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Good buys? Homes those with small budgets can afford in Novato, Sausalito, Richmond and Vallejo
Twice a week, The Chronicle features a home on the market that caught our eye for its architecture, history or character. More photos: www.sfgate.com/columns/walkthrough Address: 355 Elizabeth St., San Francisco. Asking price: $3.495 million. Description: This recently renovated two-story home on a tree-studded street in Noe Valley has an open floor plan that’s awash in natural light. The home opens to glimpses of the dining area and chef’s kitchen. The living room has a decorative fireplace with an ornate mantelpiece.
The average price of a house in the United States is $200,700. For the same price, San Franciscans could afford a home the size of a shipping container.
This seaside estate in Montara, Calif., on the market for $6.5 million has a lot of cachet.
Twice a week, The Chronicle features a home on the market that caught our eye for its architecture, history or character. More photos: www.sfgate.com/columns/walkthrough Address: 403 Wendy Way, Mill Valley Asking price: $1.795 million Description: Set on more than one-third of an acre, this four-bedroom, 2½-bath home features designer finishes and a welcoming flow. An open-beamed, vaulted ceiling shelters a living room that includes a ribbon flame fireplace and access to a view deck. Caesarstone counters, pendant lights, flat-front cabinetry and high-end appliances outfit the chef’s kitchen.
Who knew that Snow White's cottage would only cost you slightly more than Seattle's median sales price?
Silicon Valley's technology dominance has continued, despite markets like Los Angeles' "Silicon Beach" and Austin clamoring to achieve that same allure. The boundaries of "Silicon Valley" have traditionally been Mountain View, San Jose, Santa Clara, Sunnyvale, and Palo Alto, but they have since expanded to include the southern part of the San Francisco Bay Area and San Mateo County. The real estate market in these areas remains an extraordinary anomaly for California and even the U.S.
Situated in the Montclair hills, this midcentury built by Martin Davis has views of bridges and the San Francisco skyline. The kitchen includes Quartz counters and a red Viking range, and all three bathrooms have been updated with slate floors and high-end finishes. A large deck sits behind the home. Listing agent: Ann Lovi, Pacific Union Real Estate, (510) 332-5747, email@example.com. 1815 Manzanita Drive, $995,000. Beds: 3 Baths: 3 Square footage: 2,721 Open home: 2 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday.
Built in 2001, this trilevel loft offers an open floor plan with skylights and large windows. The top floor features southern views and provides roof access. The unit includes a laundry area and deeded parking. Listing agent: Scott Morton, Vanguard Properties, (415) 218-8266, firstname.lastname@example.org; Derek Jackson, Vanguard Properties, (415) 875-7448, email@example.com. 1488 Harrison St., Unit 302, $995,000. Beds: 2 Baths: 2 Square footage: 1,185 Open home: 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Only three families have owned this home that is on the market for the first time in nearly 50 years. There are views of the bay and Golden Gate Bridge from nearly every room, and the sellers added a large deck in the backyard. Bonus rooms lend flexibility to the home. Listing agent: Tricia Swift, the Grubb Co.
Twice a week, The Chronicle features a home on the market that caught our eye for its architecture, history or character. More photos: www.sfgate.com/columns/walkthrough Address: 1815 Manzanita Drive, Oakland Asking price: $995,000 Description: This three-bedroom contemporary home built by Martin Davis has an inviting, open floor plan. The Montclair hills residence opens to a great room with wood-paneled accent walls, a slate tile floor and a spacious deck that looks toward the bay and sunsets. A fireplace warms the great room that has large windows beneath a double-height ceiling.
Belt's time in the home didn't even last as long as a baseball season as he bought the property in January for $3.45 million.
A: My client bought a totally restored condo with brand new appliances, never used, and we were told were thus under warranty. So, it seemed like a waste of money to buy a home warranty. Until my buyer went to use the dishwasher for the first time, and it did not work. And so the saga began. The vendor of the appliance first said that the warranty did not apply because the appliance was purchased by the seller; then the manufacturer said the warranty had expired (evidently the appliance had sat in a box in the vendor’s warehouse for over a year). Then the listing agent said the seller was not responsible because we should have had the brand new appliances inspected.
Behind the facade of a Queen Anne Victorian rests a wholly updated residence with a flowing layout and high-tech amenities. “It’s exquisite curb appeal that opens to a magnificent floor plan,” said Dino Zuzic of Compass Real Estate, who is listing 1161 York St. for $3.395 million. Planter boxes and a brilliant white facade adorn the Mission District Victorian. Black steel frame windows complement the classical construction that features dentils, fish scale shingles, peaked gables and a covered portico. Inside, the expansive interior boasts an Ortal gas fireplace, Sonos-ready hi-fi wireless surround sound and a Ring security system. “It’s an urban dweller’s dream,” Zuzic said.
Elegance abounds in a Pacific Heights penthouse that’s on the market for the first time in more than 25 years. “It’s a great listing on a flat, tree-lined block near Alta Plaza Park and Fillmore Street,” said Louis Silcox of Pacific Union Real Estate, who is listing the two-bedroom penthouse for $1.95 million. “It’s a place with broad appeal.” The unit occupies half of the floor it resides on, and it includes original ornamentation like handcrafted woodwork, dramatic fenestration and graceful moldings. The home opens to a spacious foyer that faces the enticing public rooms. Wide entryways lead to the living and dining rooms, and a guest bedroom is at the end of a long hallway.