san francisco: A long-awaited visit to Marshall Beach, San Francisco - 07/12/20 08:00 PM
After reading many wonderful posts written by Ron and Alexandra Seigel as they share their beach walks with us, I felt a yearning to visit little Marshall Beach in San Francisco which I hadn't done for too long.
I've written about Marshall Beach before, recounting a run through the Presidio, then down the many stairs to the beach before returning to my car. This last Friday afternoon my husband and I headed out for our daily walk toward the end of the day, and Marshall Beach was once again calling me.
Down the many stairs we went, then had a delightful, relaxed stroll along … (26 comments)

san francisco: San Francisco's real estate market is opening up - 05/29/20 01:33 PM
In January and February, before the Shelter-in-Place became our way of life in San Francisco, I met a number of potential buyers and sellers.
I hope you all are healthy, the #1 priority.
Much has changed in our lives since the beginning of 2020. How is your residence working out for you during these months of working from home, remote schooling, and the general disruption to routines? Has a yard or outdoor space become more important? Do you need home office space? A better functioning kitchen or a great room for family activities?
The real estate market is starting to open up. Homes … (18 comments)

san francisco: Real estate questions people are asking today - 05/27/20 04:11 PM
"I'm sure that I'm not the only one with this on the mind, but the whole lockdown situation has got me and [XXXXX] thinking about upgrading to a place with a bit more space of our own. Something with a backyard, and not so near to our neighbors."
"Do offers with contingencies about selling an existing house ever get accepted?"
"Are homes still generally going for more than their asking price? Do they still sell almost immediately"
These are all questions I received from home owners in the last 3 days. You might have similar questions, or other real estate questions or concerns. … (16 comments)

san francisco: My Saturday morning routine - 05/23/20 12:26 PM
This morning, Ron and Alexandra Seigel posted the most adorable photo and described what has become a Saturday morning routine for them. If you've missed their post, take a look here.
While my Saturday morning routine doesn't take me past anything quite as adorable, it is a pleasure to me nonetheless.
The morning starts with a trip to Whole Foods  at 8:00 AM, during "senior" hours. The entire trip takes 35 minutes; 10 minute walk there, breeze right into the sanitized store, shop in uncrowded conditions, straight through the check out, where the checker carefully wipes down the checkstand food belt between every … (30 comments)

san francisco: Change is in the air in the San Francisco Bay Area - 05/01/20 03:16 PM
Today is May 1. Perhaps it is appropriate that the new month brings with it a sense of imminent change.
Beginning May 4 a cautious loosening in the Shelter-in-Place we've been living with since the middle of March will take place. A few more businesses will be allowed to open--construction, landscaping & gardening services, some dry goods stores. In the real estate world, we'll be able to show occupied residences under very specific requirements. Social distancing at least 6' will be required; face masks required;. San Mateo County will reopen their wild land parks and beaches.
Golf courses will re-open, with safety protocols … (25 comments)

san francisco: Gratitude during SIP - 04/25/20 10:58 AM
As I walked the 5 blocks to Whole Foods this morning, I was thinking about all the many little things for which I am grateful during this unprecedented time of sheltering-in-place.
First and foremost grateful to the medical staffs and essential workers taking care of us and our necessities and comforts Grateful for services like garbage and recycling pick ups Grateful that major road projects are being carried out during this time of much less traffic Grateful for the amazing job Whole Foods and Trader Joe's are doing here in San Francisco with their store reorganizations and special shopping hours for … (26 comments)

san francisco: Springtime in San Francisco - 04/24/20 09:25 AM
Earlier this week I shared some views of the empty streets in San Francisco during this period of Shelter-in-Place. It was, indeed, stunning to see usually bustling neighborhoods almost devoid of life.
However, the beauty of San Francisco is always present and I never fail to appreciate my neighborhood walks. How lovely is the Victorian house on Jackson, with an arbor of wisteria and roses welcoming passersby and residents alike?
And these roses mixed with other blooms at a different Jackson Street residence?
Are you ready to find your home and create your garden? Large space or small--it can happen. Let's talk.
Springtime in San … (30 comments)

