Thursday, May 17, 2007

Stage 25, Ingleside (3H)

So what do you do when your neighborhood is plagued with fog, high winds, and generally lousy weather? You paint! Paint your house bright to make it through the gloomy days. The brighter the better, and pink if you want to have good luck.

You also cover up your Porsche so it doesn't get sand-blasted, forget about taking care of your house, make sure you get all your satellite channels broadcasting swimsuits and warm water sports from the tropical beaches of Hawaii, tell your neighbor, "Sure, I don't care if you build on that mound of rocks. You gettin' a permit for that?", and crack open the Guinness, because in the Ingleside, every day is a lovely day for a Guinness.

Actually, it's not that bad...depending on what street you're on. Don't be fooled, Grafton is a freeway heading to and from the I-280. You can pretty much bet if you live on one of the streets running east-west it will be a "connector". Streets running north-south are much quieter. The neighborhood crests at Lakeview, and homes on the hill either have booming views to the north of Mt. Davidson and all the homes dotting its hillside, or decent views to the south of Daly City. Streets are generally very wide and car-filled, but when you get over the hill towards the East, on streets like Josiah, Margaret, Howth, some turn one way and they're barely wide enough for one car. You also get a nice lulling sound from the I-280 to help you sleep at night, especially on San Miguel. Some would call that "white noise".
Lick Wilmerding High School, a non-profit, independent, coeducational, college preparatory day school is in this district at 755 Ocean Avenue. Your commercial row would be Ocean Avenue beginning around Plymouth and heading west to 19th Ave, with tons of shops, restaurants, and "big" retail stores like Walgreens, Rite Aid, and such.
Homes in the Ingleside are a veritable smorgasbord of types, shapes, and sizes. Generally, homes are not the best kept, but there are a few standouts. Prices range from the low $600,000s to the upper $800,000s:

If you're looking for a grand, palatial home this ain't the place for you...more like a neighborhood full of character, good people and a toughness you won't find anywhere in the "north end" of town.

And of course, what neighborhood would be complete without the home being over-taken by nature:

or the home somebody tried so hard to get right, but just didn't? (We're guessing a do it yourself exterior stucco renovation.)

Not to fear, all your real estate sins may be forgotten in St. Emydius Catholic Church on Ashton @ De Montfort

or hop over the hill to the Oceanview and find any number of Bible, Gospel, and Baptist Churches to calm your soul.

Happy house-hunting. Let us know if we can help.

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