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5 Bay Area beach houses to keep you cool all summer


Surf and home turf As the summer months approach, so does one’s desire to hit the beach and stay there. Here are a handful of abodes situated right by or very close to the ocean. From Santa Cruz to Stinson Beach, here are five beach houses perfect for those warm summer months. Photos via Redfin ↑ 337 Seadrift - Stinson Beach Located on the wide Bolinas Lagoon, this midcentury-modern home comes with three beds, two baths, and 2,295 square feet. Located in the exclusive (read: gated) Seadrift Community, this pad features, in addition to unbridled ocean access, tennis courts and an entertaining patio worthy of regular feting. Asking is $4,195,000. Photos via Neal Ward Properties ↑ 370 Calle Del Mar - Stinson Beach This industrial-chic abode comes with three beds, two baths, and approximately 2,000 square feet. It also does away with oceanic cliches too often found inside beach homes. Instead, harder elements like corrugated steel and concrete tiles provide a stunning contrast to the sand and surf a few blocks away. Asking is $2.5 million. 2870 South Palisades Avenue - Santa Cruz Photos via Bailey Properties ↑ 227 Third Avenue - Santa Cruz And who could forget this one-of-a-kind gem, a kooky throwback in a city full of kooky throwbacks. Wood elements mix with stone elements mix with tile elements. Fascinating, to say the least. Asking is $1.8 million. Photos via Montalvo Homes & Estate ↑ 314 W Cliff Drive - Santa Cruz A 1911 home overlooking the Pacific seems like it’s been barely touched over the years. Featuring eight beds, eight baths, and a whopping 6,325 square feet, it’s asking $5,888,888. Photos via Pacific Union ↑ 37711 Breaker Reach Road - Sea Ranch A 1971 Charles Moore gem, featured in the New York Times and Dwell Magazine, comes in a three beds, four and a half baths, and 2,442 square feet. Multiple levels, wood accents, angles, and steel beams highlight this home. Asking is $2,875,000. [...]

San Francisco techie proposes housing homeless on cruise ships


Greg Gopman was once famous for viral anti-homeless rant Greg Gopman, a San Francisco entrepreneur who once worked at Twitter, wants to house San Francisco’s homeless residents on a retired cruise ship, putting a Silicon Valley spin on a proposal from one of San Francisco’s former mayors and folding the likes of Airbnb into the mix. Gopman first explained his idea in March to the the U.K.’s Guardian, admitting that “it’s a radical idea” but insisting his plan is “not trivial by any means.” The proposal involves buying up a $13 million vessel that, according to Gopman, was formerly outfitted to house refugees and converting it to serve the city’s homeless. If this idea sounds vaguely familiar, that’s because former San Francisco Mayor Art Agnos floated a similar one last year, suggesting that a decommissioned aircraft carrier serve as a new Navigation Center, as the same vessel briefly did after the Loma Prieta earthquake in 1989. “A floating homeless shelter could be a gamechanger,” Agnos argued in an op-ed in the San Francisco Chronicle, proposing it as new housing at no loss to local real estate. Agnos says the USS Peleliu “worked beautifully as a temporary emergency homeless shelter” 28 years ago, so why not give it a shot long term? Gopman liked the plan but took it in a different direction, with a smaller ship (able to serve roughly 500 people) and a Silicon Valley twist. Part of his idea calls for “listing select cabins on the ship on Airbnb,” to help keep the ship funded, notes the San Francisco Business Times. Nick Ares Back in 2013, Gopman made headlines for disparaging remarks about our homeless population. His Facebook post went viral and earned jeers from much of the internet. In part, he wrote: In other cities, the lower part of society keep to themselves. They sell small trinkets, beg coyly, stay quiet, and generally stay out of your way. They realize it’s a privilege to be in the civilized part of town and view themselves as guests. In downtown SF the degenerates gather like hyenas [and] act like they own the center of the city, [...] It’s a disgrace. In the years since that infamous comment, Gopman has changed his tone with regard to the city’s homeless. He also founded a housing nonprofit called A Better San Francisco. In a May blog about housing, Gopman wrote: Personal feelings aside, we all have to recognize that in the current system there are people dying every day on the streets and it’s time we stopped trying to manage homelessness and instead focussed [sic] on practical ways to ending it for every single person who falls on hard times. In the aforementioned piece, he proposes that San Francisco should invest in helping cities with cheaper real estate build new housing and then paying for homeless people here to make the move, rather than relying on more expensive local development. Gopman has since called his 2013 comment “the stupidest thing I ever did,” and acknowledges in interviews that it probably hurts his chances of having his housing proposals heard. Nevertheless, he says he’s collaborating with Agnos on a formal pitch about the ship plan to Mayor Ed Lee’s administration and will keep following through on new ideas in spite of the skepticism his name may engender. Tech Entrepreneur’s Peace Offering [Guardian] Tech Worker Wants Homeless In Cruise Ship [Business Times] Ex Mayor Say Put Homeless On Aircraft Carrier [Curbed SF] A Better SF [Gopman] A Regional Housing Solution The Stupidest Thing I Ever Did [...]

SF Pride 2017 photos: From the Market Street march to Civic Center celebrations


Hundreds of thousands of people flood the streets to celebrate diversity With LGBTQ Pride month coming to an end, San Francisco went out with a bang as thousands of people gathered along Market Street for the 47th annual Pride Parade. More than 240 groups and organizations participated in the parade, some riding on extravagant floats decorated with messages of love and resistance. An estimated crowd of more than a million people checked out the festivities on Sunday. Some organizations took to this year’s theme, “A Celebration of Diversity,” more than others. ABC7 News noted, “The message of love and peace flowed through the parade, but there was also a message to resist.” Supporters of Black Lives Matter and the Women’s March made an appearance holding banners and signs of resistance while individuals wore their best #resist outfits. The parade started at Market and Beale streets and came to a close at Market and 8th streets, before people made their way to UN Plaza. A post shared by Quentin Keunebroek (@qkeunebr) on Jun 26, 2017 at 9:18am PDT We're live at the 47th annual Pride parade!Posted by SFGATE on Sunday, June 25, 2017 San Francisco Pride 2017: Everything you need to know [Curbed SF] 'Resistance Contingent' will lead SF Pride Parade [SFGate] Can't be in San Francisco? Follow the SF Pride Parade live here [SFGate] [...]