Where are the single-family houses in San Francisco?

It’s no secret that a huge part of the city’s housing stock is rental properties – and many of those are under rent control. But there’s got to be single-family homes for sale, so where are they?

The San Francisco Chronicle looked into this very issue today. The newspaper found that even buyers with no budgetary restrictions can have a hard time finding a single-family home in particular San Francisco neighborhoods – and that top-end neighborhoods are also the ones most constrained when it comes to inventory. That, in turn, drives up prices for the little inventory that is available.

Let’s look at SOMA – specifically, the 94103 zip code. Here you’ll find plenty of pricey condos but not a whole heck of a lot of single-family homes for sale. In fact, here there is only one single-family home for sale: 30 Bernice Street, a 1911 four-bedroom, two and one-half bath home with more than 2,000 square feet and a single-car garage. It recently came on the market for just under $1.3 million.

In addition to SOMA, Mid-Market, the Tenderloin and the Lower Haight (94102), Financial District (94104), South Beach and Mission Bay (94105), Chinatown (94109) and the Embarcadero and Barbary Coast (94111) have no single-family homes for sale according to the San Francisco Association of Realtors MLS.

Maybe that’s not terribly surprising. But what is surprising is the lack of single-family homes in central San Francisco neighborhoods. There are less than ten single-family homes for sale in the zip codes of 94114 (Eureka Valley, Duboce Triangle, Noe Valley), 94115 (Pacific Heights, , Lower Pacific Heights, Western Addition, Anza Vista) and 94117 (Lower Haight, Upper Haight, Cole Valley, NoPA).

Where there are single-family homes are in the west and south of the city. There are 31 single-family homes in the 94116 area code (Sunset, Golden Gate Heights, Parkside) and 44 single-family homes in 94112 (Ingleside, Excelsior, Mission Terrace, South Bernal Heights).

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