The term "starter home" means something different now than it did a couple of decades ago. Heck, it even meant something different eight years ago. In many cities, San Francisco included, it meant spending a modest sum on a one- to two-bedroom house where a young family or single person could purchase their first piece of real estate. Well, here in the city and elsewhere, those days are long gone. In 2016's San Francisco, a "starter home" could mean a one-bedroom condo the size of an ice cube. Or it could mean a shack bordering on demolition status.
Fret not. As part of Curbed's big feature on first-time home buying, we set out to uncover 10 great starter homes in the city, covering a wide range of what's available in San Francisco right now. Ranging from a detached home in Bernal Heights to a one-bedroom condo in tony Rincon Hill, we have the city covered. While we wish we could have price-capped this at $700,000, that is simply not possible in today's middle class-eroded Baghdad by the Bay. You will find homes near the $500,000 mark, yes, but also a couple that are just under a million—specifically, starters located in the impossibly and exhaustingly hip Inner Mission District.Read More