Smackdown: Pac Heights Condo vs. Anza Vista House

What can you afford at the $900,000 price point when it comes to a house or a condo in two very different neighborhoods? We look at two options in the current inventory—one in a classic San Francisco neighborhood, and one that’s in a lesser-known but convenient location. Which would you choose?

1950 Gough #201
Pacific Heights
2BR/1.5BA, 1210 sq feet
$899,000

This spacious condo at 1950 Gough #201 is located in a 1920s elevator building across from popular Lafayette Park. The unit faces Clay Street, with views to the park. There’s a beautiful bedroom with a wall of windows and walk-in closet, and another bedroom with two walk-in closets. The kitchen has been remodeled, and the full bath features classic white tile. One-car parking is included; laundry is shared at the garage level. There are 35 units in the building, and HOA dues are $567.67/month. This condo is an excellent fit for buyers looking for a well-appointed unit with classic San Francisco architecture in a Pacific Heights location that’s close to Fillmore Street, the Van Ness corridor and bus lines to downtown. 1950 Gough #201 was last sold in 2010 for $927,500, so we’ll see what the current market yields.

2070 Ellis
Anza Vista
2BR/1.5BA, 1327 sq feet
$899,000

Built circa 1900, the lovely Victorian single-family home at 2070 Ellis has two bedrooms plus a double-parlor space (meaning you don’t need to make half of the double parlor a bedroom). There’s a remodeled chef’s kitchen, family/dining area, and French doors to a large patio/garden. And two-car parking, too. The only drawback here is the location, which is sort of between Lower Pacific Heights and NoPa, and adjacent to Western Addition. However, if it’s convenience you’re looking for, 2070 Ellis fits the bill. You can catch the Geary bus downtown, and walk to the aforementioned neighborhoods.