Category Archives: SoMa/South Beach

What You Can Buy in November: 21 Days & Counting

November can be a great time to finally land that home you’ve been spending much of 2017 trying to purchase. Some buyers become distracted with the onset of the holiday season, and the competition thins out. And serious sellers have less inventory with which to compete.

If you’re a buyer looking to get into contract before the end of 2017, it’s an excellent idea to consider properties that have been on the market for 21 days or more. These can sometimes be homes that have fallen through the cracks. Perhaps they’ve been in and out of contract once already, and the sellers are ready to wrap it up. Or the list price may be the actual price the seller will accept (a rarity in the current market). Continue Reading

What You Can Buy: Condos With Walker’s Paradise Scores

Location counts for a lot in San Francisco, and most condo buyers want to live in neighborhoods that offer services, restaurants, shops and public transportation in walking distance. I thought I would highlight a few of my favorite properties currently on the market that have excellent Walk Scores. Here are my picks:

77 Jersey
Noe Valley

3BR/1BA, 1 tandem pkg
HOA dues: $473.33/mo
List price: $1,349,000
Walk Score: 96

77 Jersey is an ideal location for buyers who take BART, and want to be a block from the 24th Street corridor that runs through both Noe Valley and the Mission. The condo itself is a handsome, first-floor unit with a formal dining room, eat-in kitchen and a nicely remodeled bathroom in an Edwardian building. Continue Reading

The Best Deal in SoMa: 63A Grace

The Best Deal in SoMa: 63A Grace

My new listing at 63A Grace is perfect for first-time home buyers or someone looking for a pied-a-terre in San Francisco. Priced at $579,000, it’s one of only three one-bedroom condos citywide being offered right now for under $600,000 that isn’t a below-market rate property.

63A Grace is a top-floor unit that has a remodeled kitchen and bath, nice period detail throughout and a shared view roof deck that’s only two short flights of stairs up. Hardwood floors, in-unit laundry and a short distance to the Market Street Muni and BART lines.

We’ll be open this Sunday 10/1 from 2:00-4:00, and check out our property Web site for more photos and details!

The 5 Best Neighborhoods for NY Transplants

I moved to San Francisco from New York twenty years ago, and frequently work with many New Yorkers who have relocated here. New York is definitely a world of its own, and I must admit that I was a bit worried when I moved to San Francisco; in my mind, I’d have to drive everywhere, and things wouldn’t be as central. After all, San Francisco’s layout is different in that downtown feels like Manhattan, but everywhere else seems like outer borough neighborhoods strung together—at least, at first. It takes some time to realize that many San Francisco areas are little New Yorks unto themselves. Continue Reading

What You Can Buy For Up To $1.2M

Trying to figure out what’s in your price range at the outset of your house hunt can be a frustrating experience. It seems like every property sells for well over the list price, and it’s impossible to tell what will actually sell within your budget.

This is a good time to engage a knowledgeable real estate agent who can point you in the right direction. After all, what’s the point of spending your weekend afternoons trudging from one open house to another if the half the homes you’re seeing will be out of your range? I decided to give it a whirl and spotlight a few new house and condo listings that I believe will sell for up to $1,200,000—a popular price point in San Francisco. Here goes:

1991 32nd Avenue
Parkside

2BR/1BA, 2 pkg
$798,000

This Hollywood style starter in the Parkside is adorable and has a remodeled kitchen and bath, two-car garage and small yard with potential. You’re only two blocks from the restaurants, shops and Safeway on Noriega, as well as near many public and private schools. Continue Reading

Sunset, Pacific Heights Hot Spots for Cash Sales in 2017

Almost a quarter of this year’s single-family homes and condos were purchased by cash buyers, with neighborhoods like the Sunset, Parkside and Pacific Heights seeing the most such sales.

The Sunset and Parkside have been going full speed this year as house buyers priced out of the more interior neighborhoods head west in search of their next home.

Noe and Eureka Valley single-family homes were also big cash magnets, where sales ranged from $2,000,000-$5,000,000. However, such buyers also scooped up houses for $1,000,000 or less in the city’s southeastern neighborhoods of Bayview, Excelsior, Visitacion Valley, and Silver Terrace. Continue Reading

What’s On The Condo Market: February 2016

What’s On The Condo Market: February 2016

There are more than 300 condos on the market right now in San Francisco, so there’s a good chance one will be a fit for you if you’re looking to buy one. Here’s a look at what’s out there in the one-, two- and three-bedroom market segments:

