Here to buy a condo for less than $350,000? There are four to choose from in San Francisco that aren't restricted to Below Market Rate (BMR) or senior buyers.
The smallest is a 262-square-foot pad at The Book Concern, a micro-housing development at McAllister and Larkin. The buyer for this one will be an urban pioneer who can handle some grit and doesn't care that the view looks out onto a lightwell. The next smallest is a 278-square-foot jewel box at Cubix, another cleverly designed micro-housing complex South of Market.
The largest is an 866-square-foot 2BR in a building nestled between Alemany Boulevard and the 280 Freeway; a nice option if you don't mind the hum of traffic (you can always close your eyes and pretend it's the ocean). It looks to be a bank-owned sale with an online presentation that features a filthy run of stairway carpeting front and center.
The fourth and final condo listed for under $350,000 is MY listing in Diamond Heights Village. I don't mind saying that ours is several cuts above average, both in terms of what you get for your money and homes within the complex itself.
Yes 135 Red Rock #L-210 is a studio, but NOT a micro-one! Tax records show 474 square feet). And the current owner is an artist who did some very thoughtful remodeling.
PLUS we have a terrific view of Twin Peaks -- which of course makes the space seem so much
The home is divided into four zones with room for dining, working, creating and primping. This last activity is done in a newer bath adjacent to a nice stretch of closet space).
Upgrades include the newer kitchen, which has custom details like rounded corners on the cabinetry and countertops.
The more time I spend at 135 Red Rock, the more I understand why the current owner has lived there comfortably for the past 15 years."I can only physically be in one room at a time anyway, so who needs all those extra rooms?" I think,"and how much stuff do I REALLY need to live comfortably anyway?"
The other appealing feature of 135 Red Rock is all the perks that come with living in Diamond Heights Village. Life here can be like a permanent vacation, with landscaped grounds, a swimming pool, club house with library and billiard tables, gym, sauna and hot tub.
Here are more reasons to consider purchasing 135 Red Rock #L-210:
Diamond Heights Village is currently FHA Approved and a great opportunity for first-time buyers with limited cash reserves. FHA allows purchases with as little as 3% down. For more information you can call Jamie Wiley from RPM Mortgage at 415-701-2639.
It's a great home for your young-adult kid, and can become your pied-a-terre after they are done living there.
It's a carefree investment in a well-maintained building -- we conservatively estimate the rental value at $1700/month.
You get friendly neighbors -- I stumbled across the HOA's Christmas party in their club house during an evening showing this week and the buyer was quite taken with how much fun everyone seemed to be having. It also opened her mind to seeing the common areas as an extension of her living space, which she originally thought might be too small. Now she's thinking of writing an offer...
Finally, purchasing this home will make the world a better place-- as you will be helping a divine woman move onto new beginnings in Santa Rosa. She has found a house she wants to buy there, but needs to sell Red Rock first.
Interested? Get in touch!
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