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A recent study by the Urban Land Institute, with the great title of "Bay Area Burden: Examining the costs and impacts of housing and transportation on Bay Area residents, their neighborhoods and their environments" (I'm wondering, can I use a URL shortener on this?) demonstrates that living close to jobs and errands reap benefits in terms of cost savings, which mostly relate to availability of public transportation in the city (and therefore reduced transportation costs), shorter commutes,...

Two ideas for revitalizing Market Street have been bouncing around for quite some time:  the first goes into effect today, the second is a ballot proposal.  Starting today, eastbound vehicles driving on Market Street towards the Embarcadero will be encouraged to turn right on 10th Street.  If they don't turn there, they will be required to exit Market on 8th Street.  The idea is to reduce congestion and make Market Street more pedestrian friendly and less congested.
The second is to...

(Photo released by Hasbro, Inc. Darryl Bush)

I often find myself irritated when I drive through Russian Hill and find myself caught in the web of traffic, tourist traffic, waiting for their 3 minute drive down Lombard Street.  I smile and think about how Vermont Street is actually the most crooked in SF.  I am sorry I was not near Lombard Street yesterday--it was tranformed into a kids' wonderland in honor of Candy Land's 60th anniversary. That looks amazing.  All news reports indicate...

The short block of Mason Street between Columbus and Lombard was closed a few weeks ago.  At first, I thought this was part of the city's plan to make urban parks (like the one in the Castro at 17th Street).  I realized that it is part of the renovation of the North Beach branch library. 

Public libraries throughout the city (16 in total) are being renovated or replaced to meet seismic safety requirements, modernize them for current technology standards, make them accessible to all...

San Francisco's Hula School, Na Lei Hulu | Ka Wekiu, is doing a series of performances throughout the city today (August 15th 2009) in an event known as Hit and Run Hula.  The school, dedicated to the preservation of Hawaiian culture through the teaching of Hula also offers instruction in language, history and crafts.  Very cool. 

Convenience, Comfort and Style
2 Master Bedrooms, with ensuite Baths 2 Car Independent Parking Large Living Room with Access to Private Deck Wood-Burning Fireplace Shared Garden HOA Dues: $435/month Built 1975, Sq Ft 1503 Per Tax Records (not verified by Sellers or Agents)
$999,000

This large, peaceful condo is in THE perfect locationon solid ground (not in liquefaction zone per JCP Natural Hazards Report), and near the shops, restaurants and services of Chestnut and Polk Streets and close to Fort Mason, Marina Green and Aquatic park.  It offers comfort in the over-sized spaces of the living area and two bedrooms PLUS a bedroom-sized den, convenience with its two car parking, amazing storage (several walk in closets plus many more!), and yes, THE best San Francisco location.  With its beautifully renovated kitchen and baths, crown moulding and designer colors, this lovely home is bathed in natural light and has a lovely view of the Golden Gate Bridge above the roof tops (as viewed from the Master Bedroom).  So if comfort, style and conveniences and great space matter to you, Welcome Home!

Sold
$980,000
Sophisticated Home with Stunning Views
3 Bedrooms/1 Bath Open Floorplan Living Area Stunning Cook's Kitchen Bath with Stall Shower Two Car Parking Yard Expansion Potential Cat-5 Wiring in every room
$899,000

The panoramic views are captivating, and be sure to notice the thoughtful details throughout this stunning home.  The great room has an open floor plan with a dining area, a living area with a wood-burning fireplace and a contemporary, remodeled kitchen.  Gleaming glass tiles surround the hood over the Jennair commercial style cooktop.  The appliances are all stainless steel, including the stove the wall-mounted microwave and oven, the wine fridge, the Bosch dishwasher and the refrigerator.  The large island with its breakfast bar, and the countertops are Silostone and provide ample workspace for several cooks.  The sleek cabinets provide ample room for storage.

