Category Archives: Mission Bay

Here’s Where You Can Negotiate the Best Price on a 2BR Condo

Looking to get a good price on a two-bedroom San Francisco condo? Check out a few of the 360 two-bedroom units currently on the market in San Francisco in buildings with ten or more units. These properties have been on the market for an average of 56 days, and I’m betting their owners would love to get offers from qualified buyers.

It helps to know where to look for the best deals. The neighborhoods where these condo buildings are located are Diamond Heights, Mission Dolores, Hayes Valley, Pacific Heights, Downtown/Financial District, Nob Hill, Van Ness/Civic Center, Mission, Mission Bay, SoMa/Yerba Buena, South Beach and Dogpatch/Central Waterfront. Continue Reading

What You Can Buy: With Outdoor Space

The shelter in place has done its part to help many prospective buyers realize that they want outdoor space in their next home. The thought of having a garden or a big deck sounds extremely appealing right now.

I’ve rounded up some homes that have lovely exclusive-use outdoor space. Give me a shout at eileen@insidesfre.com | 415.823.4656 if you’d like to see any of these in person:

375 Moncada
Ingleside Terrace

5BR/3BA, 2 pkg
$2,495,000


375 Moncada is a big Mediterranean-style house with a landscaped front yard and sprawling rear garden. The kitchens and baths could use updating, but the home is certainly in move-in condition. And when Stonestown Galleria opens again, you’ll be in walking distance. (Photos courtesy of Keller Williams Realty) Continue Reading

What You Can Buy in January: 30 Days & Counting

I thought I’d bring you in on one of my strategies for finding homes for my buyer clients: Look for homes that have been sitting on the market. In keeping with my most recent post about long days on market properties, this is a fun way to find homes without as much competition and overbidding.

Here are four properties that have been on the market for 30 days or more—and are worth a look:
1283 Portola
St. Francis Wood

Days on Market (DOM): 55
4BR/3.5BAs, 2498 sq ft, 2 parking
List price: $2,878,000

Here’s your chance to get into tony St. Francis Wood. This large, nicely updated home has the coveted three bedrooms on the upper level, an open kitchen/dining/family room area, and a convenient location walkable to West Portal retail. The hitch is that you’re on Portola, which is a multi-lane roadway, and you’ll hear traffic. But if you can work with that drawback, 1283 Portola may be the one for you. [Listing courtesy of BarbCo] Continue Reading

Cash Sales in San Francisco Drop in 2019

San Francisco real estate sees its share of cash buyers, but they’re not popping up as frequently as they used to. For the past several years, cash buyers have represented a quarter of all single-family and condo sales.

However, the percentage has dropped to 16.5% for houses and 14.6% for condos in 2019.

Having the ability to pay all cash certainly gives you an advantage as a buyer. You’ll likely get a call back in a multiple-offer situation if your offer isn’t the highest. But being able to pay in all cash typically doesn’t exempt you from having to overbid like everyone else.

Here’s how things have shaken out in 2019: Continue Reading

Be Prepared To Pay a Premium for Property With Private Pool

Buyers dreaming of having their own private pool in San Francisco can expect to pay top dollar.

Though we get a fair amount of fog, our climate has warmed significantly over the past several years. That means we’re getting more warm days that may end up being perfect for a swim. If you’re into pools, buying a house with one makes a lot more sense these days.

There are a number of large condo buildings that have common area pools. Most of them are in Diamond Heights, in the Van Ness/downtown area, Mission Bay and South Beach.

Pools in single-family homes, however, are rare. For example, of the 4,400 houses that have sold since January 2018, only eight had pools. And those homes sold in the range of $2,200,000-$9,150,000. Continue Reading

Do San Francisco Properties Have Air Conditioning?

I remember hosting an open house circa 2003 in Noe Valley and meeting two buyers from San Diego. Their first question was whether the property had air conditioning. I smiled and told them that we didn’t typically need air conditioning in San Francisco due to the The Bay’s natural cooling system.

Flash forward to 2019, and that question doesn’t seem so humorous anymore. Climate change has definitely altered things. My updated answer: Though older houses and small condo buildings don’t often have central air, many large, newer construction buildings do—especially in Mission Bay, South Beach, South of Market/Yerba Buena, Financial District, the Mission and Hayes Valley. Continue Reading

Mission Bay Reaches End of Condo Construction Boom

It’s been more than 15 years since the very first condo building in Mission Bay first started selling. That was Glassworks next to the Giants stadium. What followed was construction of another nine condo projects in various areas of the steadily growing neighborhood.

But although construction continues for hotels, affordable housing, market-rate rentals, UCSF and other commercial properties, there aren’t any more condo buildings on tap. That means home buyers looking to purchase a home in Mission Bay will have a limited inventory from which to choose.

I’m betting that demand is on the rise for the area. Tech companies are starting to set up shop there, and efforts to improve transit to downtown are underway in the form of the Mission Bay Loop project and the Central Subway extending the T-Third Muni line. And the Warriors’ arrival in the Fall will add an extra jolt to the neighborhood.

I thought it might be helpful to round up the existing Mission Bay condo stock that will be on the resale market. (Pricing data is based on sales from January 1, 2018 to the present.) And keep in mind that there are two fees to know about—the Mission Bay Maintenance Corporation Fee of roughly $35/month, and the Mission Bay Community Enhancement fee that’s .25% of your purchase price.

