Category Archives: North Panhandle

Living/Great room detached on 3 sides with tons of light

NOPA Flat For Sale: You Get First Dibs

Labor Day is just around the corner, and that means we can expect an influx of listings to hit the market. Just like everyone else, we’ve been waiting and preparing a couple properties ourselves. We’ll be putting this beauty on the market 9/5, but as is always the case, my readers get first crack.

Situated in one of the most desirable neighborhoods in San Francisco, this NOPA flat is not to be missed. You can walk to everything, transportation is a breeze, and with approximately 1500 +/- square feet of living space, what more could you need. Located at 1674 Hayes, this unit features 3 bedrooms, 2 1/4 bath (2nd bedroom has a sink), 1 parking space for a small car, soaring ceilings, hardwood floors, laundry room, fireplace, and a shared yard. The bedrooms are very generous in size and have tons of closet space for all those shoes and suits. The long hallway leads you to the rear of the property where the incredibly light and bright great room allows for dining, entertaining, cooking, and lounging all in the same space.

We will be listing this property 9/5, first open house 9/7 from 2-4pm, and available for private showings anytime. Price will be $1,095,000, and the offer date (if any) is still TBD. Disclosures are in the final stages of completion, and property is in the final stretch of condo conversion. If you’d like any more details, or care to get yourself or a friend in, give me a shout: 415-254-5351.

If you live in the area, and were wondering what your home might be worth, or what we expect to sell this flat for, I’d be happy to chat.

218 Cole: Damnit! It happened Again

Recently, I wrote an offer for some clients on 256 Page, and if you click that link, you’ll see we got completely blown out of the water. Well, we just wrote another offer on 218 Cole, and again got blown out of the water.

Here’s the story: The property is a nice…nothing stellar…3 bed, 1 bath condo on Cole between Hayes and Fell. It has parking, a tiny deck (more like large stair landing), is on the top floor of a three unit building, and has tons of charm and old-school detail. But again…nothing stellar. Asking $849,000, on the market a few days..maybe a week, took offers, and received nine of them! Our offer was $895,000, 30 day close, 5 day appraisal, 21 day financing, and at least 20% down. Not happening…. “$1,005,000. no contingencies. 18% over! There were two offers in the high range, the other had contingencies. This is the price after the counters and dust settled.”
Do we need to say more? Never saw that price coming. If anyone was a bit uncertain about the market, there’s a pretty good example. And as someone said, “One buyer out…8 more to go.” Meaning there were nine offers, one found a place, the other 8 that wrote an offer are still out there.

[update 6/7/07:] Our source was dead on correct.  Closed escrow this week for $1,005,000. 

-218 Cole [MLS]
-Why’s This Keep Happening to Me? [sfn BLOG]

Ask an Expert (Elaine Larkin), Comparing Condo to SFR in NOPA

“My wife and I live in NOPA and I look forward to hearing your take on the area in your Tour de SF. One question – when comps are listed for condos v. single family homes, do you think it’s fair to ascribe additional value to condos that are housed in a former single family home (e.g. ours, with just one other condo above us)? At 1300 sf, our $810,000 flat with parking is definitely above the average condo price per sf in the area…”
A.W.-San Francisco, North Panhandle

As answered by Elaine Larkin, Hill & Co. Real Estate
Smaller buildings have more appeal to some people because you have the extra amenity of your own private entrance versus a common entry hall. And flats tend to be larger square footage as well. I assume you are talking about a 2 unit building rather than a single family dwelling.
Elaine Larkin