One-Bedroom Condos
Number Available: 85
Median List Price: $849,000
Neighborhoods With the Most 1BRs: South Beach; Lower Pacific Heights; SoMa/Yerba Buena; South Beach; Van Ness/Civic Center
Least Expensive 1BR: 750 Great Highway #2 ($489,000) in the Outer Richmond. Reasonable floor plan, in-unit laundry & dishwasher, and located right across the street from the beach.
Most Expensive 1BR: It’s a tie! 650 Delancey (Oriental Warehouse) #416 and #304 in South Beach, both listed for $1,695,000. #416 is a top floor 1BR that could be used as two bedrooms, shiny red kitchen and parking. #304 has a master bedroom plus office, neutral color scheme, and parking. Both are clocking in at $1,157-$1,213/square foot, which is right in line with market prices.
My Value Pick: 246 2nd Street #905 ($775,000), in Yerba Buena. This unit has a walk-out terrace with city views, in-unit laundry, storage and parking. 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

Just Sold: 701 Minna #17

Just Sold: 701 Minna #17

We closed escrow last week on my beautiful tri-level loft listing in the mid-Market area of SoMa. I managed all the pre-sale prep work, from floor fixes to full-scale painting, staging, repairs and cleaning. In the end, we had a really well-appointed, bright and spacious unit listed for $1,195,000.

Loft activity slowed down a bit over the summer, so we pulled the property off the market in mid August, with the intention to come back on the market in mid September. But two buyers who had been through one of our open houses returned, and promptly wrote an offer that my seller clients accepted. After working through some transactional snags, everyone pulled through, and the sale closed escrow for $1,150,000.

Much thanks to Karen McDowell at Bank of the West for managing the financing, buyer agent Eamonn O’Callaghan at Zephyr Real Estate, Georgine Lonero at Stewart Title. Special thanks to Dale Zink for his fine staging work and flexibility. Excellent teamwork all around!

New Listing: Big SoMa Loft

My new tri-level loft listing clocks in at 1778 square feet and has two bedrooms and two-and-a-half baths. If you’re a natural light lover, you’ll truly appreciate the floor-to-ceiling windows and skylights. Your entire main level is the entertainment space, with a classic loft bedroom/full bath upstairs. The fully enclosed, first-floor master has a separate media/family room, full bath and lots of closet space. There’s also in-unit laundry. Continue Reading

Buyer Pool for 1BR Condos Smaller, But Strong

One-bedroom condos generally have a smaller buyer pool in San Francisco. Empty nesters, investors, single people or couples are typical buyers, with the latter two groups being first-time buyers looking to get their foot in the homeownership door.

But there’s certainly a strong market for a one bedroom, especially if it’s in a prime location and has all the amenities. I’ve been watching this segment of the market for a while now, as I have a beautiful one-bedroom condo listing at 1818 Broadway #306. And I was not surprised to find that prices are climbing for one bedrooms; in some cases, buyers are getting into extreme overbidding at very high price points. Continue Reading

What You Can Buy: My Picks for This Week

Inventory is starting to hit the market, and I’ve been scouting around for properties for my buyer clients. In between, I get to see properties that aren’t quite a fit for my buyers, but would work for my blog readers who may be house hunting. Here are some cool properties in varied price ranges. If you’re interested in taking a look, give me a shout at 415.823.4656 and we can schedule a showing just like that.

500 Masonic #2 / NoPa
2BR/2.5BA, 1220 sq ft, 1 pkg
$1,299,000
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The two-level condo at 500 Masonic #2 has what many buyers are looking for—two bedrooms upstairs, an open kitchen/dining/living space, in-unit laundry, and secure garage parking for up to two cars (tandem).
Pros: Large, deeded rooftop space easily accessible from the elevator. Smaller, seven-unit building. 94 Walk Score!
Cons: One bedroom and the main living space front Masonic, which is a heavily trafficked street. (Note that a major streetscape improvement project is planned.) 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

SoMa’s Sapphire Slashes Prices

SoMa’s Sapphire Slashes Prices

The sales team at 252 9th Street in SoMa, known as Sapphire, has been marketing its 15 well-appointed new condos since September. Though some of the units are in contract, there are still plenty available. And prices are about to be slashed significantly.

Savvy buyers, take note: Sapphire offers one- and two-bedroom condos that feature European oak hardwood floors, high ceilings, kitchens with Bertazzoni gas ranges, and washer/dryer hookups. Amenities include patios or balconies in select units, a fantastic roof deck with amazing city views, bike parking, storage lockers, and elevator service to all levels. HOA dues are in the $400-$500 range. 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

Get in touch:

Eileen Bermingham

Zephyr Real Estate

415.823.4656

ebermingham@zephyrsf.com

BRE# 01352627

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