We Know Bernal

We’re proud to be the real estate team Bernal Heights depends on for neighborhood information and community updates. Need to know what to ask a real estate agent when buying a house? Want to learn more about the home buying process, or explore Bernal Heights real estate trends?

You’ve come to the right place. We’re the experts on Bernal Heights, and our San Francisco real estate blog is always being updated with new insider strategies, information, and tips.

Learn to Grow a Windowsill Garden on Earth Day

19

April

Learn to Grow a Windowsill Garden on Earth Day

[caption id="attachment_2782" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Entrance to College Hill Learning Garden / Photo Courtesy of Education Outside[/caption] Here’s a fun family activity for Earth Day, Monday, April 19th, at the College Hill Learning Garden near Holly Park. They’re holding a free three-part series on how to start a windowsill or balcony garden. So often with the high cost of city living,...Read More

Bernal Heights Market Continues to Rise Through 2018
Bernal Heights Market Continues to Rise Through 2018
February 18, 2019

Amid a slowing national market, Bernal Heights maintained its steady growth last year. Analysis 2018 saw modest price gains for the Bernal Heights Real Estate market with a 5% year-over-year appreciation for single family home ...Read More

Ace Your New Year’s Dinner by Shopping at These 5 Stores on Cortland Avenue
Ace Your New Year’s Dinner by Shopping at These 5 Stores on Cortland Avenue
December 23, 2018

There’s no better way to entertain on New Year ’s than creating an intimate dinner party at home with close friends. In Bernal Heights, you can cook a gourmet feast by doing all the shopping on Cortland Avenue. Within a fiv ...Read More

Nicole Spence: Creator of Black Lockett Florals and Foliages in Bernal Heights
Nicole Spence: Creator of Black Lockett Florals and Foliages in Bernal Heights
December 20, 2018

  Black Lockett Florals is one of the latest additions to the shops on Cortland Avenue. Owner, Nicole Spence has over a decade of experience as a floral designer. Walking into her light-filled shop feels warm and welcoming ...Read More

The Order of Things with Rebecca Szeto
The Order of Things with Rebecca Szeto
November 07, 2018

Moving to a new house or even spring cleaning your closet can be a daunting task. Hiring someone to create the perfect plan of what you need and then execute it for you often feels like a luxury. As our lives get busier, everyon ...Read More

A Brief History of Housing Booms in Bernal Heights
A Brief History of Housing Booms in Bernal Heights
October 16, 2018

The Bay Area is infamous for magnificent views and staggering real estate prices. News organizations rank San Francisco as one of the most expensive cities in the country. Today Bernal Heights matches most of San Francisco in ...Read More

Bernalese: Kitchenware and Craftsman Antiques on Cortland
Bernalese: Kitchenware and Craftsman Antiques on Cortland
September 20, 2018

  Bernalese is the latest addition to the family of shops on Cortland Avenue. It combines stylish, craftsman antique with contemporary kitchenware. Longtime Bernal residents and now proud shop owners, Matt Evans and Sean ...Read More

Hillside Supper Club: Fighting to Preserve Local, Seasonal and Sustainable Food
Hillside Supper Club: Fighting to Preserve Local, Seasonal and Sustainable Food
August 24, 2018

The demand for neighborhood restaurants is shrinking in San Francisco.  The beloved independent cafe that could afford to support sustainable farms is quickly becoming a thing of the past. As consumers, we play an important rol ...Read More

The History of Bernal Hill: A Neighborhood Born from an Earthquake
The History of Bernal Hill: A Neighborhood Born from an Earthquake
August 20, 2018

In 1906 when the great California earthquake hit, Bernal Heights survived. Its glorious chert allowed Bernal houses to withstand the shake.  There were very few people living around Bernal Hill before then. So there was less th ...Read More

2018 Mid Year Market Update
2018 Mid Year Market Update
August 04, 2018

Bernal Heights Real Estate Market is off to a roaring start! Analysis The median sale price for single family homes in Bernal Heights reached an all time high (again) of $1.62M for the time period of Jan thru Jun 2018. ...Read More

Precita Park vs. Holly Park: Which is Better for Kids?
Precita Park vs. Holly Park: Which is Better for Kids?
July 30, 2018

Certain San Francisco neighborhoods are filled with parents looking to entertain kids. On any given morning you can find them pushing strollers looking for a place to relax with a latte and a pretty view. Bernal Heights resid ...Read More

