SAN FRANCISCO, REAL ESTATE, AND MORE

We love this video. Some drone footage, some terrific skateboard tricks, and some familiar San Francisco locations shot under some beautiful blue skies. We couldn’t ask for much more.

It’s sponsored by Gillette, so you’re going to see some advertising and some product placements. Still, it’s a great video. To see the entire thing, click here.

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This Sunday the 51st Annual Festival of the Chariots takes place in Golden Gate Park. It’s an annual event celebrating the Ratha Yatra festival which has been performed for thousands of years in Puri, India. Now, major cities throughout the world celebrate this festival.

The day begins with an interactive parade, as people pull three large chariots by ropes through Golden Gate Park. The parade begins at 11 A.M. at JFK  and Transverse Drive, and ends at Sharon Meadow around 1 P.M. for the Festival of India. Everyone is invited for a free vegetarian meal, live music, ancient Indian dances, exhibits, books, and more. As many as 3,000 people attend annually.

The event is free. For more information click here.

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It’s summer. It’s BBQ time. But if you live in San Francisco, there’s a good chance you don’t own a barbecue, and even if you do own one, there’s a good chance you don’t want to go through the hassle of having to clean it.

We have a no muss, no fuss solution. Dine out! 7×7.com published a list of eleven drool-worthy joints that are sure to satisfy your BBQ cravings. For example, here are three that caught our eye:

  • Baby Blues BBQ 3149 Mission St (Bernal Heights)
  • Southpaw BBQ 2170 Mission St (Mission)
  • Memphis Minnie’s 576 Haight St. (Lower Haight)

To see the entire list — with descriptions, photos, and links — click here.

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The Transbay Transit Center construction project is nearing completion.  The first phase is scheduled to be done December 22 of this year, with bus service in place in early 2018. In the meantime, sf.curbed.com recently published a sneak peek showing the transit center as it currently looks — lots of good photos and information with descriptions, details, and links.

The expectations for the transit center are enormous. According to the feature, here’s what you’ll see once it’s open to the public:

“The original Transbay Terminal was a Depression-era artifact—and quite a depression piece it was by the end of its life, rundown and seeing only a fraction of its former volume of commuters.”

“The new project wants to be all things to all

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This weekend the 2017 San Francisco Marathon takes place on Sunday, with the expo happening on Friday, noon to 7 P.M., and Saturday 9A.M. to 5 P.M. at Fort Mason. Also on Saturday and Sunday, the 79th Annual Ginza Bazaar and 86th Annual Bon Odori take place, presented by the Buddhist Church of San Francisco, 1881 Pine Street at Octavia Street.

On the “Homes for Sale in San Francisco” front, here’s our report for this week, 7/16/17 – 7/22/17

Hill & Co. just released its 2nd Quarter 2017 San Francisco Real Estate Report. If you haven’t already seen it, you might want to take a look.

Stories and features include:

• A Lead Story Reporting that San Francisco Home Values Reached All-Time Highs in the Second Quarter
• A Status Update on the

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Want to see the high-rise building you’ll be looking up to in coming years? Check out sf.curbed.com’s feature on 16 high-rises currently under construction. The piece includes a description of each building, an illustration of how it will look when completed, and map showing you exactly where each building will be located.

To be included in the feature, a building must be eight or more stories when completed. Towers must have broken ground already or be on the verge of doing so within the next few months.

See the entire page by clicking here.

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According to sf.funcheap.com, the San Francisco Marathon is a loop course, taking runners on a journey around the city, hitting gorgeous locales and iconic landmarks all along the way. The race starts at the Embarcadero and Mission Street, traversing San Francisco.

There’s a full marathon, a half marathon, and 5K race. The Marathon starts at 5:30 A.M. on Sunday, and the San Francisco Marathon Expo takes place on Friday (noon-7 P.M.) and Saturday (9 A.M.-5 P.M.) at Fort Mason Center.

For complete details, click here.

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Seems like this space has been in remodel mode forever! The location was once home to Tacolicious  — which moved to 2250 Chestnut Street — and crews have finally finished their work. Asian Box opened last week, and we think it’s a welcome addition to the neighborhood.

According to sf.eater.com, Asian Box first opened in Palo Alto in 2012, and can now be found in Burlingame, Mountain View, San Jose, Los Angeles, and Irvine Campus Plaza.

Daily specials are offered alongside the option to create a custom box with noodle, rice, or salad bases, plus protein, sauce, and additions like “Asian Street dust,” which is trademarked. Cocktails are also served at this location, a first for the mini-chain.

2031 Chestnut Street
asianbox.com, 415.288.3688

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Another week, another fabulous art exhibition. This time it’s taking place at the Legion of Honor, now through September 24. Degas, Impressionism, and the Paris Millinery Trade features approximately 40 Impressionist paintings and pastels, including key works by Degas—many never before exhibited in the United States—as well as those by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Édouard Manet, Mary Cassatt, and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, along with 40 exquisite examples of period hats.

“Best known for his depictions of Parisian dancers and laundresses, Edgar Degas (French, 1834-1917) was enthralled with another aspect of life in the French capital—high-fashion hats and the women who created them. The artist, invariably well-dressed and behatted himself, ‘dared to

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AIDS Walk San Francisco takes place on Sunday. It’s a 10K fundraising walk starting and ending in Golden Gate Park. Thousands will participate in this year’s event. The Renegade Craft Fair happens on both Saturday and Sunday at Fort Mason, and there’s a Bastille Day celebration at Justin Herman Plaza from 11 A.M. to 8 P.M. on Saturday.

On the “Homes for Sale in San Francisco” front, here’s our report for this week, 7/9/17 – 7/15/17

SF Property Assessments Hit $231.2 billion After 10.8% Rise

Thanks to new construction, rising real estate prices and higher inflation, the assessed value of Bay Area real and personal property rose to about $1.6 trillion for 2017-18, up by $110 billion, or 7.4 percent, from the year before. What’s more,

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