Eureka Valley

Explore Eureka Valley

Eureka Valley, or more commonly known as the “The Castro,” is one of San Francisco’s most notable neighborhoods, as it is most diverse and ever changing. What was once a working class Irish neighborhood turned in the 1970’s to a mecca for gay culture. Small homes were being revitalized and the improvements led to an increase in property values. Today we are seeing a new influx of young families and children into the neighborhood, filled with people who appreciate the unique culture of San Francisco. The neighborhood features amenities such as children’s play parks, fine dining, shopping and recreational areas.

Some Neighborhood Features to Note

The Castro Theatre:

Built in 1922 the Castro Theatre is one of the last grand single screen movie houses in San Francisco. The schedule at this beautiful theatre ranges from live performances, cult movies and Hollywood classics. It’s also not uncommon to see streams of children in costumes coming out after one of The Castro’s ever-popular “sing-alongs,” which include Disney Classics, and for the adults, movies like Grease and The Sound of Music. Here is a calendar of events: Castro Theatre Calendar

Sample of Unique Shopping:

  • Cliffs Variety: One is hard pressed to find a store like Cliffs. A staple of the neighborhood since 1936 Cliffs is the stopping place to find anything from a hammer to children’s toys. It’s literally a store you can spend hours in. During the holidays it’s also fun to see how they decorate their storefront windows! 
  • S16:  A purveyor of found objects, S16 is a boutique home furnishings store offering vintage modern and industrial home furnishings. The owner Brian Allen has a keen eye and you will want to visit over and over again. 
  • ZGO Perfumery:  With an array of merchandise ranging from candles, diffusers and perfume, basically anything that smells good, this is the place to shop. 
  • Rolo:  Boutique men’s wear including denim and designer clothing. 
  • IXIA:  Walking past this unique florist it’s hard to not marvel at their unique flower arrangements. 
  • Kenneth Wingard: Fantastic spot to find unique home furnishings, gifts or even a t-shirt.
  • Best In Show: Pet boutique offering toys, food and designer harnesses for our furry family members.
  • PhotoWorks: Full service photo lab offering film processing plus printing.
  • Swirl on Castro:  The Castro’s premier wine and spirits store with wine tasting! 
  • In addition, the neighborhood also features an array of other boutique stores as well as larger retail brands such as Pottery Barn and Levi Strauss Store.

For the Kids Indoors and Out

In addition to the sing-along shows at the Castro Theatre, the neighborhood is chock-full of fun for kids of all ages. Here is a sample:

  • The Seward Slide:  Two long concrete slides are hidden in this neighborhood park. Grab some cardboard, slide away and remember… adults should be accompanied by children.
  • Spark Arts: Art gallery offering an array of amusement including music classes for kids.
  • Eureka Valley Rec Center: This neighborhood recreation center offers a wide selection of amenities including a children’s playground complete with modern play equipment and a soft rubber floor, tennis court, enclosed dog park and baseball field. Inside there is an indoor basketball court, play area, gym and activity room.
  • Randall Museum: Randall Museum is host to some of San Francisco’s very diverse community groups such as Musical Theater Works, San Francisco Naturalists, the Amateur Astronomers, Mycological Society and many others. Check out their schedule for events: Randall Museum Calendar
  • Whatever…:  A full-service comic book store offering comic books, graphic novels and comic supplies. 
  • Giddy:  Purveyor of candy and delectable. What fun to look at all the glass containers of every type of candy imaginable… it brings out the kid in all of us. 

It’s Time to Eat!

The Castro is home to unique dining experiences including “food on the go” all the way to fine dining. Whether you want Italian, Thai, Indian or simple California cuisine, you can find it in The Castro. A few notables:

  • Frances: Fine dining featuring a seasonal menu showcasing produce and products from Northern California’s exceptional farmers. 
  • Anchor Oyster Bar: Operating since 1977, this homey restaurant has been serving fresh sustainably caught fish, shellfish, crab and delicious seafood for over 30 years.
  • Beso Bistronomia: Offering high quality Spanish tapas cuisine in an inviting environment. 
  • Poesia: Translating to the word “poetry,” this romantic restaurant serves home cooked quality Italian food.
  • L’Ardois: French bistro serving authentic and traditional fare in a romantic setting.  
  • Finn Town Tavern: Elevated and new tavern fare, creative drinks and small bites. 

Time to Get IN SHAPE!

With all the fun places to eat, the Castro provides an array of places to work off those calories!

  • Soul Cycle: Indoor cycling reinvented!
  • 24 Hour Fitness: Full service gym with parking on premises.  
  • Fitness SF: Modern full service gym with adjoining juice bar. 
  • Core 40: Revolutionary core-focused, full body workout.
  • Yoga Tree: Many have claimed that Yoga Tree in the Castro is the best and most supercharged yoga space in the city. 
  • Sunflower Wellness: Empowers people living with cancer to find strength and support through exercise. 
September 22, 2017 / by / in
129 Hancock Street 

129 Hancock Street
San Francisco, California

Offered at $1,195,000

We are calling this Paris meets San Francisco!

