Happenings / Events Around the Bay Area to Lake Tahoe


Bay Area Leads the U.S. for Middle-Class Income Growth

 

 

  • San Francisco posted America’s largest five-year income gain for middle-class households, with earnings up by more than 30 percent.
  • Of the 20 U.S. cities with the fastest-rising incomes, Fremont workers earn the largest annual salaries: more than $122,000.
  • Over the past two decades, the number of Oakland households who take home between $75,000 and $100,000 has nearly doubled.
The San Francisco skyline

The first couple of months of 2019 have brought promising news to Bay Area home shoppers, with buyers gaining more leverageand mortgage rates falling to the lowest point in a year. And though the region’s housing prices remain the highest in the country, households in the Bay Area have enjoyed the country’s largest income growth.

That’s according to an analysis by GOBankingRates, which crunched income-growth numbers for 200 large cities to find out where middle-class Americans are seeing their paychecks rise the fastest. The study uses Pew Research’s broad definition of the middle class, defined as households who earn two-thirds to double the nationwide median income, while the top 20 cities are ranked using five different measures of earnings growth as measured by the U.S. Census Bureau.

By those criteria, San Francisco households have seen the nation’s biggest improvement in their finances, with the five-year median annual income up by 30.4 percent, from $73,802 to $96,265. The city’s wage growth has been propelled by substantial job additions in the information, professional, scientific, and management-services sectors, which created nearly 37,000 new positions during that period. San Francisco serves as a prime example of how broad the middle-class categorization is, with incomes ranging from $64,177 to $192,530.

Across the bay in Oakland, five-year incomes have increased by 22.4 percent to $63,251. Over the past 20 years, the number of Oakland households who earn between $75,000 and $100,000 has nearly doubled.

Another Alameda County city — Fremont — ranks No. 3 for middle-class income growth, up by 23.2 percent over the past five years. Fremont households pull down the largest incomes of any city included on the list: $122,191 per year.

Two other California cities make the cut for middle-class income growth: No. 6 San Jose and No. 8 Sunnyvale. Both cities’ economies are heavily dependent on the high-paying tech sector, which helped drive five-year incomes up by 18.8 percent in San Jose to $96,662 and up by 22.1 percent in Sunnyvale to $118,314.

It’s the second time this month that Bay Area professionals have been noted for their earning powers. Two weeks ago, Bloomberg’s annual list of America’s wealthiest places named Atherton as the country’s most affluent community, with an annual household income of more than $450,000. Other Bay Area communities that rank among the country’s 50 richest can be found in San Mateo, Santa Clara, Marin, Contra Costa, and Alameda counties.

Local Happenings In And Around The Bay Area

 

Headed to Lake Tahoe This Summer ? Here are 10 solid Swimming Spots in Lake Tahoe !

 

Swimming in Lake Tahoe is an exhilarating experience.  Whether you’ve been running amok or lounging around on a warm sunny day in the basin, the crystal blue water is beckoning you to cool off, right?  Just looking at the beauty of Lake Tahoe makes you feel like immersing yourself in it?  Some of the best places to swim in Lake Tahoe on this Top 10 List range from sloping sandy beaches to sheer drop offs suitable for launching from shore.  Wherever you (carefully) dive in, you’ll emerge refreshed!  Now, go jump in the Lake!

If you can bike to the swimming destination, I’d highly recommend doing so, Lake Tahoe offers some of the best biking / trail access to multiple swimming spots

The following photos are from a family Tahoe trip

Note: Lake Tahoe is so deep, it never really gets hot.  Shallow bays and gentle sloping shorelines will warm fastest.  Also, the clarity of Lake Tahoe can be deceiving when it comes to depth.  Check depth before diving in!

 

1.  Sand Harbor – North Lake Tahoe

Sand Harbor is one of the top 10 beaches in the Tahoe area and is one of the best places to go swimming. The water is shallow toward the beaches and gradually gets deeper, so it’s great for smaller children. There are piles of granite boulders along the corners of the beaches where you can practice some cool jumps. The water along the boulders is deeper for it type of activity. Sand Harbor is also a good place to do some snorkeling.

Hot Tip: Sand Harbor has a beach and area specifically for SCUBA divers, so bring your gear if you have it.

Directions: Sand Harbor is located three miles south of Incline Village on State route 28.


