Posts Tagged ‘homes’

Bicycle Chop Shop or Just Another Homeless Encampment: You Make The Call

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

At first I thought chop shop, but now I don’t think so. Usually when I think see one I actually do, but not this time, oh well.

Betwixt DISCOUNT BUILDER’S SUPPLY and the Duboce offramp: 

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If you want a clear example of both a chop-shop and a non-chop shop, click here.

On It Goes…

Learning From Japan, 2013: Homeless People Who _Use_ Bicycles Instead of Homeless People Who Steal Bicycles

Monday, April 8th, 2013

Homeless encampment, major Japanese city, city center, down by the river:

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Note the bicycle parking area.

Cf. San Francisco homeless encampment, under Interstate I-80, Mile Zero:

Note identical blue tarps as in Japan, sourced from, for all I know, the same factory in China.

One group uses bikes to get around, like to work ‘n stuff.

The other will strip your bike of any parts not superglued on in a New York Minute, as soon as your back is turned.

Which group do you prefer?

Whatever You Do, DON’T Move Into the Fillmore Center Apartment Homes at 1475 Fillmore in the Western Addition

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

At the very least, you owe it to yourself to read the Yelp and ApartmentRatings reviews before you move in.

Oh look, they have a shuttle bus – it’s a like a private MUNI #38 Geary just for you and your fellow victims:

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But even so, Whatever You Do, DON’T Move Into the Fillmore Center Apartment Homes at 1475 Fillmore in the Western Addition.

In closing, Whatever You Do, DON’T Move Into the Fillmore Center Apartment Homes at 1475 Fillmore in the Western Addition.

PS: Whatever You Do, DON’T Move Into the Fillmore Center Apartment Homes at 1475 Fillmore in the Western Addition

Wyman Avenue Open-House in the Presidio – Prices, Photos, Impressions of 11 New Rentals

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

[UPDATE: "Carefully refurbished?" That's up for debate. But "lakeside?" Hell no. How about State-Highway-One-side instead? Seep into the woods of these great estates to see for yourself if you want. "Honey, where's the lake? Isn't there supposed to be a lake?"]

Our Presidio Trust is working towards sustainability and the refurbished Wyman Avenue residences are going to be a part of that.

Read on for a report about the first official Open House the John Stewart Company just had over Burning Man / Labor Day Weekend.

First up, here’s the news. Monthly rental prices have been set for all the duplexes (the ones with letters in the addresses) at about $5500 per month, mas or menos. And Minimum Bid price floors have been set for the three single family residences. See?

Mmmm, the minimum price set for 1809, the smallest non-duplex, is the outlier here. 1811 is twice the house of 1809 (IMO, of course – square footage-wise, it’s 63% more house), but the minimum bid price for 1811 is only 11% higher. Mmmm.

Etude sur le mise-en-scene:

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But guess what, you can see these places yourself on:

“Wednesday, September 8 from 11am to 3pm.”

Uh oh, here come the Lexuseses – it must be time for Open House!

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There’s no good place to lock up your bike, so oh well:

Here’s the front view on WymanAvenue – lots of dogs were about, despite the “no pets” policy for renters. (There might have been more than a few looky-lou dog-walkers about – I talked to some of them myself.)

Now, it’s time for some interiors:

Here’s a kitchen (from Building 1811, the pick of the litter at 10K plus per month):

…and a bath:

…and a living room:

(Man, I’d want to take a hacksaw to the pipe on that hanging light fixture to get the bottom of it above the altitude of my melon…)

….and a master bedroom way up high on the third floor:

And the “unfinished” basement of 1809, well it’s just awesome. They don’t even count this space in the square footage:

You could have quite the workshop (or ping pong tournament) down there. Plenty of square footage:

But, mind the humidity:

Now all that’s all fine and dandy, but it seems a few shortcuts were taken during the long process of refurbishment. For example, this window doesn’t have weatherstripping, so it closes unevenly:

Compare that with what you get at the recently remade LandMark Presidio apartments just down the road. They’ve taken the time to make sure the gaps are plugged  over there. See?

Anyway, back to Wyman Ave…

Some of the fittings are what you call “builder’s grade.” Straight-out-of-Home-Depot is good enough for me, but I don’t think this plastic stuff here is necessarily green and I don’t think it matches the historic nature or whatnot of this $10k+ per month rental unit. So what’s it doing here?  

The cheapest closet light pull-cord-stretchy-string and aluminum stopper-bobber you could imagine:

Are we done here? I don’t know. Maybe they’ll get to adding a globe around this exterior light or maybe they won’t:

And here’s your PVC / copper interchange. All right…

And don’t look now, but they have PG&E SmartMeters all over. (Can you see the EMF symbol part of the SmartMeter logo  on this gas mater? Wow, that wasn’t the right choice for PG&E to make back in the day. But since this meter doesn’t have an LCD display, you can’t really tell what makes it new and special except for the knowledge that it transmits wirelessly. Of course, it’s those wireless transmissions that people are most upset about. Oh well.) 

Now, if you’re into it, you better act fast, is all I can say.

They’ll take a bid going up to something like five years on the houses. I’m thinking that the longer rental terms are what they’re referring to by the phrase “Rent Escalation Factor.”

So something like this: 

“I’ll pay the John Stewart Company $11k/mo this year, 12k/mo next year, etc…”

So that’s the tour. Maybe one of these places is for you, I don’t know.

You might just love living here…

Ever more deets, after the jump

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Victory Over Copper Thieves! The Presidio’s Wyman Houses are Now Move-in Ready – $25K/Mo?

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010

Get a load of this drive-by cutie on Wyman Avenue in our Presidio. It used to be graffitoed beyond recognition but now it’s ready for bidness with all its copper pipe replaced.

What’s stopping you from cutting a deal for one of these babies asides from rents as high as $25k per month? (Of course, they also have smaller ones for a lot less.)

As you might expect, the completely awesome Richmond District Blog is all over this situation, what with photos, video, the works.

What’s that you say, Looky-Lou, you want to know when’s the open house?

“The Trust will hold two open houses for the Wyman homes on Saturday, September 4 and Wednesday, September 8 from 11am to 3pm.”

See you there!

Seep into the wood of the great estates
Animals your soul will guide [if only they allowed pets...]“

All the deets, Player, after the jump.

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Jessie Jackson at the San Francisco Fed – “Restructure Loans, Don’t Take Our Homes”

Friday, September 18th, 2009

A small crowd greeted Rev, Jessie Jackson this afternoon near San Francisco’s Federal Reserve Building at 101 Market Street.

“Restructure loans, don’t take our homes,” was the initial chant as Jessie and company walked up and down the sidewalk.

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His quiet voice commands attention, that’s how it goes at a Jessie Jackson rally.

And ever the experienced marcher, he’s using New Balance 293′s.

Sounds like a better use of money than bailing out GM…

He’s still out there right now, so check it out.