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