san francisco: San Francisco Scenes during Shelter-in-Place - 04/20/20 07:10 PM
As we finish our 5th week of Shelter-in-Place in San Francisco, spirits are generally good around the city. A new routine has taken place in my weekday schedule. Following a Zoom meditation session offered every Mon-Fri by my acupuncturist, I work from 9:00-3:00.
By 3:00PM, my husband and I head out for our favorite activity -- a hike or long walk in some part of the City, grateful that outdoor exercising is allowed and encouraged, with physical distancing adhered to, of course. We balance our walks between urban sidewalks and park lands where I can get dirt under my feet.
One recent weekday we … (36 comments)

san francisco: Saturday, 3/7/2020 - Tulip Day in San Francisco - 03/05/20 08:34 PM
It's that time of year again, 100,000 FREE pick-your-own tulips at Union Square, San Francisco.
Yes, that's correct. On Saturday, March 7, over 100,000 tulips will cover Union Square in San Francisco. Best of all, you're invited to visit the site and pick your own bunch of tulips to take home.
A gift from Dutch flower bulb trader Royal Anthos, and the Consulate General of the Netherlands in San Francisco, they are transporting thousands of multicolor tulips to the bustling tourist area of Union Square.
This event will run from 1:00PM to 4:30PM, by which time all tulips will have been picked and … (43 comments)

san francisco: The Nob Hill condo that caught my eye today - 03/04/20 09:21 PM
Knowing the inventory is an essential task of a real estate agent, and I often come across several properties each week that intrigue me, that offer something special and unique. This week is no exception.
I have written before about the Edwardian condo listing I have on Nob Hill, at 1561 Sacramento Street. That property is now in contract and the sale is on track to record tomorrow.
About a 15-minute walk from there, across the top of nob Hill, past Grace Cathedral, Huntington Park and the grand hotels, heading toward Union Square and the financial district is today's find, 25 Joice. … (24 comments)

san francisco: FREE concert in San Francisco, February 21, 2020 - 02/19/20 08:06 PM
Both lovers of classical music and those wanting to see what classical music is all about have a FREE treat in store for them on Friday evening, Feburary 21, 2020, at 7:30 PM.
The San Francisco Chamber Orchestra (SFCO) will be presenting a 90-minute concert at the Herbst Theatre on Van Ness Avenue, across from City Hall and next door to the Opera House. There will be games, prizes and a trivia quiz and, of course, great music, featuring variations on familiar themes by Mozart, Haydn, Schubert and more. 
Friday, February 21, 2020
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM (no intermission)
Herbst Theatre, 401 Van … (29 comments)

san francisco: A Happy Valentine's Day for my sellers and the buyers - 02/14/20 06:28 PM
Nestled on the western slope of Nob Hill, 1561 Sacramento Street had been on the market for only 23 days yesterday when sellers accepted an offer that had arrived the evening before.
Today, Valentine's Day, I changed the listing status from "Active" to "Pending" and canceled the open houses planned for the weekend.
Today, Valentine's Day, the buyer wire-transferred his initial deposit to our escrow account.
Today, Valentine's Day, the bank appraiser contacted me to set the appraisal appointment.
Today, Valentine's Day, I was able to share the above good news with the seller.
Today is also Valentine's Day for the buyers, who … (28 comments)

san francisco: The Trendy Part of Nob Hill, CA - 02/12/20 07:54 PM
Nob Hill is one of the iconic landmarks of San Francisco. With the California Street cable car running up the hill from the Financial District to Van Ness Avenue, you can arrive at one of the famed hotels in the city, The Fairmont, Huntington, or Mark Hopkins. Grace Cathedral also commands the hilltop, as does the Masonic Auditorium, a private club, some residences and an urban city park. This is visitor mecca.
However, if you head down the hill just a few blocks west, you'll find a very different vibe, one with more of a neighborhood feel, and close to numerous restaurants, … (31 comments)

san francisco: Showings scheduled-Edwardian Condo on Nob Hill, SF - 02/05/20 07:12 PM
Current showing schedule for
1561 Sacramento Street, Nob Hill, San Francisco
Saturday, 2/8/2020 - 1:00-3:00PM
Sunday, 2/9/2020 - 2:00-4:00PM
Broker tour (public welcome) Tuesday, 2/11/2020, 9:30-11:00
Other showings by appointment
1561 Sacramento Street is spacious, airy and light. From the bay window in the living room, to the back bedrooms overlooking the garden, this condo brings in light.
A garden greenhouse window on one side of the kitchen, and a small terrace on the other side, bring even more light and open up the kitchen area.
I invite you to join us this weekend, or call to schedule an individual appointment.