2.  Angora Lakes – South Lake Tahoe

For the more adventurous types who want to do some cliff diving, hike up to Angora Lakes above Fallen Leaf Lake. These two large lakes have a small store that serves snacks and rents out kayaks and canoes. This clear and green swimming hole is known for its tall cliffs where daredevils can practice some mean jumps and dives. The highest ledge is about 60 feet. Please check the water depth and submerged objects before jumping.

Hot Tip: The Angora Lakes resort’s lemonade is “world famous”.

Directions: To reach Angora Lakes from Highway 89, take the Fallen Leaf Lake Rd. turnoff for approximately 2 miles (3.2 km). Turn left and climb to the top of the one-lane road and look for the dirt road and a sign reading “1214”. The steep paved road leads to fantastic vistas and ending in the Angora Lakes parking lot. There is a short 1-mile (1.6 km) uphill hike to Angora Lake.


3.  Fallen Leaf Lake – South Lake Tahoe

Another small lake to jump around in is the beautiful Fallen Leaf Lake on the South Shore. The beach here is rocky, but if you can snag one of the few free public parking spots on the south part of the lake, you might have the beach to yourself. You can go swimming right off the beach in the clear, cold water and get some great views of Mount Tallac and the local Stanford Camp on the south part of the lake.

Hot Tip: Fallen Leaf Lake is also a great place to take your dog swimming.

Directions: From Highway 89 in South Lake Tahoe, head toward Emerald Bay and turn left on Fallen Leaf Road. This twisty and sometimes one lane road will pass by the campground and take you to the far side of Fallen Leaf Lake. There is a small parking area by the resort and marina.


4.  Pope Beach – South Lake Tahoe

Pope Beach is a typical beach that’s great for families. It’s long and has no rocks or boulders, but the water is great for children and adults who just want to dig in the sand and jump in for a few minutes. There are some shady areas and a bathroom. There are also some great views of the South Shore and Mount Tallac.

Hot Tip: Parking costs about $7 at Pope Beach, but you can ride a bike in for free.

Directions: From South Lake Tahoe and the Tahoe Keys, head West on Highway 89 toward Emerald Bay. Turn right on Pope Beach Road to access the parking area.


5.  The Rocks – Glenbrook

Pope Beach is a typical beach that’s great for families. It’s long and has no rocks or boulders, but the water is great for children and adults who just want to dig in the sand and jump in for a few minutes. There are some shady areas and a bathroom. There are also some great views of the South Shore and Mount Tallac.

Hot Tip: Parking costs about $7 at Pope Beach, but you can ride a bike in for free.

Directions: From South Lake Tahoe and the Tahoe Keys, head West on Highway 89 toward Emerald Bay. Turn right on Pope Beach Road to access the parking area.


6.  Lester Beach – West Shore

Located in the D.L. Bliss State Park on the West Shore of the lake, Lester Beach is also one of the best beaches on the lake. The water is Caribbean blue and full of soft white sand. Since the bay around Lester Beach is protected from the winds, this is also a great place for kayaking. Lester Beach and the parking lot fill up fast on summer days, so get there early to claim your spot. You can also pick up the Rubicon Trail to Emerald Bay at Lester Beach.

Hot Tip: On the far south side of Lester Beach are some large boulders that offer shade and some more private beach areas.

Directions: From South Lake Tahoe take Highway 89 toward and around Emerald Bay. A few miles after the bay overlook, take a right on Lester Beach Road and drive through the park and the campground. The parking lot for the beach is at the bottom of the hill near the shore.


7.  Rubicon Trail near Emerald Bay – South Lake Tahoe

If you’re hiking the Rubicon Trail from either Lester Beach or Emerald Bay, some of the lower parts of the trail have great access to the water—especially closer to the Emerald Bay peninsula. Keep an eye out for private bays surrounded by rocks where you can take a dip.

Hot Tip: You can even swim the green waters inside Emerald Bay, but watch out for boat traffic.

Directions: You can access the Rubicon Trail from Lester Beach or from Emerald Bay.


8.  Secret Cove – Glenbrook

Secret Cove is the lake’s unofficial nude beach and is also one of the best places to swim on the lake—with or without clothing. Secret Cove is located on the East Shore and is accessed from a small parking lot via a mile-long hike through the woods. This beautiful little beach has private areas for sunbathing and some large boulders for jumping into the water.

Hot Tip: The Secret Cove parking lot is not so secret. Get there early for a parking spot.

Directions: From Sand Harbor, drive south on Highway 28 about 3.35 miles until you see a small parking lot on the right hand side of the road. The trail to access Secret Cove is on the south side of the parking lot. The hike to the water is about a mile down the trail.


