A great way to get to know San Francisco better (and to pass the time with visiting relatives for the holidays) is to go geocaching.There are almost one million caches hidden worldwide, according to the Geocaching Web site. The activity involves using a GPS device in conjunction with the Geocaching Web site to find hidden containers.
I had the opportunity to go geocaching over the Thanksgiving holiday, and thought I’d share my experience with you. My partner and I decided to head to Miraloma Park and Mount Davidson (click here for a map) to find a couple caches. Our first one was off Myra, where we had to find some secret steps between people’s houses. Here they were:
A short while later, I was heading uphill to find a cache that was hidden in a fake rock, according to the instructions:
And about twenty minutes later, we found the cache:
This would be a great cache to seek with relatives. Once you’re up those steps and on the trail, it’s like you’re hiking somewhere outside San Francisco.
The other cache we hit was on the northeast side of Mount Davidson. We parked down the street from the trailhead, and then headed up. We were looking for an ammo box hidden somewhere near a dead Eucalyptus tree. The best part was when we got to the top, we had the honor of standing at the highest point in San Francisco. And the views were there to prove it:
We made the find after a while, and then descended. Fun outing—we also hit Golden Gate Park earlier that day. But since this is a real estate blog, I’ll throw in that Miraloma Park has some pretty good homes for sale. There are eight houses listed from $699,000-$1,098,000. All have been listed for an average of 42 days, so if you decide to look for a cache in the neighborhood, you might want to also look for a holiday house bargain.
230 Duncan between Dolores and Church wasn’t always the plastic bag disaster it is today. It was a 1,000-square foot single-family home from 1900-2007 that was used as a rental property in its later years.
The Planning Department granted a demolition permit back in 2006. Contractors then obtained permits in November 2007 to erect four stories and create two dwelling units for a recorded cost of $850,000.
Things didn’t go smoothly after that. The next-door neighbors filed a complaint at the end of 2007 when the demolition damaged part of their building. And the 230 Duncan project has been at a standstill since its last story went up. Neighbors are disgusted and the site’s a blight.
No word on what the outcome will be. My guess is that a replacement developer may get a pretty good deal on an unfinished structure.