SAN FRANCISCO, REAL ESTATE, AND MORE

It’s a three-day weekend so lots going on! Here are just some of the things you can do: The 39th Annual Carnaval San Francisco takes place Saturday and Sunday in the Mission. A free concert by jazz “Jedi master” tenor saxophonist Richard Howell & Sudden Changes happens on Saturday from 1 to 2:30 PM at Yerba Buena Gardens. It’s Memorial Day of course, and there is a Memorial Day Commemoration  on Monday from 10:30 AM to 3 PM at the Presidio’s Officer’s Club. Activities around this event include a grand march with veterans, a formal ceremony, a ranger-led cemetery walk, and a community picnic on the Main Parade Ground.

On the “Homes for Sale in San Francisco” front, here’s our report for this week, 5/21/17 – 5/27/17

A recent realtor.com report

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The Salesforce Tower reaches 61 stories high making it the second tallest building in California, and by far the tallest building in San Francisco. The tower should be fully enclosed by the end of July, and Salesforce employees should begin reporting to work there in October. 1 million of the 1.4 million square feet of office space has already been leased.

Even so, the question remains: Is it a good thing for the skyline, or a bad thing? Chronicle  Architecture Critic John King recently wrote a column on the topic. He doesn’t seem to offer an opinion one way or the other – saying that San Franciscans once vehemently opposed the Transamerica Pyramid, now an SF icon. He does, however, explain why the Salesforce Tower is so provocative.

He offers

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It’s the three-day Memorial Day weekend, and on Saturday and Sunday, the 39th Annual San Francisco Carnaval Festival takes place in the Mission District. Organizers say this is the largest multi-cultural celebration on the West Coast, and over 400,000 are expected to attend the family-friendly event.

The 2017 Grand Parade will be held on Sunday, beginning at 9:30 AM. It’s your chance to watch a brilliant procession of contingents, most of which will feature beautifully adorned floats depicting rich multicultural themes, along with performers who engage and entertain the crowds.

The 2–day festival will take place both Saturday and Sunday on Harrison Street between 16th and 24th Streets. The festival runs from 10 AM to 6 PM both days. Enjoy

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Poke places are opening all over town. Poke is a raw fish salad, and it’s become extremely popular in San Francisco over the last year or two. Hoodline just noted the opening of a new place, called Poke Life, that just opened across from UCSF’s Mission Bay Campus.

Poke Life features small ($10.95) or large ($12.95) “signature” poke bowl options, like the “Hawaii Five-O” (tuna, edamame, cucumber, roasted sesame seeds) and “The Cocktail” (sous vide prawn, wasabi sauce, cucumber, avocado, pickled ginger, carrot, dried shallots). There’s also a make-your-own-bowl option, which lets you choose from a variety of rice or veggie bases, fish options, sauce, and custom toppings.

Poke Life is open from 11am to 3pm, Monday through Friday. It’s one of

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On Sunday, ESPN’s headline said it all: “Cavaliers blow 21-point lead in Game 3 as LeBron James disappears.” Music to the ears of Warriors fans everywhere. The Cavaliers are playing the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals, and this was their first loss in the playoffs. Meanwhile, the Warriors beat the San Antonio Spurs 120-108 in Game 3 of their series on Saturday night. Golden State has eleven wins and no losses during these playoffs, and will try to close out the Spurs tonight in San Antonio.

The Warriors became just the third team in NBA history to open the playoffs 11-0, matching the Lakers of 1989 and 2001. While the 2001 team won the title, it’s important to note the 1989 team lost in the NBA Finals.

Clearly, there are no sure

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So much going on this weekend! Let’s start with the biggie, the Bay to Breakers on Sunday. Or would it be watching the Warriors game on Saturday starting at 6PM in a local tavern or bar? Or maybe the 2017 Dogpatch Block Party and Walk About on Saturday?

A Hill & Co. colleague asked us to share this with you as well:

“Join the SF Shared Schoolyard Project at Sutro Elementary School on 235 12th Avenue, Saturday, May 20th from 11 am – 1 pm for a kick-off event, marking the schoolyard’s grand opening on weekends. This event will feature a ribbon cutting ceremony, free tacos, and activities for the whole neighborhood. Activities will include tennis, recreational activities for kids of all ages, and a raffle prize giveaway! RSVP today:

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Tiny Bubbles is a group exhibition curated by independent curator and former gallerist Steven Wolf. The show features nine artists known for producing dark and often funny narratives set in imaginary worlds filled with characters that mirror their own searches for meaning.

Presented by the San Francisco Arts Commission, the exhibition marks a welcome return for a curator known for producing playful and adventurous shows in his former Mission-district space Steven Wolf Fine Arts. And Tiny Bubbles is true to form. Inspired by painter Roy De Forest’s use of “snow globe narratives,” Wolf chose works from a surprising variety of artists that construct small worlds of their own.

San Francisco Arts Commission Galleries’ spring season
Where: War

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There are tons of things going on this weekend, but on Sunday the annual Bay to Breakers race takes place, and since there are tens of thousands of people participating in the 7.6 mile footrace, that has our attention.

With a starting point near the San Francisco Bay, a few blocks from The Embarcadero, the 12K race runs west through the City and finishes at the Great Highway where breakers crash onto Ocean Beach. A quintessential San Francisco experience since 1912, the race celebrates the City in a wonderful (and yes, often wacky) way. It’s fun for runners and spectators alike.

It’s not too late to sign up, but you might want to do that today. To register, click here. Then run like crazy on Sunday. Endorphins await!

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After reading Bill Addison’s review of Mister Jiu’s on Eater, we’re not eating anywhere else until we’ve eaten there. Even the post’s headline is enticing – it reads, “Mister Jiu’s Is a Love Letter to America’s Oldest Chinatown: Traditional Cantonese meets California Lushness in San Francisco.”

He opens by simply describing how the restaurant came to be, and that in itself is intriguing:

“When Mister Jiu’s opened in San Francisco’s Chinatown in April 2016, it became only the third restaurant to occupy its building since it was constructed in the 1880s. Chef and owner Brandon Jew is a native of the city. He remembers peeling red-dyed boiled eggs and slurping down longevity noodles during banquets at the former tenant, Four Seas, a

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The Warriors beat the San Antonio Spurs yesterday in the first game of the Western Conference finals, but just barely. The team trailed by as many as 25 points and faced a 20-point deficit at the half. According to ESPN Stats & Information research, it’s the largest comeback win in a conference finals game since 2002, when the Boston Celtics came back from 26 down to beat the New Jersey Nets in Game 3. And it’s tied for the third-largest halftime comeback in NBA postseason history.

At one point the Warriors were so far behind they had a win probability of only 3 percent. Then Spurs star Kawhi Leonard got hurt and had to leave the game, and everything changed. Stephen Curry with a game-high 40 points, and Kevin Durant with 34 points, led the charge

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