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Comment Du Jour: From San Francisco Shack To Seattle Mid Century For Under $650,000

When readers comment, we listen…

Abuseintake writes in reaction to the $401,000 Overbid at 235 28th Street in Noe Valley:

…moved from a $750,000 2 bed, 1 bath shack in Dogpatch and bought a 2,800 sq.ft, 3 bed, 2 3/4 bath mid-century split-level with a stunning view, for $645,000…in Seattle. You can keep SFO.

Abuseintake took it one step further to share some comparable properties in his/her area of Seattle, should you be so inclined to peruse them.

Sounds like a good time to sell and wander for you San Francisco residents pondering a move to greener pastures.

Just sayin’…

-<a href="“Maximum Overbid Of the Week: 235 28th Street, Noe Valley [theFrontSteps]

“In San Fran We Don’t Judge No One!!!!”

Sometimes you just need someone else to remind you why San Francisco is just THAT great [edited slightly for syntax]:

San Francisco all day everyday!!! First of all in San Fran we dont jugde no one!!!!!!! Gays, poor, it don’t matter. San Fran is soooo much prettier than LA. LA is sooo much traffic, ugly nasty yuck no thanks, and San Francisco isn’t even that cold. What does LA have??? Nothing important. San Francisco Cable Cars
Coit Tower
Alcatraz
Giants
The Wharf
Come on norcal all dayy baby

Well said…well said.

-Battle Royale: San Francisco or Los Angeles, If You Had To Chose and Why… [theFrontSteps]

“Do Neighbors Make The Hood, Or Does The Hood Make The Neighbors?”

Since we know many of you don’t read or participate in the comments, from time to time we have to bring them to your attention. Yesterday, our reader “Billy” had this to say,

Do neighbors make the hood, or does the hood make the neighbors?

Damn good question, and something to ponder on this glorious Friday morning. Feel free to add your thoughts in the comments below. Don’t be shy.

Comment Du Jour: You Don’t “Need” To Put Your Children In Private School

Bringing back an old favorite with our “Comment Du Jour”, because sometimes we simply can’t say it as well as our readers. This comment from Caroline SF on our recent post, It’s Less Expensive And More Environmentally Friendly To Live In The City, We Have Proof, is so good that we absolutely have to let you all in on her thoughts:

I have a college freshman and a high school sophomore who have gone all the way through SFUSD schools.

Only the uninformed (well, and perhaps those who don’t want their kids sitting next to “those” people in class) believe that San Francisco parents “need” to send their kids to private schools.

Of course we do have many friends who do and have sent their kids private, and there is simply no discernable difference in the quality of their education vs. the quality of my kids’ education. Basically they spent $150,000-$200,000 per kid for the same thing we got for free — a solid K-12 education. They chose to do that for whatever reasons of their own, but they didn’t “need” to do it.

Touche!

-It’s Less Expensive And More Environmentally Friendly To Live In The City, We Have Proof [theFrontSteps]

Comment Du Jour: “Easily outbid by USF”

This quote comes from reader “Disconsolate“, on “Stories Of Despair In San Francisco Real Estate“:

I was in probate court that day to observe the overbidding on Juanita Way as preparation to overbid on a house in University Terrace. Our court date was last week. We showed up and went to our max ($100k over the original accepted offer), but we were easily outbid by USF. We didn’t stand a chance.

You are not alone, our friend. Not alone. Thanks for the comment!

Comment Du Jour: Oh Noe, Where Will You Be In 2 Years?

From “Seb” on “Noe Valley Is Not Immune”:

Where do people think Noe [Valley real estate] prices will be in two years? Up or down? I sense things are stabilizing.

We’ll just say the feeling of free-fall has disappeared. Stable? Not so sure. Going up, definitely not. In two years…crystal ball is a little bit cloudy.

Comment Du Jour: Sub $650,000 Market Is Smokin’ Hot

Every so often we get comments that make us laugh, or just need to be noticed as a Comment Du Jour on our front page. As always, we encourage you to take part in the comments as there is a lot of fun stuff going on in there.

