This is in between the main area of Castro, and Church and Market. At this corner you can find Ike's Sandwich Shop, which as the most delicious meat,vegetarian, and vegan sandwiches in the city. It is always sunny in this part of town, and there are many bars, clubs, and venues around for something to do. About two block down is Dolores Park, which is perfect for a picnic, day drinking/smoking, and meeting new people. Safe. A girl can walk home down this area and not be bothered.... more
There are some homeless people around, though they usually stay out of your way. Parking can be difficult on weekend evenings if you don't have a garage space. Rent prices are higher than other Mission locations.... more
Go to my webpage www.sallyrosenman.com and click on the Resource List. You will find seismic engineers like Peter Culley, Santos & Urutia and others. I have worked with Peter Culley and my clients have liked him. Santos & Urutia also has a good reputation. The others on my list are good too!
The safest way is to make an offer on a property contingent on the sale of your home. Many sellers are reluctant to accept an offer like that, but if you find one who will, then if the sale of your home falls through, you are not obligated to buy the new home.
As for a downpayment, one option is to get a home equity line of credit. Provided you have substantial equity in your current home, you could get a Heloc prior to putting your home on the market, and use the funds as a downpayment on the home you are buying.
Best of luck to you, and I hope this experience is better than the last!... more