Neighborhood/District Sales by Price Range

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From our NorCal network : The Artisan Group


221 Sandringham Road
Piedmont, CA 94611
Offered at $2,975,000

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1205 4th Avenue, Unit C

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Mapping Late Night Eats in San Francisco


So much to do, and so much to eat in San Francisco. But where does one go for a bite after a long evening? Recently, the good people at The Bold Italic did us all a favor and broke down some late night dining options. We’re visual types so we mapped ‘em, and then because we do it with everything, we Yelped ‘em. Where do you go for after-hours eats?

(please note restaurant locations are approximate)

(based on The Best Late Night Bites (Between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.), the Bold Italic, August 2013)


Bay Area Real Estate Market By County: Bubbles, Crashes and Recoveries


The Bay Area’s various counties and market segments are not immune to unique housing bubbles and crashes. And while current recoveries are demonstrating similar trend lines, the scale of recovery and state of home values vary. Here’s a look at what’s contributing to these variations on an otherwise relatively common theme:

Bay Area Home Values since 2000 by Price Tier: Way Up, Way Down, Sharply Up Again
The Case-Shiller Index for the 5-county SF Metro Area* divides the market into three equal sets of unit sales by price-range tiers: low, middle and high.

Case-Shiller_3-Tiers_TrendsThe market bubble, crash, recover cycle is easy to identify across all three tiers, as is the subprime lending fiasco that supercharged the lowest price tier of Bay Area homes to mind-boggling 176% appreciation in less than 7 years. The foreclosure and distressed-property crisis then hit this segment the hardest, inflicting a crushing 62% drop in values. Neighborhoods, communities, and counties with mostly higher-priced homes were much less impacted by the subprime effect: they appreciated less in the bubble, depreciated less in the crash, began their recoveries earlier, and are now much closer to previous peak values, if not already beyond.

There are other economic and social factors at play in the individual markets, but overall the price-tier analysis is surprisingly relevant to what has happened across the board. Because subprime lending inflated such large bubbles in some counties, it could prove unrealistic to expect those low-price-tier homes to return to previous peak values any time soon – even with the dramatic recoveries currently underway.

*The Case-Shiller SF Metro Area does not include Napa and Sonoma, but their market trends generally played out in the same way. Also as pertaining to percentages of appreciation and depreciation: if a home has a 100% increase in values, then a 50% decrease, the value is back to where it began.

Median-Sales-Price-by-CountyMedian Home Sales Prices by County
Median prices often fluctuate for other reasons than changes in market values, such as variations in the distressed and luxury home segments, inventory available to purchase and available financing – which is why Case-Shiller Index trend lines do not correlate exactly with changes in median price.

County median sales prices are generalities that mask enormous disparities in the prices of underlying sales, but they do convey an idea of comparative home costs in different areas.

County Home Sales by Price Range
Comparing the San Francisco residential market with other Bay Area counties in regards to quantity of sales in defined price ranges, the San Francisco, San Mateo and Marin markets are similar in that their home prices trend to the higher end of the range. In fact, these counties contain some of the most expensive real estate markets in the country. Though all the counties shown have home sales across the spectrum of prices, including very high-end homes, Napa, Sonoma, Alameda and Contra Costa have the greater percentage of their sales in lower price segments.

Property types vary by county. San Francisco doesn’t have many ranch, mobile home, and houseboat sales for example, while other counties sell few if any tenancy-in-common units (TICs). San Francisco also represents a much larger condo market.

Unit Sales by County (90 days)
During the summer months this year, the Alameda and Contra Costa home markets dwarf the other counties in quantity of sales. San Mateo, San Francisco and Sonoma constitute the second tier, with Marin and Napa being distinctly smaller markets in unit sales.

San Francisco Pipeline Report – Q2 2013

The San Francisco consolidated pipeline consists of development projects that would add residential units or commercial space, applications for which have been formally submitted to the Planning Department or the Department of Building Inspection. Pipeline projects encompass various stages of development: from applications filed to entitlements secured, building permits issued to projects under construction. The pipeline includes only those projects with a land use or building permit application. It does not include projects undergoing preliminary Planning Department project review or projections based on area plan analysis. When a project is issued a Certificate of Final Completion by DBI, it is taken out of the pipeline.

Here’s a look at the Residential and Commercial Pipeline by neighborhood:

Pipeline Quarterly Report Q2 2011

Polk Street Blues Festival – September 21 – 22, 2013


For many years, San Francisco has been known for its love of the blues. This year’s Polk Street Blues Festival, produced by Steven Restivo Event Services, LLC for the Polk District’s Merchants Association, blends the beloved San Francisco festival atmosphere with great blues music, variety vendors, tasty treats and family friendly fun. People looking to escape the crowded downtown San Francisco chain stores and enjoy a warm, friendly neighborhood atmosphere need look no further than Polk Street.

The Polk Street Blues Festival will feature two main stages, a merchant marketplace, arts and crafts, gourmet food booths, a large family area, cafe seating areas and much more. This is the only free blues event in San Francisco, certain to be well attended and becoming one of the best in the country.

Saturday and Sunday, September 21st & 22nd, 2013 from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM PST
Polk Street between Pacific and Union Streets, San Francisco
Free admission

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From our NorCal network : The Artisan Group


20025 Mount Rose Hwy
Reno, 89511
Offered at $1,299,000

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From our NorCal network : The Artisan Group


310 Allerman
San Francisco, CA
Offered at $2,649,000

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International Dragon Boat Festival – September 14-15, 2013

Come join spectators and competitors for a weekend of world-class dragon boat racing, spectacular cultural performances, and fun-filled activities for the whole family at the largest competitive dragon boat festival in the United States. This year, the Kaiser Permanente San Francisco International Dragon Boat Festival has over 130 dragon boat teams and 3,500 dragon boat paddlers racing in the 300 and 500 meter courses. Dragon boat teams range from novice to competitive skill level. Novice teams represent local Bay Area corporations, public agencies and non-profit community. Recreational and competitive teams practice year-round and hail from all over the United States, Canada and the Netherlands. This year’s championship race is going to be one of the fiercest battle for victory to date!

In addition to the exciting dragon boat racing, the Festival features many fun cultural activities: an entertainment stage with live dance and music performances, the Dragon Land children’s activity pavillion and a variety of food, arts & crafts and other vendors.

September 14th and 15th, 2013
Festival hours are 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM PST
Racing is from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM PST
Treasure Island, San Francisco
No admission fee

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