Can you believe it? We are at the end of the 2020 year!
Our last, and my favorite month of the year. Christmas is celebrated on December 25 and is both a sacred religious holiday and a worldwide cultural and commercial phenomenon. For two millennia, people around the world have been observing it with traditions and practices that are both religious and secular in nature. Christians celebrate Christmas Day as the anniversary of the birth of Jesus of Nazareth, a spiritual leader whose teachings form the basis of their religion. Popular customs include exchanging gifts, decorating Christmas trees, attending church, sharing meals with family and friends and, of course, waiting for Santa Claus to arrive. December 25—Christmas Day—has been a federal holiday here in the United States since 1870.
Dear Friends and Family. Welcome to our 17th edition of Velasco Chronicle and Buzz. As always here are a few recommendations for San Mateo, Santa Clara and San Francisco County from Velasco Group Chronicle and Buzz. Be up to date with Compass Market Reports from Patrick Carlisle, Compass Chief Market Analyst, and introducing a new report on the Luxury Market in Nor Cal and Tahoe area.
Check out our Coming Soon Listings with first weekend virtual open house dates and/or Twilight Tour dates and Unique Home Sale.
We hope the events we share are to your interest, and find the market trends reports insightful. We look forward to seeing you at a future Virtual Open House. Please remember that we are never too busy for your buyers or home sellers' referrals, from condo's to castles, there are no homes that are too small or too big!
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With some gyms closed and #socialdistancing in practice, it can be challenging to incorporate physical activity into your everyday routine
Perhaps you are looking for exercises that require minimal equipment? Or just a bit of motivation? Whether you're looking to continue exercising or want to start today, check out our favorite
Live Zumba Class! December 8th, 15th, and 22nd.
This party starts and ends with Zumba. No excuses, close the curtains and dance like no one is watching. You won’t even notice you are participating in exercise. Vusi loves teaching Zumba classes. Join us, we've tested out her classes and fun is guaranteed!
This online course will be held for three consecutive weeks (1 hour) and co-hosted by Inna Benyukhis, NTP and Dawn Brunkenhoefer, PhD, LPC. The course will address specific nutritional topics and offer Q&A. Get ready to learn more about mindful eating, seasonal produce, healing spices and herbs, sleep and movement, meal prepping, stomach acid, different diets and when to use them, power foods, toxicity, reading labels for nutrition, and so much more! Limited spots available as we want this to be a learning community. (This is an educational course and not psychotherapy)
You've decorated the tree, hung the stockings by the fireplace and hand-wrapped more unique Christmas gifts than Santa's elves themselves ... Now all that's left is to sweeten up the holiday! This year, indulge in some all-time-best Christmas desserts, from traditional Christmas cookies to cupcakes, chocolates and other sweet (and ultra-festive) bites. After all, doesn't the most wonderful time of the year deserve the most wonderful treats?
With COVID-19 making our world an uncertain one, we know for sure that Christmas in the Park will be happening in 2020 - but not as you know it. Attendance is by reservation only, visit their website to purchase your ticket today!
22 Virtual Christmas Party Ideas in 2020
Virtual Christmas parties are holiday celebrations conducted over video conferencing platforms like Zoom, Google Meet and WebEx. Virtual Christmas party ideas are specific ways to observe Christmas online with your remote teams. For example, via fun virtual holiday party games, activities, and entertainment.
Bay Area Seeing Surge in Home Sales on the High and Ultra-High End Luxury Transaction
Big-spending homebuyers across California's Bay Area were out in droves throughout the summer and fall, unperturbed by the challenges of 2020, which for the Bay Area included wildfires alongside the coronavirus pandemic, according to a report Tuesday from Compass.
Bay Area luxury home sales—defined as transactions priced above $2 million or $3 million, depending on the county—surged 74% in October compared to the same time in 2019, the estate agency said.
More: London Home Once Owned by Princess Diana’s Great Grandfather Is on the Market.
Ultra-luxury sales, meanwhile, defined by Compass as deals above $3 million or $5 million, depending on the county, saw their numbers increase 64% in the same time.
“Affluent and very prosperous buyers have significantly increased as a percentage of sales since the pandemic struck,” Patrick Carlisle, chief market analyst for the San Francisco Bay Area at Compass, wrote in the report.
“Among other effects, the pandemic upended normal seasonal trends in the number of luxury home sales. For most counties, summer is typically a slow period for high-price sales,” he added.
"Architecture exists, like cinema, in the dimension of time and movement."
Offered for the first time in 50 years, the 5,445± sq.ft. Penthouse at 1080 Chestnut is distinguished by soaring ceilings and grand entertaining rooms complemented by majestic, oversized windows commanding 360-degree views of nearly every San Francisco landmark.
The inspiring layout features elegantly proportioned entertaining rooms to showcase views spanning from the Golden Gate Bridge to Alcatraz, the Bay Bridge to the Financial Center. Positioned northernmost to offer truly sensational vistas, the corner living room and library with fireplaces are adjoined by a central wet bar and wine room. Eleven-foot glass panels slide open to the panoramic view terrace – one of six outdoor spaces of 915± sq.ft. surrounding the Penthouse.
A remarkable, 19-foot high glass oculus -- one of eight skylights -- commands the center-point of the entertaining areas. An adjacent eastern-facing loggia presents an outdoor living room set against sweeping views. The large, Golden Gate-facing kitchen includes a breakfast area banquette, pantry, ample counter-space, substantial storage and a laundry area.
The grand corridor travels to private bedroom wings. The marvelous master is comprised of large bedroom with fireplace, generous light imbued from north & south view terraces, skylights, dual baths and dressing areas. On the opposite side of the penthouse, the guest wing reveals two en-suite bedrooms: one with a Bay view terrace and the other with a south-facing solarium. A fourth en-suite guest bedroom features eastern views.
Commandingly sited on one of Russian Hill’s most desirable flat blocks above the emerging, five-acre Francisco Park, 1080 Chestnut is a boutique co-operative building offering around-the-clock door-staff and a live-in co-op residential manager to deliver an exceptional, full-service living experience. Amenities include three-car parking as well as a keyed elevator to the penthouse, ensuring privacy and security.
Designed for family gatherings, major event entertaining or intimate city living, the penthouse at 1080 Chestnut is an unparalleled offering.
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