Neighborhood Snapshot: Hayes Valley

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Location: As of April 2012, after changes to the district boundaries used by the Board of Supervisors, the Hayes Valley Neighborhood Association considers the neighborhood as a whole to be bound by Webster Street in the west, Van Ness Avenue in the east, Fulton Street in the north, and Hermann Street and Market Street in the south, with extensions as far west as Fillmore, between Haight Street and Hermann Street, as far north as McAllister Street, between Franklin Street and Van Ness Avenue, and as far south as Market Street, between Buchanan Street and Laguna Street.


History: Native people in many small bands, now referred to collectively as the Ohlone tribe, lived in San Francisco part of the year, gathering food in the Mission Creek area, which included seasonal Hayes Creek, and other parts of today’s city. Hayes Valley would have been thickly covered with wildflowers every spring.[6] When it was running in the winter, Hayes Creek cut diagonally through the current Hayes Valley.[7] It is now underground year-round.



Commercial: high-end fashion boutiques, classy coffee shops and dining options plus cultural recreation options

Residential: a mix of classic Victorian homes and mid/high-rises

Accessibility: Walking and pretty much all modes of transportation are viable. Street parking can be tricky so a private garage is advisable.




Is it for you? Hayes Valley is a mix of old SF charm and the reflection of our rapid gentrification. Families and single professionals will love this area. Raising a child in Hayes Valley is very common as it’s also one of SF’s “stroller neighborhoods”.

San Francisco and The Great Styrofoam Ban

We will soon have to eat and drink our on-the-go meals and beverages out of something else, because those soft Styro cups/containers will be no more.



It’s being hailed as the nation’s most extensive ban. The San Francisco County Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a ban last week on the sale of polystyrene foam, popularly known by the trademarked name Styrofoam. Foam packing, cups and mooring buoys will be prohibited starting Jan. 1, 2017.

Who do we have to thank? Why it’s London Breed and the Board of Supervisors. “I just passed the toughest anti-Styrofoam law in the country and we did it unanimously,” Board of Supervisors President London Breed wrote on her Facebook page after the vote. “This is a huge step for our environment and health. San Francisco is on our way to leading the country on environmental policy—again!”.

Why this is major: Styro versatility and convenience comes at such a high price and our environment and marina mammals are the ones paying. Classified as a persistent marine pollutant, styrofoam takes thousands of years to break down and when it does, it really just becomes little pieces of styrofoam dust. This dust is highly toxic and can be easily transmitted to marine life and travel through the entire food chain.

What about us humans? According to Kate Good of One Green Planet, these containers are made with the compound styrene which is classified as a “possible human carcinogen” and a neurotoxin that poses a serious threat to humans. While this might seem daunting, chronic exposure to styrene can have more severe effects, such as damage to the nervous system, chronic fatigue and has been linked to an increased risk of leukemia and lymphoma. Probably didn’t think about that the last time you ordered Seamless…

Rebecca’s Bath Revamp Ideas: Paint!

One of the best ways to revamp your bathroom look (also to raise market value, if you’re thinking of selling) is to make those walls look good. Not only does it have to be visually pleasing, it must stand up to heat, moisture and frequent cleaning. Here’s Rebecca’s first tip for rehabilitating those tired walls. We’ve already covered Glass Blocking and Ceramic Tiling last time. Now its good ole fashioned paint!


Paint doesn’t break bank and is the easiest to makeover. Pick a hue, settle on a finish and boom! Gloss and semigloss finishes work best in bathrooms because they repel water and clean easily. Glossier paints exaggerate all the lumps and bumps on a wall, however, so they have to be applied to a flat, smooth surface. More importantly, its easier to do yourself. Plus points if you’re the artsy type and you can even make your bathroom wall, your canvas. Here’s some inspiration!


A single column paint job does wonders!
A single column paint job does wonders!
A deep shade of blue against a white tub screams modern.
A deep shade of blue against a white tub screams modern.
Light blue on the other hand brightens up the room!
Stripes, chevron, and other patterns can be done with paint. You just have to be creative!
Stripes, chevron, and other patterns can be done with paint. You just have to be creative!


Rebecca’s Bath Revamp Ideas: Ceramic Tiling

One of the best ways to revamp your bathroom look (also to raise market value, if you’re thinking of selling)  is to make those walls look good. Not only does it have to be visually pleasing, it must stand up to heat, moisture and frequent cleaning. Here’s Rebecca’s first tip for rehabilitating those tired walls. We’ve already covered Glass Blocking last time. Now its Ceramic Tiling. It never goes out of style!


