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August 15, 2014

What You Can Buy: No Car? No Problem!

San Francisco continues to head toward a transit-oriented environment, fueled by new construction residential developments that are providing one parking space for every two units (or no parking at all). Car-sharing services are also helping the anti-car ownership trend. Indeed, if you’re buying a condo in a central location near retail areas, rail or bus lines, there is not as much of a need to own a car these days.

I rounded up three great condos that are currently on the market and which don’t provide parking.

A few years ago, these properties may have sat on the market due to the lack of parking. But in 2014, many people commute via bus, rail or shuttle (or on foot!). So having no parking lets you ride the no-parking trend, no pun intended. Here are my picks for centrally located units that also offer good space and charm:

7 Cottage Row
Lower Pacific Heights

I’ve always loved this historical street that runs between Bush and Sutter in Lower Pac Heights, half a block from Fillmore Street. Built in 1885, 7 Cottage Row has a remodeled kitchen and bath. The bedroom is on Cottage Row itself, but there are window coverings that can give you privacy. The layout makes a very efficient use of the 607 square feet. For Silicon Valley commuters who prefer the north end of town, Cottage Row is a straight shot down Bush to Van Ness to 101, and there are plenty of bus lines that will take you downtown.

333 Grant #603

333 Grant #603 is a no brainer when it comes to having a conveniently located condo in the heart of downtown and the Financial District, near Union Square and every transportation line in the city. Finishes are high-end throughout, and there’s also a den that would be a good office or guest space. Nice touches include soaring ceilings, exposed brick and open floor plan.

1525 Pacific #B
Nob Hill

1525 Pacific #B is situated in an actual Edwardian carriage house that’s part of a five-unit property. You enter from the street down the tradesmen’s alley and reach the courtyard, which is quite lovely and features a coi pond, flagstone path and seating area. The unit itself has two bedrooms, bath with shower over tub, living area and eat-in kitchen. From this location, you can hit the Polk corridor, reach 101 via Van Ness, or take the bus on Pacific downtown.

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