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Bay Area temperatures plunge as first frost of the season hits

November 17, 2016
The first frost of the season hit the North Bay valleys early Thursday morning as temperatures dropped across the Bay Area, forecasters said. The frost advisory for the inland valleys, which includes the eastern Monterey valleys and southeastern San Benito County valleys, will remain in effect until 8 a.m., according to the National Weather Service. After a cold front passed through Tuesday, chilly air filtered into Northern and Central California, allowing frost to develop amid clear skies and light winds. Temperatures continued to ...

Historic photos capture former glory of Adolph Sutro

November 17, 2016
Very few San Franciscans alive today ever saw Sutro Heights in its full glory, festooned throughout with statues representing the gods and goddesses of Greece and Rome. The outcropping sits 200 feet above sea level, overlooking the Pacific Ocean, as well as the current version of the Cliff House and the Sutro Baths ruins. It was named for Adolph Sutro, the 24th mayor of San Francisco, serving office from 1895 until 1897. He was a successful business man who built the Sutro Tunnel through Mount Davidson to drain the water from the mine ...

Industry spends big to defeat Bay Area rent control measures

November 17, 2016
Richmond has emerged as a key battleground for those on both sides of the rent control debate, as the fate of the city’s Measure L—and other Bay Area ballot measures like it—could set the tone for future legislation in cities across the state. So far, the real estate industry has spent about $188,000 in opposition to Richmond’s Measure L—over triple the amount spent in support of the measure. “We work vigorously to stop it wherever it’s proposed,” said Mike Nemeth, a spokesperson for the California Apartment Association (CAA), a housing ...

A new trend in SF real estate: Price reductions, especially in the high-end market

November 15, 2016
San Francisco real estate prices are still astronomical, but a new report reveals glimmers of an emerging trend that indicates the market is returning to earth. An increasing number of landlords and sellers are cutting prices, according to the study from real estate website Trulia. San Francisco saw the highest percentage increase of for-sale listings with price reductions in the country this year. The number of price cuts on properties nudged up 3 percentage points to 8 percent this year from 5 percent last year. By comparison, the ...

A new trend in SF real estate: Price reductions, especially in the high-end market

November 15, 2016
San Francisco real estate prices are still astronomical, but a new report reveals glimmers of an emerging trend that indicates the market is returning to earth. An increasing number of landlords and sellers are cutting prices, according to the study from real estate website Trulia. San Francisco saw the highest percentage increase of for-sale listings with price reductions in the country this year. The number of price cuts on properties nudged up 3 percentage points to 8 percent this year from 5 percent last year. By comparison, the ...

A new trend in SF real estate: Price reductions, especially in the high-end market

November 15, 2016
San Francisco real estate prices are still astronomical, but a new report reveals glimmers of an emerging trend that indicates the market is returning to earth. An increasing number of landlords and sellers are cutting prices, according to the study from real estate website Trulia. San Francisco saw the highest percentage increase of for-sale listings with price reductions in the country this year. The number of price cuts on properties nudged up 3 percentage points to 8 percent this year from 5 percent last year. By comparison, the ...

The S.F. dream home every buyer wants may not be what you thought

August 25, 2016
Yesterday we looked at the factors that agents say can slow or stop a home’s sale, even in S.F.’s still often overheated market. But we also asked those same agents what features they would put into their dream home to sell. Here’s what they had to say. Some Things Never Go Out of Style While trends in home design and decor come and go (apparently sleek and ultramodern is on the way out again), there are certain amenities buyers can never have too much of, including parking. “A garage is always hot,” said Butch Haze of the TeedHaze Group....

These are the 10 best public elementary schools in San Francisco

August 25, 2016
San Francisco's best public elementary schools cover a wide range of specialties and are much more diverse than the national average, according to new rankings of California schools from data provider Niche. Want a peek at the cream of the crop? Take a look at our slideshow of elementary schools that ranked in the top 10 this year for the San Francisco Unified School District. For rankings on Silicon Valley and South Bay schools, please see our coverage later this week. Niche's methodology via its 2016 Best Public Elementary Schools is an ...

Can More Affordable Housing Tame the Beast on Bryant?

February 12, 2016
By Mary Jo Bowling | Curbed SF   One of the most divisive developments in town is the one proposed for a 1.5 acre tract of land at 18th and Bryant Streets, hence the nickname from critics. They call it the "Beast on Bryant." Today, the San Francisco Chronicle reports the mixed use project might be considered slightly less beastly due to developer Nick Podell's pledge to donate a part of the land to the Mayor's Office of Housing and Community Development for affordable housing. According to the report, the donated land is big enough ...

New plan for M-Ocean View subway line unveiled

February 12, 2016
By Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez | SF Examiner   Nearly 45 years ago, Muni trains boldly went where no San Francisco train had gone before: underground. That underground network travels underneath Market Street and Twin Peaks. But there it stops. Trains west of those hills unearth at West Portal Station, mixing with cars, pedestrians and more. Planners say that slows the subway systemwide. “I think we built half a rapid transit system,” Liz Brisson, told the San Francisco Examiner, “now we need to build the other half.” Brisson is ...