When Pizza Meets Bagel in Bernal Heights
When Pizza Meets Bagel in Bernal Heights
May 30, 2018

As of May 30th - the Bagel Macher is taking a brief break and is not currently making bagels on Sunday. We'll update this post when he is back in the kitchen! Until then the Pizza Hacker restaurant is still open to serve the ...Read More

5 Bernal Heights Instagram Ideas You Forgot About
5 Bernal Heights Instagram Ideas You Forgot About
May 16, 2018

When was the last time you struggled with an interesting Instagram picture idea to post? We all do it. Sit there and wonder what to take a photo of for our feed. Here are a few ideas to spark your creativity as well as your ...Read More

5 Heartfelt Gifts You Didn’t Know You Needed
5 Heartfelt Gifts You Didn’t Know You Needed
April 18, 2018

Heartfelt on Cortland Avenue is an old generation store with a modern twist.   https://youtu.be/uTkSExjX1mA The owner, Darcy Lee has a knack for eclectic and unique gifts. She's also both a leader and a champion in the ...Read More

2nd Annual Bernal BBQ is Here!
2nd Annual Bernal BBQ is Here!
April 14, 2018

Danielle and I are proud to be hosting our 2nd Annual Bernal Heights Community BBQ.  Come join us and meet your neighbors, have some food and enjoy some (hopefully) Spring weather! The event is totally free and we're a ...Read More

The Secret Lives of Librarians
The Secret Lives of Librarians
April 10, 2018

It’s the quiet people behind the scenes that keep every community running smoothly. With her warm smile and short salt and pepper hair, Valerie Reichert keeps local residents interested and engaged at the Bernal Heights Librar ...Read More

Bernal Heights Real Estate Market soars 9% over 2016
Bernal Heights Real Estate Market soars 9% over 2016
February 11, 2018

2017 was yet another record year for real estate in Bernal Heights. The median sale price soared to $1.476M, a 9% gain over last year and almost double the median sale price from only five years ago ($775k in 2012). The  ...Read More

Five Black Jet Desserts To Be Thankful For
Five Black Jet Desserts To Be Thankful For
December 08, 2017

Black Jet Baking Co. opened it’s door on March 29th this year in the old Pinkie’s Bakery location (833 Cortland Avenue). But you may not know the hidden gems that lurk inside. We have one word. PIES     ...Read More

Shannon Kaye: Bringing Color Back into your Life at Home
Shannon Kaye: Bringing Color Back into your Life at Home
December 08, 2017

Shannon Kaye can walk into your living room and instantly understand your lifestyle. Then, she can create any feeling you want to live, through color. She is the founder of Plein Heir, a home color and style coaching business ...Read More

Bernal Celebrates the Summer of Love
Bernal Celebrates the Summer of Love
December 08, 2017

The Summer of Love was the theme for this year’s annual Fiesta on the Hill. The neighborhood street fair raised close to $50,000 for the Bernal Heights’ Neighborhood Center(BNHC). Bernal local Michael Minson said, “I ...Read More

Buck Bagot: The Fight for Improving Affordable Housing in Bernal
Buck Bagot: The Fight for Improving Affordable Housing in Bernal
December 08, 2017

With rapid growth and an escalating housing market in San Francisco, it seems each year it becomes less affordable to live here. Buck Bagot, long-time Bernal activist and resident, has been fighting for affordable housing sinc ...Read More

Bernalwood: When Community Contributions Power a Blog
Bernalwood: When Community Contributions Power a Blog
December 08, 2017

Todd Lappin, the creator of the popular local blog Bernalwood, explains the background of his five favorite blog posts and how they’ve impacted the community over the years.  When did you start Bernalwood and what was the o ...Read More

Bernal on the Big Screen: Outdoor Cinema
Bernal on the Big Screen: Outdoor Cinema
December 08, 2017

Are you ready for your close-up, Bernal Heights? This Thursday kicks off the 14th season of the Bernal Heights Outdoor Cinema. Each evening of September 7th – 9th you can meet neighbors and watch films that reflect the value ...Read More

Bernal Heights Market Report – First Half of 2017
Bernal Heights Market Report – First Half of 2017
December 08, 2017

As has happened consistently for the past 5 years, Bernal Heights hit another record high median sale price for single family homes, clocking in at an astounding $1.458M. That’s a 7% increase over the median price of 2016 when i ...Read More

Register Now: Hillwide Garage Sale Sat August 12th
Register Now: Hillwide Garage Sale Sat August 12th
December 08, 2017

