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February 8, 2013

Smackdown: Midtown Terrace vs Bernal Heights

Our single-family home inventory comes in many architectural styles and floor plans. I try to regularly spotlight a variety of homes that appear to provide good value and which are located in central areas. Here’s a look at two cool houses listed in the $900,000 that are very different in style and location:

223 Anderson
Bernal Heights
List Price: $899,000

223 Anderson is a sweet, two-level Victorian that features two bedrooms, two baths, and living areas on the main level, as well as two more bedrooms and bathrooms down. Of course, you’re valuing bedrooms and bathrooms over parking, because there’s no garage. But 223 Anderson is situated in a prime Bernal location, on the north slope and half a block to the Cortland Avenue retail area. The kitchen and baths have been remodeled, and there’s also a small outdoor space that could be supplemented with potted plants. (There’s enough room for a grill.) 280 is a shot away, and you’re not far from the Mission Street bus line to BART (or the J Church at 30th & Church).

98 Midcrest Way
Midtown Terrace
3BR/2BA, 1650 sq ft
1-car pkg
List Price: $899,000

For those who love mid-century modern, 98 Midcrest is a great find. The home has been stylishly remodeled, and offers excellent space and views. There are two bedrooms on the main level, and a master down. There’s a lovely yard accessed by stairs off the rear, and a hot tub is there, too! This house has amazingly remodeled bathrooms, as well. I really like the exterior, which features Brazilian teak, copper and smooth stucco. The thing about Midtown Terrace is that it’s not in great walking distance to shops, restaurants and services; however, it is in the geographical center of the city. So you’re not very far from wherever you might be going in our 7×7 city.

So which house would you choose, readers?

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