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Spotlight: 6 Asian-Pacific American Creatives Refreshing Interior Design

The world of home goods and design is moved by artisans with standout ideas and unique sensibilities. Amplifying the voices of Asian and Pacific creatives is not just necessary — it’s what moves our industry forward. Here are some amazing artists and designers that we’d like to highlight in our homes.

Eliza Blank

Started by Eliza Blank, The Sill is your destination for potted plants to beautify your space. Gardening was a way that Blank’s mother maintained a connection to her home in the Philippines, so Blank grew up with a green thumb.  The Sill has both an online store and a brick and mortar location in Cow Hollow, so you can head out from The Harrison to select your botanicals in person, or browse foliage online and get it delivered!

Cindy Hsu Zell

Cindy Hsu Zell crafts amazing handmade sculptures with mindfully-sourced natural materials. Each piece of her’s is deeply unique, meticulously combining techniques of carving and hand-spinning rope. Zell also collaborates with Alyson Iwamoto on ceramics. Zell’s individual pieces serve as studies on gesture, curves, depth, and weight — and are readily purchasable online.

Syrette Lew

Syrette Lew’s Brooklyn-based design studio MOVING MOUNTAINS designs whimsical and minimalist furniture that seamlessly integrate into a high-rise interior. Lew’s pieces are typically made to order, but the artist also collaborates with select clients and retailers such as Colony (founded by Jean Line) on unique commissions.

Eny Lee Parker

Georgia-based designer Eny Lee Parker is an artisan of delightfully playful furniture pieces, ceramics and accessories. Lee Parker’s endlessly creative lighting sculptures in particular make for eye-catching sconces and lamps in a modern urban home, like our residences at The Harrison. All pieces are made to order.

Eunice Byun and Dave Nguyen

This Asian-American power duo founded Material when they saw a gap in the market for the kind of kitchenware they were looking for. Dedicated to stylish and functional cookware, Material curates beautiful designs with a minimalist sensibility. Their products are available online or in stock at retailers such as West Elm, Anthropologie and Verishop.

Image: Cindy Hsu Zell

Residence 39F: A Lavish One-Bedroom Retreat Set to Marina Views

From The Harrison’s remaining available residences comes this beautiful one-bedroom floor plan with 58 square feet of balcony space and sweeping views of the marina framed by floor-to-ceiling windows. This residence captivates with supreme interior design finishes, inclusive of diagonal-planked Siberian Oak floors, polished white slab Carrara marble countertops and unlacquered Waterworks brass fixtures. Set high above the city, yet moments from San Francisco’s most sought-after restaurants, shops and local attractions, this residence realizes a luxurious urban lifestyle marked by five-star amenities, 24/7 concierge services and inimitable details selected by renowned designer Ken Fulk.

The entry foyer’s grand hallway, ideal for displaying an extensive art collection, draws you forth to the kitchen—complete with Studio Becker Ash Molina cabinetry, polished Carrara marble counters and Bertazzoni and Subzero appliances. Onward from the kitchen, the dining and living rooms captivate with floor-to-ceiling windows and access to an expansive balcony space, which serves as the perfect setting to unwind and revel in the far-reaching marina views that captivate below.

Local Women-Run Businesses to Support this Month

Women’s History Month means not only showing up for our mothers, daughters and sisters — but also for our local creators, movers and shakers. San Francisco is bustling with women-owned businesses and women-powered talent. This April, and always, consider supporting your local, woman-owned businesses — we’ve shared a few of our SF favorites to get you started below. 

1. Harlow & Grey

Powerhouse cousin duo Jeanne Chan and Gloria Wong started one of San Francisco’s most beloved woman-driven businesses back in 2014. Harlow & Grey offers stylish partyware and lifestyle goods, from lunch napkins sets to party garlands. We absolutely love how much their disposable dining sets mimic upscale china — color-coordinated and aesthetic to the max, Harlow & Grey sets out to turn your parties into precious memories. Their Blanc and Soirée collections meld seamlessly with the polished marble and brass finishes we have at The Harrison, but we also love their Secret Garden collection’s floral details. Order online or find them stocked at Picnic on Polk Street.

2. Monastery

Athena Hewitt’s Monastery is inspired by the power of aromatherapy and natural skincare products from the Greek Cyclades. Incorporating her grandmother’s holistic recipes for purifying and healing skin, Hewitt spent years studying and practicing skincare before opening her own studio right here in San Francisco.  This tightly curated collection of cream serums, gels, moisturizers, and face and body oils is made in small batches at Monastery’s studio. 

Image: Monastery 

3. Three Babes Bakeshop

Started by Lenore Estrada and Anna Derivi-Castellanos, Three Babes Bakeshop was born from their love for pie and fresh produce. Stationed at Cuesa’s Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, the shop sells delectable pies and cookies. Stop by at the Ferry Plaza!

4. Bini’s Kitchen

Right here in SoMa is Bini’s Kitchen. Run by owner and chef Binita Pradhan, Bini’s Kitchen brings Nepalese cuisine to San Francisco. After coming to San Francisco Bini really missed native home-cooked food. Bini’s Kitchen brings the home ground spices of Nepalese Soul food from the foothills of Himalayas right to San Francisco — walking distance from The Harrison.

Image: EaterSF

Meet Residence 43A: Two-Bedroom Home with Dramatic Twin Peaks Views

From The Harrison’s remaining available residences comes this two-bedroom, two-bathroom highrise home with sprawling views of Twin Peaks from each room. Complete with diagonal-planked Siberian Oak floors, polished white slab Carrara marble countertops and unlacquered Waterworks brass fixtures, 43A is an elegant retreat to the sky. Set high above the city, yet moments from San Francisco’s most sought-after restaurants, shops and local attractions, 43A enjoys the best of luxury living, marked by five-star amenities, 24/7 concierge service and inimitable details selected by renowned designer Ken Fulk.

Entering through the light-filled entryway, one is drawn to the state-of-the-art kitchen, complemented with Studio Becker Ash Molina cabinetry, polished Carrara marble counters and Bertazzoni and Subzero appliances. Immediately neighboring the kitchen are the dining area and living room, ideal for both relaxation and entertaining, framed by unobstructed Twin Peaks views through floor-to-ceiling windows.

Both bedrooms also enjoy sweeping vistas of Twin Peaks, including the main suite which features a spa-like bath with porcelain Herringbone floors, custom unlacquered Waterworks brass fixtures, casted-glass wall sconces and beautiful Carrara marble countertops. There’s no better place to recline and rejuve than from residence 43A.

Learn more about The Harrison’s residences, explore the neighborhood or inquire about this particular floor plan.

In With the New: What to Add to Your Routine this Spring

All the telltale signs of spring are upon us: longer-lasting daylight hours, budding blooms and gentler climates. And what better way to embrace the new season than by refreshing your routine? Below, find a list of ways to adjust to the changing weather and improve overall wellness. 

Rise with the sun

While some of us may have already tried hacking our sleep schedules by setting earlier alarms many times before, the perfect time to introduce an earlier wake-up time is actually to follow the transition from winter to spring. The spring equinox, on March 20th this year, marks the first day that daylight hours begin to surpass the nighttime hours. So as the sun rises earlier with each coming day of spring, take this time to take a cue from nature and reconfigure your sleep schedule — starting off your day with a bit of sunlight and serenity will be well worth the boost in serotonin.

Add variety to your caffeine options

We get it — we’re not crazy about when that one friend bugs us to replace our beloved morning coffee with tea, especially when we live in a city with some of the best pick-me-up brews. Instead of quitting coffee altogether, we’d suggest diversifying your options — maybe switch to matcha teas and maca blends just for the weekends. This way, you can conveniently discover new ways to energize yourself without divorcing yourself completely from your staple morning coffee.

Opt for lighter moisture

All skincare routines can be adapted according to seasonal change. Here in San Francisco, this period marks a time after the biting temperatures and blasting heaters of winter. So for this season, you won’t want too heavy of a moisturizer to weigh down your skin as you enjoy the change in the air. 

Spend more hours outside

The combination of increased daylight and hospitable weather will already have you itching to put work down and take more strolls outside. After spending a whole winter cooped up at home among blankets and central heating, this will be the time to enjoy a daily fresh breath of air, as well as relieve some stress in the outdoors.

Meet Residence 41C: 3-Bedroom Set to Bay Bridge & Marina Views

From The Harrison’s remaining available residences comes 41C, a stunning three-bedroom home framed by picturesque Bay Bridge and marina views. Set high above the city, yet moments from San Francisco’s most sought-after restaurants, shops and local attractions, this residence brings to fruition a deluxe lifestyle marked by five-star amenities, 24/7 concierge service and inimitable details selected by renowned designer Ken Fulk.

The bright, airy floor plan commences in the expansive foyer, ideal for the avid art collector, where two of the home’s bedrooms lie to the left—one of which boasts an en suite bath and walk-in closet. Framed by floor-to-ceiling windows, each retreat revels in stunning Bay Bridge views and a wealth of natural light. The foyer flows onward into the home’s state-of-the-art kitchen, living room and dining room. Embraced by glass, this expansive and open space captivates from sunrise to sundown with far-reaching views of the Bay Bridge and marina just beyond. Here, one can also access the home’s balcony, which serves as the ideal spot to unwind and revel in unobstructed vistas.

Past the kitchen is the home’s master suite, featuring a deluxe bathroom with porcelain Herringbone floors, custom unlacquered Waterworks brass fixtures, casted-glass wall sconces and beautiful Carrara marble countertops. Sophisticated in setting yet casual in layout, this residence presents a unique opportunity to escape the hustle of urban living and dwell both comfortably and beautifully. Learn more about The Harrison’s residences, explore the neighborhood or inquire about this particular floor plan.

3 Local Spots in SF to Celebrate Spring

Milder weather and reopenings await us in the springtime. Luckily for residents of The Harrison, season festivities and blooming natural escapes are never too far in our local Bay Area. Here are just a few of the many options you have to enjoy the new season this year.

Reserve Your Opening-Day Sail Early

Ring in the start of boating season on April 25th, this year’s annual historic boat parade on the Bay. While you can view the maritime show of both vintage and contemporary boats from the shore, now is the time to reserve a spot aboard the Schooner Freda B if you’d like to celebrate on the water! This event sells out every year, with the coveted sunset sail already sold out. Indulge in both local history and a breath of fresh ocean air this spring by planning ahead. Tickets are $255.

Start a New Spring Tradition and Visit the Rhododendron Dell

This enclave of Golden Gate park is a memorial dedicated to the former park superintendent, and is lush with his favorite flower of rhododendrons. This month of March is when the blooms run in delicate pinks and deep reds. A unique labor of love, this garden is one of the most romantic spots in the city to observe the beauty of spring.

Camp in Wine Country

Itching to get out of the city to see the tidings of springtime? Campgrounds and most trails have reopened at Bothe Napa Valley State Park, so now is a great time to escape among redwoods and vineyards. With more than 10 miles of hiking trails at your disposal, there’s no shortage of opportunities to immerse yourself in nature. Take this opportunity to welcome the new season with a bottle of Napa wine and an adventure in tree groves.

Meet Residence 43B: Two-Bedroom Urban Retreat Set to City Vistas

From The Harrison’s remaining available residences comes this stunning two-bedroom plus den floor plan with an expansive open layout and sweeping city and Twin Peaks vistas framed by floor-to-ceiling windows. This residence captivates with supreme interior design finishes, inclusive of diagonal-planked Siberian Oak floors, polished white slab Carrara marble countertops and unlacquered Waterworks brass fixtures. Set high above the city, yet moments from San Francisco’s most sought-after restaurants, shops and local attractions, this residence realizes a lavish urban lifestyle marked by five-star amenities, 24/7 concierge services and inimitable details selected by renowned designer Ken Fulk.

Upon entering the foyer’s grand hallway, ideal for displaying an extensive art collection, one is drawn into the kitchen—complete with Studio Becker Ash Molina cabinetry, polished Carrara marble counters and Bertazzoni and Subzero appliances—and the adjacent dining and living rooms. Embraced by floor-to-ceiling windows, this integrated living and dining space welcome an abundance of natural light and offer unobstructed views of the San Francisco skyline and Twin Peaks.

From the dining area, one can access the home’s balcony, which serves as the ideal spot to unwind and revel in city views while high above the bustle below. Additionally, one of the home’s bedrooms resides just off the living and dining room, boasting far-reaching views of Twin Peaks. To the right of the entry hallway, the master suite presents a deluxe yet cozy haven replete with high-end decorative finishes and a spa-like bath and expansive San Francisco views. To the left of the entry hallway is the generous den space. Here, one can escape the city bustle below and dwell comfortably and luxuriously.

Learn more about The Harrison’s residences, explore the neighborhood or inquire about this particular floor plan.

6 Wellness Practices to Watch in 2021

Wellness is something that’s been on all our minds lately. In an ever-changing world that continues to throw new curveballs, society has pushed back with a mission to prioritize health in every sense of the word. Here are some of the physical, mental, and spiritual wellness trends we’ve got our eyes on for 2021.

Digital Cleanse

So-called “digital detoxes” have been en vogue even since before the pandemic. But since the stay-at-home lifestyle came about, sometimes our only portal to the world feels like the digital one. Now more than ever, it’s so important to manage digital input. While the affordances of social media have the ability to connect us to each other, digital input can quickly become overwhelming, isolating, and exhausting. In their Almost 30 podcast, wellness experts Krista Williams and Lindsey Simcik advocate for consciously setting boundaries: “A digital detox can be devoting a week, weekend, or even just a day to living without your phone, social media, and TV.” Taking the time to put your devices away, setting screen time limits, or temporarily deleting certain apps can go a long way in reconnecting with the present moment.

Augmented Tech Use

While digital cleanses are a straightforward way to provide tech-life balance, augmented tech use is a newer trend that addresses our needs to still interface with our electronics in a more mindful way. To combat fatigue and burnout, but still keep the practicality of staying plugged in, we look to the trend of using software extensions and accessories to improve our user experiences. This can be as simple as buying blue-light glasses to preserve vision and optical health, using adjustable or standing desks to improve our posture, and switching to ergonomic home office chairs. In terms of browser extensions we’ve been looking out for, apps like Oasis and Fresh Air offer guided wellness reminders every time you open a new tab.

Intuitive Eating

Dieting trends rise and fall away like the seasons. In 2021, a practice that we see outlasting temporary fads and trends is the practice of intuitive eating. Rather than quick fixes or monolithic ingredient binges, intuitive eating is a gentle approach to nutrition — it’s a patient and attentive process of listening to your body and understanding its unique needs. In an interview with Kitchn, certified dietician and eating counselor Christy Harrison explains, “I always say that intuitive eating is the default mode, the way we’re born knowing how to eat, before diet culture and its fatphobic and food-phobic beliefs take hold and mess up our relationships with food and our bodies.” Rather than a ‘miracle’ trend, intuitive eating is meant to be a natural state of honoring your hunger, forgoing calorie-counting for a healthy means of fullness.

Health Starts at Home

While self-care routines have been in the spotlight for the past couple of years, we’ve kept an eye on the growing popularity of “home-care.” The environmental equivalent to self-care, curating physically and spiritually comfortable living spaces has skyrocketed in importance after being under shelter-in-place orders. While residents of The Harrison already have aesthetics nailed down with posh interiors and luxury finishes, a way to take home health further is to invest in embellishments that meet spiritual needs. Decking out relaxation spaces with plantlife to clear the air, warm aromas from candles, cool scents from diffusers, and healing crystals are all popular ways to lean into home health. Ambient lighting setups also sets the mood of home health as well. 

Proactive and Preventative: Herbalism

Western medicine as we know it tends to be treatment-oriented and finding curative drugs after the health issue surfaces. Lately, with health and safety on the mind, folks are looking more towards Eastern medicinal approaches of preventative treatments and overall immunity-boosting herbalism. Eastern medicine is very holistic — rather than focusing on treating illness pharmaceutical drugs, preventative practice builds immunity by emphasizing stretching and exercise, sleep and rest, and body-fortifying supplements like  ginseng, turmeric and spirulina.

Wellness Travel

Looking towards the latter half of 2021 and beyond, once people are able to safely trot the globe once again, we foresee an uptick in wellness-focused travel. Travelers will be seeking more retreat-oriented trips to trek in natural splendor, meditate in gorgeous locations and soak in world-famous hot springs. While the word “travel” may evoke international sentiments, many will grasp opportunities for wellness tourism in their own locales. For residents of The Harrison, getting ahead of this trend is as simple as taking advantage of the building’s five-star amenities at your fingertips and venturing into the countless nature-steeped locales of the Bay Area.

Meet Penthouse 44C: Sky High Home With San Francisco Marina & Twin Peaks Views

From The Harrison’s acclaimed Signature Collection comes this corner penthouse, our only residence that boasts a 315 sq ft of terrace space. Set to unrivaled vistas of the marina, Oracle Park and Twin Peaks and inundated with natural light via floor-to-ceiling windows, the open floor plan flows amongst the top-of-the-line kitchen—with Bertazzoni and Subzero appliances, custom Studio Becker cabinetry and Carrara marble counters—dining area, living room, den and into the master retreat, all embraced by wraparound views. Set at the apex of Rincon Hill, yet moments from San Francisco’s most sought-after restaurants, shops and local attractions, this penthouse realizes an idyllic life marked by five-star amenities, 24/7 concierge service and inimitable details selected by renowned designer Ken Fulk.

Upon entering the foyer, one is instantly embraced by an ambiance of comfort. The full-corner floor plan boasts a palpable sense of fluidity throughout, urging one forth through the entry hallway into the kitchen, where a soothing neutral aesthetic—by way of Studio Becker Ash Molina cabinetry and polished white slab Carrara marble—complements an inrush of natural light.

Onward, the dining room, den, living room and adjacent balcony are lined with floor-to-ceiling windows that unveil vistas of the marina and Twin Peaks just beyond. Here, an open-concept layout permits flexible living that is enlivened by sunlit, far-reaching views; a space where both relaxation and entertaining are made simple.

The luxe master suite is inundated with natural light from sunrise to sunset and basks in extensive marina views. The quintessence of a retreat perched high within the sky, the master bath features stunning porcelain Herringbone floors, unlacquered Waterworks brass fixtures and beautiful Carrara marble countertops and subway tiles, bringing to life one’s serene, spa-like reveries right at home.

To the right of the foyer lies an additional bedroom, enjoying Twin Peaks views, as well as a spacious alcove, which one may transpose into an office, home gym, or any type of living space he or she may desire. The embodiment of luxury living, mollified by the warmth of San Francisco’s most coveted views, this penthouse from The Harrison’s Signature Collection presents a unique opportunity to adopt a lavish urban lifestyle within SoMa’s landmark residential high-rise.

Learn more about The Harrison’s Signature Collection, explore the neighborhood or inquire about this residence.

Local Events To Check Out During Black History Month

February is a month dedicated to honoring the historical legacy of Black Americans and the African Diaspora. It’s a time to not only celebrate past achievements, but also to look inward in confronting inequalities and to look forward towards a greater future. The Bay Area has long been a hub of rich diasporic culture, and there are countless ways to engage with our community’s events, from digital museum exhibits to drive-in film screenings. 

Virtual Events

The Joyful Noise Gospel Singers Sundays

“Songs, Poems, and Stories of Black History” takes place at 4pm every Sunday this month. The upcoming February 21st presentation will be “Jim Crow, Work Songs, and the Blues,” with profiles on Fannie Lou Hamer and Bessie Smith. The final installation on February 28th features “The Civil Rights Movement: Freedom Songs,” with profiles of Bernice Johnson Reagon and Harry Belafonte. View here.

Food for the Soul: Screening of Aretha Franklin’s ‘Amazing Grace’

The Marin County Free Library is partnering with the County of Marin African American Employees Association to present an online screening of Aretha Franklin’s concert film, documenting her return to her gospel roots. The virtual event will take place on February 19th at 7pm.

African Roots and Rhythms with Unique Derique

Register to learn the art of Hambone body percussion from The Bay Area’s very own Unique Derique. There will also be a discussion of Hambone’s evolution in America through a presentation and performance suitable for all ages. The free event will take place on February 20th at 3pm. Register beforehand here.

The History of African Americans in Santa Clara County

Celebrated author and beloved local Jan Batiste Adkins will be hosting a program with the Los Altos History Museum to commemorate contributions by black visionaries in the Bay Area from 1777 to the present day. Told through photographs and stories of African-American pioneers of the region, Adkins will also offer research from her book, “African Americans of San Jose and Santa Clara County.” Taking place on February 24th at 5pm, the event may be accessed here.

Richmond Art Center Presents: Art of the African Diaspora

Richmond Art Center is hosting an online group exhibition now through May 16th, wherein artists will present virtual open studios, discussions and other events. The program includes “At This Very Moment: A Richmond Art Center Community Photo Project,” an exhibit of photographs by Richmond community members curated by Dawline-Jane Oni-Eseleh.

In-Person Events

KQED Presents: A Love Supreme, Black History Month Drive-In at Fort Mason

Mark your calendars for February 23rd, because KQED is hosting a drive-in movie night from 8-10pm. The program will feature shorts by local Black artists and a screening of WHEN THE WATERS GET DEEP, a film that revolves around the Oakland band, SOL Development. More details here.

Tomika Iyalla the Nigerian Queen Presents: Afro Groove

Immerse yourself into the culture of African dance with this in-person event. This is a unique opportunity to learn afro dance movement from areas ranging from Nigeria to South Africa. Taking place in an outdoor, distanced class setting, prepare to let loose and have fun! With masks and COVID safety measures in place, stop by on February 27th at 1pm. Details here.

Photo courtesy of the Richmond Art Center/Val Kai.
“The 2nd Line” by Val Kai is part of “Art of the African Diaspora” exhibition at the Richmond Art Center.

5 Local Spots to Shop for Your Sweetheart

From grand, romantic vistas of the Golden Gate to dazzling city lights illuminating the skyline, there’s no doubt that San Francisco lends itself to love — and love is certainly in the air this weekend. While Valentine’s Day may look a little different this year, we’ve got you covered in the gift department. Below, find five shops sure to offer the perfect surprise for your sweetheart.

Start browsing gifts at Anthem

This boutique procures a range of fine home goods, lighting, furnishings and gifts. Their website has a Valentine’s Day Gift Idea collection, and their store in Pacific Heights is open for pickup and delivery, so there’s no need to worry about shipping delays. 

Trusted jewelers at Shreve & Co.

Jewelry and timepieces are timeless gifts for your significant other, regardless of gender. A local family jeweler since 1852, Shreve & Co. in Union Square hosts many high-end designer collections, as well as rare estate collections. 

Pick up flowers from Fillmore Florist San Francisco

Even in the wake of monolithic flower delivery companies on the internet, nothing parallels working with a beloved city florist to craft gorgeous bouquets for your loved ones. 

Sweets for your love at Le Dix-Sept Pâtisserie

Botanically-inspired, Le Dix-Sept Pâtisserie is legendary for incorporating floral colors and flavors into their creations. Their Valentine specials include brioche “love” knots dusted with raspberry and rose, mixed confection boxes, and even flower arrangements.

Pick up omakase at Ju-Ni for a delicious Japanese dinner

Conclude V-Day preparations with an omakase meal set from one of San Francisco’s top sushi destinations. Offered at $235 for two, the set includes 16 pieces of nigiri, a hand roll kit, custom wooden chopsticks and house-aged shoyu. Extras include a wine and sake pairing for $70 and a Basque cheesecake.

Meet Penthouse 46A: Lavish Living Amidst Sky-High Views

From The Harrison’s remaining residences comes this stunning two-bedroom penthouse poised high above the city. This sky-high penthouse boasts unrivaled style set to unmatched views of the city below and Twin Peaks just beyond. Set moments from San Francisco’s most sought-after restaurants, shops and local attractions, this residence realizes a luxurious urban lifestyle marked by five-star amenities, 24/7 concierge services and inimitable details selected by renowned designer Ken Fulk.

