How Does San Francisco Public Transit Stack Up Against NYC, Chicago, Boston, And DC? Answer Below:


Are you one the millions of people that take BART in, out of, and around the city? Have you ever wondered how our public transit stacks up to other major metros? Well…it just so happens some fine folks at the UNC School of Government’s MPA Online Program took it upon themselves to have a look, … Continue reading How Does San Francisco Public Transit Stack Up Against NYC, Chicago, Boston, And DC? Answer Below:

The Bay Area’s Biggest Earthquakes – On One Map


I get a lot, I mean thousands upon thousands, of readers visiting theFrontSteps on any given day wondering which neighborhoods in San Francisco are situated on bedrock, and which are prone to liquefaction or earthquake induced landslides. It’s interesting to view the traffic stats for these posts and see the incredible spike in traffic (like … Continue reading The Bay Area’s Biggest Earthquakes – On One Map

San Francisco Drug Dealing, Violent and Property Crimes…All In One Map


Zoom in, zoom out, click here, click there. Sort by day or night, by area or population. Get down and dirty with recent (and past) crimes committed in your area, or an area you plan on living. Find out what crimes were committed, when, and exactly where. It’s exactly these types of maps that could … Continue reading San Francisco Drug Dealing, Violent and Property Crimes…All In One Map

When San Francisco Shakes, People Search For Bedrock And Landfill


Check out the top search terms for theFrontSteps since this second Berkeley quake hit about one hour ago. It appears there is a bit of concern out there given the recent one on top of the other quakes over there near Berkeley. I believe this is the post y’all are looking for: San Francisco Neighborhoods … Continue reading When San Francisco Shakes, People Search For Bedrock And Landfill

Fifty Percent Of Bay Area Water Heaters Not Properly Braced!


In a recent report sent to me via way of email I’ve learned that more than HALF of the Bay Area is living with improperly strapped/braced water heaters! A recent survey of water heater seismic bracing conducted by members of the Golden Gate Chapter of the American Society of Home Inspectors throughout the Bay Area … Continue reading Fifty Percent Of Bay Area Water Heaters Not Properly Braced!

Success Story: A Buyer Finally Becomes an Owner


  This blog is graciously donated by Missionite, long time reader of and writer for The Frontsteps, as well as writer of his own blog, Submedian. FINALLY GOT ONE Well we finally got one. We just got the keys and haven’t moved in yet. Despite the market conditions we didn’t get a steal, paid over … Continue reading Success Story: A Buyer Finally Becomes an Owner

Wife House Swap San Francisco, Stephen Fowler Moving On…


The tip came in: I thought your readers might find it interesting that poor Stephen Fowler’s house (4218 25th Street) of “Wife Swap” infamy is now on the market. I thought it would only be a matter of time before they moved on to less scrutinized pastures, and now is that time. The home, situated … Continue reading Wife House Swap San Francisco, Stephen Fowler Moving On…

In San Francisco It’s Ritual Coffee Roasters Versus Blue Bottle Coffee


Having just purchased our first bag of “Sweet Tooth Espresso” from Ritual Roasters after more than six years of dedicated grinding, tamping, and pouring exclusively of Blue Bottle Coffee, we’re a bit torn as to what to do. We’ve had Ritual on many different occasions, but allowing their beans to enter into the home, and … Continue reading In San Francisco It’s Ritual Coffee Roasters Versus Blue Bottle Coffee

Is It The Price Or The Mold That Brought You Here?


From $138,900 to $49,900 (the magic number) 880 Ashwood Ave, Vallejo, CA was quite simply too good to pass up. We’re not sure if it was the price that was so eye-catching ($49,900..oh! Too late, it’s “pending”) or the property description: REO/bank-owned property. Property has mold. Mold inspection report indicates the need for mold remediation … Continue reading Is It The Price Or The Mold That Brought You Here?

Some Realtors Are Shady, No Doubt


Man! The stories I have personally encountered within this last week are beyond imagination. Here’s just one thing that has happened to me this week. -2004 I sell condo in a 30+ unit building, shortly after I sell two more in the same building -2009 one of the neighbors calls my previous brokerage to ask … Continue reading Some Realtors Are Shady, No Doubt

The $65,000 Parking Spot (P138)


How much is a parking spot worth in San Francisco? Let’s wait and see: 88 Townsend P138…just the parking spot, on the market, asking price…$65,000. Days On Market…30 and counting. That’s one fine parking spot, and if you play your cards right they might throw in an oil pan and that shitty bike. Wait, maybe … Continue reading The $65,000 Parking Spot (P138)

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…

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?

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!