Open House Report, SF Mid-Market Edition: Walk to Your New Job from these Condos


San Francisco’s Mid-Market— the sorry stretch of Market Street from roughly 6th Street to Van Ness Avenue— is currently undergoing a change as brand-new start-ups join successful firms like Twitter and Zynga thanks to a massive payroll tax break by the city. These three condos could offer a quick walk to work. They’re also a lesson in what realtors consider a “2-bedroom” condo.

1025 Minna Street, #2, SOMA, 689K
You can fall out of bed and into the new Twitter HQ from this 2-bed, 2.5-bath loft near Mission & Van Ness. No one will blame you if you paint it back to white, and we like the slightly elevated living area and floor-to-ceiling windows. As for the two bedrooms, one is a loft above the living room and the other is a ground floor space (with a full bath) with a street-level entrance— originally intended as an office, and the perfect place for your own start-up. HOAs of $295 a month, and there’s a common roof deck along with a deeded parking space. Open Saturday June 9 and Sunday, June 10 from 1 to 4 p.m.

83 McAllister Street #113, Tenderloin, $266K
We’re not sure where the two bedrooms are, as claimed, but the building’s known for its tightly designed and detailed units, most of which have lofts reachable by industrial ladders. Purpose-built as self-contained offices for out-of-town book publishers, the post-earthquake building once housed the local Scientology HQ and is across from Hastings Law School. HOAs of $340 a month, and the 266K purchase price is not unreasonable for such high design, high ceilings, and quality construction. The only thing we could object to is the lack of a laundry in the unit— there’s coin-operated laundry in the building along with a roof deck, so you’ll get to know your neighbors. Open Sunday, June 10 from 2 to 4 p.m.

55 Page Street, #722, Hayes Valley, $799K
Somewhat grim on the outside, 55 Page (AKA “The Hayes”) went up in 2008, and if you’re confused by the address, just think of it as that high-rise behind Zuni restaurant. Inside, good bones: we like the windowed corner bay as a dining area, there’s a balcony, plus two real bedrooms (with doors and closets) and one even has its own bath. Big windows and the top floor location give you cityscape views. There’s a laundry in the unit, a parking space in the garage, and quick walk to the International School along with some of the best food in town. HOAs of $475 a month. Open Sunday, June 10 from 2 to 4 p.m.

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