THE BUZZ BLOG
  • Tenderloin Undergoing Major Real Estate Makeovers

    With its checkered, colorful, even literary history, the Tenderloin remains one of San Francisco’s most interesting neighborhoods. With 80% of its 15,800 apartments locked in at below market rents o...

  • At Least 75 Things in San Francisco for Summer Doing

    Here we are a day after summer solstice with some blistering hot summer weather a few days behind us, and contemplating all the things to do in our beautiful, bountiful city. The choices in SF are lik...

  • San Franciscans: Get Ready for Garbage Rate Hike

    Are we heading to be the most expensive city on the planet for garbage rates? Like we already are for most expensive rents in the world. No, SF is not that expensive for garbage pickup. However, next ...

  • JUST LISTED | Picture Perfect Nob Hill Condo

    39 Reed Street, San Francisco 1 Bed 1 Bath Offered at $599,000 This picture perfect Nob Hill abode delivers dazzling views along with the classic San Francisco lifestyle that will make you the envy of...

  • JUST SOLD | Vintage Nob Hill Studio

    1155 Leavenworth Street, San Francisco Studio 1 Bath Sold for $422,500 A quintessential San Francisco experience awaits you at 1155 Leavenworth, where this vintage studio offers simplified living in a...

  • San Francisco Takes Over Tree Husbandry July 1st

    On July 1st 2017 the SF city officialdom is taking back the care of some 125,000 trees, back from city residents who were rather poorly doing the husbandry service as of a 2011 law that made residents...

  • Escaping the June Gloom

    8 Unique Day-Trips in Northern California   ...

  • Treasure Island to be Made into Significant Culture Visitor Site

    The storied history of Treasure Island is about to enter another chapter: as a major cultural center destination for San Francisco and SF Bay Area tourists. Or, of course, us residents. And, of course...

  • Most Expensive Home Just Sold in SF—Ever

    San Francisco home sales just set a new high pole vault bar. An Everest-like $40 million to own a fabulous residence at 2712 Broadway in the Pacific Height’s Gold Coast neighborhood. That’s why it...

  • Famous SF Ferry Building Soon Up for Sale

    The much loved Ferry Building up for sale? That’s a surprise. But wait. Not the building itself (built in 1889), which is owned by the Port of San Francisco (thankfully). What is soon to be up for g...

  • $1.5 Million New Median Price for San Francisco Homes

    A new record was not easily predictable a while ago as 2016 saw a cooling of prices. However, prices for homes in San Francisco in May reached a new dizzying record median of $1.5 million.  This acco...

  • Crazy Hot Market – Again

    As Buyers Compete for an Inadequate Supply of Home Listings, San Francisco Median House Sales Price Soars to $1,500,000 in May June 2017 Report Home price appreciation, overbidding asking prices, sup...

  • New Sky High Record Sales in SF for Luxury Condos

    Penthouses in luxury high rises are pricey, almost beyond belief pricey, and the sales rolling in San Francisco for sky king condos is breaking records. A Pacific Heights penthouse at the Pacific, Tru...

  • The Big Scoop: SF’s New Pet Owner Outreach Program

    Dog waste on San Francisco’s charming streets is still a part of the au natural landscape, as we’ve all noticed as we walk the city’s sidewalks or paths. Not all pet owners are law abiding citiz...

  • Moscone Convention Center’s Renovation Cutting Back Visitors/Dollars

    Imagine SF with 1 million fewer visitors. For some this may be a good thing for the atmosphere of our city streets this summer. But for many others who depend on tourism’s dollars in SF a drop of a ...

  • A Cool Map Exploring SF’s History of Street Names

    As you’re cruising around one of the most cruisable cities in the world – SF – among many pleasant thoughts could be: What is the history of that street I just passed or I’m driving do...

  • Where Can You Rent for $1500 in SF These Days

    As the world’s most expensive city to rent in you’d think there are no more affordable places to rent from in SF, oceanside to bayside. After all the median rental in the city is over $3,000 a mon...

  • Airbnb Launches New Restaurant Reservation App First In SF

    For online restaurant reservations you can load up the OpenTable mobile app or website booking engine and snag a table for a certain date and time across a wide selection of dining establishments in t...

  • Pacific Heights Neighborhood Confirmed as Most Expensive in SF

    A recent report stated what everybody (way past and present) figured in their heads: that Pacific Heights is currently the most expensive neighborhood in the city. The 2712 Broadway super-mansion in P...

  • Buy Local

    Paragon Real Estate’s 2017 San Francisco Farmer’s Market Guide. ...

