Whitney Dinneweth has a new Phantom 3 drone, and recently he took it for a maiden flight over Bernal Hill. Per usual with drone videography, it’s fun to see these unusual perspectives on our neighborhood; perspectives which, until now, you had to be a bird to enjoy.
It’s been a week since several windows at the much-loved Precita Park Cafe were shattered in a disturbing barrage of late-night gunfire.
Impressively, the damage was quickly repaired, so that virtually no trace of the incident remains. Less impressively, the SFPD says they have few leads in the investigation.
Here’s a development: Bernalwood has reviewed security camera footage that shows how the incident unfolded. It happened at 4:43 AM. The shooting was a drive-by, and the passenger fired the weapon. It was over within seconds.
Pay close attention to the car that appears in the first few moments of the video. You can see several muzzle flashes, and broken glass falling to the ground:
Want to play high-tech sleuth? Use your own combination of algorithms to zoom and enhance the video. Can you identify what kind of car this is?
The latest data from the real estate data people tells us that San Francisco’s median home sale price is now $1.16 milliion, while the median home sale price increase in Bernal Heights has skyrocketed by a gasp-worthy 97% between 2011 and today. Oh my.
It’s kind of absurd, which makes the new property listing video for 52 Mirabel an apt document for our times. 52 Mirabel is listed by Bernal neighbors and realtors Danielle Lazier and Michael Minson, and it has an asking price of $1,998,000. Neighbors Danielle and Michael went all-in on the “local culture” angle by creating a super-fun video for the home that stars the fabulous Mercedez Munro and Katya Smirnoff-Skyy as your glamorous tour guides:
Like much great comedy, the listing for 52 Mirabel holds up well to repeated listening, with lots of highly memorable, highly quotable lines. Take, for example, this description of the amenities:
On the lower level we have two large bedrooms with a Jack and Jill bathroom!
Or Jack and Jack. Or Jill and Jill. Who are we to judge?
If there is a such a thing as a Real Estate Video Hall of Fame, this one seems like a shoe-in.
But darling, who are we to judge?
BONUS! Here is the blooper reel.
Did you catch last night’s fabulous sunset? Or, if you did catch the sunset, were you looking west instead of east?
There’s no sound, but go full screen and don’t just watch it once.
And when you’re done…. Special Bonus!
Neighbor Joel Kraut also brings us the view of the very same sunset from his Western Observation Post atop Bernal Hill, looking toward Sutro Tower:
On Monday Bernalwood shared an impressive time-lapse video of Karl the Fog that was filmed from a drone flying high above Bernal Hill.
That footage was captured with a Phantom 3 drone, and it caught the attention of Neighbor Keith Karamanos from Montcalm, another Phantom 3 jockey who has also captured some gorgeous footage above Bernal Heights. Yet instead of hovering steadily in one place, Keith took his drone for a cruise across northeast Bernal Heights, and the result is some of the most stunning footage of our neighborhood we’ve ever seen.
Sure, it’s fun to pretend to “fly” over Bernal using newfangled tools like Google Earth. But thanks to today’s even more newfangled drones, it’s now possible for all of us to see the real thing in high resolution from perspectives that have never before been feasible (unless you happened to be, say, a crow or a red-tailed hawk).
So go fullscreen to watch Keith’s gorgeous new video, sit back, and take a moment to appreciate the fact that we now have the opportunity to see this place in ways that few humans ever have, ever before:
The footage is so perfect you’ll hardly think it’s a time-lapse — until you notice all the cars zipping along at impossible speeds in La Lengua. Adjust video settings to HD, go full screen, and this is what it would look like if you had a penthouse suite in a Bernal Hill skyscraper.
Bravo, Eddie, and thanks for sharing.
VIDEO: Eddie Codel
David C. Hill just published a lovely and atmospheric video that’s all about Bernal’s favorite subject: Us!
It’s called Bernal Heights Spring 2015, and it will pair nicely with a large screen and headphones.
