My Life as a San Francisco Realtor: Talk About MicroClimates!

Talk About MicroClimates!

I have a new Short Sale Listing at 5318 Cherokee Way in Antioch, CA - it's about 55 miles from my office but a pleasant enough drive if you can avoid heavy traffic. It should be a successful short sale - 2 loans, one lender - Patelco Credit Union. I already have the phone and email of the local negotiator. I've worked with this client before - we get along well.

I drove over there today to add a combo lock box, in addition to the Supra Lock Box, since agents in nearby Marin and Napa counties can't access East Bay lockboxes - different keys.

Not much traffic except on the Bay Bridge - after that is was clear sailing at 2:30pm. When I left San Francisco's West Side it was a pleasant 65 degrees. With the AC on in the car I didn't pay much attention until I was getting close to Antioch. Then I noticed the outside temp reading on the dashboard: 104 degrees! Sure enough when I got to the house and opened the car door I was smack dab in the middle of summer! It's nice to have a short visit - I was there about an hour and a half between asking directions and searching for a place to get an extra key made.

I finally found Orchard Supply Hardware on Lone Tree Way just a short distance away (after having been  directed previously to a nonexistent Home Depot!)

Driving back to the City was a breeze - all the heavy traffic was headed in the opposite direction at 5:30pm. As I approached the coast the FOG was rolling in, and it was a pleasant 61 degrees at home. That's a 43 degree difference in a matter of 4 hours. Where else can you get that?!

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John M Scott, Broker / Owner, Scott Keys Properties, Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE), Council of Real Estate Brokerage Managers (CRB), serving San Francisco and the surrounding San Francisco Bay Area

Comment balloon 17 commentsJohn M. Scott • July 06 2011 11:47PM


that is an incredible temp difference.  Must be great

Posted by Stanley Stepak, Realtor - Avon Lake, Avon, Bay Village, Westlake, (Howard Hanna - Avon Lake, OH) over 7 years ago

Yeah Stan, if you want a HOT day you go inland. If you want to escape the heat, you go to the coast - it's that simple, usually...

Posted by John M. Scott, Broker / Owner San Francisco Bay Area (BRE # 01442690, Scott Keys Properties) over 7 years ago

You are correct. Inland, hot, beach, cool. 

Right now, where I am, pretty much anywhere is cooler. Fortunately we can go from the valley floor here to the top of close-by Mt Lemmon, at 9000 feet. That has that same sort of difference, in about 35-40 minutes.

Oddly enough, the little burg at the top is called...Summerhaven!

Posted by Jon Quist, Tucson's BUYERS ONLY Realtor since 1996 (REALTY EXECUTIVES TUCSON ELITE) over 7 years ago

That is quite a big difference in temperature! Thanks for sharing!

Posted by John Michailidis, Real Property Management of Sarasota & M (Real Property Management of Sarasota & Manatee) over 7 years ago

Um, between here and The Valley.  At least 20 degrees.  I remember driving home one night through the San Fernando Valley.  It was about 105 degrees at 9:00 p.m. and around 70 in my area.  Amazing what difference a little distance can make.

Posted by Jane Peters, Los Angeles real estate concierge services (Home Jane Realty) over 7 years ago

Hi John,

One of my closest friends lives in Brentwood.  I go stay with them and of course have to spend at least one day in The City.  It can be broiling hot in Brentwood or Walnut Creek (another friend) and then chilly in San Franciso.  But, I love the Bay Area!

Posted by Kelly Mac Group (619) 319-7010 San Diego Beach and Luxury Realtors, San Diego Beach, Coastal and Luxury Homes (Keller Williams La Jolla) over 7 years ago

Oh yes I know that type of change in that short a time period and milage.  Shocking.

Posted by Tim Lorenz, 949 874-2247 (TIM LORENZ - Elite Home Sales Team) over 7 years ago

Jon, John and Tim, since it actually takes only about an hour to make the drive, it was really 43 degrees in one hour!

Posted by John M. Scott, Broker / Owner San Francisco Bay Area (BRE # 01442690, Scott Keys Properties) over 7 years ago

Jane and Kelly, when the fog pushes too long at the coast, its always good for the soul to take a little drive and warm up for the day!

When I first moved here from Chicago, I was used to the weather forcast for Chicagoland to be say, around 80. Then I'd watch the weather here on the nightly news and they'd give a range of say 65 to 105. It was hard to grasp that thought at first!

Posted by John M. Scott, Broker / Owner San Francisco Bay Area (BRE # 01442690, Scott Keys Properties) over 7 years ago daughter sees this most days.  She works in SF in the Avenues.....commuting from Danville.  Can we 30-40 degree swing.....sun out vs fog out!!!!

Posted by Kathy Burke, S.F. East Bay Home Staging (Sensational Home Staging~~Danville, CA) over 7 years ago

John... and so why we choose to live in SF!!  BTW, today in Palo Alto, 89 degrees - 45 minutes later in SF, a very comfortable 69!!

Posted by Peggy Hughes/pha logistix, inc., SF NYC LA (pha logistix inc) over 7 years ago

Exactly Kathy and Peggy! That's one reason why I wrote this post. (In addition to the short sale aspect of course). I know from experience that other people considering a move to the Bay Area don't understand this. Thanks for your comments!

Posted by John M. Scott, Broker / Owner San Francisco Bay Area (BRE # 01442690, Scott Keys Properties) over 7 years ago

That's a huge difference in temperature for being less than an hour from home............interesting John.

Posted by Roger D. Mucci, Lets shake things up at your home today! (Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092) over 7 years ago

John, It is absolutely amazing to be so close in proximity and experience such a variance in temps. Clearly being close to the ocean we expect cooler temps than in the valley.  Makes you appreciate SF even more ... doesn't it?

Posted by Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist (KD Realty - 408.972.1822) over 7 years ago

Roger and Kathleen, the temps in the City can even be 10+ degrees different from the coastside to the bayside. When i first moved here, friends drew a map showing the different areas of the City, with the 'fog line' following right along the Twin Peaks ridge. I lived on Roosevelt Way near Buena Vista Park, just East of Twin Peaks. On sunny days you could see the fog bank just hanging up the hill all day.

Posted by John M. Scott, Broker / Owner San Francisco Bay Area (BRE # 01442690, Scott Keys Properties) over 7 years ago

Wow! I never would have guessed that such extremes could exist in such a temperate area....

Posted by Brenda Whitman, Live in Laramie Real Estate, Broker/Co-Owner, Laramie, Wyoming (Live in Laramie Real Estate, Laramie, Wyoming) over 7 years ago

The only times it gets really hot in San Francisco Brenda, is when we have 'offshore' breezes. In the first April I lived here Sf had a high of 104!

Posted by John M. Scott, Broker / Owner San Francisco Bay Area (BRE # 01442690, Scott Keys Properties) over 7 years ago