Things to do in January 2014 in Santa Clara: South Bay Home & Garden Show

Screen shot 2013-10-08 South Bay Home & Garden ShowEarly in new year, the air in Northern California is cool and crisp. Your New Year’s resolutions are still fresh in your mind. Will you be able to lose those extra 30 pounds? Are you really going to sell your BMW and replace it with a really cool Tesla? Well one resolution you can make is to attend the January, 2014 South Bay Home & Garden Show at the Santa Clara Convention Center.

Mark your calendars for the January 10-12, 2014 South Bay Home & Garden Show. Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, just south of San Francisco, the Santa Clara Convention Center is easy to find. It is just a short drive from almost any place in and around the area. From San Francisco, the Convention Center is located just off Interstate 101 at 5001 Great American Parkway in Santa Clara.

The Santa Clara Convention Center is a modern facility that hosts a variety of events throughout the year. The 302, 000 square feet of covered space is more than big enough to allow all of the vendors and exhibitors to bring in the latest and greatest products and display them for you to see.

As one of the premiere home shows in the entire state of California, you can expect to see leading experts in the home improvement industry. Professionals will be on hand to discuss the latest new products and trends for your home. You will be able to ask them questions and pick their brains for ideas to improve both the inside and the outside of your house.

Although the organizers of the South Bay Home & Garden Show aim this event at the professionals who run city parks, own landscaping companies and are involved in designing and installing outdoor structures, the show is also appealing to homeowners.

During the three days that the big show takes place, there will be many new and exciting exhibits to see. While far from being all that you will see, the following list will give you an idea of some of the things that will be on display.

• Decorative greenery
• Garden equipment
• Hand and power tools designed for outdoor projects
• Biological and chemical products
• Greenhouses
• Lighting – solutions for both indoor and outdoor lighting
• Systems for more efficient watering
• Building a beautiful and functional garden area
• How to grow flowers all year long
• Equipment for playgrounds and parks

You will also get to see some things you probably never saw before.

• Bee-keeping
• Mushroom growing
• Plants that can be grown for medicinal purposes

Whether you are a pro looking to find the best kind of machine for maintaining acres of grassland or a homeowner who would like to have a gazebo installed down by the lake in your backyard, you are sure to find an expert who can help you out. If you are visiting San Francisco, Mountain View, or any other place in or around Silicon Valley, it is worth taking a trip to attend the January, 2014 South Bay Home & Garden Show.

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San Francisco Real Estate Market in 2014

The real estate market in San Francisco is trending towards recovery. The inventory is dwindling, and the home prices are increasing, but pundits warn potential investors that the housing market, in general, will not recover until 2014. According to a survey conducted, Americans believe that the recovery of the overall housing market is two and half years away. Here is what potential investors should know prior to making an investment.

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Foreclosures and the San Francisco Real Estate Market

The housing market is in jeopardy because of foreclosures primarily. This crisis has discounted houses by 46 percent in California and 35 percent all over the nation. When there are a significant number of foreclosures on the market, this forces the prices down on other properties.

In general, there is a two-year supply of bank-owned properties available. Typically, California homes require 600 days before foreclosure occurs. Since the process takes a considerable time, home buyers will begin witnessing homes in foreclosure that began the process almost two years earlier. This is why pundits speculate that the housing market will not show strong signs of recovery until 2014.

The large number of foreclosures is what keeps the prices low and also, keeps new construction at a minimum. San Francisco’s problems stem from the lack of inventory and the inability to find affordable properties. Inventory has reduced by 57 percent, and prices have increased by 25 percent. When cash buyers come into play, finding an affordable property becomes even more difficult. Short sales are also growing in popularity, but it creates a problem in the San Francisco housing market.

Future Housing Expectations and Policy Changes

Pundits are expecting to sell the rest of the distressed inventory in 2013 and into 2014. Then, there will be signs of recovery. One circumstance that may impede this process is the housing policy changes. Currently, 96 percent of all mortgages are originating from FHA, Fannie Mae, and Freddie Mac. There is also a considerable number of cash-paying investors.

