THE BUZZ BLOG
  • Makeover on Market Street Meeting Resistance from Merchants

    Market Street is one of the central arteries of San Francisco, and has been featured in novels, movies, short stories, articles and paintings. It’s famous, beloved and cursed. However, SF planners a...

  • 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...

  • Toughest Restaurants to Walk Into In San Francisco

    It is something of a major perk to declare one has a reservation at a certain hot restaurant which is known to be impossible to get snag a reservation in. But then there are the restaurants where you ...

  • Changing Dynamics in California Migration Trends

    We just crunched the numbers on a recent U.S. census report tracking population migration to and from California in 2016, and illustrated them in the chart above. Though this chart refers specificall...

  • California Migration Trends Showing More People Joining Our State

    Patrick Carlisle over at Paragon Real Estate did a telling analysis and chart of people moving into California, based on 2016 data. Patrick observes that these numbers may change for 2017 due to new n...

  • 30+ Years of San Francisco Bay Area Real Estate Cycles

    Below is a look at the past 30+ years of San Francisco Bay Area real estate boom and bust cycles. Financial-market cycles have been around for hundreds of years, all the way back to the Dutch tulip m...

  • SF’s Ingleside Neighborhood: Still Get a Home for Under $1 Million

    Ingleside is a working class neighborhood of San Francisco, and is known for its pretty steep streets, fine hilltop views of the city, eclectic southside house architecture, and is a bit off the beate...

  • San Francisco May Have Own Public Bank – Supporting New Cannabiz

    Starting on January 1st next year California is slated to start selling recreational marijuana, which means cannabis retail shops are coming to SF – just like Starbucks or CVS. The business is expec...

  • Magical 2-Story Gingerbread House Open at Fairmont Hotel

    You really know when the winter holiday season is upon us when TV commercials are hocking stuff at is throughout the night, Christmas decorations go up along SF streets and the Gingerbread House at th...

  • Tardy Book Borrowers Beware, SF Library Hiring Bill Collector

    The folks at the San Francisco Public Library are getting serious when it comes to fines for books borrowed way beyond their due date. They’ve hired an outside gun, a bill collector for hire to trac...

  • San Francisco Demographics – Who We Are; Where We Come From; What We Believe; How We Live; What We Do

    There is no city on the planet quite like ours, and here are some of the details. Compiled by Paragon Real Estate for your entertainment and, perhaps, mild edification. Ancestry, Age, Religion, Edu...

  • Best and Coolest Ice Skating in SF and Around the Bay

    Normally, we don’t put ice skating into the same sentence as San Francisco, but this is the season to dust off your ice skates (or rent them) and join the crowds of holiday cheer-makers gracefully (...

  • Better Things to Do in San Francisco on Black Friday

    Yes, Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving (which is an ennobling giving of thanks,) is somewhat of a lack of light as it’s purpose is to shop for wheelbarrows of stuff at great prices. But, hope...

  • Affordability & the Cost of Housing in the SF Bay Area

    Home prices, affordability percentages, monthly housing costs and income requirements for SF, Marin, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Sonoma, Napa, Alameda, Contra Costa & Solano Counties This national af...

  • Best Turkey Dining-Out Spots in San Francisco

    One week to Thanksgiving Day 2017 in the city by the bay, and if you’re finding your kitchen just too small for feast-making or don’t feel like all that feast-making, then be thankful there are so...

  • 2017 SF Holiday Events Calendar

    There are many great things to enjoy in our wonderful Bay Area now through January. Take a look at some of the events that will “Add a little sparkle to your holidays” in our events guide...

  • Even a Fire-Gutted SF House is On the Market for Big $

    San Francisco is the town of quirky, sometimes bizarre, real estate. We have a luxury condo tower that is sinking into the ground and leaning over 15 inches to the northwest (Millennium Tower), and mo...

  • Big Thanksgiving Question: What’s Open On That Day?

    I don’t know about you, but there are some Thanksgivings when I need to go shopping either in SF or nearby locales. Sometimes it’s for something I forgot for the turkey dinner. Other times, it’s...

  • Coolest City?—SF Comes to Mind, and Yes, It is the Coolest Ever

    Ever since the coining of the word “cool,” (1890’s urban life to 1920 jazz), it’d be easy to paint San Francisco with the slang word that implies stunningly fine,  moving, avant garde, best o...

  • Oh Oh—More Lawsuits for Leaning, Sinking Millennium Tower

    The CBS investigative journalism on-air show “60 Minutes” did a segment recently on San Francisco’s now infamous Millennium Tower. The tower used to be known as a place of import for people of n...

