Category Archives: West Portal/Forest Hill

21 Days & Counting: Hot SF ‘Hoods

San Francisco inventory is typically snapped up within a week in popular neighborhoods. But it may come as a surprise to find that there are many properties that have been on the market for three or more weeks—and are still available.

For buyers who are tired of competing in multiple-offer situations, it’s time to revisit the listings that are taking offers as they come. Today we take a look at three homes in the hot neighborhoods of Bernal, West Portal and Cow Hollow that have been on the market for 21 days or longer: Continue Reading

Inventory Down, But Don’t Overlook Older Listings

It’s no secret that San Francisco housing inventory is pretty low right now. The above graph shows you how inventory levels have steadily decreased over the past two years.

So in one corner, we have prospective buyers out there who are feeling an urgent need to make a purchase, fueled by high rents and low mortgage rate. But in the other corner, we have a limited supply of homes to meet the need. What’s a buyer to do?

Answer: Don’t fall into the trap of only considering new listings. It may take a little more work and negotiating, but hunting down a home that’s been on the market for 30+ days may turn out to be the solution. With that in mind, I’m going to regularly feature trios of these types of listings across all property types and price ranges. Sometimes calling such listings to buyers’ attention gets the wheels turning. Continue Reading

Calling All Sweat Equity Buyers: West Portal Project for Ya

Calling All Sweat Equity Buyers: West Portal Project for Ya

For buyers looking for a well-located house that would allow them to make improvements and increase value over time, 72 Allston Way in West Portal is a good prospect.

Listed at $675,000, the 2BR/1BA house was built in 1922 and has its original kitchen and bath. The split-level floor plan provides nice separation of living and sleeping space, and two large bedrooms are at the rear of the property. Both feature large closets and bay windows. The split bathroom —toilet in one room, sink and shower in the other—has the original octagonal flooring and tile. There’s a large deck overlooking the garden, which could use your landscaping creativity. The roof has recently been replaced, so knock off about $12,000 from the improvement list.

It’s likely the house will sell for more than its list price, given recent market patterns.

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Lake Shore Doelger a Good West Portal Alternative

Lake Shore Doelger a Good West Portal Alternative

One neighborhood that buyers sometimes overlook is Lake Shore. It’s located around Lake Merced in the western part of the city, near Stonestown and Merced Manor. And it’s just down Sloat Boulevard from West Portal and Stern Grove; your money goes a little further here than it will in West Portal proper.

I previewed 1400 Eucalyptus on the Zephyr tour this past week. The single-family home was designed by architect Henry Doelger, who was famous for his box-like design in the 1940s, in areas like Westlake in Daly City and also in the Sunset. For those looking for very functional floor plans and good space, a Doelger can be right on. Continue Reading

Top 10 Neighborhoods for Commuting to Downtown San Francisco

One of the more popular requests from my new buyer clients is that they need to live in a neighborhood with easy and relatively quick rail or bus access to downtown San Francisco. So I thought I’d pull together a list for all those prospective home buyers and downtown commuters out there who may be considering a home purchase in 2012. Continue Reading

West Portal Alert: 3BR House for Under $1M

West Portal Alert: 3BR House for Under $1M

It’s got three bedrooms, two and a quarter bathrooms, a remodeled kitchen, and backs up to a lush green setting. Oh, and did I mention parking and a highly convenient location? For those buyers who have been looking to get into the low-turnover/high-demand West Portal neighborhood, 460 West Portal could be a great fit. Continue Reading

West Portal Inventory Wakes Up

West Portal is one of the best neighborhoods in the city because of its retail district and Muni access. But it’s a geographically small area and doesn’t get much housing turnover. (Only 21 homes sold in the neighborhood in 2009 at an average of $1,102,990, which is about what you should expect to pay for a home in a location that offers the aforementioned amenities.) However, two homes just came on the market this week that are well worth considering if West Portal is on your list of preferred neighborhoods: Continue Reading

A Visit to Arden Estates

A Visit to Arden Estates

I checked out two of the model homes on my broker tour at the new Arden Estates development, located on 15th Avenue in West Portal.

This is a collection of seven single-family homes, five of which are still in the process of being finished. The homes feature three bedrooms; a fourth bedroom/family room; three bathrooms and one powder room. They all have about 3,000 square feet spread across three levels. Continue Reading

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Eileen Bermingham

Corcoran Global Living

415.823.4656

eileen@insidesfre.com

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