Presidio of San Francisco, CA Real Estate News

By Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality
(Compass)
Getting to know The Presidio in San Francisco is a year-round treat, but never more so than in summer. My top 5 summertime activities here include: Learn some of the history. The Officer's club, open free of charge 6 days a week (closed Monday) has a wonderful small museum offering a glimpse of native American life in the area, early Spanish and Mexican life here, and when the Presidio was an active US Army post. You'll find art exhibits on the gallery walls, and a long-running exhibit, "Exclusion" detailing the Presidio's role in the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II. Sit for a while in Moraga Hall, the ballroom when the Officer's club was here, now enjoyed as quiet space where one can read, relax, do some office work. Take a hike. There's nothing quite like explorin...
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By Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality
(Compass)
We're fortunate in San Francisco to have many various types of programs available to us, often at no cost. Be it the Stern Grove Festival with free performances every summer Sunday afternoon, to Hardly-Strictly Bluegrass, a two-day festival held every fall in Golden Gate Park, to programs in the beautiful Presidio of San Francisco, they are here, waiting for us.Another wonderful free program is coming up soon, a concert by the Little Stars Trio, a sibling string ensemble ranging in age from 9 to 12 years old. In the sample below they perform music by Haydn; in the upcoming performance in San Francisco it is music by Borodin, Kreisler and other composers.Where: Presidio Chapel, 130 Fisher Loop, Presidio of San FranciscoWhen: Friday, June 7, 2019, 7:30 PMCost: Free of charge to the public...
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By Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality
(Compass)
'Tis the season for tree lighting ceremonies. In San Francisco the trees have been lit at Huntington Square atop Nob Hill. A tree at Ghiradelli Square has been decorated and lights turned on.If you missed those events, or if you simply love the joy and festivity of tree lighting ceremonies, here's one not to miss, in the beautiful Presidio of San Francisco.Date and Time: Friday, 12/7/18, 5:30 - 7:00 PMLocation: Main Post, Lincoln Blvd and Funston Avenue, San FranciscoCost: FREEJoin the group at the Main Post, across from the Presidio Community Y. Light the tree, sing holiday classics along with the Golden Gate Carolers. Light refreshments and kids activities will follow in the Presidio Community Y gymnasium.After the tree lighting, a guided lantern-lit evening forest walk through the be...
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By Rob Spinosa, SVP of Mortgage Lending, Marin County
(Guaranteed Rate, Marin County, CA)
Lock Watch for the Week of 11/12/2018 Volatility-O-Meter:"The beatings will continue until morale improves."  Keep your eye on CPI... Economicalendar (all times are Pacific):Mon, 11/12:      Veteran's Day, bond market closed.Tues, 11/13:      Treasury Budget (11am).Weds, 11/14:     CPI (5:30am).Thurs, 11/15:    Jobless Claims, Retail Sales, Empire State Mfg Survey and Import/Export Prices ( 5:30am).Fri, 11/16:        Quiet. 10-Year Treasury History3.19%     Today's Open  (Friday close)3.19%     One Week Ago3.15%     One Month Ago2.38%     One Year Ago In Flanders Fields In Flanders fields the poppies blowBetween the crosses, row on row,That mark our place: and in the sky, The larks, still bravely singing, flyScarce heard amid the guns below. We are the dead.  Short days agoWe lived, fel...
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By Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality
(Compass)
Just hanging around ....looks like this soldier's enjoying some leisure time.Next time you're enjoying leisure time at The Presidio in San Francisco, take a look at this cardboard art hanging near the registration desk at The Lodge at the Presidio. Located on the main parade ground, near the Disney Family Museum.  
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By Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality
(Compass)
Whether you live in San Francisco or are visiting here from elsewhere in the world, getting to know The Presidio is a not-to-be-missed adventure. Established in 1776 as a military garrison it was deemed no longer needed by the US Army in 1994, given to the National Park Service, and then to the Presidio Trust to manage, which they have done and continue to do in a exemplary manner as you can read in this recap of the history of the Presidio Trust.Here you'll find great diversity in the 1,500 acre parkland. Wander the hiking trails and pathways with gorgeous views of the bay and the Pacific Ocean, find the four art installations of Andy Goldsworthy scattered in various spots, stroll through the immaculately groomed gardens of the Letterman Center, home of Lucasfilms and smile at delightf...
