Category Archives: What You Can Buy

Where To Find Senior Housing in San Francisco

I’m often contacted by seniors or their families inquiring about what available housing in San Francisco. The truth is that the city has somewhat limited options for seniors. But I decided to round up the options in one blog post that will hopefully be a useful resource.

Senior housing in the city generally falls into three categories: full-service facilities with built-in healthcare services, buildings that are zoned for senior occupants, and centrally located complexes with amenities that I personally think are appealing and useful to senior-age residents. Here’s my roundup, with sales data courtesy of the San Francisco Multiple Listing Service:

1. Full Service Communities
If you’re looking for a residence that will let you easily transition into assisted living, these full-service communities are the best option in San Francisco. You’re basically paying an occupancy or entry fee, with monthly fees that cover your living expenses. All three of these communities are located in the Lower Pacific Heights area, with easy access to public transportation and nearby retail areas in Japantown, Polk Street, and Hayes Valley. Continue Reading

What You Could’ve Bought for Below The List Price

Yes, most San Francisco homes sell for more than their list price. But not always, especially when there are some challenges involved. Busy locations? Poor overall presentation? Those factors end up thwarting sellers every time. Here are three properties that didn’t slam into contract for way over the list price:

688 Clipper
Noe Valley
List Price: $2,250,000
Sale Price: $2,150,000
Days on Market (DOM): 128

688 Clipper technically shouldn’t be here, as it was originally listed for below $2M. The story is that the property came on the market in August 2017 for $1,999,999, and the sellers raised the price to $2.3M twenty days later. No buyers came along, so they reduced the price to $2,275,000 and received an offer shortly thereafter. That fell out of contract, and the price then slid further to $2,250,000. Challenges here were a very vertical floor plan, a location on a trafficked street that’s more Diamond Heights than Noe Valley, and a lack of staging that other properties at this price point often have. Continue Reading

NoPa, Hayes Valley Home Sellers Look For Buyers with Vision—and $2M+

The entry price for a big single-family home that needs a total facelift in neighborhoods like NoPa and Hayes Valley is roughly $2M in our current market.

The average price range for a remodeled 4BR+ house in the Haight and Hayes Valley over the past six months is approximately $3M, with renovated, grand-scale houses asking closer to $4M. So buyers looking for the historical, quintessential San Francisco houses that dot these neighborhoods’ blocks are often willing to pay top dollar for a house they can make their own.

Here are two homes currently on the market that would be excellent buys for those seeking a large home with classic San Francisco architecture:
1342 Hayes
4BR | 2.5BA | 2800 sq ft
3-car garage
List price: $2.2M

For buyers who want to be a block from the heart of NoPa’s Divisadero corridor, 1342 Hayes is a great opportunity. The home has been in the same family for 40 years, which is code for “needs a renovation.” Built in 1887 on two levels, the home has big (for San Francisco) square footage and generously sized rooms. All four bedrooms are on the upper level, which is a big deal. And with an oversized lot measuring 3438 square feet, there’s potential for expansion if that’s needed, too. Expect contractors to come to the offer party. (Listing courtesy of Paragon Real Estate) 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

What You Could’ve Bought for Below The List Price

The selling pattern in San Francisco continues to be list low, sell for more. However, it doesn’t always work out that way for some sellers. November brought with it some sales that veered from the typical pattern, in neighborhoods where it absolutely is the norm to overbid. Congrats to these buyers and sellers who wrapped it up before the end of the year:

136 6th Avenue
Lake Street
List Price: $3,125,000
Sale Price: $2,650,000
Days on Market (DOM): 39


136 6th Avenue was a single-family house with a legal one-bedroom apartment down (used as an office by the former owners). The location at 6th and Lake was excellent, and perhaps this home suffered from less-than-stellar marketing (no word yet if the red tea kettle and the pepper mill were included in the sale). 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 in July: 21 Days & Counting

The dog days of summer are here. But that doesn’t mean there’s nothing on the market in San Francisco. In fact, this is a great time to score a deal, while many buyers are on vacation.