  • Best Indian Curry Houses in San Francisco

    Indian restaurants are mushrooming (as in a good mushroom korma curry) in the city, along with a growing number of fast lunch spots and food truck street eats. SF has even imported some Indian curry b...

  • Master Interior Decorators Set the 2017 Look in San Francisco

    It’s an annual event that is much anticipated and applauded among SF watchers of all things home design—the Decorator Showcase, for 2017. This year’s showcase was staged in Pacific Heights at a ...

  • Dogs Have it Dog Gone Good in Some SF Luxury Condo Mid-Rises

    An article out of mansionglobal.com last January dwelled lovingly on the latest trend for amenities for luxury condo complexes: everything pets. Pets are now the new humans when it comes to bringing i...

  • A Second Wind for San Francisco Real Estate?

    Since the year began, preliminary data has been trickling in regarding the Bay Area and city economy, and the commercial and residential real estate markets in particular, that appears to indicate th...

  • Nonprofit Hero Donates Largest of Kind Gift to City to Help Homeless

    The homeless are, of course, part of SF’s history and current challenges. There’ve been homeless in the city ever since its boom in the 1849 gold rush, and certainly in the aftermath of the 1906 t...

  • California Population Up to 39.5 M in 2016, Gains in SF

    The count for the 2016 California population was released on May 1st, and it stands  at 39.5 million, an increase of 335,000 Californians—by daughters and sons of the soil and those moving on in. T...

  • Millennium Tower Penthouse Takes a Haircut of 29%

    Unit 1A is the 58th floor penthouse of the Millennium Tower, which over the past 5 months has been embroiled in controversy over its sinking 16 inches and tilting northwest several inches. This sinkin...

  • How San Francisco and Los Angeles are Reflecting Each Other

    While our cousins down in LA can’t say they have the highest rents in the entire world (as SF can), and they can’t boast of having the best non-car experience in the U.S., or many of the top U.S. ...

  • What MLS Listed This Week in SF

    New MLS Listings This Week in San Francisco. Spring Listings are ramping up. 47 single family residences came on market in San Francisco this week. At the bottom of the price point of new SFR listings...

  • SF Cable Cars May Be Going Cashless

    Our cable cars are certainly a significant expression of San Francisco’s charm and magic. Historical, fun, cool views, great mechanical feel on those tracks, the bell dinging in toe-tapping rhythms....

  • Mapping Places to See in Spring in Glorious SF

    Spring is blowing up beautifully all around us, and right now for every weekend or weekday we have off we’re contemplating what to see in San Francisco in this wonderfully everything-renewing season...

  • Why Do All the New SF Condo/Mixed Use Buildings Look the Same?

    If you’re keeping an eye out on new real estate developments around town you can’t help but notice that many of the lower story ones look very alike. Like twins, triplets and quadruplets. They all...

  • Fun Interactive Photo Map on How SF Looked 1850-2000

    Take an overhead street map of all of San Francisco’s districts that can be zoomed in and out of and scrolled around on. Then add in a layer of different sized black dots sprinkled all around the SF...

  • Be The Lord Of Your Own Alley in San Francisco for $35,000

    Here’s something curiously unique and a very once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Haven’t you ever thought about owning your own alley in SF? Sure. Lots of people have. And it’s only $35,000. Pretty ...

  • A Roundup of the Best, Largest Wineries in the larger Bay Area

    Here in San Francisco, we’re great and discerning wine drinkers. And we’ve got some really good vintners in the immediate Bay Area, of whom the top 25 in toto have produced 444 million bottles. Fo...

  • Supply, Demand, Money & Demographics: 10 Factors Behind San Francisco’s Real Estate Market

    A consideration of the main factors at play behind the current San Francisco real estate market, some of which reflect general macro-economic trends and some of which are specific to the city itself....

  • Paragon’s Fascinating Round Up of First Quarter 2017

    San Francisco’s Paragon Real Estate Group has been rethinking and redesigning its online Market Updates resources for the Bay Area, and its quite a useful, aesthetic presentation for everybody inter...

  • 2017 Design Trends and Features for Luxury Homes

    What’s in for 2017 in the creative world of designing or renovating luxury homes—a vital interest for both sellers and buyers? The inman.com site had a talk with the twin brothers of HGTV’s Prop...

  • View From the Top of the World—in SF

    Trivia fact: what is the tallest building in SF now? Well, it’s the Salesforce Tower, jutting up an impressive 61 stories (1,070 feet) from the corners of 1st, Mission and Fremont Streets. The tower...

  • San Francisco Real Estate in Early 2017 – Preliminary Indications of Market Direction

    In recent months, there have been multiple reports in local media about Big Drops in San Francisco Home Prices! But, umm, we are not seeing it, neither on the ground in the hurly burly of buyers and ...