  • Airbnb’s Most Pricey Listing in San Francisco Pops at $10,000 a Night

    It’s no surprise when uber-nice hotels in the world’s great cities take a $10,000 (or much more) chunk out of your wallet for the room—per night. That’s expected. But, now in a tip of the hat ...

  • Dynamic October Market in SF Real Estate

    The October 2017 median house sales price in San Francisco surged over $100,000 above the previous peak in May to hit a new high at $1,588,000 (sales reported by 11/5/17). A major factor was that Oct...

  • FERRY BOAT RUNS BETWEEN SF AND RICHMOND TO START IN FALL 2018

    A small but meaningful contribution to San Francisco’s and the entire Bay Area’s much hated traffic congestion is the opening of the San Francisco to Richmond ferry service—scheduled to be runni...

  • Russian Hill Really Tiny Studio Sells Over List Price

    Small spaces are going for big prices in San Francisco. You know studios are usually about 400-500 square feet and that seems Lilliputian when you stand in one. Comfy, but closing in on you. However, ...

  • 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...

  • Michelin Stars Shower Down in San Francisco

    The ultra-coveted Michelin stars for 2017 culinary inventiveness and excellence came roaring into the Bay Area like a meteor shower, with an array of restaurants winning what is tantamount to the Olym...

  • San Francisco Renters are 80% Happy Campers

    How happy are renters living in SF, the most expensive city in the U.S.? A group of 600 San Franciscans took part (among 14,284 renters in 36 U.S. cities) in a survey conducted by the rental site Zump...

  • New Idea: Tax Ride-Sharing Companies Per Fare to Help Fund SF Muni

    San Francisco is always on the lookout for ways to fund its public services, including the Muni mass transit bus service. One proposal to raise money—among a slew of two dozen other proposals—is t...

  • Seasonality & the San Francisco Real Estate Market

    Seasonality typically affects inventory levels, buyer demand and median home prices, often in very significant ways – as is illustrated in the following charts. However, it is not the only fac...

  • Parking Ticket Heavens: SF’s Top Ticket Neighborhoods

    Well…another interesting record for San Francisco. We enjoy having the highest average ticket (traffic) price in the entire U.S. The city’s traffic police blessedly issue us $124 million worth of ...

  • What’s Scary Fun in SF’s Halloween To-Do’s

    Alert: All Hallows Eve is here in San Francisco in 11 days, on a Tuesday. Where to go? What to wear? Where to dance? Any good Halloween jokes. Halloween drinks? What’s great for kids? Those are the ...

  • 185-Unit Housing Project Up For Approval in SoMa

    If approved by the SF Planning Commission in October, SoMa will be blessed by another residential building with 185 units of housing. The new four-story building will be located at 975 Bryant Street, ...

  • Biggest Office Space Leasing Ever in SF History

    In the world of largest, biggest, hugest, San Francisco just racked up another record: Dropbox just leased the most cavernous office space in the history of the city. It clocks in at 736,000 square fe...

  • 8 Historic SF Piers Seeking Ideas for Makeovers

    Developers and community organizers are being invited to pitch creative makeover ideas to the Port of San Francisco for eight piers on the city’s waterfront. The piers are known for their history in...

  • Q3 SF Real Estate Market Review

    Year-over-year, a low inventory homes market dropped even lower, while buyer demand increased to keep the pot boiling in San Francisco through the third quarter, when activity typically cools down be...

  • Michelin Bib Gourmand Gives Love to San Francisco Restaurants

    Getting into Michelin’s Bib Gourmand list is quite a culinary feat—not quite the Michelin star, but close enough to be a coveted designation. It basically means the restaurant prepares exceptional...

  • Entertaining, Enlightening Things to do in October and On

    October festival season here in San Francisco, with so much available you won’t be able to do it all, but you can dream of it, and then do a few. First off, let’s mention that the wonderfully ente...

  • Tenderloin Neighborhood May Have a New 15-Story Tower

    The Tenderloin neighborhood’s burgeoning popularity for incoming and upgoing residential towers and other commercial retail projects just gained another entrant. The SF Planning Department is review...

  • The Multi-Unit Residential Property Markets of San Francisco, Alameda & Marin Counties

    We recently completed a report placing the Bay Area housing market within the context of a wide variety of other economic dynamics, such as population growth, employment and hiring, the stock and t...

  • Going Up: SF’s Most Expensive Luxury Condo Buildings

    According to a report out of Paragon Real Estate Group the sales of luxury condos in San Francisco climbed up to a new high last June. It was a welcome swing of the pendulum after a year of slumping s...