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By Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality
(Compass)
Memorial Day weekend, and time once again to share this poignant poem which is engraved on a plaque above the National Cemetery in San Francisco's Presidio:The Young Dead Soldiers, by Archibald MacLeish The young dead soldiers to not speak. Nevertheless, they are heard in the still houses:who has not heard them? They have a silence that speaks for them at nightand when the clock counts. They say: We were young. We have died.Remember us. They say: We have done what we couldbut until it is finished it is not done. They say: We have given our lives but until it is finishedno one can know what our lives gave. They say: Our deaths are not ours: they are yours,they will mean what you make them. They say: Whether our lives and our deaths were forpeace and a new hope or for nothing we cannot sa...
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By Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality
(Compass)
April 15 -- tax day! Even though this year income tax returns don't need to be postmarked today, just hearing the word, "April 15" can make the blood pressure rise. Add to that the extremely fast-moving real estate markets we're experiencing in many parts of the county, and stress can quickly reach stratospheric levels. At times like these the best antidote I have is visiting some of my favorite calming spots. Many of these are in the Presidio of San Francisco, a 30-minute walk from my home, or an even shorter drive. The trail pictured above is one of my favorites--I simply can't help smiling as I walk up or down it. Often I'm alone; sometimes pre-school children are enjoying an outing; happy dogs can be seen playing here, grooving on all the sticks available.On one particular day latel...
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By Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality
(Compass)
Happiness is.....sharing an outing with always-happy Tanner who loves a good adventure in our beautiful city and makes friends wherever he goes. With Tanner in tow one can count on striking up conversations with others. Seeing what appeals to Tanner opens my eyes a bit wider and helps me relish the moment.Rachael Kendall - thanks for letting Tanner adventure with me. I wonder what he and I will see today?This post is submitted to Dick Greenberg's Photo Contest,  Real Life, Animal category.
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By Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality
(Compass)
For Information on 2017 Memorial Day Activities at San Francisco's Presidio, check out the blog post. Almost every year I re-post the following poem which is engraved on a marker near the top of the National Cemetery in San Francisco's Presidio.Read on and see if it is as meaningful to you as it is to me:Memorial Day in San FranciscoThe Presidio in San Francisco is now part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area It is also is home to one of our national cemeteries. When exploring the Presidio, hiking or running on the trails, slow your pace when you near the National Cemetery, and take time to reflect on the poignant poem posted at the top of the hill, above the cemetery.The Young Dead Soldiers, by Archibald MacLeishThe young dead soldiers do not speak. Nevertheless, they are heard...
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By Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality
(Compass)
Some days one just needs an extra dose of beauty to put the world right again, at least ones own little world. The Presidio in San Francisco is a source of beauty, one I never tire of visiting. Sometimes solitude is what I need, just a place to sit and breathe can works wonders; other times laughing and chatting with friends as we climb and descend staircases fills my heart.SWhether it is waves crashing energetically onto the beach and rocks, or a quiet, little-used trail in the woods, I hope you find your own special spots that fit you and your needs perfectly.
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By Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
The Walt Disney Family Museum is an American museum that features the life and legacy of Walt Disney. The museum is located in The Presidio of San Francisco, part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area in San Francisco. This was my first time visiting a museum dedicated only to Walk Disney and wow! This was very eye opening and shined light into this thought process, along with the adversity Mr. Disney faced during journey. So many great lessons to take from learning his stories. He shared at some point he learned to stop caring what other people thought and just got on with his creations and how he brought life to them. He devised a team of people whom were the best of the best and even started his own Disney Art school. The first photo is an example in how his "mind map" function...
