Bay Area Ski Season Is Here! But Wait, Do You Need Tahoe?

The entire Bay Area is teeming with ski fever. More ski racks are showing up on cars, fleece and Gore-tex wear is on the rise, and non-stop chatter about ski leases is everywhere. But wait! Perhaps you should think more along the lines of an Ocean Beach ski lease.

With a new swell on the way, and increased crowds out at Ocean Beach here in San Francisco, perhaps this will get your ski fix on, and wave count up?

From San Francisco’s Sunnydale Projects To The Waves Of Marin: Escaping Violence In Search Of Fun

“Me and my friend, we just started to have hecka fun…”
“The last wave that I caught…it was SO huge…it was like, like 10-15 feet!”

Hats off to the San Francisco locals that made this happen. Good stuff to warm your soul, and remind ourselves of the great people that live in our area. Chasing waves is certainly better for our youth than being chased by gang violence.

-Rally.org/Rippleeffect [Vimeo]

Sorry Smith, Nguyen Wins. Lee A Close Second. Garcia In Third.

Top 10 California Home Buyer Surnames:

Excellent and relevant data C.A.R! I’m gonna go get me a mailing list of Nguyens, Lees, and Chens, and sell me some houses!

The complete report is below (in PowerPoint). Have a ball with the data. I did.

Buyers be warned. Instead of being asked for proof of funds, agents are going to start asking you for your “first and surname” LOL!

-California Home Buyer and Seller Profile Report (PowerPoint)

Golden Gate Park’s JFK Drive Separated Bikeway Project (Have You Noticed The Chaos?)

Have you made a trip into Golden Gate Park recently (maybe to go to the De Young Museum or Academy of Sciences), and wondered what the hell is going on with some cars parked on the curb, some parked (what would appear to be) in the middle of the road, bikes zipping by in between the cars and curb, and a general mess of people trying to figure out what to do on John F. Kennedy Drive? You’re not alone.

I happen to ride that route 5 days a week taking my boys to and from school and I’ve seen just about every possible combination of confused tourist, angry hipster on fixie, mom with stroller in the bike lane, and SUV parked in the red zone you can imagine.

Be enlightened! Embrace the change!

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Study the above diagram. Watch the video. Visit the SF Bike Coalition website and read their post about it.

Then go to Golden Gate Park. Walk, ride, drive, park, stroll, skate, and do your thing…all without spilling your latte.

It would be great to see more of these lanes throughout the city, especially since so many people in San Francisco are turning to two wheels instead of four as their preferred method of transpo…

Score one for San Francisco!

-Golden Gate Park JFK Drive Separated Bikeway
-On The Right Track Video – Lessons From Portland, Oregon

Put These Guys In San Francisco And…Bam! We Have A Match.

httpv://youtu.be/HR4n6OVoyYQ

As a reminder, if you can’t get a laugh out of this San Francisco, you need to harden the f*ck up!

This is absolutely f*cking hilarious…especially the “Can I get a three quarter double shot 50/50 decaf soy latte with one and a quarter equals in a take-away cup…”

This could be anywhere in San Francisco.

LOL! on a Sunday.

-Best Coffee (House) In San Francisco Official Winner [theFrontSteps]

Rip Curl Pro Search San Francisco Surf Contest

Don’t be fooled by other agents trying to sell you an ocean view home on the Great Highway. That would be a monumental waste of money if your purchase is based on proximity to the contest. The Rip Curl Search San Francisco is supposed to happen at the north end of Ocean Beach often referred to as Kelly’s Cove/VFWs…somewhere around here.

So your best chance at buying a pad with a view to the contest rests in this building right here (855 La Playa), and there happens to be a few (very inexpensive) choices at the moment.

Bring binoculars, if da waves are big, dey gonna be far out in da wata.

What Your Realtor Is Thinking…

“Alex,
You really need to post this one on your blog. I haven’t laughed this hard in sometime…

Hope you’re well.
Cheers
[Previous Client]“

Be careful, there are quite a few F-bombs and vulgarities in this video, so if you’re at work, put the volume on low, and remember, as much as you know about the market and your home’s value by browsing Zillow’s incredibly inaccurate Zestimates, your Realtor (likely) knows more. Listen to them!

Lake Tahoe Dreamin’? Tahoe Green Home For Rent, Slick Video To Prove It (Music Included)

Speaking of Music in Property Videos, this clip comes to us by way of Inbox. Since so many San Francisco/Bay Area people flock to Tahoe and talk of living the dream up there, not to mention being green while doing it, we thought it worthy of sharing.

City slickers go get your green on and be one with Tahoe (It is a Straw bale home after all, and you never know, your blue jeans might be the insulation) …you know you want to!

Reader Reports: Who’s Getting Your Loan Approved And Why?

“San Francisco’s number one closer”:

While you’re at it:

http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/video

Once you are at the link, look for the “7 On Your Side” tab in the Video Library part of the webpage and click it.

You’ll see a picture with the heading “Marketing Ploy Disguised as Government Offer” and a HUGE Mike or Darius. That’s the video – watch it!

What’s the connection you ask?

The Loan Sharkz is a mortgage company that went belly up—Bryco Funding a few years back. It looks like the guy who answers the door [in the ABC local video] looks just like one of the guys who made the “Loan Sharkz” video and starred in it…

Indeed it does, and as always, thanks for the tip!

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theFrontSteps is Dabbling in Porn

As always, we like to share some of the behind the scenes traffic and search word humor with you. Still one of the all time most random and continued successful search terms to find this site is “Monstertruck” (not sure if that’s a good thing), but climbing the ranks recently…..”Video Porn”. We kid you not. The culprit, Transbay Terminal High Speed Video Porn.

Should you think you’re reading this site with a couple monster truck loving perverts, fear not. “the front steps”, “one rincon hill”, “Millenium Tower”, “rent vs. buy”, “sf real estate blogs”, and things like that drive most of the [new] traffic. It’s the random ones like this, and “ocean themed kitchens” that make us chuckle. We thought they might make you chuckle too.

The Wall Street Journal reports on Overbids?

Aldo Congi…Capo di Capi telling it like it is. Andrew, you kind of fumbled a bit, but we’ll let it slide. And who was that that walked out of the bathroom in the middle of your interview!? Gasp….

No way! It’s not happening. Really it’s not. The market has tanked. This report was from 2005. The Wall Street Journal just wasted their time. (sarcasm, sarcasm, sarcasm)

And on the other side of the equation, Shiller (think Case-Shiller) thinks it’s only going to get worse, like worse than the Great Depression worse. Let’s make sure we don’t invite that guy to our party!

-Home Sales Fall, but Signs of Stability Emerge [The Wall Street Journal]

Reason We Live Here #12

The best big wave surfers of the world converge just down our highway in Half Moon Bay…when conditions permit:

But when is a local boy, like Ryan Seelbach or Grant Washburn going to take top honors? The Santa Cruz boys are getting beaten pretty good, but what’s up with the South African and San Clemente boys stealing the local thunder?