This turn of the century building is ideally located on a quiet, highly desirable street within a short stroll to restaurants, parks, and shopping. Surrounded by rose bushes and other blooming flowers, the building is detached on 3 sides, which creates a home with abundant windows for delightful natural light. Perched on the top floor, the residence features a wonderful layout that takes full advantage of light, views, and outdoor access.

The first thing one notices when walking up the curved staircase are the soaring ceilings, measuring just shy of eleven feet. That, along with multiple French doors, creates a space that feels simply grand.

The entry hall, complete with impressive wainscoting and massive crown molding, leads to the finely appointed kitchen complete with thick marble counters, a Wolf 4-burner gas range, and Bosche dishwasher, all illuminated by a skylight above. Past the kitchen is the “jaw dropping” expansive living room with three sets of French doors that flank a wood burning fireplace, all opening to an expansive “exclusive use” deck and a magical garden with numerous flowering and fragrant plants. The adjoining dining room is charming and also has a set of French doors allowing for direct access to the ample deck, perfect for alfresco dining.

The master bedroom is positioned at the front of the residence and is impressively large with plenty of room for a bed and an additional seating area to take advantage of the second fireplace. Through the bay window you can take in the magnificent views that stretch from Corona Heights to the city skyline. Finishing the master bedroom is a well appointed closet with custom built-ins that take advantage of the high ceilings for extra storage.

The homes full bathroom, with large walk-in shower and skylight, separates the two bedrooms. The guest room features another set of French doors opening to a private balcony with views of the hills to the North.

Additional features of this remarkable residence includes vintage ceiling medallions, wood floors, shared laundry, and extra storage. Also included with the home is exclusive rights to the large undeveloped attic space.

This truly is a magical home!

  • Top Floor
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 2 Exclusive Use Decks
  • Exclusive Attic Rights
  • 2 Fireplaces
  • Soaring Ceilings
  • Period Details
  • Wood Floors
  • 2 Skylights
  • Bose Sound System
  • Storage
  • Shared Laundry
  • Expansive Views
  • 1,069 Square Feet*
  • HOA $210 monthly
    *per tax records

Open Houses
Saturday, September 9th, 2pm-4pm
Sunday, September 10th, 2pm-4pm
Tuesday, September 12th, 12pm-1:30pm
Tuesday, September 12th, 5:30pm-7pm

Please visit: www.129Hancock.com

September 8, 2017 / by / in
Snapshot: Russian, Nob & Telegraph Hills & North Beach

Earlier this week, San Francisco was named the third least affordable major metropolitan area, behind only Vancouver and Hong Kong, according the globe Annual Demographia Housing Affordability Survey of 360 housing markets worldwide. Our market snapshot of Russian, Nob & Telegraph Hills and North Beach support that with the median sales price for a condo in Russian Hill  at $1,300,000 in 2013 and average sales price at $1,612,000. Take a look:

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February 3, 2014 / by / in ,
September Case-Shiller Index Released

The Case-Shiller Index for the San Francisco Metro Area covers the house markets of 5 Bay Area counties, divided into 3 price tiers, each constituting one third of unit sales. Most of the city of San Francisco’s house sales are in the “high price tier.” The Index is published 2 months after the month in question and reflects a 3-month rolling average. September’s Index was just released today, November 26th.

This first chart illustrates the price recovery of the Bay Area high-price-tier home market which really got under way in 2012. In both 2012 and 2013, home prices surged in the spring and then plateaued in the summer-autumn. The surge in prices that occurred in spring of 2013 was particularly dramatic, reflecting a frenzied market of huge buyer demand, historically low interest rates, increasing consumer confidence and extremely low inventory. In San Francisco itself, it was further exacerbated by the high-tech-fueled explosion of new wealth. The market has since calmed down somewhat and that cooling is reflected in the Index readings of the past three months (through September).

Case-Shiller Index numbers all reflect home prices as compared to the home price of January 2000, which has been designated with a value of 100. Thus, a reading of 180 signifies home prices 80% above those of January 2000.


This second chart reflects what has occurred since 1996 showing the cycle of recession, recovery, bubble and decline/recession.


This third chart compares the 3 different price tiers since 2000. The low-price-tier’s bubble was much more inflated by the subprime lending fiasco – an absurd 176% appreciation over 6 years – which led to a greater crash than the other two price tiers. All 3 tiers have been undergoing dramatic recoveries, but because the bubbles of the low and middle tiers were greater, their recoveries leave them well below their artificially inflated peak values of 2006. It may be a long time before the low-price-tier of houses regains its previous peak values. The high-price-tier, with a much smaller bubble, and little affected by distressed property sales, is now pretty much back to its previous peak of 2007. Many specific neighborhoods in the city of San Francisco have now surpassed previous peak values.

It’s interesting to note that despite the different scales of their bubbles, crashes and recoveries, all three price tiers now have similar overall appreciation rates when compared to year 2000: ranging from 72% for the low-tier, to 80 to 83% appreciation for the mid and high tiers, over the past 13 years. The gap is relatively small and has been converging in recent months.

Different counties, cities and neighborhoods in the Bay Area are dominated by different price tiers.

Remember that if a price drops by 50%, then it must go up by 100% to make up the loss: loss percentages and gain percentages are not created equal.


December 3, 2013 / by / in ,
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