Condo Alternatives for the Holidays

You may be looking for a nice condo in a central neighborhood in San Francisco. Perhaps your budget is somewhere in the $700,000-$900,000 range, which it most likely is if you need at least two bedrooms and parking. But perhaps you should consider a small house instead.

Houses with 1,000 square feet or less are definitely on the small side, but they can be excellent options if what you truly want is privacy, your own garden and washer/dryer and no HOA dues. Yes, you’re compromising on space, but you’re getting location and are avoiding sharing walls and outdoor space with neighbors. Here are three good properties to consider, and they’re all available:

518 Chenery
Glen Park
2BR/1BA, 958 sq feet

518 Chenery is conveniently located about two blocks from the Glen Park retail area and BART station. The home has lovely 1920s details and a remodeled, country-style kitchen. The living room even has a wood-burning fireplace, and there is a patio and landscaped garden. Drawbacks are small bedrooms and bathroom access through one of those bedrooms. But if you can come to terms with that, 518 Chenery could be the perfect place to celebrate Christmas.

1120 Elm
Western Addition
2BR/1BA, 850 sq feet

The Victorian cottage at 1120 Elm is a circa-1890 carriage house has all the period detailing you could want, from high ceilings to crown moldings. The home features a renovated chef’s kitchen, large bedrooms with ample closet space, unfinished basement and outdoor space. It’s situated on a cul-de-sac, which means there’s not much traffic coming through. The home is adjacent to a school and school yard, so you have to be okay with that factor.

221 Foerster
2BR/1BA, 989 sq feet

221 Foerster is a classic 1920s Sunnyside starter home. The main level has two bedrooms, updated kitchen and bathroom, as well as open living/dining areas. There’s a bonus room downstairs, and a large, level yard with apple and lemon trees. Sunnyside Elementary is directly across the street, which could be convenient for that family you may be thinking of starting. You’re a couple blocks south of Monterey Boulevard, and not very far from downtown Glen Park and the BART station. Freeway access is also quite easy from here.

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  1. Kind of seems like a compromise on both space and location…

  2. Ah, but real estate in San Francisco is all about compromise. There’s always something someone is trading off. These properties are all in nice neighborhoods central to transportation and freeways, so they’re a good bet for condo seekers who can’t seem to find what they want.

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