The concept of a starter home meant something different two decades ago than it does today. Alas, it meant something different five years ago than it does today.
In many U.S. cities, San Francisco included, a starter home once meant spending a modest downpayment on a one- to two-bedroom home where a young family, couple, or single person could purchase their first piece of real estate.
Those days are long gone.
In 2017's San Francisco, a starter home means a studio, a one-bedroom condo the size of an ice cube, or an inhabitable teardown.
But wait, it gets worse: The median price for a San Francisco home went up to record-breaking $1.5 million this year. (For perspective, back in 2000 a three-bedroom house in the city averaged $543,059—roughly $786,000 after inflation.)
The good news is that not all SF homes are out of reach.
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 Portola to the Richmond, we have the city covered.Read More