  • Uber & Lyft Ride-Hailers Get Most SF Tickets For Traffic Congestion

    While Uber and Lyft can be convenient and affordable, they are by far the biggest culprits in traffic-congestion-related tickets in San Francisco. The San Francisco Examiner just reported that from Ap...

  • The Economic Context Behind Housing Market Trends

    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...

  • Our SF Asian Art Museum Expands with $25 Million Gift

    One of San Francisco’s greatest art treasure exhibition institutions is the Asian Art Museum at the city’s Civic Center. Millions have enjoyed its displays. Now, the museum has just received $25 m...

  • Developer Group Burying $5 Billion On Treasure Island

    Treasure Island is man made and is the only water-surrounded neighborhood in San Francisco. Yes, it is one of our many, lovely neighborhoods. And now a developer partnership of four companies is pouri...

  • Luxury HOUSE Market Update for San Francisco

    The autumn selling season is a big one for the San Francisco luxury house market: Last September saw a record-breaking spike in new listings hitting the market, leading to a similar spike in October ...

  • Last Month’s SF Bay Area Heat Wave Mows Down Winemakers

    The recent egg-frying heat wave that hit us a few weeks ago (and sold out every fan in the entire SF Bay Area) is making its mark on our area’s winemakers. Temperatures in Napa and Sonoma shot up to...

  • Earthquake Proofing: Almost 500 SF Buildings Miss Seismic Deadline

    San Francisco, as everybody knows, is earthquake country, and the city’s efforts to be prepared for the next minor or major earthquake includes a rigorous earthquake safety code for SF buildings. Th...

  • Official: San Francisco Metro Area Richest in U.S.

    It doesn’t get any more official than the U.S. Census and the Bureau of Economic Analysis , which shows San Francisco as the richest city area in America. Combining data sets drawn from 2016 and com...

  • Luxury Condo Market Report for San Francisco

    The autumn selling season is a big one for the San Francisco luxury homes market: There is usually a very significant spike in activity between Labor Day and the beginning of the mid-winter slowdown ...

  • Get Out Your Biggest Credit Card For These SF Restaurants

    An oft-heard topic of conversation or writing subject is: what are the most expensive restaurants in San Francisco? Not, where get you the best food for the bucks, but which ones have you put out the ...

  • A Feast of Charts Capturing the San Francisco Real Estate Scene

    Assembled here is a cornucopia of graphics (and their links) that tellingly chart the year-over-year general house and condo markets through the month of August 2017. The information is drawn from inf...

  • “Siberia of San Francisco” is the 2nd Hottest Neighborhood in SF

    The “Siberia of San Francisco” (in case you didn’t know) is a literary nickname for the Excelsior area of SF, located in the city’s south east end. It’s north side is lined by Mission Street...

  • Props and Shout-Outs:

    I’m long overdue in thanking my real estate peeps who continue to think of me when referring their San Francisco buyers and sellers. A hearty thanks to Katharine Gibson of Windermere Properties...

  • Top Dog Breeds in the City of Dogs: San Francisco

    There are 120,000 dogs in San Francisco and 108,000 to 113,000 children—according to official government tallies. So, obviously there are more dogs than kids in our fair and dog-loving city. And if ...

  • A Hot Autumn Market in San Francisco?

    Generally speaking, late summer market dynamics (or, for that matter, during the mid-winter doldrums) are not of great significance and do not tell us much about where the market is heading. Septembe...

  • Checking Out Most Expensive SF Homes to Most Affordable

    The final week of August saw sfcurbed.com’s High and Low take on the most pricey and least pricey homes sold in San Francisco go to Presidio Heights and Bayview. Ah, Presidio Heights. Leafy and chic...

  • Bay Area Rent Trends

    This is from our mid-year report on the multi-unit residential market.You can see the full report here: Bay Area Apartment Market Report San Francisco wants to boast that it has the highest rents in ...

  • Wow: Need $181,349 Yearly Salary to Buy SF Area Home

    If you want to buy a home in the beautiful, culturally exuberant San Francisco metro area, then make sure your individual or combined annual salary is at least $181,349 and change. That’s the progno...

  • Building Cranes Everywhere

    The high rise condo market in neighborhoods south of the Financial District (like Yerba Buena, South Beach and SOMA) is not performing as strongly as the rest of San Francisco, mostly due to an increa...

  • Many Top 40 Under 40 Wine Enthusiast Tastemakers in Bay Area

    Wine Enthusiast is a magazine known for its hip, cool, sexy celebration of wine and other imbibing beverages. It has a pretty big following in San Francisco. And every year it spends a good deal of ed...