Editor’s Note: There are few things San Franciscans talk about more than real estate. In that spirit The Standard presents ‘buy san francisco’, a profile of two homes going head-to-head in what is fast becoming a buyer’s market.
While not one of the city’s most well-known neighborhoods, Duboce Triangle is a favorite with locals. Nestled between the attractions of the Castro and the Haight, with great parks, plenty of nightlife and convenient public transportation, young singles, queer couples, families, dog owners and empty nesters call ‘Duboce’.
In this week ‘buy san francisco’, we highlight a pair of two-bedroom apartments just steps from each other in the Duboce Triangle neighborhood. Click through the gallery at the top of the page for photos of each property.
Which would you buy: The updated Edwardian or the Modern on Marktstraat?
839 14th Street | $1,200,000
2 Bed/2 Bath | 1,326 square feet
JUST THE FACTS: Long ago a butcher’s shop, this thoroughly renovated ground floor apartment was built in 1901, so it’s modern but still has personality. Some features we love: the walk-in closet, custom glassware, bi-fold French doors, gas fireplace, high-end fixtures, and the low maintenance community yard perfect for indoor and outdoor entertaining.
FOR WHO IS IT: The place would be perfect for a queer couple wanting to be close to the action of the Castro. If they have dogs, all the better. The yard is perfect for pups as the condo is just steps from Duboce Park, an off-leash dog haven.
THE NEIGHBOURHOOD: Smack in the middle of San Francisco, the nabe is within walking distance of the Lower Haight, Mission, and Castro. There is a farmers market on Wednesdays eight months of the year and there are plenty of restaurants and bars to choose from.
POSITIVE: Rumor has it that the owners, who recently moved to Australia, are highly motivated to sell, as they have significantly reduced the price. The HOA, at $300, is hard to beat in town.
NEGATIVES: The custom 1930s-style glassware at the front of the building shows the muscular back of a half-naked man hard at work in a factory. (The owners are a gay couple who design glass art.) Is this positive or negative? Only you can decide.
2200 Market St. #301 | $1,449,000
2 Bed/2 Bath | 1,181 square feet
JUST THE FACTS: Built in 2014, this five-story building is located at the intersection of 15e, Sanchez and Market Streets. As an end unit, the condo features two patios, the larger of which is connected to the master bedroom, and floor-to-ceiling south-facing windows. You can also go outside through the outside door shared roof terrace. As with most new condo construction, there is an in-unit washer and dryer and fully up-to-date kitchen appliances.
FOR WHO IS IT: We see this as a starter home for a young tech couple who needs all the modern conveniences plus a second bedroom for a home office.
NEIGHBOURHOOD: Like the 14e St. property just a few blocks away, the Market St. condo is in a very walkable and action packed nabe. Plus, the K, T, M, J, and N Muni lines converge here, and the 101 is easy to get to on Duboce Street whenever you want to Facetime at the office.
POSITIVE: City view through that good windows here extend all the way to Oakland. There is one parking spot on the property and several tech shuttles will pick you up just steps from the front door.
NEGATIVES: The $748 HOA fee pushes up the monthly bill significantly, and like all new condos in SF, it feels a bit impersonal. Plus, the building faces Market Street, which is busy – and a little sketchy at times, too.
Click through the gallery at the top of the page for more photos of each property.