What You Can Buy: Condos for $1.1M with High Walk Scores

Prices for condos with period detail and which are located in very walkable, central neighborhoods are averaging $1.2M for two bedrooms and $1.4M for three-bedroom units. These types of units command a premium because: a) who doesn’t love a quintessential San Francisco property with Edwardian or Victorian detailing, and b) everyone wants to live in an area that lets you walk out your door and be only minutes from a retail area and public transportation.

There’s a handful of condos on the market in this price category, and I thought I would provide a tour of three of them today. So hop in the front seat, and let’s get to it:

1332 Waller
The Haight

3BR/2BA, 1769 sq ft
1 pkg
Year Built: 1904
List Price: $1,099,000
Walk Score: 92
1332 Waller is a two-level Edwardian condo. As the listing agent notes, the property is situated in the middle of three great neighborhoods—the Haight, Cole Valley and Buena Vista. So you can take advantage of both the Haight and Cole Valley’s excellent retail areas, as well as many nearby public transportation options. This flat was renovated in 2003, and it has two bedrooms, a formal dining room, split bath and modern kitchen on the main level. A staircase off the dining room leads you to a large master suite with a wet bar and full bath; just outside is a deck and garden. 1332 Waller has exclusive use of the garage parking spot, storage, and the washer/dryer.

1103 Guerrero
Noe Valley/Mission

3BR/2BA, 1631 sq ft
1 pkg (uncovered/driveway)
Year Built: 1900
List Price: $1,095,000
Walk Score: 97
This top-floor, remodeled Edwardian condo at 1103 Guerrero is one of three units in the building. Along with a newer kitchen and bath, the flat has two gas fireplaces and in-unit laundry. All the best detailing is there, from high ceilings and bay windows, to softwood floors. One thing to note is that there is a limited selection of lenders (First Republic is the best bet) that will grant loans on the building right now due to the tenant/owner-occupied ratio. But if you’re okay with an adjustable-rate mortgage and the other related requirements, this is a big flat only a few blocks from Valencia, BART’s 24th Street station and lots of services (such as the dry cleaners on the ground level of the property).

153 Clifford Terrace
Buena Vista/Ashbury

2BR/1BA, 1355 sq ft
1 pkg
Year Built: 1926
List Price: $1,095,000
Walk Score: 82
If you’re looking for an updated, view condo in a lovely neighborhood, 153 Clifford Terrace may do it for ya. My clients purchased a condo across the street on this block many years ago, and they’ve loved living there. Along with 1920s period detailing, there is an updated kitchen/bath, formal dining room and eat-in kitchen. And there are exceptional northwest views from the living room overlooking the city and ocean.

Holiday Deal Alert: 898 Waller

The condo located in Buena Vista/Ashbury Heights over at 898 Waller is shaping up to be a great potential holiday deal. First listed at $729,000 in early October, the sellers have reduced the price along the way by smallish increments. However, the latest reduction brings the list price down to $679,000, which isn’t bad for a roughly 1100-square foot property with fine Edwardian period details and one-car independing parking.

The bedroom situation isn’t ideal—double parlor for one bedroom, and a smaller room that’s more appropriate for an office or nursery. But you do get hardwood floors, high ceilings, and large windows. There is a split bath (you know, toilet in one room, everything else in the other), as well as a large eat-in kitchen with adjoining laundry room. The unit provides interior access to the garage, and a storage space is also included. Located on the first floor of a six-unit building, 898 Waller has HOA dues of $150/month.

One-bedroom condos in the neighborhood are selling in the $500,000s, and two-bedroom properties for well above $700,000. So the $679,000 list price for 898 Waller seems like a good fit. And if you have great financing behind you, it may be possible to negotiate further. Sellers love as much of a closing guarantee as possible, especially around the holidays.