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By Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality
(Compass)
"We opened the gates to all the world and said: 'Let all men who want to be free come to us and they will be welcome.'  " ... Woodrow WilsonEtched in stone on the top of the wall at Immigrant Point in San Francisco's Presidio, you'll find this quote of Woodrow Wilson's. Re-affirming our country's dedication to freedom, this statement was part of Wilson's Address at Independence Hall on July 4, 1914 on "The Meaning of Liberty." Early morning, late afternoon, at sunset - each time of day casts it's spell. Here you'll see bicyclists, motorists, hikers and trail runner; tourists and residents, school groups camping at nearby Rob Hill Campground.Immigrant Point speaks to many. The view of the entrance to the Golden Gate is world-class; the setting gorgeous. It is a special place, one of my t...
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By Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality
(Compass)
Merry Christmas to my Active Rain family of friends. It sure was tempting to take more pictures today of some fabulous mansions in Presidio Heights and Pacific Heights with their gleaming Christmas decorations! But, I promised no more this year. So---instead, I'm sharing a couple of pictures I took on Gene and my annual Christmas Day hike. When we lived in San Carlos for all those years, we would hike at Edgewood County Park every Christmas. Since moving to San Francisco, our annual hike is about 7 miles, from our house, across the Presidio to Immigrant Point overlooking the Pacific Ocean and the Marin County hills, just outside the Golden Gate.This year our late-afternoon hike took place on a crystal clear, cold day, perfect for walking. As we returned, we heard owls hooting close by -...
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By Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality
(Compass)
Memorial Day in San Francisco Memorial Day - this holiday weekend will find many of us taking the first camping trip of the summer, joining friends and family on picnics, heading to concerts, street fairs, etc. My hike on Monday likely will take me through The Presidio in San Francisco, which is now part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area It is also is home to one of our national cemeteries. When exploring the Presidio, hiking or running on the trails, slow your pace when you near the National Cemetery, and take time to reflect on the poignant poem posted at the top of the hill, above the cemetery. The Young Dead Soldiers, by Archibald MacLeish The young dead soldiers do not speak. Nevertheless, they are heard in the still houses: who has not heard them? They have a silence th...
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By Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality
(Compass)
San Francisco is a delightful city in which to walk, and on Veterans' Day, after 3 days of NAR conference meetings, 3 of us got together to clear our minds and get some exercise. While our numbers were small, the sharing of ideas, the laughter, the exercise wasn't. Chris Hansen, Ann Wilkins and I had an enjoyable afternoon. We walked a very scenic 5-mile loop, starting at the Marina Green, then past the gorgeous Palace of Fine Arts, followed by our LONG, STEEP staircase up Lyon Street. (Can you believe that many people train on these stairs, running up and down, doing crunches and weight lifting at the top?) From there we entered the Presidio, and took some "almost trails" to more clearly defined ones to Julius Kahn playground and a well-earned water break. On we went, above El Polin Sp...
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By Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality
(Compass)
Veterans' Day in San Francisco Veterans' Day - a day for reflection - a day to say thank you - a day to renew our efforts for a better tomorrow. The Presidio in San Francisco is now part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, but it also is home to one of our national cemeteries. When exploring the Presidio, hiking or running on the trails, slow your pace when you near the National Cemetery, and take time to reflect on the poignant poem posted at the top of the hill, above the cemetery. The Young Dead Soldiers, by Archibald MacLeish The young dead soldiers do not speak. Nevertheless, they are heard in the still houses: who has not heard them? They have a silence that speaks for them at night and when the clock counts. They say: We were young. We have died. Remember us. They say: W...
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By Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality
(Compass)
So much for which to be thankful -- family and friends, food, a warm house. Today, Thanksgiving Day, we'll celebrate all of that, and be ever so grateful. Those thoughts were running through my mind yesterday afternoon as I wrapped up my work day early. Also going through my mind was how thankful I am to be living here in San Francisco, with my husband -- and how much I needed to step away from my computer and get some exercise. So, when my husband moved his car out of the garage to free up his spot for our granddaughter's use (a truly great guy, don't you think?), I asked him to drop me off at Lyon Street so I could run in the Presidio.Imagine -- this is November, and I'm out in T-shirt and yoga pants, enjoying the quietness of the trails as I jogged past Lover's Lane, Julius Kahn play...
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