san francisco: Glimpses of San Francisco - Rainbow colors! - 06/28/19 05:15 PM
As the colorful month of June draws to a close, what could be more appropriate than to focus on all the rainbow colors seen around The City.
We see the rainbow hues in shop windows, like the shoes store in the Fillmore District, on the wall at Batch! (where Russian Hill meets Nob Hill) and in mosaics in Noe Valley.
Rainbow colors are spotted on staircases, from staircases and inside museums.

Automobiles are not exempt from the beauty of rainbow colors, nor is City Hall, a spectacular rainbow sight to greet patrons leaving the symphony
Night or day, rainbow colors brighten the month of June, … (45 comments)

san francisco: Japan Day Festival 2019 in San Francisco - 06/25/19 08:43 PM
Celebrate the Japanese cultural heritage of Japantown at the Japan Day Festival. Experience an afternoon of Japanese cultural arts and music (drums, harp, dance, poetry, calligraphy, origami and more) in both outdoor and indoor venues. 
Outdoors, on the Peace Plaza stage near the pagoda enjoy music, poetry, dance.
When: Sunday June 30, 2019
Time:  12:30PM - 4:00/4:30PM
Cost:   FREE for all ages
Where: At the Peace Plaza and surrounding businesses in Japantown, San Francisco

san francisco: Glimpses of San Francisco - Red! - 06/21/19 02:24 PM
While exploring San Francisco, especially on foot, one has the opportunity to really focus on small things, like the color red. Once you start to focus, you see red everywhere.
Sometimes it's hard to miss, like the red dress of the White Crane Troop of musicians welcoming in Chinese New Year, or the brilliant red of the mini free library and bench in front of a residence in Presidio Heights.
You will find red on all sorts of transportation options, and they are many in San Francisco, both people-powered and motorized.

Nature makes a showing in red, and even our wonderful, eclectic houses sport … (34 comments)

san francisco: Glimpses of San Francisco - Purple! - 06/14/19 08:00 PM
As some of you know I love walking throughout the neighborhoods of San Francisco. When on foot, walking between property showings or previews, to appointments or on errands, I have the luxury of a few minutes of time to enjoy some of the sights along the way.
Today I am focusing on the color purple (and thinking of our colleagues Sally K. & David L. Hanson and their love of purple.)
We see soft purple skies at twilight over AT&T Park (go Giants!) matched by the soft purple of fragrant lavender gracing Lafayette Park.
Bold purple can be spotted on houses, apartment buildings and cars, too! … (30 comments)

san francisco: Glimpses of San Francisco - Orange - 06/06/19 07:43 PM
Exploring San Francisco, it's hard not to spot accents of orange. You'll find orange in the natural world; in a sunset at Ocean Beach, above, or in gardens throughout the city, like the poppies at Fort Mason Community Garden and the other flowers brightening Holly Hill Park on a cloudy day.

Orange accents buildings, both large like this condo building in the Hayes Valley and small like the entry to tiny Cafe La Mediterranee on Fillmore Street.

In San Francisco, you'll find orange inside buildings, on art walls in North Beach cafes and on art pieces at the Asian Art Museum.

Finally, how can … (29 comments)

san francisco: Memorial Day 2019, Presidio of San Francisco - 05/26/19 08:42 AM
Monday, May 27, 2019 is Memorial Day. Join the Presidio Trust at the Presidio to honor those who have given their lives while in the armed services. Here's a link to activities on Monday.
Located at the top of the cemetery, high on the hill, one finds this poignant poem which I read often as I hike in the area. I usually re-post it every Memorial Day. I hope you find it as meaningful as I do.
The Young Dead Soldiers, by Archibald MacLeish
The young dead soldiers do not speak.
Nevertheless, they are heard in the still houses:
who has not heard them?
They have a … (18 comments)

san francisco: Glimpses of San Francisco - BLUE - 05/24/19 07:38 PM
As I walk around San Francisco this spring, I've been more aware of all the colors I see in the neighborhoods more than many other times. I've shared some yellow photos, then pink and green.
When the skies cleared on Wednesday and Thursday, I was struck by BLUE - brilliant blue, soft blue, navy blue, ocean blue.
Some years, when the Blue Angels perform over San Francisco Bay in October, the skies really are as blue as in the picture.
You'll spot blue houses around town, like this one on Jackson Street in Pacific Heights.
Or this darker blue Edwardian house not far away, with … (41 comments)

