Posts Tagged ‘houses’

The Crayola Colors of San Francisco’s Outer Sunset

Friday, March 7th, 2014

On a dreaded sunny day west of San Francisco and just east of the land of $4 toast, and just 50 minutes from your job in the Financh:

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WINDOW, WINDOW, BOX, WINDOW, WINDOW, BOX, WINDOW, WINDOW, BOX, WINDOW, WINDOW, BOX, ETC.

Friday, February 14th, 2014

Gracious urban living, Frisco-style:

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And you may find yourself
Living in a shotgun shack

Pack of Youths Bring Much-Needed Culture to the Sunset District – Video of Brian Peck, Comet Skateboards

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

Finally, the Land of Misery way out there by Ocean Beach west of San Francisco is getting a little action.

Now, in addition to all of the Sunset District’s cat houses, grow houses and halfway houses, we have this, from a recent dreaded sunny day:

 

 

Supervisor Mirkarimi Says Good-Bye – Ross Hearts District 5, District 5 Hearts Ross – Big Holiday Party Friday!

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

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FAREWELL MESSAGE FROM SUPERVISOR MIRKARIMI

Dear Friends,

This will be my last newsletter as District 5 Supervisor. It’s hard to summon seven years of memories in this brief note, so come celebrate with us at our last holiday City Hall office party on Friday, December 16, 5:00 to 7:30 PM.

I want to take this opportunity to express my immense appreciation to my past and present office staff who blazed the journey with me, remaining focused on the job at hand while performing simultaneous constituent and legislative acts on a daily basis. The greater the challenge, the better they did. A conventional work day was rare. Often, work followed staff home – I’m grateful to the family and friends who supported their efforts while they gave it their all.

Thank you also to the fleet of amazing volunteers and interns who did everything from mundane clerical tasks, to delving into complicated or controversial projects. There is nothing more rewarding than hearing from former interns who parlayed their positive experience with us into a vocation that truly inspires them.

Most importantly, I want to thank the people of San Francisco and District 5. Our District is one of the most diverse, nonlinear demarcated districts in the city. The range of challenges was often nuanced depending on the specific neighborhood, but they all embodied the fusion of big urban demands with village interests. And I loved that because it was the centrifugal force of neighborhood activism that caused us to reconcile important competing considerations, no matter the issue big or small. Thank you to the volunteer-driven dedicated network of neighborhood groups and its leaders for their commitment to bettering one of the most majestic cities in the world.

I will be sworn in as San Francisco’s next Sheriff on January 8th.

Happy Holidays.

Yours truly,
Ross Mirkarimi

OK then.

Are people hanging red hearts in the Western Addition to say good-bye to RK? Maybe. As seen on Fulton near Baker:

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All right, see you there!

Merry Christmas From Hayes Street, Where Family Houses Have Replaced Crack Houses, For the Most Part

Monday, December 12th, 2011

So the houses on this street have stayed the same, but the people inside have changed.

Thusly:

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Typically, a crack house would be rendered inhabitable by a fire or something and then somebody would come along to fix the place up.

Typically.

Merry Christmas!

Why Don’t You Go On the “San Francisco Ghost Hunt” for Just $20 – It’s Guaranteed!

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

Whenever you see this kind of scene on the Streets of San Francisco, odds are it’s just local Ghostbuster Jim Fassbinder and his nightly San Francisco Ghost Hunt.

This highly-rated three-hour tour of the Victorians around Lower Specific Whites Pacific Heights is guaranteed, in a way, and for $20 you can’t beat that.

As seen California Street for the past 13 years. Which one of these people is the ghost?

Here’s your guarantee:

“I really can’t guarantee ghosts. But I can guarantee the San Francisco Ghost Hunt will be nearly three hours of unearthly fun! You’ll see wonderful Victorian mansions and learn the city’s haunted history, be touched time and again by the magic of supernatural beliefs, and hear documented authentic ghost stories presented with passion and drama. You will be amazed to learn a few ways to directly encounter a ghost yourself…if you dare. You will get exercise, fresh air, and have an outstanding good time. The San Francisco Ghost Hunt is: humor and history, emotion and education; with supernatural spookiness! You will be entertained, enlightened and enchanted. That’s absolutely GUARANTEED!”

And they’re baaaaaa-ack for 2011! See?

See you there!

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…

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San Francisco Has Lots of Little Boxes on Its Hillsides, Doesn’t It?

Friday, July 10th, 2009

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Little boxes on the hillside,
Little boxes made of ticky-tacky,
Little boxes, little boxes,
Little boxes, all the same.

There’s a green one and a pink one
And a blue one and a yellow one
And they’re all made out of ticky-tacky
And they all look just the same.

Bug Real Estate – They’re New in Town and They Love Dogs

Friday, June 12th, 2009

Get it? Bug! Real Estate people drive around in Volkswagen Bugs. Isn’t that precious? When I was a kid, all we had to ogle at were pink Mary Kay cars.

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And even while driving down the Interstate at 55 per, they still have time to show doggies a little love.

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Think about that the next time you mock a real estate broker or salesperson.

Welcome to the 415, but stay out of the west side. You should do fine.

Go on the San Francisco Ghost Hunt for Just $20 – It’s Guaranteed!

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

Whenever you see this kind of scene on the Streets of San Francisco, odds are it’s just local Ghostbuster Jim Fassbinder and his nightly San Francisco Ghost Hunt. This highly-rated three-hour tour of the Victorians around Lower Specific Whites Pacific Heights is guaranteed, in a way, and for $20 you can’t beat that.

As seen California Street for the past 11 years. Which one of these people is the ghost?  

Here’s your guarantee:

“I really can’t guarantee ghosts. But I can guarantee the San Francisco Ghost Hunt will be nearly three hours of unearthly fun! You’ll see wonderful Victorian mansions and learn the city’s haunted history, be touched time and again by the magic of supernatural beliefs, and hear documented authentic ghost stories presented with passion and drama. You will be amazed to learn a few ways to directly encounter a ghost yourself…if you dare. You will get exercise, fresh air, and have an outstanding good time. The San Francisco Ghost Hunt is: humor and history, emotion and education; with supernatural spookiness! You will be entertained, enlightened and enchanted. That’s absolutely GUARANTEED!”

See you there!