Month: February 2016

No Surprise Here As The Golden State Claims 90 Percent of Nation’s Least-Affordable Markets

  SAN FRANCISCO LEAST-AFFORDABLE U.S. MARKET FOR MORE THAN 3 YEARS RUNNING For the 13th consecutive quarter, the San Francisco metro area is the nation’s least-affordable real estate market, with other California cities not far behind. According to the most recent National Association of…

Bay Area Leads Population Growth 

    Longtime Bay Area residents who believe that things have gotten a bit more crowded around here over the past few years are definitely on to something. Vigorous job growth during the economic recovery has caused the local population to surge, which is in…

Inside Russia’s Psychedelic Naturally Forming Salt Mine

  A few hundred feet below the Russian city of Yekaterinburg is an abandoned salt mine of indescribable, psychedelic beauty. Entire caves and corridors covered with astonishing patterns caused by the natural swirling of carnallite and rock layers. The mineral carnallite, a hydrated potassium…

Globe Trekker Series: Amazing Places To Experience Around the World

  The Sphinx, Giza, Egypt Fjadrargljufur, Iceland Folegandros, Greece. Green Lake in Upper Styria, Austria Hotel Hospes Maricel, Mallorca, Spain Seven Sisters Waterfall, Norway Central Park, New York City Platja D’Aro, Girona, Spain   Skatftafeli, Iceland Bolgheri, Tuscany Whitehaven Beach, Queensland, Australia Dingle Peninsula…

OakTown (Oakland, CA) The New Urban Hot Spot

Hot demand for new luxury condominium units is reshaping San Francisco Could home buyers in San Francisco Bay Area catch a break soon? Have you noticed? Oakland has become an urban hot spot for housing, arts, food and, of course, tech. Today, more than…

Inside Look At Current Luxury Home Trends for 2016

Cities are back in a big way: discerning buyers are increasingly looking for homes that offer convenience and culture without the commute, and global growth in the 21st century… Source: Inside Look At Current Luxury Home Trends for 2016

Real Estate: San Francisco Millennials Are the Nation’s Highest Taxed

Here’s a look at recent news of interest to homebuyers, home sellers, and the home-curious. SAN FRANCISCO MILLENNIALS FACE HIGHEST TAX BURDEN IN U.S. Bay Area millennials are already pessimistic about their housing options over the next few years, so news that they fork…

Is It Time To Panic: Think the Bay Area’s Real Estate Market Has the Jitters ?

Executive Summary The 2018 Pacific Union Real Estate Economic Forecast called for market “normalization,” with cumulative home price growth of 10 percent over the next three years. The market is still on track for this appreciation. Stock-market volatility is primarily driven by oversupply of…

Witness The Sleek design of Googles CEO’s New Home & Vidalaki’s Portola Valley Jewel

  Raised in 1970s India in a modest household without a computer or even a phone, Sundar Pichai studied hard, moved to America, and joined Google in 2004, where he became one of its most important figures for over a decade. He invented the…

List of Weekend Event Happenings: From Napa to South Bay

Happy Trails this weekend, weather should be epic, Be sure to soak it all in !   SAN FRANCISCO EVENTS Swan Lake Fri-Sun, Feb 19-28. Check website for times and prices @ War Memorial Opera House sfballet.org Love, sorcery, and betrayal are the themes…