San Francisco and “The Ugly Law”

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Most US states have their share of bizarre, borderline offensive and sometimes just very dated laws. Take North Carolina and it’s “Bingo games cannot last more than 5 hours.” law. Or how it’s illegal to sell your eyeballs in Texas. Bear Wrestling matches? Yeah, it’s prohibited in Alabama. Our dear San Francisco isn’t any different. For a decade (1860s-1870s), several major cities had something called The Ugly Law which makes it illegal for “unsightly” or “not-very-pleasant-to-look-at” people to appear in public.  The very first appearance of this law was said to be in 1897 in our very own city. One of the most commonly cited one is that from Paris, Illinois- The City of Paris Ordinance. It states:

 

No person who is diseased, maimed, mutilated or in any way deformed so as to be an unsightly or disgusting object or improper person to be allowed in or on the public ways or other public places in this city, or shall therein or thereon expose himself to public view, under a penalty of not less than one dollar nor more than fifty dollars for each offense.

 

 

Although some silly laws are still in effect in a lot of our cities and states, the San Francisco Ugly Law has long been gone from San Francisco. Do you know of other odd old or existing laws? Let us know!

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.

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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…

VIDS: How SF looked last 4th of July

San Francisco was as its usual glory last 4th of July. Here are some videos. Check out their credits and make sure to follow!

 

From YouTube user Krit De Tours

From user Mendoza Jars

From Rohan Pansare

 

187-A BELVEDERE ST SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94117

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 rebecca@rebeccarealtor.com.

 

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

Deck

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
Intercom
BBQ Common Area
HOA Fee Includes Water, Homeowners Insurance

 

 

 

 

VIDEO: SFAR presents District 5

Here’s San Francisco Association of Realtor’s presentation of District 5 including Glen Park, Noe Valley as well as adjacent Castro District. Enjoy!

 

District 5 boasts some of the most colorful and diverse neighborhoods in San Francisco. Commonly referred to as the Central District, it encompasses demure residential areas such as Buena Vista Park, Clarendon Heights, Corona Heights, Noe Valley, Duboce Triangle, Twin Peaks, Parnassus-Ashbury Heights, Glen Park and Dolores Heights, and is known for being home to the famous Haight-Asbury, as well as the Castro. The Central District is in many ways the heart of San Francisco. This rich, cultural area offers an assortment of architectural options, as well as commercial real estate. Whether you are looking to start a family or a band, you can find what you’re looking for in District 5.

Rebecca’s Weekender: June 4-5

Need a short list of this coming weekend’s events? Rebecca’s got you covered. Click on the event name to get redirected to the website to learn more!

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June 4 (Saturday)

 

National Trails Day on Mount Sutro 
Saturday, June 4, 2016 – 8:30 am to 1:30 am | Cost: FREE*
UCSF Mount Sutro Open Space Reserve | 100 Medical Center Way, San Francisco, CA

“Cars and Coffee”: Exotic & Muscle Car Meetup 
Saturday, June 4, 2016 – 8:00 am to 11:00 am | Cost: FREE*
Treasure Island Great Lawn | Avenue of the Palms and 6th Street, San Francisco, CA

 

2016 National Day of Civic Hacking
Saturday, June 4, 2016 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
San Francisco State University (Main) | 1600 Holloway Avenue, San Francisco, CA

 

2016 Union Street Festival: Music, Art & Craft Beer Tasting
Saturday, June 4, 2016 – All Day | Cost: FREE
Union Street (Gough to Fillmore) | Union Street and Fillmore, San Francisco, CA

 

2016 Soy & Tofu Festival: Live Music & Performances
Saturday, June 4, 2016 – All Day | Cost: $10*
St. Mary’s Cathedral | Gough & Geary, San Francisco, CA

 

“HUSHfest” Ocean Beach Silent Disco
Saturday, June 4, 2016 – 11:00 am to 7:00 pm | Cost: WIN
Ocean Beach (Balboa) | Great Highway and Balboa, San Francisco, CA

June 5 (Sunday)

 

2016 Railroad Square Music Festival
Sunday, June 5, 2016 – All Day | Cost: FREE
Railroad Square | 135 4th St, Santa Rosa, CA

17th Annual Butterfly & Bird Festival
Sunday, June 5, 2016 – 10:00 am to 3:30 pm | Cost: FREE
Coyote Hills Regional Park | 8000 Patterson Ranch Road, Fremont CA

World Oceans Day Beach Cleanup
Sunday, June 5, 2016 – 10:00 am to 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE
Ocean Beach, Stairway 17 | Great Highway, San Francisco, CA

Who’s up for micro-living? Smallest Home in the SF Market? It sold for $550k.

