I Want This Condo! San Francisco's Ritzy Cow Hollow Area for Just $448K

2701 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco, CAConsidering that the average for sale price of homes similar to this $448,000 studio apartment I want in San Francisco's affluent Cow Hollow neighborhood is $699,000, this studio is an inexpensive way to live in one of the greatest cities in the world.

The studio apartment on the fourth floor of the Marina Chateau at 2701 Van Ness Ave. is in a wonderful location and has rooftop views from a shared common area that you can photograph and send to your envious friends around the world.
The enclosed roof deck has sweeping water views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the San Francisco Bay, and gives a great view of the city.

The one-bedroom apartment has an updated kitchen and a formal dining room. While technically a studio, it's as large as many one-bedrooms apartments and can be converted into a one-bedroom unit, although the one bedroom would be small and the remaining living room large.

The bathroom is much larger than you'd expect, and has gorgeous tiles throughout. A large, walk-in closet has plenty of storage space and a small desk. The unit has hardwood floors and double-pane windows.

The building was built in 1929 and its elegant architecture from that time somehow make it look updated. Homeowner dues are $400 per month.

But as I said earlier, probably the best thing about this apartment for sale is the chance to live in an affluent neighborhood without paying extravagantly for it. Cow Hollow is between Russian Hill and The Presidio, with the Marina District on one side and Pacific Heights on the other. You're surrounded by wonderful neighborhoods, and some of the most beautiful green and open spaces in the city. A fun nightlife is nearby, where Union Street is well known as a shopping thoroughfare with excellent restaurants, boutique shopping and health spas.

The unit has a walk score of 88 out of 100, putting it at the San Francisco average. If you're really up for a good walk, Lombard Street -- America's most crooked street -- is a block away. It's just fun to stand and watch tourists try to drive down it.

See more great homes in the Cow Hollow neighborhood of San Francisco at AOL Real Estate.
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