SAN FRANCISCO, REAL ESTATE, AND MORE

SF Pride takes place this Saturday and Sunday, and that’s this weekend’s big event. It includes speakers, exhibits, performers, parties, and of course, the parade. But there are other things going on in the City as well, including a celebration of San Francisco’s 241st birthday in the Presidio on Saturday, and the Stern Grove Festival’s 80th Season Opening Day featuring Kool and the Gang on Sunday.

On the “Homes for Sale in San Francisco” front, here’s our report for this week, 6/18/17 – 6/24/17

According to SocketSite.com, while sales activity for new condos in San Francisco doubled from April to May as you would expect during the spring sales uptick, the number of purchase contracts signed last month (73) was 36 percent lower on a

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There are ships from the gold rush buried in the land beneath portions of downtown San Francisco. The area was once a shallow body of water called Yerba Buena Cove. The shoreline at that time was well to the west of its present location. Everything east of The Transamerica Pyramid would have been underwater.

Many of the streets we know today were once long wharves that extended into the bay. Over the years abandoned boats along these wharves deteriorated and sank, or were intentionally scuttled in order to claim the land that eventually covered them.

It’s hard to visualize all of this. Until now. National Geographic just published a wonderful piece that includes a map of the area. It traces the old shoreline, and pinpoints where the sunken

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This weekend, it’s all about pride. With over 200 parade contingents and exhibitors, and more than twenty community-run stages and venues, the San Francisco Pride Celebration and Parade is the largest gathering of the LGBT community and allies in the nation.

Celebrations begin on Saturday in Civic Center Plaza. The Parade, which takes place Sunday morning, kicks off from Beale Street along Market and ends at Market and 8th St. in the heart of downtown San Francisco.

SF Pride includes two days of inspirational speakers and performers. The line up features Betty Who, Cazwell, Madame Gandhi, Kimberly Alvarenga, Dru Project, Maysam Sodagari, and more.

It will likely be cooler this weekend, but still nice, and that should make for perfect

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Peter Lawrence Kane with SFWeekly thinks Glena’s chicken torta might be the best sandwich in San Francisco. He describes it this way:

"This torta contains lightly fried chicken on a toasted French roll (like a fat baguette), with lettuce, avocado, cotija, onions, and black beans. The Cal-Mex flavor is strong, the crunch is satisfying without being overwhelming, and even though this is the species of sandwich for which dryness is a genuine risk, the entire shebang manages to be moist — and without tipping into gloppiness. Its vertical structure stays intact to the last bite, and everything is in the right proportion. Simply put, it’s a perfectly constructed sandwich."

Keep in mind Glena’s isn’t just a sandwich spot — it’s a full Mexican

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After the winter we had, it’s kind of nice to welcome a heat wave. On the other hand, it’s just so darn hot!

San Francisco hit 88 degrees yesterday, beating the record set in 1993 for June 18.  Today’s historic high is 92 degrees, and we’re not likely to reach that. But the heat will stay with us through Thursday. By Friday, the high pressure system lingering overhead will move toward the east, allowing cooler weather to work its way back in.

So you might as well make the most of this really warm weather while it lasts!

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The weather should be spectacular this weekend, and of course Father’s Day is on Sunday. The North Beach Festival takes place Saturday and Sunday, from 10 AM to 6 PM on both days. There’s also the Annual San Francisco Juneteenth Festival and the Japan Day Festival, both on Saturday. As to where to take your dad on Sunday, Father’s Day, for brunch, lunch, or dinner, Open Table has a nice guide. To see it, click here.

On the “Homes for Sale in San Francisco” front, here’s our report for this week, 6/11/17 – 6/17/17

As areas like Noe Valley and Bernal Heights run out of cheaper inventory, developers have set their sights on other neighborhoods with good views and access to neighborhood amenities, according to a recent piece on SFGate.com.

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The Golden State Warriors and friends celebrated their NBA Finals win at SoMa’s Harlot night club just hours after their victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

According to SFGate.com, team members started showing up at the club around 12:30 a.m., and as in the locker room after the game, the champagne flowed freely.

To see photos taken that night click here, and to learn more about today’s big championship parade and celebration in Oakland, click here.

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This weekend the North Beach Festival takes place both Saturday and Sunday, from 10 AM to 6 PM on both days. It’s going to be a warm weekend, perfect weather for this big event.

Organizers say the North Beach Festival is considered one of the country’s original outdoor festivals. The event is situated in the historic North Beach District, known to locals and visitors alike as San Francisco’s Little Italy, and the home of the famed beat generation.

The family-friendly North Beach Festival will feature over 125 arts and crafts booths, gourmet food booths, two stages of live entertainment, Italian street painting, beverage gardens, and more.

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Food trucks have become big in just a few short years. There are more than 100 permitted trucks in San Francisco County to date, according to SFGate.com.

Using an algorithm (of course), Yelp identified the top 15 among them. Below, we present the top three.

  • The Chairman Taiwanese cuisine, multiple locations hailthechairman.com
  • Señor Sisig Filipino cuisine, multiple locations senorsisig.com
  • Cooksoo Truck Korean and Italian cuisine, multiple locations cooksootruck.com

To see the entire list presented in a slideshow, click here.

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The Golden Sate Warriors return to Oracle Arena tonight up 3-1 in the series against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals. If this sounds familiar, that’s because this is exactly how it played out last year, just before the Golden State’s epic collapse – losing the series to Cleveland 7-3. Couldn’t happen again, right? Let’s hope not.

If the Warriors win tonight it will be absolute redemption, because that would mean winning Game 5 on their home court, just as we all thought they would last year. Unlike last year, Draymond Green will be playing, Stephen Curry will be healthy, and Kevin Durant will be on the court rather than Harrison Barnes – a very good player who played poorly in last year’s Finals.

The Warriors almost went 16-0 of

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