Prices have been rising in the Bayview, but it remains one of the few neighborhoods left in San Francisco where it is very possible to score a single-family home for under $1 million. That's what made the $1.1 million sale of the two-bedroom house at 1698 Armstrong Avenue stand out. The place is both big and interesting, but it isn't a luxury property. It's an Italianate home with old brick fireplaces and lots of carvings, moldings, and other architectural details.
The home's seller was clearly an artist, and there is a big ground-floor studio space included with the property that could potentially be converted to other uses. The seller was also probably not much of a cook, because the antique kitchen doesn't look ready for gourmet meal preparation (in fact, the act of making toast requires squatting on the floor)—although it is quite interesting to look at. There is also an unfinished rooftop accessible via an interior staircase, plus two garages and a courtyard with avocado trees. All of that bonus space is likely what pushed the property's price up into the seven figures, but unless another artist is moving in, we imagine that the new owner has some renovation work ahead.
· Sweet Three-Bedroom House in the Bayview Asks Just $495K [Curbed SF]
· 1698 Armstrong Avenue [Redfin]