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The View From Above San Francisco

All Photos copyright Bob Ecker Photography.¬†Click any image for a larger version. If you haven’t noticed, we love pictures of San Francisco. And after our helicopter ride last fall, we really have a thing for San Francisco aerial photos. Our love for great aerial shots of San Francisco led us to a chance meeting of […]

Sidewalk: You Don’t Own It, But You Have To Maintain It

Your sidewalk, that is. In San Francisco, the city owns the sidewalks, but adjacent property owners are required to maintain them. So, if you step out front one morning and see white dots and/or stripes painted on your sidewalk, be aware that the city has tagged your sidewalk as needing repairs. You may wonder why […]

How Much Does Your Water Cost?

I spent a weekend away from the “office” (by which I mean San Francisco). I’m not a drinker, so instead of heading north to Sunny wine country, I headed south to Monterey. Which wasn’t sunny, but I did see the sun between my departure and destination points. While perusing the local paper in Monterey, I […]

A Sunny, Foggy San Francisco Day

It’s Friday! Which means that I’m getting ready for a busy weekend of work while you get ready for a weekend! As I was driving in to the office this morning, headed west on Market St., a great photo opportunity presented itself. As you can see from the two pics below, today it is already […]

Narrow Streets and Neighborly Behavior

It’s no secret that San Francisco houses are old. Many of our neighborhoods were designed and built either before cars were invented, or when cars were still pint-sized novelties. Bernal Heights, for example, is a neighborhood that is notorious for narrow streets. While some neighborhoods were built when cars were king – Midtown Terrace comes […]

How to Ruin a Victorian

As I traverse the neighborhoods and streets of San Francisco, I sometimes see really awesome things. And sometimes I see really fascinating things. My public service for the day is to encourage you to be kind to your Victorian homes, and give you a little inspiration in case you some day own a Victorian home […]

Live Better… Electrically!

Ah, time can be so cruel. A few weeks ago, my trusty business partner and I were out doing our diligent Tuesday broker touring, when we (almost literally) stumbled across the medallion pictured below, which reads “Medallion Home – Live Better Electrically.” I’d never ever seen such a thing in San Francisco (or anywhere else […]

Stairways of San Francisco

San Francisco is a city known for our hills, so an appropriate corollary might be “San Francisco, the city of Stairs.” Doesn’t quite have the same ring to it, unless you happen to be training for a marathon or other long distance event and are looking for some intense calorie-burning workout spots. Over the weekend, […]

Victorian Architectural Styles: Let the Arguments Begin…

When I was learning about architectural styles in San Francisco, I was taught that there are three styles of Victorian homes: Eastlake, Italianate,and Queen Anne. I was also taught that homes are called Victorian based upon their construction date, and that to be a Victorian home it must have been built during the reign of […]

More than just a stairway to a park

We love our stairways in San Francisco. No, not the ones in our homes — the ones that show up on maps as streets and in some cases provide the only access to homes tucked into the hillside on which they are situated. We rate them on Yelp (Lyon Street steps, Filbert steps), we dedicate […]

Centennial of 1906 Earthquake and Fire

Centennial of 1906 Earthquake and Fire Over 250,000 people lost their homes and more than 3,000 people died in the great quake of 1906. The San Francisco earthquake was the greatest urban natural disaster in the history of the United States until the Bush administration out did themselves with the response to Hurricane Katrina. Check […]