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The 2018 SF Art Book Fair runs today through Sunday, July 22nd at Minnesota Street Project (MSP). Admission is free. Also this weekend, 2018 Orchids in the Park takes place on Saturday and Sunday from 10 AM to 5 PM in the San Francisco County Fair Building. Thousands of beautiful orchids will be for sale and on display. Meet local growers, and purchase plants and supplies from vendors from all over the world.

On the “Homes for Sale in San Francisco” front, here’s our report for this week, 7/15/18 – 7/21/18

New Report: SF Housing Needs and Trends

Earlier this month City staff presented a memo to the Planning Commission — the first step toward devising some sort of effective solution to the housing crisis, according to SF.Curbed.com.

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SF.Curbed.com just updated and published a wonderful guide to San Francisco’s best public art installations. It includes an interactive map, making it easy to locate all of these pieces.

On this list you’ll find everything from statues made of trees and earth in the Presidio to a kinetic sculpture in the Tenderloin that moves with the wind and lights up at night.

Here are a number of our favorites:

  • Skygate 1574-1636 The Embarcadero
  • Nuotatori 661 Lombard Street
  • Earth Wall 50 Moraga Avenue
  • Fountain at Gateway Court 430 Davis Court
  • The Thinker 100 34th Avenue
  • Untitled (Three Dancing Figures) 747 Howard Street
  • Willie McCovey Statue 24 Willie Mays Plaza
  • Caruso’s Dream 55 9th Street
  • SQUARED Fell St & Octavia
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The Bay Area Art Book Fair runs Friday, July 20th through Sunday, July 22nd at Minnesota Street Project (MSP). Admission is free.

Now in its third year, the San Francisco Art Book Fair (SFABF) cultivates a diverse and inclusive roster showcasing talent from the Bay Area art publishing community and beyond, exhibiting hand-stapled zines alongside limited edition clothbound tomes.

Since its founding, the fair has grown exponentially, welcoming 10,000 visitors in 2017. This year marks not only an increase in the number of exhibitors, but also the highest international turnout, including representatives from Iran, United Arab Emirates, Japan, and France.

San Francisco Art Book Fair
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
Minnesota Street

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The San Francisco Chronicle just released its list of 2018 Bay Area Rising Star Chefs, and we thought we’d share their names with you. The Chronicle’s feature includes of course a lot more detail and explanation. The chefs on this list have fewer than five years’ experience running a kitchen.

When choosing this year’s group, the Chronicle team considered several factors. Culinary talent and delicious food were, of course, paramount, but they also wanted to celebrate those chefs who are changing their industry for the better. According to the piece, if you take a look at these chefs and their restaurants and venues, you’ll start to understand what Bay Area cuisine means in 2018 — and where it’s going.

Here they are:

  • Nichole Accettola
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Enjoy an overnight stay in the Presidio. The park is currently home to two hotels, the Inn at the Presidio, and the recently opened Lodge at the Presidio. You can also enjoy a national park camping experience at Rob Hill, the Presidio’s group campground.

You absolutely need to make reservations well in advance, and accommodations aren’t inexpensive. Even camping will cost you $125 per site per night. But the views and the experiences are priceless. Picture yourself, for example, sitting at an outdoor fire pit with a view of the Golden Gate Bridge in the near distance.

See the ABC 7  video report below to learn more about the amenities at the Lodge of the Presidio.

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SF.FunCheap.com has published a great online guide to San Francisco’s best Bastille Day celebrations taking place Saturday. Enjoy all things French — food, music, wine , beer, and more at a variety of venues. Meanwhile the SF Anime & Cosplay Festival is happening from 11 AM to 4 PM in Japantown Peace Plaza. And on Sunday you can watch the World Cup Final, France vs. Croatia, on a big outdoor screen with thousands of others at Civic Center Plaza. It promises to be a spirited and fun event!

On the “Homes for Sale in San Francisco” front, here’s our report for this week, 7/8/18 – 7/14/18

A California and Bay Area Real Estate Market Report

We will soon be releasing our 2018 Second Quarter Report, but in the meantime we thought we would share

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Saturday is Bastille Day, and Sunday the French take on Croatia in the World Cup. It’s good to be French this weekend! Of course, it’s also good to be in San Francisco, where you can celebrate right along with the best of them.

On Saturday, from 10 AM to 7 PM, take in all the sights and sounds at Bastille Day 2018, where you’ll find French food, live music, wine and beer, a vintage car show, a kids playground, and more. It takes place at Embarcadero Plaza and admission is free.

Later that evening you can celebrate Bastille Day in Belden Place, a European style alley known for its alfresco dining — often dubbed the French Quarter of San Francisco.

Then wake up the next morning, grab some croissants, and watch the World Cup live on a big

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Sure it’s early. But if you’re a fan, you’ll want to be there! Sunday, kicking off at 8 AM, the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department  will host a free public viewing party of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Final Match, presented on an enormous outdoor big screen.

In addition to the screening, there will be soccer activities for kids, a mobile rock climbing wall, and food trucks. Civic Center Commons Initiative will also be offering lawn games like giant Jenga and cornhole for guests to enjoy.

The world will be watching this game. And you can enjoy it all, right here in San Francisco.

By the way, if you want to catch today’s game between Croatia and England, that game is being shown outdoors by the City as well beginning at 11 AM. The

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At Creator, a new restaurant in SoMa, high-tech robots are now making $6 hamburgers.

It’s the culmination of years of research aided by some of the region’s best and brightest minds who have worked at the likes of Tesla, NASA, Walt Disney Imagineering and Chez Panisse. It’s not like these robots are driving cars, but still this is pretty impressive!

Do you think this might go over well in San Francisco? You bet it will. The place just opened and there’s already a wait-list to get in. We’re not talking hours. We’re talking weeks and months. As of now, you need to buy pre-paid tickets to visit Creator — but there are none available. According to its website, tickets are sold out for June and July, and there

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The City recently installed a large, multi-pronged signpost near the Powell Street Station in Union Square, featuring the names of all of San Francisco’s sister cities and pointing in the direction of each, along with the distance away in miles.

The art installation was the brainchild of Mayor Mark Farrell, whose office credits it as a celebration of “person-to-person diplomacy.”

According to the City, a Sister City relationship is a broad-based, officially approved, long-term partnership between two communities in two countries. Sister City relationships in the United States began under President Eisenhower as a means to foster peace and prosperity by creating bonds between people from different cities around the globe.

These

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