Video of Proposed Development for Candlestick Site


The ten year, multi-billion dollar development known as The San Francisco Shipyard is moving along at a blistering pace, with home pricing released this week (Based on current market rates, prices are set to begin in the low $500,000s for one bedrooms, and the high $500,000s for two bedroom homes) after final approvals. Next door, the former 49ers stadium will be demo’d to make room for Candlestick Point with 780,000 sq.ft. of retail, 150,000 sq.ft. of office space, 2-3k seat venue, community facilities, 6,000 homes, and 100+ acres of open space parks. That’s a lot of irons in the fire, but with all that new housing it aims to create an entirely new neighborhood.



Source: · The San Francisco Shipyard [official site]

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Cesar Pelli’s Transbay Tower Rendered in Snazzy New Video

San Francisco’s skyline will soon be completely redefined by a 1,070 foot, Cesar Pelli-designed tower slated to rise on Mission Street between First and Fremont. Though renderings of Northern California’s future tallest tower have long floated around the web, the video embedded above features some brand new angles on the soon-to-be-built edifice as well as never before seen renderings of its lobby and interior. The simulation comes straight from the building’s new official website, which advertises its (very S.F. appropriate) 415 Mission Street address. The Transbay Tower is currently in the very early stages of construction, but anyone craving instant updates on the building’s progress can check out Transbay’s OxBlue construction camera.
· The Transbay Tower [Official Site]

Source: Curbed

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8 Octavia Tops Out at Corner of Market Street in Hayes Valley


San Francisco’s newest high-profile condominium building reached its maximum height this week. 8 Octavia, by award-winning architect Stanley Saitowitz,topped out its eight and final floor at the gateway location of Market and Octavia streets. The uber-luxury building will feature a mix of 47 one-and two-bedroom condos over ground-floor retail. The Saitowitz-signature glass panels have begun to be installed along the lower levels of the Market Street side while the rest of the building is still getting mechanicals outfitted. Expect a sales office this summer and occupancy late this year.

Source: Curbed

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Supporters seek signatures for ballot measure on waterfront development heights

Warriors arena

  • The Warriors’ planned waterfront arena could be subject to voter approval under a measure proposed for the June ballot.

Signature gathering will begin this weekend in the campaign for a ballot measure on waterfront development heights in The City, setting the stage for the next battle over the 7.5 miles fronting San Francisco Bay.


On Thursday, City Attorney Dennis Herrera signed off on the title and summary of the Waterfront Development Height Increases initiative, giving backers the green light to begin collecting signatures.

It would take 9,702 signatures by Feb. 3 to place the initiative on the June ballot, but supporters could alternatively seek inclusion in the November election.

Under the measure, any development on Port of San Francisco property would have to go before the voters if it exceeds existing height limits, which generally range from 40 to 105 feet.

Jon Golinger, who is working as the campaign director, said campaign headquarters will be at15 Columbus Ave., the same location as the campaign that — in last November’s election — helped defeat the 8 Washington St. luxury condo development that spawned this broader effort.

The stakes are high. Proposed projects the measure would immediately impact are the Warriors arena project with a hotel and condos at Piers 30-32; the Pier 70 housing and retail development; and the Giants’ development of housing, retail and office space at Pier 48.

Source: SF Examiner

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How to Choose the Perfect Contemporary Art for Your Home

Mario Wagner with his installation at the Pop Up in Union Square. is known for making art more accessible to the masses. Since November, the Emeryville company has done so for the the San Francisco masses by hosting a series of events that let locals chat (and drink) with creators and tastemakers. This week, we stopped by the pop-up store in Union Square for the latest in that series, an evening with Berkeley-based artist Mario Wagner and Juxtapoz editor Evan Pricco. Planning to add art to your home this year? You’re in luck because Evan gave us the lowdown on how to find the perfect piece.

Walking into a gallery to buy your first piece of contemporary art can be an intimidating (and expensive) experience, but the Now + Juxtapoz installation is a good way to wet your feet. Let’s be honest: Prints are cheaper than originals and the people have already suggested tasteful frames and mattes for the pieces, saving you hours of indecision at your neighborhood frame shop. (Even Mario admitted that he liked one of his pieces better in the frame that the pros selected.)

