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San Francisco Data at Your Fingertips

Posted On: Tuesday, March 13, 2012 - 7:27am
Tags: crime statistics neighborhood maps San Francisco data | Topics: Community Information

San Francisco has placed its publicly available data on a website, all in one place, to make it easy to search for just about anything. Like the all-in-one 311 call center that eliminated the need to keep a list of the different city departments, this website allows you to search for crime statistics on a map, look at the neighborhood boundaries, find film locations, and much more.

Zephyr Real Estate Announces Fourth Quarter’s Top-Selling Agent

Posted On: Monday, March 12, 2012 - 8:30am
Tags: real estate top producer woolhouse Zephyr | Topics: Press Release

San Francisco, CA – March 12, 2012 – Don Woolhouse has achieved the top sales volume spot at Zephyr Real Estate for the fourth quarter of 2011. Woolhouse closed $17.9 million in transactions in some of San Francisco’s most in-demand neighborhoods, such as Noe Valley, Duboce Triangle and Ashbury Heights, as well as in Tiburon with individual sales prices ranging as high as $3 million.

Zephyr Lists San Francisco’s Most Cutting-Edge, Eco-Restoration Victorian

Posted On: Tuesday, March 6, 2012 - 9:51am
Tags: green historical LEED property real estate Sanchez Victorian | Topics: Press Release

San Francisco, CA – March 6, 2012 –Zephyr Agent Julie Reber has listed San Francisco’s most eco-friendly 19th Century home, located at 1566 Sanchez Street in San Francisco’s Noe Valley neighborhood. 

The Charm of Old Buildings

Posted On: Friday, March 2, 2012 - 6:10pm
Tags: 720 York St brick and timber lofts converted lofts Mill Building William Curlett | Topics: Community Information

I must pass this building hundreds of times a year because it's a few blocks from my house. Walking by it the other day, I was able to appreciate just what a wonderful building it is. 

Zephyr Real Estate Is San Francisco’s No. 1 Real Estate Brand in 2011

Posted On: Tuesday, February 28, 2012 - 8:30am
Tags: brand No. 1 real estate success top | Topics: Press Release

San Francisco, CA – February 28, 2012 – Zephyr has once again achieved the top spot in real estate branding in San Francisco. Nearly one out of nine real estate transactions last year involved a Zephyr agent, representing either the buyer or the seller. This equates to over 11 percent of the single-family homes, condominiums, co-ops, lofts, tenancies-in-common, and two-to-four unit buildings sold in San Francisco, 38 percent ahead of the nearest challenger.

San Francisco Market Report – January Results + Outlook

Posted On: Monday, February 27, 2012 - 5:16am
Tags: Market Focus market statistics San Francisco home values | Topics: Market Statistics

Below is the San Francisco Association’s Market Focus report for January 2012Pockets of Movement in the San Francisco Housing Market, Despite Lessening InventoryThe nice spring-like weather we have been experiencing has had some positive effects on the home buying public, as it has brought more buyers into the market.

Mission Theatre to be Brought Back to Life

Posted On: Saturday, February 25, 2012 - 5:38am
Tags: Mission Street New Mission Theater | Topics: Community Information

I love old movie theaters so was pleased to read that the Art Deco theater on Mission street will be restored and turned into a 5 screen theater with a restaurant and bar.

San Francisco Sunday Street Closures Announced

Posted On: Thursday, February 23, 2012 - 5:14am
Tags: car-free activities Street Closures Sunday Streets | Topics: Community Information

Every year since 2008, San Francisco has closed streets on Sunday to provide car-free activities between March and October. Here's the schedule for 2012.

Should San Francisco Rent Control Be Changed or Abolished?

Posted On: Tuesday, February 21, 2012 - 5:11am
Tags: landlords market rate rent rent control rent increase | Topics: Laws and Regulations

This article by the Bay Citizen journalist, Scott James, brings up some interesting points about rent control laws in San Francisco.

Do You Know Where This San Francisco Statue Is?

Posted On: Thursday, February 16, 2012 - 5:44am
Tags: El Cid San Francisco Museum | Topics: Community Information

On a recent visit to a San Francisco museum, I took this picture of El Cid, the Spanish military leader. Do you know on the grounds of which museum El Cid resides?

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