Taking a chance in Sunnyside

I love the fact that my buyers have vision. Take 221 Foerster in Sunnyside, which was purchased a few years ago by my clients Nikki and Andy, who saw the possibilities and took a risk in a rapidly rising market. The elbow grease has paid off!

Sunnyside is a neighborhood that has come into its own as buyers have discovered its Mediterranean bungalows and 1940s vintage architecture. It also enjoys a close proximity to the Glen Park BART and the Glen Park Village shopping district, as well as quick freeway access to points south. This is particularly appealing to those who work in the Silicon Valley tech world.

The neighborhood is also the site of dramatic newer view homes above Monterey Boulevard. It’s a fun place around which to meander due to the eclectic housing styles and funny street names like Joost, Congo, Mangels and Baden. It’s more affordable than Bernal Heights or Glen Park, and you’ll find a tranquil setting – which can be unusual in the city.

While Sunnyside is mostly residential, you’ll find a small commercial strip on Monterey Boulevard and a little further away in Glen Park, you’ll have your choice of dining and shopping venues. Sunnyside also boasts Balboa Park with its tennis courts, playground, sporting fields and indoor swimming pool. In addition, the fairly newly remodeled Sunnyside Recreation Center draws families, especially those with young children.

The Sunnyside Conservatory, built just before the turn of the 20th century, is the site of a renovation at this time. When complete, the landmark will once again offer community services such as art classes and jazz shows.

Dreaming of San Francisco? Cece Blase offers local advice to San Francisco buyers, sellers and owners– and feeds the dreams of those who wish they could live in Tony Bennett’s ‘City by the Bay.’ Call 415-577-0809 or email cblase@paragon-re.com. www.ceceblase.com