I’m in the process of assisting one of my first-time home buyer clients with a purchase at Arterra, the city’s first LEED-certified green complex in Mission Bay, developed by Intracorp. There are a handful of one-bedroom units with parking still available that are priced in the high $500,000s.
We managed to get into contract at a much lower price, and my client also locked in a very low interest rate, to boot. Though she’s happy with this deal, she’s also happy with the amenities Arterra offers: 24-hour hour front desk with concierge services; state-of-the-art fitness center; community lounge; rooftop sundeck with a bbq and views; and a fully furnished guest suite for homeowners’ friends and family.
Over at Intracorp’s sister development, The Hayes, there are a couple one-bedrooms with parking still available in the same range. The Hayes is a nice neighborhood location—close to restaurants and public transportation. There is also a fitness room (though not as bright and sunny as that of the Arterra). The one bedrooms don’t have a particularly great outlook. However, if your price point is around $500,000, you’re either looking at a high-risk TIC interest purchase in a multi-unit building, or a solid one bedroom in The Hayes.
The high-end housing market in San Francisco is seeing plenty of sellers hoping for holiday gifts in the form of a purchase contract. To that end, sellers are conceding a bit on their original prices. Between October and the first week in December, a total of 59 homes above the $1.5M price point saw price reductions in their list prices.
On the condo front, 35 units originally priced at $1.5M or above have seen prices drop since October. (This data is courtesy of my Pacific Union Estates division statistics, discussed during our twice monthly Estates meetings.)
This is really a rather startling amount of price reductions. Heads up: December is the time to take advantage of the market and interest rates. Particularly if you are looking for an estate home in San Francisco, the stars are aligned for you to get a good deal.