  • An Incredible Literary Journey Through San Francisco Mapped

    How often is San Francisco (and other Bay Area locations) mentioned in literature—fiction, nonfiction and poetry? Well, a lot, and certainly often enough to make a very edifying and fun interactive ...

  • Watching Those Cranes in San Francisco

    The origami silhouette of cranes towering up in our SF skyline always gives a good, immediate look at the current big real estate projects being constructed in our fair city. And if you’re typically...

  • Luxury Still Thriving in SF: Most Expensive Homes Sold in 2016

    San Francisco is known for many breakout cultural expressions, and luxury home living—beginning with the nouveau riche of the California Gold Rush–is still among our prized iconography. The year 2...

  • SF Rental Map Shows Why We’re Still Most Expensive in World

    Rents have been parachuting down in San Francisco some 9 percent from last year, yet the city is still the most expensive for rentals in the U.S. and, as well, on the entire planet. If you’re lookin...

  • Single-Family Homes Fell to Five Year Low in February

    The population inflow into the Bay Area is declining, and now single-family home sales in San Francisco hit a remarkable milestone in a five-year sales low this past February. This is down 4 percent f...

  • Rents Falling in 2017 in SF While Rising in Some Bay Area Cities

    San Francisco is the most way, way expensive city to rent in globally, as we blogged about on February 28th. That’s what a worldwide survey conducted by Nested concluded. We are the champs of high r...

  • 160 Folsom St Pretzel-Twist Tower Set to Go to Next Phase

    A condo tower called “Bay Tower” that twists horizontally in two directions as it rises up 400 feet will soon be an SF architectural conversation piece at the northwest corner of Folsom and Spear ...

  • Bidding Battles Still Raging in SF, San Jose & Oakland

    A new national report from the real estate Redfin observed that in the home buying market in the SF Bay Area bidding battles are the usual for each home, rather than the unusual. And for once San Fran...

  • Local Charming Small Towns for Spring is Here Visits

    Spring is in the air now that all the atmospheric river storms have come and gone—well, at least for now. And last week we even had snow dusting on our local mountain tops and high passes. The great...

  • The 20 Best Happy Hour Watering Holes in San Francisco

    Happy hours are a cultural fixture (and time) in SF after-work life, and who knows how many really good literary or artistic or business ideas have gestated in the wombs of happy hour establishments. ...

  • Steep Drops in $500,000 or < Home Market in SF & Bay Area

    Home sales across the board in the greater Bay Area dropped 9.4 percent in 2016—a decline of 6,466 successful sales. In SF the decline was 11.5 percent. This according to a recent report from Proper...

  • What Costs How Much Where in San Francisco

    Below are 3 charts from our updated 9-chart report that breaks down which neighborhoods one is most likely to find a home within a specific price range, whether house or condo. The report covers home...

  • In March Snow Dusted Our Surrounding Bay Area Mountain Tops

    The Winter Wonderland look just visited us again in the normally no-snow-zone Bay Area. Maybe a lot of us in SF missed out on seeing the snowfall on our nearby mountain tops, or didn’t even know abo...

  • Uber Falsely Blames Human Error for Self-Driving Cars Running 6 Red Lights

    Uber likes to keep a lot of things secret—as everybody knows who follows Uber in the news. And Uber is certainly a presence that is loved and not-so-loved in the city, and even boycotted recently. W...

  • San Francisco Rent vs. Buy Comparison

    Comparing the PURCHASE of a 2-bedroom, 2-bath, 1080 square foot condo at the 2016 median San Francisco sales price of $1,150,000, to the RENTAL of a comparable apartment at a San Francisco market rat...

  • The Popularity of Restaurants-Within-Restaurants Pop Ups in SF

    This is a cultural figure to take note of: There are 7,600 permanent restaurants in San Francisco. That’s about 112 restaurants per person, plenty to choose from. And that doesn’t include the 8-ye...

  • Can’t Make it in San Francisco on $160,000 a Year

    A software engineer for Twitter recently made news internationally when he told a media profiler that it’s hard for him to make ends meet in San Francisco. He makes $160,000 a year. In an anonymous ...

  • San Francisco Spring Activities!

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  • Guess What: SF’s Rents are the Highest in the World

    Highest monthly rental payments not just in the U.S., but the world—that’s the conclusion of a recent study done by Nested. Which, of course, means that our beloved SF is the highest in the nation...

  • Metallica Rocker Keith Hammet’s SF Home Up for Cool 16M

    At 54 Keith Hammet is a rock icon and iconoclast—established over decades as the hard-riffing lead guitarist and songwriter for Metallica. And like many rockers who project an image of edginess and ...