THE BUZZ BLOG
  • Wow – Need $333K a Year to Buy a Home in San Francisco

    It’s an easy number to remember: $333,000. So, if you’re talking at a party or around the cooler, you can make a weighty dialectical point by stating, “Buying a home in San Francisco—house, or...

  • Amazon Cashier-Free Grocery Stores Coming to SF and Chicago

    Well, it’s a dubious honor, and another first for San Francisco, city of cultural experimentation ever since the Barbary Coast days. Amazon, with its love-hate relationship with consumers, is coming...

  • Twelve for Twelve in San Francisco Real Estate Neighborhoods

    Across the U.S. the average increase in housing pricing is about 7 percent from 2011 on to where we are now in May 2018. In San Francisco that appreciation rate is running 12 percent since 2011 and th...

  • San Francisco Homes Earn More Per Hour Than Average U.S. Workers

    If you own a home or condo in San Francisco, then its accruing market value is chugging up around the clock, kind of like a money printing machine. In fact, the upward growth of value in a San Francis...

  • Another Beer Haus Suds it Up in San Francisco

    Beer is uber popular in San Francisco, and the Bavarian tradition of combining barrel-pulled beer and hearty German food in a long-table atmosphere under a haus roof is further promulgating in SF. We ...

  • Historic Designation Pushes Back Big Development in North SF

    The Laurel Heights neighborhood is lovely, leafy and now embroiled in a battle between the Laurel Heights Improvement Association (LHIA) and developers Prado Group and SKS. The developers are wanting ...

  • SF Residential Newsletter: Hottest SF Neighborhood Markets

    Before discussing neighborhood values, appreciation rates and market cycles, here are 3 overview charts on the entire city market. Citywide Home Values & Trends On a 3-month-rolling basis, median...

  • SF.curbed Puts SF Home Goods & Design Shops on Digital Map

    Ah, the joy of shopping for new home goods or furniture in San Francisco. This is a city to really get into the world of maximalism or euro-chic or traditional Victorian for your home or apartment mak...

  • Airbnb’s Payne Mansion Transforming to Hotel and Restaurant

    1409 Sutter Street last year was Airbnb’s most expensive listing, a real SF mansion with all the perks of ritzy living. The Airbnb listing was simultaneous with the Payne Mansion being on the market...

  • SoMa Neighborhood’s The Avery Condo Tower Starting Sales Soon

    SoMa is unleashing another condo buying opportunity for San Franciscans, with sales starting in June 2018 for The Avery, a 118-condo tower at 420-488 Folsom Street in the Transbay area. This continues...

  • SFRealEstateBuzz – Will the Last One Out Please Close the Door

    Hello My Favorite People! This Buzz is going to focus exclusively on why people leave San Francisco and where they are going . And especially talk about how many are really moving away. But first, l...

  • San Francisco Bay Area S&P Case-Shiller Home Price Updates

    Since Case-Shiller Indices cover large areas – 5 counties in the SF Metro Area – which themselves contain communities and neighborhoods of widely varying home prices, the C-S chart number...

  • Bringing New Vigor to Fisherman’s Wharf Struggling Businesses

    Fisherman’s Wharf is probably San Francisco’s most well known iconic location, a 30-block neighborhood that is a blast from SF’s briny past and a modern dynamo of clichéd tourism. But the retai...

  • Shake Shack About to Take Up a Stake in San Francisco

    Shake Shack is a burger, fries and shakes joint out of Madison Square Park in New York City with a massive following in California, and is now about to have its first diner in San Francisco. Shake Sha...

  • Electric Scooters Run Afoul of Human Traffic and the Law

    Small, stand-up electric scooters are the new transport startup craze in San Francisco, with three companies vying for the market to grab-and-go from point A to point B and drop-off. The three compani...

  • Wine Fraud Solved by SF Wine Advisors Using Blockchain?

    Wine fraud is not as infrequent as you may think. The market is now at $300 billion and by the early 2020’s will be over $400 billion. Niche markets are very expensive, which means fraud can be lucr...

  • An Epidemic of Vacant Businesses in San Francisco

    It’s hard to miss the number of retail and commercial business properties that are empty and forlorn in certain areas of San Francisco’s street landscape. It’s hard real estate to sell and the e...

  • Median Price For Homes in SF Rocket Skyward

    While rentals in San Francisco are smoothing out somewhat and heading down in many neighborhoods, the median cost of buying a house in the city has zoomed up to $1.61 million. That’s a new record fo...

  • Yet Another Dramatic Jump in San Francisco Median House Price to over $1,600,000

    Consumer confidence is still soaring, and buyers continue to push aside concerns about recent financial market volatility, federal tax law changes affecting Bay Area homeowners, and interest rate inc...

