San Francisco Lifestyle

Hot new Lunch Spot in SF! Yummmmmmm…..

Hi All!  It was my colleagues turn to take me to lunch today – we check in monthly and compare business notes, chat about our successes and how we can improve!  We’re modern women looking for dining that reflects our sophisticated palates!

CompanyLunchThis time, I chose a new spot within 3 blocks of our Vanguard Properties office in the Inner Mission. The restaurant is “Company”.  It’s chic interior welcomes you, followed by the presentation of an impressive menu offering impeccable food choices. Our sandwich choice came with salad or fries and a cup of soup for $3 extra.  Since it was Parsnip soup, we both made the addition and chose the Open Brisket Sandwich.  Well….the salad was to die for, lightly tossed in a parmesean dressing, full of steamed beets and veges chopped in an enticing way, with wild greens.  The sandwhich of sheared brisket was heaped on a pumpernickel brioche bread and topped with a horseradish aioli slaw.  That’s 3 separate sammy’s in the pic!  Best described as fresh, innovative and delicious.

I would never be able to explain our dish as sumptiously as our server did.  He  made the food sound like art, and upon its’ arrival we were convinced.  I’ve now made it my Mission to let everyone know about this lunch spot and will be sure to take clients here.  They have a lovely wine list. (Although today was not that kind of lunch). After lunch, Owner, Thuay greeted us in such a friendly, warm manner.

We feel like we have made new friends and know of a secret gourmet spot in which to return again and again to try everything on their menu.  Hurry over, and afterwords take a stroll at the interesting shops, just a block away on Valencia.  Tell me what you think of our favorite new lunch spot, “Company” at 1000 Guerrero St. at 22nd. 415-374-7479


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Fouladi Projects- “The Fortune Teller”, a Hipcentric Gallery Opening in SF!

On Friday evening, 11/10 I parked in a lot on Valencia St., just past 14th Street.  With the helpful direction of art associate, Hope Bryson, at Fouladi Projects Art Gallery at 1803 Market Street,  I walked up the hidden bike path and crossed Octavia, drawn by the art in the window and ambient lighting.  A handsome couple were headed in the same direction.  This was an art reception with buzz.  I could feel it already.

Sitting at a long farm table was tarot card reader and gallery assistant, Ginger Murray, offering free readings to those brave enough.  A nice touch, since the theme for this opening featured an impressive body of work by artist, Russell Tyler aptly named “Fortune Teller”.  This is his first solo show with Fouladi Projects running from November 9th through December 15th.

I sought out and chatted with Russell Tyler and his lovely wife, Trudy Benson, who both reside, have their studios and paint in Brooklyn, NY.  “Trudy is an accomplished painter in her own right”, according to Holly Fouladi, Gallery owner, “Do you know they met at Pratt Institute when they were both in school.”  What a charming story, 2 painters, man and wife, living their dream.  This was a 4 day trip for them, to San Francisco for the opening; and we welcomed them with lovely weather that had just turned a little cooler that evening. 

Splashed along the main gallery walls were Russells’ works of art in bright bold, pops of color and texture, almost comic booky.  Not unlike himself, hip and handsome, cool, bespectacled & approachable.  All of his art displayed were larger works demonstrating a mash-up feeling of pop art, abstract expressionism, with each evoking a definitive feeling or spirit. He paints in a raw state, eschewing brushes for use of paints directly onto the canvas. Russell said, “I connect the lines”, indicating his approach to the structure of the peice and said, “Sometimes I have a vision and sometimes I begin and find the vision”.

Which brings me to an important philosphy in life and art ? “Is life a circle or a line?”  Or is a line a circle?  An ongoing debate in my own art class!

The piece I liked most, I photographed.  2 hands reaching toward the world with a third eye, a spider web, a cloud, woven string through fingers, items flying. Vivid pastels and primary blues, chartreuse, yellows brightly intertwining.  Rough and childlike with  mature themes.  There is definite intention in Russells’ work.  I asked Russels if he paints in only this style and he stated, “I have many styles”, which has me wanting to see his prior work and watch him closely in the future to see where this patently talented artist takes us.

