Category Archives: Bernal/Excelsior

Best Neighborhoods for Dog Owners in San Francisco

San Francisco is one of the more dog-friendly cities in the country, and many of its neighborhoods offer ideal environments for dogs and their owners.

I’m a dog owner myself—two Cairn Terriers, a mother-daughter team—and frequently meet clients looking for a home in a neighborhood that will provide what we all need for us and our pets. That means proximity to open space, dog-friendly cafes and shops, and a community of dog owners who support each other and their ‘hood. Continue Reading

What You Should Know About the SF Fixer Market

What You Should Know About the SF Fixer Market

Driven by high buyer demand for single-family homes, the fixer market is going gangbusters in San Francisco.

There are generally two categories of what you’d call “fixers” in San Francisco real estate. The first is the contractor special—not habitable, needs work on the foundation, roof and everything in between. Then there’s the habitable house with a clunky floor plan and expansion potential that could be transformed into someone’s dream house. Continue Reading

SoMa Condos, High-End Houses Top Year-End Inventory

We’re approaching Thanksgiving, and that means we are officially in “year-end” territory. Buyers looking to get a deal are likely to find one in South of Market, or in the single-family home luxury market if they can spend $2,000,000+.

But there really are a variety of options out there right now. Here’s where to focus your energy if you’re aiming to purchase a condo or house before the end of 2016, along with price ranges and my picks:

Single-Family Homes
Central Richmond
What’s Available Two- to four-bedroom houses from $1,300,000-$2,500,000
My Pick 791 30th Avenue
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791 30th Avenue was built in 1941 and is nicely updated. There are two bedrooms on the main level, and two more downstairs, with a total of 2,085 square feet. Landscaped yard and garage parking. Only one block from Golden Gate Park. List price: $1,495,000. Continue Reading

Bernal Microhood Winners and Losers of 2016

Bernal Microhood Winners and Losers of 2016

Three of Bernal Heights’ microhoods are seeing significant jumps in their median prices in 2016, with one former high flyer getting knocked off its pedestal.

Posting median price boosts of 15%, the East and Southeast Slopes lead the pack in 2016, along with South of Cortland. Precita Park took a 15% dive, with far fewer high-priced homes selling this year. That’s a big switch from 2015, when Precita Park was at the top of the hill.

As my regular readers know, I created the Bernal Heights microhoods two years ago to help prospective buyers and sellers get a more refined sense for the values behind the neighborhood’s distinct geographical areas. So here’s how our microhoods are stacking up in 2016:

Northwest Slope
Median Price 2016: $1,427,500 / 2015: $1,400,000 (+2%)
Most Expensive: 18 Montezuma (4BR/2.5BA, 2267 sq ft | $2,400,000)
Least Expensive: 57 Lundys (2BR/1BA, 700 sq ft | $855,000)
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The Northwest Slope made a strong showing this year, bumping up its median price ever so slightly. The most expensive home sold at 18 Montezuma was a flip, and a good example of why contractors are snapping up homes in the neighborhood. Purchased as a fixer in 2014 for $1,200,000, 18 Montezuma was transformed into a showcase home listed for $2,198,000. Buyers had no qualms about paying nine percent over the list price to have that house. But not every home sold for a gangbuster price; the contemporary view home at 25 Elsie came on the market in September 2015 and finally closed escrow in April 2016 for $1,870,000. Continue Reading

Just Sold: 58 Ellsworth in Bernal Heights

Just Sold: 58 Ellsworth in Bernal Heights

Congrats to my clients who close today on this lovely Victorian single-family home in a prime Bernal Heights location!

58 Ellsworth is ground zero for indoor-outdoor living at the top of the hill. The kitchen leads right out to this amazing yard, complete with fire pit and hot tub:
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The living room has a box-beam ceiling and fireplace, and is adjacent to the large dining area and well-appointed kitchen. Best of all, 58 Ellsworth is located only two and a half blocks north of Cortland—and just below Bernal Hill. You get access to the trails and bucolic setting, yet are a quick walk away to the restaurants, shops and conveniences on Cortland.

New Listing: Fully Loaded Noe Condo

New Listing: Fully Loaded Noe Condo

I’m proud to present my new listing at 148 Duncan Street in Noe Valley. It checks all the boxes: two large bedrooms, formal dining room, remodeled kitchen and bath, private outdoor space and charming period details.

