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Navigating San Francisco Private Schools

If our most recent post, which discussed the somewhat challenging process of navigating San Francisco’s public schools, left you wondering if the SFUSD is the right fit for your family, you’re not alone. Among U.S. cities, San Francisco has the third-highest percentage of school age children attending private schools. Almost 20 percent of San Francisco […]


There are more than 100 elementary, middle and secondary schools in San Francisco, with new ones opening seemingly every year. Why, then, does education in the city have a reputation among parents for being so daunting that almost a fourth of them bug out for the suburbs by the time their oldest child begins kindergarten? […]

School Spotlight Part 2: Southern Marin County

In southern Marin County, as in almost anywhere, your experience with public education is in large part driven by where you live. Where this part of Marin differs from other parts of the country, though, is that almost anywhere where you choose to live in Tiburon, Belvedere and Mill Valley will have access to highly-rated […]

School Spotlight: Marin County

In Marin County, unlike in San Francisco, where you buy a home does have an impact on where your children will attend school — if you choose to send them to public schools. If you choose to go the private/independent route, your choices expand to include the county’s 27 private K-8 schools and six high […]

Marin Spotlight: Tiburon

For the past 24 years, the Angel Island-Tiburon Ferry has held an annual 4th of July Fireworks Cruise. Scores of people — families, couples, singles, visitors and natives — load onto the boat and at 8:30 PM set forth from the Tiburon Ferry Terminal hoping for unsurpassed views of San Francisco’s July 4 fireworks. Unfortunately, […]

TEEDHAZE Tops Real Trends List for Sotheby’s Teams Worldwide

Summer is the hottest time of the year — not only because the mercury rises during June, July and August but also because summer is when REAL Trends, as advertised in The Wall Street Journal releases its annual ranking of individual agents and teams. THE THOUSAND spotlights agents who are the top of the top, […]

An Inspired Solution

The phrase “necessity is the mother of invention” first appeared in Richard Franck’s book “Northern Memoirs” in 1658. It is unclear if, at that time, Franck was referring to parking in San Francisco. What is inarguable, however, is that parking is never far from the minds of those who live and work in the City […]

As Oakland’s populartity surges, Piedmont’s stays timeless

According to many publications, 2016 is shaping up as a banner year in the rebirth of Oakland. The often-overshadowed East Bay city is bursting at the seams with new restaurants, shops and night spots, and last winter real estate site Zillow chose Oakland for all five of its “hottest neighborhoods of 2016.” The reason for […]

TeedHaze Series: Bay Area Schools

If you have school-age children, odds are “good schools” are a top priority in your home search. Normally (that is, outside the Bay Area), it’s simple: you target the cities and neighborhoods with the most well-regarded, highly-rated schools. Around here, though, it’s not so easy; while there are local cities whose public school systems consistently […]

Top Ten Chinese Buyer Picks

Despite recent official efforts to limit outbound capital flow, Chinese overseas property investment is booming.
That said, where are Chinese buyers looking to invest this year? As we head further into Q2 of 2016, we take a look at the top 10 countries and cities most popular with Chinese buyers on Juwai.com during Q1 2016, and […]

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