San Francisco Real Estate

by admin on January 14, 2012

With its beautiful beaches and breathtaking ocean views, rich history, baseball and football stadiums, charming homes, and the Golden Gate Bridge, has there ever been a more exciting, popular place to visit in the western part of the United States than San Francisco, California?

San Francisco has a surprising history, to those who are unaware of its beginnings; it is quite interesting. The origins of San Francisco actually date back to 3,000 B.C., centuries before there was even an America! On November 2, 1769, Don Gaspar De Portola, accompanied by his Spanish exploration party, landed in the San Francisco Bay. This is the first time the Europeans are known to have visited the Bay area. The Yelamu group of the Ohlone tribe lived in small villages all over the Bay area.
The Spanish established the Presidio of San Francisco, and soon after, the Mission San Francisco de Asis, or Mission Dolores began.

After winning independence from Spain in 1821, the area became a part of Mexico. The first independent settlement, known today as Portsmouth Square was built near Portsmouth Square by William Richardson, from England, in 1835. Together, Richardson and Alcalde Francisco de Haro, created a town called Yerba Buena, which began to attract English settlers. California was claimed for the United States during the
Mexican-American War by Captain John B. Montgomery in Yerba Buena two days later. On January 30, 1847, Yerba Buena was named San Francisco. In the same year, the war ended, and San Francisco became a part of the United States.

One year later, in 1848, the gold rush hit, and California began experiencing rapid growth. From 1848 to December of 1849, California grew from 1,000 to 25,000, and was granted statehood in 1850. With the discovery of the Comstock Lode in 1859, crime became rampant. The gold rush brought banks to the Bay area; in 1852 Wells Fargo Bank was established, and 1864 the Bank of California emerged.

In 1869, the Port of San Francisco was developed, along with the Pacific Railroad, which created trade in the Bay area. Commerce and population began to explode at that time. Dry goods moved into the city in the form of Levi Strauss, Ghirardelli began to manufacture chocolate, and immigrants from Asia came, forming Chinatown. The first cable cars were invented in 1873, and Victorian houses began to emerge, along with Golden Gate State Park.\

Everything that makes up a city followed suit, such as churches, schools, and theatres, by 1900. In 1906, the infamous San Francisco earthquake hit, and all but destroyed San Francisco, and took hundreds of lives with it, while over 200,000 people were left homeless.

But San Francisco quickly rebuilt itself. During the Great Depression, the Oakland Bay Bridge and Golden Gate Bridge were completed, and the San Francisco banks never failed. San Francisco continued to stand strong through World War 2, and the availability of jobs drew people to the Bay area from all over, especially African Americans from the south. It was in San Francisco that the UN Charter was drafted and
signed, and in San Francisco, the Treaty of San Francisco ended the war with Japan.

Freeways were built in the 1950’s and 1960’s. The population continued to explode, and San Francisco was not exempt from the radical changes that began to plague America in the 1960s. In 1989, San Francisco was hit with yet another major earthquake, the Loma Prieta, bringing massive damage and several deaths to the city, once again. And once again, San Francisco fought its way back, starting companies, and the computer industry started to boom.

San Francisco is filled with history, and a myriad of sights, which make it a great place to visit; with a market full of available homes to purchase at really good prices, moving to the Bay area, and seeing the sights on a daily basis, may be a place to consider moving to. Although the United States is facing hard times at present, San Francisco is
bound to come back swinging. You just can’t keep a good city down.