February 1, 2014


Hidden Gardens In Pacific Heights

April 7, 2013

These four homes all have huge green spaces — you would never know by passing them on the street.  This is the corner of California and Franklin in Pacific Heights:

four houses in my 'hood

Game Day!

January 12, 2013

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August 19, 2012

SPOILER ALERT:  Another Great Night at Jacks

I was meeting a colleague for supper on our way over to Yoshi’s to see the Jazz Crusaders.  My very first thought was Jack’s on Fillmore.  My wife and I used to hang out there A LOT a few years back but things changed and we moved closer to Polk Street yadda yadda…

Anyway, I was on the #23 approaching Jack’s at about 8p last Saturday — there were perhaps 10 or 12 really stylish folks waiting to get in — a very good sign.  Getting off the bus I bumped into my bud and we threaded our way in the front door.

Jack was helping out table #1 — the big one in the window .  Now everyone knows that Jack is EXPERT on Italian and Spanish wines — I heard him doing his thing while we hung out.

A few minutes later he “created” a two-top and we sat down.  The place was buzzing with conversations, food, wine, and just a very nice atmosphere.  We could see the wait staff “sailing” around the room with steaming plates.

I ordered a Prosecco (naturally) and didn’t even look at the menu.  The bruschetta came out — Jack’s amouse bouche — such a nice touch but can be tricky, right?  The tomato/garlic melange is just perfect here — another good sign.

knew I wanted Jack’s famous Julienne  squash w/ almonds and peccorino — you know the dish from Jack’s youtube video.  It came out promptly and did not disappoint.  I ordered another Prosecco to go with my salmon.  Has anyone but me noticed the salmon this year is spectacular?  The dish came out perfectly executed:  salmon over greens — so simple but so good.

Finished off with some Escencia and then off to Yoshi’s.

NOTE TO SELF:  Need to get back to Jack’s more often — amazing kitchen, great atmosphere, easy on the wallet — and, of course, Jack in the house.

Have you seen this car?

January 30, 2011

1983 Porsche 911 SC Targa in Hellblau Metallic with California License Plate:  6MPJ 415.  Right front fender is noticably lighter and read deck has a gash on the driver side next to the left rear speaker.

Current 2011 Registration Sticker and Pacific Heights Neigborhood Permit [G] on left rear bumper.

Stolen over the weekend — probably Saturday night 30th Jan 2011.  This car has 280k miles, is a daily driver, and has nearly no value to anyone except me.

San Francisco Real Estate Update

November 12, 2009

I had breakfast with a collegaue from Paragon Real Estate this morning, Oggi Kashi.  I’ve known Oggi for about 8 years now and he is a Broker Associate these days.  We talked about local trends, financing, momentum, etc.  He just sent me this chart:

SFRE Chart

Here’s what it all means:    The chart illustrates the difference between an investment made on January 1, 2000 in one of the major U.S. stock indices and one made in either a San Francisco house or condominium.  This is simply a sample analysis to show how real estate usually appreciates over the longer term:  numbers may change dramatically according to the period used in the calculation.

Since it is based upon an all-cash purchase, it does not adjust for the fact that a home bought all cash could be lived in or rented without any mortgage expense, which is certainly a major added value that does not pertain to stock ownership. If one made the calculation based upon a 20% or 25% down-payment, the return on investment on real estate purchased would soar into the hundreds of percent.

Even in periods when the stock markets generate a good return on investment, one should note that significant capital gains taxes apply to stocks, but primary residences occupied for a minimum period of time, are exempt from capital gains taxes for the first $250,000 – $500,000 of gain depending on whether the purchaser was one or two persons.

San Francisco real estate has usually proven to be an excellent investment over the longer term due to the advantages of leverage, the incredible tax benefits of home-ownership in the United States, and local demographic and appreciation trends.

Thanks for passing this along Oggi.



