So It’s Been Awhile, but…


So Alex is leaving town for awhile, chasing the big waves instead of the big buyers, and I’m standing, inadequately and ill fittingly, in his shoes. You may — or just as likely, may not– recall I used to guest write here on these Front Steps some time ago. Alex was nice enough to invite … Continue reading So It’s Been Awhile, but…

Being a Landlord is Such a Drag…


I have to admit, watching the banks, AIG, the automakers, and finally, homeowners get a bail out, I did more than once cry out piteously: “But who the f— will bail out me?” Answer: Chris Daly. I didn’t really ask for this kind of bailout, but Daly’s constituents are largely renters; and hey, so is … Continue reading Being a Landlord is Such a Drag…

Can California Keep Her Bling?


  I used to look at houses in Portland, OR like this 2/2 SFH in one of the most gorgeous neighborhoods, Sellwood, listed at $440K. And then I would look for somthing similar in SF. And then I would need a very large martini. We all know, even after the martini, that a comparable home … Continue reading Can California Keep Her Bling?

SF: A City with Room to Grow-up Healthy?


    The Where Blog, dedicated to intelligent discourse on urban life, recently posed the following question: How do people stay sane in crowded cities? Quoting E.M. Cioran, Whenever I happen to be in a city of any size, I marvel that riots do not break out every day: massacres, unspeakable carnage, a doomsday chaos. … Continue reading SF: A City with Room to Grow-up Healthy?

Predictions for ’09 Reveal There Are No Experts


So, one hell of an ugly year is coming to a close. As usual, this event cues panels of “leaders” in various fields to opine about the coming 365 days. What will become of Tom and Katie? Will Cher remove another rib? Will the Celtics top the NBA again? These days the doings of celebrities … Continue reading Predictions for ’09 Reveal There Are No Experts

SF Cool Lifestyle for Sale. Condo also Included!


Condo complexes aren’t really selling condos these days. Instead, they sell a feeling, an image of the lifestyle that would too become yours if you buy in. And by “buy in” I mean in both senses, because first you’d have to buy that owning a condo at, say, the Hayes, would make you instantly urban-chic-hip; … Continue reading SF Cool Lifestyle for Sale. Condo also Included!