The home opens to a state-of-the-art kitchen and flows onward to an adjacent living space and expansive open floor dining and living areas. From the living room, one can access an expansive balcony, which serves as an idyllic setting to unwind and revel in the far-reaching views that captivate below.

Onward from the dining and living areas are two bedrooms, including the luxe master suite that is inundated with natural light and revels in extensive city views. Here, the master bathreplete with porcelain Herringbone floors, unlacquered Waterworks brass fixture and beautiful Carrara marble countertops and subway tiles—creates the ultimate spa right at home. 

This residence realizes the ultimate in penthouse living, presenting a glamorous and stunning residence set within SoMa’s landmark residential high-rise. And, above all, the owner will have access to The Harrison’s robust array of amenities, from Uncle Harry’s, our penthouse resident lounge, to the Pantry, Grand Salon, fitness center and more for a peerless take on luxe urban living.

The Harrison’s Lunar New Year Guide: The Year of the Ox

One of the most profound parts of the San Francisco experience is the rich multicultural texture that makes up the fabric of the city. On the other side of the world from Asia, our city hosts one of the largest and oldest Lunar New Year celebrations in the world. No matter if you’re of Asian heritage or a San Francisco local that has had the pleasure of partaking in the culture, there’s plenty of good fortune this holiday season to be shared, even during the pandemic. From virtual events to prime takeout advice, here is The Harrison’s curated guide to this year’s celebration.

The Year of the Ox is said to follow a cultural tone of stability and nourishment — a nice reprieve from the tumultuous Year of the Rat we had in 2020. 

Digital Events

Virtual 2021 Chinese New Year Parade

San Francisco’s Chinatown on Thursday, February 11, is a self-guided walking tour of San Francisco’s Chinatown based on the book of the same title by award-winning author and photographer Dick Evans and celebrated journalist Kathy Chin Leong. Both a visual and literary journey into the “mélange of American and Chinese culture,” this is an immersive look at a beloved locale.

Lunar New Year Poetry and Calligraphy 

From the Asian Art Museum, the program Lunar New Year Poetry and Calligraphy will feature thematic works in both English and Mandarin from poets Michael Warr, Chun Yu, and calligrapher Aiqin Zhou on February 4th at 7:00pm. 

Chinese New Year Virtual Celebration

San Francisco Symphony’s Chinese New Year Virtual Celebration is a virtual concert hosted by Joan Chen, and featuring SF Symphony musicians, conductor Ming Luke, yangqin player Wenying Wu, erhu player Tao Shi, and other special guests. Tune in at 4:00pm on Feb. 20 and 27 on NBC Bay Area,  3:30 p.m. on Feb. 21 and Feb. 27 on KTSF 26.

Public Displays

The Year of the Ox on Parade

While San Francisco’s iconic annual Chinese New Year Festival and Parade are canceled due to the pandemic this year, The Chinese Chamber of Commerce of San Francisco is debuting a wonderful alternative: The Year of the Ox on Parade, a commission of 11 life-size ox sculptures that have been placed around the city. From now until March 14, prepare to embark on a sort of scavenger hunt to see all the oxen and scan their QR codes to learn more about each piece before they are auctioned off for charity.

Auspicious Eats

Eight Tables

Eight Tables by George Chen is offering a 5-course Chinese New Year meal for two, which may be pre-ordered online. Delight in rice-stuffed chicken wings, rose petal buns, and steamed ginger black cod among other delicacies.

Far East Cafe

Far East Cafe, one of the oldest banquet establishments in the city, is serving a Hong Kong specialty: poon choi, also known as a ‘treasure pot.’ Pre-order before 5 p.m. by calling 415-269-3960.

Image: Eight Tables Set Meal

48B, The Harrison’s Crown Jewel and Last Remaining Half Floor Penthouse, Now Offered at $7,800,000

Now available for sale at The Harrison is the highest and last remaining half floor penthouse, making this your last chance to dwell high aloft the city in SoMa’s landmark residential high-rise. Offered at $7.8 million, this Signature Collection penthouse on the 48th floor soars 500 feet above the heart of Rincon Hill and boasts a spacious 3-bedroom floor plan amongst 3,214 square feet of living space.

Breathtaking Views

Through the foyer, one is immediately captivated by far-reaching Bay Bridge views beyond a 100’ linear expanse of floor-to-ceiling windows. Here, the dining room, living room and gourmet kitchen—complete with Studio Becker Ash Molina cabinetry, polished Carrara marble counters and Bertazzoni and Subzero appliances—share a fluid floor plan, allowing for seamless living and entertaining. From sunrise to sundown, this integrated space revels in SoMa’s most coveted vistas.

High End Details

Two bedrooms reside on the west side of the penthouse, each featuring high-end decorative finishes and both city and Bay Bridge views, respectively. On the home’s east side is the master suite, which is host to its own secluded den and balcony, a lavish spa-like bath, extensive closet space and, above all, both Bay Bridge and marina views. This last remaining half floor penthouse presents a rare opportunity to escape the hustle of urban living and dwell both comfortably and beautifully.

Set high above the city, yet moments from San Francisco’s most sought-after restaurants, shops and local attractions, this penthouse brings to fruition a deluxe lifestyle marked by five-star amenities and inimitable details selected by renowned designer Ken Fulk. Penthouse 48B enjoys coveted proximity to Uncle Harry’s—a private penthouse lounge with a luxe dining room, speakeasy and catering kitchen—and the robust luxuries that The Harrison offers, including the Grand Salon lobby, fully-stocked café-style Pantry, fitness center, swimming pool, hot tub and a 24/7 concierge service.

Learn more about The Harrison’s Signature Collection or schedule a private tour of this incredible penthouse residence by calling 415.721.7788 or inquiring here.

4 Local Eateries Offering The Best Stay-Home Takeout

Over years and years of growth and migration, San Francisco has curated a diverse and robust palette of the best restaurants in the region. Whether ordering takeaway or dining out, discovering new — and unforgettable — restaurants is a quintessential part of the urban experience. Here are a few outstanding eateries that are right within reach of The Harrison. 

1. Sunset Squares

Close to home right in the neighborhood of SoMA is Sunset Squares, a family-run operation that serves fresh pizza with unorthodox toppings. With a foundational crust made from a 3-day, cold-fermented sourdough process, these square pizzas offer toppings that range from Asian-style mapo tofu to classic artisan pepperoni. Check out their website to choose between their preorder exclusive menu, daily pickup menu, and Doordash delivery options.

2. Acquerello

Not too far from The Harrison is Nob Hill’s favored destination for high-end Italian cuisine: Acquerello. Now open for takeout Wednesday through Saturday from 4:00-6:00pm, this restaurant has a vast fine dining menu for when you don’t want to just settle for fast-casual fare. They’ve actually partnered with The Caviar Co. to offer a flight of three Acquerello private label caviars, along with a four-course prix fixe menu, prepared fresh and meant to be heated up and enjoyed that day, a curated cheese selection, and a dessert trio. Just order online, then pick it up when it’s ready.

3. Deli Board

Sometimes, when hunger creeps up on us, we want something quick and delicious. That’s where SoMa’s very own Deli Board comes in. This lunch spot doesn’t take phone orders — all orders are taken at the front door of the deli. When you’re looking for something truly filling and satisfying, try a loaded sando on a classic French roll or a garlic Dutch crunch.

4. Zazie

Reopening in early February, Zazie’s free local delivery option marks them as the perfect brunch provider within five miles. From 9am to 1pm, Pierre Noir eggs benedict or gingerbread pancakes right at home. We also love their “Build Your Own Mimosa Kit” to fully indulge in the brunch experience. 

Meet Residence 21E: Ken Fulk-Furnished Two-Bedroom with Balcony Set to Bay Bridge & Marina Views

From The Harrison comes the very first opportunity to own a two-bedroom home fully furnished by world-renowned interior designer Ken Fulk. Replete with jaw-dropping decor and dazzling, modern style that could only be achieved by Ken Fulk himself, this impossibly chic city escape is complete with a balcony and floor-to-ceiling windows framing far-reaching marina and bay views. With diagonal-planked Siberian Oak floors, polished white slab Carrara marble countertops and unlacquered Waterworks brass fixtures, Residence 21E is the ultimate combination of upscale interiors and sweeping marina views. Set high above the city, yet moments from San Francisco’s most sought-after restaurants, shops and local attractions, this home brings to fruition an idyllic life marked by five-star amenities, 24/7 concierge service and inimitable details selected by award-winning designer Ken Fulk.

Flowing into the home through the entry foyer, one is immediately drawn to the sun-drenched living room, dining room and a bedroom leading to the balcony. The state-of-the-art kitchen is an epicure’s dream, complete with custom Studio Becker Ash Molina cabinetry, polished Carrara marble counters and Bertazzoni and Subzero appliances. Set to stunning Bay Bridge and marina views by virtue of floor-to-ceiling windows, this extensive space is ideal for both prime relaxation or entertaining.

Onward from the kitchen, the home’s main suite captivates with far-reaching marina vistas. Offering plenty of closet space and an ensuite bath — where porcelain Herringbone floors, unlacquered Waterworks brass fixtures and beautiful Carrara marble countertops and subway tiles create the ultimate spa right at home — the main suite is the ultimate getaway.

Learn more about The Harrison’s residences, explore the neighborhood or schedule a private tour of Residence 21E by calling 415.721.7788 or inquiring here.

3 Outdoor Spaces for a Quiet Escape in San Francisco

While San Francisco is known for its buzzing, vibrant energy and plethora of exciting things to do and places to see, the city is also home to several serene, natural escapes perfect for finding quiet when needed. And setting aside time to reconnect with the outdoors? Sometimes, that can make all the difference. Below, find a few closeby spots to reground and recenter. 

1. Tank Hill Park

Not many people know about the hidden treasure Tank Hill, which is tucked away near Twin Peaks. The hilltop may be accessed via either a stairway on Twin Peaks Boulevard at Crown Terrace or a longer path at the end of Belgrave Avenue. The area has rock outcroppings perfect for enjoying breathtaking city views.

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2. Lafayette Park

If you’re seeking out some in-city greenery, head to Pacific Heights’ crown jewel of Lafayette Park. With numerous paths and open spaces, you can comfortably enjoy outdoor recreation without the crowds. Gorgeously landscaped, Lafayette Park is perfect for strolls and picnics alike.

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3. Sutro Heights Park

Perched above Cliff House at the western edge of San Francisco is Sutro Heights. A historic park, Sutro Heights is a delightful enclave for strolls through garden ruins and gazing at the Seal Rocks and the Pacific Ocean beyond. Typically not too busy, this park is the one to visit if you want to pair a bit of a rustic walking adventure with your dose of the outdoors.

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Residence 39D: Unobstructed Views of the Bay Bridge from Every Room

From The Harrison’s remaining available residences comes this north-facing two-bedroom boasting stunning views of the Bay Bridge from every room and an abundance of natural light.  Throughout its 1,297 square-foot layout, 39D is replete with high-end finishes of diagonal-planked Siberian Oak floors, polished white slab Carrara marble countertops and unlacquered Waterworks brass fixtures. Set high above the city, yet moments from San Francisco’s most sought-after restaurants, shops and local attractions, this residence realizes an idyllic life marked by five-star amenities, 24/7 concierge service and inimitable details selected by renowned designer Ken Fulk.

Upon entry through the gorgeous foyer, breathtaking vistas of the bay draw one into the expansive, open-concept dining and living room. From here, one can access the lavish primary bedroom and adjoining spa-like bath, where exquisite design and ample space offers the utmost in comfort. Complete with a state-of-the-art kitchen featuring Studio Becker cabinetry and premium appliances, there’s no shortage of luxury in this sky-high escape. 

This stunning retreat combines an unrivaled interior with a culturally vibrant SoMa locale, set just a stone’s throw away from the city’s best dining, sightseeing and entertainment. Available for $2,825,000, residence 39D sweeps the busy San Francisco city-dweller to the sky for an idyllic yet modern lifestyle — all complemented by coveted amenities including personalized concierge services. 

No Bars Open? No Problem: 6 DIY Cocktails Inspired by Local Mixologists

Moments of celebration look a little different this year. From virtual happy hours to in-kitchen fiestas, we’ve all spiced up our creativity with cocktails a bit lately. Although evenings after work look a little different for everyone this year, the persisting tradition of sharing spirits allows us to slow down and savor the moment. Luckily, bright, state-of-the-art kitchens here at The Harrison offer an ideal setting to try out some inventive mixology or perfect your favorite drinks with variations inspired by your city’s best bartenders.

Re-live pre-pandemic bar classics with Thad Vogler’s Cuban-style cocktails

Award-winning mixologist Thad Vogler is one of the city’s best-known barkeepers. Vogler was named one of Forbes Magazine’s most interesting people back in 2011, and has been recognized as an authority on craft spirits in the world of food and drink. Unfortunately, 3 out of 4 of his restaurants have had to close amidst the pandemic, but you can still enjoy star-quality drinks from your own home with signature sips from his award-winning bars. Settle into vacation mode with Vogler’s mojito variation developed for the Obispo — Cuban-style and steeped with mint. Another Cuban classic is Bar Agricole’s El Presidente Cocktail, accented by the refreshing citrus of curaçao. Alternatively, try out Vogler’s Agricole Mule, a variation of a Gin-Gin Mule that takes advantage of agricole rum’s gin-like, aromatic sugarcane-composition.

1. Thad Vogler’s Mojito
2. El Presidente Cocktail
3. Agricole Mule

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Comfort cocktails from San Francisco’s no-frills favorite Mary Palac

San Jose’s favored Paper Plane bar is temporarily closed under pandemic restrictions, but their well-loved mixtress Mary Palac has shared a few of her top drinks that can be made at home.  Named a Top 4 American Bartender of the Year by Tales of the Cocktail Foundation, Palac refers to her style as low-maintenance, but hard-hitting. If you’re looking for one of her best-sellers, her play on Irish Coffee with its own kick – Chai-Rish Coffee – is the one to try. Alternatively, perfect the balance of delicate aromas and robust flavors with Palac’s Gunmetal Fix, which is gorgeous with its violet liqueur. 

4. Chai-Rish Coffee
5. Gunmetal Fix

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Want to stick with the classics? Take Caitlin Laman’s advice to perfect your drink

While nationally-recognized mixologist Caitlin Laman is currently based in Chicago, her most meticulous variation was developed when she worked at Trick Dog in San Francisco. Laman’s Manhattan is so simple, but is full-flavored and doesn’t skimp out on bitters.

6. Caitlin Laman’s Manhattan

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Meet Signature Collection Residence 42D: Three-Bedroom Home With Two Balconies

From The Harrison’s Signature Collection comes Residence 42D, a stunning three-bedroom plus den, three-bathroom corner home featuring two balconies set to expansive views of the marina and Twin Peaks beyond. Set at the top of Rincon Hill yet moments from San Francisco’s most sought-after restaurants, shops and local attractions, this residence realizes an idyllic life marked by five-star amenities, 24/7 concierge service and inimitable details selected by renowned designer Ken Fulk.

The full-corner floor plan features an open-concept layout that flows from the foyer into the den, state-of-the-art kitchen—complete with Studio Becker Ash Molina cabinetry and polished white slab Carrara marble—and adjoining living and dining spaces. Here, floor-to-ceiling windows and an expansive balcony reveal stunning views of the marina and Twin Peaks.

Onward are three bedrooms, including the luxe master suite that is inundated with natural light from sunrise to sunset and features extensive Twin Peaks views from. A true sanctuary in the sky, the master bath is host to stunning porcelain Herringbone floors, unlacquered Waterworks brass fixtures and beautiful Carrara marble countertops and subway tiles, bringing to life one’s spa-like reveries right at home.

The embodiment of luxury living, this residence presents a unique opportunity to adopt a lavish urban lifestyle within SoMa’s landmark residential high-rise.

Learn more about The Harrison’s Signature Collection, explore the neighborhood or inquire about this residence.

No Tree? No Problem: 5 Easy Ways to Bring the Holidays Home

Holiday festivities look a bit different for all of us this year, with many of us planning to celebrate from home. And, while we might be skipping staples such as grand parties and neighborhood caroling, there’s still plenty to enjoy this winter. Below, find a few prevailing traditions that cater to anyone seeking a bit of warmth, light and life during this holiday season.

1. Bring Nature Indoors 

Adding the sweet smell of pine cones into your home is a great way to welcome the holiday spirit. Go simple by setting  a bowl of pine cones on your favorite coffee table, or spice it up by creating an intricate dining table centerpiece of pine cones and candles.

2. Get Creative with Your Greenery

While artificial  trees can be both convenient and gorgeous, there’s nothing quite like welcoming the real deal  into your home to bring cheer during chilly season. And why not go beyond the classic evergreen? Try potting some poinsettias in your home. The indoors is also the perfect setting for substitute trees like succulent Christmas trees that you can order off Etsy or create yourself. Alternatively, you can go even simpler and turn your existing house plants into festive yuletide decor by weaving some string lights around your standing fig trees. 

3. Deck the Walls

If you’re more into minimalism, sprucing up your space is as simple as hanging some mistletoe. However, if you want to bring in some yuletide tradition, creating a deconstructed Christmas tree out of a rope ladder and ornaments lingering around your inventory can be both gorgeous and creatively stimulating.

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4. Decorate with Branches Galore

For most people, styling a live pine tree in your home takes a lot of commitment and a lot of maintenance. Yet, both for those who celebrate Christmas and those who observe different winter holidays, adding a splash of classic evergreen can liven up the home in a brisk winter. And the simplest method for doing just that? Light a pine-scented candle or fashion pine tree branches in clear vases by your windowsill.

5. Opt for Seasonal Fabrics

The magic is in the materials — and sticking to seasonal fabrics always works. When it comes to upholstery, wool tartans, soft velvets, faux furs, and lightweight cashmeres are great choices to set the holiday mood indoors.

The Harrison Gift Guide: 6 Local Shops to Fulfill all of Your Holiday Needs

We’ve reached the season of gifting and gratitude — opportunities to show appreciation and joy, no matter if we’re together or apart. While gifting is an extraordinary quest for some and an anxious affair for others, a prevailing principle for finding the perfect present is to seek something that sparks joy — whether it be more practical or more extravagant. Luckily, for those of us avoiding shipping slowdowns and hoping to support local during this holiday season, San Francisco offers an array of creative, independently-curated boutiques to fulfill your giving spirit. Here are six nearby shops that keep it local, yet span a wide variety of gifting desires.

1. General Store

Peruse an eclectic inventory of home goods at this charming California-minded emporium. This local store situated in Outer Sunset carries all unconventionally beloved goods from vintage coffee table books to handcrafted jewelry. For those with a love for artisanal items and clean, rustic aesthetics, General Store is your one-stop shop. 

2. St. Frank

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Located in Presidio Heights is St. Frank — a San Francisco-founded store that carries ethically-sources handmade, vintage, and printed pieces from around the globe. A step into St. Franks is like travelling to a microcosm of markets across the world, with options ranging from alpaca throw blankets woven in Peru to Oaxacan pottery fired in the south of Mexico.

3. b8ta

No Bay Area gift guide would be complete without paying homage to the tech hub that San Francisco has evolved into. While consumer electronics tend to toe the line of the more practical side of gifting, there’s no reason as to why tech can’t be festive and fun — which is why SF is lucky to have two b8ta locations in Hayes Valley and Mission Bay. A gifting haven for tech-lovers, b8ta stocks the most innovative electronics, from typewriter-inspired bluetooth keyboards to AI voice translators that fit into your pocket.

4. Le Dix-Sept

Perfect for more casual acquaintances, the sweet and edible variety of gifts are the perfect mix of ephemeral and practical. Le Dix-Sept is the Mission District’s tastiest artisan bakery and patisserie. Known for their botanically-inspired pastry art, Le Dix-Sept is also offering a delectable nougat gift box this time of year — soft and chewy confectionery treats with a generous shelf life of a couple of months.

5. Museum of Craft and Design

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Known for their engaging exhibitions and collaborations, the waterfront Museum of Craft and Design also has a store with an inventory practically made for leisure gifting. This contemporary design store offers curbside pickup for their wide variety of unique accessories, home goods, books, gifts and children’s toys. From handcrafted home goods by local artisans to carefully curated art books for children, their collection spans all of your recipients’ needs.

6. The Epicurean Trader

Holiday parties may be out of style in 2020, but spirits remain as classic gifts perfect for any occasion. The Epicurean Trader has several in-person shopping locations open, and has been recognized by several publications as the best store for wine and spirits in the city. Peruse their rare Japanese whisky collection or go for a cocktail kit for the quintessential box-and-bow gift. 

Meet Residence 37B: Two-Bedroom Haven Amongst the Skyline

From The Harrison’s remaining available residences comes this two-bedroom floor plan with an impressively open layout and extensive city and Twin Peaks vistas beyond floor-to-ceiling windows. This residence delights with supreme interior design finishes, inclusive of diagonal-planked Siberian Oak floors, polished white slab Carrara marble countertops and unlacquered Waterworks brass fixtures, all whilst set to unparalleled vistas. Set high above the city, yet moments from San Francisco’s most sought-after restaurants, shops and local attractions, this residence brings to fruition a deluxe lifestyle marked by five-star amenities, 24/7 concierge service and inimitable details selected by renowned designer Ken Fulk.

Two Bedroom Floorplan

Upon entering the foyer’s grand hallway, ideal for the greatest of art collectors, one is drawn into the kitchen—complete with Studio Becker Ash Molina cabinetry, polished Carrara marble counters and Bertazzoni and Subzero appliances—and the adjacent dining and living rooms. Embraced by floor-to-ceiling windows, this integrated living and dining space captivates from sunrise to sundown with unobstructed views of the San Francisco skyline and Twin Peaks

Kitchen

From the dining area, one can—too—access the home’s balcony, which serves as the ideal spot to unwind and revel in city views while high above the bustle below. Additionally, one of the home’s bedrooms resides just off the living and dining room, boasting far-reaching views of Twin Peaks. To the right of the entry hallway, the master suite embodies a truly posh city retreat. Replete with high-end decorative finishes, a lavish spa-like bath and expansive San Francisco views, the master realizes a cozy yet deluxe haven amidst the sky. Here, one can escape the hustle of urban living and dwell both comfortably and beautifully.

Master Bedroom

Learn more about The Harrison’s residences, explore the neighborhood or inquire about this particular floor plan.

5 Home Decor Tips to Embrace the Winter Spirit

Seasonal changes serve as the perfect opportunity to refresh your living space. From more pragmatic ways to adapt to the weather to more festive ideas that match the holiday spirit, here are some tips for bringing a change of scenery into your home this winter at The Harrison.

1. Drape a New Winter Throw

Throws are a classic way to both add a pop of texture to a room and also bundle up from the cold. Warm fibers such as wool and alpaca are perfect for cozying up without drying out your skin from overuse of your central heating system. Try out a faux fur thrown over neutral bedding or a colorful accent draped over our beloved couches curated by renowned designer Ken Fulk. 

2. A Touch of Pine

For most people, styling a live pine tree in your home takes a lot of commitment and a lot of maintenance. Yet, both for those who celebrate Christmas and those who observe different winter holidays, adding a splash of classic evergreen can liven up the home in a brisk winter. And the simplest method for doing just that? Add a bowl of pinecones to your centerpiece, light a pine-scented candle or clip a few pine tree branches to place in clear vases by your windowsill. 

3. Add Texture

Take a page from Ken Fulk’s book and enhance the tactile and visual texture of your space. It never hurts to add a touch of winter-specific elements to the year-round style of your residence’s interior to keep the atmosphere dynamic. Soft sheepskins, deep velvets, cable-knit wools, and luxurious jacquards are all perfect winter-friendly fabrics to lend to your space. Swap out furnishings such as accent pillows, window curtains, and various upholstery for richer textures and deeper colors to up the ambiance of your winter wonderland.