Most noticibly is Russell’s committment to his work.You can see the progression of the paintings in this series.  I took a guess at which pieces came first and confirmed that I was right with his wife Trudy, who is Rusells’ greatest fan.  The last two works in the series nearly lept off the wall with their confirmation of the fortune telling theme, evoking scenes from our dream life or the idea that perhaps we can take our own future and define it or in fact design it, much like Isabelle Allende does with words.   With his final pieces in the series, it seems he reached a refinement and cleansing and completion of the theme, which is sure to take Russell to his bright future with his imagined “Fortune Teller” collection. Russell received his MFA from Pratt and has been widely exhibited on the Right Coast, Canada and now the ‘City by the Bay.’

Serving champagne and wine and a custom cake with a likeness of Russells’ painting, added an entertaining food and art twist to the reception.  The back room featured Objects D’art and ‘one of’s’, of other signifigant painters as well as mixed media pieces and two life size leaning cartoon tigers reminding me of “Snagglepuss” of the 60’s. 

Our gracious and beautiful hostess and gallery owner, Holly Fouladi was the co-owner of a gallery just a few blocks away for over 10 years when she decided to venture out on her own.  Open just about 6 months, Fouladi Projects is new and already attracting an array of clientele, from San Francisco’s hip and artcentric, art enthusiasts & art bloggers like myself, collectors, young professionals, and of course, other artists!

Holly’s choice of gallery artists feature a mix of up and coming and known artists. I love that she is bringing artists from other areas to expose and share in the sophisticated San Francisco art scene.  Holly said she chooses art that moves her keen eye and really gets to know the artists, whether emerging or known artists, it is the whole story behind the artist and their art that makes Hollys’ approach on point and current.  Keep an eye on the experienced gallerist, Holly Foouladi, her warm, hip, happening and welcoming gallery and make sure you sign up for her email notifications for upcoming receptions at  Hope to see you at the next opening, I’ll be there!




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City Art Gallery Reception! Great art!

On Friday November 11, I had the privelege of attending an opening and reception for more than 20 artists at City Art Gallery located at 828 Valencia St in the Mission District.

It was coincidentally the Day of the Dead with a celebration and parade in the Inner Mission, so the streets were filled with painted faces and revelers.  An exciting nite in the Mission, which comes alive at night with cafes, shops and pubs welcoming everyone!

This gallery is co-operative, so 80% of the proceeds of any sale go directly to the artists.  The gallery sells more than $100k of art per year and showcases a wonderfully diverse set of artists, that change monthly.  There is always something new to see like oil and acrylic paintings to giclees’ jewelry, handcrafted objects d’art, wood block prints, printmaking pieces.  Link to on-line gallery:

Their concept is that the artist pays to become a member, joins the group, then pays to showcase their art in any month of their choosing and contributes time to meeting before the reception, hanging their own art (placement by lottery) and /or participates in the food and beverage service for the reception.  I love how affordable this makes it for emerging artists or anyone, to show their art in a gallery.  Of course, the art must be juried first!

Make sure to stop into this hip and happening gallery and enjoy the revolving exhibitions. Support your local San Francisco artists and make a purchase.  Art is priced between $100.-$1000. – quite affordable!

I attend many art openings, always promising that I’ll keep my pocketbook closed, though the temptation is great and I feel wonderful purchasing art and supporting artists, being a painter myself.  On this night, I couldn’t resist and I purchased a wonderful ‘Vamps Gallery’ woodblock print from artist Katie Gilmartin, a successful studio artist in San Francisco.  She’s a fun character herself and her art is so ‘Pulp’ and well done., mounted on beautiful french pulp paper and framed.  Double Pulp!! She offers limited editions of her prints.


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Dinner with recent 1st Time Homeowners and Their Endorsement

One of my husbands’ favorite restuarants in San Francisco is the “original” flagship restuarant, Fresca, a Peruvian delight on West Portal Avenue where we have been dining for 10 years! This was our choice to take my clients who just closed on their Twin Peaks home at 20 Parkridge Dr. #9 for $510,000.  This 2 Bedroom, 1 Bath, gorgeous condo had been completely remodeled like new and for an extra bonus, the majestic Downtown and Bay views were just what they were looking for and reportedly, are very happy with.