9.  Eagle Lake – South Lake Tahoe

Eagle Lake is a small, but stunning lake accessed via the Eagle Falls trail above Emerald Bay. You do have to hike up a difficult trail for about a mile before you can cool off in this lake, but it’s worth it. The lake is cold and gets deep very quickly, but if you are a good swimmer, you can swim out to the lake’s small island.

Hot Tip: The area of the lake closes to the trail gets crowded in the summer, but just follow the trail along the edge to find some more secluded areas—and a few small beaches.

Directions: From South Lake Tahoe, drive on Highway 89 to Emerald Bay and the Eagle Falls trailhead. There’s some limited parking here—some free, some with a fee. Hike the Eagle Falls trail up about a mile to Eagle Lake.


10.  Meek’s Bay Resort – West Shore

If you want a nice swimming area with amenities like restaurants, picnic tables and boating areas, the Meek’s Bay Resort on the West Shore has all that. This small resort and campground has a small white sand beach, boat dock and marina. It also has a restaurant that serves burgers, sandwiches, wraps and drinks. Meek’s Bay is protected from big winds and is a good place for small children.

Hot Tip: The resort also has a small general store and kayaks and canoes for rent.

Directions: From South Lake Tahoe drive toward Emerald Bay and around the bay. Keep heading north on Highway 89 for about 8 miles until you come to Meek’s Bay. The road for the resort is on the right hand side.

EPIC Places To Experience Around The Globe: See Photos


Preachers Rock, Preikestolen, Norway

Blue Caves – Zakynthos Island, Greece

Skaftafeli – Iceland


Plitvice Lakes – Croatia

Crystalline Turquoise Lake, Jiuzhaigou National Park, China


Four Seasons Hotel – Bora Bora

Ice skating on Paterswoldse Meer, a lake just South of the city of Groningen in the Netherlands.


Marble Caves, Chile Chico, Chile

The Gardens at Marqueyssac http://www.frenchmoments.com/Marqueyssac.html


Ice Canyon – Greenland


Capilano Suspension Bridge, Vancouver, British Columbia

Valley of the Ten Peaks, Moraine Lake, Alberta, Canada

Multnomah Falls, Oregon http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multnomah_Falls

 

Seljalandsfoss Waterfall on the South Coast of Iceland


Petra – Jordan (at night)

Verdon, Provence, France

Wineglass Bay, Freycinet National Park, Tasmania, Australia

Norway Alesund Birdseye of City

Benteng Chittorgarh, India

Riomaggiore, Italy


Keukenhof Gardens – Netherlands.


Sky Lantern Festival – Taiwan.

The Wave is on the slopes of the Coyote Buttes, which are in turn located in the Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness, on the Colorado Plateau, Arizona.


Mount Roraima – Venezuela.

Seychelles


Restaurant near Sanyou Cave above the Chang Jiang river, Hubei , China.


East Iceland.

Lucca, Tuscany, Italy.

 

Inside Look into this sleek $39.5 million triplex penthouse in an iconic NYC building

 

 

zaha hadid penthouse
  • three-story penthouse at 520 W. 28th St. in New York City is on the market for $39.5 million.
  • The 39-residence boutique building was designed by the legendary Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid, who died in 2016.
  • The condo comes with a 2,000-square foot rooftop terrace overlooking the High Line park.
  • The building’s amenities include a private Imax theater, a 75-foot swimming pool, a sauna and steam room, and automated robotic parking and storage.
  • I took a tour of the building, and I’ve never seen anything like Hadid’s design.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Curving over the High Line park in New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood is an 11-story residential building that looks like it belongs in the future.

The building, 520 W. 28th St., is one of the last designed by the legendary Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid, who was nicknamed “Queen of the Curve.” That seems particularly apt when you look at the 39-residence boutique building, the only one she designed in New York before her death in 2016.

The lavish residence has attracted celebrity residents such as Stingand Ariana Grande.

Marketing and sales for the building are handled by Related Sales and Corcoran Sunshine Marketing Group, and Charlie Attias is the listing agent.

