All season long, fans of the Seahawks and 49ers have been locked in a battle for NFL domination. That battle culminates this Sunday when the two teams meet at CenturyLink Field for the right to play in the 2014 Super Bowl. However, the battle has spilled over from the gridiron and now engulfed two cities hellbent on proving they're better than the other in all aspects. Seattle vs. San Francisco. Which is truly the Best West Coast City? Here at Curbed we can't tell you much about the sports franchises or the food or the people. But what we DO know is real estate and houses. With that in mind, Curbed San Francisco and Curbed Seattle have decided to square-off in a five-part battle royale of real estate to determine which city can call their home the better home. Let's get this party started.
↑No building in Seattle does luxury better than downtown's 1521 Second Avenue and there's no more luxurious spot than the penthouse. This 2-BR/1.75 bath penthouse unit is currently on the market for $4.25M and comes with requisite views of Downtown and Elliott Bay. Those views look even better from your private patio with hot tub, bbq and fireplace.
Quintessential San Francisco/Seattle:
↑ Nothing says San Francisco real estate quite like a really old building that's been heavily renovated but still retains a good chunk of its original architectural charm. Extra bonus points for a badass attic space. This particular home is a 2-level, 4-bed, 3-bath, 3,100-square-foot condo in a pre-quake Queen Anne Victorian. It's asking $1.695M.
Best home to watch the big game:
↑ You might expect Curbed Seattle to pick a millon-dollar pad's theater room but we're going blue collar with the sports fan hideout located behind this Broadview 2-BR. Inside the converted shed in the back, surrounded by patio & garden space, you'll find a bar, couches, Seahawks swag and a big TV. Everything you could possibly need.
↑ 49ers fans know how to party, so San Francisco's going with a simple single-family home that's got a great open floor plan. The living room has plenty of room for various seating configurations, and the kitchen and dining room are adjacent and have plenty of space as well. Extra bonus points for the man cave in the basement and the spacious deck for a BBQ.
Best old-ass house:
↑ This San Francisco centenarian was built in right after the Big Quake. Though it's undergone a few facelifts over the years, its Edwardian features are still very present. We're talking coffered and coved ceilings, wainscoting, stained glass windows, dentil mouldings, and pocket doors. It's also within walking distance of Alamo Square park. The 4-bed, 3-bath home is asking $1.695M.
↑ This Noe Valley home is a luxury, LEED Platinum designed new construction. The 4-bed, 3.5-bath house has views galore of almost all of San Francisco, and has a fabulous outdoor space and several decks. Sustainable perks include a 1,000 gallon rain water storage tank used to irrigate the gardens, and a floating staircase that used reclaimed wood from an original Warner Brother's studios warehouse. It's asking $3.995M.