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December 14, 2020

SF Real Estate Smackdowns: Holiday Edition

It’s been years since I ran a San Francisco real estate smackdown. I thought it would be a good time to take a look at a range of homes competing for buyers’ attention as 2020 (thankfully) winds down.

A smackdown is when we take a look at two different properties at the same price point, in two very different neighborhoods—and you get to choose which one you’d buy. Don’t hesitate to get in touch if you’re a qualified buyer who’d like to see your pick in person.

Smackdown #1:
3BR+ House or Condo | $2M Range
Contestant #1

178 Denslowe | Lakeside
4BR/3BA, 1925 sq ft
$1,849,000

The Art Deco-style home at 178 Denslowe is very charming, and has been totally remodeled. The bedroom locations are a little staggered, with two bedrooms on one level, and two additional bedrooms on their own levels. There’s walk-out garden access and lovely finishes throughout. Noise-sensitive buyers take note, the property backs up to busy 19th Avenue. However, if you’re looking for a home close to San Francisco State, the university is across the street. And you’re a short distance from Stonestown Galleria. (Photo courtesy of Compass)

Contestant #2
1436 Vallejo | Russian Hill
3BR/3BA, 1 tandem pkg
$1,995,000

1436 Vallejo is a two-level condo in a three-unit building on a central block in Russian Hill. The unit has a small outdoor space, an ensuite bedroom downstairs and an open living/dining/kitchen area. There are also fun perks like a built-in sound system, a smart refrigerator, and steam shower. HOA dues are $322/month. (Photo courtesy of Compass)

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Smackdown #2:
2BR Condo | $1.5M Range | $500 or less/mo HOA dues
Contestant #1

3535 Wawona #423 | Outer Parkside
2BR/1BA, 1218 sq ft | $1,475,000

The Westerly is a 56-unit new construction building out by Ocean Beach and adjacent to the SF Zoo. #423 overlooks both, and comes equipped with oak flooring, Bertazzoni appliances, Quartz countertops, custom cabinets from Spain and Kohler chrome fixtures. One deeded parking space in the underground garage. Building amenities include lounge and co-work space, ocean view patio with outdoor seating & fire pit, dog wash station, and indoor bike room. (Photo courtesy of CDMG at The Westerly)

Contestant #2
616 Guerrero | Mission Dolores
2BR/2BA, 1427 sq ft, 1 pkg
$1,499,000

The lower of two units in an Edwardian building, 616 Guerrero features an eat-in kitchen, bedrooms at the rear, and two full baths. The landscaped, shared yard is easily accessible. In-unit laundry and storage, too. Location is at the Mission Dolores epicenter, literally two doors from Tartine Bakery and around the block from Bi-Rite and Dolores Park. (Photo courtesy of Compass SF)

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Smackdown #3:
House | $5M Range
Contestant #1

226 Palo Alto | Clarendon Heights
3BR/3.5BA, 3375 sq ft, 2 pkg
$4,895,000

226 Palo Alto is a spacious view home with multiple, private outdoor spaces in quiet Clarendon Heights. There are three bedrooms on the main level, a primary bedroom up and two more bedrooms on the lower level. The home features an oversized bedroom with spa-like bathroom and floor to ceiling closets, shower, vanity and soaking tub. The neighborhood is where you want to be to clear your head, relax and enjoy those views. (Photo courtesy of BarbCo)

Contestant #2
121 Webster #110 | Pacific Heights
3BR/4BA, 2680 sq ft, 2 pkg
$4,895,000

Welcome to The Pacific, a 76-unit luxury building constructed in 2016. #110 is a townhome with three bedrooms on the upper level and a nice indoor-outdoor living layout. There’s also a very open feel throughout, with a loft-like mezzanine level overlooking the living room and a wall of floor-to-ceiling windows & French doors that open to the landscaped terrace. The well-appointed kitchen features Gaggenau appliances and Arclinea cabinetry. Large laundry room, too. This is the only townhome with two-car parking, and one space with an electric car charger. HOA dues are $2806.46/month ($2334.98/mo plus $235.74 for each of the two parking spaces). Building amenities include a rec room with fireplace, gym, and view observatory. (Photo courtesy of Sotheby’s)

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