  • Here’s the Scoop on SF’s Iconic AT&T Park

    Baseball By The Bay could be a romanticized catch phrase found in a novel about a baseball-loving fan who lives in San Francisco. Because that is what we have: one of the most admired and picturesque ...

  • Millennium Tower Condo Takes a Haircut of $1 Million

    San Francisco’s own Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Millennium Tower, which is sinking and leaning at notable and lawsuit-generating rates, just had a deal close on its most expensive condo—and it’s ...

  • Bay Area Real Estate Market Cycles

    Out of recession comes recovery; recovery builds into market over-exuberance; over-exuberance leads to negative adjustment; negative adjustment sparks recession. Begin again.The scale, length and tri...

  • Spectacular SF Victorian Grand Dame Reopens for Tours

    San Francisco aesthetes and especially Victorian house lovers know that one of the most beautiful, charming, and iconoclastic Victorians in the city is the 1886 Queen Anne at 2007 Franklin Street. The...

  • Economic Context Factors Underlying Housing Markets

    The real estate markets in the SF Bay Area are parts in an overall economic reality that includes a number of financial, demographic and psychological components – all of which are impacting each o...

  • Cheapest Places to Currently Rent in San Francisco

    Cheap and San Francisco are not words often found together, but there is relatively cheap, and that works. It turns out that rents are becoming more stable in the city, rather than the gravity-busting...

  • Interactive Map of 11 Best Beaches in the Bay Area

    Yes, it’s beach time – at least according to the balmy, getting pretty warm and clear weather we’re having nowadays. So, you live in San Francisco, and you’re wondering what are the best coast...

  • Does A Butler Come With My Rent – Yes in SoMa, SF

    That’s a question I wouldn’t normally think of: does a butler come with my monthly rental check to you? Well, down in the white hot competitive market for renters in SoMa, the new 33 Tehama Street...

  • Media Reports Suggest Major Bay Area Decline

    The sources of the data behind the below (and many more) articles: an online survey by a PR company; an analysis of traffic on a real estate website; the alleged cost of a U-Haul to Las Vegas; anecdo...

  • San Francisco’s Seawall Up For Redo to Avoid Waterfront Disaster

    One 2016 report that should make San Franciscans sit up or leap up in alarm is the one from the SF Port Commission stating that more than $77 billion worth of SF waterfront real estate will be under w...

  • A Selection of Charts about Debt

    Most of the charts below come from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. We have not had time to comment on each chart and what we believe its significance to be (and, in any case, we are probably u...

  • How Do You Celebrate Spring in San Francisco? Here’s How.

    We’re getting some spring rains, and even the bees in San Francisco (and there are hundreds of thousands among us) are out harvesting nectar and pollen from burgeoning flower blooms on trees and pla...

  • San Francisco Hot and Heavy Among the James Beard Award Finalists

    San Francisco, and, indeed, the entire Bay Area includes 15 local chefs, restaurants, wine specialists and industry movers-and-shakers on the very short finalists list for the James Beard Award. The f...

  • Long-Term Trends in San Francisco Real Estate

    The great advantage of reviewing annual data is how often the market trend lines clarify into a straightforward dynamic, instead of the constant up and down fluctuations often seen in monthly or quar...

  • Paying To Get Into Congestion Areas in SF Could Be Coming

    The day could be coming where you have to pay a kind of toll to get into downtown San Francisco. That’s right. Pay to play, or drive as it were. California state representatives are looking at Bill ...

  • SF to SFO Gets Cheaper With Uber Express POOL

    In November 2016 Uber logged a pretty stupendous number of pickups and drop offs at SFO: 469,914. That’s just in one month, and a lot of those were coming hither and thither from San Francisco. Of c...

  • New Wave of Specialty Insurance Policies For Homeowners

    Dogs. We love ‘em in San Francisco, with about 20,000 in our households and being walked in our parks and on our streets. And we have more dog cafés per capita then any other city. However, for hom...

  • Poll Finds 50% of Bay Area Residents Considering Moving Away

    A Chicago polling firm (Edelman) recently surveyed 500 residents of the Bay Area (including in San Francisco) to gauge their sentiments on local social and economic conditions. The results, as reporte...

  • No Let Up in SF Real Estate Market – a Paragon Report

    So far in 2018, the market seems to have brushed aside any concerns about increasing home prices, rising interest rates, and new federal tax law changes. It is still very early in the year to come to...

  • Some SF Streets As Bad As Kenya or Indian Slum Streets

    San Francisco—the pristine, admired, storied City by the Bay—it turns out is not that pristine in certain areas. According to a study by NBC Bay Area there are 153 blocks in our fair city that are...

  • San Francisco Bay Area S&P Case-Shiller Home Price Index

    Since Case-Shiller Indices cover large areas – 5 counties in the SF Metro Area – which themselves contain communities and neighborhoods of widely varying home prices, the C-S chart number...

