Category Archives: What You Can Buy

Preview: SF Homes Coming Soon

Inventory is slimmer this Spring, but there are plenty of homes coming soon with owners who may be open to selling before officially going on the market.

I’ve rounded up a few of my picks below. Give me a shout at eileen@insidesfre.com | 415.823.4656 if you’d like more details or would be interested in seeing any of these homes in person:

439 16th Avenue
Central Richmond

3BR/3BA, 1 pkg
$1,900,000

439 16th Avenue is a gracious home with lovely period detailing like box beam ceilings. The upper level has three bedrooms and full bath, and the spacious master has two large closets. There’s a one-car garage, storage, and unwarranted one-bedroom inlaw. Large, flat, fenced yard. (Listing courtesy of Compass) 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: Single-Family Homes Coming Soon

There are plenty of properties in the queue that will be ready to go when the shelter in place (SIP) ends. Of course, many of these properties have sellers who would be happy to entertain offers sooner rather than later. Offer dates, for the most part, are not the norm right now. And sellers are also more likely to use transparent pricing—a list price that isn’t begging for an overbid.

Homes listed for under $2,000,000 in San Francisco are the sweet spot at the moment. In that spirit, I have rounded up my picks in the “Coming Soon” category. (This is an actual Multiple Listing Service category now, visible only to MLS agent members.) Please feel free to get in touch with me at eileen@insidesfre.com | 415.823.4656 if you’d like more info about any of these off-market homes.

54 Sussex
Glen Park

3BR/1.5BA, 1242 sq ft, 2 parking
List price: $1,675,000

This sweet mid-century home at 54 Sussex has all three bedrooms on the same level, two-car parking and a bucolic location that’s a few minutes’ stroll from Glen Park’s downtown area and the all-important BART station. Pricing is transparent on this one, so writing an offer at $1,675,000 with reasonable terms could easily do the trick. [Listing courtesy of Corcoran Global Living] Continue Reading

Condos You Can Buy Near a Retail Corridor

One of the reasons people want to live in San Francisco is to be near its collection of popular, interesting retail districts that offer a diverse array of restaurants, shops, and services. Here are a few currently listed condos that are near some of our best retail corridors in popular, walkable neighborhoods.

Here’s the lineup:
168 Eureka
Eureka Valley/Castro

3BR/3BA condo, 2 pkg
$2,250,000

One block from the 18th Street corridor and only a few blocks away from Castro Street, 168 Eureka is a sexy, spacious condo with in-unit laundry, a big master suite at the rear and direct access to the nicely landscaped garden. Did I mention two-car parking, and a 2019 Range Rover included as a gift from the seller? [Listing courtesy of Vanguard Properties.] 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

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

What You Could’ve Bought: Houses For Under The List Price

The Spring and early summer markets were business as usual in San Francisco, with most properties selling for top dollar and well over their list prices. However, I found some recent single-family home sales that didn’t turn out that way.

It’s worth noting that most under-asking sales don’t happen out of the gate. Weeks typically go by before sellers are willing to negotiate. And a bulk of single-family home sales that sell for less than asking have recently been in the $4M+ range.

Here’s a look at what you could’ve bought recently for under list price:


2531 McAllister
Lone Mountain
List Price: $1,795,000
Sale Price: $1,500,000
Days on Market (DOM): 46

2531 McAllister was a large, four-bedroom house with bonus rooms in a central Lone Mountain location near USF, Golden Gate Park and Clement Street restaurants and shops. But it could’ve used a facelift, so starting at $1.8M didn’t go over well with buyers. Continue Reading

What You Can Buy: Small San Francisco Houses

Buying a small house in the city may be the route to go if your budget maxes out well below our single-family citywide average of $1.9M. Yes, I know you can find a mansion in the midwest for that price, but the reality is that there are a whole lot of folks who want to live in San Francisco. And this competition pushes many people to revisit how much space they really need within a budget they can afford.

I’ve rounded up a few new single-family home listings that I think will make excellent starter homes. They’re each in good locations within their respective neighborhoods, and offer very livable spaces:

530 Grafton
Ingleside
1BR/1BA, 664 sq ft
$725,000

Located three blocks from Ocean Avenue’s retail and Muni line, 530 Grafton is a classic condo alternative. The interior is laid out very efficiently, and there’s some space for an office area. I love the Spanish Mediterranean architectural style, and there are 1930s period details throughout. The house is built to the lot line, so the outdoor space is actually an enclosed area at the front of the house. One-car parking is also included. Continue Reading

Flip Market Falters in 2019

Small-scale contractor-developers seem to be having a little trouble this year when it comes to flipping their renovated properties. At least half a dozen such homes have been sitting on the market, failing to garner multiple offers and sky-high prices.