Ceramic Tile

Ceramic tile can look gorgeous and can can stand more than everyday wear and tear. No fade, no stain- you can clean these babies super easy and IF installed correctly can be 100% waterproof. As another costly option, the advantages are worth looking into.They come in a variety of choices- glazed and unglazed, plain and patterned and in an unlimited colors. You can even hand paint your own design! You can apply ceramic tile to any drywall, plaster or plywood surface that’s smooth, sound and firm. Here are some swoon-worthy samples!


Rustic theme? Ceramic and Wood? It works!
Rustic theme? Ceramic and Wood? It works!
Hand painted detailing further accentuates these bright walls.
Hand painted detailing further accentuates these bright walls.
This bathroom looks straight out of a luxury boutique hotel.
Simple contemporary with a dash of lovely.
Simple contemporary with a dash of lovely.


Rebecca’s Bath Revamp Ideas: Glass Blocking

One of the best ways to revamp your bathroom look (also to raise market value, if you’re thinking of selling)  is to make those walls look good. Not only does it have to be visually pleasing, it must stand up to heat, moisture and frequent cleaning. Here’s Rebecca’s first tip for rehabilitating those tired walls.


Glass Blocking

Glass block is a favorite material because of its modern look and its ability to transmit light while preserving privacy for both walls and windows. It’s on the expensive side and unfortunately not too easy to DIY. Here are some samples and you’ll see it’s well worth the price!


Phillips Hue lightbulbs modernize this marble bathroom.
Use as a window, come off as an accent in this dream bath.
Black, silver, glass. The modern minimalist fantasy bathroom.
Design scheme flexible: it fits whatever theme you’re going for!
Wood, white and glass in a contemporary bathroom.





SF Pride New Security Notice

Amidst the tragedies of this year against the community, SF Pride organizers went the extra mile to make sure attendees are safe. There are new rules set for everyone’s peace of mind and also to follow.



There will be security screening and metal detectors at all points of entry for the 2016 San Francisco Pride Celebration and festival, scheduled for Saturday, June 25 from 12:00 Noon to 6:00 PM and Sunday, June 26 from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM at San Francisco’s Civic Center. Bags are highly discouraged, and no bags over 18” x 18” will be admitted. Everyone attending the Celebration must pass through the screening process. All items will be subject to inspection at the entry gates, and there are no lockers for storage of oversized bags.



Attendees and participants at the 2016 SF Pride Celebration are strongly encouraged not to bring bags and only soft bags no larger than 18” x 18” will be admitted. Any bags and purses that are brought must be in compliance with the 18” x 18” bag policy. All items will be subject to inspection at the entry gates, and there are no lockers for storage of oversized bags.


Permitted Items:

Soft bags with a maximum size of 18” x 18”
Authorized animals, such as guide dogs, assisting those with disabilities
Prohibited Items:

Any bag over 18” x 18” in size
Coolers or containers of any type
Glass bottles of any kind
Illegal drugs or substances
Firearms, fireworks & explosives
Stunning devices
Shopping carts
Radios, walkie talkies, jammers, scanners
Portable speakers
Any item deemed inappropriate or hazardous by law enforcement and/or security


There will be a significant police presence at all Pride activities in the city, with both uniformed and plain clothes officers on duty to monitor the events. Safety is everyone’s responsibility, including participants, organizers, security staff and law enforcement.


In the event of an emergency Dial 911. Look out for one another and report any suspicious persons or activity to event staff or a police officer. If you see something, say something. To provide an anonymous tip, call the SFPD Anonymous Tip Line at (415) 575-4444.



Rebecca’s Tips: Pride Weekend Safety

You’ve seen tons of Pride Weekend posts lately: where to go, what to do and even what to wear. Why wouldn’t you? It’s arguably San Francisco’s biggest annual event. For Rebecca’s Tips: we went a different route. Here’s how to enjoy your weekend… SAFELY.




This means bring a handy water jug or bottle. Gatorade and anything replenishing your electrolytes  can be handy as well! A 12-pack of beer, 3 mimosas or even a cocktail isn’t hydrating. This weekend is going to be sunny and packed with people. The best thing you can do for your body is keep it cool.



Because of the record number of attendees every year, it would be so easy to get lost. Decide on a meeting point and make sure everyone has their phones with them. Big crowd = more opportunity for pickpockets and other opportunists. Being with a group you know and trust minimizes the risk of getting taken advantage of.



