I am not sure why you are asking the question here at Trulia, you should be working with an area, experienced Realtor as a buyer (the buyers agents services are free to you) why would you not want to take advantage of their expertise, experience and get the help for finding the right property, offering the right price in today's market and then get professional expertise in negotiating the right terms and price for YOU.....
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The Art Bistro is 5 blocks away. Yelp is a good resource. But my clients have shared that Walk Score provides the information in a slightly more intuitive manner.
And if you're seeking "inspirations for your explorations", Mister Archer shares a few underground secrets. His favorite coffeeshops by neighborhood are listed here.
Hope this helps,
Linda Friedman, Broker
The Outer Richmond is a beautiful part of San Francisco that is heavily residential and also has many great restaurants and business to visit. It is also surrounded by the ocean and 2 of the greatest parks in the world.
The homes are fantastic and there is a great mix of condos, single family homes, and multi-family properties. Just like the rest of San Francisco the area should be appreciating over the long run.
If you are looking for a Realtor to work with or have questions please call me anytime.
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If you are moving to the Outer Richmond then you should be aware that while there is public transportation in the form of buses, there are no Muni trains. The point being that if you are working in the downtown are then you may be taking the bus or biking, and owning a car would be helpful.... more
Beachside apartments line the west side of La Playa, with terraced windows offering views of Ocean Beach and the Pacific. Golden Gate Park and Land's End sandwich the neighborhood in green. Three MUNI bus lines (5,18, and 31) meet here, with the workhorse 38 Geary nearby as well. A Safeway supermarket dominates the area, which once was the site of the fabled Playland-By-The-Sea amusement park. A monument by the MUNI lot recalls the park and its colorful history.... more
A few bums haunt the area and the plaza between the apartments. La Playa can occasionally hold standing water. The Safeway, which has a large deli, has no cafe facility inside. It's often busy, with people from outside the neighborhood, getting supplies for the beach.... more
Sam - I've been looking at buying real estate in San Francisco myself but decided to stay on the sidelines to get some clarity. Personally I think we might see a bottom in the next 12-24 months but it's foolish to try to catch a "falling knife". SF real estate is down 20% since May '06 according to the S&P/Case-Schiller index and there are no signs that the decline will reverse anytime soon.
A lot of real estate brokers on this site are arguing that real estate is always a good "investment". I think millions of people that lost their homes would disagree. The brokers fail to add their commissions, closing costs, maintenance, HOA, insurance, taxes and cost of interest in their P&L calculations. Plus the extra risk added by using leveraged debt. They also fail to add that just holding onto a property that is in the red (over 5-10 years?) when you have to move is very costly and added high risk.
Real estate should not be a gamble so therefor I've come up with the following: more then 20% down and less then 40% of the net yearly cash-flow in payments (i.e. if you or your wife lose your jobs you should still be able to keep the house). The interest deduction on the taxes only matters if you have an income, if you loose that your cost increases with 50% overnight. In addition to this, you should have a buffer of 25-50% of down payment for unexpected expenses.
I know that this is a very conservative approach but I prefer that than the recklessness that the real estate and mortgage industry have shown over the past decade. The last real estate broker I spoke to told me to max out my mortgage and get the biggest house I could find. That was in end of '05. I told her to go and... lol... more
It does look about "average" but more info would be needed for a "precise" estimate including; How many bedrooms and bathrooms? Is the entire 2700 SqFt "legal" or is any in... say a rear of the garage build out? Does it have a yard and what size (many corner lot homes don't have yards). You said "close" to both Geary and 34th. Does that mean 33rd or does it mean Anza or Clement... each can be very different locations. Does it have extra decks, any views, which direction are most of the windows facing? What year was it built. Was there a death on the property, is it a probate sale, are there tenants? You say "completely remodeled", but some are worth significantly more than others.
We can all confirm that it's "about right" but so can Zillow... but about right can be 10% off which is a lot on a $1.3 million home. For a "precise" answer we agents would need a look at the house and then we'd thoroughly compare all recent sales until we found "true" comparables that sold recently. Contact any of us if you're not already working with an agent.... more