Category Archives: Presidio/Sea Cliff

What You Can Buy: Condos That Live Like Houses

The single-family home market is currently crawling with buyers, and inventory is at a low level for the number of prospective purchasers. Single-family home buyers need to be creative and flexible when it comes to landing the right dwelling, which sometimes translates into considering other types of properties.

Condos with unique, house-like features are out there—from detached Victorian cottages to two-level units. Here are a few homes that are technically condos, but that live like houses and are located in popular, walkable neighborhoods. Here are just a few I’ve seen recently:

75 Wood
Jordan Park/Laurel Heights

4BR/2BA, 1500 sq ft
Leased parking @$300/month available
$1,295,000

The Deets: 75 Wood is one of two cottages, and sits on the rear of the lot. You enter through the breezeway from the street, and there’s a nice courtyard between both cottages. The main level has two bedrooms and the living spaces, and the lower level is connected via spiral staircase and includes another two bedrooms and bath, as well as an office area. Improvements include new foundation, electrical, plumbing and roof. There is also a huge, undeveloped attic, which definitely has possibilities given that this is a standalone building and wouldn’t require messing with a unit below you when it comes to structural work. Though there’s no garage, street parking is not bad and there is also leased parking available nearby.
The Location: Commanding a 96 Walk Score, 75 Wood is an easy hop to the restaurants and shops along Clement and Sacramento Streets, the heart of the Laurel Village retail area, and is more or less situated between the Presidio and Golden Gate Park. Continue Reading

Single-Family Home Market Kicks Off 2017 With a Bang

There were no winter doldrums for the San Francisco house market this year. Low inventory and strong buyer demand fueled the first quarter—activity that promises to continue in 2017.

Possibly motivated by the threat of rising interest rates, buyers frequently waived contingencies in competitive situations, foregoing inspection, appraisal and financing safety nets to increase their chances of landing a single-family home.

The average price for the 381 homes sold was $1,761,226, up five percent over the first quarter of 2016. Continue Reading

Coming Soon and Off-Market Opportunities: October 21, 2015

Though a good portion of the Fall inventory is on the market, there are some properties quietly being marketed outside the MLS. Here are this week’s offerings:

Six Newly Rebuilt Flats on 19th Street @San Carlos / Mission
2BR +den/2BA residences, each have exclusive storage/bonus rooms
Fractional financing for TICs
$$1,100,00 – $1,195,000

3816 22nd Street / Noe Valley
4BR/3BA house, renovated firehouse, four very contemporary levels
$6,898,000

315 Arlington / Glen Park
2BR/1BA condo, garden, 0 parking
$899,000

268 Day #4/ Noe Valley
2BR/1BA top-floor condo, 1 pkg
$849,000

1257 Guerrero / Noe Valley/Mission
Bonafide Victorian bed and breakfast with 9BRs/9.5BAs, 4% cap rate, striking painted lady exterior
$4,500,000
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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

The Most Competitive Condo Markets in San Francisco Right Now

One of the keys to success in the current San Francisco market is knowing which neighborhoods are the most competitive. Armed with that intel, you can more easily gauge how much to offer on a property, or what list price will work to your advantage.

As many of my regular readers know, I’ve been running a feature highlighting extreme overbidding for several months, regularly inducting new members into the SF Overbidders Club. The reality is that we have many neighborhoods in San Francisco that are showing double-digit overbid percentages, and it’s important to know what the selling patterns are when you’re determining values.

When it comes to the San Francisco market, these patterns can change pretty quickly. My sales data is based on reported MLS sales in the time period April 1 – May 12, 2014, so it’s the most current info available. Continue Reading

SF’s Luxury Market Sticks to Seasonal Trends

SF’s Luxury Market Sticks to Seasonal Trends

The high-end, luxury market in San Francisco (sales of $2M+) hasn’t pulled any fast ones so far in 2013. As is typical for homes in this range, Spring and Fall have seen an increase in volume, with cash buyers unsurprisingly making their rounds.

A total of 269 houses sold citywide for $2M+ in the time period January 1-October 21, 2013. And buyers for 13 of those properties paid cash. Eight of the total homes sold changed hands for $10M+.

On the condo front, 93 units sold for $2M or more, with 24 selling in cash transactions. Continue Reading

Buyers Seek Value in SF Homes

Buyers Seek Value in SF Homes

Sales in San Francisco these days tend to spin my head in more circles than this spiral staircase at 135 Locust in Presidio Heights. The 4BR/3.5BA single-family home was listed at $3M on March 4th and closed this past week for $3.4M.

Yes, we’re in a buyers’ market. But the reality is that buyers are quick to decide what market value may be for a given home, and they’ll bid accordingly. Continue Reading

Smackdown: Eureka Valley vs Sea Cliff

When it comes to a single-family home search, buyers don’t typically consider the Castro or…Sea Cliff. For one thing, they’re two totally different neighborhoods both in character and geography, and for another, they typically aren’t parallel in price.

However, I found two homes currently on the market in these areas that are in the same price range. So I thought I’d serve up a single-family home smackdown. Which home would you prefer? Continue Reading

Best Trick or Treat ‘Hoods in SF

I came across Zillow’s Trick or Treat housing index yesterday, and found its picks for Best Trick or Treat Neighborhoods to be very amusing.

You can’t argue with the winners: Presidio Heights, Noe Valley, Richmond, Haight, and Sunset. But I’ll also nominate Cole Valley (have you ever seen Belvedere Street in action on Halloween?!) and Potrero Hill.

So readers, what neighborhoods do you nominate for the best Halloween spirit? Comments, please! And have a fun and safe Halloween, everyone!

Get in touch:

Eileen Bermingham

Zephyr Real Estate

415.823.4656

ebermingham@zephyrsf.com

BRE# 01352627

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