If the 6,853-square-foot, three-story penthouse isn’t enough space for you, it can be combined with the neighboring penthouse for a total of 11,121 interior square feet and a 3,892-square-foot terrace, according to Corcoran.
520 W. 28th St. is a 39-unit boutique residential building in New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood designed by the legendary Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid. It’s the only building she designed in New York City before her death in 2016.
520 W. 28th St. is a 39-unit boutique residential building in New York City's Chelsea neighborhood designed by the legendary Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid. It's the only building she designed in New York City before her death in 2016.
On a recent spring afternoon, I got a tour of the building and its sprawling $39.5 million triplex penthouse.
The doorman let me into the building only after I announced my name and the name of the person I was supposed to meet. I imagine the security is part of the draw for the building's celebrity residents, who reportedly include the musicians Sting and Ariana Grande.

From the moment I stepped into the lobby, the space felt different from any other residential building I'd ever been in.
The graceful curves and natural elements gave me the impression that I'd stepped into a luxury resort in Iceland.
11-story building’s triplex penthouse, which is on the market for $39.5 million.
I headed up to the 11-story building's triplex penthouse, which is on the market for $39.5 million.
The expansive great room offers views of the Empire State Building and overlooks the High Line, the city’s famous elevated park built on a former railroad line.
The expansive great room offers views of the Empire State Building and overlooks the High Line, the city's famous elevated park built on a former railroad line.

Hadid was nicknamed the

The penthouse was all smooth, clean lines.

The penthouse was all smooth, clean lines.
The curved windows gave the condo a space vessel-like vibe.
The curved windows gave the condo a spaceship vibe.
The sleek white kitchen features Gaggenau appliances.
The sleek white kitchen features Gaggenau appliances.
 The penthouse’s standout feature was its massive wraparound terrace.
To me, the penthouse's standout feature was its massive wraparound terrace.
The view of the Empire State Building
The views of the Empire State Building and the neighborhood were stunning.
Like in the rest of the condo, the curves of the terrace gave it a futuristic feel. I could imagine some seriously chic parties taking place up here.
Like in the rest of the condo, the curves of the terrace gave it a futuristic feel. I could imagine some seriously chic parties taking place up here.
Downstairs is the family level, which includes a master suite, three bedroom suites, and a utility room.
Downstairs is the family level, which includes a master suite, three bedroom suites, and a utility room.
The sumptuously decorated master bedroom is in the corner, allowing for floor-to-ceiling wraparound windows.
The windows are 10 feet tall.
The master suite includes a walk-in dressing room and closet ...
... and a luxurious bathroom with a soaking tub and the same curved windows found upstairs.
Each of the other four bedrooms comes with an en suite bathroom.
One was set up with bunk beds.
After the penthouse tour, I was eager to check out the building's amenities, which include this spacious lounge that opens to an outdoor space.
The building’s wellness level includes a 75-foot skylit swimming pool that wouldn’t look out of place in a luxury resort.
The building's wellness level includes a 75-foot skylit swimming pool that wouldn't look out of place in a luxury resort.
Then there's the spa suite, which includes a whirlpool, a cold-plunge pool, a sauna and steam room ...
... and massage beds.

While screening rooms have become a somewhat predictable amenity in luxury buildings, 520 W. 28th St. has a private Imax theater. Residents can also use the building's automated robotic parking and storage vaults.

Zuckerberg secretly snaps up $59M Lake Tahoe compound

 

Facebook founder and CEO required listing pictures of the homes be removed from the internet

Mark Zuckerberg and wife Priscilla Chan quietly purchased neighboring properties in Lake Tahoe. The couple paid a whopping $59 million for two lakefront estates—and they could buy even more.

 “The deals were kept under wraps through the use of a limited-liability company, a high-end wealth manager and a series of nondisclosure agreements, which even required that listing pictures of the homes be removed from the internet.” Indeed, such secrecy is ironic “given the recent scrutiny his company has faced over its handling of Facebook users’ personal information.”

The two circa-1920s properties—christened Brushwood Estate and Carousel Estate—were purchased for $37 million and $22 million, respectively.

Brushwood Estate, owned by San Francisco philanthropist Tamara Fritz, comes with 6.2 acres, a 5,322-square-foot main house with six bedrooms, a guesthouse, three yurts, and a private dock. It also played host to an annual Oscar de la Renta fashion show, frequented by San Francisco’s society’s blue blood B-listers.

And the Carousel Estate, spread out on 3.2 acres of land, comes a main house and two cottages featuring 14 bedrooms and 11.5 bathrooms. According to SFGate, “The main home has eight bedrooms and 9.5 baths and is separated into three separate living areas connected by breezeways. The dining and living rooms have soaring beamed ceilings painted in a white-wash style, while bedrooms are paneled in natural wood. There’s a two-car garage.”

But that might not be all for the tech titan. Zuckerberg could buy even more property in Lake Tahoe.

