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Map: 6 homes for sale along the 14-Mission

San Francisco’s oldest transit line borders half a dozen iconic neighborhoods

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If a visitor to San Francisco rides the 14-Mission, they’ll will get a good taste of what San Francisco has to offer as a whole.

There are plenty of neighborhoods critical to the modern San Francisco identity not touched by this particular marathon bus line, of course. But stretching as it does from South Beach down through SoMa—both the trendy sections and the down and dirty ones—through the heart of the Mission, skirting residential burghs like Bernal Heights and Glen Park, and descending all the way down through the Excelsior and into Daly City, it’s rare that any one route shows so many diverse and eclectic faces of San Francisco.

For Curbed’s Transportation Week, here’s a look at six homes in six very different neighborhoods that have one critical thing in common: The 14-Mission serves them all.

Welcome to Curbed’s first-ever Transportation Week! From how to improve public transportation in cities, ranking the best car-free neighborhoods across the country, and a friendly competition between NYC, San Francisco, and Los Angeles to determine which has the best public transit, this week is all about how we get around in our favorite cities. All aboard!

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1. 301 Mission

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301 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94105

Few San Francisco buildings are as (in)famous around the world as the Millennium Tower. Most of the tilting building’s current homeowners are in the middle of suing the city and the developer. But even with the bad press, some intrepid buyers have invested in the building anyway.

This gorgeous one-bed, two-bath condo with the Art Deco decorator sold last year for $1.9 million just four months before the building’s foundation woes made headlines. Now the owners hope to put that unfortunate timing behind them with a new $2.19 million listing of their own.

2. 1400 Mission

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1400 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94103

It’s not everywhere in San Francisco these days that eager buyers can net a two-bed, two-bath condo for a mere $338K.

While it’s tough to buy in SoMa these days, right on the corner of Mission and 10th Street, this place at 1400 Mission is a BMR unit priced for buyers making the precise Area Median Income.

Because only a select few buyers can even consider such listings, BMR units don’t normally feature on Curbed SF. But with the 14-Mission being a workhorse of the working class for decades, it’s only appropriate to consider that the city is trying to keep at least some of the nearby housing stock in play for such buyers.

3. 3184 Mission, #204

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3184 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110

And speaking of the divide between the attainable and the elusive, further north from this contemporary building at 3184 Mission you’d never net a two-bed, two-bath Mission condo for less than $1 million.

And even in this case, just south of Cesar Chavez and on the verge of crossing over into Bernal Heights, such a property is still gunning for $995K. Although at least that’s still within shouting distance of the $940K sale price from 2014.

The staggered way this 2006 building unfolds along the street like a sequence of paper dolls being unfolded might be accidental—got to make room for all of those bay windows, after all—but if so it’s at least a happy accident.

4. 84 Cortland

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84 Cortland Ave
San Francisco, CA 94110

This Marina-style looker with the tiled roof and striking black barrel windows has wandered a long way south from the Marina itself to settle here in Bernal Heights.

The two-bed, one-bath house dates to 1935 and lists now for the somewhat-cheap-by-SF-standards price of just $965,000—up quite a bit from the already respectable $680,000 it went for in 2012.

“Muni right out the front door,” promises the ad—imagine that.

5. 275 London

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275 London St
San Francisco, CA 94112

Is there something particular about the 14 line that keeps nearby home prices pushed just under seven figures?

Whether by design or happy accident, $995K is the magic number when catering to homes along this transit corridor. And following the route down into the Excelsior yields a rare beauty at 275 London, a three-bed, two-bath 1912 Edwardian with white fish-scale shingles.

Note that this place hasn’t seen a major renovation or remodel in over 30 years, which means that it’s the real deal for less than $1 million—with a lifeline to the rest of the city right around the corner to boot.

6. 141 Hillside Blvd, Daly City

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141 Hillside Blvd
Daly City, CA 94014

At the end of the line, reaching near the junction where Mission terminates near John Daly Boulevard in Daly City itself, we come across this traditional home at 141 Hillside Boulevard.

