Thursday, August 21, 2008

The West Portal Duo

I was out on broker tour this week, and found a couple good opportunities for the single-family home searchers looking for proximity to a retail district and public transportation. If you don't mind the fog, I think West Portal is a great neighborhood. The houses are architecturally appealing, the floorplans are generally very functional, and you can find larger garages than in areas such as Noe Valley.

In the case of 14 Forest Side, you have a solid house with a low pest report dollar figure and two good-sized rear bedrooms. This one is in walking distance of West Portal village. I'd rather see a generous two-car garage than the awkward "unwarranted rooms down" that pervade many homes in this area. But I suppose you can use the lower level to lock your guests away, as long as they don't mind walking across the concrete garage floor to get from the illegal bedroom to the bathroom.

Over at 319 Vicente, there's a reasonably remodeled kitchen and formal dining room. The bedrooms are fine. The garage level is a bit of a curiosity, and currently reeks of cigar smoke. But move everything out, and you're on your way to clearing the air.

I'd say these two are good buys, especially at the right prices.

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