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January 28, 2016

What You Can Buy: My Picks for This Week

Inventory is starting to hit the market, and I’ve been scouting around for properties for my buyer clients. In between, I get to see properties that aren’t quite a fit for my buyers, but would work for my blog readers who may be house hunting. Here are some cool properties in varied price ranges. If you’re interested in taking a look, give me a shout at 415.823.4656 and we can schedule a showing just like that.

500 Masonic #2 / NoPa
2BR/2.5BA, 1220 sq ft, 1 pkg
The two-level condo at 500 Masonic #2 has what many buyers are looking for—two bedrooms upstairs, an open kitchen/dining/living space, in-unit laundry, and secure garage parking for up to two cars (tandem).
Pros: Large, deeded rooftop space easily accessible from the elevator. Smaller, seven-unit building. 94 Walk Score!
Cons: One bedroom and the main living space front Masonic, which is a heavily trafficked street. (Note that a major streetscape improvement project is planned.)

2106 Scott Street/ Pacific Heights
2BR/2BA, 1880 sq ft, 1 pkg
2106 Scott is a spacious condo in a three-unit building with a very functional floor plan.
Pros: Amazing location right off Alta Plaza Park. Three balconies, and the one off the living area overlooks a nice garden. Guest bedroom has a huge closet and nearby bath. Fireplace in living room.
Cons: Building constructed in 1976, so you don’t get the charm of an Edwardian or Victorian. But the floor plan is much more suited to the way people live today—and there’s a concrete foundation.

463-465 Monterey Blvd. / Sunnyside
Two 2BR/1BA units, 2274 sq ft, 2 pkg
I’m a big fan of 463-465 Monterey Boulevard, the Art Deco-style, two-unit building in a great Sunnyside location near BART, 280 and the Glen Park Village. The upper unit is vacant, remodeled and perfect for an owner occupier. The lower unit is tenant occupied at $2,100/month.
Pros: The top unit has southern views and hardwood floors. The large yard has a nice patio area and is terraced with drought-tolerant plantings.
Cons: Monterey is a busy street, with 280 just beyond. If you’re terribly noise sensitive, this location may not work (though the property as double-paned windows).

786 Minna #11 / SoMa
2BR/2.5BA, 1498 sq ft, 2 pkg
The tri-level, spacious loft at 786 Minna #11 has an enclosed master suite on the first level, and an additional loft sleeping area. Excellent location for anyone who works at nearby tech companies. And it’s a quick walk or Muni ride away further down Market Street to the Financial District and SoMa business center.
Pros: Fantastic natural light from multiple skylights, soaring ceilings, fireplace, storage, shared roof deck with BBQ area. And two-car parking!
Cons: Not a view unit, but the natural light really offsets that.

170 Forest View / Lake Shore
4BR/3BA, 1981 sq ft, 2 pkg
170 Forest View Adorable, center-patio single-family home in the popular Lake Shore neighborhood. Handsomely remodeled kitchen, spacious bedroooms and remodeled baths round out a house that’s well suited for the family set.
Pros: Large, landscaped yard, media room, good closet space. Great for outdoor lovers who’ll appreciate nearby Stern Grove, Fort Funston and the beach. Also close to West Portal’s retail area and Muni.
Cons: Sun lovers won’t like the fog that routinely rolls in.

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