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September 14, 2012

What You Can Buy In: Miraloma Park

Miraloma Park is not always at the top of every single-family home buyer’s list. It’s situated kind of in between more well-known areas such as West Portal and Glen Park. Though most homes in Miraloma aren’t exactly in quick walking distance of retail areas beyond Portola’s Mollie Stone/Starbucks/Creighton’s Bakery strip, West Portal and Glen Park are a quick drive away (as are their respective Muni and BART rail stations).

Most Miraloma residents enjoy the quiet, decidedly suburban streets and find that the fog—which can be plentiful at times—adds an air of drama to their surroundings. The neighborhood is popular with young families who appreciate the fact that their kids can play outside, and that there are many schools in this part of town.

Here’s a roundup of new listings in the area so you can get a sense for value there:

530 Molimo
4BR/3BA, 2294 square feet
530 Molimo is a spacious, contemporary view home further up the hill near Mt. Davidson Park. There are four bedrooms across three levels, as well as a family room and office, and decks off two levels. Garage has space for two-car, side-by-side parking. 530 Molimo is situated on a cul-de-sac, which provides a good level of privacy. It’s a challenge finding this much space with views in San Francisco for under $1M, so buyers who value such attributes should certainly consider the property.

36 Juanita
4BR/3BA, 1900 sq ft

36 Juanita is located in the more central part of Miraloma, right off Portola. There’s a remodeled kitchen, and the master bedroom occupies the entire upper level. Natural light is king here, due to skylights and lots of windows. The fourth bedroom and third bathroom may be unwarranted, which means they weren’t necessarily original to the house and were possibly added at a later date without permits.

535 Teresita
4BR/3BA, 2332 sq ft

Marketed as a fixer, 535 Teresita is a fully detached home with city, bridge and Bay views. Along with a large eat-in kitchen, the home features a spacious, top-floor master suite, full-size basement with eight-foot ceilings, and garden with mature fruit trees. One-car garage, plus ample street parking. 535 Teresita is also not too far from the Portola retail area.

Miraloma Park Snapshot
Quiet, family-friendly environment
Many homes have views
Short drive from freeways, Muni, BART
More space for the money

Can be remote when you’re further from Portola
Foggy microclimate
Not in very close walking distance to popular retail areas

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