4. Let it Glow

The time of year with the least daylight deserves as much attention to indoor lighting as possible. Invest in a new floor lamp for your favorite reading nook and hang some classic string lights to really light up the corners of your home. For a more rustic atmosphere, consider going cordless with beautiful reflective lanterns or flameless candles to avoid a fire hazard. And lucky for those who live at The Harrison, the twinkling Bay Bridge lights emanate just beyond our floor-to-ceiling windows.

5. Candles that Delight the Senses

Winter candles never fail as a subtle source of warmth and fragrance in your home. While flameless tea light candles are a safe option for gorgeous centerpieces and candle logs, nothing quite compares to a real candle to stir your favorite seasonal aroma around your home.

7 Magical NorCal Spots to See the Fall Foliage

As the landscape turns golden with the changing leaves, there’s no better place to enjoy the thick of autumn than from our beautiful corner of Northern California. Below, we’ve rounded up a few of the best spots to escape to near the Bay Area, ranging from short day trips to longer camping tours.

1. The Japanese Tea Garden at Golden Gate Park

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The beauty of living in San Francisco is that you don’t need to go far to find seasonal beauty. Without stepping a foot outside of the city, enter our local oasis of sweeping ginkgo trees and vine maples among Golden Gate Park’s botanicals. With plenty of walking trails and viewing decks to snap photos from, there’s nothing more photogenic than the splashes of color of the Japanese Tea Garden.

2. Rancho San Antonio Nature Preserve

Less than an hour away in South Bay is the Rancho San Antonio Nature Preserve, home to a stunning array of maples, oaks, and flowering persimmon trees. Open from half an hour before dawn to half an hour after dusk, the preserve has plenty of self-guided tours for taking in the area’s woodland splendor. Stop by the quaint ranch of Deer Hollow Farm on your way to experience a classic animal farm of piglets, sheep, goats, chickens, and cows.

3. Marin County

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Samuel P. Taylor State Park is also just one hour away north of the city, yet the symphony of honeyed leaves against timeless evergreen that awaits you may make it seem like it’s a whole different world. This spot is for those who enjoy a mix of perennial forestry along with a spice of color. Hike or bicycle through Cross Marin Trail along Lagunitas Creek to experience that satisfying crunch of leaves among crisp autumn air.

4. Nevada City

The enchanting crimsons and golds of Nevada City are currently at their peak, according to the California Fall Color Report. Around 2.5 hours away from San Francisco, Nevada City is one of the handfuls of delightfully charming Gold Rush towns. When you pay a visit, there are plenty of routes to take that are already highlighted by the city’s chamber of commerce, including the Victorian California Fall Colors Tour, a popular self-guided tour that weaves captivated travelers through the Maple, Ash, Birch trees that decorate the historic districts of the town. There are plenty of quaint cottages to stay the night at or simply drive through the town on your driving tour of the Grass Valley area. 

4 Must-Have Cookbooks From Local SF Chefs

San Francisco has long been a gastronomical mecca for food-lovers, hosting a little bit of everything from humble local dives to Michelin-starred dining experiences. However, in the new era of social-distancing, we’ve all been testing the waters of kitchen experimentation. But developing a habit of cooking at home doesn’t have to mean sacrificing the best flavors that SF has to offer. So for each and every difficulty level, here are four essential cookbooks from local SF legends that should grace your kitchen counter. 

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1. The Zuni Café Cookbook – Judy Rogers 

Intermediate

Over forty years ago, Zuni Café opened its doors on Market Street and has been one of the Bay’s most beloved bistros ever since. Long helmed by the late Judy Rogers, Zuni is known for its rustic take on local, seasonal dishes. Within the bounds of its earthy covers, you’ll find recipes for Zuni’s iconic roast chicken with bread salad and addicting ricotta gnocchi. Perhaps the most invaluable gift Rogers imparts — aside from her famous recipes — is a meticulous attention to technique and her admirable philosophy on from-scratch cooking. Written by Rogers herself and edited by Maria Guarnaschelli, this is a timeless tome of what defines quintessential California-inspired cooking from one of SF’s most beloved chefs. It’s currently available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Book Depository, and at Zuni Café itself!

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2. Atelier Crenn: Metamorphosis of Taste – Dominique Crenn & Karen Leibowitz

Advanced

Atelier Crenn will probably be one of the most elegant publications to grace your coffee table. But don’t be deceived by it’s decorative minimalism — it’s much more than just an accent to tie your sitting room together. Beyond its gorgeous cover lies the ample wisdom of the only female American chef to earn three Michelin stars. Crenn brought a taste of her native France to San Francisco’s culinary scene, and every recipe detailed in Atelier Crenn is deeply personal. The central philosophy of this cookbook is the idea of poetic culinaria — “food that delights the palette as poetry delights the ear.” And her cookbook reads like poetry. One chapter, simply titled “The Sea” introduces her squid ink meringue recipe with Crenn’s childhood memories of her mother preparing shellfish. While the recipes are well-explained, they are much more advanced than the average family dinner, so beginner chefs — be wary! The book is currently available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Book Depository, and Bookshop.

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3. Eat Something – Evan Bloom & Rachel Levin 

Beginner

A lighthearted take on comfort food with a slice of humor, Eat Something is the highly-anticipated cookbook from Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen, the Mission District’s long-cherished joint for deli fare. Wise Sons take on food has what they describe as a “Bay Area ethos,” as traditional Jewish fare is remixed with a Californian take. In addition to recipes for braided challah and “Morning After Matzoquiles,” the voice of Evan Bloom really highlights that what lies behind SF’s bagel scene is a rich family culture — the cookbook recounts everything from sibling quarrels to bar mitzvahs. With essays titled “Confessions of a First-Time Seder Host” and “Iconic Chinese Restaurants, As Chosen by the Chosen People,” why wouldn’t this title be on your must-have list? If you need any more convincing to pick this charming celebration of Jewish culture up, just take the advice of the book’s subtitle: “A Wise Sons Cookbook for Jews Who Like Food and Food Lovers Who Like Jews.” It’s currently available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Chronicle Books, and Bookshop.

4. Vietnamese Home Cooking – Charles Phan 

Beginner – Intermediate

From the chef of The Ferry Building’s legendary Slanted Door restaurant, this cookbook strikes at the core essence of what Vietnamese cooking is all about: ingredient-driven flavors, fresh and robust aromas, and a balance of savory and sweet. While Phan’s second cookbook covers more of his restaurant’s highly modern cuisine, this debut cookbook focuses less on his signature fusion style and instead introduces an unfamiliar audience to a no-frills Vietnamese food philosophy. And true to Phan’s ethnically Chinese immigrant roots, there are plenty of recipes from daikon cakes to pickled cucumber that pay homage to the closely intertwined heritages of China and Vietnam. For those looking to explore the pure flavors of Phan’s cooking, this cookbook has detailed instructions and also includes highly-prized advice on choosing a wok as well. It’s currently available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Penguin Random House

Meet Residence 42C: 3-Bedroom Set to Bay Bridge & Marina Views

From The Harrison’s remaining available residences comes 42C, a stunning three-bedroom home framed by picturesque Bay Bridge and marina views. Set high above the city, yet moments from San Francisco’s most sought-after restaurants, shops and local attractions, this residence brings to fruition a deluxe lifestyle marked by five-star amenities, 24/7 concierge service and inimitable details selected by renowned designer Ken Fulk.

The bright, airy floor plan commences in the expansive foyer, ideal for the avid art collector, where two of the home’s bedrooms lie to the left—one of which boasts an en suite bath and walk-in closet. Framed by floor-to-ceiling windows, each retreat revels in stunning Bay Bridge views and a wealth of natural light. The foyer flows onward into the home’s state-of-the-art kitchen, living room and dining room. Embraced by glass, this expansive and open space captivates from sunrise to sundown with far-reaching views of the Bay Bridge and marina just beyond. Here, one can also access the home’s balcony, which serves as the ideal spot to unwind and revel in unobstructed vistas.

Past the kitchen is the home’s master suite, featuring a deluxe bathroom with porcelain Herringbone floors, custom unlacquered Waterworks brass fixtures, casted-glass wall sconces and beautiful Carrara marble countertops. Sophisticated in setting yet casual in layout, this residence presents a unique opportunity to escape the hustle of urban living and dwell both comfortably and beautifully.

Learn more about The Harrison’s residences, explore the neighborhood or inquire about this particular floor plan.

6 Weekend Road Trip Destinations Within About 3 Hours of The Harrison

Itching to get out of the city and immerse yourself in nature for a few days? Pack a bag or load up your camping gear and hit the road to one of these stunning locales for the weekend.

1–2 Hours Away

1. Half Moon Bay

About a 45-minute drive from San Francisco, the quaint beach town of Half Moon Bay could easily be a day trip, but we recommend an overnight stay to take in the sunrise and sunset over the water. Pitch a tent and camp overlooking the sand at Francis Beach Campground or enjoy the comforts of home at The Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay. While you’re there, be sure to consider a seaside horseback riding tour via Sea Horse Ranch.

2. Napa Valley

Wine country is about an hour away—with some of the world’s best wine and food waiting for you. Book a multi-night stay at a hotel or bed & breakfast to experience as much of the Napa Valley as possible. No formal wine tastings or tours necessary to enjoy the comforts and delights of wine country.

3. Santa Cruz County

Though famous for its boardwalk, Santa Cruz is much more than a summertime tourist destination. The coastal county is home to expansive redwood forests by way of Big Basin Redwoods State Park, which is great for day hikes or overnight camping. It’s also home to quirky artisan shops by way of charming Capitola. It’s a surfer’s paradise by way of Pleasure Point. Plan for a 1.5-to-2-hour drive.

2–3 Hours Away

4. Carmel-by-the-Sea

As far as idyllic beach towns go, Carmel-by-the-Sea tops many lists. About two hours from San Francisco, you’ll find soft white sand on secluded beaches, eclectic art viewing, boutique shopping, wine tasting, and more. Don’t miss a chance to visit Point Lobos State Natural Reserve—for hiking, picnicking, or artistic inspiration—during your trip.

5. Big Sur 

Hugging Pacific Coast Highway a couple hours south lies the rugged and lush city of Big Sur. Not to be missed: the iconic Bixby Creek Bridge (most recently featured in the intro to HBO’s Big Little Lies series), the beach-adjacent McWay Falls waterfall, and Pfeiffer Beach for sunset viewing. We recommend making your weekend getaway a backpacking trip to take in all the wildlife, stunning vistas, and challenging trails.

6. Yosemite

Head east for about three hours, and you’ll wind up in one of the most beautiful, wondrous settings in the state of California. The 1,200-square-mile Yosemite National Park is on many a bucket list, but San Francisco residents are close enough to visit nearly as often as you’d like—and you’d still discover something new every time. Consider tent camping, in-park lodging, or vacation rentals and explore the park high and low.

Note: Reservations are currently required to visit the park, so make sure to plan ahead. Some hiking and climbing trails/ventures require permits.

7 Scenic Spots to Picnic in San Francisco

Food is meant to be enjoyed, and where you enjoy it can matter almost as much as what’s on your plate. 

Where better to enjoy a meal on a gorgeous day than outdoors? Whip up a charcuterie plate or pick up takeout from your favorite local restaurant and enjoy the fresh summer air at one of these scenic outdoor spots.

1. McLaren Park

If your idea of a picnic is firing up a grill and cooking up a feast, check out San Francisco’s second largest park, John McLaren Park (usually known without the “John”). You’ll find 12 picnic areas with grills and tables throughout the park. After eating, stay and wander through the park’s 312 acres and more than 7 miles of walking trails.

2. Ocean Beach

When you hear the word “picnic” you might think of a grassy field or a shady spot under a tree. A picnic on the beach, looking out at the glistening sea, sounds just as nice to us. Ocean Beach is a 3.5-mile long stretch of sand and sea, perfect for social distancing or an intimate setting. Lay down a towel or blanket and watch the waves crash onto the shore for a much-welcome change of scenery from the rest of the city.

3. Dolores Park

If you get to Mission Dolores Park at the right time, you can snag a picnic table. If you prefer a picnic blanket lunch, there’s plenty of grass to go around. The park currently has plenty of social distancing circles drawn out on the grass to let as many people safely enjoy the park as possible. 

4. Golden Gate Park

Spanning 1,017 acres, San Francisco’s largest park has no shortage of picnic areas — whether you want to plop down on the first patch of grass you see or scout out a table-and-chairs situation. Enjoy lush greenery all around as you snack on whatever meal you brought. 

5. Yerba Buena Gardens

You don’t have to “escape” to nature to experience a taste of it. Have a picnic right in the heart of the city at Yerba Buena Gardens. With calming waterfalls and flower-filled gardens to admire, this beautifully landscaped park is idyllic for a picnic or a stroll.

6. Crissy Field (The Presidio)

Not many people get to gaze at a world-famous landmark (the Golden Gate) and the sparkling sea, among many other vistas, while taking a break for lunch. The Presidio’s Crissy Field offers picnic tables, grass and a beach for a picnic with a view.

7. Baker Beach

Picnic tables, grills, restrooms and iconic views of the Golden Gate and Marin County make Baker Beach one of the best picnic spots in the city. In lieu of your typical lunch or dinner picnic, Baker Beach makes a great coffee-and-breakfast backdrop. It’s worth forsaking a bit of sleep to get there before dawn to see the sunrise.

Meet Residence 40C: Two-Bedroom Overlooking the Bay Bridge

From The Harrison’s remaining available residences comes this two-bedroom retreat with an expansive floor plan to complement impressive Bay Bridge and city views. Featuring diagonal-planked Siberian Oak floors, polished white slab Carrara marble countertops and unlacquered Waterworks brass fixtures, this residence is the quintessence of high-end interiors framed by unrivaled vistas. Set high above the city, yet moments from San Francisco’s most sought-after restaurants, shops and local attractions, this home brings to fruition an idyllic life marked by five-star amenities, 24/7 concierge service and inimitable details selected by renowned designer Ken Fulk.

2 Bedroom Floorplan

The entry foyer leads into a hallway, featuring generous closet space, and draws one into the expansive living and dining room. Set to stunning Bay Bridge views by virtue of floor-to-ceiling windows, this extensive space is ideal for both prime relaxation or entertaining. Adjoining the dining area is a 62-square-foot balcony, where one can revel in far-reaching city views.

Office

Adjoining the living and dining room is the the state-of-the-art kitchen. Complete with custom Studio Becker Ash Molina cabinetry, polished Carrara marble counters and Bertazzoni and Subzero appliances, all while framed by Bay Bridge views just beyond, the kitchen is an epicure’s ultimate domain.

Kitchen

Onward from the kitchen, the home’s two bedrooms captivate, each with their own city views. The first is ideal for guests or a den to realize one’s creative ambitions. The master suite, however, is an unyielding retreat for any homeowner. Offering plenty of closet space and an ensuite bath, where porcelain Herringbone floors, unlacquered Waterworks brass fixtures and beautiful Carrara marble countertops and subway tiles bring to life one’s spa-like reveries, the master suite is a true urban sanctuary.

Here, luxurious high-rise living within a supreme San Francisco locale is both redefined and made simple. Learn more about The Harrison’s residences, explore the neighborhood or schedule a private tour of Residence 40C by calling 415.721.7788 or inquiring here.

10 Iconic San Francisco Sites to Tour on Foot

There’s something about the simplicity of walking: it’s free, essentially effortless and good for mental and physical wellbeing. Whether walking without distraction or pairing your stroll with an audiobook, playlist or call to a loved one, there are plenty of iconic areas to explore on foot in San Francisco. 

1. Twin Peaks 

Almost in the center of the city stands a pair of 922-foot-high hills, aptly named Twin Peaks. Drive up and walk around the 64-acre hilltop park or get your exercise in walking up to the top of the hill. Either way, you’re getting beautiful, expansive views of the city.

2. Lands End

Put on your hiking shoes for a walk along the winding Lands End trails at the northwestern corner of San Francisco. Try a walking meditation around the Lands End Labyrinth, a winding path with beautiful views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the San Francisco coastline. 

3. Golden Gate Bridge

Walking within view of the bridge or across it are both iconic ways to experience this world-famous landmark. The bridge is 1.7 miles across, so it should take just over an hour to get across and back, depending on how fast you walk. Prefer similar views via a different route? Take a stroll around Fort Point, Baker Beach, or Crissy Field.

4. Lombard Street

While technically not the steepest or most crooked street in the city, Lombard Street is definitely the most iconic. The street boasts a 27 percent grade slope, so your calves will get a nice workout walking up and/or down.

5. Golden Gate Park

With 1,017 acres to explore, a walk at Golden Gate Park could be different every time you visit. Take a short walk to find a place to picnic or set out on a path and keep walking to your heart’s content. 

6. San Francisco Botanical Garden

Within Golden Gate Park, you’ll find a botanical garden filled with nearly 9,000 different types of plants from all around the world. Peruse the plant arbor on weekends and pick up a new plant to bring a little life into your home.

7. Coit Tower

It’ll be more of an urban hike than a casual walk up the Greenwich Steps to Coit Tower. On the way up, you’ll see historic homes, gardens, and art. Once there, it’s worth staying a while to take in the views of the city and bay.

8. The Palace of Fine Arts

Originally constructed in 1915 for the Panama–Pacific International Exposition (an extravagant world fair), The Palace of Fine Arts definitely stands out in a city known for breaking norms. Take a walk along the small lake adjacent to the iconic dome. 

9. Painted Ladies + Haight-Ashbury

The birthplace of 1960s hippie counterculture and the “Summer of Love”, the Haight-Ashbury district is worth a walkthrough, if just to get a feel for its rich and wild history. We recommend stopping to admire the infamous Painted Ladies (AKA “”Postcard Row”) houses at 710–720 Steiner Street from a seat on the lawn at Alamo Square.

10. Chinatown 

San Francisco’s Chinatown is the largest Chinatown outside of Asia and the oldest in North America. Within its 24 blocks lies so much culture and history. Take in the unique architecture, and be sure to grab some takeout from Dim Sum Bistro or Sam Wo Restaurant while you’re there.  

3 Tips & Tricks to Adopt Ken Fulk’s Interior Style

One of the nation’s most renowned interior designers, event planners and overall luxury connoisseurs, Ken Fulk has a unique affinity to all things curated and extravagant. From his deluxe designs within The Harrison—spanning from the Grand Salon to Uncle Harry’s penthouse lounge—to his diverse projects throughout San Francisco and beyond, Ken Fulk has a rare ability to inundate each space with an eclectic, comforting vibe. And now you have that ability, too. Stick to our guidelines below to bring Ken Fulk’s coveted interior style into your very own abode.

1. Start with Modern Furniture & Fixtures

Ken Fulk is amongst the most sought-after interior designers by virtue of his ability to marry modern and vintage pieces in the most effortless manner possible. But, the first step in creating a curated space is beginning with just the modern. Pick out the exact chairs, sofas or tables you want for the space—whether that’s your living room or master suite—and devise the perfect canvas from which you can then build upon. If you begin with vintage furnishings, you’ll undoubtedly find it harder to then introduce the contemporary.

Living RoomResidence 32B designed by Ken Fulk

2. Bring in the Vintage Artifacts

As expected, the next step after you’ve nailed down your modern pieces is to give the space some much needed soul. With each space he designs and every party he throws, Ken Fulk captivates his audience with an ambiance that’s both whimsical and worn in. Nothing feels new, nothing feels outdated. It’s this unique capacity to find a balance between the two that you should now seek in your own home. Using unfinished brass fixtures, rustic wood cabinetry or simply vintage picture frames, you can seamlessly regulate and complement the contemporary feel of any space.

StudyPhoto Courtesy of Ken Fulk

3. Dream Big, Be Bold

If we’ve learned anything from Ken Fulk, it’s that you can’t hold back. When you go out on a limb and step outside of your comfort zone, you’ll benefit from the most breathtaking results. Don’t be afraid to mix different colors or a variety of textures because, when you do so, the product will be incredibly Ken Fulk-esque. If you’re intrigued by a certain wallpaper, buy it. If you love dark turquoise, adorn your walls with it. Because, we can attest, the results are timeless, fanciful, inviting and, as always, beautiful.

Uncle Harry's

Meet Residence 27E: Two-Bedroom Set to Bay Bridge & Marina Views

From The Harrison’s remaining available residences comes this two-bedroom retreat with an expansive floor plan to complement impressive Bay Bridge and marina views. Featuring diagonal-planked Siberian Oak floors, polished white slab Carrara marble countertops and unlacquered Waterworks brass fixtures, this residence is the quintessence of high-end interiors framed by unrivaled vistas. Set high above the city, yet moments from San Francisco’s most sought-after restaurants, shops and local attractions, this home brings to fruition an idyllic life marked by five-star amenities, 24/7 concierge service and inimitable details selected by renowned designer Ken Fulk.

Floorplan

The entry foyer draws you forth to one of the home’s two bedrooms, complete with its own expansive balcony, and onward into the conjoined living room, dining room and state-of-the-art kitchen. An epicure’s dream, the kitchen comes complete with custom Studio Becker Ash Molina cabinetry, polished Carrara marble counters and Bertazzoni and Subzero appliances. Set to stunning Bay Bridge and marina views by virtue of floor-to-ceiling windows, this extensive space is ideal for both prime relaxation or entertaining.

Bedroom

Onward from the kitchen, the home’s master suite captivates with far-reaching marina vistas, bring to life a truly serene sky-high retreat. Offering plenty of closet space and an ensuite bath, where porcelain Herringbone floors, unlacquered Waterworks brass fixtures and beautiful Carrara marble countertops and subway tiles create the ultimate spa right at home, the master suite is a true urban sanctuary.

Bathroom

Learn more about The Harrison’s residences, explore the neighborhood or schedule a private tour of Residence 27E by calling 415.721.7788 or inquiring here.

Coming Together: How to Help California Wildfire Victims

With the wildfires raging across California, our local Bay Area has been especially hit hard by disaster. From residential displacement to compromised air quality, the havoc wreaked by the fires has affected all of us in some way, shape, or form. Rebounding from this disaster is no easy feat, but out of disaster arises a moment for social solidarity — an opportunity to show up for one another. Here are some ways that the Bay Area community has been uplifting each other, and how you can unite with us. 

Donate Money

Aid workers say that donating to a nonprofit dedicated to disaster relief and aid for wildfire victims is generally the best method to support affected communities. Not only is it convenient and contactless with consideration to the pandemic, but it is also a flexible form of aid, as experts closer to the issue can determine how to best utilize the funding. We suggest using Charity Navigator to vet organizations before you donate, but here are some pre-screened organizations we’ve picked out below.

Donate Goods

While online donations are the best option due to Covid-19 considerations, for those who prefer to be more hands-on and involved in how their donations are spent, donating supplies is another option. Given the spread of Covid-19, shelters are only accepting brand-new non-perishable goods, clothing, and bedding, all in unused condition. For those with the means to drive down south, Santa Cruz County has a call for donations here

Volunteer

Aside from personally volunteering at your local food bank or emergency shelter, both of which are fair game if you’re a frontline type of worker, there is also the option to help out with reception and phone help to direct callers in need of help with Animal Services. Whether you’re volunteering your physical presence or your time from a remote location, going local is a great way to show up and show out. If you’re looking for a larger presence to contribute to, the Red Cross is taking volunteer applications as well.

Our hearts go out to all those affected by the California wildfires, and we stand strong together with our Bay Area community in its efforts to recover.

4 Ways to Escape to Nature, Right at Home

Every once in a while, we could all use a break from the everyday routine. And for those moments, we’re grateful that an escape to nature is never far away from The Harrison. Either down the street or across the bay, here’s where to go to get away.

1. Muir Woods

Located just across the Golden Gate Bridge in Marin County, Muir Woods has been a protected National Monument for over 100 years. This 558-acre park is one of the last-standing ancient redwood forests. Some of the trees in the park are nearly 1,000 years old! Muir Woods is home to 380 different plants and animals, making it a great place to experience wildlife of all kinds.

Notes: Pay your entry fee and book a parking reservation ahead of time at GoMuirWoods.com. Pets are not allowed in Muir Woods.