san francisco: Life's a Beach at this San Francisco condo - 05/21/19 08:23 PM
Along the Great Highway in San Francisco, just down the hill from the Cliff House and across the road from the long, beautiful Ocean Beach, are a group of condominiums built in 1991. Most of these buildings have 3 units in them, one on each floor, above a spacious shared garage with room for 3 cars and extra storage.
One of these, a 3rd floor unit with fabulous ocean views and many upgrades is preparing to be sold. It consists of 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, eat-in kitchen, living room with fireplace and ocean views and laundry in the unit, in approximately 1,490 … (22 comments)

san francisco: Concerts at the Presidio - Little Stars Trio - 05/21/19 07:58 AM
We're fortunate in San Francisco to have many various types of programs available to us, often at no cost. Be it the Stern Grove Festival with free performances every summer Sunday afternoon, to Hardly-Strictly Bluegrass, a two-day festival held every fall in Golden Gate Park, to programs in the beautiful Presidio of San Francisco, they are here, waiting for us.
Another wonderful free program is coming up soon, a concert by the Little Stars Trio, a sibling string ensemble ranging in age from 9 to 12 years old. In the sample below they perform music by Haydn; in the upcoming performance in … (20 comments)

san francisco: Glimpses of San Francisco - GREEN! - 05/14/19 05:09 AM
This San Francisco Realtor is vacationing in the east coast at present, and reveling in all the green I see, in Manhattan and New Jersey, and now in Maryland and Virginia. It is May and we're seeing green everywhere.
While the green in San Francisco isn't so much woods like the picture above (Tryon Park, Manhattan, near the MetCloisters) plenty of green greets one as we walk around San Francisco, like this pathway in Lafayette Park in Pacific Heights.
Or these pictures below, in the San Francisco Botanical Garden, a patio of a Pacific Heights house, San Francisco City Hall, and at the … (27 comments)

san francisco: Glimpses of San Francisco - PINK! - 04/30/19 08:44 PM
Last week I shared various pictures I took that showcased Glimpses of yellow as I walked in San Francisco. Later I shared information about a one-night trip we took to the Sonoma County coast. That little get-away completely refreshed me and re-charged my batteries and left me----ahem---in the PINK.
So today, here are some glimpses of PINK spotted in and around San Francisco.
The cover picture shows delicate PINK cherry blossoms in Golden Gate Park.
(Pink house with roses, in Pacific Heights, San Francisco)
( a PINK mansion near the Lyon Street Steps, San Francisco)
(PINK cloud at dawn, looking north from San Francisco to Marin County)
(Grand Staircase at … (27 comments)

san francisco: A quick get away for a San Francisco Realtor® - 04/27/19 07:21 PM
From time to time one can feel the stress levels rise as the days and weeks get busier and busier. One sure cure to get me back in the pink, so to speak, is a quick get-away.
That is exactly what my husband and I did yesterday afternoon--we skipped town.
Just 90 miles north of San Francisco, yet a world away is Timber Cove Resort on the Sonoma County coast. After crossing the Golden Gate Bridge into Marin County, we opted to drive up the coast, along scenic Highway One through Mill Valley, Muir Beach, Stinson Beach, Olema, Tomales (home of scrumptious oysters) and Marshall. … (34 comments)

san francisco: Glimpses of San Francisco - Yellow! - 04/24/19 08:43 PM
Many people have heard that the distinct neighborhoods of San Francisco provide much of the charm of The City. For a REALTOR like me who loves to walk, I catch glimpses that often would pass by someone riding in Uber, Lyft, or driving themselves.
Recently I have been struck by the beautiful colors I see as I walk to and from appointments, as I walk to my office, bank, shopping errands, and as I walk for the sheer joy of walking.
Perhaps it's because we've had a couple of unseasonably warm spring days this week, but today I'm thinking YELLOW!
(Corvette spotted on Jackson … (33 comments)