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The conversations on Capitol Hill may affect the number of mortgage arising from these organizations. The Dodd-Frank bill is one to watch. Without mortgages, there will be no housing market. The United States housing market is close to hitting rock bottom. Thus, this is the best time to buy before the prices start to recover and remain steady, but pundits do not expect the entire market to recover for another 18 months.

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Embark to the Embarcadero San Francisco experience

The Embarcadero San Francisco is the choicest place to visit in the beautiful city of San Francisco. The Embarcadero is San Francisco’s destination extraordinare that shows of all of what San Francisco is truly about. Culture is evident with a wide presence of almost every nationality known on the Planet. A large presence of Asian culture is alive and thriving in San Francisco’s Embarcadero district. The name Embarcadero in Spanish means,”Warf”. The Warf is exactly what the Embarcadero is all about. Starting in the year 1860 this section of San Francisco saw the influx of prospectors seeking their fortune in the gold fields of the Nevada and Placer Hills. Fortune and the choice of pursuing a dream, often left the prospector seeking the enjoyment, of the many pleasures that San Francisco’s Embarcadero district could offer.

Warf is exactly what the EmbarcaderoFrom Second Street and the intersection of King Street the Embarcadero district makes its way up under the megalithic Oakland Bay Bridge. This monstrosity of human architecture achievement is a site to behold. The Bridge is really a testament to what man really can accomplish. For a fantastic view the are shows of the Bay Area’s waterways like no other area of San Francisco. This Area is truly a must see part of the San Francisco site seeing tour. Imagine the many Piers like pier 1,1½,5 all these make up the Warf. In the beginning however, these piers didn’t exist. The Embarcadero sits on what’s known as reclaimed land. This is to say that the original coves and docks were much different than they are currently. Imagine the history of the Sea going vessels like the Star of India that once sailed and docked these waterways of the Embarcadero. The tales of sea gong vessels and rich trade that came through this very area is what made California the Golden State.

King Street the Embarcadero districtThe famous Pulitzer prize winning Author Herb Caen once walked these very streets of the Embarcadero. The Embarcadero has Rincon Park,Pier 39, The trolley station and almost every facet of hat makes San Francisco destination a must. Rincon Park famous in the Embarcadero district for its sculpture created by the two famous cultures Class Oldenburg and Coosje Van Bruggen. The majestic culture is a statement of true passion. Seeing this sculpture that resembles Cupids Bow and arrow going through park is a real treat. Pier 39 is were it all began. Here the heart of the Embarcadero is truly presented as the festive, sea going, trade route orientated place of interest. This area will give the tourist the experience of a life time. Culture and the life of sea trade is still present on this very pier. Standing on Pier 39 will bring a feeling of being the Captain of a a great sailing ship from years gone past.

The smells of the open bay, and the scents of fresh sea food will make any traveller want to taste of the treats offered here at the Embarcadero Pier 39. Crab, Lobster, Scallops, Fresh fish all find their selves prepared and offered to guests. Prices are very reasonable and freshness is of the very finest quality If you are a individual that enjoys sea food then your right at home in this destination full of the finest restaurants offered any where. Shops with every type of nautical treasure are placed in every corner and nook for the shopper who wishes to pack there bags with memories and treasures of the Embarcadero experience.

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A visit to the Embarcadero would not be complete without a visit to the Embarcadero Centre were a viewing centre sits atop for the tourist who wishes to see the sites like no other place on earth. Imagine that in the early 1900s the ports of the Embarcadero were considered the most busiest with foot traffic in the world, can you imagine that? Today the Embarcadero is still showing that it is still full of sites and experiences that can be had no other place in the World. Large skyscrapers dot the skyline of the Embarcadero. Lavish amounts of art and sculptures are presented for the tourist. There is never any end to the experience of the Embarcadero. Each time a visitor returns there is something new to be seen in the Embarcadero district.