Imagine cooking dinner with friends and family in this gorgeous great room with its well designed kitchen.

The bathroom has a separate stall shower, Kohler soaking tub with a handshower, Toto toilet, vessel sink, Kohler Stillness hardware, and a skylight with electronic controls.  The zen-like light well garden with redwood siding creates a peaceful space off of the third bedroom.  

Downstairs is a large garage with plenty of room for storage, 2 car parking, and a washer and dryer.  There is tremendous expansion potential down (a bedroom and a bath?), with nice views from the rear windows.

This sophisticated Miraloma home is truly a gem. 

Sold
$859,000

I was speaking with someone recently who was talking about the Seward Street Slides in Noe Valley.  These Slides are two long concrete slides.  Who knew there were big concrete slides in Noe Valley!  I did a search and found some fabulous videos on YouTube.  The link to my favorite, entitled Wee!, is here.

The slide was installed in the Seward Street mini-park over 35 years ago after neighbors successfully changed the zoning of a parcel of land to keep some green space in their...

An article in yesterday's SF Chronicle Business section takes a look at cooling condo sales in several of San Francisco's high rise condo developments.  Several of them have reduced prices--for a short period of time to encourage potential buyers, who have been sitting on the sidelines to write offers and purchase condos. 

I have received emails from several of these developments, and it seems as if these temporary discounts are around 10 to 20%  Many of these projects have an even larger...

 
Are you a member of one of SFMOMA, Cartoon Art Museum, Contemporary Jewish Museum, Museum of the African Diaspora, Asian Art Museum, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Museum of Craft and Folk Art or SF Camerawork?  This Saturday, January 10th, the museums are welcoming members of any other museum as part of their second annual Joint Member Day.  Not a member of any of these fabulous city resources?  It might be a good time to join one of them and lend your support.  
Ok, I admit, I am...

Watching my dog's fascination with all of the discarded Christmas trees in the neighborhood as we walked this morning, I was reminded of a recent article in the Chronicle about San Francisco's ordinance to preserve special trees in the city.  In 2005, a law sponsored by Supervisor Jake McGoldrick, gave the city the right to designate trees with Landmark Status.  So far, 33 have received the designation by the Landmark Tree Committee, a subcommittee of the Urban Forestry Council. Nine have...

A recent proposal to limit congestion in downtown San Francisco was recently announced by the San Francisco County Transportation Authority.  Modelled after a program used in London, the proposal is to charge cars for driving on main corridors and for traveling in and out of the north east part of the city.  This area includes downtown, the Embarcardero,
parts of South Beach and SOMA, Nob Hill, Russian Hill, North Beach,
Telegraph Hill and Fisherman's Wharf.

I had mixed feelings when I...

I noticed my irritation when I was walking down Stockton Street towards Union Square last Saturday, and I noticed it was rising.  There was a huge crowd blocking the sidewalk near the corner of Post Street, and I was planning to zip in and out of a store to run one quick errand.

The crowd wasn't moving.  As I slowly inched my way up, I noticed a crowd of people up against the pink and white wall, pointing and looking very excited.  The huge pink wall with very small white writing holds...

Ok, not a pleasant, uplifting topic to discuss.  I am surprised at how many people in the Bay Area are hungry--and how they are supported by local food banks, including SF Food Bank

To read about the recent Hunger Challenge, where several Bay Area food bloggers agreed to eat all of their meals for $21--an average of $1 per meal.  Please donate money to the Food Bank and participate in the Tyson's Food Challenge.  Thanks.

Several food bloggers in the Bay Area recently participated in a Hunger Challenge sponsored by the San Francisco Food Bank.  They agreed to spend a week feeding themselves on $3 per day.  This is the amount of money that many in the Bay Area have on a daily basis to feed themselves. 

Please check out the blogs of all of the participants, their experiences and their recipes as they navigated through this challenge

And, of course, they wrote about their experiences--how to shop for the week...

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