“We are writing to express our gratitude in working with Realtor Erika Burke. We have just purchased our first home and are very happy with Erika.  She has been the catalyst to get us through the anxiety-producing process of buying a home, streamlining the process and making it happen in a timely manner. Not only has she guided us through the purchase with extensive real estate knowledge, but Erika is also personable and humorous enough to make it a joy. We are completely satisfied with the outcome. Erika has been the greatest agent, and we recommend her to everyone.”  G. Soltani – Buyer

The Food and wine, Albarino as always, are outstanding.  Try authentic dishes like Lomo Saltado – Sliced Steak in scrumptious sauce over rice or fries, a traditional Peruvian dish, or Corvina over risotto cake with an Ancho Sauce or Baked Trout in an iron skillet, Camarrones al Pisco; an appetizer with a Pisco sauce that is not to be missed.  My Mom and husband rounded out the group for a glorious meal and celebration!!


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My mention in the Examiner – I was Co-Chair for a successful Fundraising event!

Special Examiner Real Estate Section:  I/We are in the Press. Our “Evening of Art and Fashion” at Vanguard Properties on 7/25 went off swimmingly well, raising $10,000. for Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco.   We exhibited “In-house Resident Agent Art” for exhibit and sale, and had an “In-House Fashion Designer” Show and Silent Auction of Art and other objects of beauty. Check out Page 3 in the Examiners’ Digital Edition for my mention in the Press Release.  Check out my previous blog post for pics.


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I am proud of my brainchild as event organizer & silent auction Co-Chair….this event was concieved to celebrate the Realtors of Vanguard Properties, as individuals, who like myself and my Co-Chair, Mitch Laufer, Vanguard Marketing Director and event planner extraordinaire,  are also artists and designers while performing at high levels in their real estate careers.  I loved the idea of bringing together business and art while contributing to a worthy cause.  The event resonated with the participants and attendees alike as a fun, exciting and enriching evening while we raised funds and gave back in a meaningful way. (My art is in this crowd shot)

Vanguard properties one of the fastest growing Real Estate brokerages in San Francisco hosted an evening of Art and fashion to benefit Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco. Pictured right –  Deven Richardson and Daniel Smith of Habitat GSF with Erika Burke. The event was Sponsored by Principal James Nunemacher and co-chaired by exhibiting artists, Erika Burke and Lynn Brei, both agents at Vanguard Properties who liased with Habitat Events Coordinator , Arti Sharma who all planned the event with tireless determination.  Habitats’ Senior Director of Development adressed the crowd explaining all that they do in our community.

The resident Artists and Fashion designers, all Vanguard Properties agents and or employees showcased and sold their works of Art and Fashion with 30% of the proceeds benefitting Habitat GSF.

A silent auction was also held during the festivities where 100% of the proceeds from the sale of art and many objects of desire were purchased. Attendees had choices of Hotel stays, to cosmetic treatments and of course all art was donated by the artists in residence.

In addition to art there was also a fashion show,                     (pictured right – Jonathan Deason, Agent with model), orchestrated by yet another Vanguard agent. Jen Fritz, owner/designer of Warrior Within and agent, who put together an amazing show using all Vanguard Agents as models with their escorts, while showcasing her creations.

Having raised nearly $10,000.00 For Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco the successful evening is the first of what Vanguard plans to make an annual fundraising event.

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Sleek lifestyle at 200 Brannan #506 – Luxury Bay Living in San Francisco’s South Beach.

Today I had the pleasure of viewing a luxury Penthouse at 200 Brannan in the exclusive South Beach neighborhood, steps from the Embarcadero, near the Ferry Building, South Parks’ 2nd St. restaurants and boutique’s, Giants Stadium, only steps from San Franciscos’ quintessential bay views and numerous outdoor activities. Close to the Bay Bridge, 101 and 280 and public transportation.

200 Brannan is one sleek, beautifully kept, luxury condominium building of 191 homes.

As an experienced luxury Realtor, I am the appointed representive for 200 Brannan through our Vanguard Properties website and will keep you informed of the latest offerings.  I will arrange your private showing or provide accurate comparables and comparisons for your home sale at 200 Brannan.

I view every home with the idea in mind of who the buyer might be, and ask, “Would I live there myself”? I can give a definite “Yes”, to the current offering of penthouse Unit 506 and easily picture a sophisticated couple, business bachelor or bachelorette, design or art world professional, luxury pied-a-terre seeker, or a young urban dweller making this prestigious offering their home.