SF market is hot. Yes we know. There’s always people willing to spend an arm and a leg living here. Why wouldn’t they? SF is amazing. Because of the high price points in precious real estate (possibly the highest in the country), micro-living is not a new nor alien idea here. Most first-time renters and relocating professionals- even home buyers are willing to do it. Would you?

 

 

Last month, the smallest house per square footage in the market just sold for $550,000. Because everything is cooler here in San Francisco, this very small house isn’t called such. It’s called a studio cottage and this studio cottage is only 363 square feet. On paper, whoever bought it paid $1500+- per square footage. 444 14th Street at The Mission is located behind a 3-unit building. The 2 room separation includes a kitchen and the living area. The former owner was said to have laid it out beautifully giving it ample storage and smartly decorated. Another plus is the outdoor space with lots of greenery and room to entertain.

George the Baby Sea Lion rescued at Ocean Beach!

The pup was found visibly needing some help in one of the stairwells at Ocean Beach last Monday. The SF Police was alerted and immediately upon arrival, the pup apparently already made efforts to warm itself next to them

George Bison, the given name of the sea lion came from George-the call sign for officers from The Richmond Station and Bison for the station’s soft ball team. Cute. The police then transferred him over to The Marine Mammal Center to safekeeping and nursing back to health with hopes that one day, George will be able to return to its home- the wild.

 

 

 

Police and marine center encourage anyone who sees a stranded animal to not disturb it, but instead keep a safe distance away and to notify the center’s rescue hotline at 415-289-SEAL and local law enforcement authorities.

Rebecca’s Tips: Arts & Culure in SF this June

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June in SF is a delight for both locals and tourists. From street fairs to full on festivals, you can keep your calendar pretty full this month.

 

JUNE 2-5
San Francisco Silent Film Festival

Castro Theatre, 415-777-4908
www.silentfilm.org
The San Francisco Silent Film Festival presents silent films accompanied by live music.

 

JUNE 2-9
AIGA San Francisco Design Week
415-626-6008
Filled with tech inventions to culture changing products, human centered design, and emerging fashion to international architecture, San Francisco Design Week is an opportunity to experience the region’s unique design talents, impact and innovations.

 

JUNE 2-16
San Francisco Documentary Film Festival (SF DocFest)
Roxie, Brava and Vogue Theaters, 415-662-FEST(3378)
www.sfindie.com
Produced by the SF IndieFest.

 

JUNE 2-19
Best of PlayGround
Thick House, 1695 18th St., 415-992-6677
www.playground-sf.org/bestof/
PlayGround, San Francisco’s incubator for a new generation of playwrights, caps off its season with the Bay Area’s largest celebration of new works for the stage and screen – the annual PlayGround Festival of New Works.

 

JUNE 3-19 (Three Weekends)
Ethnic Dance Festival
Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, 415-474-3914
www.worldartswest.org
Each weekend’s program is unique, and features different Bay Area dance companies, along with innovative cross-cultural collaborations.

 

JUNE 4-5
Union Street Festival
Union Street between Gough and Steiner, 800-310-6563
www.unionstreetfestival.com
This is one of San Francisco’s largest, free art festivals offering an organic farmers market, arts and crafts created with recycled and sustainable materials, eco-friendly exhibits, gourmet food booths and live entertainment. It features clothing, jewelry and fashions from Union Street area merchants, as well as Craft Beer and Wine Tasting Pavilions.

 

JUNE 7-19
San Francisco Jazz Festival
SFJAZZ Center, 201 Franklin St., 866-920-5299
www.sfjazz.org
The festival is now concentrated in the Center and the surrounding neighborhood and offers more than 30 shows.

 

JUNE 10-12
Queer Women of Color Film Festival
Brava Theater, 2789 24th St., 415-752-0868
www.qwocmap.org
Showcase new films that reflect the lives of queer women of color and address the vital social justice issues that concern multiple communities.

 

JUNE 11-12
North Beach Festival
Near Washington Square Park
San Francisco’s oldest street fair!

