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March 15, 2013

Heights Smackdown: 3BR House vs Condo

Pacific Heights and Corona Heights are two very different neighborhoods. But today we take a look at what you can get for your money in both places in the $1,350,000-$1.4M range:

1907 Lyon / Sacramento
Pacific Heights
3BR/1BA, leased parking

Boasting nice curb appeal and period detail, 1907 Lyon is situated on the border of Pacific/Presidio Heights and is within walking distance of Laurel Village, as well as the shops and restaurants along Sacramento Street (not to mention the Presidio itself). The house is more of a condo alternative, given that it’s smaller in scale than the larger homes you typically see in the area. No yard, but you have all three bedrooms on the upper level, and a generous living space downstairs. The kitchen and bathroom are nicely remodeled. (Yes, there’s only one bathroom, but you can expect a compromise when you’re looking in this price range for a house in Pacific or Presidio Heights.) There’s no garage, but the sellers have leased parking at a garage half a block away, across from the library and are including one year’s worth of parking in the sale. There are also plans available for adding that second bathroom on the main level. 1907 Lyon was last sold in 2009 for $1,230,000.

84 Mars
Corona Heights
3BR/2BA, 1 pkg

At the other end of town is the condo at 84 Mars in Corona Heights. This multi-story property houses two condos, and 84 Mars covers the top two levels of the building. And the good news is that there’s an elevator. The living room features soaring ceilings, a gas fireplace, private balcony and views of the City and Bay. The master bedroom upstairs has a bathroom with limestone finishes, a steam shower and Jacuzzi tub, and overlooks the garden. The third bedroom is a loft-style space and overlooks the living room. Location is convenient to the Castro and Cole Valley, though you can expect a bit of a walk to each. 84 Mars was last sold in 2007 for $1.2M.

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