San Francisco Housing Market: Finding a Niche

San-Francisco-affordable-housingHousing is not cheap in San Francisco. In fact, according to a study recorded by Business Insider earlier this year, you get the least amount of square feet for your dollar in San Francisco as compared to all other major states. And this is significant. For a million dollars for example, in San Francisco, you’ll get 1502. The next number is Boston which comes in at 2092 and then the figures rise more steadily with Washington being 2198, New York at 2358, Los Angeles at 2375, etc. Move to Detroit however and you’ll be able to get a large place for a million, measuring at 8,3333 square feet

So what are San Franciscans meant to do exactly? One option is to downsize.   And in a recent article in Curbed San Francisco, there is a list of the ten smallest homes in the region. The smallest one on offer is being sold by Cubix. Measuring at 282 square foot, the asking price is $395k. Featuring an environmentally-friendly elevator with secure entry and located right next to a Whole Foods Market by the Yerba Buena Arts District, this studio home could be a great option for a single person. With its Murphy beds and clever design, it doesn’t even look that small.

Old timers have been having a rough trot in the bay area. Diego Deleo is just one example. Having lived at his North Beach apartment for 27 years, he’s now being evicted thanks to the Ellis Act. A senior who is among a small group of what’s left of rent-controlled homes, these properties are now being used to bring in buyers with more cash. It’s unfortunate, especially because this law was only enacted to be put in a place as a last resort, but increasingly, property owners are using it to their advantage.

Perhaps small is the way to go for Deleo and others like him, should they want to remain in the area.

Bringing Art to All

Many art-lovers want others to appreciate what they see in this industry as much as they do. Two such individuals who have managed to do this over the last few years are Barrett Wissman, of Los Angeles, California, and Colin Bailey of San Francisco. With his business acumen, Barrett Wissman has been “leading a paradigm…

Return of PortFest

Yesterday the Port of Redwood City was privy to the fun-loving activities of PortFest. This year was that it coincided with a cargo-loading operation (which isn’t so common since there are only around 60 commercial vessels each year arriving in the port). Even though these days this is now an automated process, it’s still cool…

Barrett Wissman’s Festival del Sole Hosting 24 Hour Plays

Napa Valley is the sight of Barrett Wissman’s brainchild, Festival del Sole. Based on a similar festival which takes place every year in Italy, the Tuscan Sun Festival, the Festival del Sole combines the visual and culinary arts, wine-making, literature, and of course, music. It all began during the 1990s when IMG Artists Chairman Barrett…

Buying a Home in Florida

Today, Florida is becoming increasingly popular for those looking to purchase a second home. Indeed, according to a report by the Association of Property Professionals (AIPP), it is America’s “number one destination with second homebuyers.” Perhaps this shouldn’t be surprising with all that the state has to offer.   Florida is well known for Disney World,…

Upcoming San Francisco Theater

Looking for some cultural entertainment in the Bay area?  Check out the different options currently running at the San Francisco theaters. San Jose for the Performing Arts is showing the Broadway classic ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.’  Narrated by Diana DeGarmo and starring her husband Ace Young in the leading role.  Tickets available here….

San Francisco Calendar: Sketch Tuesdays

Come hang out and enjoy some art in the bay at Sketch Tuesdays. Located at 111 Minna Gallery, this event – that occurs each month – attracts around 20 artists from the area. They hang out, make their stuff and sell it to passersby at the event and often for pretty cheap! For anyone who…

Outdoor San Francisco Activities

Since there was a much welcome break from the rain the Bay area earlier this month, San Franciscans no doubt wanted to make the most of it and get outdoors.  Thankfully there are some great San Francisco activities outdoors that looked really fun last week. The entire month of March is witness to plenty of…

The International Voice of Street Children

There are a variety of ways in which people and organizations respond to the needs and challenges of street kids around the world.  Some are positive, others less so, and still others are actually quite negative.  In this article we examine three countries and the attitudes they have taken recently to the plight of street…

Charles Brandes’ San Diego-Based Firm Invests in the Middle East

Brandes Investment Partners, a San Diego-based investment firm founded by Charles Brandes, has investments in the Middle East. Though many investors are put off by the political situations in the region, experts believe the potential is undeniable. According to the Financial Post: “Stocks in the Middle East have done incredibly well this year, particularly those…

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Free San Francisco Activities

beerIt can be challenging to keep everyone amused over the summer vacations.  And then, even when the kids do eventually go back to school they always seem to be looking for things to do.  The trick is, to find San Francisco activities that don’t break the bank; preferably ones that don’t cost anything.

