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Tue Mar 12, 2013
Bmuscat answered:
I'm in the same situation and currently with First Republic at 4.75%. While i'm happy with them, I wish there was competition and space to negotiate. I'm looking at 3.65% with $4000 in fees and a 1% prepayment penality if I sell or refi within 5 years. It goes to 3.9 without the 1% prepayment penality. I can't seem to find any other banks who handle coops either. ... more
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Thu Feb 14, 2013
David Tapper answered:
You might want to consider San Bruno-Millbrae and Burligame. Bart and Caltrans ( the train) would make commuting very convenient for the both of you.

Welcome to the SF Bar Area!

Cheers.

Tap
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Thu Feb 14, 2013
Gabriel Rojas answered:
Believersneverdie149:

First, congratulations on getting into your Grad School program! That's a great thing.

You are right about the price differences between Berkeley/Oakland and San Francisco. They can be very different but that is not say that you won't be able to find something in SF with your current budget. Because your question doesn't state your budget I'll just stick to basics.

I would first suggest using Craig's List. That is our go-to resource for just about everything in SF and rentals are definitely no exception. If that doesn't work, there are plenty of rental/leasing agents or companies that can assist you. I have a rental division at my firm but they typically lean toward the luxury sector. I'm happy to refer you to some others if you'd like.

Wherever you end up, I wish you the best of luck in your upcoming program!

Gabriel
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Wed Feb 6, 2013
Nate Weinstein answered:
First, a shameless plug: we have a mobile app that matches San Francisco neighborhoods to your favorite hometown neighborhood. You can check us out on your phone at http://m.zofari.com -- no download necessary as it works on any mobile browser.

For a little more in-detail advice, it all depends on what you like. If you're into bohemian, divey bars and hipstery nightlife, check out Lower Haight or the Mission. If you like a frattier, meat-markety scene, the Marina, Russian Hill or Pac Heights (around the Fillmore). And if you want to get a little off the beaten path with some more bang for your buck in terms of space, check out the Inner Richmond at 9th and Irving.
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Thu Jan 24, 2013
Amie Chilson answered:
2 Things:

a. I can never, ever be bored living in San Francisco! There are always a hundred interesting things to do in a day.

b. It has grown my virtue called: Patience. There are many things a San Franciscan learns to tolerate, so becoming patient is very helpful! ... more
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Mon Jan 21, 2013
A_holod answered:
I have lived in the Excelsior for 6 months. We are a white, middle to upper-middle class couple. I have a PhD and my husband has a master's degree. I earn enough to support the whole family while my husband stays home and our son goes to day care. We moved to this neighborhood because my husband was in ill health and could not work, so we needed to make it work on one income. We have found our street to be very loud. Harley riders with straight pipes and external stereo systems go barreling down the street at all hours of the day and night. Teenagers hang out on the street whooping. Our neighbors have domestic disputes so loud that you can hear people yelling at each other in their houses. There is a lot of garbage on the street, perhaps because we live on a bus line. If I had the money, I would move out of this neighborhood so fast, you wouldn't even see me leaving! ... more
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Sat Jan 5, 2013
sfdragonboy answered:
As someone who was born and raised in this area, I'll provide some insight.

Long, long time ago Chinatown was bustling into the wee hours as there were plenty of restaurants and movie theaters for the Chinese community. However, generations started moving out to the avenues or burbs and the final nail was the downing of the freeway that led to Chinatown.

The only drawbacks to this area is that the buildings tend to be older and street parking is pretty much non-existent. While there isn't any major chain grocery stores in Chinatown, there are plenty of mom and pop Chinese markets that are very reasonable. I know of many people who still come to Chinatown for grocery shopping. The big draw to this area is the relative closeness to the Financial District, Downtown and North Beach. You have to admit, the idea of being able to roll out of bed at the very last minute to walk to work is pretty nice and very cost effective. Weather in this part of the city tends to be relatively warmer than other parts of the city as well.

My family owns a building in this area and quite frankly there are a lot more non Chinese college grads running around now. It is practically a frat/sorority row in some parts. The last time we listed an available flat, we literally received a hundred emails within a day.

It will be interesting to see what happens to the area once the Chinatown subway station is done. Chinatown certainly won't go away but hopefully it will transform as investors come in and/or owners continue remodeling their properties as a result of the higher values and rent levels.
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Sat Jan 5, 2013
Lance King answered:
As indicated below, yes you can. We work in Marin, East Bay, and the Peninsula and can give up up/down sides to various communities as well as school info. Contact info is below.

Best Regards,

Lance King/Owner-Managing Broker
lance@fixedrateproperties.com
415.722.5549
DRE# 01384425
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Fri Jan 4, 2013
Alina Aeby answered:
The Mission Bay area development have started way back in 1998 and it is still a work in progress.

To cite from the Mission Bay Redevelopment's website:


"The maximum development program for Mission Bay includes:

• 6,000 housing units, with 1,700 (28%) affordable to moderate, low, and very low-income households. Redevelopment Agency sponsored non-profit developers will build 1,445 of the affordable units on 16 acres of land contributed by the master developer. The remaining 255 affordable units will be included in privately developed projects,

• 4.4 million sq. ft. of office/life science/biotechnology commercial space,

• A new UCSF research campus containing 2.65 million sq. ft. of building space on 43 acres of land donated by the master developer and the City,

• A state-of-the art UCSF hospital complex serving children, women, cancer patients

• 500,000 sq. ft. of city and neighborhood-serving retail space,

• A 500-room hotel,

• 41 acres of new public open space, including parks along Mission Creek and along the bay, plus 8 acres of open space within the UCSF campus,

• A new 500-student public school, a new public library and new fire and police stations and other community facilities."