2. Baker Beach

Just below the Presidio’s western shoreline, the mile-long Baker Beach is a great escape from the hustle of the city without having to leave it. Though not a beach for swimming (the rip currents and waves can be deceptively dangerous), Baker Beach is the perfect spot to turn off for a few hours. If you’re an early riser, get there before dawn, lay out a blanket, dig your toes into the sand and watch the sunrise over the Golden Gate.

3. Reinhardt Redwood Regional Park

Just a few miles from downtown Oakland, the 1,077-acre Reinhardt Redwood Regional Park provides a serene escape. You could go for a quiet walk among the 150-foot redwoods, set out on one of the many hiking trails or plan an overnight trip in the wilderness.

Notes: To reserve an overnight camping spot, call 1-888-327-2757. Dogs are allowed. Pay attention to park rules for on- and off-leash regulations.

4. Mount Tamalpais (Mt. Tam)

Another Marin County landmark, Mount Tamalpais State Park — commonly known as Mt. Tam — is a popular hiking area for San Francisco residents. For those who really want to escape into nature, the park offers more than 50 hiking trails, camping and wheelchair-accessible viewpoints.

Notes: Camping is available on a first come, first serve basis. Leashed dogs are allowed only on paved roads and campgrounds. 

Two-Bedroom Abode High Atop the 43rd Floor for $1,750,000

From The Harrison’s remaining available residences comes 43A, a two-bedroom floor plan set to far-reaching views of Twin Peaks. Complete with diagonal-planked Siberian Oak floors, polished white slab Carrara marble countertops, unlacquered Waterworks brass fixtures and a Bosch washer and dryer, the residence combines high-end finishes with sky-high vistas. Set high above the city, yet moments from San Francisco’s most sought-after restaurants, shops and local attractions, this residence realizes an idyllic life marked by five-star amenities, 24/7 concierge service and inimitable details selected by renowned designer Ken Fulk.

Through the entry is the state-of-the-art kitchen, complete with Studio Becker Ash Molina cabinetry, polished Carrara marble counters and Bertazzoni and Subzero appliances. Neighboring the kitchen are the dining area and living room, sharing fluid layout that is ideal for both relaxation and entertaining. Here, floor-to-ceiling windows unveil unobstructed Twin Peaks views.

The residence is home to two bedrooms also framed by breathtaking views of Twin Peaks, including the grand master suite featuring a spa-like bath with porcelain Herringbone floors, custom unlacquered Waterworks brass fixtures, casted-glass wall sconces and beautiful Carrara marble countertops. A true sanctuary in the sky, residence 43A offers a blissful setting to escape urban living in style.

Learn more about The Harrison’s residences, explore the neighborhood or inquire about this particular floor plan.

10 Stylish Work-From-Home Essentials

Working from home presents a unique opportunity to reimagine your office entirely — one that fully embraces your personal style and complements your living spaces in every sense. From major statement pieces to innovative tools, discover some stylish ways to upgrade your work-from-home routine below.

1. Standard Desk

Let your kitchen counter or dining table resume its regular function and invest in a sturdy, stylish workspace. 

Need some inspiration? Here are a few desks we love:

2. Portable Desk/Lap Desk

Sans the office, you have the freedom to move from your desk to your couch to your bed to the poolside. We don’t judge and we won’t tell.

Need some inspiration? Here are a few portable desks we love:

3. Desk Chair

Stylish and supportive—the ergonomics of an office chair meets the style of an accent chair.

Need some inspiration? Here are a few desk chairs we love:

4. Bluetooth Speakers 

Combat the silence and jam out to whatever motivates you.

Need some inspiration? Here are a few bluetooth speakers we love:

5. Noise-Cancelling Headphones

For tuning out noisy pets, kids, significant others etc. when you need to enter focus mode.

Need some inspiration? Here are a few headphones we love:

6. Coffee Mug

Now’s as good of a time as any to splurge on a very special coffee mug you’ll love to drink from every day.

Need some inspiration? Here are a few coffee mugs we love:

7. Coffee Maker/Espresso Machine

Since you’re probably not making it to the coffee shop every day, bring the coffee shop to you.

Need some inspiration? Here are a few coffee/espresso makers we love:

8. Candles

Because scent can have such a powerful effect on mood. And candles make great décor even when they’re not lit.

Need some inspiration? Here are a few candles we love:

9. Plants 

They double as air purifiers, bring life into your space, and complement any space. And plants can be good feng shui!

Need some inspiration? Check out the best indoor plants for high-rise living.

10. Loungewear

Getting dressed up for work is overrated.

Need some inspiration? Here are a few places we love to shop:

Inside Residence 41B: Three-Bedroom + Den Set to Bay Bridge Views

From The Harrison’s remaining available residences comes this gorgeous three-bedroom plus den floor plan with an expansive open layout and floor-to-ceiling windows that frame views of the Bay Bridge and beyond. This residence captivates with sophisticated design finishes, inclusive of diagonal-planked Siberian Oak floors, polished white slab Carrara marble countertops and unlacquered Waterworks brass fixtures. Set high above SoMa, yet moments from the city’s most sought-after restaurants, shops and local attractions, this residence brings to light a stylish urban lifestyle marked by five-star amenities, 24/7 concierge services and inimitable details selected by renowned designer Ken Fulk.

Upon entering the foyer, one is drawn beyond a generous den space and to the kitchen—complete with Studio Becker Ash Molina cabinetry, polished Carrara marble counters and Bertazzoni and Subzero appliances. To the right of the kitchen is a comfortably sized bedroom and adjacent bathroom. To the left of the kitchen is a seamless dining and living room space, embraced by floor-to-ceiling windows that welcome an abundance of natural light and frame sweeping views of the Bay Bridge.

From the dining area, one can access the home’s 62 square feet of balcony space, which serves as the ideal spot to unwind, gather and revel in far-reaching views. The home’s second bedroom resides just off the living and dining room, and set further down the hallway is the master suite. Featuring a luxurious yet comfortable space, the master suite is replete with high-end finishes and a spacious spa-like bath for the ultimate in relaxation above the city below.

Learn more about The Harrison’s residences, explore the neighborhood or inquire about this particular floor plan.

5 SF Restaurants to Satiate Your Palate for Travel

While traveling may be off the table for now, why not let your taste buds do the touring? You can still satiate your palate for world travel by ordering takeout from some of San Francisco’s most celebrated, diverse restaurants — no passport required!

Nopalito | Mexican

Amongst the most acclaimed Mexican restaurants in San Francisco is Nopalito, a vibrant neighborhood kitchen that celebrates the traditional cookery of Mexico with fresh, seasonal ingredients sourced from local purveyors. You can’t go wrong with a classic margarita, the Gorditas Campechanas—empanadas filled with brisket and chorizo—and carne asada served with summer beans, grilled cactus and all the vital accoutrements.

Location: 306 Broderick St, San Francisco, CA 94117
Delivery/Pickup: Doordash, 2pm to 7:30pm, Monday–Sunday
Delivery: Caviar, 2pm to 8pm, Monday–Sunday

Flour + Water | Italian

Just moments from your doorstep at The Harrison lies one of the best Italian joints in all of San Francisco. Flour + Water showcases a coveted menu influenced by regional traditionals throughout Italy with Northern California inspirations led by Executive Chef Thomas McNaughton. Here, you can count on incredibly fresh house-made pasta, Neapolitan-style wood-fired pizza and carefully crafted dishes ranging from halibut crudo to veal carne cruda toast. 

Location: 2401 Harrison St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Pickup: Flour + Water, 5:15pm to 8pm, Wednesday–Sunday

Yank Sing | Chinese

Arguably San Francisco’s most famed dim sum restaurant, Yank Sing is celebrated for its traditional and contemporary dumplings as well as an array of artful dishes and vegetarian options. With winning items, from its Peking Duck with hoisin and steamed buns to the Egg Custard Tart, you’re sure to be happy — and plenty full — from your dish of choice.

Location: 101 Spear St, San Francisco, CA 94105
Pickup/Delivery: Yank Sing, 11:30am to 7pm, Wednesday-Sunday

Mourad | Moroccan

Located at 140 Montgomery, and mere steps from The Harrison, is Mourad—a modern interpretation of Moroccan cuisine deeply rooted in the past. The restaurant itself pairs authentic Moroccan design with contemporary details, perfectly harmonizing with the bold cuisine. Their food pays homage to the rich and vibrant flavors of Morocco in new ways that play off fresh, local, artisanal ingredients and the spirit of innovation in California.

Location: 140 New Montgomery St #1, San Francisco, CA 94105
Hours: 11:30am to 10pm, Monday–Friday and 5pm-10pm Saturday-Sunday
How to Order: https://www.mouradsf.com/

ROOH | Indian

Nestled in the heart of San Francisco is ROOH, an urban, Indian-inspired communal restaurant and cocktail bar. The chef draws his inspiration from the vibrancy of Indian culture, art and music, as well as the innovative spirit of modern India. Dinner at ROOH is a truly gastronomical experience with fresh, seasonal dishes that interpret customary Indian sensibilities, offering shared plates like traditional butter chicken, lamb shank nihari, spiced chickpea cake, paneer chili roll and so much more.

Location: 333 Brannan St #150, San Francisco, CA 94107
Hours: 5pm to 9pm, Wednesday-Sunday
How to Order: https://www.roohsf.com/

5 Ways To Bring Your Gym Outdoors

While hitting the weight room or catching a hot yoga class may not be in the cards right now, San Francisco boasts plenty of ways to get your blood pumping in the great outdoors. Explore five of our favorite open-air activities for safe exercise, below. 

Bike the San Francisco Bay Trail

The best reward after a successful sweat session? A spectacular view. Hit the San Francisco Bay Trail for a leisurely spin set to iconic city and bay vistas. The 500-mile trail is nearly completely flat and traverses the entire bay, offering plenty of beaches and viewpoints from which to take your water break. 

Stretch and Flow on SUP

Yoga, meet stand-up paddleboard. Head to Richardson Bay for a full-body workout that’s sure to challenge your balance, focus and core strength. A refreshing take on your usual sweat session, this class boasts a healthy dose of salty air and stunning Sausalito views. 

Take a Hike  

From the breathtaking Land’s End Trail along the bluffs to the iconic Twin Peaks Trail with 360-degree city views that stretch far and wide, San Francisco boasts an array of renowned hiking trails to check off your must-do list. Plus, with rolling hills and with one of the highest walk scores in San Francisco — ranking at 97 — a simple stroll in SoMa will do the trick for leg day. 

Kayak Under the Golden Gate Bridge

Craving an adventure, right at home? Sign up for the Paddle the Gate Kayak Tour. This three hour excursion offers a guided orientation followed by a breathtaking sea kayak route starting from Sausalito’s Horseshoe Cove. Venture down the coast, paddle beneath the iconic Golden Gate Bridge and make your way along the Marin Headlands.

Run it Out 

Whether running along the Embarcadero or amidst San Francisco’s most beloved parks, getting a scenic jog in is as simple as stepping out The Harrison’s front door. Our favorite SoMa running routes tour through the city’s most breathtaking views and iconic streets, offering an array of stunning rest stops and niche coffee shops along the way. 

5 Local Ice Cream Parlors To Support In SF

Nothing says summer like warm evenings with an ice cream cone in hand. And in San Francisco, we enjoy an array of celebrated parlors, from quaint mom-and-pop spots to start ups gone global. So, when you’re craving your favorite flavor, look no further than the local ice cream shops listed below — now offering takeout options. 

Humphry Slocombe

One of San Francisco’s most sought-after ice cream shops, Humphry Slocombe, sits right on Harrison Street in the Mission. The parlor serves up an array of funky flavors and concoctions, from Blue Bottle Vietnamese Coffee with chicory and sweetened condensed milk to their Secret Breakfast flavor with bourbon and cornflakes.

Location: Ferry Building, One San Francisco Bay Trail #8
Hours: 3:30pm to 10:30pm, Monday–Thursday; 1pm to 10:30pm, Friday-Sunday
How to Order: Order takeout from Seamless, Grubhub, Postmates, Doordash or Ubereats.

Bi-Rite Creamery

If you’re seeking a local favorite, Bi-Rite Creamery is the go-to spot. Bi-Rite makes fresh, handcrafted, artisanal sweets, featuring seasonal flavors like Balsamic Strawberry, Peach Cobbler and Ricanelas made with cinnamon ice cream and snickerdoodle cookies. Whether a weekend outing or midday work break, Bi-Rite Creamery will always satisfy your sweet tooth.

Location: 3692 18th St, San Francisco
Hours: 1pm to 8pm, Monday–Sunday
How to Order: biritecreamery.square.site

The Ice Cream Bar Soda Fountain

Located in Cole Valley, this retro soda fountain is a true blast from the past with some of the city’s most delicious ice cream, to boot. Try out crowd favorites like their Caramelized Honey or Banana Puddin flavors. Pro tip? Top your scooop with a side order of their famed chocolate cookies and brownies.  

Location: 815 Cole St at Carl St, Cole Valley 
Hours: 3pm to 8pm, Monday–Sunday
How to Order: Postmates

Steep Creamery

If you’re looking for ice cream with a twist, Steep Creamery in SoMa features an array of indulgent flavors available for takeout. Their Thai-style ice cream is poured in thin layers, frozen in metal sheet pans and shaved into ice cream rolls that are as artistic as they are delicious. Try the celebrated Cookie Crush flavor, mix it up with a Uji Matcha or order a few pints of your favorite from their website. 

Location: 270 Brannan St, San Francisco 
Hours: 11am to 6pm, Monday–Thursday; 11am-9pm Friday 1pm-9pm Saturday; 1-6pm Sunday. 
How to Order: steepsf.com

5 Landmarks You Can See From Your Harrison Residence

At The Harrison, incredible views are the norm—not the exception. Our residences boast some of the most spectacular panoramic vistas in the Bay Area. From architecturally advanced skyscrapers to an expanse of blue waters, San Francisco has so much to offer—everywhere you look. The following five landmarks are just a taste of what you’ll see looking out the floor-to-ceiling windows of your Harrison residence.

1. The Bay Bridge

While it isn’t painted the world-famous rusty orange shade of the Golden Gate, San Francisco’s eastern bridge is no less magnificent. Connecting the city to Oakland and Berkley, the Bay Bridge is one of the world’s longest suspension bridges at nearly four-and-a-half miles from end to end. Admire its towers from your living room as you relax and take in the nightly light show, a Bay Bridge art installation that enlivens the sky just beyond your window.

2. The Ferry Building

Since its opening in 1898, the San Francisco Ferry Building has served as an iconic viewpoint on the city’s waterfront. Before the Golden Gate Bridge and Bay Bridge opened in the late-1930s, the Ferry Building was the main portal into the city. As many as 50,000 people commuted into San Francisco via ferry in its heyday. Now, the two-story building serves as host to the Ferry Building Marketplace—a world class public food market. Celebrate local food and culture outside the building during the farmer’s market on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

3. Twin Peaks

Several residences at The Harrison boast extensive views of Twin Peaks, amongst the most iconic vistas in all of San Francisco. The two prominent hills rise up nearly 925 feet above the city, providing a beautiful urban backdrop. And while the natural attraction is incredibly popular to summit, those who live at The Harrison don’t need to. We’d like to think the views are even more beautiful up here.

4. Oracle Park

Previously named Pacific Bell Park, SBC Park, AT&T Park and, now, Oracle Park, the home of the San Francisco Giants is visible just outside your windows. Set right on the edge of the water, this baseball stadium is one of the most beautiful you’ll ever see—whether you’re a baseball fan or not.

5. Salesforce Tower

Salesforce Tower is a modern skyscraper that houses a giant tech company, but it’s a landmark nonetheless. Standing 1,070 feet tall, it boasts the claim of being the tallest building in the city, making it one of the most recognizable pieces of the San Francisco skyline.

In addition to the stunning landmarks viewable from The Harrison, it’s worth noting that The Harrison is a landmark in and of itself. This luxury high rise sets a new benchmark for urban luxury living. Here, your new sky-high sanctuary awaits.

A Look at Floor Plan E, Beautifully Styled by Three Different Designers

From its striking SoMa locale to its gold-accented grand entrance, The Harrison captivates from every angle. And when you step inside? A world brought to life by esteemed interior designers unravels in exquisite details, alluring artworks, strategically positioned white space and stately architecture. Here, an eclectic, sophisticated warmth characterizes each space throughout, while residences fully embrace a distinct flair of their own. Even The Harrison’s indistinguishable open-concept floor plans transform at the touch of each unique designer, differing dramatically to best suit the homeowner’s style. Below, take a look at how three renowned, wildly different designers executed the same sought-after layout. 

Katie O’neill 

Bay Area designer Katie O’neill’s recently designed residence at The Harrison was thoughtfully curated to align with the resident’s affinity for a maximalist, modern and bold sensibility. Her work was largely inspired by reviewing ‘a day in the life’ of the future dweller, in which entertaining and caring for a new puppy was high priority. To accommodate these needs, the residence harmonizes functional design and furniture placement with luxurious details — such as textured golds and blacks prevailed with pops of jewel tones and navy blue accents.

Kirsten Pike

Bay Area designer Kirsten Pike is celebrated for her timeless, modern design and her most recent project at The Harrison is no exception. Refined and elegant, Kirsten’s work is brilliantly poised to embrace San Francisco’s most iconic view. Here, each space reveals an elevated sanctuary where every detail — such as Kirsten’s celebrated wall design — is thoughtfully placed to give dimension, add cohesion and realize a polished, luxurious feel.

Ken Fulk

World-renowned interior designer Ken Fulk was integral in shaping The Harrison’s visual identity. From amenity spaces like Uncle Harry’s and the Grand Salon, his distinct touch is recognizable and applauded throughout each and every story of our SoMa high-rise. Beyond social and common areas, Ken Fulk also designed four model homes. His approach marries vintage furnishings with the chic contemporary, bringing to fruition effortless class and charm to each of his thoughtfully curated residences.

5 Black-Owned Businesses to Support in the Bay Area

Beyond donating to anti-racism organizations, a simple way to support Black Lives Matter movement is to shop Black-owned restaurants and businesses — and there are an array of favorites to shop long-term right here in the Bay Area. Below, browse through the stay-at-home essentials — from fragrant facial scrubs to chic ceramics — that are sure to lift your spirits and brighten your space. 

Bubbles & Butter

From natural bath balms to nourishing body skincare, Bubbles & Butter’s Oakland-based brand offers an array of soothing, fresh products made from plants and free from parabens. These products make for the perfect gift of self-care treat. 

Red Bay Coffee

Open for takeout at all five locations throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, Red Bay Coffee serves up craft, high-quality coffee produced ethically and sustainably. Grab a cup to-go or order your favorite roast from their website. 

Esscense Flowers

Esscence of Flowers Wedding and Floral Design curates gorgeous arrangements for milestone moments, grand gestures and special occasions. Now offering local flower delivery within the Bay Area, you can easily spruce up your space with the click of a button. 

Made By Rheal 

Made By Rheal is a Black-, queer-owned business featuring stunning household decor, ceramics, jewelry, planters and more. Find the perfect addition to your bookshelf or bedside table via the Etsy shop.  

Soyful Aromas

Indulge in an aromatherapy candle to enhance relaxation and add a soothing element to your home. Each naturally scented, non-toxic candle is handmade in the San Francisco Bay Area using renewable resources derived from soybeans. 

5 Local Restaurants You Can Support in SoMa Right Now

Although many of us aren’t able to take a seat at our favorite restaurants in SoMa right now, we can still enjoy our favorite dishes and support local businesses who need our patronage—now, more than ever. After all, ordering takeout or delivery from your favorite local restaurant is one of the best ways to support your community at this time. Below find five of our favorite nearby restaurants offering takeout and delivery services in SoMa. 

1. The Bird 

The menu consists of fried chicken sandwiches (regular or spicy), hot wings, curly fries and salad. 

Location: 115 New Montgomery Street

Hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday–Saturday

How to Order: Visit the restaurant or call 415-872-9825 for pickup. 

Additional Info: Purchase gift cards here.

2. Deli Board

The flavors of an East coast deli with a West Coast twist, featuring handcrafted sandwiches, soups, salads and sauces.  

Location: 1058 Folsom Street

Hours: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday–Sunday

How to Order: Call 415-552-7687 for delivery or visit the restaurant to order.

Additional Info: Deli Board doesn’t usually deliver, but they are partnering with Stella Courier currently. Check their Instagram for up-to-date hours and information. 

3. Marlowe

A true neighborhood favorite among SoMa locals, Marlowe serves up New American comfort food with a modern twist. Can’t decide what to order? Try out their new ‘Quarantine Burger Kit’ and a famed craft cocktail to go.

Location: 500 Brannan Street

Hours: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday–Sunday

How to Order: Order delivery via Tock.

4. Prospect Restaurant

Prospect Restaurant is a modern collaboration between Chef Nancy Oakes, Pam Mazzola and Kathy King from Boulevard Restaurant that’s currently offering a limited happy hour to-go menu with select cocktails, wine, snacks, dinner plates and desserts.

Location: 300 Spear St.

Hours: Open for pre-ordered pickup between 12–5:30 p.m., Wednesday – Friday

How to Order: Next-day pre-orders only. Email your order to info@prospectsf.com by 8 p.m. for next-day pickup between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Pay via check or Venmo: @Prospect300.

5. Local Kitchen

Local Kitchen is serving up famous wood-fired pizzas and Singaporean-inspired fare like Laksa (Curried Rice Noodles) and Soto Ayam (Rice Noodle Soup), with select wines and cocktails available at this time.

Location: 330 First Street

Hours: 3 p.m. to 10 p.m., Daily

How to Order: Call (415) 777-4200 or use ChowNow to place an order for touch-free pickup or delivery.

Top Trends to Inspire Your Decor at The Harrison

We’re all spending a bit more time at home these days, leading us to rethink the living environments in which we live, work, rest, create and more. So why not revamp your decor to create the most inspiring, comforting ambiance possible? Below, find inspiration from some of our very own residences to help you spruce up your space.

1. A Touch of Greenery

We’re talking living, growing, need-a-bit-of-loving plants. Sure, high-quality faux plants may look as great as the real thing, but you’re missing out on one of the best qualities of the real deal: air purification. For those of us without the gift of a green thumb, we can still find plants that are much less needy and more forgiving than most. A few great options that can survive just about anything are snake plants, succulents, cacti and bamboo palms.

2. Comfortable Minimalism

The current minimalist movement involves putting function at the forefront. Elevate your space with simple furniture pieces that offer comfort without sacrificing style. We love a desert- or beach-inspired palette with wood tones accented by shades of white/sand and warm pastels.

3. Shades of White

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White is the color of cleanliness, serenity and openness. It’s the perfect color with which to make a safe, calm space—if you use it correctly. Achieve this trend using a balance of cream, off-white, light gray, light tan and muted pastels. Use plants (see above), wood accents, or metallics to add a touch of color to the space. Or, just open your curtains and let the the bay bring all the color you need into your home.

4. Mixed Metals

According to current decor trends, it’s okay to play with different metals inside your home. Your kitchen may have stainless steel appliances, but that doesn’t mean you can’t accent the space with a gold teapot or copper pots and pans. Play with different metals as you see fit.

5. Floral Accents

To contrast the sleek, industrial vibe of the city, we love adding a soft, floral accent to a room. An easy yet temporary way to do this is by placing a bouquet of fresh flowers in a vase on a table or countertop. But, since flowers don’t bloom forever, a more permanent way to get that soft effect is through fabric (pillows or throws) or via a wall accent (wallpaper, a framed photo or painting, or another art piece). Set the mood by choosing a strategic color palette.

Marin Magazine/Spaces Magazine Spotlights The Harrison’s Unparalleled Vistas

Marin Magazine/Spaces Magazine has spotlighted The Harrison for its iconic views of the Bay Bridge, Twin Peaks, marina and city beyond. The article notes that The Harrison offers an incomparable city experience and goes on to highlight the SoMa high-rise’s lineup of luxe amenities, generous balconies and dramatic, expansive vistas. 