Wall Street Journal notes, “Mr. Zuckerberg has made overtures about buying a third property across the street, but hasn’t yet closed on a deal, according to people familiar with that property.”

Given his real estate track record, Zuckerberg and Chan could combine the two (or three) properties together, similar to what they did in Palo Alto, purchasing the four homes surrounding their main house. The couple also own property in San Francisco’s Dolores Heights and Kauai, Hawaii.

Though understated compared to other tony vacation spots, Lake Tahoe is known for old money and pricey homes. Take, for example, Crystal Pointe, which has lingered on the market for $75 million since 2017, or this 24-acre property on Zephyr Cove, which regularly served as the backdrop for the TV series Bonanza, asking $46 million.

BARE Market Update: May

 

Cool Things to Do When Someone Visits San Francisco

 

 

Labyrinth | Flickr/Jess Liotta and Colin Liotta
sea lions
Pier 39 |
Golden Gate Bridge | 
Lombard street
Lombard street | 
Buena Vista | Flickr/Casey Bisson
cable car
Tono Balaguer/Shutterstock
alcatraz island
Alcatraz Island | 
Eat Drink SF
Eat Drink SF

Most expensive cities in the world: 2019

Singapore skyline
Singapore remains the world’s most expensive city, but shares its title with Paris and Hong Kong this year.
  • Singapore reigns as the world’s most expensive city for the fifth year in a row, based on a report by The Economist Intelligence Unit.
  • This year, Paris and Hong Kong join Singapore for a three-way tie in the top spot.
  • Asia remains the continent with the most expensive cities, closely followed by Europe.
  • Since last year, two United States cities have rejoined the list: New York and Los Angeles.

Asian and European cities led the list of most expensive cities around the globe in 2019.

That’s according to the Economist Intelligence Unit’s annual Worldwide Cost of Living report, which highlights the top 10 most expensive cities around the globe. The report uses more than 400 prices across 160 different products and services — including food, drink, clothing, and home rents — to calculate rankings.

Singapore has consistently held its No. 1 ranking since 2014, when it surpassed Tokyo, which had previously occupied the top spot nearly every year since 1992.

While Singapore still holds its title, it now shares first place with two other major cities: Paris and Hong Kong. Paris moved up from its No. 2 seat last year, while Hong Kong moved up from No. 4. Because of the multiple ties in this year’s ranking, 11 cities are listed among the report’s top 10 most expensive cities.

This year also marks the return of two major American cities: New York and Los Angeles. In past reports, American cities have appeared in the top 10, but last year, New York City and Los Angeles topped out at No. 13 and No. 14 respectively. According to the report, this was due, in part, to a weakening dollar when compared to other currencies.

Below, you’ll find the most expensive cities ranked from least to most expensive, along with their comparison ranking from last year.

10. Los Angeles, California

10. Los Angeles, California

2019 city ranking by cost of living: 10

2018 city ranking by cost of living: 14

10. Tel Aviv, Israel

10. Tel Aviv, Israel

2019 city ranking by cost of living: 10

2018 city ranking by cost of living: 9

7. New York, USA

7. New York, USAGetty Images

2019 city ranking by cost of living: 7

2018 city ranking by cost of living: 13

7. Copenhagen, Denmark

7. Copenhagen, Denmark

2019 city ranking by cost of living: 7

2018 city ranking by cost of living: 8

 

7. Seoul, South Korea

7. Seoul, South KoreaPublic Domain

2019 city ranking by cost of living: 7 (tied with New York and Copenhagen)

2018 city ranking by cost of living: 6

5. Osaka, Japan

2019 city ranking by cost of living: 5 (tied with Geneva)

2018 city ranking by cost of living: 11

5. Geneva, Switzerland

5. Geneva, SwitzerlandShutterstock

2019 city ranking by cost of living: 5

2018 city ranking by cost of living: 6

4. Zurich, Switzerland

4. Zurich, Switzerland

2019 city ranking by cost of living: 4

2018 city ranking by cost of living: 2

1. Hong Kong, China

1. Hong Kong, China

2019 city ranking by cost of living: 1

2018 city ranking by cost of living: 4

1. Paris, France

1. Paris, France

2019 city ranking by cost of living: 1

2018 city ranking by cost of living: 2

1. Singapore, Singapore

1. Singapore, Singapore

2019 city ranking by cost of living: 1 (tied with Paris and Hong Kong)

2018 city ranking by cost of living: 1