It’s that time of year again and the Hillwide Elves are making a list of who’s been splurging and who’s been purging! Get your garage groove on and join the neighborhood to raise money for the Bernal Heights Neighborhood ...Read More

Keeping Esmeralda Slide Park a Destination in Bernal Heights
Keeping Esmeralda Slide Park a Destination in Bernal Heights
December 08, 2017

Esmeralda Slide Park is a destination in San Francisco. Featured in Adah Bakalinsky’s book, Stairway Walks of San Francisco, the park was special from the beginning. At its ribbon cutting ceremony in 1979, Mayor Di Fi sli ...Read More

Neighbors Fund Tile Mosaic Installation at Esmeralda Slide Park
Neighbors Fund Tile Mosaic Installation at Esmeralda Slide Park
December 08, 2017

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world: indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” - Margaret Meed The neighbors of Esmeralda Slide Park and city officials gathered on ...Read More

Must Try Treats at Bernal’s Little Bee Baking
Must Try Treats at Bernal’s Little Bee Baking
December 08, 2017

“It’s more than just being a retail business and a bakery, I’m part of the community in a meaningful way.” Stacie Pierce, former Executive Pastry Chef of the famed Chez Panisse in Berkeley, knew that she was giving ...Read More

BH.com Mentioned in Business Insider!
BH.com Mentioned in Business Insider!
December 08, 2017

It’s not everyday that our little neighborhood real estate blog gets mentioned by the big guys. Today was our day! Business Insider mentioned Michael Minson and Danielle Lazier, owners of BernalHeights.com and neighborhood ex ...Read More

Bernal Businesses Supporting Each Other in Sweet and Savory Ways
Bernal Businesses Supporting Each Other in Sweet and Savory Ways
December 08, 2017

“Stacie jokes that I make the savory things and she makes the “unsavory” things. We have the perfect symbiotic relationship.”   Jes Taber, owner of Eye of the Avocado, has found a new home at Little Bee Bake ...Read More

Holly Park: Where Bernal Neighbors Gather
Holly Park: Where Bernal Neighbors Gather
December 08, 2017

Parks are central to a healthy community. Not only is the well being a neighborhood reflected in the state of it’s park, so is the health of it’s community. In our series on the parks of Bernal Heights, we’ve covered the ...Read More

Alemany Farmers Market: Blue House Farm
Alemany Farmers Market: Blue House Farm
December 08, 2017

“Providing high quality, organic produce that’s affordable is really important to us.” A fringe benefit of living in San Francisco is having so many farmers markets to choose from. The Alemany Market is the oldest in ...Read More

You’re Invited to a Taco Party!
You’re Invited to a Taco Party!
October 06, 2017

Danielle & Michael are hosting a neighborhood event and fundraiser for the Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center and you’re invited! Please join us Saturday, 6-May for Tacos in the Park. We’ll have a face painter and s ...Read More

Precita Park Cafe: Creating Community
Precita Park Cafe: Creating Community
October 06, 2017

“We want to serve the neighborhood and have it be a place where people can come and hang out. One of the driving forces for us in opening a cafe is about creating that community, it’s partly why we do it.” For Rachel ...Read More

Sold Off Market – 811 Moultrie
Sold Off Market – 811 Moultrie
October 06, 2017

811 Moultrie Street is a four-bedroom, two-bathroom single family home with one car parking located on a flat cul-de-sac in San Francisco’s desirable Bernal Heights neighborhood. Fully updated with permits in 2008, this brig ...Read More

Fab Fixer Sells for $282k Over Asking
Fab Fixer Sells for $282k Over Asking
October 06, 2017

The Fab Fixer at 478 Anderson just sold for $1,080,000 – that’s a whopping $282k over the list price of $799k. The house had been in the family for over 50 years, and served as the home to parents raising three kids in Bern ...Read More

A Walk in Precita Park for Mind, Body and Spirit
A Walk in Precita Park for Mind, Body and Spirit
October 06, 2017

The neighborhood park, like the public library, may be the last bastion of class equality left in the Bay Area. It’s one of the few community places that’s shared by everyone. In Bernal Heights we’re fortunate enough to ...Read More

St. Mary’s Park: A Well Kept SF Secret
St. Mary’s Park: A Well Kept SF Secret
October 06, 2017

Neighborhood parks are integral to the quality of life in Bernal Heights. Aside from the added benefit of meeting your neighbors, there are other reasons to switch up your regular gym routine and take advantage of exercising o ...Read More

