SAN FRANCISCO, REAL ESTATE, AND MORE

Sunday the annual Bay to Breakers race takes place. With a starting point near the San Francisco Bay, a few blocks from The Embarcadero, the 12K race runs west through the City and finishes at the Great Highway where breakers crash onto Ocean Beach. In-person registration is available at the Orig3n Health & Wellness Expo at Pier 35 today and tomorrow. Click here for more information. Also on Sunday, the Western Conference Finals continue as the Golden State Warrior take on the Houston Rockets starting at 5 PM. This will be the third game in the seven game series, which is currently tied at one win apiece.

On the “Homes for Sale in San Francisco” front, here’s our report for this week, 5/13/18 – 5/19/18

Should You Buy Earthquake Insurance?

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The global billionaire population soared to record levels in 2017, and more of them are living in the Bay Area than ever before.

The San Francisco area now has the third-most billionaires of any region in the world — 74 in total — rising two places in the rankings and overtaking both Moscow and London, according to a 2018 billionaire census released Tuesday. New York and Hong Kong took the top two spots for number of billionaires with 103 and 93, respectively.

The San Francisco metropolitan area — which includes San Francisco, Alameda, Marin, Contra Costa, and San Mateo counties, and in this study some towns in Santa Clara County — saw an additional 14 individuals attain billionaire status in 2017.

To read the entire sfgate.com report,

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There are tons of things going on this weekend, but on Sunday the annual Bay to Breakers race takes place, and since there are tens of thousands of people participating in the 7.6 mile footrace, that has our attention.

With a starting point near the San Francisco Bay, a few blocks from The Embarcadero, the 12K race runs west through the City and finishes at the Great Highway where breakers crash onto Ocean Beach. A quintessential San Francisco experience since 1912, the race celebrates the City in a wonderful (and yes, often wacky) way. It’s fun for runners and spectators alike.

It’s not too late to sign up, but you might want to do that today. Online Registration will close at 11:59 PM tomorrow. In-person registration will be available at

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San Francisco Brewing Co.’s massive, 12,000-square-foot brewery and restaurant is now open, serving up beer and a menu of pub-style food to locals and tourists alike. According to sf.eater.com, owners Jennifer and Josh Leavy and Josh’s brother Aaron Leavy brought on former Gordon Biersch brewer Justin Boehle to oversee the production at their new brewery, which is incorporated into the taproom.

Chef Abraham Ibarra (Perry’s) is in charge of the food, which includes pizzas, salads, sandwiches, and mains like mahi mahi tacos. Appetizers seem like a sure bet, with meatballs, spicy wings, and burrata with pesto also on the menu.

The enormous space was designed by BCV Architecture + Interiors, also behind the Ferry Building Marketplace, Gott’s, and

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This is the series for which we’ve waited all year. And this is the game for which we’ve waited all week. The Golden State Warriors take on the Houston Rockets in the first game of the best of seven series tonight at 6 PM.

We are so ready for this game!

Ann Killion, with the San Francisco Chronicle, describes it perfectly in a column published yesterday:

“For the first time in the Steve Kerr era, the Warriors will start a playoff series on the road. In an antagonistic arena. Prepping for the game in hotel rooms and visiting locker rooms. Booed at every turn.

And this new experience could be a very good thing for the been-there, done-that Warriors.

The Warriors knew this was going to be their reality

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Weekend Sessions presents admission-free performances at the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival. The programs range from music, dance, circus, and theater to cultural festivals from May through October. Innov Gnawa and Book of J perform this Saturday from 1 to 3 PM. Meanwhile, SFMade opened on Monday, and concludes on Sunday. It features factory tours, demos, shopping events, and lots of beer tastings. For more information about SFMade and a complete list of what’s taking place this weekend, click here.

On the “Homes for Sale in San Francisco” front, here’s our report for this week, 5/6/18 – 5/12/18

How Higher Education and Incomes Are Impacting Housing

In a recent San Francisco Chronicle column, writer Kathleen Pender posed this question: “If

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Yerba Buena Gardens Festival is an independent nonprofit presenting six months of admission-free performances reflecting the rich cultures and creativity of the Bay Area. Programs are outdoors, family-friendly and ADA accessible.

Weekend Sessions present programs that range from music, dance, circus, and theater to cultural festivals from May through October. They take place on the Esplanade, Mission Street between Third and Fourth Streets.

For a complete schedule of performances and events by week and month, please click here.

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Organizers say this is a celebration of local manufacturers, their products,  and their people. SFMade Week is back for its seventh year.

SFMade opened on Monday, and runs through Sunday. It features factory tours, demos, shopping events, and lots of beer tastings.

SFMade is a non-profit organization. Its mission is to build and support a vibrant manufacturing sector in San Francisco, that sustains companies producing locally-made products, encourages entrepreneurship and innovation, and creates employment opportunities for a diverse local workforce.

For more information about SFMade and a complete list of what’s taking place in the coming days, click here.

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It’s Mother’s Day this Sunday, so you might want to start thinking about where you’re going to take your mom for brunch. In the nick of time, SF.Eater.com just published a list showcasing what they claim are the 15 hottest brunch spots in San Francisco, and one place in Berkeley.

You might have to stand in line, and the dishes are somewhat esoteric, but the website promises all of these spots serve up great food. The feature includes an interactive map and brief descriptions of what you’ll find. The four places we found most intriguing are these:

Barcino Serving spectacular Spanish morning dishes 399 Grove Street
Buffalo Theory Fried chicken and waffles, chilaquiles, and more 1735 Polk Street
Fillmore Social Club Playful Korean and

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We all know that living in San Francisco can be expensive. We also know we could cut back on some of our extravagances to save a bit more money, but it’s so hard to do when everything around us is so tempting!

Sometimes, you just have to admit the error of your ways, shake your head, and laugh. SFGate.com just published a playful slideshow that presents some of our most silly expenses — though all completely understandable. They call the feature, The things you hate yourself for spending money on in SF.

The five items that resonate most with us are these:

  • A $30+ workout class
  • Short Lyft rides, instead of taking Muni
  • 10 cent paper bags, when you’ve got reusable bags sitting at home
  • A $14 salad for lunch that you could make
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