Do make sure your phone, Apple Watch and other electronics you use for communications are fully charged up. You’re going to drain battery by taking pictures and videos and the last thing you want is not to be able to call anyone in case of emergency or use that Lyft or Uber app to go home.



If you know you’re going to consume alcohol, even if you’re with a bunch of people, you have to know when to stop. Set a limit, and although its tempting, follow through it. You don’t want to be passed out or sprawled on a sidewalk in SF during Pride weekend, trust us.



There will be speakers everywhere. Do your eardrums a favor and stay a good distance away from them. When the bass drops, your ears will thank you later.



Sweating from the sun and being in super close proximity with a huge crowd = a breeding ground for a variety of bacteria. Do your body a favor and bring that small bottle of sanitizer or pack of small wipes with you. Both are available in mini travel sizes and will not cramp up your festival style with bulkiness!



Summer in San Francisco can feel like Winter really fast.



Its tempting to wear those strappy gladiators this summer but leaving your feet exposed to grime, spit, throw up and other unmentionables during Pride week is a risk you don’t want to take.



If you see something suspicious, tell an authority asap! There’s nothing to lose with being alert and extra cautious. If something doesn’t feel right, follow your gut feeling and leave. There is always next year!


rebecCAREaltor series: Wonder Dog Rescue

Animals have always held a special place in Rebecca’s heart. The new addition to the rebecCAREaltor program is Bay Area’s own Wonder Dog Rescue!


Wonder Dog Rescue is a community of volunteers committed to saving lives and finding adopters for vulnerable homeless dogs throughout Northern California. Experienced volunteers mentor and support newcomers, empowering each to use their individual gifts to change the lives of dogs from their very first days with us. We embrace the Power of Foster, placing dogs with supportive foster families immediately, providing each a place to heal and to grow into the loving dog they were meant to be.

As any non-profit organization, there are a lot of ways to help including fostering, adoption, donating and volunteering. Find out how you can support Wonder Dog Rescue now. Our furry friends need our help now more than ever!

Wonder Dog Rescue

Office Address: 2926 16th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
Mailing Address: PO Box 40121 San Francisco, CA 94140-0121
tel: 415.621.3647 ~or~ email

The rebecCAREaltor program aims to give back to the community through Rebecca’s work and your support. A portion of your real estate transaction commission will be donated to one of Rebecca’s favorite charities or to one of your choice under your name. Contact us for more information on how you can help.


LOCATION, VIEWS AND FINISHES IN A COLE VALLEY GEM! Nestled in the heart of Cole Valley, newly-remodeled 187-A Belvedere is the perfect single-family home. Whether it’s for you or to add to your investment property portfolio, this piece of real estate offers top-notch finishes, amazing views and a highly-accessible location.

Can you already picture yourself sleeping here?

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Maybe receiving guests at The Great Room?

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It has a decorative fireplace, you know. Oe of the 2, this home offers.

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How about entertaining closer to the kitchen. It’s awesome having an open floor plan. The amazing views aren’t bad either.

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With the remodeling and a kitchen this spacious and beautiful, we’re sure your guests won’t mind.

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We mean, look at that fridge.

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Your family and guests could be lounging here!

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Or watching “the game” together over here.

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Needing fresh air? You can go outside to a panoramic West view. Open skies and sunsets await you.

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Have some tea, maybe… in your own garden.

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Long day? You can always relax in one of your spa-appointed bathrooms. PS: Your new tub has jets.

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All these wrapped in a charming (very San Franciscan) Edwardian facade!

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More pictures of this property here.

Explore Cole Valley here.

For general interest and open houses, contact Rebecca White directly at (415) 412-1977 or


Property Features:

Top Floor

Stucco, Wood Siding Exterior
3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, Living Room, Family Room, Kitchen
Panoramic Views of the ocean, park, garden/greenbelt, mountains, Twin Peaks
Wall to Wall Carpet, Partial Hardwood, Tiles
2 Decorative Fireplaces
Shower Over Tub, Stall Shower, Tub with Jets
Energy Star Appliances including gas range, freestanding range, dishwasher, microwave, garbage disposal

Kitchen island
Dining Room / Living Room Combo
Family Room View


Laundry Room

Basement-Full, Storage

Enclosed Patio
Central Heating, Gas
Energy Conservation Low-Flow Shower(s), Low-Flow Toilet(s)
Laundry Appliances 220 Volt Wiring, Hookups Only
BBQ Common Area
HOA Fee Includes Water, Homeowners Insurance





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 A collaboration between Joel Ortiz, Mikel Arraiz and Gary Eyster about one of our favorite neighborhoods in the city… Nob Hill.