You can learn more about the local neighborhood here on Trulia, take a look: http://www.trulia.com/real_estate/San_Francisco-California/c
Hope this helps!
Ali, Community Manager
Well, I do know the buildings well and even have done business in there recently.
As a Realtor, I would shy away from making statements about the quality of the building or safety of the area. Why?
a. Nobody can make a statement about how well the building is constructed. In order to find out for sure you need to hire inspectors and structural engineers. However, many new buildings may have some construction defects and one of the Signature Properties has indeed a pending litigation for construction defects under SB 800. This is a good thing because the developer will eventually pay for repairs, but may restrict your lending options until the litigation is over. However, a recent 1 bd in the litigation building sold for over asking in an all cash transaction.
b. Please check the police crime reports; usually the break-ins the garage don't have much to do with the safety of the area, they happen virtually everywhere.
c. Again, you have to check the mosquitos situation by talking with the residents and eventually the management company. They have a property manager on the site. Another good resource are the people at the UCSF kayaking program, just along the creek. Talk to them, they are a good neighborhood resource and very friendly.
d. Finally, the smaller a property is, the higher the price per square feet. The appeal of these buildings is that you can also find quite large units, 2 and 3 bedrooms, which are not easy to find in South Beach and Mission Bay. Also, the HOA's are lower than in the amenities buildings.
Over all, I have not seen condos in any Signatures Properties sitting on the market for too long. They have nice finishes and layout, they are well located and they seem to be favourites with buyers.
At the end it is a personal decision.
I hope this helps.
Alina Aeby- Broker Associate
Pacific Union International