December 2017

There are 21 blog entries for December 2017.


This is the weekend many look forward to all year long. Sunday is New Year’s Eve! At midnight, San Francisco will host its an annual fireworks display on the bay, just off the Embarcadero, and 200,000 people will be there to take it all in. There are nearly 100 other NYE celebrations going on in the City that day, and has published a comprehensive guide to it all on its website. To see the list of events, along with links for more detail, click here.

On the “Homes for Sale in San Francisco” front, here’s our report for this week, 12/24/17 – 12/30/17

Helping Your Children Cope When the Family Needs to Relocate

Hill & Co. Sales Manager Jill Gumina was recently asked by

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San Francisco Chronicle Urban Design Critic John King recently published a dissertation on the the Salesforce Tower that now dominates the City’s skyline. It’s a big story about a big building.

The piece is a deep dive that goes beyond the beams and glass of the building. The writer describes how the tower is really an embodiment of the changes that are taking place in San Francisco today.

“It is the nature of some buildings, if nature is the word, to loom even larger as symbols than they do in real life.”

“This was true of the Ferry Building, which opened in 1898 and immediately became San Francisco’s portal to the world. It was true of the Giants’ AT&T Park, which established a southern anchor for the Embarcadero and turned neighboring

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Sunday is the big night, New Year’s Eve! lists around 100 activities that are taking place that day and night.

The big event of course is the San Francisco New Year’s Eve Fireworks show. The fireworks launch at 11:59PM from barges located 1,000 feet out in the bay, just south of the Ferry Building near Pier 14 (Mission Street and The Embarcadero). The best viewing spots will be south of Sinbad’s Restaurant along the Embarcadero between Mission and Folsom Street.

The fireworks are usually synced to music, played out through speakers that are set up along the promenade stretching from Pier 14 down almost to the Bay Bridge. So although there’s no radio simulcast and no live entertainment, if you’re close to Pier 14, you should be

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Hope you had a great holiday!

Just a few days ago long awaited True Laurel opened, and it is really something to behold! Chef-owner David Barzelay and head bartender Nicolas Torres, from Lazy Bear, have put together an elevated menu of a la carte small plates and drinks, a complete flip on the tasting menu-only format of Lazy Bear, offering an affordable and accessible way to experience their cuisine and eccentric mix of cocktails.

The drinks and food look amazing. To see what we’re talking about, check out this slideshow from 7× by clicking here.

If you love the Lazy Bear experience, but find the the price tag hard to swallow (at least $200 per person, before drinks), then True Laurel is for you. The 36-seat bar and dining room will

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This weekend many of us will be doing last minute shopping, or preparing elaborate holiday meals. But if you have the chance to get out, here are some things you might want to do on Saturday. Take in Russian Holiday Bells — a very special performance featuring San Francisco Symphony guest percussionist Victor Avdienko at the Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin Street from Noon – 2:00 PM. Or enjoy Strolling Carolers on 24th Street in Noe Valley from 4:00 – 5:00 PM. And if you’re looking to do something around the City on Monday, Christmas Day, click here.

On the “Homes for Sale in San Francisco” front, here’s our report for this week, 12/17/17 – 12/13/17

2016 SF Commerce and Industry

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This is the perfect time of year to enjoy San Francisco. As the song says, the fog has gone away and won’t return again until May. Maybe best of all, after weeks of hustle and bustle, Christmas Day in the City is actually kind of quiet by comparison. You can have it practically all to yourself.

Here are six things to do or places to visit in the City on Christmas Day, according to

  • Ice Skate in Downtown San Francisco
  • San Francisco Zoo & Gardens
  • San Francisco Botanical Gardens Society at Strybing Arboretum
  • Contemporary Jewish Museum
  • Kung Pao Kosher Comedy
  • Brunch at the Palace Hotel

If you want to know what  San Francisco restaurants are open on Christmas Day, click here.

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The sights and sounds of the holidays have been all around us for weeks, but this weekend may be the last time much of it will be on full display. If you want to enjoy just a bit more of the sounds of the season, these two free events might be just what you’re looking for.

Russian Holiday Bells: a very special performance featuring San Francisco Symphony guest percussionist Victor Avdienko.
Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin Street, Saturday, Noon – 2:00 PM

Strolling Carolers: featuring the SF City Chorus
24th Street in Noe Valley, Saturday, 4:00 – 5:00 PM

We know it’s hectic out there, but whatever you do, we hope you have a chance to slow down and make the most of these final few days of this magical season.

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Chronicle restaurant critic Michael Bauer recently wrote a glowing review about “Son’s Addition,” a new place located in the Mission at  2990 24th Street. It’s a husband and wife affair, and it scores big points with Bauer. The critic explains his enthusiasm:

“Son’s Addition feels like a throwback to another era. That isn’t a knock.”

“No, I’m referring to a time when chefs were able to open small restaurants without outside investors and with food good enough to make national news.”

“Chef Nick Cobarruvias and his wife, Anna Sager Cobarruvias, have created on 24th Street in the Mission a restaurant that feels akin to small-scale places with big impact such as Delfina when it opened nearly 20 years ago, Frances when it opened nine years ago,

1,238 Views, 0 Comments. just published a wonderful feature that will stir memories for anyone who grew up in San Francisco or the Bay Area in the 80s. Really fun to look at, with photos that will take you right back!

Here are just a few of the 47 things they include:

  • Humphrey the Humpback Whale getting lost in San Francisco Bay
  • Celebrating a birthday at the Hippo on Van Ness
  • Christmas at FAO Schwarz in downtown San Francisco
  • Auto dealer Cal Worthington television commercials
  • Bob Wilkins on ‘Creature Features’
  • Shopping at the Esprit Outlet in San Francisco
  • Driving along the Embarcadero Freeway
  • The premier of another Star Wars movie (okay, some things never change)

To see the entire feature, click here.

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