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San Francisco’s Majestic Maritime Destination

San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park is a place that will allow the visitor seeking the enjoyment of Maritime exposure a place to remember for a lifetime.

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The park is composed of over 100 small crafts that have historical Maritime history values. A tourist that views these vessels will not be able to forget the experience. There are also the grand fleet consisting of the following vessels:

Balclutha, was built in 1886 as a square rigged sailing ship. Built in the year 1886 by Charles Connell & Co. Ltd this ship has been renamed many times and has had the name Star of Alaska as her name during her 1930s voyage and service the Alaskan Salmon Fleet. In 1933 she was once again renamed the Pacific Queen. The pacific Queen is famous for its star role in the movie with Clark Gable as the movie,” Mutiny On The Bounty”. This ship is a large masted sailing ship that will give the visitor a real feeling of what it is like to be aboard a ship of this era.

C.. Thayer, was built in 1895 as a schooner. At 213 feet in length displacing 453 tons of water this ship is no small ship. Launched in 1895 and serving for 55 years up till her decommission of service in 1950. This ship served as a vessel that transported timber and other trade goods as far away as Hawaii. This ship is three masted and is considered state of the art in its day of conception. Walking o this vessel is an experience that will leave the tourist wanting more.

Eureka, Built in 1890 this steam ferryboat was one of the first steam powered vessels to transport people and goods with the use of a steam powered engine. Her primary cargo was tourist in the day and rail cars at night. This ferry was well capable of moving some freight even in these modern times the cargo hold was well capable of delivering volume goods.

Alma, She was a built scow schooner. From the year 1891 and built by Fred Sieme the Alma was 80 feet long displacing 40 thousand tons of water. The Alma was two masted and constructed locally in a shipyard at Hunters Point, California. The Alma has served many needs she was once even a Oyster dredger. In 1957 she was given a new heart with the addition of a gasoline engine. This vessel is well preserved at the ripe age of only 113 years old. She still is capable of sailing the seas.

San Francisco Hercules Maritime Photo 2013Hercules, She was constructed in 1907 as a steam tug. The Hercules is 153 feet in length and powered by three cylinder steam power plant. The Hercules displaces 409 gross tons. She has seen service as a barge hauler transporting goods as far as Hawaii. She is now a historic landmark. The ship is a fabulous e educational experience for the maritime enthusiast who wishes to see the modern age adapted to sailing and ship building.

Eppleton Hall, Constructed in 1944 a few years after Pearl Harbour Attack this vessel saw great use as a paddle wheel tug. This tug was destroyed and left on a mud bank to decay. After a number of years the Maritime museum purchased and refurbished this majestic tug. The ship was refitted with diesel engines and made the voyage across the Atlantic sea. In 1970 the Eppleton Hall crossed under the Golden Gate Bridge. Today she sits at the Hyde Street Pier waiting to enjoy the curiosity of the maritime enthusiast.
Along with all these wonderful, educational, and jaw dropping historic vessels there is the museum offering up its maritime treasures.

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A gift store offers every type of Maritime souvenir available. Even restaurants are close by for the tourist who needs a bite to eat. Prices are very reasonable for this all day adventure in maritime history. A trip to this destination will be remembered by children, family and ,friends for life. Nothing is a pleasurable as seeing the vessels of the age docked in a setting that lets them be viewed timelessly. Best San Francisco Destination for  the whole family.

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Russian Hill: A Marvelous Spot For Tourism In San Francisco

Russian Hill is located in San Francisco, Ca. This area of northern California is known for the smell of the ocean, mingled with the California Redwoods and the Napa Valley wine country. Russian Hill is one of the original 7 hills that make up San Francisco, Ca. Of the 42 hills that are now present the other 35 are man made. Facing North and slightly elevated a tourist will find their selves in the Nob Hill district. This district has traditionally been one of the rich upper class society type, As one travels down facing South they find their selves smelling the great seafood and bay area smells that make San Francisco so great to visit. Volumes of fresh sea food are served, prepared, and sold on the tourist destination called Fisherman’s Warf. Trolley cars and cable cars are every where to be rode by the individual that seeks a fabulous site seeing adventure.

