Friday, January 19, 2007

Stage 10, Outer Sunset

The Tour de San Francisco is our version of the great cycling race, where we tour through our nano-markets around town. Last week we sprinted it out on the flats of Outer Parkside. This week, stage 10 stays in the flats of District 2C...Outer Sunset. We'll finish after 86 stages with district 10K...Bayview Heights. If you have anything you want to say about your neighborhood, we want to hear it. For past stages, visit our archives of the Tour.

There was a very vocal comment regarding the Outer Parkside last week that we posted, which you can read and discuss amongst yourselves. Now on with the show.

In describing the Outer Sunset, we could almost copy/paste what we wrote last week about the Outer Parkside. The homes, the streets, and the vibe are very similar, and the weather in the summer is just as lousy (statement of opinion, some people love the fog). Outer Sunset....Outer Parkside...they're practically carbon copies of one another. But! There are some differences that are hard to describe. More something you just feel when you spend some time in the two districts. The Outer Sunset is a liiiittle bit more desirable than the Outer Parkside, simply because people "feel" closer to the city. Homes can be a tiiiiny bit more expensive, and there are a few more shops and restaurants to choose from, but we have news for you. If you're looking for a home in the Outer Sunset, can't find "the one", and are afraid to "go out" to the Outer Parkside... get over it. Why do you think last week we said most people refer to the Outer Parkside as the Sunset? Because they are, in fact, that similar. But the difference between Outer and Inner (kind of like a belly button) is a little more glaring, and we'll get to that next week.

the listings

the stats

Comparison Shopping

You can have this (we're guessing roughly 700sf or less) Outer Sunset dream home for $670,000 (still available), or this 700 square foot condo in Harlem asking $299,000 and "priced to sell". Not too shabby for Harlem, eh? Thanks to our New York reader (Mark) for the link. Apparently the area is "up and coming."


One of the few spots in the Outer Sunset you can actually sit outside and enjoy a coffee, Java Beach Cafe, can hold its own as a great coffee joint in San Francisco. The coffee is good, they have beers on tap, sandwiches, bagels, and all the tasty pastries to go with your caffeine. There is plenty of outdoor seating, and the mostly Irish staff is no nonsense charming. Go on a sunny day and feel the energy of the Outer Sunset coming alive, and enjoy some great people watching to boot.

Located on the corner of Judah and La Playa (might as well be 48th Ave).

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