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July 18, 2012

What You Can Buy: 3BR Houses for Up to $1M

Single-family homes with three bedrooms, two bathrooms and one-car parking for up to $1M are popular among San Francisco buyers. There are presently 82 such homes in this price range, so I thought I would highlight a trio of properties in distinctly different neighborhoods:

408 Urbano
3BR/2BA, 2300-square feet
2-car parking
Ingleside Terrace
List price: $849,000

408 Urbano is a mid-century, split-level home that has a formal dining room with fireplace, and a kitchen/dining area that leads out to a deck. You can enjoy the benefits of high ceilings, hardwood floors and plenty of natural light. Though this is not perhaps the best walking location, freeway proximity is good and Ocean Avenue and Muni aren’t far away. Ingleside Terrace has more of a suburban feel, which is great if you’re looking for a low-key environment for your family (while still being able to live in the city).

665 Arguello
3BR/2BA, 1253-square feet
1-car parking
Inner Richmond
List Price: $895,000

665 Arguello is situated on a well-trafficked street, across from Rossi Park and near restaurants and public transportation. The house isn’t huge, but it’s well appointed with two bedrooms on the main level and the third on the lower level. Kitchen and bath finishes are serviceable and totally workable, and the large yard could use some landscaping. There’s also a family room on the lower level. 665 Arguello is an excellent condo alternative, as this price range in the Inner Richmond is typically in line with condo values. There are no HOA dues here, and no one living above or below you.

33 Nebraska
4BR/2BA, 1785-square feet
2-car parking
Bernal Heights
List Price: $950,000

Though the “box” architectural design lacks charm, its floor plan is typically very functional. Such is the case at 33 Nebraska, located on the east slope of Bernal Heights. There are three large bedrooms on the main level, which is a real plus. East-facing windows line the living and dining room walls and frame great views. Downstairs is a media/family room that opens to the huge, landscaped yard. There’s also a fourth bedroom and second full bath suite on the garden level. 33 Nebraska is a little further out than you may want to be in Bernal, but it’s only five blocks to where the shops and restaurants are along Cortland, and about three blocks to the 101. 33 Nebraska was last sold for $850,000 in 2004.

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