  • What Did We San Franciscans Have Delivered in Food in 2017

    San Francisco is a big delivery-to-your-door kind of town. Hit the mobile favs dial, or use an online ordering app, tap a link to pay, and the food is soon steaming its way to you in one of a fleet of...

  • San Francisco Has Nation’s Healthiest Inhabitants

    This may not be surprising to those of us who live in San Francisco. After all, our city holds a lot of national records, as in best in, or most of this and that. And now, according to WalletHub’s H...

  • $3,300 a Month Gets You These Rentals in SF Now

    If you have about $3,300 a month to spend on a rental place in SF, sf.curbed.com has put together a potpourri of offerings for that specific amount. It’s an interesting way to sample what different ...

  • San Francisco Luxury Home Market Report

    After cooling somewhat in late 2015 and 2016, the San Francisco luxury home market bounced back in 2017 to hit new highs in the number of sales. Note: Our report online contains several dozen updated...

  • Stunning Video Showing San Francisco Skyline Over Past 128 Years

    Very nice CGI graphics tricks enable us to have a view no San Franciscans have experienced before: the time lapse (and rotating) unfolding of tall buildings being erected through computer animation in...

  • Racist Statue at Civic Center Closer to Official Removal

    The Pioneer Monument at the Civic Center is an 1894 sculpture ensemble that features as one of its multiple scenes a down-on-the-ground Native American Indian (dressed in plains tribes’ attire, not ...

  • SF Spring Events Calendar

    There are plenty of fun things to enjoy in the city this Spring. Take a peek at these events in our Spring 2018 events guide. ...

  • Middle Class Home Buying in SF Needs $303,000 Yearly Income

    A new report out from Paragon Real Estate makes a startling conclusion: that if you’re middle class in San Francisco, working toward buying a median-priced home in the city, then you’re going to n...

  • 4 San Franciscan Make Forbes 30 Under 30 Food List

    The Forbes 30 Under 30 food and drink list is pretty well appreciated by its audience and well coveted by those who make the list: recognizing young game changers and innovative thinkers in the food s...

  • Still Going Up: Bay Area Home Prices Zoom 12% in January

    Easy to predict this: the cost of buying a home in the Bay area went up a staggering 12% in January compared to last year’s January prices. So, if you bought a home in SF for $1 mil last year in Jan...

  • Housing Affordability in the San Francisco Bay Area

    The California Association of Realtors recently released its Housing Affordability Index (HAI) for the 4th quarter of 2017, which measures the percentage of households that can afford to buy the medi...

  • SF’s New Transbay Transit Center Delayed to Summer Opening

    The much ballyhooed, and mega price-tagged Transbay Transit Center is San Francisco’s mass transit hub to all Bay Area destinations served by the system. It will bring 11 transit systems into a cent...

  • Rare Sighting of Condo For Sale in Tendernob

    Here we go with a very rare condo being put on the SF real estate market in the desirable, name-amalgamated area of the Tendernob. What is the Tendernob? Well, the area of San Francisco between Nob Hi...

  • How You in SF Can Make a Difference: 25 Ways

    In moments of introspection, pique or worry, we ask the question: What can I do to improve things in San Francisco, this city I live in? A good, meaningful question. And often we don’t exactly know ...

  • A Survey of San Francisco Bay Area Real Estate Markets

    Our newly updated median home price maps for the entire Bay Area by city, for San Francisco by neighborhood, and then specifically for the Marin, Diablo Valley & Lamorinda, and Wine Country marke...

  • San Francisco’s Storied National Guard Armory Sells

    $65 million is all you need to buy a richly historic, castle-like building in historic San Francisco. That’s what Soho House, an upscale club and hotel company, and its developer paid for the Nation...

  • The Hot Restaurants in SF According to Yelp

    The world according to Yelp in 2018 includes the 25 most favored, prized restaurants in San Francisco and the greater Bay Area as defined by customer diner Yelp reviews. The list was compiled as a joi...

  • Positive & Negative Factors in Bay Area Real Estate Markets

    I am often asked how one development or another might affect SF and Bay Area real estate markets – tax law changes, interest rates, soaring stock markets, foreign buyers, migration trends, hous...

  • Crystal Ball on Gas Prices Says Gallon Going Up to $4 by May

    Everything is already expensive in San Francisco. Even the air is more expensive. Not really, unless its molecularly absorbing our real estate prices. But now, it looks like gas prices are heading to ...

  • Franklin Street’s Grand Victorian Hits the SF Market

    In many ways we are a Victorian city, for all the Victorian style houses adorning many of our streets. However, Victorian is not a style of design. It’s a period of design, referring to the Victoria...