“The website touts ‘incredible views are the rule, not the exception’ and that is the truth.”

Read the full article here.

The New York Times Features The Harrison and the East Cut’s Newfound Popularity

The New York Times—the ever-acclaimed news entity with a worldwide readership—has spotlighted The Harrison’s stylish homes set within San Francisco’s most intriguing neighborhood: the East Cut. According to The New York Times, the East Cut has gradually forged a new identity in recent years, now brimming with blue and green glass skyscrapers and charming, historic architecture. The East Cut’s unique “walkable, high-rise neighborhood […] in a hilly, mostly low-rise city” suits the rare, character-rich offerings that await at The Harrison—Ken Fulk-designed interiors, luxurious concierge services and iconic views of San Francisco and beyond. 

“[The Harrison] reminded me of a really high-end, New York City-type of building,” Mr. Azcarate said. The 49-story tower has interiors by the celebrity designer Ken Fulk, as well as valet parking and continental breakfast served every morning. “We looked at a lot of high-rises and they felt very sterile, like offices. This one felt warm and homey.”

Read the full New York Times article here

7 Ways to Make Your Home More Comforting

Your home should be a comfortable oasis. After all, it’s where you unwind each night, refresh yourself on the weekends and start your day on the best note possible each morning. Here are seven easy ways to add a little bit of extra comfort and calm to your space to make your home the most relaxing haven possible.

1. A New Blanket 

Get yourself the softest, snuggliest blanket you can find to upgrade book reading, movie watching or drinking coffee on weekend mornings. Alternatively, weighted blankets are great for relaxing your mind by way of your body. It’s recommended to choose one that’s about 10 percent of your body weight to get the full benefits. 

2. Naturally Scented Candles 

Set out some coconut- or soy-based candles (which are considered better for your lungs than traditional candles) throughout your home—living room, bedroom, bathroom. Scents like lavender, chamomile, and jasmine are recognized for their calming properties, but relaxation is all about personal preference, so choose scents you enjoy.

3. Calming Colors 

The Harrison’s residences have been intentionally designed with a soft, calming color palette. Complement the shades of white and gray with blues and purples, or your favorite color.

4. Tea Time

For tea drinkers, sipping on a warm cup of tea is one of the most comforting activities. Upgrade your at-home tea time with the essentials: an electric water kettle, a new mug, plenty of loose-leaf or bag teas to choose from and local honey or organic sugar for sweetness. 

5. Spa Products 

Those who find joy in self-care activities like long baths and face masks may want to consider stocking up on their favorite products for impromptu spa days. Things to always keep handy: a bath tray, hydrating or detoxifying face masks, bath salts/oils/bubble bath, massage tools and essential oils. 

6. Plants 

Indoor plants are having a moment right now—and for good reason. They’re natural and effective mood boosters and can help purify the air in your home. Here are some of our top picks for high-rise living

7. New Bedding

Nothing is as powerful as a restful sleep for helping your mind and body relax. Improve your wind-down routine and sleep quality with a brand new set of sheets, a new mattress or mattress topper, an ergonomic pillow or—as stated above—a weighted blanket.

A Breath of Fresh Air: Our 3 Favorite Running Routes in SoMa

Did you know that SoMa has one of the highest walk scores in all of San Francisco? Ranking at 96, SoMa is—without a doubt—amongst the most accessible and manageable neighborhoods in the Bay Area. But, why walk when you can run? There’s no better way to discover the ins and outs of the city than by foot, whether that be along the water or amidst San Francisco’s most lush parks. Below, take a look at three of our favorite SoMa running routes and experience the best of the city.

The Embarcadero to Fisherman’s Wharf

Just steps from The Harrison lies one of the best running trails in all of San Francisco: the Embarcadero. Situated directly along the bay, this path offers the city’s most scenic views while likewise suited for all skill levels. Amongst the most popular routes is to head 2.5 miles to Fisherman’s Wharf then back to The Harrison—resulting in the most rewarding, yet remarkably serene, 5 mile run.

The Embarcadero to South Beach Harbor

Consider heading the opposite direction along the Embarcadero toward South Beach Harbor. This similarly picturesque trail is just over a mile to the vibrant marina, where you can stop for a moment, walk along the docks and take in the lively harbor culture. And, if there’s a Giants game going on, you may just be able to witness some of the action. Make your run longer, too, by looping around the stadium via the San Francisco Bay Trail.

Your Very Own Urban Trail

What’s better than paving your own way throughout the city? Consider making The Harrison your starting point, then set out into SoMa to experience the best of urban living—you’ll be surprised by how much you can discover. And, if you’re in need of some natural greenery, make your way over to Yerba Buena Gardens, down to Rincon Park then back up to your Harrison abode. Here, the city is yours to explore.

Day Trippers: 6 Things to Do in the Bay Area

While you could spend a lifetime in San Francisco and still never experience everything the city has to offer, it can still be nice to get away from home sometimes. Fortunately, the Bay Area has no shortage of unique towns and sprawling cities to pique anyone’s interest. Here are some of our favorite places to explore—all easily accessible within an hour’s drive or ride.

Marin County

Marin County—home to towns like Sausalito, which has a population of less than 10,000—offers a nice contrast from the everyday bustle of the city. Take a ferry or cross the Golden Gate Bridge (drive or ride your bike to skip the tolls) over to Marin County to enjoy this resident-favorite day trip locale. 

Explore the Bay Area Discovery Museum with your kids in Sausalito. 

Traveling to Sausalito with children? The Bay Area Discovery Museum will be a huge hit. The museum offers daily STEM and art classes for kids under 10, included with admission. 

Attend a concert on the water at Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael.

With live music seven days a week, Terrapin Crossroads is always worth a visit for dinner and a show, cocktails or just a few songs and dances. 

East Bay 

Just across the Bay Bridge, you’ll find lively cities with distinct cultures, atmospheres and offerings. Here are just a couple of ideas of what to do while across the bay. 

Go hiking in the redwoods in Oakland.

While Joaquin Miller Park won’t give you a taste of Oakland’s personality, it will allow you to escape into nature for a couple of hours by hiking its 4-mile loop through the redwoods. 

Stroll and shop along Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley. 

It’ll feel like a trip back to the 1960s, with longstanding stores like Amoeba Music, Rasputin Music and Moe’s Books lining this historic street.

South Bay 

The heart of Silicon Valley, the South Bay is composed of cities like San Jose (Adobe Inc.), Sunnyvale (NetApp) and Cupertino (Apple). While these are anything but sleepy towns, they have a unique vibe from San Francisco.

Reminisce about the good ol’ days at a drive-in theater in San Jose. 

Yes, these still exist! And admission to the West Wind Capitol Drive-In Movie Theater—which shows select new releases and double-features—is under $10.

Ride all the roller coasters at California’s Great America in Santa Clara. Highlights of the Great America amusement park include the 220-foot Drop Tower and the steel roller coaster Flight Deck, which offers views of the nearby 49ers stadium during the incline.

Curbed SF Celebrates The Harrison as Part of SF’s Grand Skyline

In the article “San Francisco’s tallest towers, mapped,” Curbed SF features One Rincon Hill’s Tower Two, home to The Harrison. Spotlighting the building as a 641-foot tall member of San Francisco’s skyline, Curbed proudly touts the skyscraper as an essential component of SF’s urban grandeur. 

“Tower Two, completed in 2008, is 60 stories topped with 25 LED floodlights that change according to the weather. One Rincon Hill was designed by Solomon Cordwell Buenz (SCB) architects.”

Read the full article here.

Resident Picks: 5 Favorite Food Trucks in SoMa

For San Francisco foodies, SoMa is the place to be to sample from some of the best food trucks in the city. SoMa StrEat Food Park, Spark Social SF, Off the Grid – Salesforce Tower, Off the Grid – 5M and more have rotating schedules of food trucks to choose from, in addition to standalone stops. 

Of the many unique mobile restaurants that make their rounds through SoMa, these are a few of our residents’ favorites. 

1. Señor Sisig

A Filipino twist on Mexican food, Señor Sisig’s specialties include burritos, tacos and loaded fries. Try The “Señor” Sisig Burrito—filled with Adobo garlic rice, pinto beans, lettuce, pico de gallo, cilantro cream sauce and your choice of meat. 

Ordering Tip: Say “just silog it” to add a fried egg on top/inside of any item. 

Find the Señor Sisig truck schedule here.

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2. MOMO noodle

MOMO noodle serves “Bàn Miàn”—Chinese comfort food at its best. Their dishes are dry noodles (no broth) tossed in flavorful sauces, made as spicy as you’d like, and topped with fresh veggies. Add-ons include slow-cooked pork belly, ground pork, spicy garlic chicken and tofu. 

Allergy Note: They cook their noodles in peanut oil and top with crushed peanuts. 

Find the MOMO noodle truck schedule here.

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3. Firetrail Pizza

Technically not a truck—rather, a mobile wood-fired pizza oven—Firetrail Pizza fires up 10” gourmet pizzas. Choose from one of their specialties like Prosciutto, Pear + Gorgonzola or build your own with toppings like roasted red peppers, goat cheese and organic mixed greens.

Ordering Note: Gluten-free crust is available. 

Find the Firetrail Pizza truck schedule here.

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4. Bowl’D Acai

Our favorite healthy, feel-good food truck is Bowl’D Acai. This fresh choice caters to any special diets with their vegan/vegetarian, gluten-free, no-sugar-added menu. Choose from a delicious assortment of acai bowls, poke bowls, smoothies and juices. 

Ordering Tip: Bring your own cup/container if you want a more eco-friendly meal.

Find the Bowl’D Acai truck schedule here.

5. Kokio Republic

Welcome to deep-fried heaven—a.k.a Kokio Republic. This Korean spot serves variations of fried chicken, kimchi fried rice, chicken wings, and cheese fries. Choose your sauce based on spice level, pick a dipping sauce, and add a side to make it a combo. You can’t go wrong!

Find the Kokio Republic truck schedule here.

The Ultimate Guide to San Francisco’s Most Creative Coworking Spaces

Coworking spaces have garnered notable popularity over the past few years, bringing together creative and entrepreneurial individuals to create and ideate within one space. Especially in a place like San Francisco, where techies and start-up moguls are seemingly infinite, the coworking spaces are beautifully designed to inspire and foster a sense of community. Get a glimpse of our favorite communal workspaces below.

Shared | 739 Bryant Street
Located in the heart of SoMa, Shared is a unique and inviting coworking space that attracts individuals from all career paths. Complete with all the amenities of a traditional office in a sleek, industrial building, Shared is a community for creatives to work and collaborate in an array of “play” spaces, from casual hang-out areas to quieter, smaller spaces. Here, memberships include weekday access, weekend and evening access, private desk and private space options.

Eco-Systm | 540 Howard Street
Located just moments from The Harrison is Eco-Systm, an eco-conscious and dynamic community of creative professionals, startups and freelancers, founded on the idea that entertainment, creativity and business can come together. Their mission is to redefine conventional shared workspaces by focusing on a holistic approach to professional development—all within an environment that enhances creativity, health, social consciousness and more.

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PariSoma | 169 11th Street
With a large, open space for effortless collaboration, PariSoma offers memberships for entrepreneurs and freelancers to work together and engage in an array of events and over 100 free courses on design, tech and business development. With conference and meeting rooms, phone booths, bike racks and free Philz Coffee, PariSoma proves to be the ultimate spot for members to both work and play hard.

Bespoke Coworking | 845 Market Street
Set within the San Francisco Westfield Mall, Bespoke is a trifecta of coworking, demo and event spaces where tech and retail marketplaces converge. Here, you can purchase a membership for a private office, dedicated desk, shared desk or even just a day pass, affording you the opportunity to join a curated community of retail-tech entrepreneurs so you can learn, gain inspiration and endlessly network.

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Livabl Recommends The Harrison’s Luxurious Condo Living

Livabl, a news publication for home buying and investing as a part of the BuzzBuzzHome network, has noted The Harrison as an enticing move-in option of the SF area. The article spotlights The Harrison’s lavish amenities and coveted location.

“These one-, two- and three-bedroom homes feature custom, high-end details and unrivaled views of the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco Bay and SoMa.”

Read the full article here.

A Gardener’s Guide to the Best Indoor Plants for High-Rise Living

Whether your home calls for a pop of greenery or a bold, lush centerpiece, you’re sure to find your houseplant soulmate in San Francisco. From the many instagram-worthy plant and flower nurseries the city has to offer to the numerous potted plant delivery services available online, incorporating plant life is simple—and good for your health. In addition to adding some serious style to any space, indoor greenery boasts various wellness benefits, like boosting mood to protecting against pollutants. Take a look at some of our favorite, on-trend houseplants perfect for the advanced plant parent and newbie alike.

String of Hearts

Hanging plants have been everywhere as of late, and if you’ve been eyeing these verdant vines for your own home, it’s time you meet “Ceropegia woodii,” commonly known as String of Hearts. With deep green, heart-shaped leaves that hang from long cascading vines, this plant offers a curtain of greenery grown best with exposure to direct sun or indirect bright light. Blooming with magenta flowers a few times a year, String of Hearts is sure to make a delightful housemate.

The Janet Craig

Also known as dracaena deremensis, The Janet Craig is incredibly easy to care for and able to adapt to nearly all light conditions. Lucky for you, one doesn’t need a green thumb to keep the Janet Craig happy and healthy. With dark-green and glossy leaves, the Janet Craig brings a gorgeous natural accent to your indoor aesthetic.

Ponytail Palm

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Pet-friendly and only requiring water once in a while, Ponytail Palm is ideal for the busiest of plant- and pet-owners. This happy houseplant’s short trunk and wispy cascade of leaves look stunning set on a tabletop and compliments modern interior design beautifully.

Hoya Kerrii

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Add a little love to your space with the Hoya Kerri, also known as the “Sweetheart Plant” or “Hoya Heart” due to its heart-shaped form. Small in size but mighty in wow-factor, this plant is ideal for the novice or frequent traveler as it only needs to be watered every two to three weeks. Pet-friendly, this choice of foliage is a safe option for our furry, four-legged residents at The Harrison.

Red Prayer Plant

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A two-toned plant that adds a little color to your space, the Red Prayer Plant offers eye-catching, large leaves that show off hints of red and pink along the plant’s veins. A pet-friendly option that is incredibly low-maintenance, this houseplant is able to thrive in nearly all light conditions—just make sure to keep its soil consistently moist.

Add Some Wonder to Your Winter: 5 Closest Ski Resorts to San Francisco

One of the best things about living in California is that we have the ability to go from the beach to the mountains in a matter of hours. In the wintertime, you could wake up with the sun in San Francisco and be skiing down the slopes in Stanislaus National Forest before lunchtime. Here, a relatively short drive can reveal a big change in scenery—especially if you’re snowbound. Below, take a look at the closest ski resorts to visit from San Francisco. 

1. Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows

Approximate drive time: ~4 hours 

Distance from San Francisco: 197 miles

A California Historical Landmark and the home of the 1960 Winter Olympics, Squaw Valley is one of the biggest and most notable ski resorts in the United States. Located just west of Lake Tahoe in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, the resort has 6,000 skiable acres across two mountains—including over 65% beginner and intermediate terrain. 

Activities also include snow tubing, aerial tram rides over the mountains and Lake Tahoe, year-round events and entertainment and over 50 bars, restaurants and boutiques.

2. Sugar Bowl Resort

Approximate drive time: ~3 hours 

Distance from San Francisco: 177 miles
Sugar Bowl is great for planning a trip with skiers of all levels—with 17% beginner runs, 45% intermediate runs and 38% advanced, you can invite your friend who’s never skied before and your adrenaline-junkie friend. The resort comprises 1,650 skiable acres, four peaks and 100 trails. Plus, book a stay at the historic Sugar Bowl Hotel at the base of the resort to take advantage of the spa, sauna and steam rooms after a day on the slopes.

3. Boreal Ski Resort

Approximate drive time: ~3 hours 

Distance from San Francisco: 177 miles
Minutes away from Sugar Bowl is another Bay Area favorite: Boreal Ski Resort. One of the smaller ski resorts in the area, Boreal is also one of the best for kids or beginners—with more affordable prices and lessons for all levels. Make the most of your trip with snow tubing at Playland, après-ski drinks at the Boreal Bar and the best night skiing in Tahoe.

4. Dodge Ridge Ski Resort

Approximate drive time: ~3.5 hours 

Distance from San Francisco: 163 miles
The closest ski resort to the Bay Area (mileage-wise), Dodge Ridge Ski Resort boasts about 800 acres of ski areas near Pinecrest, California. Dodge Ridge caters to both beginners and experts—offering rentals and lessons for kids and adults and a handful of black diamond and double black diamond runs.

5. Bear Valley Resort

Approximate drive time: ~3.5 hours 

Distance from San Francisco: 181 miles
Located between Lake Tahoe and Yosemite in the Central Sierra Nevada Mountains, Bear Valley Resort sits on 1,280 skiable acres. For competitive skiers, Bear Valley Mountain has partnered with Bear Valley SnowSports Foundation to host NASTAR—daily races and competitions for youth and adults. Bonus: Bear Valley Lodge is dog-friendly!

The Middletown Press Features The Harrison’s Coveted Amenities

The Middletown Press released a story originally published on Realtor.com on NBA superstar Stephen Curry’s luxury condo purchase in SF. In the article, Compass Development managing director Morgan Ball references The Harrison as a standard for high-rise living in the city’s newest condos. 

“Ball notes that at the Harrison, residents enjoy a seven-days-a-week concierge service that can arrange housecleaning or grocery delivery.”

Read the full story here.

SFGate Cites The Harrison are Large Condo Luxury

Bay Area news and entertainment publication SFGate published a story originally published on Realtor.com about Stephen Curry’s purchase of a high-rise condo in SF. In the article, Compass Development managing director Morgan Ball speaks about The Harrison as an example of luxe living in the city’s newest condos. 

“In new construction, the condo market is really strong in these larger units that we’re seeing.”

Read the full story here.

New Haven Register Highlights The Harrison Lavish High-Rise

New Haven Register looks to The Harrison in reporting pro basketball player Stephen Curry’s move to San Francisco. As Curry’s residence had not yet been completed at the time of purchase, the article consulted Compass’ Morgan Ball, who used The Harrison as a point of reference for high-rise luxury.

“Condo living is also attractive to high net worth types and celebrities who won’t be staying in the building full time. ‘It’s the complete convenience of the “lock and leave” lifestyle,’ says Ball.”

Read the full story here.

Realtor.com Spotlights The Harrison’s Hospitality Level Concierge Services

Realtor.com featured The Harrison in its coverage of NBA superstar Stephen Curry’s luxurious condo purchase in SF. As the building of Curry’s residence had not yet completed construction at the time of the article, Realtor.com consulted Compass’ Morgan Ball, who referred to The Harrison’s concierge services as a point of reference for high-rise luxury. 

“Ball notes that at the Harrison, residents enjoy a seven-days-a-week concierge service that can arrange housecleaning or grocery delivery. ‘It’s akin to living in a hotel,’ he adds.”

Read the full story here.

12 San Francisco Design Stores to Inspire Your New Year Decor

San Francisco is amongst the most creative cities in America, stemming from its rich history, prolific array of industries and, of course, a widespread love for design. Wherever you are in the city, you can always count on finding small, independently-curated boutiques to inspire your next creative move—whether that’s decorating your home at The Harrison or collecting vintage pieces with a distinct San Francisco flair. Below, take a look at our residents’ twelve favorite design stores throughout the city.

1. March SF
If you’re looking to freshen up your kitchen or pantry, March SF is a high-end boutique that offers chic culinary supplies, rustic tables, serving pieces and gourmet ingredients.

2. St. Frank
Replete with handcrafted items from around the world, St. Frank features a collection of sustainably sourced and produced home goods.

3. General Store
The General Store is a California-minded emporium with a carefully curated mix of clothing, books, artisanal household items and furniture—all with an eclectic kick.

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4. Coup D’Etat
An unwavering resident favorite, Coup D’Etat offers chic furnishings that range from tables to seating, lighting and art, affording an overall contemporary aesthetic.

5. Anthem Home
The ever-stylish Anthem Home carries a range of unique antique and modern furniture, lighting and decorative home accessories.

6. Big Daddy’s Antiques
Big Daddy’s Antiques resides in a refined warehouse-style space and features one-of-a-kind antiques, custom furniture, lighting and general home decor.

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7. Jessie Black
This revered workshop and luxury boutique in Pacific Heights features high-end bedding, antiques and art from artisans all over the world.

8. Hudson Grace
Hudson Grace is the preeminent purveyor of timeless decor for those who love to entertain, offering classic and modern tableware, linens and candles.

9. Super Simple
Specializing in minimalism, Super Simple features an array of decor items that are handmade, unique and, overall, aesthetically clean and simple.

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10. Black and Gold
Black and Gold is a beautifully curated space of vintage furnishings, lighting, home accessories and art.

11. Harrington Galleries
Located in the Mission, Harrington Galleries is a cheerful design outpost with a diverse mix of new and antique furniture, home accessories and vintage collectibles.

12. Jay Jeffers
Jay Jeffers offers livable luxury and a harmonious mixture of vintage, contemporary and antique furnishing pieces that have been carefully curated and collected over time.

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4 Ways to Achieve Your New Year’s Resolutions at The Harrison

Those of us who are members at gyms or health clubs know that the first month or two of a new year tends to be the worst time to work out. Nothing can kill an endorphin buzz like having to wait in line for every machine after you’ve already trekked to the gym. Fortunately, The Harrison residents have plenty of other options for achieving their health- and fitness-related New Year’s resolutions without stepping foot in a crowded gym. Here are some of our favorite on-site and nearby suggestions.

1. Take advantage of The Harrison’s fitness center.

No commuting, no lines, no crowds, no extra fees—the benefits of having a 2,500-square-foot fitness center at home are substantial. With on-demand TVs streaming 500+ fitness programs, steam rooms in the locker rooms and a heated pool and spa, The Harrison’s fitness center is much more than your average residential gym. 

2. Go for bike rides along the bay. 

Hop on your own set of wheels or grab a bike share nearby and set out for a breezy bike ride along the San Francisco Bay Trail, accessible within a few blocks of The Harrison. Weather permitting, a ride with views of the city and sea beats a spin class any day. 

3. Practice yoga outdoors.

Another option residents have is to head to a handful of nearby parks, beaches or The Harrison’s very own reflection pool to stretch out. Whether you bring your mat for a solo practice or join a donation-based group class, outdoor yoga is a great way to improve your physical and emotional well-being.

4. Zen out at Uncle Harry’s.

Though it can be rented out for gatherings and events, Uncle Harry’s is a very mellow escape on its own. When you need a change of scenery and a moment of quiet, this penthouse residence lounge can be a great setting for practicing mindfulness or just chilling out—because mental health is just as important as (and has a big effect on) physical health!

10 Cafes Serving Up San Francisco’s Best Hot Cocoa

While San Francisco is known for its ultra-healthy, gourmet and locally-sourced cuisine, the city also delivers when it comes to indulgent sweets and treats. In fact, as the air garners a crisp winter chill, San Francisco becomes the ultimate haven for hot chocolate aficionados. While exploring the city with family and friends this holiday season, stay cozy and get into the spirit with a cup of hot cocoa in hand. Whether it’s a classic, spiced or spiked libation you seek, you’ll find that San Francisco satiates any and all chocolate cravings.

Soccola

Just moments from The Harrison lies Socola, a chocolatier and barista that has the friendliest staff in all of SoMa and an unforgettable cup of hot chocolate. Take a seat in their darling, family-run storefront and order a cup of cocoa with a delicious baked good on the side.

Dandelion Chocolate

A bean-to-bar chocolate factory in both the Mission District and Ferry Building, Dandelion Chocolate features a seemingly endless array of hot cocoa recipes. Order their incredible house hot chocolate, spiced mission hot chocolate, Italian-inspired drinking hot chocolate or frozen hot chocolate, served with a cookie and homemade marshmallows.