 

JUNE 12
Haight Ashbury Street Fair
Haight St. between Masonic and Stanyan Sts., 415-664-2970
www.haightashburystreetfair.org
Music, arts, crafts and food are the mainstay of this event celebrating the cultural history and diversity of one of San Francisco’s most internationally celebrated neighborhoods – The Haight-Ashbury district.

 

JUNE 16-19
San Francisco Black Film Festival
African American Art and Culture Center, Jazz Heritage Center and other Bay Area Venues
www.sfbff.org
This celebration of African American cinema and the African cultural diaspora showcases a diverse collection of films from emerging and established filmmakers; more than 10,000 films have been screened from around the world since the inaugural festival in 1998.

 

JUNE 16-26
Frameline 39, San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival
Castro Theatre, 415-703-8650
www.frameline.org
Legendary showcase of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender cinema screens groundbreaking documentaries, features, touching short films and cinematic classics.

 

JUNE 18
Juneteenth Celebration
Fillmore District between Geary and Eddy streets
The oldest known celebration among African Americans across the U.S.

 

JUNE 19-AUGUST 21
Stern Grove Festival
Stern Grove, 19th Ave. and Sloat Blvd., 415-252-6252
www.sterngrove.org
Free Sunday concerts featuring renowned music and dance groups set in a beautiful outdoor amphitheater in the heart of San Francisco.

 

JUNE 25-26
San Francisco Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender Pride Celebration Parade (“Pride”)
Embarcadero to Civic Center, Market St., 415-864-FREE
www.sfpride.org
San Francisco’s 46th annual celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender pride culminates with a festive parade from the Embarcadero to the Civic Center on June 26.

Rebecca’s Tips on Boosting Your Home Value

Yes we heard. The San Francisco real estate market is on a roll but there’s things you can do as a homeowner to further boost your home worth. Here’s some of Rebecca’s tips.

 

The Nitty Gritty

 

Realtors, home inspectors and interior designers- these professionals are your friends. Not only can they suggest small improvements you can make, they can also point out hidden things you missed that can negatively impact your home value. Realtors would love to boost your home worth as much as you do as if hired, you make up a team with a sole purpose: top dollar for your home. An inspector can save you hundreds, even thousands of dollars by pointing out small problems that can be disastrous in the long run. Interior designers, well, think of it as advanced staging. Serious buyers with very specific criteria has already made an impression, maybe even decision on whether they like/dislike a home 2-5 minutes in. You want your home presented well, highlighting its best characteristics.

 

Cost-Effective

 

Paint. A good wall color scheme can instantly refresh tired outdated walls. It can add room as well especially when changing from dark and drab to light and breezy.

Theme. An alternative to hiring an interior decorator is really figuring out which theme fits your home and sticking to it. A theme gives any dwelling an instant cohesive and put-together vibe.

 

Curb Appeal. Go from messy to maintained. 

 

Low cost landscaping projects (DIY) will always pay off. Find drought-tolerant green plants in your local gardens as they require less water and maintenance. Overgrown or patchy lawns and outsized bushes will cause your home to stand out — in a bad way. For a few hundred dollars, if you can’t do it yourself, hire a lawn service company to tame that jungle.

 

 

Modern Bathroom

 

Believe it or not, the bathroom situation is a deal breaker for some people. Modernize any bathroom just by changing dated wallpaper/paint, lighting and even resurfacing fixtures. Oh and keep it clean! Nobody wants a moldy bathroom, ever.

 

Kitchen

 

Any kitchen update adds value. Period.

 

Rugs

 

We know you love that rug. You’ve had it for ages. But if it’s already worn out, it’s high time to throw in the proverbial towel and replace it. Any obviously dated piece drags your home value down. Unless of course you’re going for rustic and kitschy- both still have viable markets.

 

Pro Tips:

 

Walk around your home and make a list of all the little things that are broken or in need of repair. Individually, small repairs might not seem important, but if every room has just one thing wrong, those small things will add up to create the impression that your home has been neglected. If you don’t feel comfortable tackling the repairs yourself, hire a handyman for a day and watch your “to do” list disappear. Staying on top of maintenance today eliminates problems down the road should you decide to sell.

 

The amount of money you spend each month on energy costs may seem like a fixed amount, but many local utility companies provide free energy audits of their customers’ homes. They can show you how to maximize the energy efficiency of your home. An energy-efficient home will save you money now, which can be applied to other updates, and is a more valuable and marketable asset in the long run.