The plans are always changing, a good example being the Workforce decision not to build its campus, therefore adjustments needed to be made.

There is a lot more to be done here and true to be told, it depends a lot on the private investors and what will attract them to the area. Despite the sluggish economic growth, San Francisco is still better off than most metro areas and there is a lot of hope for 2013.

The releasing of the new UCSF hospital complex should attract a lot more related health care services and pharma/biotech companies that will fill those momentary empty offices.

Furthermore, the Urban Land Institute recently released report placed San Francisco as the number 1 real estate market in the nation in 2013.


Alina Aeby-Broker Associate
Pacific Union International
www.bestsfhomes.com
415.744.4844
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Thu Jan 3, 2013
John Skrodenis answered:
We've been living in the area for 4 months now, and Its not as bad as its reputation would indicate. Seriously people... it's safe and the neighbors are a lot more friendly than other ritzy places we've lived! ... more
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Sat Dec 15, 2012
Seth Swenson, MBA answered:
Location. This is one of the premier neighborhoods in San Francisco surrounded by nature! It is predominantly residential and is located along the Presidio which means there are many fun outdoor activities. It is an affluent neighborhood and the architecture is beautiful. Property along Lake is highly desired and over the long run will appreciate.

Seth Swenson, MBA
Broker Associate at Prudential California Realty
4158607384
www.sethswensonrealestate.com
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Sat Dec 15, 2012
Seth Swenson, MBA answered:
Laurel Heights home prices are currently appreciating and in my opinion will appreciate over the long run. This is an upscale high end neighborhood and will always been in high demand. Please call me if you would like to buy or sell a home in Laurel Heights.

Thank you,

Seth Swenson, MBA
Broker Associate, Prudential Realty
415 860 7384 http://www.sethswensonrealestate.com
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Sat Dec 15, 2012
Seth Swenson, MBA answered:
West Portal is one of the nicest neighborhoods in San Francisco and the market conditions currently are high demand and low supply. That being said in general the areas home values are increasing over the long run and location location location apply to West Portal. There are many fun things to do in the area including restaurants, movie theaters, cafes, shopping, parks. One of the main Muni Stations is also here which connects the neighborhood quickly to the rest of San Francisco.

If you have any questions or would like to buy or sell a home in West Portal please call me anytime.

Thank you,

Seth Swenson, MBA
Broker Associate at Prudential Cal Realty
4158607384
www.sethswensonrealestate.com
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Sat Dec 15, 2012
Seth Swenson, MBA answered:
Hayes Valley is one of the coolest and trendy neighborhoods in San Francisco and real estate there is appreciating there over the long run. Whether buying or renting there is a lot of competition and the property is typically not on the market for long. Below is an excerpt from an SFGATE.com article about Hayes Valley which explains much of the success of Hayes Valley:

"The success of Hayes Valley's current commercial district was boosted in part by the destruction caused by the 1989 earthquake to the Central Freeway, which had entrance ramps on Franklin and Gough streets. The freeway was an eyesore and created noise pollution that kept businesses and foot traffic away. Not long after that part of the freeway came down, the community began to transform, and commerce moved in."

Please call me if you want to Buy or Sell property in Hayes Valley.

Thank you,

Seth Swenson
Broker Associate at Prudential
4158607384
www.sethswensonrealestate.com
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Sat Dec 15, 2012
Seth Swenson, MBA answered:
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.

Seth Swenson
Broker Associate at Prudential California Realty
4158607384
www.sethswensonrealestate.com
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Mon Dec 10, 2012
Bill Hilow answered:
Pricey for what you get. None of the advantages of living in SF or the Burbs. If you work DT great. The rest of the time you need to park in Mid town then cab it. No taxis so you need to drive. No night life so you also need to drive, no parking. Unless you must live in SF, think Pacifica, DC or SM. ... more
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Mon Nov 26, 2012
Sally Rosenman answered:
Happy Thanksgiving!

Here are some more sites to learn about schools in San Francisco!

San Francisco Unified School District - www.sfusd.edu
California Department of Education - www.cde.ca.gov
Great schools - www.greatschools.org

Good luck!

Sally
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Sun Nov 25, 2012
Sally Rosenman answered:
Don't forget the Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park. Lots of shops and restaurants up and down Irving Street to go along with places mentioned below.

Cheers,

Sally
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Sun Nov 25, 2012
Sally Rosenman answered:
And don't forget about a couple of firehouses converted to living space in Pacific Heights, Noe Valley, Clarendon Heights (and I believe one in Mission Terrace) .....Also there are loft style condos in Pacific Heights on Bush, Oak, Sutter and next to the temple on Ellis.

:0)
Sally
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Sun Nov 25, 2012
Sally Rosenman answered:
And don't forget you can buy at The Radiance and Madrone complexes......and we expect future growth when the economy gets better!

Cheers,

Sally
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