Greeted at the door by the engaging door man, Roberto, one immediately feels secure and that they are entering an exclusive, service oriented, 5 star living experience, from the atrium entry, to the exquisitely chosen neutral palette on the walls of the quiet, plushly carpeted hallways. Dotting those walls are custom art and photographs that are finished with sophisticated lighting; which guide you past the serene green bamboo ground floor courtyard and on to the multiple elevators that bring you closest to your home.


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The Scoop on the Americas Cup – What’s Happening #LiveinLuxurySF Blog

As a member of The San Francisco Luxury Marketing Council, I attended a presentation of “America’s Cup – Everything you need to know”, Hosted by Al Nucifora at The City Club at 155 Sansome tonite. Presenter, Napa Valley Vintners’ Association served an array of Napa Boutique Wines and and was introduced as the Official Wine of the America’s Cup. Napa wines will exclusively be served at the events. In Napa Valley, 95% of vineyards are family owned, 80% produce 10,000 cases and less. There are 45 acres of planted vineyards which is only 9% of the county. They will be partnering to offer promotion for visitors to visit Napa during their Bay Area holiday.

The America’s Cup is a series of regatta’s held in top venues around the world, sailing the AC45’s, the fastest catamarans with cutting edge wing sail technology. The marketing message is that this event is “Innovative and Revolutionary”. They have 28 Broadcast Partners, have recieved 5.8 million UTube Views and expect 370K spectators to take in the World Series of Racing.

Time to make your home a short term rental or if you are ready to sell, prepare in time for the quickly approaching race dates!

Pier 39 will be host to the America’s Cup Village and the Finish Line where you can get up close and personal with sailor and take in bands at theAmphitheater.                                  Piers 27/29 Will be home to the International Broadcast and Media Center to coordinate and support more than 1,000 journalists.

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The Millenium-San Francisco Luxury Resort Highrise Living

Yesterday, I toured San Franciscos’ Luxury Tower, The Millenium with  my colleague, Uche Nchekwube, M.B.A., Realtor at Vangaurd Properties.  We were greeted by the valet as we drove up and met by  the buildings’ concierge who escorted us to our private showing appointment.We had the luxury of viewing the gorgeous homes currently offered for sale.

Our showings consisted of a visit to the City View residences, loft like urban dwellings with seamless finishes like marble bath and kitchen, soaking tub, sleek cabinetry, picture windows, and urban views! Very modern, streamlined and sophisticted. The hallways are quiet, plush and serene. Then we were escorted to model homes at the ‘Residences’, 1 and 2 bedroom homes on the lower floors and the slightly larger, Grand Resdiences with stupdendous views, on the upper floors. They have numerous floor plans to choose from, for each Residence group. We saw Floor Plans A, C and F, each featuring something specical, an extra walk-in closet, a guest room/office, a den, more square footage, a commanding view, a new and different lay out! It’s easy to see why the most exclusive buyers are making the Millenium their home. It’s fresh, clean, beautifully designed and luxurious. Everything has been thought of for you in terms of surroundings, service and comfort.

There are enormous views available of the City and the bay and our colorful urban landscape. In our busy lives, the Milleniums’ Owners’ level offers the relaxation, socialization and comfort that one would book a resort stay for. Spanning the entire lower level, you will find a temperature controlled wine storage locker, a wine tasting room shaped like a wine barrell, an owners lounge with the latest magazines & periodicals with a fireplace, private dining room, and a snack/coffee bar. If that’s not enough you can take advantage of the movie theater, the indoor swimming pool, the private spa rooms and lounge by the enormous fireplace on the outdoor terrace. Wanting to exercise, there is a workout room, pilates studio and fully equipped gym, plus a play room for the kids. The concierge on this level can arrange any private party or event in any room on this level for you.

At every turn The Millenium offers an air of luxury and sophistication that is evident from the moment of entry. These homes demonstrate the  exclusivity that is sure to appeal to the most discerning city dwellers and home owners. Allow me to fill you in on some of the features and benefits of these homes and schedule your private showing. Reach out at 415.321.7076 to view at your convenience.

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Academy Awards 2012 Quick Review

Billy Crystal was impeccable tonite as presenter of the 84th Academy Awards. This is one red carpet and awards show I make sure to watch! This year, Nine Films were nominated for Best Picture.