The collection that Evan curated for the installation includes a range of styles and mediums—playful portraits, abstract pieces, and Mario’s collages—to reflect the types of pieces that Juxtapoz covers.

Now that Juxtapoz has chosen works for the pop-up shop, how should youchoose your piece? Evan suggests picking what you makes you happy. “Art’s supposed to make you feel good, make you think, make you engaged with different ideas. If you just go in content and knowing what you like, I don’t think it should ever be intimidating.”
· [Official Site]
· Juxtapoz Magazine [Official Site]
· Mario Wagner [Official Site]

Source: SF racked

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Where to Eat on Christmas in San Francisco

Where to Eat For Christmas 2013?

While restaurants clamor for patrons to drop money on special meals just six days later, Christmas Day is a dining wasteland in San Francisco for those who don’t feel like hitting up their nearest Chinese joint. But for those who don’t feel like cooking for their families (or putting up with their families at all), a few options are available, from prix-fixe feasts to stunning ocean views to gigantic steaks. To round out the Christmas offering, we’ve also added a few prime spots to savor the traditional Italian Feast of the Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve, or drop some serious cash before resorting to Stouffer’s on Christmas proper.

Locanda’s Christmas Eve Feast of the Seven Fishes dinner ($90 adults, $45 kids) will include gulf shrimp and burrata panzarotti (filled savory pastries) and a charcoal-grilled stuffed whole trout, among other dishes. More info here.
(415) 863-6800
A16’s Christmas Eve Feast of the Seven Fishes will offer yellowtail crudo and octopus stew at the Marina location ($80, with $65 optional wine pairings), and Dungeness crab and squid ink tonarelli and whole roasted trout with white truffles at the Rockridge location ($75, with optional $60 wine pairings).
(415) 771-2216
Christmas Eve at Incanto also means Feast of the Seven Fishes time, with a menu of seafood salad, linguini with clams, roasted fish with olives and kumquats, and tiramisu. Dinner is $65; wine is extra.
(415) 641-4500
Melissa Perello is offering a $90 four-course prix fixe menu (with optional $40 wine pairings) for Christmas Eve. While specifics aren’t available yet, we imagine there will be lumberjack cake involved.
3870 17TH ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94114
(415) 621-3870
For sheer indulgence, it’s hard to beat La Folie for Christmas Eve, with wild mushroom risotto, John Dory topped with lobster mousse, and a chestnut-whiskey bombe for dessert. Dinner is $160 with an optional $85 wine pairing; for extra decadence, add on an ounce of Osetra caviar, blinis, and lobster for $120.
(415) 776-5577
Keiko provides another lavish Christmas Eve option with their $195 prix-fixe menu, featuring the option to pair dinner with a bottle from the owner’s private collection of vintage wines.
(415) 829-7141
One of the few non-Chinese restaurants outside of downtown to stay open for Christmas Day, Bisou will offer a $75 four-course prix fixe with truffled scallop carpaccio, Maine lobster, duck breast, and pecan pie as options.
(415) 556-6200
Enjoy an Indian-influenced Christmas Day meal with options like Maine lobster with spiced carrot pilaf, slow-cooked monkfish tail, and seared beef filet with black truffles. It’s $125 per person for four courses.
(415) 955-5555
Ame gets in its Feast of the Seven Fishes just in the first course, with small preparations of seven kinds of seafood. There’s also sauteed fluke fillet and herb-roasted venison. Christmas Day dinner is $112/person, with optional $65 wine pairings.
(415) 284-4040
For a view of the water that will make even a solo Christmas Day special, the Cliff House at sunset makes a pretty great choice. The bistro will offer breakfast and lunch from from 9 am-1 pm and classics like prime rib and pork chops a la carte at dinner, while Sutro’s will have tuna tartare, Dungeness crab ravioli, and Christmas goose available a la carte from 11 am-9:30 pm.
(415) 386-3330
Christmas Day at Luce can go one of two ways: there’s a $45 brunch buffet with unlimited sparkling wine and mini hot dishes until 2:30 pm, then a more sophisticated $85 prix fixe (wine pairings $45) at night, with dishes like uni and new potato, slow-cooked lamb loin, and roasted squab. More info here.
(415) 616-6567
For the Christmas Day diner who’d rather skip the fussy prix fixes and go to town on a giant steak, we offer Bob’s. Another option in this genre is Osso Steakhouse, which will also be serving on Christmas.
(415) 273-3085
Southern-fried Christmases abound at 1300 on Fillmore, which is offering a whole prime rib this year for their first-ever holiday feast. Tickets are $65 per person and $32 for kids.
(415) 771-7100
Care for some comedy with your Chinese food? Kung Pao Kosher Comedy is offering a Christmas Day prix-fixe complete with laughs from an all-Jewish comedic lineup. Options include a seven-course meal for $64, or cocktails and vegetarian dim sum for $44.
(415) 391-6666
It shouldn’t surprise anyone that non-celebrants’ tastes on Christmas Day run to Chinese restaurants, which are open, open, open. But if it’s San Tung’s dry-fried chicken wings you crave, get there early: the line gets longer, earlier, with each passing year.
(415) 242-0828
Source: SFist
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Value of New Condos Up 14 Percent From Last Year