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To the West side of Russian Hill a tourist will see the famous Cow Hollow district, along with the Marina District. At the top north section of Russian hill is the beginning of Ghiradelli Square. Russian Hill is fabulous for its elevated breath taking views of the city called,” The city by the Bay”.

The location of Russian Hill finds its roots and association with a cemetery that was once located on the top of Russian Hill. Russian Boat crews from 1806 were said to have been buried on top of Russian Hill. As early legend goes the truth of the matter nobody really knows. But as curiosity and the legends go’s the story has stuck with the origins of Russian Hill.

Between Hyde and Leavenworth street a tourist will have the experience of a lifetime. The street called Lombard Street, winds its way down the hillside with seven complete side winding turns, this same street is called the most windiest street in the world. Walking the street, or driving the street can be a real treat and adventure. The original street layout was conceived because the street was just too steep to navigate. Tourists will see the Golden Gate Bridge with its mile upon mile stretch of golden arches, and its breathtaking construction architecture, the site is well presented for photography. Tourists who enjoy the natural wonders of mankind’s ability’s will find the bridge awesome. Across the bay another site awaits the eyeful tourist the site of the island of Alcatraz. Alcatraz is long remembered for the prison that help such villi ons as John Dillinger, Al Capone and many famous convicts a like.

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The Bird man of Alcatraz once was housed in the confines of this ex-military base, that once had the role of guarding the ports of San Francisco bay, and Russian Hill. In the early 1860s life and what is know as Russian Hill changed drastically. Sub Divisions began to form and the California Gold Rush began to bring immigrants along with tourism to these coastal shores. Some had dreams of striking it rich on the gold that was said to be in the placer hills. In 1968 the area called Russian Hills was cast in a movie called,”Bullitt”, a Famous actor of the time,”Steve MC Queen”, who had the staring role in the movie.The scenery of Russian Hill was cast into Hollywood fame by The movie,”Bullitt”… Again in 1982 Eddy Murphy a all star comedian along with Nick Nolty played in 48 hours. The comedy found the two comical, dysfunctional convict and cop riding the hills of the district called Russian Hills. As a place for seeing and experiencing it all, from Art, Legend, Scenery, And culture Russian Hill has the venue packed for any seasoned tourist. Something is present for all who want a little of everything.

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Lombard Street: One of San Francisco’s First Transformed Pieces of Real Estate

One of San Francisco’s first truly transformed pieces of real estate”Lombard Street” one of the city’s main attractions. People flock from all over the world to see one of the World’s crookedest streets. How this happened has become part of San Francisco legend. San Francisco is a tourist destination for travelers around the world and few feel they have seen it without taking the time to visit “Lombard Street”.

San Francisco Lombard Street Design 2013This tourist attraction began as a very steep cobblestone street. At a grade of 27 percent, cars were an impossible idea. The idea of 10 percent grade is very steep for a vehicle and 27 percent grade is frightening for anyone driving a car. To increase land value and to make the property more accessible a curved street was designed initiated. The crooked street called “Lombard” swirls down the hills of San Francisco with beautiful flower gardens and lovely homes in the backdrop.

Lombard Street in San Francisco seen from the Coit Tower.

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Pictures of Hydrangeas were shown beautifully on a post in the early 80s attracting droves of tourist ever since. The space of land of land was a not a prime location in the early years but as it developed it became and still is some of the most attractive piece of real estate property in the San Francisco area. The streets are cobblestone which reminds one of the days of San Francisco’s Barbary Coast days. This once not so accessible piece of real estate is now high-end real estate filled with stately homes.

