Soma, Mission Bay, South Beach are amazing neighborhoods for young professionals. Most of the high rises are newer construction and have the amenities(gym, doorman, pool) & VIEWS that you're looking for.
Hope this helps!
Take a serious look at SOMA or the Mission District. The Mission does have a hipster scene but that increases by the day in SF, sorry. Not all of the hipsters there are college age though.
If you don't have much of a budget to buy here you may also want to consider Oakland. It has a great scene, a booming housing market, and you'll pay a fraction for an equivalent home. Because I don't know what kind of price you're working with, I'm shooting blind here but those would be two area I would suggest.
Congratulations on moving yourself and your business to San Francisco. You will love it here. You can go to my website http://www.sallyrosenman.com and find lots of information on things to do and see under Links....and for what is within walking distance, go to http://www.walkscore.com.
Forget SOMA .... go directly to South Beach. The newer buildings have all the amenities you want... Infinity, One Rincon Hill, The Brannan are among the best.... When you buy, you need to watch on which side of the building each unit is located. Lots of construction will be coming in the next few years and you will/could lose your view.
If you are not paying cash, you will need to get pre-approved by a bank or mortgage broker. I prefer mortgage brokers as they have their fingers on hundreds of loans. My website under Resources lists excellent ones like Tim Wood and Ephraim Schwartz.
I, along with everyone else here, would love to hear from you. If not, I wish you all the best.
Buyers don't generally live in the total mortgage ($500K) you live in the monthly expense. The first thing you should do is see a mortgage professional. If they determine that your price range is $300K, the city of San Francisco may be out of your price range. Irregardless of neighborhood there are 10 active condominiums on the market in San Francisco's 10 districts between $275-325K (2 w/o parking).
The rough (VERY rough) monthly expenses for a $300K purchase(20% downpayment, 30 year fixed at 3.75%) is ~$1460/month not including HOA dues which can range from as low as $275-600/month (And it can be higher). Lets mid-range your purchase based on some of the neighborhoods outlined in other posts. At $625K (~$2979/month + HOA Fees). All of this is predicated on your mortgage professional evaluating your financials and qualifying your current and past income and assets for a property within that price range. There so many, many factors that an outline as you provided above barely scratches the surface.
We as Licensed Realtors can't steer you to a young, hip, Asian, White, moderate income, brown eyes, bald people, Latino, wealthy, moderate income, gay, Black, straight, whatever neighborhood. We can offer you up resources for you to evaluate the neighborhood or community to assist you in your decision but we can't "steer" you. Just as if you asked about crime statics. I would say, the best place for you to get that information is to visit the local station in the neighborhood you are considering and speak to law enforcement professionals and obtain detailed information for you to make an informed decision.
That said, I recently sold a home to a young couple (30s), first child in a neighborhood where the average home owner owned their home for a minimum of 17 years. Not long before that I sold a house in that same neighborhood to a 25 year old unmarried male and a woman in her late 50s all within 15 blocks of each other. Which means nothing except people of all ages and life needs will move into any and every neighborhood. Is there a more prevalent community in a building that is 22 lofts on 3 levels with no elevator? Yes, people who want to live in a loft and can walk up and down multiple flights of stairs. However there is no hard and fast rule.
Best of luck to you in your search but go talk to a mortgage professional FIRST. Of course if you want to contact me please feel to email or call.
Lastly, if you are considering moving your company to the city of San Francisco or the Bay Area also consider where to locate in regards to your future employees. Can they afford to live here?
I echo the comments of my colleagues.. South Beach is a personal favorite.
The condo recommendations will depend heavily on your budget but here are some buildings for you to consider.
To search for yourself try my search site http://www.SF-MLS-Search.com
You will need to know the price range, then you can begin a search of what's available on the market.
Call for an appointment to pre-qualify for a loan with an in house loan specialist at my office.
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