The value of newly constructed condos in San Francisco was $1,011 per square foot in November, up 14 percent from last year. The Mark Company Condominium Pricing Index for November shows new condo construction selling for an average $1,011 per square foot, which is unchanged from October. The big developments (20+ units) that solidified that figure were 300 Ivy in Hayes Valley, Linea on Market Street, and Marlow and Park Lane, both in Nob Hill. 300 Ivy’s 63 units are all in contract, with the approximate price per square at $1,050. The highest price per square goes to Park Lane at 1100 Sacramento Street in Nob Hill, which has 33 units and is averaging $1,300 per square.

New construction inventory was 80 percent lower than a year ago, and down 31 percent from the previous month, with 125 units currently available.
· The Mark Company Trend Sheet (PDF) [Mark Company]


Source: curbed

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San Francisco Rising: Transbay, Trinity, Salesforce Towers

Tower: 350 Mission Street
Height: 424 feet, 30 floors
Architect: Skidmore Owings & Merrill
Specs: 420,000 sq. ft. office space (fully leased by, 5,400 sq. ft. ground floor retail, 9,650 sq. ft. public open space
Currently: As you can see in the photos above the elevator core has risen well above street level. Rebar for what will be the vertical support columns is also poking above the street. With the basement levels nearly finished expect the building to begin growing at a pace of about 2-3 floors per month as it continues its ascend above the surface.


Tower: Transbay Tower
Height: 1,070 feet, 63 stories
Architect: Pelli Clarke Pelli
Specs: 63 floors, ground floor retail, public plaza, bridge connecting to Transbay Transit Center, public art.
Currently: The last time we checked in on the tower, permits were issued and excavation was in an exploratory phase. We now have some seriously heavy-duty equipment on site and a more permanent construction fencing installed. A quick word with an onsite contact confirmed that this project will be entering full-scale excavation immediately.

Tower: Trinity Place
Height: 22 floors
Architect: Arquitectonica
Specs: 1,900 apartments, 1,450 parking spaces, a 42,000 sq. ft. open plaza and 60,000 sq. ft. of ground floor retail
Currently: Construction and excavation crews have recently returned to the site, indicating that phase three is preparing to get moving along. Crews will begin excavating space for a massive underground parking structure featuring 1,450 parking spaces. Its unclear whether phase three will include the final two buildings remaining, or if there will be a fourth phase to complete the 1,900-plus apartment complex.

Source: curbed

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Some Restaurants For When Your Friends & Family Is In Town

Some good restaurants for when your friends and family is visiting San Francisco.



