I Love Weekends in October

(Painting Courtesy of Jennifer Wasson)

I have a love-hate relationship with October.

I am always disappointed to have fewer hours of daylight, and I really start to notice this and mourn the loss of light in late September and early October.

I DO love the fact that each October, Artspan and its artists open their studios to the public.  Artist studios are divided into groups (by neighborhood) and artists open their studios to the public on the appointed Saturday and Sunday.  This year, open studios run through the first weekend in November.

It's a great way to see terrific art, meet artists and interact with them.  Check out the Artspan website for details and to learn more about the artists and to check out the schedule.  I've met artists whose work I adore, and I love bumping in to friends who also share my passion for great art.  Jennifer Wasson, whose work is featured above, will be at Hunter's Point for the last weekend.  Hope to see you there.

Truly Quintessential!
Three Bedrooms Two Baths One Parking Remodeled Kitchen Lush Garden, with easy access Large Master Suite Sitting Room Three Decks Fantastic Location!

This truly quintessential San Francisco home carries a tranquil vibe from the unique front-of-house decks thru the house to the enchanting backyard. With captivating city views, this gorgeous and thoughtfully remodeled home has stunning hardwood floors and a well-designed layout including three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a one-car garage. The bright living room has a fireplace, and is an ideal setting for taking in the downtown skyline. The formal dining room is adjacent to the beautifully renovated kitchen with an island breakfast bar, a Thermador fridge, Viking stove and French doors that lead to the garden. The home’s master suite features amazing downtown views, abundant closet space, and an adjacent sitting room with a calming energy that has access to a deck that overlooks the serene garden.


The charming south-facing backyard is brimming with mature plants and fruit trees with a thriving grassy area. It has views of Bernal Hill and built-in seating located just steps off the kitchen, creating the ideal indoor/outdoor environment—perfect for entertaining with family or friends.


This home’s location is prime! It is walking distance to Glen Park Village, Bernal Heights and Noe Valley dining and shopping. Great transportation options including BART, J-Church, MUNI busses, and several corporate shuttle stops. Plus easy access to highway 280. 


This lovely home has downtown views, a tranquil south facing yard and is walkable to conveniences and transportation. A true San Francisco gem!

For Sale
It Doesn't Get Much Better Than This!
One bedroom/one bath Open floor plan living/dining room Private garden patio Kitchen with stainless appliances, granite counters, glass tile backsplash Large bedroom with ample closet space Custom designed storage in large entry hallway Well managed elevator building Low Monthly HOA fees $371.56 Leased parking in building $325/mo Close to MUNI and corporate shuttle busses Quick walk to Alta Plaza and Lafayette Parks Steps from Fillmore Street restaurants, cafes and boutiques

This beautiful, light-filled one bedroom, one bath condo is ideally located a half block from Pacific Heights’ vibrant Fillmore Street, with some of the city’s best restaurants, cafés and boutiques. It is a quick walk to Alta Plaza and Lafayette Parks, close to MUNI and corporate shuttle busses, and it’s easy to get downtown and to points North and South. The combination living and dining rooms with wood floors are adjacent to the kitchen and the private patio.  The kitchen has granite counters, stainless appliances, beautiful gray-stained cabinets and a glass tile backsplash. The bright, spacious bedroom has a large closet. Extra storage is available in the custom-designed unit in the spacious entry hallway. Leased parking in building. Low HOA dues $371.56 per month. Beautiful and close to it all. It doesn’t get much better than this!


May 27th marks the 75th Anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge.  There are dozens of celebrations planned by different Bay area groups.
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I was delighted to see a facebook post from my client this morning (while sitting on long and boring hold). There fantastic home was highlighted in yesterday's Chronicle.  I helped them buy this fantastic home in Glen Park a few years ago.  The house is terrific, and when I sold it the paint colors seemed a bit tamer (although purple at the time).  See below.  The difference?  The really fantastic addition of the red paint on the front door.

Wow, check out this amazing tour of San Francisco.  It is the brilliant work of Scott Weaver who spent countless hours building this amazing kinetic sculpture.
I love hearing the laughter and delight of the audience. I found this amazing video online.

Kudos to the artist, Scott Weaver, who has put over 30,000 hours of work into this sculpture over almost 35 years.  It's brilliant and fun!

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As a city dweller, I am always delight in driving over the Golden Gate Bridge and heading to Marin.  During foggy days in the summer (when it is foggy, gray and cold in San Francisco), I occasionally like to get to Marin for sunshine and warmth.  Lunch in Mill Valley with a friend?  Or one of my favorite places, Panama Hotel in San Rafael great atmosphere, good food, or to feed my Puerto Rican cravings at Sol Food Restaurant.  Or, perhaps a hike on the Tennessee Valley trail.
One of my...


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Since then, I have...

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