Billy’s opening number delivered and some of his one liners hit home! I think it’s true, a lot of the actors are smaller and shorter than we realize, though they surely look good on the big screen. The French do have cause for celebration winning the Academy’s Best Actors and Best Film awards, though my French friends DO exhibit joy, contrary to Billy’s contrary joking!

Missing from the audience were Jack Nicholson, though I did see Tony Bennett. The camera as usual loves Brad and Angelina plus this years “most panned to”, George Clooney and Stacey Keibler, so beautifully dressed in a gold Marchesa gown. Tina Fey surprised us in an elegant eggplant colored gown with peplum and delivered her funny lines as presenter having me laugh out loud as usual.

Octavia Spencer won the Best Supporting Actress for “The Help” and was so grateful in her teary heartfelt acceptance speech. 20120227-094038.jpg

It was humbling and well deserved though I say, “Don’t miss the book”, as with most films it captures nuance the film doesn’t convey. My pick for Best supporting actress was Jessica Chastain from the same film. I hadn’t realized it was her when watching the film until the credits rolled. She is one to watch.

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Pinterest – The newest Social Networking Platform!

Attending a webinar this morning on Pinterest, which is the fastest growing social networking site.  I’m learning that it’s all about the topics and how creative you can be in naming your topic.  You can put links back to your Blog and site which is key.

Pic from a Bora Bora Pinboard

Their method of reaching out is through pinboards that house photos of your choosing that you can caption and therefore form an outline of whatever it is you have to say or are promoting.  Since it is so easy these days to take pics and upload them right away -this should be an easy fit for most of us. 

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World-Class Luxury Home Shopping in San Francisco

Surrounding Union Square are some of the Cities best offerings for those looking for that exclusive luxury home vase, work of art, custom upholstered furniture or unique, one of a kind accessory to add to your homes elegance?  San Francisco hosts a myriad of luxury home stores for you to fulfill your decorating itch. 

Try Gumps, a harbinger of elegance and sophistication,  at 135 Post St. in San Francisco.  ‘Ohh and ahh’ through their beautifully dressed retail store.  Contact their concierge to host your private event, cocktail reception or dinner, bridal event or arrange a private seminar with one of their designers or artists. 

Nearby find Neiman Marcus at 150 Stockton Street, now showing Spring Home Trends like their “Global Perspective, New Preppy, Nouveau Cottage, Coastal Charm and the traditional Country Estates”.  Designer’s like Lily Pulitzer, Calvin Klein Home, Mac-Kenzie Childs, and Jonathan Adler contribute to the homes collections.  For Baccarat and Lalique, this is your destination. 

This Friday you can catch Barton Perrerias’ Sunglass Trunk show at another luxe shopping “go to”, at Barney’s New York’s San Francisco store at 77 O’Farrell Street at 11am. Barney’s sets itself appart with  its’ selection of sophisticated urban decor, tech and travel, desk, gourmet and even the dog department.

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San Franciscos’ Americas Cup Yacht Race

San Francisco has been positioning itself for the America’s Cup race to be held here, with the hope that it brings scores of visitors to make this a tour de force event a cash cow for our economy. The City has been negotiating a deal to fix old worn out piers in exchange for development rights. The question is the draw of the event and whether it will deliver as the City expects.

Over the next 2 years, 58 days of racing will take place. The City would benefit by the influx of attendees’ to restaurants and hotels. Slow fundraising has been a concern for county supervisors who know that $52m is earmarked to spend on prepping for the event.

Analysis of the anticipated 8,800 jobs creation, and $1.4Billion in revenue were made from other America’s cup events held worldwide. As of now, only 3 of the 9 expected teams have signed on for the 2013 finals.

The America’s Cup organization stands behind its forecast, while some supervisors believe the projection is grossly overestimated. San Francisco has a world renown sailing tradition, multiple yacht clubs, visible weekly Regatta’s on the bay which will have us looking forward to seeing if this event brings the funds, crowds and participation anticipated or is a complicated way to repair a waterfront badly in need of attention….and it looks like, possible development.


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Touring San Francisco Luxury Property

Today I took out a client who wanted to tour luxury property in all neighborhoods of the City!  That was a big bill to fill as luxury means something different to each person.  In this case, it was in the form of at least a 3 Bedroom, 3 Bath home of over 1800 SqFt, with a price point of $1m-$2.3m and up.

