What You Can Buy for Under $1M with Bay & Bridge Views

If your budget is under $1M and you want a condo with views, your best bets will be neighborhoods like South Beach and Mission Bay. Real estate is roughly around $1,000/sq foot there, so if you manage to snag a property with Bay views, you’ll really be getting the best bang for your buck.

Here’s a look at three condos with views in popular buildings that are near 280, Caltrain, BART, Muni, AT&T Park, and renowned restaurants:

260 King #1515
The Beacon (Mission Bay)

1BR/1BA, 903 sq ft
HOA dues: $762/mo + $140.40 parking/mo
List price: $799,000
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260 King #1515 in The Beacon has dead-on Bay views from every window, and that’s no exaggeration. This is the type of home where you walk in and immediately realize that the online photos don’t do the views justice. The unit features hardwood floors, a kitchen with granite counters and stainless-steel appliances, and an in-unit washer/dryer. There’s also a separate alcove if you need an office area. Constructed in 2004, The Beacon spans two buildings (250 and 260 King) and has 595 units. It’s got excellent amenities like a 24-hour doorperson, concierge services, lap pool, spa, fitness center, club house and dog park. There are currently eight condos available in the Beacon for under $1M, but #1515 offers the best views and position in the building for the money.

403 Main #410 N
Portside II (South Beach)

1BR/1BA, 941 sq ft
HOA dues: $478.92/mo
List price: $799,000
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One of the largest one-bedrooms in Portside II, 403 Main #410 N looks directly at the Hills Building, and the Bay Bridge to the right. There’s a separate den with built-in bookcases and the parking space is near the elevator and garage exit, so you’re good to go for running a quick errand. Portside II has 158 units and was built in the late ’90s. (Its sister building, Portside I, was built in 1994 and has another 62 units.) You get nice amenities like an outdoor pool and spa overlooking the Embarcadero, sun deck, and a fitness center in each building.

501 Beale #7C
The Watermark (South Beach)

1BR/1BA, 801 sq ft
HOA dues: $750.71/mo
List price: $899,800
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The Watermark is one of my favorite buildings in South Beach. It sits next to the Bay Bridge, so the trick is to buy one of the units that faces the Embarcadero and Bay—like corner unit #7C. The living room and bedroom face the Bay and the open floor plan features floor-to-ceiling windows, gourmet kitchen and marble finishes in the bathroom. Perks are air conditioning, parking and in-unit laundry. 501 Beale is a standalone building constructed in 2006 with 135 units that have access to a 24-hour doorperson, concierge, lap pool and spa, fitness center, and BBQ area.

My Cole Valley Condo Listing is Going Strong

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My lovely 1BR/1BA condo at 286 Parnassus in Cole Valley has been quite popular, and we are heading into our second open house weekend before offers are due next week.

In case you haven’t heard, 286 Parnassus has a great open floor plan, gas fireplace, remodeled kitchen and bath and amenities such as an exclusive-use washer/dryer, shared garden and storage. The phenomenal location is steps away from public transportation, restaurants, shops and Golden Gate Park.

List price is $579,000, and we’ll be open on Sunday from 2:00-4:00. For more photos & details, visit 286parnassus.com

Just Sold: Mission Condo on Labor Day Weekend

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San Francisco’s competitive real estate market often demands that buyers and their agents move quickly. My client didn’t waste any time when I told her on the Friday before Labor Day weekend that a particular two-bedroom condo in the Mission was still available after a couple weeks on the market with no offers.

My client saw the condo on Saturday afternoon of the holiday weekend, and we quickly put together an offer that she signed…at the Giants game:
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The stars aligned and the seller accepted our offer on Sunday morning. This is how we do!

So my client is now the proud owner of a lovely 2BR/1BA with parking at 1587 15th Street #506 (list price was $769,000). She’s got downtown views and easy access to a great roof deck, along with public transportation in every direction. Much thanks to listing agent Carol Solfanelli at Pacific Union International for a smooth transaction, as well as Marco Nevarez at First Republic for getting the loan done with no drama and an excellent interest rate.

Latest Sales, SF Moma’s Revamp, Secrets of Golden Gate Park

The last 21 days are a window into the world of San Francisco property values, and the latest Zephyr Market Tracker rounds them up. Yes, there are the expected over asking prices, but there are a few surprises.

Market Tracker also takes a look at how the SF Moma’s major reno is doing, as well as hones in on the secret of Golden Gate Park. We also check out some great looking homes that are near coveted green space.

It’s all here in the Zephyr Market Tracker!

New Listing: 286 Parnassus in Cole Valley

286Parnassus LR1My new listing at 286 Parnassus has just come on the market, and it’s sure to be a hit with buyers seeking a home near everything the city has to offer.

286 Parnassus is a 1BR/1BA condo in a three-unit Edwardian building. The open floor plan features a remodeled kitchen and bath, as well as a bedroom with great natural light and partial downtown views (yes, that’s the Transamerica Building you can see). There’s a gas fireplace in the living room and a private balcony off the kitchen.

Amenities include exclusive-use washer/dryer, a shared, landscaped garden and hardwood floors.

I’m not kidding, 286 Parnassus really is in the center of it all near Golden Gate Park, public transportation, a car-sharing garage. Go a few blocks and you’re in the heart of the Cole Valley, Haight or Inner Sunset retail districts. UCSF is just down the street.

List price is $579,000. We’ll be open this Sunday, 9/21 from 2:00-4:00. Check out our Web site for more info at 286parnassus.com

Know San Francisco’s Overbidding Hot Spots

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The selling patterns in San Francisco continue to be “list low, sell high.” Sellers looking for buyers to pay well over asking for their properties were in luck over the past two months.

Buyers looking to make a purchase before the end of the year need to be aware of the house and condo overbidding hot spots. These are the neighborhoods where you can expect to pay 20% or more for properties, based on sales in August and September 2014. [Read more...]

5 Tips for Preserving Your Property in an Earthquake

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The recent Napa earthquake jolted everyone on the west coast and forced us to revisit how prepared we are for an earthquake. Though a huge earthquake will cause inevitable damage, there are a few fundamental things—some more expensive than others—you can do as a homeowner to minimize damage that can happen in a large earthquake. [Read more...]

Just Sold: 7 Bennington in Bernal Heights

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My seller clients just closed on the sale of their lovely home at 7 Bennington. Situated on a prime Bernal block just one block from Cortland Avenue, 7 Bennington was listed for $899,000 and featured an open living/dining floor plan, all three bedrooms on the main level and an updated kitchen and bath.

We received multiple offers and the sale price was $1,150,000. The lucky buyers are now the owners of a fabulous single-family home in an excellent neighborhood location. Congrats all around, and special thanks to buyer agent Joy Liu at Vanguard Properties, as well as to the buyers’ lender, Judy Stern at Opes Advisors.

The Zephyr Market Update is Here

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You can’t get enough stats these days, can you?

Well, the Zephyr Market update is actually a useful one. Find out which neighborhood property values in our beautiful city appreciated the most, how condos and houses fared year over year, and which new neighborhood app is doing its part to unify communities.

It’s all here in the Zephyr Market Update!

Rooftop Pool Preview at 1875 Mission

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The gold address numbers have risen over at 1875 Mission, a former storage space that’s been transformed into 39 “L.A. chic” luxury condos. The building is situated on the same block as the Armory, between 14th and 15th Streets. [Read more...]