Looks like we’re in for some sunny and warm weather over the next few days — the perfect conditions for the San Francisco Open AVP Beach Volleyball Tournament taking place now through Sunday, July 8 on Pier 30/32, the Embarcadro. Admission is free. If you’d rather stay indoors, and you’re a holder of a Bank of America or Meryl Lynch credit or debit card, you can take advantage of free admission to the de Young, Legion of Honor, and Contemporary Jewish Museum. It’s the first full weekend of July, and so it’s a Bank of America Free Museum Weekend. Click here for details.

On the “Homes for Sale in San Francisco” front, here’s our report for this week, 7/1/18 – 7/7/18

The Rise of the Older, Single Female Home Buyer

Since 1981, single women over

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Think Star Wars, The Little Mermaid, and a free performance at the Stern Grove Festival, and you’ll understand why we believe the San Francisco Symphony is particularly family-friendly this July.

The Symphony has scheduled a number of performances that are sure to appeal to a broader audience, and even hosts the world-famous Mariachi Sol de México®, led by the incomparable José Hernández, on July 12 at Davies Symphony Hall.

To see the entire schedule, please click here.

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If you’re like us, you want to dine out and watch fireworks in roughly the same location, as it will be tough to get around tomorrow night. It seems to us the best bet might be Fisherman’s Wharf and Pier 39, and so we’ve gone right to the source for their recommendations.

To visit the Fisherman’s Wharf website for restaurant and cruise suggestions,  along with a rundown on the activities and concerts scheduled to take place that day and night, please click here.

Happy 4th!

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People In Plazas produces free noontime musical concerts in San Francisco public spaces. The series kicks off this Thursday with Josh Klipp and the Klipptones performing at 333 Market Street, and Jose y sus Picantes playing at Transamerica Redwood Park.

The organization puts together 120 + free performances at lunchtime in public plazas Monday through Friday in July, August, and September. The program reaches an audience of more than 30,000 annually.

Their mission is to encourage visitors, residents, and workers to use our outdoor public spaces. They strive to make these spaces “everyone’s neighborhood.”

To download a PDF that presents the complete schedule of concerts, along with their locations, click here.
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The 34rd Annual Fillmore Jazz Festival takes place this Saturday and Sunday. It’s free, outdoors, and the largest of its kind on the West Coast — from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM both days. Also, on Saturday and Sunday, you can watch the World Cup on big screens while enjoying the brunch of your choice at SoMa StrEat Food Park. Finally, this Sunday is the first Sunday of the month, so admission to the Asian Art Museum is free. This is one of the largest Asian museums in the Western world, with a collection of over 18,000 artworks spanning 6,000 years of history. Free First Sunday Admission is for the main galleries — it usually costs $15 for this general admission.

On the “Homes for Sale in San Francisco” front, here’s our report for this week,

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Summer is here, and it’s time to get outside and do some hiking. published a guide to the most beautiful hikes in the Bay Area, including some valuable information on each trail. All are within easy reach of San Francisco, and one is in the City itself.

Here are their picks:

  • Land’s End Sea Cliff, San Francisco Hike distance: 4 miles
  • Angel Island San Francisco Bay Hike distance: 4.6 miles
  • Mt. Diablo Contra Costa County Hike distance: 6.1 miles
  • Mt. Tamalpais Marin County Hike distance: 1.2 miles
  • Dipsea Trail Mill Valley to Stinson Beach Hike distance: 9.5 miles
  • Alamere Falls Point Reyes National Seashore Hike distance: 7.5 miles
  • Windy Hill Open Space Preserve San Mateo County Hike distance: 1.3 miles
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Earlier this month we told you about the SF Jazz Festival. If you weren’t able to attend that event, not to worry. There’s another jazz festival taking place this weekend, and this one is the big one! It’s free, outdoors, and the largest of its kind on the West Coast. It’s the 34rd Annual Fillmore Jazz Festival, and each year the event draws over 100,000 visitors.

According to organizers, from sunup to sundown, visitors can “groove to the sounds” of live music from multiple stages, browse the offerings of over 12 blocks of fine art and crafts, and enjoy gourmet food and beverages. Asian to Cajun, paintings to pottery, old favorites and new directions, the Fillmore Jazz Festival is truly one of a kind!

To see who is performing, and when, click

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Birdsong opened in early May and it’s already caused quite a stir! And why not. The folks behind this new place spent time in some of the finest restaurants in the City, including Saison, Atelier Crenn, Benu, and Monsieur Benjamin.

According to Sarah Chorey with 7×,  Birdsong is all about heritage cooking. Chef Chris Bleidorn plays with many elements of nature throughout his multi-course affair. The menu blends together the flavors of the Pacific Northwest and his East Coast upbringing. The cooking techniques are intricate and exquisite, finessing fundamental techniques like open fire, fermentation, smoke, and dry-aging.

Each day a new menu is crafted based on the finest offerings from the restaurant’s network of small farms, ranches, and

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We love this City, and we can’t get enough of these photos. just published twenty pictures that show you what San Francisco looked like in 1856. The feature includes an interactive map so you can pinpoint the location for each image.

Among other photos, you’ll see pictures of Alcatraz, North Beach, downtown, Russian Hill, Rincon Point, and city hall when it was located off Portsmouth Square.

1856 was the year San Francisco County was formed, first distinguishing itself from San Mateo County. The population had swelled to 30,000 people. Just eight years earlier, before the discovery of gold, only about 1,000 people lived in San Francisco.

To see the photos and map, click here.

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