What about the excelsior? we are a young couple trying to buy in the city....

Asked by Nic, San Francisco, CA Tue Jun 24, 2008

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Rebecca White, Agent, San Francisco, CA
Tue Jun 24, 2008
Hi Nic,

When I first moved here, I didn't even know where the Excelsior was and I heard bad things about the area.

Years later, when I got into real estate and became acquainted with most of San Francisco's neighborhoods, I met great people and discovered that I had friends living in the Excelsior. Like most neighborhoods, there are better and worse streets/areas.

I think that it is one of the last bastions of affordability that isn't too far away from everything else. It is a large neighborhood and has plenty of homes for sale. FYI, there are currently 41 two-bedroom homes available under $800,000. You will have quite a selection to choose from. There are some short sales (pre-foreclosures) as well that are good deals.

Drive around, talk to people who live there and go to Open Houses. I also like Crocker Amazon (the part closest to the Excelsior) for that matter as there are also nice people who have lived there for years, it seems more affordable and the houses have a little more variety in architecture.

P.S. The article that Jed mentions has mostly good information. (I disagree with the part about working with the seller's agent--get your own!)
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James Testa, Agent, San Francisco, CA
Wed Sep 24, 2008
Hi Nic,

I have devoted my practice to serving the Excelsior and my clients love living in this great little small town within the context of our beautiful city! Its been my experience that most of the people that live in the Excelsior are homeowners.

Fun Facts:

(1) Home to famed singer Jerry Garcia from the Grateful Dead
(2) Excelsior Street was named "Japan" and it was changed during WWII
(3) Wonderful history of ethnic diversity!

Please give me a call with more questions...its a great area!


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Excelsior was named China and Avalon was Japan and that was changed in 1908.
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Nativecalbear, , 94112
Tue Jul 15, 2008
When my husband and I were looking to buy a home we were told to look in the Excelsior. We found quite a few homes that we really liked but our real estate agent also told us to look at Crocker Amazon. We found a great house built in 1925 (it still has many of the Craftsman features intact), 3BR, 2BA, completely detached (rare to find in the city), downtown view and lots of extra space, easy street parking, one-car garage with a driveway to fit another car. We have a good-sized garden in front and a backyard big enough for a hot tub, patio, deck, small lawn and small flower box. It is really suburbia in the city. Depending what block you're on, you could even get a little bit more sun than the Excelsior. I liken our weather to Brisbane's weather, the fog eventually gets to our house but there a bit of a delay compared to other parts of the city.
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Jed Lane, Agent, Petaluma, CA
Tue Jun 24, 2008
I had clients buy on Persia and they love it. There are great houses in the area and some that are not great. There are families that have been there since the beginning many Italians, which it was predominately years ago. There is also a fairly large number of renters in the houses there.
I'd say it will take patience to find the right property but you never know. The clients that bought there had been looking for two years before they found me and then they found the house within 2 weeks.
In fact he blogged about it back then and the article still brings calls to me. Google "buying a house in San Francisco" http://www.teamten.com/lawrence/writings/buying_a_house_in_s…

The market has changed since then and you should have more to chose from.
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