San Francisco's Pacific Heights for Less Than $2M
Much of the affluent neighborhood was built after the 1906 earthquake, although some Victorian homes built before then still exist. It's a scenic area with stunning views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and the San Francisco Bay. And luxury abounds in the district, which embodies Hollywood's vision of the city: blocks of colorful wedding-cake mansions from which you can see for miles.
If you can afford to be part of that scene, here are those Pacific Heights homes for under $2 million.
Home #1: $1,499,000 Victorian
Built in 1900, the home in the heart of Pacific Heights at 3014 California St., pictured above and at left, has some Victorian-era features that almost send you back in time. It has 2,866 square feet, with three bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms. The three bedrooms and three bathrooms are all on the top level, with the half-bath, kitchen, formal-living, dining and family rooms on the main level. There are decks off the kitchen and rear bedroom upstairs. The master suite has a large closet and bath. There's also a multi-car garage, a bonus in San Francisco, where drivers outnumber parking spaces.
Comparable-sized homes in the area have sold for an average of $1.5 million.
Home #2: $1,895,000 condo
The three-bedroom, two-bath condo at 3597 Sacramento St. is a top-floor flat that is one block from shopping and restaurants on Fillmore Street, and one block to Alta Plaza Park. It's a prime location.
Everything about the home is beautiful. The living room, to me, is what makes it a condo worth having in Pacific Heights with its large bay window, marble fireplace and an adjoining dining room with plenty of light.
The master suite has a huge, walk-in closet and remote-controlled privacy shades. Two other bedrooms have custom closets and window treatments. There is a small shared garden with a grill, storage and one-car parking garage.
The homeowner association dues are $400 per month and include garbage, sewer, elevator maintenance, common-area maintenance and reserves. Comparable homes have an average sale price of $1,839,000.
Home #3: $1,999,000 home with 2,800 square feet
This price of this home at 4926 Bush St. was dropped $201,000, or 9.1 percent, in January to put it within our price range of less than $2 million. It's not a Victorian, but is modern and stylish enough throughout to make you feel comfortable.
What I like best about the house, which has three bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms, is the light, airy feel of the three-level dwelling and how it is flooded with natural light. The walls are all white, so you may want to bring a paintbrush and mix it up a bit, but the natural light makes everything shine.
The master suite upstairs has a cathedral ceiling and spa bath. On the lower level is a family room, office alcove, wine cellar and two-car garage. Built in 1999, it's in what's known as the Western Addition of Pacific Heights. It's a very walkable neighborhood and close to many restaurants and shops. Comparable homes have sold for an average of $2 million.
Our pick: Home #2. It was difficult to pass on the Victorian, but the beauty of the condo and the great location a block from Fillmore Street make this the one.
See more great homes in San Francisco's Pacific Heights neighborhood at AOL Real Estate.