clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Which Under 500K Club Member Is the Better Deal?

New, 12 comments

Two single-family homes that are about the same size. Both are asking $499,000. Both have very high prices per square foot, way higher than the neighborhood average. But which is the better deal? Dear readers, please let us know in the comments and don't forget to cast your vote at the end of the post! Basic stats: 9 Harper Street in Glen Park is a 1-bed, 1-bath, 554 square foot home. It's $901 per square foot. 414 Jarboe Avenue in Bernal Heights is 1-bed, 1-bath, 528 square foot home. It's $945 per square foot.
9 Harper Street

Pros: This adorable cottage was built in 1900. It's got a small front courtyard and a deck off the kitchen. 554 square feet is not much, but we think the layout and design of the interior is a great use of the space. The bathroom's lovely. The listing tells us that there's an attic and crawl space for additional storage. It's really, really close to Noe Valley and only two blocks away from Billy Goat Hill Park. Cons: $901 per square is $359 more per square foot than the neighborhood average. That's a tough pill to swallow. There's no parking. While we like the idea of a blank slate when it comes to decorating, we're a little put off by the blandness of this place.

414 Jarboe Avenue

Pros: The listing tells us that this abode is "absolutely Bernalicious," and we're going to have to agree. Frankly, it looks like a really fun place to call home. The color palette pops and is inviting. There's all sorts of cool built-in highlights and fun architecture details. It's a split-level layout and has a loft-like feeling. The kitchen's bigger than 9 Harper's. We're seriously swooning over the gigantic home office, but could see it easily turning into a larger living room if the buyers don't need it. And hey, how about that rad garage? Does it come with all the industrial cabinets? Cons: It's $402 more per square foot than Bernal's average. If you're not into the current dining room nook, you're going to have to get your hands dirty because it's built in. While the kitchen is larger than the other property's, its cabinets need updating. And instead of having a living room the current owners opted for a home office.

Poll results

· 9 Harper [Redfin]
· 414 Jarboe [Redfin]