November 10, 2009


1967 Clay Street, San Francisco, CA 94109

October 20, 2009

1967 Clay Street: 3bdr + Library/Office, 2.5ba

1967 Clay Street is a condominium in the Pacific Heights neighborhood of San Francisco and is part of the HOA called 1963-1963a-1965-1967 Clay Street Homeowners Association. There are four (4) condominium units in our association — three (3) are owner-occupied. The dues are $492.61/month for this unit. This includes twice weekly trash/recycling pickup and every other week janitorial services. The HOA fees also include SF City water and a complete package of insurance plus annual bookkeeping and tax preparation services.

The owners purchased the unit in the August 2006 and completely gutted the interior in February 2007. All utilities and services are new including wiring and plumbing. The unit was occupied by the current owners in March 2008.

This condominium is nearly 1900 square feet and is nicely divided in public and private spaces giving a sense of elegance and livability throughout.

• Three Bedrooms (Master Bedroom, 2nd bedroom, 3rd bedroom)
• Library with floor to ceiling custom walnut cabinetry and bookshelves
• Two Full Baths plus Powder Room
• Formal Entry Foyer
• Coat closet + storage in foyer
• Eat-in Kitchen with Seidman custom cabinetry
• Living Room / Dining Room (24 x 15)
• Gas (or wood) Fireplace with Wall Switch
• Granite Fireplace Enclosure + Mantel (see photo)
• Central Hall Closet w/ double doors
• Laundry Closet w/ additional linen closet
• “Tree House” Deck off the master bedroom
• Deeded Garage Parking for one car
• Storage in Garage

In addition:
• All new copper plumbing and electrical throughout
• New walls and ceilings throughout to Level 5 finish (simulates plaster)
• New double-pane windows in the living room and throughout (but not every window replaced)
• All new custom-designed doors
• All Tile and Stone sourced at Walker Zanger & IRG; fabricated and installed by New Marble
• Custom-designed interior doors and mouldings throughout
• Floors either new or refinished
• Granite Countertop in Kitchen
• Marble Countertop in Library, Master Bath, and Powder Room
• Master Bedroom South-facing “wall of light” with French Doors to deck
• Master Bedroom Walk-in Closet w/ “his and hers” areas
• Additional 64 cu/ft storage in master bedroom closet area above closests
• Master Bath with two Barbara Barry sinks (“hers” model)
• Master Bath Shower Enclosure with two hansGrohe shower heads (one fixed and one hand shower) + Bench + 3 Recesses for Soap/Shampoo.
• Guest Bath has new Porcher porcelain over cast iron tub
• Guest Bath Plumbing Fixtures all new Kohler Pinstripe
• Rinnai on-demand hot water throughout
• Cable Television, Stereo, Telephone, and Internet in every room
• Living room is prepped for “5:1 Home Theater” 6 speakers (Two Front; Two Rear: Center + Subwoofer)
• Lutron Programmable Light Switches throughout

Complete custom kitchen
o Two Sinks/Two ovens + Microwave/Two Dishwashers
o Full height pantry with pull-out shelves
o Butlers Pantry with wine refrigerator and wine storage racks

All New Kitchen Appliances
o DCS 36″ 6-burner Range
o DCS 27″ Wall Oven
o KA Microwave
o KA 36″ Refrigerator w/ Freezer Below
o KA Wine Refrigerator
o KA Main Dishwasher
o KA 1/2 Drawer Dishwasher (Mftr’d by Fisher-Peykel)
o Maytag Front Loading Stacked Washer/Dryer
o Custom Main Sink (Undermount) w/ Insinkerator Disposer
o Prep Sink w/ Insinkerator Disposer
o Insinkerator On-demand Hot Water
o Insinkerator On-demand Filtered Water

There are some design ideas that you may have noticed:

• Counter heights in kitchen and baths are higher than standard
• Door heights are raised to nearly 8’ throughout
• Baseboards are nearly 11″ and are custom throughout
• Floors are espresso w/ semi-gloss finish