SAN FRANCISCO, REAL ESTATE, AND MORE

This weekend, once again it’s all about pride. With over 200 parade contingents, 200 exhibitors, and more than 20 stages and venues, the San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration and Parade is the largest LGBT gathering in the nation.

Celebrations begin on Saturday in Civic Center Plaza. The Parade, which takes place Sunday morning, heads down Market Street, from the Embarcadero to the Civic Center.

SF Pride includes two days of inspirational speakers and performers. Kehlani is the headliner this year, appearing on the Main Stage on Sunday.

For complete details on the celebration and parade, visit SFPride.org.

Celebration and Rally
Saturday, 12:00 Noon to 6:00 PM
Sunday, 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Civic Center Plaza

Parade
Sunday, 10:30 AM

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Although the Mission District may be losing its Latino residents — according to the San Francisco Chronicle quoting a 2017 City report, since 2000 the Latino population of the neighborhood has decreased from 33 percent to 15 percent — the neighborhood is still the culinary heart of San Francisco’s diverse Latin American community.

As the paper says, “Anyone can get burritos in the Richmond and the Bayview. But the Mission’s Mexican, Salvadoran, Nicaraguan and Peruvian restaurants are owned by — and, more importantly, operated for — Mexican, Salvadoran, Nicaraguan and Peruvian American diners.”

They list seventeen places that they say are the best Mexican and Latin American restaurants. Here are five of our favorites:

  • Tacos at El
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“Should You Move to SF?” When we saw this headline for a column on SF. Curbed.com, we held our breath and read the piece with trepidation.  It’s easy to be negative, and to take shots online. We see that all the time. And these days, San Francisco can be a big target — we certainly have our share of challenges. But we found the post by Brock Keeling and Julia Kitlinski-Hong refreshingly balanced — presenting some of the good along with the bad.

They begin by looking at the City as a whole, and then get into specifics.

The first thing you should know: SF is expensive. Second thing you should know: It’s small. These two factors will play major roles in your decision and life here, should you choose to accept it.

If you’re coming from a

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This weekend the 64th Annual North Beach Festival takes place both Saturday and Sunday. The two-week long SF Jazz Festival ends on Sunday.  The Stern Grove Festival 2018 Kick-Off Concert takes place on Sunday, with Peabo Bryson & Jeffrey Osborne performing. And of course, it’s Father’s Day on Sunday, so you might want to take him along to one of these events.

On the “Homes for Sale in San Francisco” front, here’s our report for this week, 6/10/18 – 6/16/18

Home Prices Had Third Highest Spike in Nation in Q1

CoreLogic released its quarterly National Home Price Index recently and, according to SF.Curbed.com, found that San Francisco’s home price bounce since 2017 was the third highest in country.

The median asking price for a San

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The 36th Annual San Francisco Jazz Festival opened last week, and continues tonight through June 17. Presenting a phenomenal array of concerts, it has been called the “biggest and probably the best Jazz festival in the world” by The Observer, a newspaper out of England of all places. The festival features 24 shows over seven days in two performance spaces at the SFJAZZ Center — 3 shows every night!

Still to perform:

  • Amadou & Mariam
  • George Cole
  • Soweto Kinch
  • Arturo Sandoval
  • The Juju Exchange w/ Nico Segal

Some performances are already nearly sold out, so if you hope to attend, visit the Festival website soon for information and tickets.

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This weekend the North Beach Festival takes place both Saturday and Sunday, from 10 AM to 6 PM on both days. It’s going to be a pleasant weekend in terms of weather, perfect for this big event.

Organizers say the North Beach Festival is considered one of the country’s original outdoor festivals. The event is situated in the historic North Beach District, known to locals and visitors alike as San Francisco’s Little Italy, and the home of the famed beat generation.

The family-friendly North Beach Festival will feature over 125 arts and crafts booths, gourmet food booths, two stages of live entertainment, Italian street painting, beverage gardens, and more.

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Anthony Bourdain’s death was sudden and stunning. He was hugely popular, a celebrity chef, author, travel documentarian, and television personality who starred in programs focusing on the exploration of international culture, cuisine, and the human condition. He was loved by his fans, and considered one of the most influential chefs in the world by many commentators.

When visiting a city, he was known for eating at hole-in-the-wall restaurants frequented by locals, and in San Francisco he put many of these on the map. SFGate.com has put together a slideshow that looks at 30 SF restaurants he visited, and includes some of the things he said about them. Not all of these spots are hole-in-the-wall places, but his remarks are always priceless.

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One of the biggest street events of the summer takes place this Tuesday, when the Warriors will celebrate their second NBA championship in a row — their third in four years. The parade will begin at noon in Oakland on Broadway at 11th Street, and end on Oak and 13th Street. Organizers say this will be an “interactive parade”, where fans will have the opportunity to share in the up-close excitement of the Championship with the Warriors.

7×7.com just wrote about 17 other events and festivals taking place this summer. The events they profile take place throughout the Bay Area. Some of our favorites taking place in San Francisco include:

  • June 16-17: North Beach Festival
  • June 17 through Aug. 19: Stern Grove Festival
  • June 23-24: SF Pride +
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Ghirardelli Square invites you to its 1st Annual Festival & Street Fair! It’s a two-day event, and it happens on Saturday, 10 AM-6 PM and Sunday, 10 AM-6 PM. Meanwhile, SFFuncheap.com writes about the “Festival of the Impossible”: Virtual Reality Immersive Art Festival taking place tonight, Saturday, and Sunday — for free tickets and details click here. Also, this Saturday the The 42nd Annual San Francisco Free Folk Festival 2018 takes place in the Mission District, and the 41st Annual Haight Ashbury Street Fair takes place on Sunday from 11 AM to 5:30 PM.

On the “Homes for Sale in San Francisco” front, here’s our report for this week, 6/3/18 – 6/9/18

San Francisco Ranked #1 Among 131 Global Cities in an Important Study

Jones Lang

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Basketball certainly has our attention, as the Golden State Warriors continue their quest to win a third NBA championship in four years. We must, however, pause for a moment to remember Dwight Clark — a 49er — who passed away from ALS earlier this week.

Joe Montana may have put it best in a statement he issued shortly after Dwight’s passing, describing him as a “vibrant charismatic soul!!” Sports talk radio stations were inundated with calls from people who just happened to meet him, and found him incredibly gracious  — always taking time to chat with earnest attention. We found that very same thing to be true when we ran into him at the San Jose airport. A desire to simply say thanks for all the incredible memories turned into prolonged and…
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