Good thing about Pittsburg is that it's got BART access, and is only about 40 min to SF.
For example, we just bought a property there for $395k that's 2k square feet and is way nicer than you would find in SF unless you wanted to spend double.
Don't get sucked into renting, it's just giving all of your money away to someone else. Invest in yourself, give me a call and I can find you something nice within your price-range (and more than 1500 sq feet, and way under $500k).
One development in your price range that comes to mind is San Francisco Shipyard.
Starting price is around $ 400k. The developers Lennar Urban are even offering free access to a shuttle. The Shipyard Shuttle is anticipated to depart every hour in the mornings and evenings during the week. Other times, an on-demand shuttle will be available within 20 minutes of calling.
With stops in the Mission, Dogpatch, SOMA and the Embarcadero, the service will provide quick access to the Financial District, making the work commute as painless as possible.
For public transit, the 19 MUNI line and T Third Street light rail are the quickest options.
In regards to your 2 dogs, just across the way from the new apartment buildings, Lennar Urban are creating Innes Court Park. The developer also plans to have grassy lawns, public art installations, and a playground with a jungle gym inspired by the shipyard’s old gantry crane.
Might be a great alternative to moving outside of the city or renting.
Best, Terry Bell, Realtor
CPS RE Sonoma County
Ponce' Deleong Smith ®
Realtor/NewVision Realty Group
Realtor Lic# 01712938
NewVision Realty Group Lic# 01366388
It is a beautiful 1+1 with a small back patio, nice wood floors, new windows. That's what you can get for your money in this area, where you could take the J train straight to embarcadero in 30 minutes. No car needed.
It's about 600 square feet, plus the patio space, so total maybe 800. :)
That's the thing around here, room is hard to come by. Two dogs makes it a bit harder too, a lot of condos have pet restrictions.
Zephyr Real Estate
BRE No. 01188380
Check out Alameda, Emeryville, and Daly City to start, and branch out farther from there if you don't find what you're looking for.
If you need any help with your hunt, don't hesitate to ask!