I combed through all the properties that have been on the market for 21 days or more, and have selected my picks for very cool homes that are absolutely worth a look. Continue Reading

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

The selling pattern in San Francisco continues to be list low, sell for more. However, it doesn’t always work out that way for some sellers. Properties that sell for under asking typically have spent a good chunk of time on the market, and are often in the multi-million dollar price range. But that’s not always the case. Here are a few examples of homes that didn’t have a fast path to a signed contract:

148 16th Avenue
Lake Street
List Price: $4,250,000
Sale Price: $3,775,000
Days on Market (DOM): 37

Buyers are seeing the most discounts in the luxury market, and 148 16th Avenue was no exception. The home was extensively renovated in 2006, and had a nice open floor plan on the main level. Big master suite, and large yard. There was also a detached rear cottage. The property came on the market at $4,250,000 but the sellers cut the price to $3,825,000 and a buyer came in a week later. Continue Reading

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

What You Can Buy: Condos That Live Like Houses

The single-family home market is currently crawling with buyers, and inventory is at a low level for the number of prospective purchasers. Single-family home buyers need to be creative and flexible when it comes to landing the right dwelling, which sometimes translates into considering other types of properties.

Condos with unique, house-like features are out there—from detached Victorian cottages to two-level units. Here are a few homes that are technically condos, but that live like houses and are located in popular, walkable neighborhoods. Here are just a few I’ve seen recently:

75 Wood
Jordan Park/Laurel Heights

4BR/2BA, 1500 sq ft
Leased parking @$300/month available
$1,295,000

The Deets: 75 Wood is one of two cottages, and sits on the rear of the lot. You enter through the breezeway from the street, and there’s a nice courtyard between both cottages. The main level has two bedrooms and the living spaces, and the lower level is connected via spiral staircase and includes another two bedrooms and bath, as well as an office area. Improvements include new foundation, electrical, plumbing and roof. There is also a huge, undeveloped attic, which definitely has possibilities given that this is a standalone building and wouldn’t require messing with a unit below you when it comes to structural work. Though there’s no garage, street parking is not bad and there is also leased parking available nearby.
The Location: Commanding a 96 Walk Score, 75 Wood is an easy hop to the restaurants and shops along Clement and Sacramento Streets, the heart of the Laurel Village retail area, and is more or less situated between the Presidio and Golden Gate Park. Continue Reading

Live and Work Under One Roof: 1 Enterprise Has Landed

Live and Work Under One Roof: 1 Enterprise Has Landed

One of the coolest live/work spaces I’ve seen is over at 1 Enterprise Street—a single-family residence with a studio/workshop, in a freestanding building in the Mission that was a brewery in the late 1800s. Enterprise is located on Folsom Street between 16th and 17th Streets.

1 Enterprise has 1,500 square feet of ground floor workspace, along with two levels of residential space that include four bedrooms and two baths. Outfitted with a chef’s kitchen, spa-like baths, a sound system, and a 360-degree view roof deck, the building is PDR-zoned (Production, Distribution and Repair). I particularly like the open timber interior and rustic, urban look:

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

The selling pattern in San Francisco continues to be list low, sell for more. However, it doesn’t always work out that way for some sellers. Properties that sell for under asking typically have spent a good chunk of time on the market, and are often in the multi-million dollar price range. But that’s not always the case. Here are a few examples of homes that didn’t have a fast path to a signed contract:

1290 Portola
West Portal
List Price: $2,198,000
Sale Price: $1,724,000
Days on Market (DOM): 91

This large, stately home was in easy walking distance to the West Portal retail area. But its busy location on the corner of Portola and Dorchester scared more than a few buyers away. Not a bad deal here; the house has three bedrooms on the same level and a nice, big kitchen. Continue Reading

Homes That Sold for Around $1 Million

Inspired by one of my favorite New York Times real estate features, I thought I would highlight six recent San Francisco sales around the $1M price point—a popular one in the city right now. This is a great way to see what you can expect to pay for future similar homes, as these sales will be good reference points in the months ahead.

Outer Parkside
1929 48th Avenue

2BR/1BA, 1,130 sq ft
11 days on the market
List price: $799,000
Sale price: $1,076,000 (cash)
Classic floor plan with two bedrooms at the rear, eat-in kitchen and bonus room/bath on garage level. Blank canvas of a yard. One block to the beach.
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Think Outside the Neighborhood Box for Under $1M

The single-family home market in San Francisco is a very competitive one, and the average price for a house is above $1M at this point in time. So it takes some serious strategizing, compromising and an open mind when it comes to finding a house for under a million dollars.

Most buyers in this price range realize quickly that if they want a house, they’ll need to go beyond buyer-saturated neighborhoods like Bernal Heights, Glen Park or West Portal. Because for every ten people who’d like to live in Bernal, there are maybe five that’ll consider less obvious and familiar areas. 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

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Eileen Bermingham

Corcoran Global Living

415.823.4656

eileen@insidesfre.com

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