Outside Lands 2013 Review

Outside Lands 2013 is officially gone. If you are a neighbor on either the Sunset side of the festival or the Richmond side of the festival, I’d love to hear your feedback about how you felt the organizers handled the neighborhood impact of crowds and noise.

I had the good fortune to attend a few shows over the three day festival, and below were a few of my personal favorites and highlights:

Favorite – Emeli Sande! I fell in love with this album while traveling this summer, so when I realized she was at Outside Lands I was super-psyched. She was phenomenal in person, my only complaint being that her set was short and there were a whole lot of songs that I was hoping she was going to sing… that she didn’t!

Emeli Sande at Outside Lands 2013

The picture below is – I’m fairly certain – from the Griz performance on the Panhandle stage. I’ll confess that I went to Outside Lands with a bunch of friends with far more musical taste and concert-going skills than I possess, and that I didn’t do my homework in advance. Fortunately, my friends have pretty excellent musical taste and steered me right many a time over the weekend. Seeing Griz was a whole lot of fun, he really rocked it.

Griz on the Panhandle stage


The Tallest Man on Earth, it turns out, is not the tallest man on earth. Not that I’m complaining or anything, but given that I work in an industry that gets continually dinged for excessively optimistic marketing, I just thought I’d point out that he’s really not that tall. But his voice is very Bob Dylan-esque, and I really enjoy the show.

The Tallest Man on Earth is not. On the Sutro Stage.

Finally, below is a picture from Friday evening during the Sir Paul McCartney concert. All I have to say about that is I hope I have that level of energy and passion when I hit 71 years old, because Paul was up there rocking it for a very long time.

The Lights at Outside Lands

Those are just a few highlights from a very full weekend – what were you favorite shows?

What San Francisco Buyers Should Know About 2012 Home Sales in District 1

A few days ago I took a big picture look at the 2012 real estate market stats in San Francisco. Today I’m going to start breaking down that big picture into the smaller micro-markets that exist all across the city. What’s true for single family homes in District 1 doesn’t necessarily hold for condos or lofts in District 9, so this is the beginning of a detailed look at how various property types did in 2012 by neighborhood.
D1 2012 median sales price - sfh
District 1 is the north-west section of San Francisco, and includes the following neighborhoods: The Richmond district (Inner, Central, and Outer), Jordan Park/Laurel Heights, the Lake district, Sea Cliff and Lone Mountain. The chart above shows the median sales price for single family homes by mls-subdistrict (neighborhood). A few things stand out to me – the first is the return of the luxury market, as evidenced by the impressive increase in both Sea Cliff and Lake District median sales prices. The next is that median sales price was up year over year in every d1 neighborhood with the exception of Lone Mountain, where it was essentially flat and Jordan Park/Laurel Heights were it was down.
Number of homes sold 2009 - 2012 in District 1 - SFH
The chart above shows the number of single family home sales by neighborhood, and given that 2012 saw the return of buyers, it isn’t surprising that sales volume was up in every neighborhood (year over year) with the exception of the Inner Richmond, where it was down slightly. Sales were also up substantially in every neighborhood from 2009. 2009 was a rough year to be a seller in San Francisco, and numerous sellers chose to withdraw their homes from the sales market (or just never list their home) when they weren’t able to get the sales price they wanted. And mirroring the larger San Francisco real estate market, days on market (DOM) was down in almost every neighborhood despite the increase in inventory.

If you live in these neighborhoods, what are your thoughts on 2012?


Neighborhood Blog Roundup – April 23, 2012

Happy Monday morning everyone! What better way to start the week than to take a look at what the hot topics have been across the San Francisco neighborhood blogosphere.

I don’t doubt I’ve overlooked something phenomentally interesting, entertaining, or otherwise blog-worthy (but come on, Supervisor Mar in a hottub is pretty awesome). Leave a comment or shoot me an email with your favorite neighborhood blog!