What You Get For: $300,000-$350,000

I’m often asked what types of properties are available in San Francisco in the $300,000-$350,000 range. And I have to say that there aren’t many. But I thought I’d profile a couple different offerings that have sold recently in this range. Of course, in other parts of the country you can buy yourself a sweet house for this amount of money. But as usual, things are different in San Francisco, particularly if you want to be in a desirable neighborhood with a lot of restaurants and services nearby.

First up is 1452 Waller #2:

This Cole Valley studio is in a great location at Downey, and has nice Victorian detailing throughout, such as high ceilings and oversized bay windows. The unit has nice light, a lovely shared garden, hardwood floors, ample closets and cabinets, and HOA dues of $99/mo. (There is no garage in the building.) There are also only two other units in the building, which makes things manageable. This unit sold for $330,000 last week, and was listed at $275,000. Keep in mind that Cole Valley is one of the most desirable neighborhoods in the city, and home prices are typically very high.

Another recent sale was over at 2 Fallon Place #9, in Russian Hill:

This studio is about 500 square feet and is located in a 60-unit complex built in 1980. The kitchen and bath have been remodeled, and the unit has expansive views toward Coit Tower. One-car parking is included. HOA dues are $466/mo and property amenities feature a tennis court, roof deck with panoramic views, laundry, twelve overnight guest parking spaces, and earthquake insurance. Here’s a very cool shot of the tennis court against the backdrop of San Francisco’s skyline:

This property sold in August for $345,000, and the list price was $299,900.

Keep in mind that you can get more space (and potentially, a parking spot) for your money if you’re flexible on your selection of neighborhoods. In San Francisco, that’s what it all comes down to.