This three-bed, one-bath, roughly 1,100-square-foot house has a decidedly un-San Francisco asking price of $899K.

The ad for this 1945 home (which set its asking price at almost exactly the sum it last sold for in 2009) pushes its “hardwood throughout, marble fireplace mantle,” and granite counters, but maybe the knowledge that a singular path through San Francisco’s ever-changing cultural identity ends—and begins—just a few blocks away marks its real appeal.

1. 301 Mission

301 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94105

Few San Francisco buildings are as (in)famous around the world as the Millennium Tower. Most of the tilting building’s current homeowners are in the middle of suing the city and the developer. But even with the bad press, some intrepid buyers have invested in the building anyway.

This gorgeous one-bed, two-bath condo with the Art Deco decorator sold last year for $1.9 million just four months before the building’s foundation woes made headlines. Now the owners hope to put that unfortunate timing behind them with a new $2.19 million listing of their own.

301 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94105

2. 1400 Mission

1400 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94103

It’s not everywhere in San Francisco these days that eager buyers can net a two-bed, two-bath condo for a mere $338K.

While it’s tough to buy in SoMa these days, right on the corner of Mission and 10th Street, this place at 1400 Mission is a BMR unit priced for buyers making the precise Area Median Income.

Because only a select few buyers can even consider such listings, BMR units don’t normally feature on Curbed SF. But with the 14-Mission being a workhorse of the working class for decades, it’s only appropriate to consider that the city is trying to keep at least some of the nearby housing stock in play for such buyers.

1400 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94103

3. 3184 Mission, #204

3184 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

And speaking of the divide between the attainable and the elusive, further north from this contemporary building at 3184 Mission you’d never net a two-bed, two-bath Mission condo for less than $1 million.

And even in this case, just south of Cesar Chavez and on the verge of crossing over into Bernal Heights, such a property is still gunning for $995K. Although at least that’s still within shouting distance of the $940K sale price from 2014.

The staggered way this 2006 building unfolds along the street like a sequence of paper dolls being unfolded might be accidental—got to make room for all of those bay windows, after all—but if so it’s at least a happy accident.

3184 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110

4. 84 Cortland

84 Cortland Ave, San Francisco, CA 94110

This Marina-style looker with the tiled roof and striking black barrel windows has wandered a long way south from the Marina itself to settle here in Bernal Heights.

The two-bed, one-bath house dates to 1935 and lists now for the somewhat-cheap-by-SF-standards price of just $965,000—up quite a bit from the already respectable $680,000 it went for in 2012.

“Muni right out the front door,” promises the ad—imagine that.

84 Cortland Ave
San Francisco, CA 94110

5. 275 London

275 London St, San Francisco, CA 94112

Is there something particular about the 14 line that keeps nearby home prices pushed just under seven figures?

Whether by design or happy accident, $995K is the magic number when catering to homes along this transit corridor. And following the route down into the Excelsior yields a rare beauty at 275 London, a three-bed, two-bath 1912 Edwardian with white fish-scale shingles.

Note that this place hasn’t seen a major renovation or remodel in over 30 years, which means that it’s the real deal for less than $1 million—with a lifeline to the rest of the city right around the corner to boot.

275 London St
San Francisco, CA 94112

6. 141 Hillside Blvd, Daly City

141 Hillside Blvd, Daly City, CA 94014

At the end of the line, reaching near the junction where Mission terminates near John Daly Boulevard in Daly City itself, we come across this traditional home at 141 Hillside Boulevard.

This three-bed, one-bath, roughly 1,100-square-foot house has a decidedly un-San Francisco asking price of $899K.

The ad for this 1945 home (which set its asking price at almost exactly the sum it last sold for in 2009) pushes its “hardwood throughout, marble fireplace mantle,” and granite counters, but maybe the knowledge that a singular path through San Francisco’s ever-changing cultural identity ends—and begins—just a few blocks away marks its real appeal.

141 Hillside Blvd
Daly City, CA 94014