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March 29, 2013

What You Can Buy: 3BR Condos

It’s a good time to check out the three-bedroom condo inventory in some of the most popular neighborhoods in San Francisco. Condos with three bedrooms are common options for what are called “move-up” buyers, who have been living in smaller homes but who now need that third bedroom for a new baby, guests or an office. And why not spread out if you can afford it?

Here are my picks from current market offerings:

642 Steiner
Alamo Square

3BR/2BA, 1 pkg
HOA dues: $344/month
List Price: $1,049,000

642 Steiner is situated in one of my favorite neighborhoods in San Francisco—Alamo Square. The condo is a spacious Queen Anne Victorian that’s been updated and also boasts lovely period details such as wide hallways, high ceilings, original wainscoting and moldings. Clocking in at almost 1600 square feet, this is a great unit for families that need good bedroom separation. There’s also a nice deck off the kitchen. 642 Steiner is located right off Alamo Square Park itself, and is three blocks from Nopa and the hot Divisadero corridor. Tech shuttles also stop nearby, so plan your commute accordingly. 642 Steiner last sold for $1,030,000 in November 2009.

2327 Divisadero
Pacific Heights

3BR/2BA, 1 pkg
HOA dues: $390/month
List Price: $1,525,000

I’m totally digging 2327 Divisadero, a renovated top-floor condo that’s smack dab in the middle of Pacific Heights. Yes, Divisadero is busy, but it calms down significantly north of California Street, which is where 2327 Divisadero is located. The building exterior has extreme curb appeal, and the unit is rife with quintessential Edwardian period detail. Rooms are gracious and generously proportioned across 1856 square feet, and the gourmet kitchen opens to a small deck. The master bedroom has an ensuite marble-finished bathroom, and residents share the landscaped garden. 2327 Divisadero is very close to Alta Plaza Park, Fillmore Street, Divisadero shops and restaurants, and the Presidio. This unit last sold in March 2005 for $1,180,000. Oh, and offers are due today.

1580 Great Highway #4
Outer Sunset

3BR/3BA, 1 pkg
HOA dues: $328.20/month
List Price: $749,388

Ah, the Great Highway. I know it’s far west if you’re commuting downtown or to the Peninsula, but you can fall out your door and run on the beach or along the Great Highway path. This location is phenomenal for dog owners. Though 1580 Great Highway #4 isn’t the prettiest building to look at, the unit’s floor plan is quite large (1798 square feet) and includes three—three!—bathrooms. There are ocean views from the living/dining/kitchen area, and a deck with hills views, as well. A lot of bang for the buck, is what I say. The condo is one block from the N Judah Muni line, and three blocks south of Golden Gate Park.

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