Category Archives: SoMa/South Beach

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

What You Can Buy for Under $2M: 30 Days & Counting

We’re in the midst of the San Francisco Spring market, with properties going into contract and selling at a rapid pace.

But not every home lands a buyer immediately. In fact, there are 63 single-family homes and 155 condos/TICs that have been on the market for more than a month.

Many of these market sitters are listed for well above $2M. So buyers with that kind of purchasing power currently have a good property selection.

But there are certainly homes listed for less that may be more attainable for a majority of buyers. Here are a few of my picks:

650 Mangels
Sunnyside

Days on Market (DOM): 57
3BR/3BA house, 1,686 sq ft, 1 driveway pkg
List price: $1,398,000

650 Mangels is a very unique home that could use a minor adjustment or two from its next owner. The property has a lovely detached main house that has an amazing upstairs master bedroom and bath (see photo). There’s a garden off the kitchen, and a smaller, second bedroom at the rear. The front building has a room upstairs, with an odd trap door where you can climb down a ladder to reach the bathroom, which takes up the space where you’d be parking. This is obviously the sticking point for many. In the end, you’re looking at a two-bedroom house with another room above the garage. I’d clear out that weird bathroom, restore the parking space and use the upper level for a family or media room. Good Sunnyside location with easy freeway access and a 1.1-mile, 20-25 minute walk to the Glen Park BART station. Listing courtesy of Climb Real Estate 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’s Selling Now: New Construction Condos

The new construction condo market is constantly changing as new properties hit the market, developers revise pricing, and projects simply sell out. It can be a part-time job keeping track of available inventory throughout San Francisco.

I’ve rounded up my favorite new developments currently selling condos. And if you’re interested in scheduling a tour, don’t hesitate to get in touch . I’m not on the sales teams for any of these developments, but can represent you independently. This means I can get you started with a loan preapproval and walk you through the contract and the entire process—looking out for your best interests.

Here are your best bets for new construction condos right now:
One Mission Bay (110 Channel)
Neighborhood: Mission Bay

Current Inventory: 80 units of 350 available
The Prices: Studios from $575,000; 1BRs from $725,000; 2BRs from $1,250,000; 3BRs from $1.7M
Avge Price Per Square Foot: $1,237
HOA Dues: $622-$825/month
The Perks: Resort-style deck; pool, spa, cabanas and fire pit; resident lounge; library
Buy If: You’d like top-tier amenities and want to be in the midst of a constantly developing neighborhood that’s now on track to be the future home of the Warriors
Developer: CIM Group Continue Reading

Top 5 Food Neighborhoods in San Francisco

Near the top of most San Francisco home buyers’ wish lists is proximity to restaurants. After all, our city is one of the top food cities in the world, so who wouldn’t want easy access to fine eats?

I’ve put together a list of my top five neighborhoods that offer standout and diverse restaurant choices. Here you go (not listed in any particular order): Continue Reading

SF Condo Market Mixed in 2017

The San Francisco condo market was not quite as jubilant as its single-family home counterpart in 2017. Yes, there were the random instances of 25%+ overbids, and an eight percent, year-over-year increase in the average condo price. But we basically saw a repeat of 2016, with prices flatlining.

The average citywide price of a condo in the fourth quarter of 2017 was approximately $1.3M—up from $1,210,000 in Q4 2016. We also saw the average price-per-square foot end up at $1,052, which was a four percent increase year over year. Continue Reading

What You Can Buy in November: 21 Days & Counting

November can be a great time to finally land that home you’ve been spending much of 2017 trying to purchase. Some buyers become distracted with the onset of the holiday season, and the competition thins out. And serious sellers have less inventory with which to compete.