Tosca Cafe

For those seeking a sweet and spiked hot chocolate, look no further than Tosca Café. Although there’s no espresso added to the mix, their “House Cappuccino”—also known as an adult hot chocolate—is made with Dandelion chocolate ganache, organic milk, Marie Duffau Bas Armagnac and Buffalo Trace Bourbon. Sit back, relax, sip and take in the café’s inspiring old-school ambiance.

Jane on Fillmore

One of the city’s most sought-after cafés and bakeries, Jane on Fillmore pours up a hot chocolate that doubles as a piece of art. Made with equal parts of 63% Guittard chocolate and 72% Valrhona chocolate, this decadent cup of cocoa is topped an artistic design and a homemade marshmallow.

Hot Chocolate

Boulettes Larder

Set within the Ferry Building, Boulettes Larder serves up an unforgettable cup of European-style hot chocolate. Incredibly thick and decadent, this sweet treat is best enjoyed whilst watching the boats float by amongst the bay.

La Oaxaqueña Bakery & Restaurant

Located in the Mission District, La Oaxaqueña serves one of the best Mexican hot chocolates in the city. Pulverized blocks of cacao are mixed with almonds and cinnamon, dissolved in steamed milk, frothed then topped with guajillo chili powder for an extra kick. This sweet and spicy dessert drink is served in a pitcher with two mugs, because they’re confident you’ll order another.

Tartine Bakery & Cafe

Tartine is one of the most coveted bakeries in the city, so it should come as no surprise that their hot chocolate is top-notch. A classic winter libation made with valrhona chocolate, this craveworthy cup of hot cocoa is best served with homemade whipped cream—it’s so good, in fact, that you’ll have to ask for it off menu.

Hot Chocolate

Craftsman and Wolves

Craftsman and Wolves, a contemporary patisserie in the Mission District, makes a valrhona hot chocolate that is served with homemade dark chocolate spearmint marshmallows; the perfect combination of rich cocoa and mint.

Recchiuti Confections

Recchiuti Confections has become so renowned for their European hot chocolate that they decided to ultimately share the recipe. Dark, hot and bittersweet, this rich delicacy is only available seasonally at their store, served with delicious homemade vanilla bean marshmallows.

Caffé Central

Located in the Westfield Shopping Center, Caffé Central serves up a spiced hot chocolate made with TCHO cocoa that’s both organic and fair trade; which means you don’t have to feel guilty about having a cup or two.

Hot Chocolate Race

And, if you find that your sweet tooth isn’t yet satisfied, sign up for the Hot Chocolate 15k/5k to work up an appetite for your favorite winter treat. Coined as “America’s Sweetest Race,” the Hot Chocolate 15k/5k is both a laudable charitable effort, with proceeds donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and a subsequent chocolate extravaganza. On January 13, 2019, runners will hit the streets of San Francisco and delight in a post race party with music, a family-friendly kid zone and—of course—a boundless spread of hot chocolate, chocolate fondue and tasty dippable treats. Register for the event here.

 

*Photos Courtesy of UpOut & Hot Chocolate 15k/5k

The Ultimate San Francisco Wellness Guide

Whether you’re the type to make official New Year’s resolutions or prefer more informal commitments to yourself, you’ll benefit from making wellness a priority in the year ahead. Everyone has their own definition on what wellness means to them, but the gist is the same: feeling good and balanced in regards to one or more of the following aspects of life: physical, emotional, social, intellectual, occupational and spiritual. Here’s a quick snapshot of activities and places in San Francisco that’ll help you improve one or more aspects of wellness in your life.

Physical Wellness

Boost your endorphins and even your endurance by incorporating more exercise into your life. Here are some of our favorite ways to get moving: 

Physical wellness doesn’t just mean physical activity. What you eat, drink or otherwise consume can have a huge effect on how your body moves and feels. Not to mention, a satisfying meal can do wonders for your mental/emotional well-being as well! These are a few of our favorite locales for healthy, satisfying goodies: 

Spiritual Wellness 

From amen to namaste, spirituality can mean many different things. San Francisco is such a beautifully eclectic place that offers opportunities to connect with whomever and whatever you need. 

Emotional Wellness 

Whether you prefer complete stillness or buzzing excitement, these are some of our favorite places in the city for a mood-boosting, endorphin-releasing experience:

Social Wellness

Life isn’t meant to be lived alone, which is why social wellness is just as important as other aspects. Here are some great places to meet up with friends and connect with new people:

The Perfect Long Weekend in San Francisco

When you’re blessed with a long weekend ahead, the possibilities are endless. You could whisk away to Maui or Miami, spend the extra days snuggled up watching Netflix or take advantage of all that your city has to offer. So the next time you’re off work, consider staying in San Francisco and taking some of these ideas for a spin. 

DAY 1: RELAX & RECHARGE 

Even without the added stress of planning a holiday get-together, everyday life can be stressful. When you’re given an extra day free of responsibilities, first thing’s first: carve out some time for self-care. 

Self-care means different things to different people, of course, but here are some of our recommendations: 

  • A full spa day at SenSpa—starting with a CBD massage and ending with a personal meditation session in the Somadome. 
  • A morning spent perusing the bookshelves at City Lights, followed by an afternoon of reading at home. 
  • Binge-watch a show or a bunch of movies from your childhood on Disney+

DAY 2: YOUR OWN TASTE OF SAN FRANCISCO

You know that dim sum restaurant you’ve always wanted to try? Been meaning to make your way to the coffee shop your coworker keeps talking about? In the mood for a special bottle of wine or craft cocktail, at a fun themed bar perhaps? 

Make this day into an adventure for your taste buds by choosing places you’ve never been to—and with over 4,400 restaurants in San Francisco, that shouldn’t be hard to do. 

DAY 3: GET YOUR BODY MOVING

Nothing better to fend off the Sunday scaries than a little endorphin boost. Get your body moving, whether it’s a trip downstairs to The Harrison’s fitness center or something across town. By focusing on physical activity, you’ll boost not only your endorphins but your chances at ending the weekend on as positive a note as possible. Weather permitting, consider a hike overlooking the ocean or a jog around the neighborhood

Luxurious and Stylish Penthouse Living Atop the 49th Floor

From The Harrison’s remaining residences comes this stunning two-bedroom penthouse poised high above the city on the top floor and offered fully-furnished for $3.45 million. Imbued with a touch of modern-day San Francisco sophistication and 40s-era glam thanks to award-winning San Francisco designer Michael Friedes, this sky-high penthouse boasts unrivaled style set to unmatched views of the city below and Twin Peaks just beyond.

Master Bedroom

Luxe Interiors

The beautiful, livable and unique residence is completely turnkey, offering a rare opportunity to purchase a top floor, corner penthouse entirely brimming with unique furnishings and art sourced from around the world. From statuesque lamps to acrylic shelving displays and tables composed of rich golds and polished wood, each piece has been thoughtfully integrated into the space to capitalize on the glamour of urban penthouse living.

Steinway Floorplan

The artwork throughout the penthouse, too, is remarkably distinctive, featuring ten original pieces by Friedes himself; vintage album covers to underscore the penthouse’s musical sensibility; and a painting in the guest suite titled “The Last Conductor” by Eastern European artist Eugene Soloviev.

Living Room

A Sky-High Retreat

The master bedroom is a serene top floor sanctuary with a design that blends various eras and features a swanky chaise from which to admire the Bay views, as well as a long Mid-century inspired cabinet for storage beyond the spacious closet. Additionally, the guest bedroom was designed to enjoy the dramatic views from the corner windows and inspired by a 1960s lucite and turquoise chair Friedes found in Palm Springs with the idea of making the space fun and light. The 1970s acrylic lamps are also a special Palm Springs find, giving rise to a vibe that’s both refined and whimsical.

This lavish city abode is an idyllic retreat to revel in matchless views while relaxing or entertaining. And, above all, the owner will have access to The Harrison’s robust array of amenities, from Uncle Harry’s, our penthouse resident lounge, to the Pantry, Grand Salon, fitness center and more for a peerless take on luxe urban living.

4 Nearby Places for a Last-Minute Holiday Getaway

While exploring San Francisco is a fulfilling weekend in and of itself, there are boundless places to discover just beyond our city line. And, at The Harrison, we have the privilege of neighboring the Bay Bridge, a gateway to some of the country’s most sought-after locales. Whether you wish to spend a weekend along the jaw-dropping coastline of Santa Cruz or amongst the vineyards of Napa, the getaway options are seemingly limitless.

Santa Cruz

One of California’s most desirable surf cities, Santa Cruz lies just an hour and a half from your doorstep at The Harrison. Teeming with an artistic, laid-back vibe, the town is home to hip surfers, local craft beer companies, astounding redwood trees and an old wharf that’s as charming as the sea lions lounging just below. Stay at the beachy Dream Inn, sleek and modern Hotel Paradox or opt for a cozy tent amongst the redwoods. You’ll return to San Francisco relaxed and refreshed, while both salty and sunkissed.

Ocean Rock

Napa Valley

An undeniable favorite amongst locals and tourists alike, Napa Valley is a mere hour and a half drive from The Harrison. The wine region prevails as the most coveted in the country, home to nearly 400 wineries—many of which produce world-renowned, award-winning grapes. Pack your bags and head for the beautiful Calistoga Ranch or Meadowood boutique hotel, taste some of the best whites and reds in the world, indulge in farm-to-table food and find serenity amongst the endless expanse of vineyards.

Lodge

Half Moon Bay

If you want a getaway that’s both refined and relaxed, Half Moon Bay is a perfect fusion of the two. The stunning seaside town is located just 45 minutes south of The Harrison, creating an ideally accessible retreat that, likewise, feels a million miles away. Book a room at the incredible waterfront Ritz Carlton, explore the area’s uncrowded beaches, kayak in Pillar Point Harbor, revel in local seafood and head to the legendary Mavericks surf break to catch sight of some of the world’s best surfers.

Resort

Pescadero

For a weekend immersed in nature, head just an hour and fifteen minutes south to Pescadero. The area is a bona fide haven for nature enthusiasts where one can hike, kayak, explore nearby farms and more. Stay at the Costanoa Lodge Resort in one of their wooden cabins or upscale bungalows, grab a bite at the iconic Duarte’s Tavern and meander the tide pools below the Pigeon Point Lighthouse. An easygoing weekend in Pescadero is bound to put your mind and body at ease.

Lighthouse

 

*Photos courtesy of Visit Napa Valley & Half Moon Bay Golf

San Francisco Magazine Features The Harrison Among SF’s Posh New High-Rises

In their real estate issue, San Francisco Magazine featured The Harrison as a part of their breakdown on SF’s latest high-rises. Focusing on the experience of luxe tower living, the article highlights The Harrison’s top-tier amenities — from private entertainment spaces to personalized concierge services. 

“There’s The Harrison, a 49-floor, 298-unit building with interiors by Ken Fulk. The lobby is a grand salon with a vintage piano, and the top floor is a private event space, accessible to residents only, with unparalleled views of the city and Bay.”

Read the full story here.

Our 5 Favorite Spots to ‘Gram in SoMa

It seems as though every corner you turn in SoMa, there’s yet another beautiful sight to capture. And while The Harrison resides amongst one of the most Instagrammable neighborhoods in the city, we’ve vetted the locations and compiled a list of our favorite spots to snap spectacular photos.

The Bay Bridge

We believe one of the most Instagram-worthy sites in SoMa is, of course, the Bay Bridge. Whether you’re beneath it at sunrise while taking a stroll with your pup through Rincon Park or above it at sunset in the comfort of your own abode at The Harrison, each moment of daylight is sure to hit the Bay Bridge just right.

Brannan Street Mural

Located on the exterior of an otherwise uninteresting office building at 466 Brannan Street in SoMa is a remarkable painting by San Francisco-based muralist HUEMAN. The ethereal image is that of a fragmented woman with bright pops of color, sharp lines and an overall eerie yet beautiful vibe—perfect for an artistic Instagram or selfie.

SF MoMA

Break from the usual Instagram feed of San Francisco’s most frequented sites with a few images from San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art. Located just moments from The Harrison, the MoMa features an internationally recognized collection of modern and contemporary art against stunning architecture. If only every Instagram had this type of backdrop.

Salesforce Park

The brand new Salesforce Park has quickly become one of the most sought-after spots in San Francisco. Complete with a 1,000-foot fountain, towering palm trees, multiple gardens with 200+ different species and grassy areas to gather, Salesforce Park has proven to be pure Instagram gold.

The Harrison

Last but certainly not least, The Harrison is, in fact, one of the most Instagrammable sites on this side of town. Masterfully designed by Ken Fulk, both the Grand Salon and Uncle Harry’s are replete with luxurious details, curated artwork and—above all—SoMa’s most awe-inspiring Bay Bridge views. Take a seat and let each space do the work for you.

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The Ultimate Guide to Hosting Thanksgiving at The Harrison

For lovers of food, family and friends, Thanksgiving is a near-perfect holiday. The only potential downside is that a Thanksgiving celebration can be stressful to plan and execute. But for those who live at The Harrison, the opposite is true. Below, find the many ways our residents have the opportunity to plan their most effortless holiday amid our landmark high-rise.

1. Host in the perfect space.

With spacious, elegant interiors and incredible views, our residences at The Harrison offer the perfect setting to host parties both intimate and large. And perhaps even more important on Thanksgiving Day is that each abode features a gourmet kitchen with polished Carrara marble and professional-grade appliances by Bertazzoni and Sub-Zero. Here, cooking is made simple—and, yes, even enjoyable.

2. Take advantage of the Luxury Attaché.

With access to The Harrison’s Luxury Attaché, residents have their very own personal assistant of sorts during the holiday season—and, of course, year-round. The Luxury Attaché is happy to help take some of the stress out of planning a holiday party by arranging food delivery, ordering floral arrangements, place settings and much more.

3. Walk it off around SoMa.

After too much turkey and pie, getting out for a short walk around the block is always key. The Harrison boasts an unrivaled location in SoMa just moments from the waterfront, making a breather by the bay an absolute breeze. Take in the dazzling Bay Bridge lights, enjoy the company of loved ones and find gratitude in each moment outdoors.

5 Not-to-Miss Public Art Pieces in SoMa

From its unrivaled bayside setting to its host of renowned restaurants, SoMa draws people from near and far to experience its stunning sights and vibrant happenings—and perhaps the most alluring is its celebrated art scene. Here, beyond an abundance of boutique art galleries and contemporary museums, The Harrison’s coveted city district boasts iconic public pieces along our beloved SoMa streets. Below, take a look at the sculptures on our not-to-miss list. 

1. White Light

New York-based artist Jenny Holzer’s 182-foot-long artwork “White Light” displays scrolling LED text that wraps around the glass enclosure of the Salesforce Transit Center’s Grand Hall. Displaying changing quotes from over 42 writers, including Maya Angelou, Harvey Milk, Chimako Tada and more, this piece presents a captivating urban attraction well worth witnessing.

2. Cupid’s Span

Rincon Park’s serene waterfront location—set just moments from The Harrison’s front doorstep—is home to the city’s iconic bow-and-arrow sculpture, Cupid’s Span. Realized by sculptor Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, Cupid’s Span is said to be inspired by San Francisco’s reputation as the home port of the Greek god of love, Eros. Visit for a romantic picnic beside the bay or simply for a serene escape to revel in nature.

3. Time Signature

Richard Deutsch’s sculpture, Time Signature, is situated in Foundry Square and presents a captivating stainless steel sculpture that soars nearly 50 feet into the sky. The five towering vessels that complete the artwork are reflective, reacting to the changing daylight and vibrant city that surround them. The piece honors San Francisco’s rich industrial history while nodding to the city’s inspiring future. 

4. Untitled (Three Dancing Figures)

Artist Keith Haring’s outdoor sculpture, while officially untitled, is often referred to as Three Dancing Figures. Installed at Third and Howard Streets at the Moscone Convention Center, the artwork is well-known throughout San Francisco and dates back to 1989.

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5. Moonrose Sculptures

Located at 555 Mission Street, one can set sights on the city’s Moonrise Sculptures: March, October, and December—a trio of mottled aluminum sculptures by artist Ugo Rondinone. The artworks resemble heads featuring different facial expressions, with each presenting a delightful and stark contrast to the sleek, corporate buildings that surround them. 

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Structures with Soul: The Iconic Buildings that Shaped SoMa

From its vibrant cultural background to significant historical sites, San Francisco is brimming with a personality all its own. Perhaps one of the greatest markers of the city’s soulful essence is the architectural diversity that captivates those near and far, each hilly street representing its own historical moment.

At The Harrison, we have the honor of living amidst Ken Fulk’s soulful interiors, featured by the likes of Architectural Digest, Curbed and Town & Country, while surrounded by the city’s most legendary architecturals. Here, get a glimpse of three iconic buildings that have shaped SoMa into the famed locale it is today.

140 New Montgomery

Just moments from The Harrison sits one of San Francisco’s most historically significant buildings: 140 New Montgomery. Originally built in 1925, the 26-story architectural served as the headquarters for Pacific Bell Telephone and Telegraph Company. Once San Francisco’s tallest and most grandiose structure, 140 New Montgomery has been lovingly restored to the landmark it is today. From the T-shaped entrance to lavish gold accents and rich black marble throughout, the historical structure represents a bygone era of San Francisco sophistication that inspires us to live a more anachronistic lifestyle—which Ken Fulk has effortlessly bestowed upon us at The Harrison.

140 Montgomery

The Palace Hotel

A landmark historic hotel set within the heart of SoMa, the renowned Palace Hotel dates back to 1875, yet was entirely razed in the 1906 earthquake. In 1909, the hotel was rebuilt and reintroduced to San Francisco with the same architectural grandeur as its predecessor. The building’s “Palm Court” has prevailed as San Francisco’s most prestigious hotel dining room since its opening, while the “Pied Piper” Bar just off the marble-clad lobby houses one of the city’s most historic paintings. Today, the Palace Hotel stands as a manifestation of the city’s resilience and integrity—which, witnessed by plan or in passing, reminds us of our steadfast hometown honor.

The Palace Hotel

The U.S. Court of Appeals

The James R. Browning U.S. Court of Appeals building is one of SoMa’s most revered architecturals, declared a National Historic Landmark in 2012. Completed in 1905 as the U.S. Courthouse and Post Office, the building went on to survive the notorious 1906 and 1989 earthquakes. In fact, it was dubbed the “best constructed public building in the country,” which remains true—all things considered.

U.S. Court of Appeals

Inundated with white Sierra granite and opulent marble finishes by virtue of Italian craftsmanship, the building was intended to represent the nation’s affluence and importance as it became a world power. Today, the Beaux-Arts courthouse exudes this same impressive character, convincing both locals and tourists alike of San Francisco’s architectural soul and supremacy.

*Photos courtesy of The Registry, Time Out & LA Times

Meet Residence 40D: Deluxe Interiors Set to Bay Bridge Vistas

From The Harrison’s remaining available residences comes this two-bedroom floor plan, offering impeccable Bay Bridge views. Replete with diagonal-planked Siberian Oak floors, polished white slab Carrara marble countertops and unlacquered Waterworks brass fixtures, this residence pairs high end details with iconic vistas. Set high above the city below, yet moments from San Francisco’s most sought-after restaurants, shops and local attractions, this residence realizes an idyllic life marked by five-star amenities, 24/7 concierge service and inimitable details selected by renowned designer Ken Fulk.

Upon entering the foyer, the state-of-the-art kitchen captivates with Studio Becker Ash Molina cabinetry, polished Carrara marble counters and Bertazzoni and Subzero appliances, realizing an epicure’s ultimate domain. The floor plan’s fluidity continues onward into the expansive living room and dining rooms, enveloped by panoramic views beyond floor-to-ceiling windows.

Here, relaxing and entertaining are made seamlessly simple. Drenched in natural sunlight, the adjoining dining area and living room are the perfect spot to host an elegant dinner party come sundown or revel in peerless Bay Bridge views at any time of day.

Master Bedroom

To the left, one will find the master suite. Complete with breathtaking Bay Bridge views, extensive closet space and a true spa-like en-suite bath—featuring porcelain Herringbone floors, unlacquered Waterworks brass fixtures and beautiful Carrara marble countertops and subway tiles—this master suite brings to fruition one’s dreams of a sanctuary set high within the sky.

Master Bathroom

To the right of the foyer, the home’s second bedroom boasts its own luxe bathroom and similarly jaw-dropping Bay Bridge vistas. An incomparable two-bedroom residence, replete with 1,252 square feet of living space, this residence thoroughly redefines lavish high-rise living within a supreme SoMa locale.

Learn more about The Harrison’s residences, explore the neighborhood or inquire about this particular floor plan.

Resident Picks: Our Favorite Themed Bars in San Francisco

San Francisco residents know how to create a memorable night out. The city is filled with themed bars that do much more than just serve drinks—many of which are within walking distance of The Harrison. Here are some of our favorites.

1. Bourbon & Branch

Speakeasy
501 Jones St – Tenderloin
Open Mon–Sun from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Sip on handcrafted cocktails in this hidden bar located inconspicuously behind an unmarked door in the Tenderloin district. What sets this speakeasy-themed bar apart from others is the history behind its location. From 1921 to 1933—the height of the Prohibition era—the location operated as an illegal speakeasy.

To access their main room and full drink menu, make a reservation. You’ll need a password to enter as a walk-in (check their website for the current one) and access their library room (limited drink menu, limited seating).

2. Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar

950 Mason Street – Nob Hill
Terrace Level of the Fairmont Hotel
Open Wed–Sun
Dinner from 5–10 p.m. | 21+ from 10 p.m. to close

The infamous Tonga Room started as an indoor pool in 1929 and was transformed into a Hawaiian-esque lagoon in 1945 by MGM set director Mel Melvin. Since then, it’s played into its décor by serving Polynesian-fusion cuisine and tropical drinks, while The Island Groove Band performs live music. Dinner is served Wednesday through Sunday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., after which the room turns into a 21-and-up tiki dance party.

3. Novela

662 Mission Street – SoMa
Open 7 nights a week; hours vary by day

Around the corner from SFMOMA lies the book lover’s dream bar. Step into the space with the feel of someone’s home library, and you’ll be right at home among the books and reading chairs. Only, you’re not here to read—just to appreciate all things literary with the comfort of a delicious beverage. Novela serves cocktails named for well-known literary characters, each crafted with the essence of that character in mind. The “Christopher Robin,” for example, is made with gin, carrot juice, ginger, lemon and tonic. A fitting homage to Christopher Robin’s pal, Rabbit.

4. Smuggler’s Cove

650 Gough St – Hayes Valley
Open 7 nights a week from 5 p.m. to 1:15 a.m.

Yes, it’s another tiki bar on the list. However, the experience you’re getting at Smuggler’s Cove is much different than that of the Tonga Room. If the Tonga Room is Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room, then Smuggler’s Cove is Pirates of the Caribbean. Inside this nearly hidden bar (it’s very obscure from the outside), you’ll be transported onto a pirate ship that serves over 80 rum cocktails crafted from the 550+ rum varieties on their shelves at any given time.

5. Noir Lounge

581 Hayes St – Hayes Valley
Open 7 days a week; hours vary by day

A restaurant and bar, Noir Lounge pays tribute to the spirit of film noir through its atmosphere, food and drinks. They serve craft cocktails, local wines and beers, and locally sourced chef creations. The most popular part of Noir Lounge is its back room, which features plush seating and has nightly showings of noir films on a 100” screen. This room can also be booked for private events!

Meet Residence 40F: Two-Bedroom Abode Set to Stunning Marina Views

From The Harrison’s remaining available residences comes this beautiful two-bedroom floor plan with 138 square feet of balcony space and sweeping views of Twin Peaks and the marina framed by floor-to-ceiling windows. This residence captivates with supreme interior design finishes, inclusive of diagonal-planked Siberian Oak floors, polished white slab Carrara marble countertops and unlacquered Waterworks brass fixtures. Set high above the city, yet moments from San Francisco’s most sought-after restaurants, shops and local attractions, this residence realizes a luxurious urban lifestyle marked by five-star amenities, 24/7 concierge services and inimitable details selected by renowned designer Ken Fulk.

