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Quality of Life in 94108 : Real Estate Advice

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Mon Mar 3, 2008
K Wei answered:

That is a trick question, isn't it? It'd have to be AT&T Park, or whatever they're calling it these days. (For out of towners, we'll go ahead and call it the Giants baseball stadium.) Good views, plenty of ventilation, good parties, lots of attractive people milling around, and great restaurants and condo developments in the vicinity. ;-) ... more
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Wed Oct 4, 2017
Melanie Narducci answered:
If he hasn't been there for more than 30 days, when tenant rights kick in, you don't need to give 30 days notice. Do you have a written agreement with him? I'm not a lawyer, so I'd recommend speaking with one regarding your options. ... more
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Thu Dec 20, 2007
K Feat answered:
Good question! I think it's one of those "hit or miss" situations, but it seems that taking on a new neighborhood with a nice cup of coffee or hot chocolate in hand would be a great evening to adventure. Of course it is always fun to go to Union Square (albeit a bit maddening with the crowds of shoppers) and see the window displays at Macy's etc. I suggest a walk through North Beach, Alamo Square and/or Noe Valley for some potential Christmas decoration spotting. ... more
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Fri Dec 28, 2007
Gregory Hayes Garver answered:
Tue Oct 12, 2010
Tisza Major-Posner answered:
Hi Vicky,

The reason for the building code is to try to ensure that structures are built, or renovated are safe for the inhabitants and users of those buildings. So, for that reason alone, you should have any and all alterations done in a workman like fashion by a licensed professional skilled in that area of expertise.

As for having a renovation that is not done to code affecting your value, I can tell you that it certainly would in my book and it would in my client's eyes as well. Your kitchen is not only the heart and soul of most homes, it is also, under the best of circumstances, one of the most dangerous rooms in your home. This is the place where fire, water, electricity and gas all get to play together on a moment-to-moment basis. Why would you want to risk having anything but the best and safest work done?

If my clients found out that a property they were considering, after the home inspection had a kitchen that was not up to code, unless they were planning to gut the place and start fresh (which means that they would be looking for a home at rock bottom price) they would at the very least, expect to receive a significant discount or credit in order to fix the problems. Remember, the discount or credit that a buyer will ask for (and expect to receive) is almost always far greater than the cost would have been to the seller to have the problem attended to properly in the first place.

Also, in this current market, where in most areas there are an abundance of homes to choose from, buyer's are looking for reasons to rule your home out of their purchasing decision, to in.

A good, reputable, licensed contractor should be able to do a job in about the same amount of time it would take to get someone else who is disregarding the rules. And, when you really stop to think about it, if they are willing to disregard the code enforcement rules regarding permiting, etc., what else are they willing to play fast and loose with?

When I was a litle girl, and I was doing my homework quickly and somewhat slipshod to get out and play, my mom always used to remind me to "Do it right or do it over". I shall pass that same advice on to you :-)

Have a wonderful holiday season!

Tisza Major-Posner, Realtor, Keller Williams Claremont/La Verne (909) 837-8922
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Thu Nov 8, 2007
Rebecca Chambliss answered:
I suggest you contact a local Realtor who lives and works in the area you are thinking about....generally no one knows more about the area.
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Tue Nov 11, 2008
Perry Henderson answered:
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Sat Oct 13, 2007
Susan answered:
I live in San Francisco and most people with children live in the following parts of the city:

Noe Valley
Laurel Heights
Marina/Pacific Heights
Richmond District

I dont think Hayes Valley and Alamo Sq. are very family friendly. As a matter of fact, most parts of SF are not kid friendly and the schools are terrible here. You will need to factor in private school tuition to your home purchase if you live in SF. ... more
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Tue Jul 10, 2012
Annette DiResta answered:
Hi Laura,
I don't specialize in the City; but I can get you a local area expert who can answer that question for you! (Alain Pinel Realtors just opened an office in the City). You & I both know that parking is a premium, please email me & I'll get you to the right person! ... more
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Fri Nov 16, 2007
Veronica Garcia-hayes answered:
Best weather in SF, in my opinion is in the Mission District. The Mission sits almost dead center of the city, therefore the furthest from the ocean and the bay, where the fog coasts in. There are many days, one can see surrounding fog and still have sun directly above. I live in the Mission and grow tomatoes, peppers, onions and citrus in my back yard. ... more
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Tue Oct 12, 2010
Aimee Cardwell answered:
If you're lookign for dog parks, Upper Noe Valley, near Diamond Heights, has two dog parks (one enclosed by fencing, one not) within four blocks. There are great dog parks all over the city, but Ft. Funston and McClaren park are the two best and largest. There aren't many places where you can take your dog with you to a restauant or bar, though. ... more
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Mon Aug 27, 2007
Mario Pinedo, Ccim answered:
With most lots being 2500 square feet, the backyards tend to be very small. Depending on your budget there are some homes in outlying neighborhoods, such as West Portal that provide larger lots with more decent backyards. ... more
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Sun Jun 17, 2007
Cory Lerner answered:
Yes, - tornadoes have actually touched down in California. Usually they happen in the inland valley area, away from the coast. Conditions are more optimal. You can actually often see little dust devils when you drive on Hwy 5. They are not as common as in the midwest, however. ... more
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Sat Sep 1, 2007
Peter answered:
There are not too many neighborhoods that have "large yards. My recomendation would be either The Sunset or if you have the money Seacliff
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Sat Aug 15, 2009
Phill answered:
Generally the shoulder seasons (Fall or Spring) are best in San Francisco, but September and October seem to stand out in particular as two months of great weather.
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Fri Jun 5, 2015
Keith answered:
The weather in the outer Sunset and Richmond districts is generally not that attractive - because of their proximity to the beach, they're often cold and/or windy/foggy. Plus, you have the salty air that tends to corrode things - it's not like So. Cal where living near the beach = premium pricing, but exactly the opposite in SF! Weather can be 10 degrees F warmer in other 'hoods. ... more
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Thu Nov 1, 2012
Jamie Glenn answered:
I think SOMA has some of the best weather in the city.
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