San Francisco real estate ‘overvalued’ according to new report

February 12, 2016
By Emily Landes | SFGate   As San Francisco home prices continue to rise, a new report is calling the local market “overvalued” by about 16 percent. Prices continue to go up in many markets throughout the country, but home prices in the Bay Area have “risen to a level unsupportable by area income,” according to Fitch Ratings. That’s news that should come as no surprise to anyone who has recently tried to buy a home here, where vastly over-asking sales prices are the norm and even badly damaged homes like the one leading off the ...

Is your home one of these vacant San Francisco lots from 1956?

February 05, 2016
By Bob Bragman | SFGate   On my last visit to the local flea market I purchased a stack of San Francisco real estate records from 1956, fifty years after "the big one." Each record was slightly larger than an index card, with a picture of the property and information typed on the back. Prices ranged from $1,000 up to almost $17,000 for a parcel with 3 or 4 lots. The location listed on the cards was often an approximation, such as "adjacent to 32 Josiah Avenue." The property taxes, when listed, were always less than $100. The terms were ...

Roosevelt Tamale Parlor on the Market in the Mission

February 05, 2016
via SocketSite.com   The Roosevelt Tamale Parlor is for sale.  And this time we mean the actual restaurant/business, not simply the Mission District building out of which it operates. As we first reported last year, the Tamale Parlor building at 2817 24th Street recently traded hands, the two flats above the restaurant have been renovated, and the new owner has been trying to flip the property, the price for which wasrecently reduced to $2.9 million. And while the Tamale Parlor is currently was doing around $700,000 in business per ...

The most famous shipwrecks of San Francisco Bay

February 05, 2016
By Katie Dowd | SFGate   San Francisco Bay has provided refuge for cargo and passenger ships since the first Europeans sailed through the Golden Gate in the late 1700s. In the coming century, it would become one of the nation's great seaports, a huge hub of activity. It would also become a massive graveyard of shipwrecked vessels. San Francisco's stunning fog and rocky coastline make for a deadly combination when ship captains become confused. Well over 100 ships have been wrecked along the coast, many in the busy Gold Rush days of the ...

Super Bowl 50: Entertainment Schedule for Super Bowl City

January 26, 2016
By Mario Sevilla | KRON4   SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — The Super Bowl 50 Host Committee has announced its list of performers scheduled to take the stage the week of the title game. Grammy Winning Artist Alicia Keys, One Republic, The Band Perry, Matt Nathanson and Chris Isaak will perform at the free-to-the-public fan village, “Super Bowl City presented by Verizon.” City will be treated to free concerts by some of the world’s most notable artists and the Bay Area’s finest performers,” said Keith Bruce, CEO of the Super Bowl 50 Host ...

$6,000 a night? Super Bowl 50 inspiring outrageous short term rental rates

January 26, 2016
By Anna Marie Erwert | SfGate Super Bowl 50 is on its way to San Francisco: hotels are offering special high-priced packages; restaurants are gearing up; the homeless are being lured off the streets; and the city is ready. As SF Gate reported last week, we’re going to be bombarded. “It’s going to be crowded. There is going to be traffic, and there are going to be streets closed,” warns Charlotte Shultz, the city’s chief of protocol and one of 43 members of the Advisory Group for the Super Bowl 50 Host Committee. “We’re ...

State giving S.F. $8.8 million for 2 affordable housing projects

January 14, 2016
By Emily Green | staff writer for the San Francisco Chronicle   The state will grant San Francisco $8.8 million to help fund two affordable housing projects in the Tenderloin and the South of Market neighborhood. Using proceeds from its cap-and-trade auction, the state will give $6.5 million toward the development of 85 affordable units at 222 Beale St. and $2.3 million for the Eddy and Taylor Family Housing project. Mercy Housing is developing 222 Beale St., which will provide 120 affordable housing units. The complex is part ...

SF Is the Third Least Affordable Major City in the Entire World

January 14, 2016
By Scott Lucas | ModernLuxury.com   It feels like it's gotten so bad that the only people who can afford to buy mansions here are Danielle Steel and Mark Zuckerberg. Now we have the data to back it up. A worldwide study of 360 urban areas in nine countries found that San Francisco was the third most expensive major market to buy property. Not third in California. Not third in the country. Third in the entire world. Well, it's good to be on the top, we suppose, but this isn't a competition that anyone wants to win. That's according ...

Longtime Market Street art supply store Flax moving to Oakland

January 14, 2016
By J.K. Dineen | staff writer for the San Francisco Chronicle   Before deciding to move to downtown Oakland, the longtime San Francisco art supply store Flax scoured the city for a new location. It toured warehouses and former auto repair shops in the Mission District and on the central waterfront. It looked at the vacant Fresh & Easy grocery store in the Bayview and a former O’Reilly Auto Parts on Mission at Cesar Chavez. But nothing quite worked. Some places were too small; others offered little or no parking. Still others were ...

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