Sunset Report: Warm Night Delivers Perfect Light

Just Another Perfect Sunset

Just Another Perfect SunsetRecall, we began the month of June with a freakish rain storm. Now we mark the official start of summer with weather that is actually rather summer-like. So bizarre! So surprising! So seductive. So… WARM!

Indeed, last night was particularly lovely, with balmy air, no wind, and no fog. So I headed up to the Hill to grab a few snaps.

Just Another Perfect SunsetBlessedly, tonight’s forecast looks just as warm and pleasant, which is good news for this evening’s Summer Stroll on Cortland. See you there.

PHOTOS: Telstar Logistics

“Bernal Heights” in the World According to Realtors

It’s that time again! Danielle Lazier, Bernalwood’s realtor-in-residence, is back with some insight into the workings of the neighborhood real estate market. Over to you, Danielle:

So where the heck is Bernal anyway?

Yeah yeah, I know there is an ongoing border dispute (at least in the blogosphere and local bars) regarding the appropriate boundaries of Bernal Heights, the Mission, and even Glen Park and  Noe Valley. But when it comes to real estate, the San Francisco Multiple Listing Service map is the one that matters.

Whether you agree with the map or not, understanding the borders of a neighborhood (and what MLS sub-district you’re in) is very important when house-hunting or determining the accurate “market value” of your home for a listing or refinance. Other agents, buyers, and the appraiser sent out by the bank will all base their “comps,” or comparable home sales, on the MLS sub-district — and NOT by zip code (hello, Zillow!) or even citizen consensus (hello La Lengua Revolutionary Army).

From Cesar Chavez to Alemany, from 101 to 280, Bernal Heights encompasses a large area and has a lot of different micro-hoods. Per the MLS, it is called District 9A.

OK, so now let’s do a quick market update…

Summer is typically a slow selling season for real estate. Between school vacation, summer trips, and the “better” weather, folks are just busy doing other things.

This year, we have both the usual summer slowdown and the recent bout of economic malaise to make thingscomplicated. Yet in Bernal Heights, we continue to see more “ready-to-buy” home buyers than houses for them to buy, especially in the more desirable parts of the neighborhood.

Houses near Bernal Village — central Cortland — are the most popular, and they tend to sell quickly, receiving multiple offers over the asking price. That has certainly has been true for the last couple of sales. For example, 125 Andover received 4 offers in the first week. Let’s look at the stats:

Single Family Homes near central Cortland Ave over the last 90 days:

  • Average Days From List to Close of Escrow – 44 Days
  • Average % of Sales Price/List Price – 101.31%
  • Median Sales Price – $826,000
  • Highest Sales Price – $1,295,000
  • Lowest Sales Price – $450,000

Finally, here on Bernalwood, I’m happy to answer any questions you have about Bernal Heights real estate, so send us your question (bernalwood *at* gmail dotcom) and I’ll make up a good answer!

Come to Cortland for the Summer Solstice Stroll, Tuesday!

Summer Solstice Stroll

In winter we wandered Cortland merrily for the Holiday Stroll. Now the days are longer and the weather is (marginally) warmer, so it’s time for the 2011 Summer Solstice Stroll! Come on out tomorrow evening, Tuesday, June 21, starting at 6 pm for a neighborly walkabout on Cortland.

The stroll is sponsored by  the Bernal Business Alliance and Bernal Bucks, and there will be yummy food, drinky treats, and cheerful people-watching. (Fashion tip: Per usual, Prada and Louis Vuitton are de rigeur.)

Bernalwood will be there too… look for us and feel free to say hello!

Lost Dog Alert!! Lost Dog Alert!! (UPDATE: Doggie Found!)

Several neightbors called the Bernalwood red phone today to help spread the word about a missing dog named Nip who normally resides in North Bernal. Assistance wanted. Be on the lookout. Calling all units, etc. etc.

Neighbor Reyhan writes:

This is Nip, with his owner. I live on Treat Ave., next door to Nip, and came home around midnight last night to see a bunch of neighbors outside, talking about Nip’s disappearance. Apparently, he sprinted down the Treat Ave. hill into Precita Park in the late afternoon and was last spotted running up Folsom, towards Bernal Hill. Seems a neighbor down the street was dogsitting, as Nip’s owners are out of town. No word this morning on whether he’s been found.

Nip is a skittish little guy who no one thinks went far but is very hard to catch; anyone who sees him should call Animal Control.

UPDATE: Dynamutts adds…

She was last seen near Hwy 280, near Alemany Exit. Call Bill at 415 307-1080 (ONLY IF SIGHTED) or Animal Care and Control (415) 554-6364.

UPDATE2: Found doggie! Whew! Reader Korney writes:

Reports of “sightings” came in that led them to McLaren Park.  When Bill got to the park, Nip was waiting for him.

How the Gatsbys of Noe Valley Look at Bernal Heights

Bernal HeightsDo you remember that opening scene in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, where Gatsby looks whistfully at the green light across the bay over in tony East Egg? And how he is drawn toward that light because it embodies all his far-distant ambitions and hopes for the future? Well, some folks in Noe Valley apparently experience the same thing when they look at the lights of Bernal Hill.

These are a few recent submissions to Bernalwood’s Flickr group, and as you can see, the photos are all the more poignant because they are so obviously tinged with envy and longing. Superphotog Bob Horowitz took the one at the top, and Toby Tuper took a few as well:


Toby also took this next one, which is extremely revealing psychologically because he chose to photograph it in GatsbyVision:


PHOTOS: Bob Horowitz and Toby Tuper