The entry foyer’s grand hallway, ideal for displaying an extensive art collection, draws you forth to the lavish master suite featuring an ensuite spa-like bath and spacious closet. Beyond the master’s serene sanctuary, the home flows onward to the kitchen—complete with Studio Becker Ash Molina cabinetry, polished Carrara marble counters and Bertazzoni and Subzero appliances—and adjoining balcony area ideal for dining alfresco.

Onward from the kitchen, the dining and living rooms captivate with floor-to-ceiling windows and access to an expansive balcony space, which serves as the perfect setting to unwind and revel in the far-reaching marina views below. Additionally, one of the home’s bedrooms resides just off the living and dining room, boasting a lavish yet cozy haven replete with high-end finishes and an ensuite spa-like bath.

Learn more about The Harrison’s residences, explore the neighborhood or inquire about this particular floor plan.

5 Health Benefits of Living Where You Work

In a city like San Francisco, commute times range drastically from a five-minute walk to two hours each way on the freeway, playing a huge role in one’s mental and physical well-being. But at The Harrison, situated in SoMa just moments from the nation’s largest tech companies, many of our residents reap the benefits of one of the city’s shortest commutes. Here are some of the top health and wellness benefits of living close to your work.

1. You’ll retain control over your morning routine.

No matter how early you get up, there’s only so much you can do when factoring in a long commute ahead. When you live close enough to work, your morning isn’t ruled by traffic conditions. You can use the extra hour or two saved (by not commuting) to cook breakfast, go get coffee, meditate, read a book or even sleep in a little longer.

2. You’ll (probably) arrive at the office less stressed.

Walk into any office building at nine a.m., and you could easily tell who had the traffic-ridden commute and who just popped on over. When arriving at the office, commuters run the risk of already having had a bad day, while non-commuters have the advantage of starting their workday with a clean slate.

3. You’ll contribute to less pollution.

Do something good for yourself, your neighbors and the environment by living closer to where you work. You’ll be in the car less every day—or, if you’re lucky, not at all—thus, contributing to less pollution. A little goes a long way!

4. You’ll discover the meaning of work-life balance. 

If you work a 9-to-5 job and your commute is an hour each way, you might as well be working an 8-to-6 job. And that’s assuming you show up and leave on time. A shorter commute means you can start winding down in the evenings that much sooner, freeing up more time to live your best life.

5. You’ll decrease your chances of being in a car accident.

So, you’re a great driver, but you can’t account for everyone else on the road. Add in distractions, stress built up over the course of the workday and driving becomes even riskier. Cut out this unnecessary risk by minimizing (or eliminating) your time in the car.

Luxe Magazine Praises The Harrison’s Penthouse Event Space

In their deep dive on high-rise living and luxury real estate, Luxe magazine highlights The Harrison as “ahead of the curve” by designating the penthouse floor as a shared entertainment space, calling it a “democratizing move.” In their investigation of the new demand for cutting-edge grandeur that retains warmth and character, Luxe spoke to The Harrisons interior designer Ken Fulk:

“With 180-degree views spanning from the ocean to the bay, we imagined this as the sky-high aeri or a bon vivant explorer that just happens to be your favorite uncle.” – Ken Fulk

Read the full story here.

A Local’s Guide to San Francisco Fleet Week

For nearly 40 years, Fleet Week—which honors the contributions of the individuals of the United States Armed Forces—puts on an exciting show for San Franciscans while providing a rich education to both residents and military personnel. Held from October 6–14, this year’s lively happenings will take place all over the western side of the city. Here are a few that aren’t to be missed.

San Francisco Fleet Week Air Show

Friday, October 11 through Sunday, October 13
Get tickets here for guaranteed seating and the best views.

People travel from across the world just for this—the highlight of Fleet Week. As the only air show in the country with a commercial plane (the United 777), it gives attendees a truly unforgettable experience. Other notable acts include the U.S. Navy Blue Angels and the USAF F-35 Demo Team.

Visiting Ship Tours

Thursday, October 10 and Saturday, October 12 through Monday, October 14
Free of charge; first come, first serve
Full schedule and visiting info here

Want to get a glimpse into the daily life of a sailor on a military ship? Over the course of the week, you’ll have the opportunity to climb aboard a carrier from the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard and the Royal Australian Navy.

Parade of Ships

Friday, October 11, 2019
11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Head somewhere with a view of the Golden Gate for the largest parade of ships on the West Coast. The parade typically showcases the San Francisco Fire Department’s fire boat, followed by the U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard. This year’s parade will also feature the Royal Australian Navy. Due to U.S. Navy security protocol, you’ll have to wait until the day of to see the participating ships.

K-9 Heroes

Duboce Park
Saturday, October 12, 2019 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Come out to meet and honor the canine heroes of the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Marine Corps, S.F.P.D., S.F.F.D., San Francisco and Alameda County Sheriffs, various search and rescue teams and more.

For a full list of events, ticketing info and more, visit the official SF Fleet Week site.

Resident Picks: 3 Glamping Spots Just Beyond San Francisco

Glamping, one of today’s trendiest getaway options, presents a unique opportunity to retreat to nature while maintaining all the accoutrements of a luxurious vacation. And, much to our advantage in San Francisco, there are countless glamping hotspots just a drive away. So, whether you want to head to Big Sur or Russian River, you can rest assured that there will be a rustic yet well-appointed dwelling waiting for you.

Ventana

There’s no doubt that Big Sur is amongst the most naturally beautiful places in the world. But, if you’re not looking to get your hands completely dirty, Ventana is perhaps your best alternative. Nestled in the forest amongst Big Sur’s iconic and dramatic landscape, Ventana’s glampsite presents a more refined way to connect with nature. Book one of their safari-style canvas tents, revel in high-end amenities, luxurious finishes, custom-curated picnic baskets and take in the encompassing Redwood splendor.

Mendocino Grove

Tucked within the forest of Mendocino while mere moments from the striking coastline, Mendocino Grove has made camping entirely convenient and comfortable. Each glamorous safari tent comes outfitted with cozy beds, a redwood deck, picnic table, fire pit and nearby spa-like showers with towels and organic bath products. Whether you’re in need of a romantic getaway or a family escape, Mendocino Grove caters to all glampers.

AutoCamp

Set within the heart of Sonoma’s wine country is AutoCamp—a luxurious camping outpost. Here, you can choose from either a fully-appointed Airstream camper, plush canvas tent or a handcrafted Shelton Hut, all complete with high-end, modern finishes. Each suite comes with boutique hotel bedding, a spa-inspired bathroom and access to AutoCamp’s hip mid-century modern Clubhouse, where you can stock up on local wine and beer, snacks and camping essentials or relax by the firepit lounges with the twinkling night sky above.

*Photo Courtesy of Ventana

5 Quintessentially Fall Activities in the Bay Area

Summer might seem like everyone’s favorite season, but fall in the Bay Area really hits that sweet spot in our lives. It’s our “perfect weather” season and the time to embrace some of our favorite things. Whether the season means pumpkin spice lattes or horror film marathons, there will be plenty of things to interest you in the Bay Area over the next few months.

1. Go on a late-night tour of the Winchester Mystery House

For fans of Halloween and/or scary movies, it’s worth the drive to San Jose to take a tour of this historic haunted attraction. Unlike most haunted houses, it’s actually open year-round and has a pretty bizarre backstory. During September and October this year, you can experience a brand new, late-night tour called “Unhinged.” Whether you’ve been to the Winchester Mystery House before or not, it’ll definitely be a unique activity.

2. Attend a football game

This will be the last year that Bay Area residents are blessed with two NFL home teams. Raiders fans just have to cross the bay to watch their team play their last season at RingCentral Coliseum before they relocate to Las Vegas. Unfortunately, the 49ers aren’t playing in San Francisco anymore, but the still-fairly-new Levi’s stadium in Santa Clara is easily accessible via car or by way of Caltrain/VTA.

3. Escape the city on a weekend camping trip

Embrace the outdoors while the days are still warm by taking your friends, family or partner on a weekend adventure. Look into nearby spots like Big Basin Redwoods State Park, Point Reyes or Big Sur. And, if glamping is more your style, here are some of our favorite getaways within a short drive of San Francisco.

4. Celebrate Oktoberfest with beer and brats

This fall activity doesn’t require leaving the city, as the longstanding Schroeder’s restaurant/bar is the place to be if you want to take part in this German celebration. While Schroeder’s serves beer and brats every day, they’re adding in live music and an annual block party to the fun this season.

5. Spend a day on the water looking for whales

This might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of fall, but hear us out. Fall is the best time to spot blue whales and humpback whales in the Bay Area. The Oceanic Society hosts whale-watching trips from San Francisco to the Farallon Islands, where you can spot whales, dolphins, seals, sea lions and plenty more marine life.

Trend Alert: 4 Ways to Wabi-Sabi Your High-Rise Home

Wabi-sabi is the Japanese term for being perfectly imperfect, or finding beauty in the impermanent or incomplete. While the concept can be applied to many aspects of life, it’s often used in relation to interior design and home decor. Here are some easy ways to incorporate a bit of intentional imperfection into your home.

1. Stick with a neutral, natural color palette.

Wabi-sabi comes from appreciating the imperfections found in nature, so it should come as no surprise that it draws color inspiration from nature as well. Even though nature is filled with all kinds of colors, think earthy: browns, creams, grays, greens.

2. Experiment with mismatched furniture.

This one can be a little tricky to pull off, but the key is to create a cohesive yet bohemian feel. Stick with solid colors (neutral tones, ideally), and use patterns sparingly. Try framing your kitchen table with chairs made from various materials, featuring different finishes or upholstered with varying fabrics. Or, try this in the living room with a mid-century modern sofa paired with a wicker loveseat.

3. Pick up some handmade kitchenware.

Instead of perfectly rounded edges, smooth surfaces and uniformity, opt for one-of-a-kind pieces instead. You could think small-scale and drink your coffee out of an unglazed clay mug or replace your entire dining set with pieces slightly less uniform.

4. Incorporate nature in unique ways.

Instead of the typical potted plant or vase of flowers, consider opting for something a little less traditionally pretty. Look for beauty in the parts of nature that are often overlooked for the more colorful or lively. A light fixture made from a tree branch or a bowl filled with unpolished stones as a centerpiece would accomplish this technique well.

5 San Francisco Water Sports to Try This Summer

Since the water in Northern California tends to be pretty cold the rest of the year, we highly recommend taking advantage of the slightly warmer aquatic temperatures during the summer and fall months. And, if the water is still too cold for your liking, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the water without actually getting wet. Here are five water sports/activities you can try in San Francisco this summer.

1. Kayaking

Living at The Harrison puts you in a prime location to try out this water sport. Right next to SoMa in South Beach, you can rent a kayak from City Kayak Friday through Monday. Paddle out behind Oracle Park, underneath the Bay Bridge, and experience downtown San Francisco from an entirely new point of view. City Kayak offers lessons for beginners and guided tours if you’d rather paddle with a group.

2. Sailing

Choose your own sailing adventure—from an adventurous 18-footer boat to a more cruiselike vessel—and enjoy being out on the open water in the bay. You can learn how to sail through a local instructor like OCSC Sailing School or opt for dinner and drinks on a less bumpy, more relaxed ride.

3. Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP)

A photo-worthy activity (as long as you have a waterproof camera attached to your body) that also gives you a full-body workout and simultaneously lets you enjoy the fresh air and salty sea. SUP is a challenging, yet fun, way to get your body moving and explore the Bay Area. How much time you spend in the water instead of on top of it is up to you (and how calm the water is). Plenty of places—including the aforementioned City Kayak—rent paddleboards and offer lessons for beginners.

4. Windsurfing

Just across the bay in Alameda, you can rent a windsurfing board and gear and take lessons if you’ve never tried the sport before. Windsurfing combines surfing with sailing and is a relatively easy sport to pick up. As long as you’re able to swim and have decent balance, you should have no problem giving windsurfing a try.

5. Kiteboarding

Glide along the Bay Area’s sparkling waters while learning the art of kiteboarding. A popular water sport in San Francisco, kiteboarding involves being harnessed to a large hand-controlled kite, combining elements of wakeboarding, surfing, snowboarding, sailing and paragliding. And, whether venturing to Crissy Field or Ocean Beach, you’re sure to find plenty of nearby spots to learn the ropes.

San Francisco Chronicle Highlights The Harrison’s High-Rise Views

San Francisco Chronicle mentions The Harrison’s Signature Collection and top-floor entertainment space  in their article on penthouses in San Francisco. Following a description of The Harrison’s “17 luxurious penthouses” and “swanky lounge,” the article also measures the elite penthouses’ prices against median condo price per square foot in San Francisco:

“The Harrison penthouses are ‘relatively affordable’ for the views, said Debrah Kemp, project director with Compass Development, which is marketing the property.”

Read the full article here.

A Weekend in Wine Country Without the Hangover

Just over an hour away from San Francisco lies one of the world’s wine capitals. Between Napa and Sonoma valleys, there are 600+ wineries to choose from, giving the wine drinker more than enough to do, see and taste during any given visit. But, you might be surprised to learn that wine country has much more to offer than just wine. Here’s how to enjoy the area without the risk of a hangover.

Enjoy Live Music

In addition to hosting annual music festivals like Bottlerock at the end of May, wine country is home to quite a few live music venues. At Uptown Theatre in Napa, you can see acts like Kris Kristofferson & The Strangers, Switchfoot, Matt Kearney and more. Blue Note Napa is welcoming Dennis Quaid & Jamie James, Kenny G and more this fall. You can enjoy everything from jazz to country and beyond throughout the year at many of the area’s restaurants and wineries—among other dedicated music venues.

Eat Your Way Through the Valley

Napa Valley boasts two 3-Michelin starred restaurants, four 1-Michelin starred restaurants and 26 other Michelin-rated restaurants. Only 15 restaurants in the U.S. have earned the honor of three Michelin stars, and two of them are in Napa Valley—including The Restaurant at Meadowood and The French Laundry. That, alone, should make a trip to wine country worth it.

*The French Laundry, photo courtesy of Business Insider

If you have your heart set on scoring a reservation at The French Laundry, make sure to plan a few months in advance. It’s considered among the best restaurants in the world and serves a prix fixe chef’s choice menu by Thomas Keller. The famous chef and proprietor is behind four other Napa Valley eateries that are a little easier to get tables at: Bouchon Bistro, Bouchon Bakery, Ad Hoc + Addendum and La Calenda.

Have a Spa Day

What better way to enjoy a getaway sans alcohol than with a weekend filled with detoxifying self-care activities? If massages, mud baths and dips in natural hot springs are your idea of a good time, we recommend visiting Calistoga. Enjoy this beautiful town via one of its wellness resorts like Calistoga Ranch, which is made up of 50 freestanding guest lodges that let you truly embrace the natural surroundings.

*The Spa at Calistoga Ranch, photo courtesy of Forbes Travel Guide

Get Your Adrenaline Going

Wine country is an adrenaline junkie’s paradise—no matter what level of excitement gets your blood pumping. You can rent a kayak or jet ski to take out on Lake Berryessa, ride through the rolling hills of vineyards on horseback, slide down a zipline through the redwoods in Sonoma or see the valley from way up above on a hot air balloon.

10 Essential Coffee Shops in SoMa

San Francisco is fueled by craft beer, California burritos and, of course, coffee. While there’s no shortage of Starbucks within the city, the local coffee joints are the real unsung heroes. Fill up your reusable coffee mug with a local roast on your way to work, or sit down and enjoy a cappuccino on your day off at one of these SoMa coffee shops.

1. Contraband Coffee Bar
260 5th St.
Contraband Coffee Bar is transparent about their coffee sourcing, and they’re dedicated to ethically sourced beans via direct trade deals. They roast their beans to achieve a balanced, sweet flavor profile. We love staying in their SoMa location to sip on their current brews while enjoying the bright, spacious atmosphere.

2. Café X Metreon
135 4th St.
All the convenience of ordering coffee via an iPhone app—made even simpler. This kiosk inside the Metreon shopping center is a human-free coffee experience. Quick, simple and delicious.

3. Sightglass Coffee
270 Seventh St.
Plenty of seating and its roasting area on display makes Sightglass Coffee stand out from the average shop. Stay and enjoy a cup of coffee on the first floor, or take up temporary residence while you work on a project or meet with a colleague upstairs.

4. Saint Frank Coffee
1081 Mission St.
Named for Saint Francis (the same person the city of San Francisco is named for), Saint Frank Coffee models its shop after the man as well. They approach coffee roasting and serving with the values of coffee, people and connection.

5. Equator Coffees
986 Market St.
In addition to serving great cups of coffee, Equator Coffees boasts a B-Corp Certification. In fact, in 2011, Equator Coffees became the first coffee roaster in California to earn this certification—which signifies its dedication to valuing everyone in the supply chain.

6. The Coffee Movement
1030 Washington St.
Clean, modern, beautiful and warm. The Coffee Movement is a fairly small coffee shop with no seating, so it’s more of a grab-and-go kind of place. What it lacks in square footage, it makes up for in flavor profiles.

7. Sextant Coffee Roasters
1415 Folsom St.
Founded by Ethiopian-born Kinani Ahmed, Sextant Coffee Roasters sources its coffee beans from Ethiopia, Kenya, Colombia and more, bringing unique flavors from around the globe to San Francisco. They roast all of their beans in San Francisco for freshness, quality control and signature taste.

8. Blue Bottle Coffee
66 Mint St.
A coffee chain with the quality and soul of a locals-only place, Blue Bottle Coffee serves espresso, single origin, and blends—along with a full breakfast and lunch menu, served daily from 6:30 am to 2:30 pm.

9. Philz Coffee
300 Folsom St.
We couldn’t talk about coffee shops in San Francisco without mentioning Philz Coffee now, could we? A cup of coffee “Philz Way”—medium sweet with cream—is a Bay Area staple.

10. Andytown Coffee Roasters
181 Fremont St. Fl 7
Founded in 2014, Andytown Coffee Roasters was created to be your neighborhood coffee shop with the vibe of grandma’s house. Its founders believe in quality, approachability, transparency and using their economic impact for good.

An Insider’s Guide to San Francisco’s Best Beaches

Though it’s surrounded by water on three sides, San Francisco isn’t what most would picture when imagining a beach town. That being said, the city—better known for its man-made glory—is home to some pretty spectacular beaches. From a surfer’s paradise to dog- and family-friendly options, these are the best sandy spots in San Francisco.

Baker Beach

Starting at the southwest end of the Presidio and extending north toward the Golden Gate, Baker Beach is one of the best places to sit and watch the sunset in the city. From the beach, you can enjoy views of Lands End to the south, the Marin Headlands across the bay and San Francisco’s most famous bridge to the north.

Unfortunately, this is not a beach to go to if you want to get in the water (the rip currents and waves can be very dangerous), but it’s a good spot for fishing or exploring the terrain and wildlife along the rocky shoreline.

Baker Beach Tips:

  • It’s not safe to swim here.
  • The northernmost end is clothing optional.
  • Restrooms, grills and picnic tables are available.

Mile Rock Beach

Another beach requiring a trek to get to is Mile Rock Beach, located at the end of the Lands End trail. Unlike Baker Beach, this locale is much better suited for adventuring than a quiet admiration of nature. From the Lands End visitor center, it’s about a mile to get down to the water (the trail includes a 243-stair-step descent).

Once you’re there, it’s a great place for exploring tidepools and the creatures within (if you get there at the right time of day). This spot also offers stunning vistas of the Marin Headlands and the Presidio.

Mile Rock Beach Tips:

  • Pack water and snacks (if you forget food, you can eat before or after your hike at the Lands End Lookout Visitor Center or the nearby Cliff House Restaurant).
  • The beach gets very small at high tide, so check times before you go.
  • Free parking!
  • Dogs are allowed off leash.

Crissy Field – East Beach

Located just east of the Golden Gate, Crissy Field’s East Beach offers the whole “fun in the sun” type of beach experience. It’s safe for swimming, is one of the best places for kitesurfing and easy to get to (no hiking shoes necessary).

East Beach Tips:

  • Picnic tables, grills, and restrooms are available.
  • Check out the nearby Crissy Marsh for birdwatching.
  • Keep in mind: this beach is very popular and may be crowded.

Marshall’s Beach

For starters, this beach is only accessible via the Batteries to Bluffs hiking trail in the Presidio, which makes it a much quieter and more exclusive experience than most of the other beaches—simply because of the effort required to get there.

Don’t worry; the views make all the effort worth it. Both the natural terrain and the proximity to the Golden Gate make for a photographer’s dream. Chances are you’ve seen a picture of the bridge taken from Marshall’s Beach, with rock formations in the foreground.

Marshall’s Beach Tips:

  • Prepare for a workout (requires a hike there and back).
  • Leave your dog at home (the trail is not dog friendly).
  • No restrooms available.

Ocean Beach

Ocean Beach is considered one of the best surfing spots in San Francisco; unfortunately, this also means the water is off limits for amateurs and casual beachgoers. Despite the dangerous waters, Ocean Beach is a beautiful natural park to visit. Bring your dog, kids, fishing gear, and BBQ supplies to enjoy the sand and the sea. While you’re there, consider checking out the nearby historic Cliff House and Sutro Baths or the Camera Obscura.

Ocean Beach Tips:

  • Avoid the water unless you’re an experienced surfer.
  • Bonfires are allowed in provided fire pits.
  • Dogs are allowed.

Meet Residence 38G: One-Bedroom Set to Twin Peaks & City Vistas

From The Harrison’s remaining available residences comes this one-bedroom floor plan with a well-appointed interior set to unrivaled Twin Peaks and city views. High-end details abound throughout, including diagonal-planked Siberian Oak floors, polished white slab Carrara marble countertops, unlacquered Waterworks brass fixtures and a Bosch washer and dryer—ideally combining luxe finishes with matchless vistas. Set high above the city, yet moments from San Francisco’s most sought-after restaurants, shops and local attractions, this residence realizes an idyllic life marked by five-star amenities, 24/7 concierge service and inimitable details selected by renowned designer Ken Fulk.

Kitchen

Through the foyer is the state-of-the-art kitchen, complete with Studio Becker Ash Molina cabinetry, polished Carrara marble counters and Bertazzoni and Subzero appliances. Neighboring the kitchen are the dining area and living room, sharing an open layout that is ideal for both relaxing and entertaining. Here, floor-to-ceiling windows unveil extensive Twin Peaks views.

Living Room

The master suite delights in expansive views of the city and Twin Peaks beyond floor-to-ceiling windows, affording one a sense of cozy urban seclusion. Its spa-like bath similarly captivates with deluxe details and a soothing neutral aesthetic, brimming with porcelain Herringbone floors, custom unlacquered Waterworks brass fixtures, casted-glass wall sconces and beautiful Carrara marble countertops and subway tiles. This residence is, without a doubt, the embodiment of cosmopolitan tranquility right at home.

Learn more about The Harrison’s residences, explore the neighborhood or inquire about this particular floor plan.

Resident Picks: What We’re Loving in San Francisco This Month

In a city of nearly a million people, there’s always something new to discover, from restaurants to bars, events, art installations, activities and more. One could live here for years and still leave so much untouched. We’ll always have our all-time favorites and most frequented spots, but we are always on the lookout for something new and exciting. Here’s what we’ve recently tried and loved in San Francisco.

Everdene
Rooftop bar & restaurant 
Virgin Hotel – 250 4th Street

Nearby in SoMa atop the Virgin Hotel is one of our new favorite outdoor drinking spots. Everdene serves seasonal cocktails, beer, and wine—alongside small bites. The décor is a cross between mid-century modern and bohemian; add in the incredible views of the city and you have a perfect, photo-ready moment.

