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SF Library Renovations from Concept to Constructed

This year, several San Francisco libraries have been remodeled to bring these community centers into the digital age. The Bureau of Architecture completed the Merced branch last month and collaborated with architects from Field Paoli and Joseph Chow to complete the Presidio branch that re-opened in March. With updates to technology, foundation, and LEED certification, our neighborhoods are now sporting some shiny new libraries.

Merced Renovation

The Merced branch is a mid-century modern gem. The noticeable changes include an expansion of the front entrance and children's reading room.

Sonoma Estate Sale Has Something for Everyone This Weekend

When Susan Gardner called me about this estate sale she couldn't stop gushing about it. It has all the things you like to see in estate sale clients: the couple liked to entertain, they enjoyed traveling and one of them worked as an interior designer. For people who go to these events, that's another way of saying "good stuff found here."

Real Estate Report: Family-Sized Condo For Grown-up Hipsters in Bernal Heights, $895K

In San Francisco, well-designed new construction can be hard to come by, but this family-sized condo in the Bernal Heights neighborhood is one that succeeds fairly well. Plus it's in a part of Bernal Heights that's getting "interesting".  

The Basics: a 3-bed/2.5bath condominium at the bottom of Bernal Heights. One of a similar pair of condo units, it comes with one parking space, has been on the market five days, asking $895K.

7 Reasons to Visit the SF Decorator Showcase

The 2011 San Francisco Decorator Showcase proves that you can squeeze a lot of style into a 6,244-square-foot mansion. There are 31 designers who worked on the house at 2950 Vallejo St., and the ideas and products they display provide many compelling reasons to visit the mansion. Here are just seven...

Estate Sale Report: Castro Residents Move On

This sale in the Castro district is described as a moving sale. I don't know where the residents are going, but it must be to a furnished home, because it appears they are selling all of their worldly goods.

It happens in this sweet cottage, located at 311 Cumberland St., just a block up from the intersection of 20th and Church Streets.

The stagers of the event, The YES Co., say you may come for the sale, but you'll want to stay for the amazing view.

A Collector's Estate Sale in El Cerrito This Weekend

To some of you El Cerrito might seem like a long haul. Get over it, because El Cer is only 30 minutes from SF and it's the scene of a good estate sale this weekend. Nice tansus for $300, need I say more?

Now, let's be clear: these are not tansus that will end up in a museum; their owner cleaned them up, removing the patina and original finish. Anyone who has ever watched Antiques Roadshow knows that this is a big no-no value wise (and causes poor James Callahan, resident Asian art expert, to sadly shake his head).

Estate Sale Report: Oakland Warehouse Sale Perfect for Hippie Art Collectors

When John Favors was a little boy in San Francisco, he started messing around with his grandmother's decorative items and playing in her jewelry box. Later, as a self-described hippie, he became fascinated with everything from rusty cans to antiques while under the influence of mind-altering drugs. I don't know what kind of substance gave him his aesthetic eye, but if it could help me put together a collection like his, I'll have what he's having. He's staging a warehouse sale in Oakland this weekend, and it's the kind of thing scavenging dreams are made of. Read more. . . .

Oakland White Elephant Sale: The Largest Rummage Fest in Nor Cal is This Weekend

Antique shops pale in comparison. Garage sales don’t hold a candle. And thrift stores are downright pitiful when compared to the 96,000-square-foot warehouse that is home to the annual White Elephant Sale. The two-day rummage fest is the largest in Northern California, and admission is free. More than 1,200 volunteers work the 17 departments that include vintage clothing, furniture, books, jewelry, shoes, tools, electronics, and sporting goods. Rack up karma points while scavenging for bargains—proceeds support the Oakland Museum of California.

Massive Estate Sale in Oakland This Weekend

Interior designers have wonderful estate sales. Not only do they have the goods from their households, they likely have more squirreled away in storage—pieces they created, items that didn't work for a client and furniture they were planning to restore. When the organizers of this massive Oakland warehouse estate sale (seven estates under one roof) told me it included fine goods from a long-time San Francisco interior designer, I took notice.

Stuff: Vintage Collective Opens in the Mission

Here's the scoop on Stuff: It's an 8,200 square-foot collective with over 25 dealers peddling very cool items. These are professionals who comb estate sales, flea markets and who-knows-where for real finds. The dealers (the famed Ron Morgan and Christopher Albanese among them) know treasure from trash, and they are selling the good stuff here.

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