to 65 feet in height on the skinny site and yield 23 residential units over 5,000 square feet of retail […]

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Day tripping in the great September weather!

Oh, summertime in San Francisco. It’s that time of the year when the days are longer, the fog is a little more relentless in the city, and it feels like everyone else is off on an exotic Eastern Europe tour or warm tropical vacation. It’s also a perfect time of the year to remind ourselves […]

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More changes coming to Van Ness Ave.

The revised plans for a seven-story building to rise up to 70 feet in height on the southeast corner of Pacific and Van Ness, as newly rendered by Ian Birchall and Associates below, were approved last month. And with its 30-day appeal period having expired on Monday, the project has just received its exemption from […]

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For those who like to go au natural

Natural wine” is a spectrum that encompasses a range of wine-growing and winemaking practices, from 00 (say: “zero zero”), that is, nothing added or removed during the winemaking process, to minimal techniques that help ensure a certain final product. One of the biggest goals of the natural wine movement, though, is to strip out pretense […]

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What’s happening in SF in September?

San Francisco events in September 2019 include Labor Day Weekend activities, the Sausalito Arts Festival, and the Fringe Theater Festival. You can also enjoy one of several outdoor festivals including the Festa Coloniale Italiana, Comedy Day in Golden Gate Park, and the Polk Street Blues Festival. If you’re a sports fan, catch a baseball game […]

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Some highlights for those of us who didn’t make the trek

For some, the best part of throwing a party are the moments before the guests arrive: freshly-spritzed perfume hangs in the air, hors d’oeuvres fresh from the oven, the ice unmelted. A tidy sense of peace before the swarm descends. That must be what Burning Man, which kicked off this week, feels like right now. As […]

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Big Hub, Big Plans

On the heels of the adoption of San Francisco’s Central SoMa Plan, the legal challenges of which have yet to be resolved, San Francisco’s Planning Department has just finished drafting the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the City’s equally ambitious, and synergistic, Hub District Plan. In addition to improving and activating the area’s streets, alleys and public realm, the the Hub Plan would […]

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