Lombard Street gives the full feel of the “Hills of San Francisco. “ The scenery is beautiful with flowers in bloom that make for a gorgeous photo to send home. The curves of the street lined with beautiful flower beds strategically planted along the way add a flare to this uniquely designed street. This street was engineered for the best access for residents and has turned out to be a great advantage for visitors too.

PLACES FOR TRAVELERS AROUND SAN FRANCISCOLombard was one of San Francisco’s first truly transformed pieces of real estate, turning it into a tourist destination for people all over. The gracious homes located along the route furnished with the latest amenities of the modern world reminds visitors of the present, while the street itself with its beautiful gardens so carefully cared for takes you back to yesterday, when life was a little bit slower. Drive or walk through this stretch of road and momentarily go through a time tunnel of San Francisco history.
 – Guest blogger: Marcelin P. 1959/Architect From France 

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Castro District: 2013 Portal Destination of Gay Pride

Castro Street in San Francisco, California is what is considered the main battlefront ground for the alternate lifestyle individual.

Many modern activists supporting gay rights and gay culture has launched from this prominent battlefront. Castro Street was originally called Castro Street because Jose Castro a politician and activist bolstered the movement to oppose Mexican opposition to the United States governing of California around the 19th century time period.

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The Castro district we know in these modern ages was created from the Market Street Railway Company that embarked on the quest of building the railway and creating a line of track from Eureka Valley to what is known as down town San Francisco today.

1906 was a year that brought a lot of destruction to San Francisco. The great earthquake was a disaster that nearly destroyed San Francisco and its cultured neighbourhoods. The mansion of Alfred E. Clark survived the natural disaster and today the mansion is located on the corner of Caseli Ave and Douglas. The mansion is now called the Caselli Mansion. The mansion is well worth a tour to experience rich exposure to Scandinavian craftsmanship.

Originally known as, “Little Scandinavia” the Castro District was saturated with predominantly Swedish, Norwegian, and Danish decedents. Scandinavian architecture can be viewed all over the city near Market Street, Cove Street, and 15th Street. Church Street in the Castro District has some of the finest Scandinavian Architecture to be seen. Roof timbers still grace the buildings and are viewable to the general tourist from a glance.

Originally Gay servicemen were dishonourably discharged in World War 2 for being practicing homosexuals. Those same men were offloaded and began the building of the gay culture and alternate lifestyle acceptance in modern Castro District. The Castro district is now primarily known for its wonderful acceptance of alternate lifestyle cultures. Acceptance can be found in and among its many residence for those who feel that they have no place to flourish and practice their lifestyle choices.

Harvey Milk in 1973 opened a camera store in Castro District. The camera store fast become a gay activist headquarters lead by no other than Harvey Milk. Harvey Milks Camera store is still there and now is a favourite tourist attraction for those who wish to see this pioneer headquarters from the past. The tour and visit is sure to open new ideas and new acceptance of what was a major factor in helping gays around the world find love and acceptance.

The Castro District of today is full of many different stores that show off the art that San Francisco culture is well noted. Stores that have blown glass and beautiful artisan crafted glassware offer the curios tourist the glimpse of fine art desired by most. Culture and activities seem to govern the atmosphere in this district. There is never a dull moment for the tourist that wished=s to see some debating supporting the gay activist culture. Politically the movement is always present in the Castro district of San Francisco.

Life as most know is quite different when an individual wakes to the smell of the fresh seafood and smells of the water front rolling up the Avenue while staying as a tourist in the Castro District. A short hop away from the Castro district and the trolley car can arrive the interested tourist at a destination called Market Street. Market Street will give a tourist the taste of the freshest sea food money can buy. Seafood of every variety and every prepared way is available to taste. Tourist will find this destination full of fun and sparked full of new ideas for other destinations.
– Guest writer: Eric Palad from San Francisco 1971/Journalist

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