Alexander’s Steakhouse
Was your mom in Junior League? Did your dad have an affair with his secretary for years, which was known but never discussed? Did you grow up in a gated community? Then Alexander’s Steakhouse is the place for you. Tablecloths. Expensive cuts of hardcore meat. Luxurious ambiance. Nothing freaky, nothing deaky. Mom will enjoy her third martini of the night (she’s been through so much as it is) while you teach dad how to use Facebook on his T-Mobile Touch. — Brock Keeling
448 Brannan (at Third Street), 415-495-1111



“Oh gosh, we loved it. You have to try it! So French. It’s near the—what’s that place called again? The Ferry Farmer’s Building? Near there. It’s expensive. Oh yeah, it cost Dick a pretty penny. He wasn’t happy. You know how he gets. But it was just lovely. I had the scallops. Like they make on Top Chef. So decadent. Anyway, you should check out Boulevard while you’re in San Fran. Yes, it’s in a nice part of the city. Alright, gotta run. Bye.”— Brock Keeling
1 Mission (at Embarcadero), 415-543-6084


The Lamb Burger from Chow. (Photo: David G. / Yelp)


So. They’re finally cool with the gay thing. That’s great. Bring them to Chow. Close to the Castro—but not too close—Chow boasts reasonably-priced high-quality comfort food that features local ingredients. (It’s also kid-friendly!) Boisterous enough to feel kicky without being too much, Chow is also the perfect setting for the family to finally meet your new boyfriend Geoffrey (née: Jeff). — Brock Keeling
Two SF locations: 215 Church (at Market) and 1240 Ninth Avenue (at Lincoln)


The sidewalk scene at Delfina. (Photo: mikedthorn)


For the family members that want to feel they’re experiencing a “hip” neighborhood without venturing near the 16th and Valencia shitshow, Delfina is the Mission spot that delivers. Elevated food, a classy-casual ambiance and a good mix of monied youngsters and other people’s parents make this a comfortable spot for anyone, especially if mom and dad are paying. — Rose Garrett
3621 – 18th Street (at Gurerro); 415-552-4055


(Photo: La Ciccia)


La Ciccia
Mission too bustling and FiDi too flashy? Choose La Ciccia, a shiny Italian star in a Noe corner so sleepy it might be narcotized. La Ciccia’s Sardinian owners deliver the real deal, however: classic and creative Italian dishes, a great wine list and a chill, neighborhood vibe that even your North Dakotan in-laws can feel good about. — Rose Garrett
291 – 30th Street (at Church); 415-550-8114


(Photo: Waterbar)


It’s a view restaurant, with a pretty unique vista onto the Bay Lights these days, but it is more than that. Waterbar is a perfectly decent, if expensive, seafood spot with a number of gems on its menu, not to mention a full raw bar, good cocktails, and fun column-size vertical aquariums in the dining room. Go for a chilled octopus salad, some oven-roasted sablefish, and one of Emily Lucchetti’s divine desserts. If Dad’s paying and Mom make that inevitable “Where can we eat some seafood?” request, this is the obvious choice. — Jay Barmann
399 Embarcadero (at Folsom); 415-284-9922


Top of the Mark, Nob Hill, 1948. (Photo: Bennett Hall / Oakland History Room)


Top of the Mark
Family in town is a perfect excuse to revisit this San Francisco classic bar destination. Sure, it’s cheesy and hotel-y, and we’d advise steering clear of the 100-martini menu and just ordering a simple highball, or similar, but the view seriously can’t be beat. And Dad will love the story about the case full of booze to be shared by military personnel passing through. There are some simple bar snacks but they also do brunch on Sundays throughout the holidays. Day or night it’s a great place to sit and look out on our relentlessly beautiful city, and let your family feel jealous that you live here. — Jay Barmann
1 Nob Hill (at Mason); 415-616-6916


Chocolate and Beet Lava Cake at Bar Tartine. (Photo: Jeffrey Chiang)


Bar Tartine
Bar Tartine’s rustic and constantly evolving menus make a great introduction to San Francisco’s restaurant scene without being overly intimidating in terms of price or atmosphere. Although the cuisine is Eastern European, the style is back-to-roots, handmade Northern Californian. Plan ahead for dinner reservations with the parents or take mom to lunch at the sandwich counter during a stroll down Valencia. — Andrew Dalton
561 Valencia (at 17th Street); 415-487-1600


Source: sfgated
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