Precariously perched near the peak of Bernal Hill, these simple structures have been in the neighborhood long enough to see at least one San Francisco bubble burst. While the bars on the window tell you things haven’t alway been Instagramable vistas and six-dollar lattes, both homes have been updated to match the Ikea decor that’s sure to fill them. This is your once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own an entire corner of the most squirrely city in America. Bidding starts at five million.
Ben hasn’t been gentrified yet—even as the Design Within Reach crowd ambushes his fellow, wood-framed neighbors. His eaves are dirty, his first floor siding tagged by teenagers and his porch smells of urine. Although never divided into apartments, this two story Bernal Heights home hasn’t had the maintenance it deserved over the years. Considering his square footage and proximity to “authentic” Mexican food, I’d imagine the starting bid for Ben would be at least two million. And if one of Zuckerberg’s buddies is in the bidding war, the foggy San Francisco sky is the limit.
Delightfully plain, this Piedmont home is perched on a corner lot and surrounded by trees and stray children. My guess is that it was purchased six years ago for $425K and it’s latest tax evaluation was in the one-and-a-half million range (an absolute steal when you consider the school districts!). The rooms are small, the electrical is outdated and the family that lives there has already set their sites on something bigger and newer just a little further up the hill. After all, there’s no space for two new Audis in a single-car garage.
Sitting on a corner lot within walking distance of the Grand Lake Theater district, this single-family charmer has neatly trimmed hedges and carpet-like grass that Woody the dog loves to poop on. Judging by the curtains and the handicapped parking sign along the curb out front, a little old lady currently resides here. My estimated value in this insane market: $799,000 to buy/$3495 a month to rent (no pets…have you seen the piles of poop they leave behind?).