san francisco: Market Street, San Francisco, car-free starting today - 01/29/20 08:52 PM
As reported on Hoodline yesterday, beginning today, January 29, 2020, big changes have come to the most congested part of Market Street, from the Embarcadero to Van Ness Avenue.
Private cars and ride-hailing vehicles (think Uber, Lyft) are no longer allowed on this stretch of Market Street. The changes affect the portions of Market from 10th Street to Main Street eastbound, and Steuart Street to Van Ness Avenue westbound. (The north-south yellow line is Van Ness Avenue; Steuart Street is next to the Embarcadero. You see Twitter headquarters near Van Ness, and the Ferry Building at the end of Market Street)
The changes are intended … (26 comments)

san francisco: Finding Your Way to Help the Hungry and Homeless - 01/27/20 09:13 AM
I "met" Philip Raices on ActiveRain today when I read his post about the plight of homeless veterans.
The magnitude of the homeless and hungry in our country is stunning. Groups here in San Francisco, and elsewhere, are working to find solutions, but it's slow going.
Instead of feeling overwhelmed by the magnitude of the problem, we can each find our own small ways to help. A few little things I focus on include:
serving breakfast to the homeless and hungry twice a month. Glide is one of the big groups;  3 meals a day are served 364 days a year. Breakfast is served … (34 comments)

san francisco: Meet the Owner of Tulip Salon, Hedieh Poustinchian - 01/24/20 05:24 PM
Several months ago I wrote a post to introduce you to Tulip Salon at 2455 Polk Street, San Francisco. You can read that post here.
Today, I'd like you to meet Hedieh in a more personal way. The video clip will give you a glimpse into the breadth of her knowledge, and her written words will give you an even better picture of who Hedieh is, as a person as well as a hair stylist supreme.
"Hello everyone before I introduce myself and talk about Tulip Salon I would like to take a moment and thank one of my sweet customers, Lottie Kendall, who … (26 comments)

san francisco: For Sale-Gorgeous Edwardian condo, Nob Hill, San Francisco - 01/22/20 06:57 PM
Welcome to 1561 Sacramento Street, San Francisco
Twilight Open: Thursday, 1/23/2020, 4:30PM-6:00PM
Open House:     Saturday, 1/25/2020, 10:00AM-Noon
Open House:     Sunday,    1/26/2020, 2:00PM-4:00PM
Click on the link, 1561 Sacramento Street to see the web site.
Updated Edwardian home built in 1910, with rich period details High ceilings; wood floors; gorgeoups wainscoting 3-bedrooms, 2.5 baths in a prime location between Hyde and Larkin Lower floor of a 3-unit building; only 8 steps up from street; no stairs in unit WalkScore 99, TransitScore 100, BikeScore 77
Living room with bay window and window seat; gas fireplace insert; recessed lights Adjacent dining room with box ceiling and built-in buffet … (33 comments)

san francisco: San Francisco - a large and diverse housing market - 01/08/20 07:09 PM
San Francisco has a large and diverse housing market. Patrick Carlisle, Compass Chief Market Analyst, does a masterful job of breaking down data in the entire bay area in a way that is easy to understand by both buyers and sellers, and help us Realtors® bring more value than ever to our clients.
This data has been available only two day, and already I have used it to show the seller of a listing that will hit the market in two weeks that the intended price is in line, or even slightly on the low side, a comfortable place to be.
I … (47 comments)

san francisco: Bookending this January day in San Francisco - 01/03/20 07:27 PM
Today is the first Friday of 2020, the second day of the abbreviated work week. So just how does a San Francisco Realtor® spend this day to kick start a great year? Often the answer is "a little of this, a little of that."
Some of my highlights today:
The morning started early, with my husband driving me pre-dawn to Glide where I served breakfast to roughly 600 hungry and many homeless neighbors. The morning drive down Mason Street to Ellis was beautiful, as you can see in the first photo. We finished serving and cleaning up by 9:15 today, earlier … (73 comments)





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