Luckily that is easily achievable in our town.  Though we are a great city, buyers often note, its’ diverse neighborhoods make it feel like a town.  We began our tour in St. Francis Woods.  Known as District 4, this neighborhood sports detached mansion like homes on larger parcels of property.  I would call this “the country in the middle of the city”.  Some of our oldest and most beautiful Mediterranean and Spanish style homes are in this neighborhood that exudes a charming elegance.  They loved West Portal, the 3 block shopping district at the base of St. Francis woods and its’ boutiques, pubs, cafe’s and art cinema.

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Take a walk on the wild side

There is a special natural fabric of the city that is made by its’ open preserved space.  Golden Gate Park, The Presidio, Fort Funston, Fort Mason, Stern Grove, Mountain Lake Park, and Lands’ End. These spaces provide leisure activity in the form of hiking, walking, biking, picnicking and more. 

Take a approx. 3 mile round trip hike from near the Cliff House and Sutro Baths’ on a bay ridge trail with outstanding views to reach Lands end outlook bordering Sea Cliff neighborhood.  Travel to the base of Presidio to find Crissy field, an old airstrip on the former Army base that serves as a greenbelt for a lengthy bayside trail that leads from the Marina District to the Golden Gate Bridge.  The Presidio itself has multiple hiking trails where you can be among the trees and get away from it all, stretching from Crissy field all the way to Laurel Heights and the Richmond District.

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San Francisco boot camps are all the rage

San Francisco boot camps are all the rage.  I don’t mean the military kind, but rather the sunrise exercise classes taking place outside, in all neighborhoods throughout the City.  Anywhere from 4 large groups of fitness devotees will be taken on a series of high intensity exercises using the environment for props and as a backdrop.  Ever see a group stretching at the big magnolias in Delores Park.  Or doing push-ups against a bike rack?

Thinking my Yoga routine had qualified me, I decided to join a boot camp recently and I’m embarrassed to report that I made it through the warm-up and not much more.  I realized that I have to ramp up my routine just to join these dedicated athletes. Continue reading

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Houseplants are Easy-How To Secret!

Houseplants.  We are 7×7 in San Francisco.  That is 7 miles by 7 miles.  Not all of us have outdoor space, though in the City many of us are lucky to have our little slice of land in the back yard.  If you don’t have that, it doesn’t mean you can’t have fabulous greenery that is living, in your very own home.

Here is my best kept secret.  Purchase potting soil and a pot that is a little bigger than the plant you have purchased, drop in a screen to cover the hole in the bottom of the pot (purchased at a garden supply store) and some gravel or old pot shards as a small bottom layer. Ease the plant out of the pot by turn it on its’ side and holding close to the stem(s), drop it into the pot with some soil previously placed in the pot leveling the top of your new plant about 1-2” below the rim.  Surround it with soil and press the plant down, and tamp the soil down lightly.

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San Francisco Treasures, Our Museums

I confess, I’m addicted.  To San Francisco’s’ museums.  It’s true.  If you go to one, watch out, you will become addicted too, in a very good way.  There are dozens to choose from, many centrally located and accessible by public transportation.  Some are housed in architectural treasures, like the Palace of Legion of Honor on the Inner Richmond near Lands End.  Before you even enter you are entranced by the sweeping stair, the lawns and fountains, and the breathtaking view of the Golden Gate Bridge.  They offer changing exhibitions from all corners of the earth, along with their impressive old masters collection.  Last year I took in 2 exhibitions and saw a concert!

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Maiden Lane-The Quaint Shopping Street you don’t want to miss

Talking about Union Square for holiday shopping, take a seat on the parks’ steps or benches in the center and watch the passerby while you determine what world class shop to visit!

Weekends you may find art events, performances and in the winter an ice skating ring.  A preserved plot of land that can never be built on due to a trust of its’ original owner.  Around the square are some of the most famous stores in the world!  This is luxury shopping  and dining central, but know that a deal can still be had.

My favorite secret of the area is Maiden Lane.  A 2 block side street between Geary and Post, featuring shops like Hermes, Chanel, Marc Jacobs, Prada, Brittex Fabrics, a number of salons and  charming little cafes with outdoor tables.  During the day, the street is blocked to traffic for easy navigation and dining.  These are the back door entrances to these highly touted shops, making your journey quaint.  Take in their windows that change regularly for some high art window dressing.  When the ballet season began last year, almost every vendor featured mannequins with authentic vintage ballet costumes.

