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Tue Aug 27, 2013
Garrigus Real Estate answered:

It seems legitimate. But be careful anyways. Call the Realtor and ask to see the place.
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Sat Jun 22, 2013
Rebecca White answered:
Steer clear! As they are about to condo-convert, my impression is that a life-time tenancy will be created. That tenant has NO reason to move. Unless you have $250,000+ to get the tenant out and another to remodel, don't be fooled by the low price! ... more
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Tue Apr 23, 2013
Prudential California Realty answered:
San Francisco districts are defined by the SF MLS so there are definite borders. The Tenderloin as defined by SFAR is bounded by Market, McAlllister, Polk, Geary and Mason. California between Hyde and Larkin is the boundary for Nob Hill and the Downtown districts. Trader Joe’s has recently opened a wonderful new store in that block on the south side of California, the Downtown District. It is a safe area. The cable car runs up and down California all the way from Van Ness to Market Street near the Embarcadero right past the block in question. Lots of tourists and residents in the area. ... more
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Sat Dec 8, 2012
Paul Hwang answered:
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Tue Nov 27, 2012
Zannie answered:
I'm not sure what you mean when you say it doesn't show anything on your screen, but there are several public transit providers.

BART is a commuter train that serves the Peninsula, San Francisco, and the East Bay. It is very oriented towards getting commuters into and out of downtown SF, and travelers to and from the San Francisco and Oakland airports.

Caltrain runs between the South of Market area of San Francisco and the city of Gilroy. It is also commuter-focused.

There are some buses between SF and the East Bay, and others that go down the Peninsula or up into the North Bay. These may be operated by Muni or by the transit providers of other cities.

There are ferries that go between SF and a few cities in the North and East bay areas.

Muni is usually the best public transit option for getting around San Francisco itself, though in some cases BART is better for that if your line of travel happens to correspond with the single BART track that runs under the city. Muni operates both buses and light rail cars. There are also (a few) taxis and a few taxi alternatives like Uber and Lyft.

The most authoritative resource on transit options in SF is 511:

But Google Maps also provides transit directions, which can be quite handy:,+CA
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Thu Oct 11, 2012
Alison Hillman answered:
Ha! I have never lived here, but I can assume it would have something to do with:

- muggings
- tourists and tourist traps
- cable cars

Anyone else care to add their two cents?

Ali, Community Manager
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Wed Nov 30, 2011
Ami Sampat answered:
If you like living in a secluded area, then Union Square is not where you want to look. Everything here is highly priced.
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Wed Nov 30, 2011
Ami Sampat answered:
This is the famed Union Square area of San Francisco, filled with fancy shopping and eateries. It is a very safe area, always filled with people: tourists, families, and young adults of all different ethnicities. There is a small park in the middle of Union Square, perfect for sitting with a cup of coffee and people watching. This is the perfect area for someone that likes to be in the middle of everything. ... more
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Tue Nov 8, 2011
Pablo Diaz-gutierrez answered:
Market between 7th and 10th is sketchy, with plenty of "street people", some of which sometimes harass passersby. In the surrounding alleys I've noticed evidence of drug dealing and prostitution. I wouldn't walk around there after dark unless I'm with a group. It's a shame, it would be such a great place to live in otherwise. Nice buildings, great location, good eats... ... more
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Tue Oct 25, 2011
Trulia asked:
Are home prices in Downtown going to appreciate or depreciate? What are the current market conditions for buying or renting?
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Thu Oct 28, 2010
James answered:
At the risk of redirecting your question, aren't we forgetting the most important part of this equation? Your Net! I'm an owner as well, and what is important to me is the value I'm getting. We all know there are some brokers that will work extremely cheaply...usually delivering extremely cheap results. A good broker shows you rent comparables to help you confirm that the lease rate you're getting represents at least market. If you're getting a premium over market, then why not pay a touch more commission--particularly if this is a repeat business situation where you want the broker very motivated to bring you more tenants.

If you could have gotten the same rent yourself, then it's not really worth paying commission. Is your broker adding value to the entire process? Helping you manage risks and liabilities? Making sure you start off on the right foot with this tenant? My guess is that if the broker were performing in all of these essential areas, you would not have posted this question. At a minimum, interview 3 more leasing agents for perspective.

I hope this helps!
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Sat Aug 15, 2009
Mike Lewis answered:
Baybird, we like restaurant questions here, it breaks up the real estate norm. Thanks! Here’s a good link to help you out. This link will have restaurants available for you to choose from in downtown city. Best of luck and enjoy your meal.
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Mon Aug 25, 2008
Glen Mitchell answered:
send over the condo name and address and I'll get it for you.
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Wed Dec 19, 2007
Sally Rosenman answered:
Dear Abhishek,

Depending on what kind of entertainment you are trying to find...... you can check out my website for different types. SanFranciscoCitySearch has lots of info. Melanie, the first person to answer, mentions lots of good things as well. ... more
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