From “Hangemhi” on “How’s the Market…”:

i didn’t know they allowed you to curse on the internet. holy shit

anyone notice the $650k and under market is smoking hot… i have a buyer who is afraid prices are going to go up. i guess she doesn’t read socketsite.

Anyone else care to comment on the sub $650k market?

Yes, we did say we’d see you on Monday, but sometimes we just can’t resist a good post (or poke).

Comment Du Jour: “Why Wait?”

Every so often, we pull comments we think you should know about, because as we always say, this site is nothing without the reader interaction. So today, we take from “brokerism” and his recent comment from our recent post “The Appraisal Conundrum“. Hats off to ya “brokerism”. Enjoy your home:

Well, we had our reasons for jumping in now. My wife wants to change jobs for example, and she has a really strong bonus history with her current firm which we can use to qualify for the loan. This may not be the case if she changes jobs.

We are taking advantage of the (temporary) higher conforming loan limit for 2 unit buildings ($800k). The limit for SFHs (625k?) is also temporary.
Home prices are starting to come down significantly and quickly in SF itself so it will be harder to pass the appraisal in six months to a year as compared to now.

So, the first two reasons [for buying now] are personal, but the third applies to everyone. Why wait and wait and wait and risk (in our case) missing out on a rate decrease from 6.5% to 4.875?

Thanks for doing your part and thanks for reading and commenting on theFrontSteps. Cocktails at your house or ours? We make a killer margarita.

Comment du Jour: “A Tide Going Back To The Ocean”

This from “asad” on “An Interesting Sale and Theory“. In that post, fluj essentially contributes strong home sales and prices in the southerly neighborhoods of San Francisco to their gentrification largely as a result of the jobs available even further south (think Silicon Valley and such). “asad” is not so convinced it will last:

Wait til Google [and] Cisco start to announce layoffs early next year. Sure some people still have money but it’s like a tide going back to the ocean. You still have tide pools here and there but if the tide doesn’t come back in soon, the tide pools are going to dry out, they just take longer.

Good analogy. Thanks for the comment. Google announcing layoffs would be a huge deal for the national economy, so we’re all ears if anybody else would like to share some knowledge in the comments below.

Comment Du Jour: “The People in Noe Valley Have a Fully Realized Liberal Fantasy”

This comment du jour comes to us from “James” in our most recent Cole Valley vs. Noe Valley Battle Royale, where he provides his explanation of why Noe Valley is the way it is:

Noe Valley has the feeling of being a small suburban village unto itself and this has been the case for a long while. It feels very similar to places like Mill Valley and Palo Alto (which, i admit, some people consider quite different in themselves).

Having lived here [in Noe Valley] for years, I will admit that there is certainly more of a ‘car culture’ here. Obviously there are an endless number of families who made the very self-conscious decision to move here. The suburban quality is not primarily caused by Noe Valley’s feeling of being physically removed from the city, though. I think it is more caused by the feeling that everyone in Noe Valley is deeply focused on the practical going-ons of their individual every day life. For instance, you are more likely to see young people off on their own in Cole Valley, just sitting in a cafe with a book. In Noe Valley, on the other hand, one is more likely to see a group of women having coffee, with their local jogging group, with their babies, with their jogging strollers, on the way to a play dates, or shopping, and then yoga, etc.

What I mean to say is that while Noe Valley feels removed from city life, that such a feeling may be just a manifestation of this suburban mindset on the neighborhood’s residents’ parts. They may not want to live entirely ‘in the city’ in every sense of the term. They want to be near a lot of things (which Noe Valley certainly is, and not at all far away from great things as some posts here have stated), without sacrificing the feeling that their neighborhood is ‘more home’ in a certain sense than the rest of the city.

So, the people in Noe Valley simply have a fully realized liberal fantasy. The ‘charm’ of a tightly controlled social environment, while being near all of those other parts of the city that they can’t quite bear to give up…

Well said James! Thanks for the comment, and thanks for reading theFrontSteps.