Glen Park is another option for you to consider. It has a quaint down town with shops, restaurants, a Farmers Market, Public Library, trails and Glen Canyon Park. It also provides easy access to public transit and highway 101 & 280.
You should definitely visit the neighborhood and see if it appeals to your lifestyle.
Your friends are right, Bernal Heights is a desirable neighborhood evidenced by less than 20 homes currently for sale. Searching for a home in move-in condition can be a challenge regardless of price range, but is doable.
The housing market in San Francisco has not suffered like other cities. It is still a seller's market here and your potential for future appreciation is positive. When the job market improves appreciation rates will accelerate as well, especially if mortgage interest rates remain low.
Regarding BH, the other brokers who answered you are right. North of Cortland is the most appealing and popular area. South of Cortland (the shopping area), say 5 blocks, is fine as well. Homes with a view are mostly available in the northeast section, but scattered throughout the neighborhood The area between Crescent, south of Cortland, but north of the freeway has detached homes with side yards and wider streets that appeal to many.
Finding a home in a new city can take patience, but it should be enjoyable. I offer free consultations if you would like to share with me what you have in mind. I'd be delighted to tour BH with you, look at some homes in other neighborhoods, too; and offer my best guidance, advice, and current research.
Sincerely and happy searching to you,
The Paragon Real EState Group
Buying in Bernal can be more affordable, and you should not have a problem finding a SFH
for less than $1m. The homes close to and north of Cortland tend to sell faster and at
a higher price per sq ft.. It might be considered an up and coming area due to the lower prices,
proximity to Hwy 280 and 101, the good weather, and the growing retail interest in Cortland.
I would think Whole Foods and others like it have an interest in this area.
I just had a client buy in Bernal. We looked at the entire area, until they decided on a
SFH north of Cortland. I would be happy to send you information about some current
listings that may be of interest.
BH is a great area and it's being steadily improved by the current and new homeowners. I feel it's a great neighborhood to live or invest in. For the best selection of homes I would concentrate on the area bordered west by Coleridge, south by Tompkins, east by Gates and north by BH Park. The area should receive a boost with every jump in the Peninsula and SF tech sectors. Here is a link to all active listings in the neighborhood (all data is updated every 2 hours):
Please feel free to contact me directly for quicker response and assistance.
Broker Associate, Paragon Real Estate Group
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Bernal Heights is a fine place to live, although parts of it should definitely be avoided The best part is north of cortland and within a few blocks of the commercial district. Where you can find homes under a mil in the city depends upon how big a place you need. It's a tough call between renting and buying right now because interest rates are low, but typically we recommend that buyers unfamiliar with the city spend some time figuring out where they think they would like to live and rent there first.
Where you want to live in the city also depends upon your lifestyle. If you like to have easy access to downtown, there are neighborhoods with better accessibility. If you want a more detailed response you can contact me offline.
Lance King/Owner-Managing Broker
Bernal is a great area. Still connected to the "City" it allows those wanting to own their own home to do so while feeling like they're a part of SF. Adjacent to the Mission and Noe Valley, Bernal has lots of shops, restaurants and nightlife. Cortland is their main drag "downtown". Bernal is also close to the freeways so if you communte for work, it's a perfect location. There's often fixers available in Bernal for much less than $1M, depending on how much work you want to do.
I'd be happy to help you more. Just give a shout.
Welcome to SF!
Rich Bennett, Realtor
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