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Starring San Francisco, CA

San Francisco doesn’t get much media attention outside of the tech bubble. So I was very excited when Contagion — a star-studded action thriller about an international pandemic— filmed on our streets. (I kept walking my dog around Washington Square park hoping he would be asked to be an extra. no go.) The film was shot all of San Francisco with the intention of highlighting their location in the city.

Filming movies in San Francisco pumps pride into city residents, and money into the economy. Hopefully we will start to see more and more movies filming here! Up next is the HBO production “Hemingway & Gellhorn,” starring Nicole Kidman and Clive Owen.

What are some other famous films starring the City by the Bay? Here are some of the Estate’s Groups favorites:

MILK Sean Penn earned an Oscar when he portrayed gay activist Harvey Milk in the rally cry for equal rights. Follow the uber-talented supporting cast (Franco, Hirsch, Brolin) through the Castro in the ’70s, a.k.a. a pretty entertaining place to be.

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Estates Group’s preferred Stager

Robin Chudy of Robinsnest Design is a stager whom we rely upon to add the furniture, design and staging that make our listings so appealing.

Robin has a wonderful eye, and always consults at the beginning of our listing process to make sure she has the right vision for the space.  She adds custom art (many of the pieces painted by Robin herself).  Robin goes the extra mile – making sure her stages remain pristine throughout the showing process.  I know that when Robin is called in to stage an Estates Group Listing not only will the job  be done with no fuss or issues, but it will exceed our expectations.  To see a sample of her work, visit our current listing at 450 San Bruno Ave., San Francisco, CA 94110.


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Retail Therapy for Luxury Shoppers at Stonestown Galleria, San Francisco

Yesterday was a Saturday and it included some retail therapy at the closest mall on the West side of our City. Although San Francisco Real Estate requires a real devotion of time and energy,  I got lucky and took a moment to “get a little early holiday shopping in”.

Convenient to West Portal, St. Francis Woods, Lake Merced, The Sunset, Forest Knolls and Twin Peaks.  Stonestown Galleria Shopping Mall is located on 19th Avenue near UCSF and the entrance to the 280 FWY. Besides the traditional shops like Macy’

s, Victoria’s Secret, Williams-Sonoma, L’Occitane, Godiva Chocolate, See’s Candies and more, there are several restaurants outside of the food court, Chevy’s and Olive Garden (both great for kids). The food court has wonderful choices, its’ true, like Sushi, a juice bar and so forth.  Trader Joes is located in front of Nordstrom with street access and plenty of parking too. Continue reading

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Vintage Show!

Amazing Vintage clothing and jewelry show at the San Francisco Concourse Sat and Sun Sept 17 and 18th.  Some of the country’s top vintage store owners and suppliers showed their wares including vintage couture clothing and jewelry. Think names like Schiaparelli and Chanel. From Vintage to Mod- they covered it all! Here is the place to channel Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn… or Kat Von D! We caught pics of San Francisco’s vintage fans and smiles everywhere. Erika picked up vintage jewelry re-purposed by Juniper Tree Vintage on Lakeshore in Oakland whose designer is incredibly talented! Plus an evening scarf bedazzled with sequins.

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A Holiday Shopping Event – Dress for Success San Francisco!

Dress for Success truly puts on an elegant show and knows how to entertain us while we loosen our purse strings, bid on the auction items, pick up a few holiday gifts while giving to a good cause.
The Lovely Ms. Rodriguez, having benefited from the programs tutelage, was our guest speaker, letting us all know how DFS helped her define her career goals, spurned her to “get in shape” and has made her want to give back in her own life!  Truly inspirational. Continue reading
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Rose and Red Velvet event tonight!

Red Velvet Cupcakes from Mission Minis

I am hosting a fabulous event tonight to showcase 179 Douglass #2. Come enjoy the San Francisco sunshine in this light filled apartment with outdoor garden while indulging in cupcakes and wine. As the apartment is within walking distance of the Castro and UpperMarket we are hoping you will stop by for a pre dinner beverage and snack! Try not to spoil your appetite, those mission mini cupcakes are addictive!

The price on this unit is newly reduced to $599,900- and won’t last long!

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