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A History of the Haight Ashbury Over the Last Million Years or So

By Kevin Koerner

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 10:13am

Haight Ashbury may best be known for as the seat of the Summer of Love but this venerable San Francisco neighborhood has played many roles in the city's history.

MUNI's Early Days of Public Service Were More of a Public Debacle

By Kevin Merlander

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - 2:58pm

San Francisco's public transportation service is far from perfect these days--averaging, what, 8 mph through city streets?--but be glad we don't still have the ineffectual system our forebears had to endure at the turn of the 20th century.

San Francisco's Transient Veterans May Have a Home for the Holidays

By Kevin Merlander

Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 5:45am

San Francisco's streets are home to an significant number of homeless vets--an estimated 10 percent of the city's transient population according to last year's Point-In-Time Homeless Count and Survey. Luckily, Mayor Lee's got a plan to help them transition into semi-permanent housing and it could happen by the end of this year.

Zephyr Real Estate Sponsors First Ever RETalks

By Melody Foster

Monday, September 29, 2014 - 8:30am

Zephyr Real Estate Sponsors First Ever RETalks


San Francisco, CA – September 29, 2014 – Zephyr Real Estate, San Francisco’s largest independent real estate firm, has announced RETalks2014. The event will be held on Monday, October 20, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. The half-day consolidated conference includes several 20-minute presentations from various industry leaders, and will be hosted at the headquarters of Trulia.


Can You Spot Every SF Insider Reference in This Intricately Hand Drawn Map?

By Kevin Merlander

Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 12:28pm

From New York to Berlin, graphic artist Jenni Sparks has a knack for creating incredibly detailed, and intensely intimate maps of the world's major metropolises. And now, she's turned her eye on the City by the Bay to produce the incredible map you see above.

Zephyr’s Neighborhood Photo Library Grows to 2,200+ Images

By Melody Foster

Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 8:30am

Zephyr’s Neighborhood Photo Library Grows to 2,200+ Images San Francisco, CA – September 17, 2014 – Zephyr Real Estate’s acclaimed San Francisco neighborhood photo library has expanded by nearly 1,000 photos. The library, which Zephyr created last year, formerly covered 37 of San Francisco’s 89 distinct neighborhoods. With the expansion, the library now holds over 2,200 photos covering 61 neighborhoods.

Bay Area Beauty: The Architecture of the Residence Park

By Melody Foster

Friday, September 12, 2014 - 2:04pm

San Francisco, CA – September 12, 2014 – During the decades that followed the earthquake of 1906, new neighborhoods emerged in many parts of San Francisco. Influenced by the City Beautiful movement of the period, developers focused on land located in the outlying areas in the southern and western parts of the City. Some of the largest tracts of land west of Twin Peaks attracted a new form of residential neighborhood known as the ‘residence park’, areas defined by single family homes totally free of commercial development, integrated by a setting of green landscaped corridors and front yards. Balboa Terrace is among a very small number of such neighborhoods representing this approach to residential development in San Francisco.

San Francisco’s Historic Home Trade Show on September 14

By Melody Foster

Monday, September 8, 2014 - 8:30am

San Francisco, CA – September 8, 2014 – The second annual Historic Home Trade Show is coming up on Sunday, September 14, to its new and larger venue, the Golden Gate Club in the Presidio. 

Zephyr Exclusive Sponsor of First-Ever Neighborhood Apps

By Melody Foster

Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 8:30am

San Francisco, CA – September 2, 2014 – Zephyr Real Estate has partnered with Neighbrhds, a product of Urban Living Marketing, to provide neighborhood apps tailored specifically to San Francisco’s neighborhoods. Zephyr’s website has been a forerunner in providing abundant and robust neighborhood details. Zephyr has even produced videos for most of San Francisco’s neighborhoods, which have been used as an educational tool in classrooms to highlight the diversity and variety San Francisco has to offer. Neighbrhds is moving neighborhood-level information forward to the next natural step, allowing residents and visitors to gain instant access to community events, local businesses, top restaurants, shopping and more.

The 100 MPH Monorail We Could Have Instead of the Bay Bridge

By Kevin Koerner

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 12:40pm

The early days of the automobile were a time of unbridled advancement for the country's transportation infrastructure--the American people suddenly had been granted the ability to travel further, faster and they needed new roads, bridges, and highways to drive on. But one enterprising inventor by the name of Fletcher E. Felts devised an even better option: an overhead

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