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.