You set a certain budget for your house hunt — and you can’t go a penny over it. But what if you want to expand your search a wee bit beyond a specific neighborhood? We decided to play the comparison game by exploring what you can buy for a certain dollar value in various California neighborhoods in a series called “Cali Comparables.” We’re crisscrossing the Golden State to give you an idea of how far your dollar goes in certain areas.

This week, we’re moving up the coast to San Francisco — one of the greatest and most expensive cities to live in California — to look at properties. With a budget of about $2.5 million (give or take), we’re comparing three premium properties in very distinct neighborhoods: South Beach, Presidio Heights and Forest Hill Extension.  Now if only we could come up with that down payment…


401 Harrison Street #38E | San Francisco, CA 94105 | $2,698,000 

The Bay Bridge views from this two-bedroom corner unit at The Harrison in South Beach will literally stop you in your tracks. Set high on the 38th floor of a building known for luxury and world-class amenities, this posh condo has just about everything you could possibly want in city living: a private balcony, an open concept living and dining area and spectacular finishes by acclaimed designer, Ken Fulk. The “wow” factor is in the details — from Siberian Oak wood floors to Carrara marble and Waterworks fixtures and a jaw-dropping master suite featuring walk-in closet and spa-like bath. Other pluses? The Harrison offers a lifestyle unlike any other with 5-star amenities, including 24-hour doorman, concierge, fitness center with steam room, outdoor pool, valet car and a sky lounge near the city’s best dining, shopping, museums, AT&T park and the new Warrior’s Stadium.


3975 Clay Street | San Francisco, CA 94118 | $2,695,000

San Francisco living all the way. This magnificent Edwardian home in sought-after Presidio Heights impresses with five spacious bedrooms on two levels, original architectural details, expansive southern vistas and Presidio outlooks from the roof. The formal entry welcomes guests inside with seating, while a grand living room and a dining room featuring gorgeous windows, box beams and a fireplace charms with impeccable style. A large kitchen is made for entertaining. Private light-filled bedrooms beckon with views and walk-in closets.There is plenty of storage, one-car parking and the potential to develop a living space on the roof — all rarities in S.F. The building is close to many fine restaurants and boutiques on Sacramento, Laurel Village, as well as golf, tennis, swimming and Julius Kahn playground in the Presidio.


123 Knockash Hill | San Francisco, CA 94127 | $2,395,000

Prepare to be charmed by this Forest Hill Extension home. Built in 1997 and located on a private street with gated access, this large five-bedroom residence offers luxury living and reveals pride of ownership throughout. A well designed floorplan provides plenty of natural light, and boasts approximately 3,600 square feet of living space — making it the perfect choice for those who like to entertain often.  Highlights include a bright chef’s kitchen with ample working space, a large family room with high-end speakers and walk-out patio, and beautiful dark walnut stained hardwood floors throughout. Conveniently located just steps away from nearby West Portal shopping and restaurants, this home is a true must see.


Click here for other homes currently for sale in San Francisco in the $2,300,000 to $2,700,000 range.

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