Where should the Giants team live?

I’m not a sports fan.  I don’t mind them, I just won’t go out of my way to watch or pay attention to it. In the spirit of full disclosure, I thought that the World Series was over while the Play offs were going on.  My parents would be so proud.

I found myself getting annoyed during the World Series with the constant news coverage.  Gee, isn’t there anything else going on in the world?

But then, I saw this on SF Curbed.  Where might the Giants players live in SF taking their personalities into account.  Oh come on, it’s a fluff piece.  Allow yourself a little guilty pleasure.

From the SF Examiner via SF Curbed.

Sexy Dolores Heights Single Family home with views and garden

21st St Facade-garden on the left belongs to the property

This is one of those one-of-a-kind properties that you don’t see very often.  3500 21st St. is located on Liberty Hill on a prominent corner of Dolores and 21st.  Fabulous views and a spectacular garden.  Listed for $1,749,000, it’s phenomenally priced and I expect it to sell quickly and for more than asking.

3+ bedrooms, 3 full baths, 2 half baths, and 2 car garage parking.  The circa 1911 interior woodwork/detail is classic and comfortable.  I think my favorite part of the home is the turret on the Northeast corner of the home with the city view; the dining room and one of the bedrooms enjoy this feature.

Welcoming entry hall with detail intact

Looking at the front of the home, it looks like a double wide lot, but it’s actually not.  The home sits smartly on the corner and uses the West side as the garden-it’s very usable and impressive.

Garden with south exposure and easy access to kitchen

Listed by Pacific Union

December 2010 update

The property sold with multiple offers for $1,760,000

Trader Joes not moving into old Tower Records

No longer the site for Trader Joe’s-who won here?

This is really a shame.  After all this time, Trader Joe’s has given up on opening a store at the old Tower Records site in the Castro.  Too many hurtles, despite their best efforts.  Radio Shack wouldn’t move and now the Planning Department is making it difficult.  Just what we need-another vacant store front and a building owner in trouble. Who won here?

Socketsite post

Exploratorium’s new home at Piers 15 and 17

Proposal for the Exploratorium-from SFGate

An exciting new project is in the works on the Embarcadero.  The Exploratorium has begun construction on it’s new home at Piers 15 and 17.  Cramped into the Palace of Fine Arts for years, within three years, Pier 15, phase one, will house the expanded exhibits, classrooms and museum.

SF is working hard on having world class museums; SFMOMA, the Academy of Sciences, the DeYoung and now the Exploratorium, to name only a few.  I can’t wait to see the new digs!

SFGate article

Socketsite post

Frank Lloyd Wright designed house for sale-in Los Banos

Architecturally significant home for sale-Curbed photo

The town, not the bathroom.

This Frank Lloyd Wright designed house is for sale in Los Banos, CA.  The house was designed and built for Buck and Harriet Fawcett-I find it fascinating that someone in their 30’s could afford and have built this stunning home on 80 acres.

I think I could consider living in a remote location to get a house like this.  On and off the market for a few years, the house is still available for nearly $2 million.  Unfortunately, Frank Lloyd Wright did not live to see the completion of the home.

Curbed post

SFGate Article

Bay Area to upgrade water supply system

Bay Area Water Project under the SF Bay

A very interesting and exciting project was recently started in the Bay Area.  The bay area will be upgrading it’s water supply system by building a five mile long water pipe UNDER the San Francisco Bay.  While the project doesn’t sound terribly exciting, it is noteworthy-if for no other reason, the sheer engineering of tunneling and building a five mile long concrete water pipe under the bay.

People may say that this has been done before, but as the SF Chronicle article highlights, the BART tunnel that was built in the 1960’s actually sits on top of the bay floor and was built in sections and submerged, as opposed to built in place.  That makes the water project more complicated.

The $4.6 billion water supply system is part of the Hetch Hetchy upgrade to be completed in 2015.  The new pipe will be replacing two exposed pipe systems that are woefully outdated and in need of replacement.

Here’s the article in SF Chronicle