san francisco: Buyer Information Night 4/25/19, Rockwell, San Francisco - 04/24/19 07:48 PM
Come join Tom Parke, sales manager at Mason-McDuffie, Lottie Kendall, Realtor at Compass, and Rachael Kendall, team associate, as we demystify the buying process and answer fundamental questions like:
how do I know if I'm qualified to buy anything? what's a credit score and how do I know if mine is good? how much down payment must I have? rents are sky-high in San Francisco; is it possible for me to buy a place of my own? These are typical questions we are often asked, the Buyer Information Night makes it easy to learn and ask questions in a friendly, no-pressure environment. 
Stop … (5 comments)

san francisco: A Russian Hill condo ideal for a Pied-a-Terre - 04/12/19 08:07 PM
To better help my clients, I see a lot of properties every week, many in San Francisco. There always seems to be one or two special places and capture my interest and would provide great living for my clients.
Yesterday evening I took a look at an opportunity in a building I really like, The Landmark. Perched on a hillside on Russian Hill, adjacent to the lovely Ina Coolbrith Park, The Landmark has 60 condominium units stepping down the hill from Taylor to Mason street, on the staircase that is Vallejo Street (block too steep for cars!) and next to Broadway. 
What an amazing opportunity … (18 comments)

san francisco: San Francisco City Chorus program May 4, 2019 - 04/10/19 09:24 PM
The San Francisco City Chorus has been working hard, preparing a treat for us!
Who: San Francisco City Chorus, a community group of about 30 singers
What: Spring Concert, with pieces by Franz Schubert, Felix Mendelssohn and Alexander Gretchaninov
Where: Old First Presbyterian Church, 1751 Sacramento Street (corner of Van Ness Avenue), San Francisco 94109
When: Saturday, May 4, 2019 at 3:00 PM
Why: To provide us a joyful, peaceful respite in the midst of our busy days
If you're in the San Francisco Bay Area, please come and join us. I think you'll be glad you did.
San Francisco City Chorus ...where the City sings

san francisco: Isley Brothers will close out the Stern Grove Festival in 2019 - 04/05/19 07:36 PM
The 2019 line-up for the ever popular Stern Grove Festival has been announced. Thanks to the generosity of Rosalie Stern, who purchased the grove in 1931 and gave it to the City to honor her late husband, Sigmund Stern, the public has been enjoying music since 1938.
Every Sunday afternoon, at 2:00PM, beginning Sunday, June 16 through August 18, treat yourself to a FREE outdoor concert, and enjoy these 2019 performances:
June 16     Digable Planets, Bang Data
June 23     Los Van Van, Banda Sin Nombre
June 30     Galactic, Baby & the Luvies
July 7        San Francisco Symphony
July 14      Mitski, … (16 comments)

san francisco: Pacific Place, a favorite condo project in San Francisco - 04/03/19 08:21 PM
Located Pacific Heights, along the Van Ness Avenue corridor, where Nob Hill and Pacific Heights meet, with Russian Hill 2 blocks away, you'll find Pacific Place, a condominium project. I've written about Pacific Place several times before, including this post from 2012.
Pacific Place remains a highly-desired place to call home. Built in 2001, this well-maintained development remains lovely and pristine. One can appreciate that there is one parking spot per unit (unlike many new projects built in the last couple of year that have often have only 1/2 spot per unit) with no stacker mechanism to stall or break down. The … (21 comments)

san francisco: Should I list my Silicon Valley home in May? - 03/13/19 06:48 PM
Here’s a question I’ve been asked recently ---
“Is May too late to put a house on the market here?”
My answer: "No, the right time to sell is when it is right for you."
Here's why there is no wrong time to list your Silicon Valley or San Francisco property for sale:
While it is true that many buyers are actively looking to purchase in our area between February and April, there’s no reason to believe that May, June and on wouldn’t bring equally good results. Numbers of offers could be less, days on market will likely increase somewhat (we’re still talking less than … (21 comments)

san francisco: Victorians in San Francisco - pastels! - 03/11/19 08:31 AM
Several weeks ago I posted pictures of various Victorian houses I walked by on a morning walk and asked which color appealed the most. (You can read that post and see pictures here.)
Grant Schneider said he'd like to see some pastels, so -- here you go, Grant. I spotted these yesterday as I walked along Baker Street on my way home from an appointment.
Beauty is all around us; we just need to open our eyes.





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