SOLD | 1143-45 Jackson | It’s a Good Story…


I had the pleasure of representing some repeat clients on their purchase of this well located and highly sought after two unit property at 1143-45 Jackson for $2,150,000. We had to go to battle, for sure, but in the end we beat out 11 other buyers (including one higher) to seal the deal. The story … Continue reading SOLD | 1143-45 Jackson | It’s a Good Story…

SF vs. NYC – The Debate Continues


Way back on October 15th, 2007 I wrote a post: Battle Royale: San Francisco or New York City, If You Had To Chose. It was, and still is, an extremely popular article that has garnered over 100 comments, and still ranks incredibly high on search engine queries of the like. For a small shop like … Continue reading SF vs. NYC – The Debate Continues

Battle Royale: San Francisco Or London, If You Had To Choose…


The reader comment that sparked the idea for this post, and hopefully fun debate to follow: “I’m an American living in London for the last 3 years and there is no doubt that London is more civilised and cultured than either New York or SF. My children have benefited greatly from the vastly superior free … Continue reading Battle Royale: San Francisco Or London, If You Had To Choose…

Battle Royale: San Francisco Or Palo Alto, If You Had To Choose


We’ve had a lot of battles over the years here on theFrontSteps. Some have been rather quiet (Tokyo versus San Francisco), while others like New York City versus San Francisco, San Francisco versus East Bay, and Cole Valley versus Noe Valley continue to rage on. The comparison of places one might set up shop, lay … Continue reading Battle Royale: San Francisco Or Palo Alto, If You Had To Choose

Battle Royale: San Francisco Or East Bay, If You Had To Choose


Coming off the heels of my post about a modern, Swedish home currently for sale by some clients contemplating their move here to San Francisco or the East Bay, it inspired a long overdue Battle Royale (perhaps on par with SF v. NYC): San Francisco versus East Bay (I leave the “what exactly is East … Continue reading Battle Royale: San Francisco Or East Bay, If You Had To Choose

Winner: The Best Coffee (House) In San Francisco, And The Rest


Congratulations to Philz Coffee! You have been voted Best Coffee (House) in San Francisco by the people of the internets. The competition was linked to around the world, and we have to say Philz not only got tons of nods during the first round of nominations, but they also swept the voting when thousands more … Continue reading Winner: The Best Coffee (House) In San Francisco, And The Rest

Mission District “Is Our Backyard”-Says Potrero Hill


[Image Source] Every so often older posts get comments that are so good, I just can’t pass up posting them right front and center on the home page. This one came in on an old post we did about La Mission District and just how cool it is. Sorry Mission District, according to this Potrero … Continue reading Mission District “Is Our Backyard”-Says Potrero Hill

Vote Now! Best Coffee (House) In San Francisco


WOW! The “best” coffee (house) in San Francisco nominees streamed in last week, thanks to a nice little link from Yahoo!, and it looks like we may now have the most comprehensive list of San Francisco Coffee (Houses) ever on one ballot. Needless to say, our tiny list was well shy of what is truly … Continue reading Vote Now! Best Coffee (House) In San Francisco

The Best Coffee (House) In San Francisco…Let’s Vote!


Voting is taking place. FOLLOW THIS LINK. Not too long ago (okay maybe it was back in July of 2009), we did a little post about what seemed to be dominant turf run by Blue Bottle Coffee and Ritual Roasters, and which one we thought was better. Being a little bit ignorant (but more in … Continue reading The Best Coffee (House) In San Francisco…Let’s Vote!

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

Battle Royale: San Francisco’s Infinity Towers Versus Some Peninsula Townhouse


We haven’t done a Battle Royale in a while, but we thought this recent email could not only shed some light on the steals and deals being thrown out by The Infinity to get their Towers sold, but also a bit of debate as to whether it’s better to put your money in San Francisco, … Continue reading Battle Royale: San Francisco’s Infinity Towers Versus Some Peninsula Townhouse

Battle Royale: Cole Valley Versus Noe Valley


There’s been a bit of discussion around this site and some others lately regarding whether Noe Valley or Cole Valley is a better neighborhood. Rather than spreading that conversation around, we thought we’d bring it under one thread for the world to see. Cole Valley: Noe Valley: Please share in the comments below and take … Continue reading Battle Royale: Cole Valley Versus Noe Valley

Greener than thou: San Francisco is “Green” are you?


Everybody knows it’s hip to be green and San Francisco almost leads the pack (we were edged out by Portland, OR) , but what’s a city without its people, right? We want to try to do a little thing here on theFrontSteps (by getting your comments) and it goes something like this: My name is … Continue reading Greener than thou: San Francisco is “Green” are you?

San Francisco’s “coolest” neighborhood: La Mission…hands down!


If you want to be flat out, straight, f**king cool, then live in (or at least go to) the Mission. We have been in every nook and cranny of this city and checked out just about every type of property you can imagine, seen every type of living quarters, seen just about every type of … Continue reading San Francisco’s “coolest” neighborhood: La Mission…hands down!

Battle Royale: Tokyo or San Francisco if you had to choose


Since we’re on the subject…Tokyo or San Francisco if you had to choose and why…please. ;-) We know nothing about Tokyo, and have never been, so should we decide to take a trip there, what can we expect, and what should we avoid. Of course, since this is a real estate blog, we’d also love … Continue reading Battle Royale: Tokyo or San Francisco if you had to choose