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New Owners at Rare Device (And Discounts for You)

As soon as you set foot in Rare Device on Market Street, you instantly feel like you're getting schooled in design. If you've been, you've likely had to forcefully restrain yourself from drooling on their sleek, retro-modern kitchen wares, minimalist electronics, coffee table books and even their good-looking cosmetics lines.

Real Estate Report: Romantic and Old-School on Russian Hill, $1.795M

There's a stretch of San Francisco's Hyde Street that's classic: tree-lined, clanking with cable cars and lined with lovely Edwardian apartment houses. Here's one of them.

The Basics: A classic two-bedroom, 2-bath cooperative apartment on Russian Hill's historic Hyde Street, with parking and a separate servant's room now remodeled as a gym. Asking $1.795M, with monthly maintenance charges of $942. On the market for almost seven months.

Estate Sale Report: A Collector's Dream Comes to the Old American Rag Shop

For several years I've been ducking down Fern Alley off Van Ness Street  to visit a little store whose name I never knew. The small space was packed to the rafters with estate goods and shopping there was like combing through 1,000 attics stuffed into a four-room flat. For the next several months, that business has a new name (Tenenbaum's Emporium) and a new Van Ness Street location (the old American Rag store between Bush and Sutter Sts.). Best of all, all the goods are 50 percent off. Read more.....

Estate Sale Report: Godly Goods in Historic St. Joseph's Church

I really love estate sales, and sometimes I'm so enthusiastic about the goods I think I frighten the organizers. Perhaps it's unnerving to have a stranger call up out of the blue, say she's going to write a blog about your sale and then proceed to get all exercised about the wares. But people, I'm talking about a sale in an abandoned church featuring religious items and vintage designer clothes! Whose voice wouldn't raise a few octaves?

Winner Announced! SF's Best-Designed Restaurant

A couple of weeks ago, our sister mag California Home+Design queried local design-lovers on who they thought should be named SF's best-designed restaurant, and it was a heated battle with over 3,000 votes cast. The winner? Local: Mission Eatery.

The Real Estate Report: Gaming the Market in Oakland

Sometimes, realtors and their clients like to be coy. Here's a house in Oakland that's not on the MLS, has no address, and the price is available only "on request."

The Basics: A 4-bedroom, 3.5-bath house in the Oakland Hills, built in 2008.

Painted Portraits From Past Eras At This Weekend's Russian Hill Estate Sale

It seems like a lot of estate sales these days are staged by the living. Perhaps it's because of the economy, but it seems like people are paring down their possessions. Great news, because there's more for the rest of us. In a sale on Russian Hill this weekend, a couple is divesting themselves of an interesting art collection and more.

Real Estate Report: Minimalist SOMA Condo for $609K

There's something to be said for minimalist design as an opportunity to get rid of everything. This condo almost requires it, and liberation can finally be yours for $609K.

The Basics: A one-bedroom, one-bath, one-parking space condo in San Francisco's SOMA neighborhood.

Not So Basic: A serene, impeccably detailed space in an aluminum and glass building designed by Stanley Saitowitz, a San Francisco architect whose buildings are on the list of architectural tourists from all over the world.

Eccentric Estate Sale in Napa This Weekend

It's going to be perfect road trip weather this weekend, so head north to check out the goods from two lifetimes in one Victorian house near downtown Napa. On sale are the collected households of two women in their nineties; one was a long-time piano teacher the other owned a pawn shop. Need I say more?

Tonight! Modernist Pop-Up Shop in Oakland

If a weekend without the Alameda or Candlestick antique shows gives you the sads, chin up. Tonight you can find all those MCM treasures you adore, and you don't even have to dig for them.

Just head over to Oakland, where the Modernist Pop-Up Shop will be, um, popping up from 6 to 9pm. Interior stylist Dee Adams, Our House Vintage and Mad 4 Retro are pooling their resources for a Mid-Century Modern- and retro-filled shopping bonanza. It's taking place at The Cotton Mill Studio, with directions here.

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