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
2BR/1BA, 2 pkg
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.
3BR/2BA, 1 pkg
Light and bright throughout, 3620 Noriega will bring out the beach bum in you. That’s what living five blocks from Ocean Beach will do. The main level of the house has two bedrooms and living areas, and three skylights let in all that light. There is a bedroom and bath downstairs, as well. Only a couple blocks from Devil’s Teeth Baking Company, The Pizza Place on Noriega and more. Last sold in 2013 for $760,000.
1890 27th Avenue
2BR/1BA, 2 pkg
I like a house that lets you customize it over time. That’s what 189 27th Avenue has to offer in that you could cosmetically upgrade the kitchen and bath in the future, as well as potentially add a room down. Low-maintenance yard, too. Location is quite nice, across the street from the reservoir and again, only one block to Noriega’s retail area.
3393 16th Street
2BR/1.5BA TIC, 0 pkg
I love this property for anyone looking for a two-bedroom unit with a good floor plan in the heart of one of the most in-demand neighborhoods in the city. 3393 16th Street is a top-floor Edwardian flat with two bonafide bedrooms, living and dining rooms and remodeled kitchen. There is also a private patio! No parking, but this is hardly relevant when you’re in walking distance of the Castro, Mission, and Noe Valley—not to mention Muni, BART, tech shuttle stops and a few clicks away from a Lyft ride. And thanks to the latest TIC legislation, there may be a possibility of condo converting the building during your ownership (rare).
177 Townsend #825
2BR/2BA condo, 1 pkg
There’s a lot to offer at 177 Townsend #825, like big downtown views, good separation between bedrooms, small office area, in-unit laundry, parking and storage. Building amenities include pool, spa, landscaped courtyard, club room, fitness center, private theatre, BBQ, roof deck and on-site HOA management. HOA dues for this 198-unit building are $690/month. You’re in the heart of South Beach here, around the block from the Giants’ stadium, and a ton of restaurants and amenities. You can also walk to the Ferry Building and Caltrain.