One-car parking, abundant storage and shared garden are in the mix, too!

The condo is perfect for South Bay or downtown commuters, as 148 Duncan is situated near freeways, BART, Muni and tech shuttle stops. We’re also a quick shot away from the restaurants, shops, bars and cafes in Upper Noe, the Mission and Bernal Heights.

List price is $1,195,000, and you can see more photos/details at our property Web site.

First opens are this Saturday 2/6 from 2:00-4:00, and Sunday 2/7 from 12:00-2:00, before the Super Bowl game and festivities kick off. Looking forward to seeing you then!

Coming Soon and Off-Market Opportunities: November 12, 2015

Off-market land is quiet this week, but that’s probably because inventory is slowing down in general. Here are my picks for this week’s up-and-comers:

216 Yerba Buena / Monterey Heights
2BR/2BA home with expansion potential, 2 pkg
$995,000

130 Vienna / Excelsior
4BR/3BA + two bonus rooms up, 1 pkg
$799,000

Sunnyside Single-Family Home
2BR/1BA Marina-style home, huge garage
Price upon request Continue Reading

Buyers and Sellers: Use October Sales as Your Guide

We’re well into the Fall real estate season, and the holiday home stretch is just around the corner. October numbers will be the best guide for buyers and sellers as they respectively decide how much to offer and how much they want for their homes.

Here’s where we are right now in the market. Continue Reading

Which Neighborhoods Have the Best Weather?

If you’re new to San Francisco, then it’s important to be aware that our city has a variety of microclimates. One minute you can be driving around with the top down, sweating, and the next you’re turning on the seat warmers. If you’re considering purchasing a home here and are particularly weather sensitive, it’s important to know which neighborhoods tend to have the most favorable climates.

Of course, San Francisco has citywide fog and wind no matter where you go. But some areas have longer periods of time during a given day when the sun shines and the wind is at a minimum. So here’s a quick rundown: Continue Reading

Just Sold: 130 Gates in Bernal Heights

Just Sold: 130 Gates in Bernal Heights

My lovely three-bedroom house listing at 130 Gates closed this week. We worked hard in the pre-listing phase, pulling together painters, cleaners, haulers and stagers. In the end, we found a fantastic buyer who loves the house, and have happy sellers.

List price for Gates was $1,195,000, and we closed for $1,495,000. That’s just over 25% above the list price, which is the average overbid in Bernal for three-bedroom houses in good locations.

A special shout-out to Zephyr agents Sabrina Gee-Shin and Kelly Quon, who did an excellent job representing their client and were on top of every detail. Aileen Hom at Wells Fargo expertly guided the buyer’s loan along. And much thanks to Michelle Patterson at Old Republic title for her masterful escrow work!

Time is running out to get new listings ready, on the market and sold. If you’d like to talk about selling your house this Fall, please contact me. I’m also available to strategize with sellers interested in putting their properties on the market in 2016.

130 Gates Moves Into Home Stretch

130 Gates Moves Into Home Stretch

My awesome, vintage-meets-modern-living Edwardian listing at 130 Gates north of Cortland in Bernal Heights has been a revolving door for prospective buyers, agents and lovely neighbors. We have lots of interest, and offers are due next week.

There’s plenty of time to view this special 3BR/1BA home that’s only two blocks from the popular Cortland Avenue restaurants, shops and cafes. We’ll be open on Thursday from 5:30-7:00, and again on Saturday and Sunday from 2:00-4:00.

If you stop in, you’ll be able to see the thoughtful period detailing, charming walk-out garden and spacious kitchen. Not to mention an impressive, restored exterior and garage with plenty of storage space.

List price is $1,195,000. Stop by and see us!

Coming Soon and Off-Market Opportunities: August 19, 2015

Here are my picks for upcoming and off-market listings this week:

12 Winfield / Bernal Heights
2BR/1BA top-floor condo, 1 pkg
$899,000

355 Buena Vista Ave East #506W / Buena Vista-Ashbury Heights
1BR/1BA, 855 sq ft, 1 pkg
$788,000

555 Filbert St / Telegraph Hill
3BR/2BA renovated, top-floor TIC, 1 pkg
$1,695,000 Continue Reading

Get in touch:

Eileen Bermingham

Zephyr Real Estate

415.823.4656

ebermingham@zephyrsf.com

BRE# 01352627

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