Top 5 Speakeasies Found in San Francisco, CA

June 16, 2017

Heading out to a speakeasy in San Francisco for a cocktail might take you back to a simpler time. Even with Prohibition long gone, many residents love the idea of going to a “secret” bar. While these hidden San Francisco speakeasies may not be super secretive, they are still fun to enjoy. The history behind […]

How San Francisco Should Look…

April 14, 2017

How San Francisco should look is an argument (almost) as old as time. San Francisco is a town that struggles with its progressive dreams and conservative foundations. That’s what happens when a few shopkeepers put down roots and build a town to serve the gold-miners that used to show up looking for literal gold but now […]

Landmark Trees of San Francisco

March 1, 2017

Did you know San Francisco offers landmark tree status for the best trees? In true San Francisco fashion, the Chronicle has the story of a neighborhood dispute that offers a great way to learn all about landmark tree status! In short, a Russian Hill woman has petitioned to have a Redwood tree given landmark status. […]

Future Parking

February 8, 2017

Walk to the future! We wrote a few months back about changes coming to future parking options, and the Board of Supervisors today approved those changes. The planning and new construction approval process now has a bunch of new ways to incent developers to offer transit-friendly amenities, more space for bikes, and less parking for […]

Walk to the Future

November 18, 2016

If you’ve driven across San Francisco lately, you’ve noticed that traffic is congested enough that bicycles zoom past you and pedestrians will catch up with you at each light. If you think traffic is un-fun right now, just imagine 2040 when our streets will make room for 102,000 new city residents and 191,000 new jobs. […]

Grandmother’s Jade

February 11, 2016

While the right home begins with beds, baths and parking spots it never ends there. At least, not at our brokerage.

3 Things to Know About CleanPower SF

February 2, 2016

CleanPower SF is coming to San Francisco! CleanPowerSF is a program that began thanks to a state law that was passed more than a decade ago. CleanPower SF will allow residents to use greener energy without having to do anything extra. It wasn’t possible until now because the state had to pass a law forcing […]

San Francisco Street Signs: Before and After

July 14, 2014

Years ago we wrote about the new font for San Francisco street signs. Since that time, I’ve been looking for an intersection where there were street signs with identical street names but one set of signs used our older font (THE ONE THAT YELLS AT YOU) and the other set of signs used the newer […]

5 Tips to Protect Your San Francisco Home from Rain

February 28, 2014

With the heavy rain we are expecting in the next few days, you’ll have a good chance to observe how water is interacting with the exterior of your home. The trick is to remember when you are both home and it is light outside. I find a location-based reminder on my phone to work well! […]

The View From Above San Francisco

February 26, 2014

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

October 24, 2013

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?

August 6, 2012

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 […]