It’s a three-day weekend, and there’s lots to do. SF Sketchfest is underway and there are shows and activities scheduled throughout the City on Saturday and Sunday, day and night. Monday is Martin Luther King Day, and there are of course many events planned, including MLK March and Speeches (from Caltrain Depot, 4th & Townsend), and Bringing the Noise for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (Nourse Theater, 575 Hayes).

On the “Homes for Sale in San Francisco” front, here’s our report for this week, 1/8/17 – 1/14/17

Real estate writer Jann Swanson wrote in a recent column that on a national level 2016 was the best year in a decade for housing.

2016 saw the volume of home sales through November at its highest level since 2007. Construction, as

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SF Sketchfest is the annual San Francisco comedy festival, and it runs tonight through Sunday, January 29. This is a big deal; according to organizers there are over 700 performers in more than 230 shows at 17 venues.

It’s a yearly celebration of sketch, improv, stand-up, musical, and alternative comedy. Featuring national headliners, local favorites, and up-and-comers from throughout North America, Sketchfest presents a ton of shows, panel discussions, tributes, workshops, and more.

For schedule information and tickets, click here.

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Seems like the holidays just ended, but another holiday is already upon us. Monday is Martin Luther King Day – making this a three day weekend. You can leave town if you like, or stick around and enjoy the City as it dries out from recent storms.

If you are in town you may want take in any one of a number of events centered around Martin Luther King.

Saturday and Sunday, January 15 and 16

  • Black Comix Arts Festival Multiple locations

Sunday, January 16

  • National Parks MLK Day Free Admission Multiple parks
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day Breakfast Marriott Marquis, 780 Mission
  • Museum of the African Diaspora MLK Day Free Admission MoAD, 685 Mission
  • MLK March and Speeches From Caltrain Depot, 4th & Townsend
  • Bringing the
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Onsen opened in November and our guess is you’ve never seen anything quite like it in the United States. If you’ve traveled to Japan, it will seem more familiar. We’re talking about a chic Japanese bathhouse.

Located in the Tenderloin, Onsen is a 3,200-square-foot Japanese bathhouse with a soaking pool and treatment rooms, as well as a restaurant and tearoom with seasonal Japanese food, a sake and craft beer program, and tea service.

The restaurant features seasonally-driven, Japanese-inspired fare. On the menu you’ll find a daily-changing sashimi, maitake dumplings, udon noodles, matcha soft serve, various skewers, and other small plates.

Why not visit Onsen soon, and take the plunge.

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Wet enough for you? After a weekend of rain, and more rain ahead of us in the coming days, is it safe to say the drought is finally over? Not according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

They point out that in 2012, following an early winter deluge, it didn’t rain again that year after January. We’ve had five years of drought, and evidently it’s going to take a ton more rainy days to fill Central Coast reservoirs and restore groundwater levels across the state.

So, despite all the inconveniences and challenges that rainy days bring, our mantra should be, “Rain, rain, come today, and come again another day… and another day, and another day.”

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March '16 - It's Friday

Kind of a quiet weekend coming up in San Francisco.  Sunday has  a couple of things going on. There’s a First Sunday Free Admission Day at the Asian Art Museum – yes, it’s the second Sunday, but because the museum was closed on New Year’s Day, this Sunday has been designated January’s first Sunday by the museum. The Hot Chocolate 15K/5K in Golden Gate Park also takes place this Sunday – and if it’s as soggy out as forecasters predict, that post race hot chocolate will hit the spot.

On the “Homes for Sale in San Francisco” front, here’s our report for this week, 1/1/17 – 1/7/17

Real estate writer Jann Swanson wrote in a recent column that on a national level 2016 was the best year in a decade for housing.

2016 saw the volume of home sales

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According to the SF Examiner, now through January 14 San Francisco residents can recycle their Christmas trees by simply placing them out at the curb on their regular garbage collection day.

It couldn’t be easier, and the trees are sent to a biomass facility where they will “go from waste to energy,” according to Department of the Environment spokesperson Peter Gallotta.

Trees should be placed next to blue recycling bins – unflocked and clean of all ornaments, tinsel, plastic bags, lights and stands. Those standing more than 6 feet tall should be cut in half.

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San Francisco is winding down after a busy New Year’s Eve weekend. What’s more, it’s supposed to rain this upcoming Saturday and Sunday. So this might be a great time to visit the Asian Art Museum. Besides, admission is free this Sunday.

Admission is free the first Sunday of each month, but since the museum was closed last Sunday on New Year’s Day, free admission has been moved to this Sunday.

There’s a ton to see at the museum, including an exhibit called A Billion Buddhas.

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Hope you had a great New Year’s weekend!

Let’s take one last look back at 2016 through the eyes of the San Francisco Chronicle, and their Top 100 Restaurants list. Some of the restaurants have been on the list since its inception 21 years ago, and some were new to it in 2016. All, according to the paper, provide an extraordinary dining experience.

Visit the page, and you’ll see that the restaurants are initially presented alphabetically, but you can also sort by cuisine, or by various categories. Each profile includes a review, map, and a link to the restaurant’s  website.

From A16 and Acquerello to Zarzuela and Zuni Cafe, the City’s best spots are all featured. To see the entire list, click here.

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