Plus: Dogs! Sun! Colorful light! And plenty of Bernal neighbors shown in atmospheric silhouette.
Enjoy your journey.
A terrific local band has a terrific new video to back their terrific new song… and we couldn’t help but notice that the video includes lots of glamorous scenes shot around Bernal Heights.
The band is The Tropics, and its members include Claire George, Eric Silverman, Nate Skelton, Kern Sigala, and Rowan Peter.
Extra Bonus: Eric Silverman is actually Neighbor Eric, an esteemed resident of Precita Avenue. (That’s Neighbor Eric, looking all shaggy-sexxxy, at far left in the image up above.)
The video was directed by Frank Door, and asture viewers will also enjoy the dramatic burrito-eating footage filmed inside the distinctive yellow walls of Taqueria Cancun in La Lengua. Real rockstars eat at Cancun — just like us!
Big congrats to Neighbor Eric and The Tropics, and enjoy their new vid:
PHOTO: The Tropics via Facebook
The holidays are upon us, and the shortest day of the year has already come and gone. Luckily for us, David C. Hill brought his video camera up to Bernal Hill on December 21 — last Sunday! — to shoot this gorgeous “Winter Solstice” video.
When your far-away relatives ask what life is like in Bernal Heights, show ’em Winter Solstice. And remember: We’ve got it pretty good.
Bernal Heights neighbor and rockstar next door Matt Nathanson has had a very busy year. A new album, a big tour, lots of travel… you know, rockstar stuff. Somehow, however, he managed to squeeze in some pro bono work with the Starkey Hearing Foundation, an organization that provides assistance to hearing-impaired people around the world.
So when Neighbor Matt went to Peru recently, it was all about lending a hand with the Starkey Foundation. On his own website, Matt writes:
i joined a trip to huancayo, peru with some folks from starkey hearing foundation. our job was to fit people with hearing aids if they needed them. the company provided the devices and their service for free. they do this all around the world. i was one of the many volunteers.
i’ve been trying to write a short piece about my experience for weeks now. it’s been really hard. words kinda fail it.
if i didn’t have my hearing, i wouldn’t have music. and if i didn’t have music, i definitely wouldn’t have survived my childhood. listening to albums and seeing bands and being connected to songs was EVERYTHING to me. it still is. it makes me feel not alone. it helps me transcend my broken brain. in fact, the only reason i play music is because i love it so much. i couldn’t stay on the sidelines, i HAVE to be a part of it.
going to peru was super heavy. the people were incredible. to be in service to them, to assist in connecting them to their kids laughter, to their parents voices, to MUSIC!… it was completely humbling. and overwhelming. i felt love and gratitude towards other human beings on a level i’ve never experienced.
see? it’s really hard to put into words… so i’m glad we shot footage and made a video while we were there. it does a WAY better job explaining than i ever could.
Matt’s newest song and video are all about his time in Peru. And when you see it, it’s easy to understand why the experience was so powerful, and so difficult to put into words. Because here’s what Neighbor Matt did during his recent visit to Peru:
100% of artist and label proceeds from this video are being donated to Starkey Hearing Foundation. For more information on how you can help, go to headphones.starkeyhearingfoundation.org
It’s going to be beautiful in Bernal Heights today — a warm and clear allocation from our limited annual ration of summer-like days.
During a similar day earlier in the week, Jamie Fausto created a gorgeous time-lapse video of the sunset, as seen from the north-facing vantage point that looks straight up South Van Ness Avenue. It’s awesome.
Enjoy Jamie’s video in full-screen mode, and if you want to experience the real thing for yourself, be advised that sunset will happen tonight at 6:49 pm.
PRO TIP: Bring a cocktail.
Serving the residents of Bernal Heights for over 22 years, Heartfelt is a treasured neighborhood gem. Reminiscent of an old-fashioned variety store with a modern twist, proprietor – Miss Darcy Lee has created a place where delight meets whimsy at the intersection of happy.