Blogs Tagged: community information

SF Homes Are Now Worth More than Trillion Dollars in 2014

Posted On: Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 2:06pm | Posted By: kevinmerlander
Topics: Community Information

2014 was a good year to own real estate in San Francisco. The local housing market has, for the most part, recovered from the Great Recession and is now valued at more than a trillion dollars according to a new report by Zillow.

Five Reasons to Live in a Micro-Home

Posted On: Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 2:49pm | Posted By: kevinmerlander
Topics: Community Information

Remember how, in the mid-1990's, seemingly everybody and his brother were driving over-sized SUVs? That trend stopped in its tracks once people started realizing that they were driving--and paying for--more car than they really needed. Now the same phenomenon is happening in real estate

Withering Heights: The Fight Against Stockyard Stench in Victorian Era San Francisco

Posted On: Monday, October 27, 2014 - 1:43pm | Posted By: kevinmerlander
Topics: Community Information

And you thought 6th street smelled terrible after it rains. Back at the turn of the 20th century much of what we now call the Outer Mission was still largely cow pasture save for a pair of stockyards clustered near the base of Bernal Hill. These stockyards--essentially, enormous temporary holding pens where cattle traders could showcase and sell their livestock--were among San Francisco's earliest industrial polluters

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

Posted On: Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 10:13am | Posted By: kevinkoerner
Topics: Community Information

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

Posted On: Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - 2:58pm | Posted By: kevinmerlander
Topics: Community Information

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

Posted On: Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 5:45am | Posted By: kevinmerlander
Topics: Community Information

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.

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

Posted On: Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 12:40pm | Posted By: kevinkoerner
Topics: Community Information

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

Three Great New Uses for Hunter's Point Icons

Posted On: Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 11:53am | Posted By: kevinkoerner
Topics: Community Information

San Francisco said goodbye to Candlestick Park this week with no small amount of pomp and circumstance for the venerable stadium--just before we tear the entire place down and convert it into a mall early next year. And that's just how it goes in San Francisco: the old perpetually making room for the new.

This Miniature San Francisco Is the Worlds Largest 3D Printed City Model

Posted On: Monday, June 2, 2014 - 3:26pm | Posted By: kevinmerlander
Topics: Community Information

Even at 1:1250 scale, this 3D printed model of San Francisco's 115 blocks constituting the Financial District and SOMA take up more than 10 square feet of table space. Constructed at Autodesk's Pier 9 fabrication workshop in conjunction with SteelBlue for the Tishman Speyer real estate firm, this massive model required years of data gathering and 2 months of CAD design and printing.

Airbnb'ing Your Home? Get the Right Insurance

Posted On: Thursday, May 8, 2014 - 8:00am | Posted By: ebermingham
Topics: Buyers and Sellers, Community Information

Don't make a costly mistake when it comes to having the right insurance for your short-term rental.