The Grinch Who Stole Our [Reader's] Christmas Wreath (Caught On Tape)

From our reader:

Greetings,

I’m looking to enlist your support in some public shaming. You can also point-out the utility of installing a video camera system during a renovation :)

This Grinch stole the Christmas wreath from the front door of my house early Friday morning. She looks like a fairly put-together person, why is she out stealing in the middle of the night? Pacific Heights of course…

The Grinch comes then goes, and returns (cloaked/disguised) at 2:07.

Poor Pacific Heights. It gets such a bad rap…Maybe we need to put a little “Chopper” in Pacific Heights.

[Update: Some questions answered…

[Update #2: From the reader when we informed him/her of the # of links coming to our site for this post, "Good stuff indeed. Channel 7 wants to run a story on it tonight. And it seems the mystery lady has a name..." Guess you'll have to check Channel 7 (anybody got the link to a report) for the name, and apparently a friend of the owner has placed a new wreath on their door, with a lock hopefully. ;-) ]

More Fun Posts:
-Sexy, Sexy Realtors [theFrontSteps.com]
-Metallica’s Kirk Hammett Finds A Buyer For His Pacific Heights Monster Den [theFrontSteps.com]
-San Francisco Needs To Harden The F**k Up! [theFrontSteps.com]

Wishing You A Merry Christmas And Happy New Year (Chopper Style)

Thank you for being such a great and captive group of readers. I (alex, the editor) appreciate it, and enjoy bringing all of this stuff to you. Keep telling your friends and keep the comments coming!

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy Fu*king New Year! See you in 2010 and make sure to check out PocketListings.net, or follow @pocketlistings on Twitter.

Winners: San Francisco Bay Area Sexiest Realtors 2009

It has been a long hard battle for our winners this year. We had more nominees than in any previous contest, and our web traffic went through the roof (over 40,000 new visitors for this contest alone!) Contestants were pumping their Facebook and Twitter accounts spreading the word, and sites all around the world linked to the contest. To say it was well-read, would be an understatement. But who cares about that crap!? You want to know who won, right?

Looks like San Francisco edged out the greater Bay Area contestants, but not by much. It was a very close contest.

Here are your winners and Sexiest Realtors in the San Francisco Bay Area for 2009: Luba Muzichenko of Zephyr Real Estate; and Daniel Der Vartanian of Prudential CA Realty. Congratulations!

make sure to check out PocketListings.net

[In case you missed all of the nominees, click here to check them out.]

We had a blast with the contest, and we thank our nominees and winners for being such good sports. You can send in nominations for next year’s contest to theFrontSteps@gmail.com, or put it in the comments below.

With this, we bid you a safe and happy holiday season and Happy New Year! We do have one more post for the year, so look for that tomorrow It’s up. Otherwise, we’re taking a brief hiatus from theFrontSteps to focus on PocketListings.net, so make sure to check it out and follow @pocketlistings on Twitter for updates. Scheduled launch in January 2010.

Adios!

Walkabout: A True Case Of Wanderlust To The Swiss Alps…JUIZ!!!!

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We saw this on Apartment Therapy and just had to share. Simply too cool to pass up. The best part…you don’t have to buy it, you can rent it. Oh, and it’s in Switzerland…JUIZ!!!!

The home is located in the Valsertal at 1250 meters, deep in the Swiss Alps….oh we’ll save the translation. Here:

Het huis ligt aan het einde van het ongerepte ‘Valsertal’ hoog (1250 m) in de Zwitserse Alpen. Het bevindt zich direct naast het wereldberoemde Therme Vals van Peter Zumthor en aan de rand van het dorp. Het combineert de nabijheid van alle noodzakelijke voorzieningen met een fantastisch uitzicht op de ongeschonden natuur van de bergen en de vallei. Op loopafstand gelegen zijn de bakker, supermarkt, postkantoor, bank, restaurants en het dorpsplein. De gratis pendelbus Therme-Dorf-Bahn stopt tijdens het skiseizoen aan de lagergelegen weg. Het skigebied is heerlijk rustig. U kunt er tot 3000 meter hoogte skiën. Het huis met terras biedt veel privacy en is omgeven door een ruime tuin en een berghelling van 1.300 m2.

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The description of the house is just as amazing, and we’re dying to get there:

Het huis – ongeveer 160 m2 groot – is geheel in de bergwand ingegraven. Het biedt plaats aan tien personen (maximaal twaalf indien met minimaal vier kleine kinderen) en is omgeven door een zonnige, grote tuin met veel privacy. Een grote glazen pui opent naar een terras (60 m2) en biedt een spectaculair uitzicht op groene weiden (sneeuwhellingen in de winter) en bergtoppen.

If that doesn’t give you Wanderlust, we don’t know what kind of real estate porn will. (You think we’re joking…we understand those descriptions, you don’t? If you know German, you’ll at least get the gist.)

[Update: Hats off to woyouwenti, for giving you all the translation.]

-Villa Vals
[Images ALL pulled from Apartment Therapy]

Ask Us: St. Regis Wealth, The Question From Left Field…or Maybe Afghanistan

In this little “Ask Us” segment we typically field the standard, “I’m buying a house, I need your help” type question, but this one that came across our email recently is quite extraordinary, if not bordering on spam, but somehow, we think it’s legit:

StRegis

Good afternoon,

I know you are probably busy but it would be nice to receive a message back in regards to my question.
I am an Infantry soldier from the San Francisco Bay Area currently deployed. I am looking at going back to active duty and working on college when I return from this combat deployment.
I have always been a hard worker and believe strongly in being paid for my hard work. My question for you is what types of people purchase these units and other units like them. More or less how do they generally go about assuming such wealth where they can afford prices like these. I am not appalled or discouraged just curious as to where they are coming from so that one day I might be able to provide for my family in such a similar manner.
Thank you in advance for your time and assistance.

When you say “deployed”…care to elaborate a little on where you might be? Wherever you are, Hi to your fellow soldiers from all of us here. Happy Holidays to you as well.
(This all assumes your email is legitimate, and we didn’t just get spammed. [See Update Below.]

We aren’t that busy, and we’ll gladly send a message back, but we thought we could do better and post it, so maybe, just maybe, some other readers can shed some light.

Some people you might have heard of that take residence at the St. Regis: Former Vice President of the United States, Al Gore; and Former Mayor of San Francisco, Willie Brown. Our post on the buyer of one of the penthouses at Millennium Tower might help shed some light as well. Of course, these buyers are a bit extraordinary, and there are also savvy business men and women, day traders, bankers, venture capitalists, real estate developers, and the like that buy these homes as well, so don’t go thinking you need to get into politics to buy a home at the St. Regis or any other high rise luxury condominium. ;-)

[Update: The reader is legit, and had this to say in response, "Yes, I am forward deployed to a combat zone, due to the nature of the situation I can not give too much information tho. When the weather clears, hopefully soon, and we have increased bandwidth I look forward to finishing the story of Tom Perkins."
Okay then, when the weather clears and you need some comic relief, have a look at this too. Here's another one. Make sure to get to 2:00, so as not to miss Osama bin Manicure, and 2:39 for extra laughs. Good luck, and Happy Holidays!]