The San Francisco real estate market is unbelievably hot right now.
Even if you want to live in SF, you most likely won't be able to because of the competition and pricing.
That holds true for both home purchases and rentals.
The over-bidding, ridiculous pre-emptive offers and general feeding frenzy would make a very entertaining show on HGTV's House Hunters!
Read about one house that recently sold for 70% over asking here
I love going to open houses in The City.
It's good to get a feel for its many residential neighborhoods should we ever decide to embrace city life someday.
Come along with me while I pretend to be in an episode of HGTV's House Hunters where we will tour three San Francisco open houses, beginning with the house above, or Open House #1.
(Two of the homes have already sold and one is pending. I purposely left out the price but will be glad to share if you are curious.)
This single family home has a large living room that faces the street and is beautifully staged.
The dining room is lovely and open to the living room, hallway and kitchen.
The kitchen is interesting...
The master bedroom has a little deck and a small walk-in closet.
But the master bathroom is quite spacious. However, it's amusing that the bathtub is in the shower and the next door neighbors can see you while you bathe!
From the roof deck, there is a tiny view of the Palace of Fine Arts.
Let's go to another open house nearby, shall we?
Open House #2 is close to a popular street known for restaurants and boutiques, just like Open House #1, but it has more street presence and appeal.
It also has a two car garage.
Parking is a big deal in San Francisco!
The living room is large with a corner fireplace which could prove challenging for furniture arranging.
The oval shaped dining room has beautiful hardwood floors, but where is the chandelier?
The plaster moldings are beautiful.
The kitchen is quite spacious and newly remodeled.
There is also a roof deck with a view of the Golden Gate Bridge and the dome of the Palace.
The master bedroom is large and has a balcony overlooking the street.
It has a small walk-in closet.
The master bathroom is tiny and busy with all the different stone and tile.
Let's head over to another neighborhood for the next open house.
Open House #3 charms immediately with its shingle style that I love so much.
It is also within walking distance to shopping and restaurants, as well as The Presidio.
The living room is small and faces the street with a balcony that would be fun to accessorize.
The kitchen is a nice size with an eat-in area which opens to the deck.
The dining room also opens to the deck.
The backyard is absolutely gorgeous!
The master bedroom is small, but comes with two lovely built-in closets and a dresser.
Still, it's not enough closet space.
Can you tell that closet space is a big deal in San Francisco!
This house is pretty cute and I could just move right in, especially with the way it is staged.
Staging is a big deal in San Francisco.
It can literally make or break the buyer's impression of the home.
If this was an episode of HGTV's House Hunters, now would be the part where you guess which house the buyer chose.
Is it House Number 1 with the large living room?
House Number 2 with the two car garage?
Or House Number 3 with the beautiful backyard?
Which one would you choose?