Greetings Cribline readers from San Francisco!
It’s a stunning day today. And knowing about the tragic storms going through the South and Midwest, I wanted to send my condolences to those who died and their families as well as those who lost their homes and who were injured.
As I was told during my visit, San Francisco is also a city known for unpredictable weather given its location on the Pacific Ocean, but today was one of the ideal days for this city. People were out in droves, especially given the Bay to Breakers event taking place–an annual footrace that takes place on the third Sunday of May drawing tens of thousands of people from the Bay area. The name reflects the fact that the race starts at the northeast end of the downtown area a few blocks from The Embarcadero (adjacent to San Francisco Bay) and runs west through the city to finish at the Great Highway (adjacent to the Pacific coast, where breakers crash onto Ocean Beach), according to Wikipedia. The event is well known for many participants wearing costumes, and a few engaging in varying degrees of public nudity. It is San Francisco after all!
I was out in this very European and lively city for a work event, which started last Wednesday, and I extended my visit through the weekend as I have a cousin and several friends who live in the city.
My cousin and his girlfriend introduced me to a great spot called Beretta in the Mission district. This place has a great mixologist who served up a refreshing cocktail called the Kentucky Mule (bourbon, lime, ginger, martinique). For our meal we improvised with a self-styled tasting menu of specialty brick oven pizza, mushroom truffle (funghi and truffled panna) risotto and artichoke risotto with lemon and pecorino romano. And to top it off, we had a generous scoop of panna gelato with extra virgin olive oil & sea salt (to die for) and bonet-chocolate gelato with amaretti & caramel (also amazing)…. Whew! The only thing to make this evening more decadent was to swing by Buena Vista on my way back to the hotel where it was recommended that I try the Irish Coffee. I wound up sitting next to a delightful couple both PhD’s from Stanford. This truly is a city for foodies… and smart people!
On evening three, I went with a friend to Garcon, also in the Mission. My cousin’s girlfriend knows I love French cuisine and recommended it. It too was great. We started off with raw oysters, shared a bottle of Sancerre, and I had to work hard not to inhale the pork molasses brined pork tenderloin with white cheddar grits, bacon, artichoke and mitake (like I did the oysters). This venue was warm, sophisticated, yet friendly. We even spent some time talking with the chef Arthur Wall who recommended the pork entree.
While you might start to think that this is a food blog, between the wonderful meals and exploring the city, I did make a point to explore the world of real estate in what is probably one of the most expensive markets in the country. Like Washington, San Francisco’s real estate scene is hot.
Take a look at 540 DELANCEY St #301, which is this week’s House Pick of the Week. It is one of sixteen fabulous live and work condominium lofts originally built in 1892 and completely renovated in 1997. It’s a little over 1,200 square feet, and is a one bedroom, one bathroom end unit featuring high ceilings, exposed brick, metal siding and exposed wooden and metal beams that dramatically accentuate the interior and exterior space. The unit also has an open and contemporary kitchen and an updated bath, both with Silestone countertops and Hansgrohe fixtures. It’s just on the market for $899,000. How can you not want to live here. Take a look:
To the Point Analysis: With 20 percent down on $899,000 of $179,800, the mortgage would be $719,200. At an estimated 3.5 percent 30-year fixed rate, the gross payment would be about $3,978/mo. After tax deductions the monthly payment would be about $2,800/mo. Add $463/mo. for the HOA and you have a final payment of $3,263/mo. It would be a challenge to find something this nice and this size to rent for this price.
Honorable mention: Check out 4531 20th St located in highly desirable Eureka Valley neighborhood. It’s a 3 bedroom, 3 bath with stunning panoramic 2-level views. It’s listed for $1,195,000.
This home is perfect for entertaining and has floor-to-ceiling windows in the living room. There’s also an eat-in gourmet kitchen with Sub-zero & Bosch appliances and opens onto a private south-facing patio.
The Master en-suite has double sinks in the bathroom and ample closet space. The unit also comes with a 1-car parking space, storage, and laundry.
Happy house hunting!
Here are some other pictures of SF to leave you something to hang onto…