Sometimes, when the listing says "designer-owned", you're in for trouble. When the designer is Chloe Warner, you're in for an very pleasant surprise.
The Basics: A two-bedroom, one-bath flat in San Francisco's Noe Valley with two sitting rooms and an open kitchen/dining room, plus two decks, a finished attic office, an in-unit laundry and a garage, asking $849K.
In a town where parking issues can take on monumental proportions, the realtor announces in the listing, in caps: VERY EASY PARKING AT ALL TIMES OF THE DAY AND NIGHT.
The Basics: A 3-bedroom, 3-bath house in San Francisco's Eureka Valley/Dolores Heights neighborhood, a 1908-vintage cottage expanded and polished in 2002, asking $1.575M.
Pacific Heights is known for both luxurious places to live and great views. Here's a 1920s cooperative apartment with both, on the market for $5.25M.
The Basics: A Pacific Heights penthouse at Gough & California Streets with 4 bedrooms, a maid's room, a laundry/pantry, 2-car parking, in very good condition and asking $5.25M.
San Francisco's Cole Valley neighborhood is full of charming old houses and most of them have undergone some sort of renovation. Here's a small one that's perfect for one person—or a very loving couple—that's also almost perfect for entertaining.
The Basics: This Edwardian-style house from 1923 has two bedrooms and two baths, a neat stucco front with a deep cornice and one delicately-detailed window above the garage.
Those classic shingled cottages everyone loves can be cold, small, and awkward to live in. Some don't even have foundations. Here in Potrero Hill, someone's created a late- 20th century-version-on-steroids with all mod-cons plus local, sustainable agriculture.
The Basics: A 4-bed, 3.5-bath house in the Potrero Hill neighborhood, built in 1997 on three lots, no garage, asking $3.3M.
Russian Hill Summit is one of those perfect little San Francisco neighborhoods, with diverse building types ranging from 19th Century cottages to recent Modernism, and a number of classic Edwardian apartment houses.
The Basics: A 3-bed, 2.5 bath Edwardian-era condominium in a six-unit building in Russian Hill, asking $1.545M with HOA dues of $932.10 a month.
The Basics: A three-bedroom, three bath plus a powder room condominium in San Francisco's Pacific Heights neighborhood, with two-car parking and north bay views from the living room and terrace. asking $2.1M with HOA dues of $894 a month.
I used to live within walking distance of Say Cheese. I don't any longer, which may be why this week's Craigslist Deal is so appealing — it's just around the corner from my favorite sandwich in the city.
But even though the thought of easily skipping out for a chicken and sun-dried tomato on ciabatta anytime I wish is enough to get me to sign the lease, there's plenty more about this apartment to sweeten the deal. Beautiful bay windows, hardwood floors, and built-ins provide ample charm, and the location offers easy access to the N Judah, not to mention Golden Gate Park and the Haight.
A cottage? I didn't think those existed in the city, at least not with a rental price of less than $5k. But this week's Craigslist Deal is here to prove me wrong.
Most likely originally built as a carriage house for the other home on the property, this little place is essentially a stand-alone junior one-bedroom (i.e., it's small), with its own patio. Though some of the angles look kind of wonky, the kitchen built-ins are charming, and the ample views stunning. There's no exterior image in the ad, so "cottage" could end up being quite a stretch, but for $1650 it's well worth checking out.
I've been showing you one bedrooms and studios on here since the beginning of time (or 2009, to be more precise), but it's a new year—time to shake things up a bit. So for a slight change of pace, this week's Craigslist Deal is a (oh, the suspense!) TWO bedroom. I mean, can you imagine?
I went outside of the box for this one for a few reasons: A., it's located on Taraval near West Portal, an area with plenty of good hole-in-the-wall restaurants, proximity to the L, and walkability; B., the kitchen is huge, the whole place is filled with enviable light, and there's even a backyard; and C., it's under $2k. So here's to expanding horizons–and square footage–in 2011.