What You Can Buy: View Condos

San Francisco properties with views of the hills, city skyline, ocean or Bay command a premium. The whole “million dollar view” tag line really does ring true for some homes.

And when it comes to condos in centrally located neighborhoods, views are the icing on the cake. View condos certainly fall under the “luxury” category, and they’ll typically cost above the $1M average for a two-bedroom unit.

I surveyed the market and picked out my favorite three view condos to spotlight today:

657 Corbett #3
Twin Peaks

4BR/3BA, 2101 sq ft
1-car parking
HOA dues: $316.22/mo
List price: $1,495,000
657corbett657 Corbett #3 is the penthouse condo in this four-unit building, and it certainly pulls out all the stops. The two-level residence features walls of glass with stunning views of downtown, The Bay and beyond. And it’s a corner unit, so you also get great east and south views. Three bedrooms are all on the same level, with the fourth bedroom on the main level. Though you’re not in the heart of a retail area, the reason to live on Corbett is for its views. Because let’s face it, you don’t get views in the flatlands of the Castro. Quick comp: #1 on the first floor of 657 Corbett is a 4BR/3BA unit with 2007 sq feet that’s in contract with a list price of $1,395,000.

2139 Green #F
Pacific Heights

2BR/2BA, 1460 sq ft
1-car parking
HOA dues: $526.27/mo
List price: $1,795,000
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The best part about 2139 Green #F is its 500-sq foot deck with amazing views of the Golden Gate Bridge to Alcatraz and then some. The building was constructed in 1988, so the interior is modern in design. This is another two-level unit, and the master suite, second bedroom and two baths are downstairs. The master features French doors that lead to a colorful garden and patio. An elevator in this nine-unit building takes you right to your front door, too. Quick comp: The slightly larger 2BR/2.5BA unit at #E sold a year ago in a cash transaction for $1,750,000. That also had a large deck, striking views and a similar floor plan.

219 Brannan #18A
South Beach

3BR/2BA, 1611 sq ft
2-car parking
HOA dues: $1013/mo
List price: $2,500,000
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Perched on the top floor of 219 Brannan, the penthouse at #18A has soaring ceilings, floor-to-ceiling glass windows and views spanning Twin Peaks to the downtown skyline and the Bay Bridge. There’s a bedroom terrace that lets you really connect to that big view, as well as a chef’s kitchen and rare two-car parking. HOA dues include attended lobby, fitness center, concierge, pool, and security service. Quick comp: The 2BR/2BA at #16D with northeast views of the skyline and Bay sold last month for $2.1M in a cash transaction. #18A itself was sold in 2007 for $2,150,000, and then again in 2010 for $1,650,000.

SoMa/South Beach Tour: Condo Trio

There’s often a lot of inventory in the SoMa/South Beach neighborhoods, primarily because all the buildings translate into condos—and lots of ‘em. So to cut through the clutter, I decided to hone in on three condos in the $1M range so you could get a sense for what these properties have to offer.

1160 Mission #2313
SoMa Grand

2BR/2BA Penthouse
1600 sq ft
2-car parking
HOA dues: $851/month

Though its “French chic meets SOMA hip!” mashup may not be for most, this penthouse unit #2313 has killer city views. The 246-unit SoMa Grand is located in the still transitioning mid-Market neighborhood, which means you will want to take advantage of the hotel-style services like concierge, house cleaning, and organized activities—not to mention in-house restaurants—so you don’t have to wander around at night doing your own legwork. But that was the goal behind the SoMa Grand.

229 Brannan #17G
The Brannan

2BR/2BA Penthouse
1517 sq ft
2-car parking
HOA dues: $918/month

South Beach standby The Brannan has been the site of many condo sales across four-building property since 2001. Though many properties have been constructed since then, The Brannan continues to age well. This particular penthouse unit #17G has city, ballpark and Twin Peaks views, and 9.5-foot high ceilings. The Brannan’s location is excellent, and is a great place from which to walk to the Ferry Building, Union Square and more.

1 South Park #408
3BR/3.5BA
1794 sq ft
1-car parking
HOA dues: $575/month

The lone low rise of this trio, 1 South Park has an excellent location near the ballpark, as well. #408 is a top-floor, two-level unit with plenty of natural light. Two of the three bedrooms have their own ensuite baths, and the upper level entertaining rooms feature walls of glass that face both east and west. There’s also an expansive view deck. This unit came on the market last October 2011 at $1,695,000, so the current price reflects a reduction. 1 South Park isn’t an amenity building, so it’s a good fit for buyers who don’t want to factor in paying for a fitness club, media room, concierge or other benefits that are included with the larger properties in the area.