If you’re a buyer looking to get into contract before the end of 2017, it’s an excellent idea to consider properties that have been on the market for 21 days or more. These can sometimes be homes that have fallen through the cracks. Perhaps they’ve been in and out of contract once already, and the sellers are ready to wrap it up. Or the list price may be the actual price the seller will accept (a rarity in the current market). Continue Reading

What You Can Buy: Condos With Walker’s Paradise Scores

Location counts for a lot in San Francisco, and most condo buyers want to live in neighborhoods that offer services, restaurants, shops and public transportation in walking distance. I thought I would highlight a few of my favorite properties currently on the market that have excellent Walk Scores. Here are my picks:

77 Jersey
Noe Valley

3BR/1BA, 1 tandem pkg
HOA dues: $473.33/mo
List price: $1,349,000
Walk Score: 96

77 Jersey is an ideal location for buyers who take BART, and want to be a block from the 24th Street corridor that runs through both Noe Valley and the Mission. The condo itself is a handsome, first-floor unit with a formal dining room, eat-in kitchen and a nicely remodeled bathroom in an Edwardian building. Continue Reading

The Best Deal in SoMa: 63A Grace

The Best Deal in SoMa: 63A Grace

My new listing at 63A Grace is perfect for first-time home buyers or someone looking for a pied-a-terre in San Francisco. Priced at $579,000, it’s one of only three one-bedroom condos citywide being offered right now for under $600,000 that isn’t a below-market rate property.

63A Grace is a top-floor unit that has a remodeled kitchen and bath, nice period detail throughout and a shared view roof deck that’s only two short flights of stairs up. Hardwood floors, in-unit laundry and a short distance to the Market Street Muni and BART lines.

We’ll be open this Sunday 10/1 from 2:00-4:00, and check out our property Web site for more photos and details!

What You Can Buy For Up To $1.2M

Trying to figure out what’s in your price range at the outset of your house hunt can be a frustrating experience. It seems like every property sells for well over the list price, and it’s impossible to tell what will actually sell within your budget.

This is a good time to engage a knowledgeable real estate agent who can point you in the right direction. After all, what’s the point of spending your weekend afternoons trudging from one open house to another if the half the homes you’re seeing will be out of your range? I decided to give it a whirl and spotlight a few new house and condo listings that I believe will sell for up to $1,200,000—a popular price point in San Francisco. Here goes:

1991 32nd Avenue
Parkside

2BR/1BA, 2 pkg
$798,000

This Hollywood style starter in the Parkside is adorable and has a remodeled kitchen and bath, two-car garage and small yard with potential. You’re only two blocks from the restaurants, shops and Safeway on Noriega, as well as near many public and private schools. 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

SoMa Condos, High-End Houses Top Year-End Inventory

We’re approaching Thanksgiving, and that means we are officially in “year-end” territory. Buyers looking to get a deal are likely to find one in South of Market, or in the single-family home luxury market if they can spend $2,000,000+.

But there really are a variety of options out there right now. Here’s where to focus your energy if you’re aiming to purchase a condo or house before the end of 2016, along with price ranges and my picks:

Single-Family Homes
Central Richmond
What’s Available Two- to four-bedroom houses from $1,300,000-$2,500,000
My Pick 791 30th Avenue
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791 30th Avenue was built in 1941 and is nicely updated. There are two bedrooms on the main level, and two more downstairs, with a total of 2,085 square feet. Landscaped yard and garage parking. Only one block from Golden Gate Park. List price: $1,495,000. Continue Reading

Just Sold: 701 Minna #17

Just Sold: 701 Minna #17

We closed escrow last week on my beautiful tri-level loft listing in the mid-Market area of SoMa. I managed all the pre-sale prep work, from floor fixes to full-scale painting, staging, repairs and cleaning. In the end, we had a really well-appointed, bright and spacious unit listed for $1,195,000.

Loft activity slowed down a bit over the summer, so we pulled the property off the market in mid August, with the intention to come back on the market in mid September. But two buyers who had been through one of our open houses returned, and promptly wrote an offer that my seller clients accepted. After working through some transactional snags, everyone pulled through, and the sale closed escrow for $1,150,000.

Much thanks to Karen McDowell at Bank of the West for managing the financing, buyer agent Eamonn O’Callaghan at Zephyr Real Estate, Georgine Lonero at Stewart Title. Special thanks to Dale Zink for his fine staging work and flexibility. Excellent teamwork all around!

Contact Eileen for Real Estate Help

Eileen Bermingham

Corcoran Global Living

415.823.4656

eileen@insidesfre.com

DRE# 01352627

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