Just Listed: Noe Valley Victorian Cottage

Just Listed: Noe Valley Victorian Cottage

If there’s anything that embodies San Francisco, it’s an authentic Victorian cottage. My new listings at 210 Valley Street #A is a detached two-bedroom/one bath condo at the rear of the lot that exudes charm and character.

The cottage is situated in an excellent neighborhood location and also has a full basement with laundry and plenty of room for storage or other functions. There may even be development potential, too. As you descent the front steps, you have a lovely view of St. Paul’s church spires across the street. There are lots of trees and birds that drop by to check out the plants and flowers.

Check out our Web site for the full photo gallery and details.

List price is $995,000.

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210 Valley Street #A
Detached Noe Valley condo cottage exudes charm and authenticity. Two bedrooms/one bath above full basement. Excellent neighborhood location. List price: $995,000
See more at our property Web site here!

Just Sold: Noe Victorian Condo with Park-Like Gardens

Just Sold: Noe Victorian Condo with Park-Like Gardens

We just closed on my Noe Valley condo listing at 241 Duncan on Friday. The 2BR/1BA, top floor home listed for $1,295,000 was a magnet for buyers looking for an iconic San Francisco home.

But the kicker was the extra-wide lot with wraparound gardens. Fully detached on three sides, the condo got tons of natural light and had lovely eastern views.

In the end, we received 7 offers and closed for $1,490,000 in an all-cash transaction.

Congratulations to my seller client and the new owners!

And while I’m at it, here is what my lovely client had to say about her experience working with me to sell her condo (click to enlarge):

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In Contract
250 Los Palmos
Wonderful urban retreat in popular Miraloma Park with three bedrooms on the main level, family room and full bath down. Walk-out deck off the primary bedroom, hot tub in yard and lovely naturally landscaped terraced garden. Excellent location near shopping, schools, hiking trails, freeway.

List price: $1,295,000
See more at our property Web site here!

What You Risk When You Waive Contingencies

The San Francisco market has come roaring back after the initial Covid slowdown in 2020. We are heading into a robust Spring, and it seems like buyers and sellers are making up for last year’s lost time.

That’s led to very competitive offer situations and high sale prices, particularly for single-family homes and condos in smaller buildings. Most multiple-offer situations end up with a handful of buyers waiving all contingencies (e.g., conditions of the sale) in order to make their offer as attractive as possible to the seller.

But do all buyers realize what’s at stake when they waive all contingencies? Sometimes I’m not so sure. Continue Reading

10 Reasons Why You Should Buy Title Insurance

One of the most expensive items on your home purchase closing statement is title insurance. If you’re getting a loan, the lender will require a policy on the loan. But you may not be required to purchase a homeowner’s policy. Should you skip it?

In a word, no. The owner’s title policy will protect you against future claims against the property. Though the title company does a search through public records prior to the closing, unexpected things can pop up. Without title insurance, you’re flying without a net. Continue Reading

5 Reasons Why Your Condo May Not Be Selling—And What You Can Do About It

There are currently more than 620 condos for sale in San Francisco. And more than half of them have been on the market for 21 days or more—that’s a lot of sellers who are probably wondering why their properties aren’t selling if the San Francisco condo market has made a comeback over the past two months.

There are a lot of reasons some condos take longer to sell. But here are a few of the most frequent sale barriers, along with some ideas for overcoming them: Continue Reading

Just Listed: Miraloma Park Urban Retreat

Looking for a stylish, comfortable single-family home in San Francisco? My new listing at 250 Los Palmos Drive is a good possibility for you.

This turnkey residence has all three bedrooms on the main level, along with open living/dining/kitchen space and full bath with skylight. Off the rear primary bedroom is a walkout deck that overlooks the naturally landscaped hillside garden.

Downstairs is a beautifully finished family room with built-in projector for streaming movie nights, as well as a wet bar with Sub-Zero beverage refrigerator and bespoke cabinetry. There’s a full bath with black and white tile work, shower and towel warmer. Enclosed in custom cabinetry, the LG side-by-side washer/dryer is also located in this generous lower space.

The yard has a hot tub with lighting scheme and is a nice place to unwind. Finished garage with one-car parking, workout area and plenty of storage round out this beautiful home.

Miraloma is a popular neighborhood with home buyers these days, as it offers easy access to a variety of schools, hiking trails, Mollie Stone’s, freeways, and more.

List price is $1,295,000. Visit our Web site for photo gallery, 3D walkthrough tour, video with drone footage and floor plan at 250lospalmos.com!

Let The Stars Guide Your House Hunt

Things are looking up these days, and many home buyers who postponed purchase plans in the wake of Covid are back on track.

You may know how many bedrooms and bathrooms you’d prefer, but are you solid when it comes to neighborhood preferences? There’s a lot to consider—proximity to public transportation, good Walk Scores, easy freeway access, good parks.