Bernal Heights 2016 Market Recap Released
Bernal Heights 2016 Market Recap Released
October 06, 2017

Despite another record-breaking year, the Bernal Heights Real Estate market has officially cooled. We saw a modest 5% increase over last year’s median sale price (from $1.3M in 2015 to $1.36M in 2016), which in any ot ...Read More

Neighbors Matter: Succulence from the Inside Out
Neighbors Matter: Succulence from the Inside Out
October 06, 2017

“Neighbors matter – now more than ever,” was the message from David Talbot in his recent San Francisco Chronicle column about his block in Bernal Heights. For Ken and Amy Shelf, the owners of Succulence on Cortland A ...Read More

Date Night Atop Bernal Hill
Date Night Atop Bernal Hill
October 06, 2017

Living in a city with so many options and so much to do can, quite frankly, be daunting. Especially when you’re trying to plan a simple but interesting date night. With metered street parking costing upwards of $15 in some p ...Read More

Holly Courts: Unity and Diversity
Holly Courts: Unity and Diversity
October 06, 2017

“I’m involved in our community to see the residents get what they need, so our kids feel happy and safe and the elderly always have somebody to call.” – Bobbi Cochran     Bobbi Cochran, has lived in ...Read More

Bernal Heights Sets New Sales Price Record in Q3 (Barely)
Bernal Heights Sets New Sales Price Record in Q3 (Barely)
October 06, 2017

Of all the talk about a shift, balancing, correction, or the real estate economics descriptor du jour, Bernal Heights seems to be oblivious to the conversation. In fact, Q3 2016 is marked as the highest median sale price for th ...Read More

Live the Lush Life
October 06, 2017

Lose yourself in this lush, bright home with sweeping Bay views and greenery at 49 Samoset St. This north-slope, sun-drenched Bernal Heights home is perched at the top of a hill, offering stunning city views, lots of space to ...Read More

Classic Craftsman Seeks Dwelling Dreamer
Classic Craftsman Seeks Dwelling Dreamer
October 06, 2017

Have you been looking for a spacious house with character, space and style? Have you dreamed of a cosmetic fixer that you can make your own? Built in 1915, 12 College Terrace is a three-bedroom, one-bathroom single family h ...Read More

Treat Yourself: You Deserve It
Treat Yourself: You Deserve It
October 06, 2017

Bedrooms: 2 | Bathrooms: 2 | Parking: 1 List Price: $999,000 | Status: IN CONTRACT Perfectly situated on a quiet cul-de-sac, this newer Bernal Heights condo is spacious, thoughtfully updated and well-designed. Recently b ...Read More

The Bernal Hillwide
October 06, 2017

Quite possibly the largest single day garage sale in San Francisco, the Bernal Hillwide is a neighborhood tradition. Each year on the second Saturday of August, the Hill comes alive with neighbors and friends swapping goodies, ...Read More

The Best Brunch in Bernal
The Best Brunch in Bernal
October 06, 2017

Brunch is a coveted weekend tradition that my partner and I do our best to protect. But standing in line for 45 minutes is not. That’s one of the many reasons we think B-Star is the best brunch spot in Bernal. We rarely have ...Read More

Preparing to Sell
October 06, 2017

Selling your home doesn′t just mean hiring a realtor to stick a sign out front. There are a lot of preparations you should make to ensure you get the best offer possible in the shortest time. Repair. Just because you’ve got ...Read More

Dealing with Financing
October 06, 2017

As the events of the last few years in the real estate industry show, people forget about the tremendous financial responsibility of purchasing a home at their peril. Here are a few tips for dealing with the dollar signs so that y ...Read More

A Walk in the (Precita) Park
A Walk in the (Precita) Park
October 06, 2017

One of our favorite parks in Bernal, Precita Park provides a green anchor to the northern half of Bernal Heights. Bounded between Folsom, Alabama, Precita and Bessie Streets, Precita Park is a peaceful respite from the hectic l ...Read More

Relocating to the Big City
Relocating to the Big City
October 06, 2017

Moving from a small town or suburb to a large city can be an intimidating proposition. Here are a few tips to help make your move as painless as possible. Research before you move. It’s important to understand the culture you ...Read More

5 Tips for Buying a Home
October 02, 2017

Looking to buy a home? Here are five essential tips for making the process as smooth as possible. Get your finances in order. Start by getting a full picture of your credit. Obtain copies of your credit report. Make sure the ...Read More