Herewith is a roundup of some fun free San Francisco activities for the whole family.  First, on Friday nights there are a whole array of art events at the De Young.  Get some free beer at the Anchor Brewers & Distillers as they celebrate their sailing traditions.  This is because Anchor Steam® Beer was named the official beer and Junípero® Gin the official gin of Oracle Team USA, the city’s hometown team and 34th America’s Cup Defender.   Don’t forget to book ahead of time.

For parents who need to destress after the long summer vacation juggling work and kids, there are many free yoga classes being offered in the region.  Every Saturday morning San Francisco Recreation and Parks offer a free class at the Golden Gate Park.  And then there are the ‘laughter yoga’ classes offered by the UCSF.

For those looking for a bit more of a workout, there are the Filbert Steps – see if you can climb every San Francisco staircase. Or go skating in Golden Gate Park on Sunday mornings at the 6th Avenue skate park.

There are many free San Francisco activities – it’s just a case of figuring out which one (or ones) are most suited to your desires.

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Today, Florida is becoming increasingly popular for those looking to purchase a second home. Indeed, according to a report by the Association of Property Professionals (AIPP), it is America’s “number one destination with second homebuyers.” Perhaps this shouldn’t be surprising with all that the state has to offer.   Florida is well known for Disney World,…

The International Voice of Street Children

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Charles Brandes’ San Diego-Based Firm Invests in the Middle East

Brandes Investment Partners, a San Diego-based investment firm founded by Charles Brandes, has investments in the Middle East. Though many investors are put off by the political situations in the region, experts believe the potential is undeniable. According to the Financial Post: “Stocks in the Middle East have done incredibly well this year, particularly those…

New Technology in San Francisco Restaurants

Thanks to new technology, guests at some San Francisco restaurants will be able to reserve a table and pay their bill without having to talk to anyone.  Using either smartphones or computers, the online service called OpenTable is currently testing out reservations and payment by mobile devices in 20 San Francisco restaurants. This technology will…

San Francisco Theater

For those who have old TVs that are just taking up too much room and not being used, a San Francisco Theater is looking for these to be donated.  Anyone in the region who has an old TV set (that is still functional) should think about taking it to the Eureka Theatre.  This San Francisco…

Select Your Hotel with TripAdvisor

Whether your relatives are here visiting in San Francisco or you’re looking for a great hotel in another city, TripAdvisor is a great place to look. Taking a look at their list helps the busy traveler to know how to find a comfortable and high standing hotel.   San Francisco: For a real class act,…

Promote Your Business in the Bay

    For those living in the Bay who have always intended to get a business card but for whatever reason have never quite gotten around to it, InstaCards could be the solution. The company behind these mega-easy-to-make digital business cards – CardFlick – may be on to something with this new piece of technology. …

San Francisco Clean Taxi Program Exceeds Expectations

San Franciscan officials have announced that the city’s taxis have surpassed the 2008 greenhouse gas emissions goal of a 20% reduction by 2012 amid numerous efforts to clean up the city's streets. In 1990, the average San Francisco taxi emitted 59 tons of GHG every year. Today, the average city taxi emits 30 tons; a…

San Francisco 49ers’ Jim Harbaugh Named NFL Coach of the Year

This NFL season saw quite a few turnarounds from previous years, but one of the most outstanding was definitely the San Francisco 49ers and their drive to the brink of the Super Bowl. So, it comes as no real surprise that 9er’s coach Jim Harbaugh was honored as NFL Coach of the Year in Indianapolis…

New ‘Clean Car’ Measures May Be Added in California

California’s “Advanced Clean Car” program proposes new laws that would force all car and truck makers to build vehicles that emit only a quarter of the current pollutant level by 2025. The legislation would also require that one of every seven cars sold in the state be a plug-in hybrid, electric or zero emission automobile….