Here’s what’s out there in Mission Bay:

Glassworks (207 King)
Year Built: 2003
39 Condos
Avge 1BR Price: $1,068,000
Avge 2BR Price: $1,712,500
Amenities: Courtyard, in-unit air conditioning
Glassworks is a smaller building in a high-profile location next to the Giants’ ballpark. It still commands top dollar on the resale market. Continue Reading

Which Neighborhoods Have the Best Weather?

If you’re new to San Francisco, you may be learning that our city has a variety of microclimates. One minute you can be driving around with the top down, sweating, and the next you’re turning on the seat warmers. If you’re considering purchasing a home here and are particularly weather sensitive, it’s important to know which neighborhoods tend to have the most favorable climates.

Of course, San Francisco has citywide fog and wind no matter where you go. But some areas have longer periods of time during a given day when the sun shines and the wind is at a minimum. So here’s a quick rundown: Continue Reading

What Neighborhoods Have the Most Inventory?

It’s no secret that San Francisco is notorious for having low inventory. We’ve been complaining about it for years, and there simply isn’t enough housing for everyone who wants to buy property in the city.

We’ve even got data to prove it. Yes, there were a few times over the past several years when inventory peaked, 2018 has been a lackluster year (click on image to enlarge):

I surveyed currently available single-family homes and condos to see which neighborhoods have the most inventory available. Continue Reading

SF Condo Prices Up, Noe Leads the Overbids in Q1 2018

San Francisco condo prices were up three percent year-over-year in the first quarter of 2018, with an average citywide condo price of $1.3M and price-per-square foot of $1,100.

The usual array of well-established, popular neighborhoods like Hayes Valley, Eureka Valley, Mission Dolores, NoPa and Russian Hill commanded the largest overbids. But it was Noe Valley that attracted the steepest and most frequent overbidding. Continue Reading

What You Could’ve Bought in Late 2017 for Below The List Price

San Francisco inventory has generally been low when you consider how many people want to buy homes here. That’s why I was surprised to see a fair number of sales that closed last week for under their list prices.

A few data points: Most under-asking sales were only two- to three percent below the list price, and most spent a fair amount of time on the market. Very few single-family homes sold for less thank asking, but I wanted to highlight three condos that I think were good deals for buyers:

44 Sharon
Eureka Valley
List Price: $1,150,000
Sale Price: $1,000,000
Days on Market (DOM): 50

44 Sharon is a top-floor, 3BR/1BA condo in a five-unit building located between 15th and 16th Streets/Church and Sanchez—very central and walkable. Though the bedrooms were small and there was a bit of an awkward floor plan, the unit came with one-car parking. And did I mention the location near all modes of public transportation, tech shuttle stops and plenty of shops and restaurants? Continue Reading

Sunset, Pacific Heights Hot Spots for Cash Sales in 2017

Almost a quarter of this year’s single-family homes and condos were purchased by cash buyers, with neighborhoods like the Sunset, Parkside and Pacific Heights seeing the most such sales.

The Sunset and Parkside have been going full speed this year as house buyers priced out of the more interior neighborhoods head west in search of their next home.

Noe and Eureka Valley single-family homes were also big cash magnets, where sales ranged from $2,000,000-$5,000,000. However, such buyers also scooped up houses for $1,000,000 or less in the city’s southeastern neighborhoods of Bayview, Excelsior, Visitacion Valley, and Silver Terrace. Continue Reading

What’s On The Condo Market: February 2016

What’s On The Condo Market: February 2016

There are more than 300 condos on the market right now in San Francisco, so there’s a good chance one will be a fit for you if you’re looking to buy one. Here’s a look at what’s out there in the one-, two- and three-bedroom market segments:

One-Bedroom Condos
Number Available: 85
Median List Price: $849,000
Neighborhoods With the Most 1BRs: South Beach; Lower Pacific Heights; SoMa/Yerba Buena; South Beach; Van Ness/Civic Center
Least Expensive 1BR: 750 Great Highway #2 ($489,000) in the Outer Richmond. Reasonable floor plan, in-unit laundry & dishwasher, and located right across the street from the beach.
Most Expensive 1BR: It’s a tie! 650 Delancey (Oriental Warehouse) #416 and #304 in South Beach, both listed for $1,695,000. #416 is a top floor 1BR that could be used as two bedrooms, shiny red kitchen and parking. #304 has a master bedroom plus office, neutral color scheme, and parking. Both are clocking in at $1,157-$1,213/square foot, which is right in line with market prices.
My Value Pick: 246 2nd Street #905 ($775,000), in Yerba Buena. This unit has a walk-out terrace with city views, in-unit laundry, storage and parking. Continue Reading

What You Can Buy: 21 Days or More on the Market

What You Can Buy: 21 Days or More on the Market

There’s plenty of single-family home and condo inventory on the San Francisco market right now, and you may be surprised to know that more than half of those properties have been on the market for 21 days or more. That means offer dates have come and gone, and sellers will have some decisions to make as time goes on.

The high end of this 21+ days on market (DOM) portion of the market is well represented: The average price of a house is $2,976,744, and $1,584,750 for a condo. Continue Reading

Get in touch:

Eileen Bermingham

Corcoran Global Living

415.823.4656

eileen@insidesfre.com

DRE# 01352627

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