SAN FRANCISCO, REAL ESTATE, AND MORE

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On Saturday the new Presidio Visitor Center opens with a day of celebration, musical and dance performances, and ranger-let history walks. Sunday is the Academy Awards, and FuncheapSF provides a guide to San Francisco Oscar parties, places where you can watch the awards with others and enjoy food and drink specials. If you want to go to the best SF Oscar party though, you might consider attending the Academy of Friends annual gala, benefiting HIV/AIDS organizations.

On the “Homes for Sale in San Francisco” front, here’s our report for this week, 2/19/17 – 2/25/17

According to Mortgage News Daily, The National Association of Realtors® (NAR) just released results of its annual survey on remodeling. They spent some of the survey

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Squaw Valley just announced that the ski resort will stay open until July 4th this year. The resort has received over 47 feet of snow so far this season. That’s a ridiculous amount. More snow has piled up in Tahoe than the basin would typically receive in an entire year.

Kirkwood will keep lifts running through April 16, while Northstar and Heavenly will stay open through April 23.

Seeing figures for snow accumulation is one thing – but to really appreciate what’s going on up in the mountains, take a look at this sfgate.com photo gallery. Just unbelievable!

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Sunday night the Oscars take place, and if you want to enjoy the show with others and party in San Francisco we have two events for you to choose from. One is rather expensive  and for a very good cause, and the other is free.

The Academy of Friends 2017 Gala takes place from 5 to 11PM at Midway, 900 Marin Street. This annual event has been named the best Oscar Party in San Francisco. Food is provided by some of the Bay Area’s finest restaurants. Tickets range in price from $300 to $750, and proceeds benefit SF Bay Area HIV/AIDS organizations.

If you’d prefer something entirely different, Funcheap’s 2017 Oscars Party might be your best bet. Admission is free, but you must RSVP. There you can enjoy free popcorn, champagne and beer

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Time is flying. The month is almost over, and we’re just now telling you about 8 new restaurants to try in February, according to 7×7.com.

Better late than never we say. Here’s what they suggest you try, and even though it’s a short month in terms of days, there’s still time to check them all out before month’s end.

  • Contrada SF / stylish Italian restaurant and wine bar, Closed Tuesdays; 2136 Union St. (Cow Hollow), contradaSF.com
  • Coletta Gelato / ultra-smooth gelato in creative flavors, Closed Sundays; 685 Harrison St. (Soma), colettagelato.com
  • Fueling Station / all kinds of bake goods, Open daily; 2436 Polk St. (Russian Hill), facebook.com/fuelingstationsf
  • Hazel Southern Bar & Kitchen / Southern comfort food, 446 Market St. (Mid
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Festivals collide this weekend, as SF Beer Week comes to an end on Sunday, and Noise Pop – the indie music, arts and film festival – begins. Now in its 25th year, Noise Pop runs through February 27. There’s more, on Sunday Tulipmania wraps up at PIER 39, and on Saturday, the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition takes place at Fort Mason.

On the “Homes for Sale in San Francisco” front, here’s our report for this week, 2/12/17 – 2/18/17

The real estate website SocketSite just reported that the pipeline of apartments and condos under development in San Francisco slipped by a hundred at the end of 2016: from a record 63,700 in the third quarter to 63,600 at the end of the fourth quarter.

While that’s still 1,100 more units in the pipeline

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Last week, we told you that San Francisco was ranked #16 among the best places to live in the country, well ahead of New York City at #80 and Los Angeles at #88. This week, good news, according to a report posted by sf.curbed.com, SF is ranked the #1 best city in the nation in which to live without a car.

Other cities making the list include New York City, Boston, and Washington D.C., placing second, third, and fourth, respectively. Oakland came in tenth place. These are cities where you can forgo having a car and still be able to get around town in a variety of ways; whether by foot, bike, or public transit.

The study looked at U.S. cities with populations greater than 300,000, and reviewed their composite Walk Score, Transit Score, and Bike

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SF Beer Week – which actually runs longer than seven days – concludes this Sunday. There’s kind of a strange overlap this Saturday though, when the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Public Tasting takes place at Fort Mason. Tired of beer? Line up for wine.

The event always sells out, so you’ll need to purchase your tickets in advance if you can. The Public Tasting runs from 1:30 – 5:00 pm. That’s a short period of time to sample some of the country’s best wines, as this event is billed as the largest competition of American wines in the world.

A variety of hors d’oeuvres and other foods will be served throughout the day, including free samples and other items available for purchase.

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It’s Valentine’s Day, and if you think we’re going to be able to tell you where you can get a last minute reservation for a romantic dinner in town tonight, we’re sorry to disappoint you. Everything looks booked and you’re in big trouble.

If somehow your relationship can survive this cataclysmic lapse in planning on your part, then maybe you can make up for it this weekend, or in the coming weeks, with a romantic post Valentine’s Day dinner.

According to SFGate.com, these are some restaurants that are sure to score some big points with your significant other.

  • Gary Danko, 800 North Point Street
  • Forbes Island, 2 Beach Street #205 (near Pier 39)
  • Acquerello, 1722 Sacramento Street
  • Restaurant Jeanne D’Arc, 715 Bush Street
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Really, could it have gone any better? On Friday night, the Warriors beat the  Grizzlies in Memphis 122-107. The Grizzlies had already beaten the Warriors twice this season  – the only team with multiple regular season wins against the Warriors in the same season since 2014-15. So this game mattered. Naturally, Dramond Green stepped up with the first triple-double of its kind in NBA history – double figures for rebounds, assists, and steals. Usually, triple-doubles involve points, but Green let others score while he attacked the Grizzlies on the boards and defensively.

On Saturday night, Kevin Durant returned to Oklahoma City, where he played last year for the Thunder. He was roundly booed and taunted by fans, and a couple of his former

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