Palette
Restaurant + art gallery + shop
816 Folsom Street

Palette combines food, art, and community in its 8,500-square-foot storied space in SoMa.
The restaurant’s menu changes with the seasons, relying on local harvesters for its food offerings and sustainably sourced wines from around the globe. The art gallery showcases various exhibitions throughout the year, which are open to the public. Budding artists or hobbyists may want to keep an eye on the workshop schedule to dabble in ceramics, painting and more. Lastly, the boutique sells local artisan goods like jewelry and home décor.

Che Fico Alimentari
Italian wine bar + grocery + salumeria
834 Divisadero Street – Downstairs

Upscale yet homey, the new addition underneath popular Italian restaurant Che Fico is worth securing a reservation for. Che Fico Alimentari serves casual authentic Italian fare like imported salumi and cheese, pasta, and gelato, in addition to more than 200 Italian wines. The best part? The grocery offerings let you take home a taste of Italy to enjoy at home. Shop Italian staples like olive oil, pasta, salumi, cheese, freshly baked breads and pastries, wine and more.

Beach Blanket Babylon
Long-running satirical comedy show
678 Green Street

For a night of laughter, head to North Beach’s Club Fugazi to see the long-running Beach Blanket Babylon. More than 6.5 million people from around the world have seen the show, keeping it running for nearly 17,000 performances. The premise is such: Snow White journeys around the world looking for her Prince Charming. The pop culture and political figures she meets along the way and the experiences she goes through are known to change from show to show.

Onsen
Japanese bathhouse + restaurant
466 Eddy Street

The ultimate destination for relaxation and socialization, Onsen is the Tenderloin’s best kept secret. The Japanese bathhouse consists of a 104-degree communal tub, redwood sauna, steam room, custom overhead cold plunge and western-style shower. Depending on the day, the bathhouse is men-only, women-only or coed, so be sure to check the schedule before making a reservation. While you can visit the restaurant separately, we recommend making your visit a double-feature. Chef George Meza serves a seasonal menu of vegetable-focused small plates made with local produce like cabbage & sunchoke gyoza or chicory and silken tofu salad.

Designer Spotlight: An Inside Look at The Harrison’s Model Residences

The Harrison is undoubtedly a beautiful building in a beautiful location, but it’s the interior design that really brings its residential and community spaces to life. The expertly curated artwork and the strategic white space, the couches that demand your attention and those that let other pieces take the spotlight. Below, meet the designers who have helped bring The Harrison to life.

Ken Fulk

World-renowned for his exquisite ways of marrying vintage and modern elements, Ken Fulk played a major role in shaping The Harrison’s visual identity, selecting all residence finishes and designing four models. The designer can be credited for the eclectic, sophisticated vibes of private social club The Battery, Leo’s Oyster Bar and our very own amenity spaces at The Harrison, from Uncle Harry’s to the Grand Salon and The Pantry. Here’s how to bring the Ken Fulk vibe into your own space.

SFA Design

With offices on both coasts, boutique firm SFA Design employs collaborative methods when crafting tailor-made spaces. They are known for their cozy yet sophisticated beachy interiors. In their two model residences at The Harrison, the team embraced the trend of comfortable minimalism: function at the forefront, without sacrificing style. Inspired by the stunning views of the San Francisco Bay, SFA Design used a palette of neutral, warm tones to softly complement the backdrop.

Michael Friedes

Following his creative start in New York, Michael Friedes brought his interior design business to the Bay Area in 2009. Over the last decade, Friedes has specialized in curating elegant yet livable residential spaces. Within The Harrison, Friedes is the creative force behind the Steinway Suite—the 49th floor penthouse, which comes fully furnished (including a $100,000 Steinway piano). The designer uses key statement pieces situated among modern minimalist furniture to add a touch of pizzazz, while letting the views of Twin Peaks and the San Francisco skyline take center stage.

Premier Stagers

Premier Stagers founders Summer Chàpin and celebrity interior designer Maxime Jacquet partner with furniture and art creators and curators from around the world to bring one-of-a-kind experiences into each interior project. The duo is the force behind some of the most iconic luxury projects—including The Carlyle Residences in Los Angeles and two of The Harrison’s model penthouses.

Larette Design

Jean Larette of Larette Design is an acclaimed interior designer who has been included among House Beautiful’s list of top designers in America multiple times and is consistently featured in the nation’s most prestigious magazines, from Elle Décor to California Home & Design. She is responsible for designing model 39C at The Harrison, which is beloved for its coastal details that accent modern finishes throughout.

The Close Explores The Harrison’s Forward-Thinking Marketing

In the article “Can Experiential Marketing Save The Real Estate Industry…Again?,” The Close chooses The Steinway Suite event at The Harrison as a successful and unique marketing case study. Highlighting how The Harrison partnered with Steinway & Sons to bring their residences to life with the finest handcrafted grand pianos, The Close writes on how this brand partnership brought something new to the table for both brand partners and prospective buyers.

“Eager to get their high end instruments in front of well-heeled homebuyers, Steinway offered one of their top of the line Spirio player pianos. They then hired a concert pianist to play the piano at their launch parties, and also got to show off the piano’s (amazing) self-playing features on showings.”

Read the full article here.

6 Endorphin-Boosting SF Locales to Hit this Summer

Between work and all of life’s obligations, many of us forget to carve out time for what makes us happy. Whether you wish to be immersed in complete stillness or surrounded by buzzing excitement, these six places throughout the city each set the stage for a mood-boosting, endorphin-releasing experience.

1. San Francisco Zen Center – City Center

Introverts, self-proclaimed workaholics and anyone needing a break from the noise of everyday life may find happiness in the simplest activities of all—and the San Francisco Zen Center is the ideal setting. For 50 years, the Beginner’s Mind Temple (also known as City Center) location has opened its doors to the general public, providing a sacred space for meditation, reflection, yoga and more.

2. Dolores Park

This San Francisco staple truly has something to offer everyone. Situated on nearly 16 acres, Dolores Park offers the perfect setting for nearly any happiness-boosting activity you could think of—whether that be reading a book, having a picnic with friends, playing soccer or throwing the ball for your pup. Music and arts lovers can also find various events to attend over the summer.

3. California Academy of Sciences

One of the coolest indoor locales in San Francisco is the California Academy of Sciences. It’s an aquarium, planetarium and natural history museum in one. During the day, you can indulge the curious part of your mind as you make your way through the various exhibits—viewing magnificent creatures and learning about the past, present and future. Stop by on Thursday evenings for NightLife and enjoy music, creatures and cocktails with a thought-provoking new theme every week.

4. Twin Peaks Viewpoint

Whether you’re new to the city or enjoy a change in perspective every once in a while, Twin Peaks—just 20 minutes from downtown—offers an exquisite panoramic view of San Francisco. Though it can be enjoyed at any time of day, it’s particularly beautiful at sunrise or sunset. Our residents often opt for the 3.8-mile loop to the top and back for a well-rounded experience. After all, exercise releases endorphins and endorphins make you happy.

5. Ocean Beach

San Francisco is surrounded by some of the most beautiful natural terrain in America. Drive, bike, scooter or walk to the outskirts of the city—right next to the Golden Gate Bridge—to connect with nature as you watch the waves roll in. Light a fire in one of the designated pits, slide your wetsuit on and catch some waves (note: this beach is recommended for experienced surfers, as rip currents can be particularly high) or walk along the esplanade and take in the sand and sea from a near distance.

6. The Independent

Around the corner from Alamo Square is The Independent, one of the city’s best indoor music venues that hosts musicians from a wide range of genres. The standing room venue is low-frills (no dress code; the website simply states, “we just ask that you please wear clothes”) and frequently sells out, so we’d recommend checking their calendar and planning your night out ahead of time.

Tips & Tricks to Plan Your Best Summer Soirée at The Harrison

Summertime is the perfect season for entertaining, and The Harrison is an entertainer’s paradise. With stunning Ken Fulk-designed shared spaces and open-concept residences, our luxury high-rise is well equipped to host your summer soirée. Below, find our best tips and tricks for planning the event of the season.

Choose the right space for your gathering.

As far as party locations go, few locations get anywhere close to the luxury of your own residence at The Harrison. Each residence was designed to be suitable for whatever type of gathering you have in mind. With large kitchens, spacious living areas and open-concept floor plans, the residences easily accommodate all of your guests.

 

But if you’d like more seating options, Uncle Harry’s can be a beautiful party location. Residents can rent out the 3,500-square-foot penthouse lounge for private parties and social gatherings year-round. Its floor-to-ceiling windows offer unobstructed views of the Bay Bridge for you and your guests to marvel at while you mingle.

Consider local catering options for food and drinks.

Food can be one of the most time-consuming (and stressful) aspects of party planning. Fortunately, San Francisco is one of the food capitals of the world and has no shortage of delectable catering options to choose from. Some local favorites in the SoMa district are Fraiche Catering, Le’s Kitchen Catering, Fogcutter and top restaurants including Lord George and Local Kitchen.

 

As far as drinks go, the Bay Area is home to dozens of craft breweries, and some of the world’s best wineries are located within a few hours of the city. Without leaving SoMa, you can shop local and imported beers alike at City Beer Store and stock up on regional wine selects (along with plenty of options from around the globe) at The Wine Club.

Take advantage of the Harrison Attaché for party planning assistance.

Every resident of The Harrison is welcome to use our personalized concierge service for everyday needs and special event planning. Choose to enlist our services for certain tasks like floral arrangement and delivery or housekeeping needs for your upcoming soirée.

How to Make This the Summer of Developing Healthy Habits

While many of us consider the new year to be the optimal time for intention-setting, there’s no reason why you can’t start anew in the middle of the year. And what better time than summer to develop new, positive habits? After all, with its long, sunshine-filled days, summertime has a way of inspiring positivity all around. Here are some ways to put the season to good use and develop healthy habits of your own.

1. Use the extra hours of daytime to light your reading list.
Whether your list includes current New York Times bestsellers or 19th century classics, now is the perfect time to start crossing some books off your list. The mild weather opens up a host of new places to read—from your living room to Rincon Park, just steps away from The Harrison. And for a classic San Francisco-themed read, take a look at our list of favorites and get ready to fall for the city all over again.

2. Take up a meditation practice.
Meditation is often limited to an association with spiritual retreats and unconventional lifestyles. And, while these may be true, the practice can and should be weaved into even the most modern and conventional of lifestyles. Meditation is a great tool for personal development that can help you destress, focus and find perspective. And lucky for you, we’ve rounded up our residents’ ten favorite hangouts for balancing mind and body, all just steps from The Harrison.

3. Get your body moving.
The Harrison’s fitness center and pool do offer an upgraded workout experience, but we understand that it might take a new environment or activity in order to jumpstart a new routine. Here are five outdoor activities that’ll get your body moving and your senses fulfilled as you take in the best of the Bay Area.

4. Change up your morning routine.
Without the chill of winter to keep you snuggled up in bed until you have no choice but to get up, you’ll have the opportunity to make something of your morning before work or other obligations. Try something as simple as sitting down to enjoy a cup of coffee or tea at one of our top local spots, or maybe even a more ambitious feat like walking to work instead of your usual commute in the mornings.

5. Renew your relationships.
This summer, why not make it a point to renew some of your relationships with friends and family? Choose a date and head to one of these outdoor drinking spots in SoMa to catch up over cocktails and small plates with your college friends. Plan a romantic camping trip with your significant other. Or, take your mom for a relaxing wine tasting getaway in Napa Valley.

A Local’s Guide to San Francisco’s Best Summer Festivals

Live music, celebrations of culture and inclusion, an abundance of local food and drinks, and the palpable excitement of summer in the air—welcome to festival season in San Francisco. Here’s what’s happening this summer inside the city and just across the bay.

Stern Grove Concerts in the Park

Sundays, June 16–August 18
Sigmund Stern Grove

Every Sunday from mid-June to mid-August, the Stern Grove concert meadow opens up to the public for free concerts on Sunday afternoons. The summer lineup includes the GRAMMY-winning dance band Los Van Van, the San Francisco Symphony and the San Francisco Ballet. You’re welcome to bring your own food and drinks (alcohol is allowed in the park for Sunday concerts), but food trucks will be available as well. Seating is first come, first serve. Bring your own blankets and lawn chairs or reserve a picnic table with a donation of $500 or more.

Pride Parade & Festival

June 29–30, 2019
Civic Center Plaza

Spend a day or two celebrating the differences that bring us together at San Francisco Pride. The main attractions are two days of inspirational speakers and performers, while over 200 exhibitors showcase local businesses, artists and nonprofits. We recommend purchasing a Pride Pass, which grants you preferred access to seating, entrance to the VIP Party on Sunday, an official T-shirt, and discounts/special offers from business partners.

The 36th Annual Fillmore Jazz Festival

July 6–7, 2019
Fillmore Street: Jackson to Eddy

Continue your Independence Day celebrations through the weekend by attending the 36th annual Fillmore Jazz Festival in Pacific Heights. This unique, family-friendly event is the largest free jazz festival on the west coast. From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., take a stroll down the 12 blocks to indulge in gourmet food and drinks while shopping the selection of local arts and crafts. And, of course, make your way to the various stages to dance along to the sounds of Kim Nalley, Ray Obiedo Group, Wiley Coyotes and more.

BreastFest Beer Festival

July 20th
Fairground Island – Marin Center, San Rafael

What’s better than sampling unlimited beers from California breweries and eating your heart’s desire of local foods to the tune of live music? Knowing that the proceeds from your ticket are going toward a good cause. Located just across the bay in Marin County, the BreastFest Beer Festival is a non-profit 501(c)(3) that was born as a fun way to raise money for state-licensed non-profit clinics that support and offer alternative medical treatments for low-income women with breast cancer. These services include social services, organic food, transportation, massage therapy, therapeutic imagery, acupuncture and Chinese and Western herbs.

Nihonmachi Street Fair

August 3–4, 2019
Japantown

Adults, children, and pets are welcome at this two-day festival in San Francisco’s Japantown. This year will be the 46th installment of the Nihonmachi Street Fair, which is committed to serving the community through service, education and youth mentorship. Embrace the melting pot of Asian-Pacific American life and San Francisco culture with a weekend of performances, art, music, food and service. There’s even a Doggie World Parade and Pageant on Sunday, August 4th—awarding prizes for the dogs with the best smile, best costume and more.

Outside Lands

August 9–11, 2019
Golden Gate Park

San Francisco’s biggest and most extravagant festival, Outside Lands, is three full days of music, food, art and entertainment. Sing along with the likes of Paul Simon, Childish Gambino, Twenty One Pilots, Kacey Musgraves, Leon Bridges, Blink-182 and many more. Embrace good vibes at Grass Lands, “the first curated cannabis experience at a major US music festival, with a focus on celebration, education, and the integration of cannabis products into daily life.” Watch artists at work and admire their sculptures, murals and stage design. Sample beer, wine, cocktails and every type of cuisine imaginable. Shop artisan goods by local craft-makers and businesses. It’ll be a weekend to remember.

Resident Picks: Our Favorite Wineries in Napa Valley Right Now

San Francisco is a prime travel destination for many, but those of us who live in this beautiful city can appreciate getting away every once in a while. And what’s better than escaping to wine country for a quick weekend getaway? Napa Valley is home to more wineries than you could possibly visit in a single trip but, lucky for you, our residents have rounded up their favorite must-visit wineries for the ultimate wine-filled retreat.

Larkmead Vineyards

Founded in 1895, the historic Larkmead estate is one of the oldest family-owned wineries in Napa Valley. Since 1992, Cam and Kate Solari have owned and operated the property’s 110 acres—transforming the historic vineyard into a truly world-renowned wine estate. The vineyards have a unique nature, with soil characteristic of the hillside rather than a valley, making for pleasantly unique wines. If you have the opportunity, we recommend purchasing a bottle of one of Larkmead’s reserve wines to save for a special occasion.

Nickel & Nickel Winery

Situated on 42 acres originally settled as farmland in the 1880s, Nickel & Nickel Winery has a quaint, homey feel to its grounds. The homes and barns on the land have been restored within the past two decades to offer a warm and cozy greeting to each guest. Schedule a guided tour of the farmstead and winery and/or a private tasting during your visit. The “Private Terroir Tasting” is our personal favorite—featuring eight 100-percent varietal, single-vineyard Cabernet Sauvignons paired with artisanal cheese and charcuterie.

Stags’ Leap Winery

Named one of the top five most romantic winery destinations by Sonoma Magazine, Stags’ Leap Winery is a hidden gem in the Napa Valley. For more than 125 years, Stags’ Leap Winery has served up an elite estate experience to its guests. During your visit, enjoy a 90-minute tour and tasting experience as you stroll the grounds and admire the well-kept architecture of the Manor House. Reservations are required, so be sure to plan ahead.

Silver Oak Winery

In contrast to some of our other favorites, Silver Oak Winery is relatively new. This modern winery has been producing sought-after wines since the late-1960s. Today, the winery is committed to sustainability—farming more than 400 acres of wines in Napa and Alexander Valleys. All of their estate vineyards are certified under California’s Sustainable Winegrowing program. We recommend a private tasting or a wine and food tasting tour for a truly remarkable wine experience.

The 5 Best Places to Sip Outside in SoMa

Warm weather, longer days and clearer skies—welcome to summer in San Francisco. There’s plenty to do in the city for the active San Franciscan on these nice nights, but for those who would rather unwind with a nice view and drink in hand, check out our favorite local spots to sip (and munch) outside.

1. Rooftop 25

Located on the rooftop of 25 Lusk, the appropriately named Rooftop 25 is a delectable spot for drinks and a bite. This rooftop bar serves up craft cocktails, local brews and a seasonal menu of shareables and entrées.

We Recommend: A Spicy Passionfruit Margarita paired with ceviche or tuna tartare.

2. Tropisueño

Taco joint by day and full-service Mexican cantina by night, Tropisueño also boasts an enclosed patio with plenty of seating just off the sidewalk. Enjoy a freshly made cocktail or Mexican beer as you decide between street tacos or a chile relleno.

We Recommend: Getting there for happy hour between 4pm and 6pm (7 days a week) for $7 margaritas or sangria and $5 guacamole or ceviche.

3. The Yard at Mission Rock

Food trucks? Check. Beer garden? Check. Dog friendly? Check. What more could you want from an outdoor space? Note: The Yard at Mission Rock does get pretty crowded on game days, so keep that in mind before you head over.

We Recommend: Trying a rotating tap from Anchor Brewing and sampling from a couple of the food trucks.

4. Hops & Hominy

Located down an alleyway, Hops & Hominy‘s outdoor section might be a little unconventional—but its tasty menu more than makes up for its slightly odd (if not European-esque) seating options. Plan on staying for dinner, as after you try their complimentary cornbread and honey butter, you’ll want to see what else their kitchen has to offer.

We Recommend: A Smoked Bacon Old Fashioned paired with a plate of fried chicken.

5. Waterbar

Waterbar is a great place to go with friends visiting from out of town or when you’re in need of a brunch spot with a view. Go for the gorgeous views of the Bay Bridge, stay for the bacon-and-shrimp-topped Bloody Mary. Stay even longer for the fresh shellfish and artisan cheese.

We Recommend: A half-dozen of the chef’s choice oysters (and the aforementioned Bloody Mary)

3 of the Bay Area’s Best-Kept Camping Spots Within One Hour of The Harrison

With world-class cuisine, shopping, parks, museums and more around every corner, San Francisco’s vibrant city certainly has it all. And, for weekends that call for a night spent under the stars, San Francisco boasts unrivaled proximity to the best of the Bay Area’s camping (and glamping) destinations—all a short drive away from your home at The Harrison. Here, whether setting up camp in the mountains or along the coast, residents can retreat to nature with exceptional ease.

Mount Tamalpais

Located just north of the Golden Gate Bridge in the heart of Marin County, Mount Tamalpais is a 2,571-foot peak brimming with forested hillsides, redwood groves and sweeping vistas. With views that reach the Marin County hills, San Francisco Bay, the East Bay, Mount Diablo and the Farallon Islands, the mountain is a popular escape to soak in the area’s natural splendor—whether hiker, cyclist or outdoor enthusiast. Here, set up tent at the Pantoll or Bootjack Campground for a memorable weekend spent amid the magic of Mount Tam.

Angel Island State Park

Angel Island is one of the Bay Area’s most beloved treasures to tour, hike or camp—and getting there is half the fun. Just a short ferry ride from San Francisco, Angel Island’s campsite offers a retreat immersed in nature, surrounded by 360-degree views of Bay Area skyline and abundant with hiking trails to venture and a rich history to discover. The ideal campsite for city dwellers who are looking for a complete change in scenery without the usual travel-time, Angel Island’s haven is ideal for a spontaneous weekend getaway.

Kirby Cove

If you’re looking for a dose of Northern California’s coastline, head to Kirby Cove for a campsite backdropped by iconic Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco vistas. Located at the foot of the Marin Headlands, the Kirby Cove Campsite is the perfect setting to gather around a campfire with friends and take in the expansive, natural beauty that surrounds the area. Before returning home, make sure to explore the area’s neighboring sights, such The Point Bonita Lighthouse or Muir Woods National Monument.

San Francisco to a Tea: Where to Find the Best Brews in Town

It’s no secret that San Francisco has it all when it comes to niche cafes and restaurants—and tea bars and shops are no exception. Whether you enjoy sipping your afternoon cup at a charming tea service, selecting artisanal loose-leaf to brew in the comfort of your high-rise home or grabbing a boba pick-me-up at a local favorite spot, SoMa and its surrounding neighborhoods are sure to have something that is, well, just your cup of tea. Here are our top picks to elevate your teatime routine.

Somovar Tea Lounge

A chic tea lounge with an exceptional ambiance, Somovar Restaurant and Tea Lounge serves a wide selection of artisanal tea—from matcha bowls to tea cocktails. Just minutes from The Harrison’s front doors, this tea lounge is located within the Yerba Buena Gardens’ beautiful urban sanctuary. Head over for some serious zen time (the menu’s “mindfulness tea” is complimentary if you agree to enjoy the beverage, sans technology, for 60 minutes) or grab a bite for brunch or lunch.

Dartealing Lounge

Located minutes from The Harrison, Dartealing Lounge provides a cozy nook perfect for gathering with friends over refreshments and delightfully dainty sandwiches, scones, chocolates and other bites. This quirky and charming space, which resembles that of a homey living room, offers a posh high tea spread that’ll make you want to dress up in your finest tea party hat.

Steep Creamery & Tea

An 11-minute walk from your home at The Harrison, Steep is the place to satisfy your boba craving. From house milk teas to a variety of ceremonial uji matcha, this tea shop offers a selection of specialty refreshments that perfect the perfect caffeine hit. And, if your sweet tooth kicks in, try out the shop’s ever-popular ice-cream rolls.

Stonemill Matcha

Sourced from the shade-grown farms of Kyoto, Japan, Stonemill Matcha’s artfully-crafted drinks are not only picture-perfect, but also meticulously prepared in hand-whisked, sparkling and latte varieties. While getting your matcha fix, pair your tea with the cafe’s Japanese and Japanese-inspired pastries, which include favorites such as matcha cream puffs and black sesame strawberry roll cake.

The St. Regis San Francisco

Treat yourself to afternoon tea at The St. Regis San Francisco for a modern take on traditional tea service. Set within the hotel’s lobby lounge, the St. Regis’ “Art of Tea” experience offers a daily afternoon tea menu with a selection of teas from around the world and sweet and savory bites.

Boba Guys

Head to Boba Guys to grab the ultimate tea fix. Choose from seasonal and specialty options or customize your beverage entirely to your liking with the build you own drink option. And, along with the option to add boba, an array of unique toppings are available—including almond jelly, chia seeds and egg pudding.

The Ritz-Carlton San Francisco

Known as a longtime favorite when it comes to tea service, The Ritz-Carlton San Francisco’s afternoon tea in the lounge presents a luxurious take on the beloved teatime tradition. Recurring the first Saturday of the month, afternoon tea is accompanied by a live harpist and variety of tea options, gourmet tea sandwiches and decadent sweets. For those looking for a spread fit for a queen, the hotel’s Royal Tea experience presents a glass of Veuve Clicquot Brut ‘Yellow Label,’ accompanied by strawberries and cream.