It might be time to consider these homes if you’re looking for a newly renovated home. Spring promises to bring fresh inventory—as it always does—and flip sellers may be a bit anxious about falling through the cracks. Here are a few to check out:

2631 Ulloa
Parkside

Days on Market (DOM): 46
4BR/4BA, 2087 sq ft, 1 parking
List price: $1,488,800

2631 Ulloa is a spacious, 1920’s-era home. The story here is that the sellers—an LLC—purchased the property in January 2018 for $1,050,000, with subsequent renovated encompassing a new kitchen and baths, bedroom addition and more. They hit the market in February for $1,688,800 but have found no takers. The home has nice curb appeal, but the drawbacks are that there’s not really a yard, and the living/dining/kitchen areas are tight. But you’re one block south of Taraval and the L Muni rail line, as well as one block north of Stern Grove. (Ignore the pictures of the Giants’ ballpark and Kearny Street, I think those were accidentally included in the mix. 2631 Ulloa is nowhere near those places.) [Listing courtesy of Real Estate Investment Experts, Inc.] Continue Reading

What You Can Buy That Has a Pool

San Francisco weather doesn’t easily lend itself to taking a dip in the pool. I mean, this isn’t L.A., and the fog tends to keep us pretty cool. However, properties periodically come on the market with pools.

And I don’t mean just the condos in South Beach in large complexes like The Brannan and The Towers. I mean the pools that pop up in smaller, unique properties. I found some condos and houses that fall into this category. So let’s dive in:

1478 12th Avenue
Inner Sunset

4BR/3BA condo
$2,228,000

Of all the neighborhoods in San Francisco, the Inner Sunset is probably the last one I’d think of for an outdoor pool. Nonetheless, 1478 12th Avenue has a deeded yard with a heated lap pool. This unit and the other one in the building at 1480 12th Avenue ($1,628,000) hit the market at the start of 2018 with slightly higher prices, so the lap pool hasn’t convinced anyone to pay what the seller wants just yet. But the location is pretty convenient and you just might want to jump in after you go for your run in nearby Golden Gate Park. Listing courtesy of West & Praszker] Continue Reading

What You Could’ve Bought: For Under List Price

Properties in San Francisco generally sell for more than their asking prices. But there were some recent sales that bucked this trend—particularly ones involving homes in the $2M+ range.

Keep your eye on the market as we move toward the Fall. We’ll be getting an inventory boost right after Labor Day, and those “leftover” summer homes may turn out to be great buys.

In the meantime, here are a few homes that recently sold for under their list price:

1325 Lake Street
Lake Street

List Price: $3,000,000
Sale Price: $2,275,000
First Listed: Sept 2017

A large, traditional home in need of a facelift, 1325 Lake was first listed last Fall for $3M, and the price gradually went down from there. The house has a great location near Mountain Lake Park and Laurel Village. This is a good example of a property with good bones that current or future owners can take to the next level, it just took a bit of time to find the right buyer—at a price that will allow for solid renovations. [Listing courtesy of Compass] Continue Reading

Think Outside the Neighborhood Box for Under $1.5M

We’re still in a super sellers’ market in San Francisco when it comes to single-family houses. And the average citywide house price, year-to-date, is just above $2M. So it takes some serious strategizing, compromising and an open mind when it comes to finding a house for under $1.5M.

What’s the key? Go beyond buyer-saturated neighborhoods like Bernal Heights, Glen Park or West Portal and hit up the less obvious areas. But make no mistake: Homes in these neighborhoods are fetching multiple offers and over-asking prices. 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

What You Can Buy in March: 30 Days & Counting

It’s been a hectic 2018 for San Francisco home buyers. Lots of offers written, disappointing outcomes, and for some, towels thrown in.

But not every home slams into contract and closes in a flash. In fact, I’ve been keeping an eye on the houses and condos that have been sitting on the market—waiting for buyers to materialize. With some compromise and reasonable trade-offs, maybe one of these homes could be a fit. Continue Reading

What You Can Buy: Condos with Deeded Gardens

Finding a condo in San Francisco with a private, exclusive-use garden is not all that common. After all, who wouldn’t want a yard of their own for grilling, dining, kids and dogs?

Four terrific condos with deeded gardens just hit the market, and I’m anticipating they’ll sell quickly. Check them out on the open house circuit this weekend, and start thinking about where you’ll be planting the raised vegetable beds:

2447 Vallejo
Pacific Heights

2BR/1BA, 1314 sq ft. 1 pkg
HOA dues: $475/month
List price: $1,649,000

2447 Vallejo is located on a flat, tree-lined street in a six-unit building. The living room has French doors that open on to the stairs that lead to the large, south-facing garden and patio. The unit itself has an open floor plan, in-unit laundry, deeded storage and garage parking. (Listing courtesy of Sotheby’s International Realty) Continue Reading

Get in touch:

Eileen Bermingham

Corcoran Global Living

415.823.4656

eileen@insidesfre.com

DRE# 01352627

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