October 2017

There are 22 blog entries for October 2017.

Bloomberg put it nicely last week in a headline that read, “Why Foodies Should Flock to San Francisco Instead of New York.” The reason? There are now seven Michelin three-star restaurants in the San Francisco Bay Area. We lead the nation in that category, and we learned yesterday that New York now only has five.

When making the announcement about the seven Northern California restaurants, Michael Ellis, international director of the Michelin Guide, said, “New York has a lot of talent. But there’s a particular, creative energy and almost unlimited ambition coming out of California. There are huge Asian and Mexican influences, access to incredible products both locally and from Japan, and a young, thriving audience. It’s a perfect cocktail of

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Another week, another survey. This time San Francisco was named the “Coolest” city in the country by Forbes. In fact, Forbes said, “San Francisco may be an almost perfect embodiment of coolness today.”

How did they determine this? According to SFGate, they used the following criteria:

  • Quality and quantity of recreational options, including sporting events, parks and zoos.
  • Share of non-chain restaurants in each city.
  • Percentage of commuters who use “eco-friendly” means of transportation such as bikes, mass transit or hybrid/electric cars.
  • Number of coffee shops, coffee roasters and breweries (the logic is that most people want to start their day with good coffee and end it with good beer).
  • Number of bars and clubs.
  • Net migration
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It’s Halloween weekend! Need we say more? For a complete list of activities — from neighborhood costume parties for kids to dance parties for adults — click here.

On the “Homes for Sale in San Francisco” front, here’s our report for this week, 10/22/17 – 10/28/17

3rd Quarter San Francisco Real Estate Report Just Released

Hill & Co. just released its 3rd Quarter 2017 San Francisco Real Estate Report. If you haven’t already seen it, you might want to take a look.

The median sales price for San Francisco single family homes in the third quarter was $1,370,800, and the median sales price for San Francisco condos and lofts in the third quarter was $1,161,600. The local real estate market remains incredibly hot, and all indications are it

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It seems like we often hear that people want to leave San Francisco because it’s too expensive. A recent survey by the rental website Zumper seems to suggest that sentiment might not be as widespread as reported. The site surveyed 14,284 renters in 36 U.S. cities according to sf.curbed.com. Turns out the roughly 600 San Francisco respondents were among the most satisfied with their community in the country.

Asked to rank their satisfaction with the City on a scale of one to five, 49 percent of San Francisco survey takers gave the City a five. An additional 31 percent marked SF a four out of five score.

Sixty-three percent of San Franciscans say they moved to the City for work — that’s the highest response in that category among all metros.

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We do Halloween well in San Francisco with special treats for kids and adults alike. This weekend Halloween is breaking out all over town, and so we thought we would simply refer you to the Halloween Party Guide published by Funcheap SF.

It’s a remarkably well organized online guide that provides you with comprehensive listings, categories of activities, and links for more information. Some of the events occur outside the City, but the bulk of what you’ll see is taking place in San Francisco. From neighborhood costume parties for kids to dance parties for adults, it’s all here.

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The prestigious Michelin guide has announced that it will release its star rankings for 2018 tomorrow. Originally scheduled for October 12, the  fires in Napa and Sonoma caused the organization to postpone its announcement for the first time since it began publishing in the U.S. in 2005.

We will fill you in on their selections next Tuesday. In the meantime, we thought we’d introduce you to a place that Chronicle restaurant critic Michael Bauer described last week as one of his favorite French restaurants in the Bay Area. Café Claude.

Located on Claude Alley off Bush Street, you might walk past it and never know it. But stop, and look for it. Bauer says the food is fabulous, and the prices seem fairly reasonable. It has an outdoor covered

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Dwight Clark, the handsome 6-foot-4 receiver who caught 506 passes — 48 of them for touchdowns — during his nine year playing career with the 49ers, has Lou Gehrig’s disease. He is one of the most beloved 49ers of all time, part of the 1981 team that brought home the organization’s first NFL championship, and began an amazing run that resulted in four Super Bowl wins in the 80s.

His story is remarkable, especially when you consider that few expected him to make the team. In fact, he and a skinny guy named Joe Montana tried to hide from the coaches during their first training camp together, because they were always afraid they were about to be cut from the team at any moment.

Prior to yesterday’s game against the Dallas Cowboys, Chronicle

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The 27th Annual Potrero Hill Festival takes place on Saturday, October 21, 2017, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm on 20th Street between Wisconsin and Missouri Streets. You can enjoy local food vendors and artists, musicians, historians, homegrown entertainment, and much more. The final night of “Summer of Love” Light Art in the Park is Saturday night at the Conservatory of Flowers. Finally, on Saturday and Sunday, the San Francisco Trolley Dances literally take to the streets. For the price of a Muni ticket, you’ll get a “hop-on, hop-off” Muni tour to experience an extraordinary lineup of Bay Area dancers performing 8 to 15 minute pieces in response to the physical environment, architecture, and history of each of the tour’s five stops.

On the “Homes for

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We really are lucky to live in San Francisco! Right now the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is presenting a phenomenal exhibition – showcasing the work of seminal photographer Walker Evans. The exhibition is organized by the Centre Pompidou, Paris, in collaboration with SFMOMA, and this will be its only presentation in the U.S.!

Here’s how the museum describes Walker Evans and his work:

“Over five decades, Evans’s powerful images responded to and reflected the spirit, suffering, and fortitude of a nation. His iconic images of the Great Depression and his postwar photo essays depicting shop window displays, urban architecture, and junked automobiles defined a new documentary style that continues to influence generations of artists.”

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Now in its 14th year, San Francisco Trolley Dances has become one of the most eagerly-awaited events of the Bay Area’s fall dance season.

On both Saturday and Sunday, for the price of a Muni ticket, you’ll get a “hop-on, hop-off” Muni tour to experience an extraordinary lineup of Bay Area dancers performing 8 to 15 minute pieces in response to the physical environment, architecture, and history of each of the tour’s five stops.

Starting Point: California Institute of Integral Studies
 (1453 Mission Street).
Tours leave at 11AM, 11:45AM, 12:30PM, 1:15PM, 2PM, & 2:45PM on both days.
Each tour runs about two hours.

For details and more information, visit  sf.funcheap.com.

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