But make sure you don’t overlook the astrological angle when putting together your list of preferred neighborhoods. What your zodiac sign says about you could have everything to do with whether you’ll be happy in your future home. And as my company, Corcoran Global Living, always says: “Live who you are.”

So let’s have a little fun and see what the stars have to say about where you should settle:

ARIES (Mar 21-Apr 20): Daring, spontaneous and full of energy, you’ll appreciate constantly developing Mission Bay. The neighborhood bustles with activity from the biotech and medical industries. And the adjacent waterfront offers a variety of activities. Giants/Warriors games and Chase Center concerts will be back in the north-so-distant future, and there are lots of restaurants in the area. Continue Reading

Just Listed: Noe Valley Victorian Top-Floor Condo with Incredible Gardens

Just Listed: Noe Valley Victorian Top-Floor Condo with Incredible Gardens

Looking for a top-floor condo in a charming Victorian building situated on an enormous lot with a wrap-around garden? My new Noe Valley listing at 241 Duncan has all that and more.

Perfect for working from home and enjoying rarely available outdoor space, 241 Duncan features two bedrooms plus office/guest room, one bathroom, spacious kitchen with built-in dining area and high-end appliances and a private walk-out deck with peaceful outlooks. Here are a few pics:

The garden has plenty of room for socially distanced gatherings, fountain, chicken coop and a huge date palm.

It’s not often you see a condo building detached on three sides, and that means plenty of natural light through the tall windows. And the high ceilings add to the airy feeling throughout.

Check out our Web site here, which has a 3D walkthrough tour, floor plan, complete photo gallery and more.

List price is $1,295,000.

Here Are My Spring Tips for SF Home Buyers

Spring is just around the corner, and with that will come one of the busiest times of the year for San Francisco real estate. Covid made its mark last Spring, shutting us down for a time and completely dampening the market. But times are fortunately changing, and I feel like we’re heading into a robust next few months.

But we’re still operating under Covid restrictions. So that means no open houses, broker tours and showings by appointment only with your agent. It also means shorter marketing periods, with agents setting offer dates as soon as a week after the on-market date. You need to be prepared and organized if you’re planning to successfully purchase your next home this Spring.

So here are my top tips for navigating the Spring 2021 San Francisco real estate market:
Be completely preapproved for a loan. You’ll often be in a competitive offer situation, with buyers waiving contingencies to stand out. Make sure you’ve submitted all required documents to your lender, and consult with him or her to see what latitude you may have when it comes to, for example, waiving a loan or appraisal contingency. Continue Reading

What You Can Buy in March: 30 Days & Counting

We’re on the precipice of Spring, and now is a great time to do a double take on the single-family home inventory that’s been on the market for a month or more. The San Francisco house market is eternally competitive, so shifting your gaze to some of the market sitters may yield a surprisingly good result for some buyers. Sellers will be very interested in making a deal before the Spring inventory hits.

Here are four homes that have been on the market for 30 days or more—and may be worth a look.
312 Athens
Excelsior

Days on Market (DOM): 68
3BR/2BA, 1 parking
List price: $1,488,000

312 Athens is a charming home set back on its lot. There’s a front patio, and just inside lies a floor plan with a modern kitchen open to the dining area. There are three bedrooms in the main house, and a bonus studio with its own separate entrance—perfect for guests or a home office. Fairly large yard, as well. The garage is small, so plan accordingly. Good neighborhood location near McLaren Park and not far from Mission Street retail and transit. [Photo courtesy of Compass] Continue Reading

Just Sold: Renovated Mission Victorian

Just Sold: Renovated Mission Victorian

My clients just closed on their purchase of a beautifully renovated Victorian single-family home at 164 San Carlos in the Mission. The three-bedroom home is located on a small street around the corner from the popular Valencia Street corridor.

All three bedrooms are upstairs, and the main level has a nice flow from the living area to the kitchen—great for post-pandemic dinner parties and entertaining. The garden has mature fruit trees, and the lower level features a family room, office and full bath. Continue Reading

Short-Term, Furnished Rentals Good Seller Pit Stops

I’ve met recently with a number of homeowners who are considering selling their properties, but don’t know where they’ll be able to buy next. Though they know they’ll do extremely well in the current market with the sale of their property, they’re nervous about competing with buyers to purchase their next place.

Here’s a suggestion that will work for these potential sellers: Rent a short-term, furnished rental. There are actually quite a number of these available at any given time, in all parts of The Bay Area. (Short-term, unfurnished rentals are more of a challenge to find, given that many landlords prefer longer-term apartment leases.) Continue Reading

Contact Eileen for Real Estate Help

Eileen Bermingham

Corcoran Global Living

415.823.4656

eileen@insidesfre.com

DRE# 01352627

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