This weekend the 2017 San Francisco Marathon takes place on Sunday, with the expo happening on Friday, noon to 7 P.M., and Saturday 9A.M. to 5 P.M. at Fort Mason. Also on Saturday and Sunday, the 79th Annual Ginza Bazaar and 86th Annual Bon Odori take place, presented by the Buddhist Church of San Francisco, 1881 Pine Street at Octavia Street.

On the “Homes for Sale in San Francisco” front, here’s our report for this week, 7/16/17 – 7/22/17

Hill & Co. just released its 2nd Quarter 2017 San Francisco Real Estate Report. If you haven’t already seen it, you might want to take a look.

Stories and features include:

• A Lead Story Reporting that San Francisco Home Values Reached All-Time Highs in the Second Quarter
• A Status Update on the

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Want to see the high-rise building you’ll be looking up to in coming years? Check out’s feature on 16 high-rises currently under construction. The piece includes a description of each building, an illustration of how it will look when completed, and map showing you exactly where each building will be located.

To be included in the feature, a building must be eight or more stories when completed. Towers must have broken ground already or be on the verge of doing so within the next few months.

See the entire page by clicking here.

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According to, the San Francisco Marathon is a loop course, taking runners on a journey around the city, hitting gorgeous locales and iconic landmarks all along the way. The race starts at the Embarcadero and Mission Street, traversing San Francisco.

There’s a full marathon, a half marathon, and 5K race. The Marathon starts at 5:30 A.M. on Sunday, and the San Francisco Marathon Expo takes place on Friday (noon-7 P.M.) and Saturday (9 A.M.-5 P.M.) at Fort Mason Center.

For complete details, click here.

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Seems like this space has been in remodel mode forever! The location was once home to Tacolicious  — which moved to 2250 Chestnut Street — and crews have finally finished their work. Asian Box opened last week, and we think it’s a welcome addition to the neighborhood.

According to, Asian Box first opened in Palo Alto in 2012, and can now be found in Burlingame, Mountain View, San Jose, Los Angeles, and Irvine Campus Plaza.

Daily specials are offered alongside the option to create a custom box with noodle, rice, or salad bases, plus protein, sauce, and additions like “Asian Street dust,” which is trademarked. Cocktails are also served at this location, a first for the mini-chain.

2031 Chestnut Street, 415.288.3688

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Another week, another fabulous art exhibition. This time it’s taking place at the Legion of Honor, now through September 24. Degas, Impressionism, and the Paris Millinery Trade features approximately 40 Impressionist paintings and pastels, including key works by Degas—many never before exhibited in the United States—as well as those by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Édouard Manet, Mary Cassatt, and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, along with 40 exquisite examples of period hats.

“Best known for his depictions of Parisian dancers and laundresses, Edgar Degas (French, 1834-1917) was enthralled with another aspect of life in the French capital—high-fashion hats and the women who created them. The artist, invariably well-dressed and behatted himself, ‘dared to

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AIDS Walk San Francisco takes place on Sunday. It’s a 10K fundraising walk starting and ending in Golden Gate Park. Thousands will participate in this year’s event. The Renegade Craft Fair happens on both Saturday and Sunday at Fort Mason, and there’s a Bastille Day celebration at Justin Herman Plaza from 11 A.M. to 8 P.M. on Saturday.

On the “Homes for Sale in San Francisco” front, here’s our report for this week, 7/9/17 – 7/15/17

SF Property Assessments Hit $231.2 billion After 10.8% Rise

Thanks to new construction, rising real estate prices and higher inflation, the assessed value of Bay Area real and personal property rose to about $1.6 trillion for 2017-18, up by $110 billion, or 7.4 percent, from the year before. What’s more,

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There are probably hundreds of reasons to visit Golden Gate Park, but just named ten for your consideration this summer. We think they’re on to something, so we thought we’d pass them along.

  1. Free Sunday concerts with the Golden Gate Park Band
  2. Nightlife at the California Academy of Sciences every Thursday evening
  3. Flower Piano at the San Francisco Botanical Garden
  4. Friday nights at the de Young Museum for after-hour happenings
  5. Shakespeare on Strawberry Hill
  6. The “Photosynthesis” experience at the Conservatory of Flowers
  7. Bike and Segway tours of the park
  8. Boat rentals on Stow Lake
  9. The Dahlia Garden
  10. The Rhododendron Dell, a homage to John McLaren, the former superintendent of the park

For the whole story

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AIDS Walk San Francisco takes place on Sunday. It’s a 10K fundraising walk starting and ending in Golden Gate Park. Thousands will participate in this year’s event.

AIDS WALK San Francisco benefits Project Open Hand, Positive Resource Center, the Golden Compass Program at Ward 86, as well as dozens of other HIV/AIDS programs and services in the Bay Area. Organizers say that AIDS Walk San Francisco is the largest AIDS fundraising event in Northern California

9:45 A.M. – Opening Ceremony
10:30 A.M. – AIDS Walk San Francisco Begins
12:30 P.M. – Post Walk Concert

For registration and more information, please click here.

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It’s being reported everywhere, because this really is big news — especially for long-time San Francisco residents.

According to and, the historic Telegraph Hill restaurant Julius’ Castle has been granted permission to reopen after more than a decade of closure. SF Planning Commissioners voted unanimously last week to allow owner and neighborhood resident Paul Scott to proceed with his plan to restore the long-vacant landmark to its glory days, when celebrities like Marlon Brando and Ginger Rogers would pack the dining room to enjoy some of the City’s best views.

Opened in 1922, the “castle” is named for proprietor Julius Roz, an Italian immigrant with regal tastes. He created a fanciful Gothic revival structure with

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Have you seen the show United Shades of America on CNN? If you have, then you know what we’re talking about. If you haven’t, then you’ve got to see it.  The Chronicle just profiled its star, W. Kamau Bell, who got his big break with a one man show in San Francisco called “The W. Kamau Bell Curve: Ending Racism in About an Hour.”

Now, on United Shades of America, he travels the country, and talks with people from all walks of life — from members of the  KKK to Muslims living in American cities, from folks in Appalachia to residents of our own Chinatown. As the Chronicle puts it, the Berkeley resident has “an eminently likable, calm but confrontational style that encourages political adversaries to just … keep … talking.”

He has in-depth and

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