San Francisco Eichler Neighborhood:A Diamond In The Rough (Diamond Heights)
I often meet with clients who're asking " I do like all the fun the city offers but don't want to live in the middle of hustle and bustle." Well, some may think you can't have it all, but luckily, there is a perfect solution: Diamond Heights.
A True Family-friendly Community
Here's what the residents have to say about the neighborhood.
"Diamond Heights is an easy place to live,"
"It feels like a suburb, but I don't feel we're apart from the city at all"
"It's the best of both worlds."
The whole neighborhood was created in 1960s ~1970s when a housing shortage arose after World War II. A redevelopment agency was formed in 1950 and Diamond Heights became its first project area. The neighborhood was designed to suit the natural landscape and its lower slope became a popular spot for Eichler homes, with 100 being built. Due to its harsh climate and market conditions at that time however, the city's original grand plan of building towers and high-rises were not materialized. But ironically, thanks to this failure, the neighborhood now boasts large parking lots, wide roads and spacious parks and playgrounds.
Diamond Heights have two great parks: Christopher and Walter Haas.
Christopher Park- located behind the Diamond Heights mall Safeway- is a little oasis for the community of 2500 people. There is a baseball diamond, a huge field, and a playground. From the park, you can walk down trails descending into Glen Canyon Park, a hidden gem in the middle of the city where you can unleash your dog and visit the community garden.
A little down following the Diamond Height Blvd, there is Walter Haas park. In 2005 the park was renovated and now offers great facilities, on top of its picture perfect views. This playground lacks bathrooms but the nearby fire station welcomes young children. It is a popular spot for kids' birthday parties and kid's activity gatherings.
Ok ok, I am sold. Can I afford it though?
Now the juicy details of the selling stats;)
Don't be, because Diamond Heights is actually more affordable than its fancier neighbors like Glen Park or Noe Valley.
In 2013, the average sale price for Diamond Heights single-family homes was $1,2M, and the average $/sq was $583.13 (SF Average Single Family Home price: $905,000). A total of 10 single family homes were sold and the average days on the market were 47.
The average sale price for Diamond Heights condos was $505,457, and the average $/sq was $542 (SF Average condo price: $840,000). A total of 46 condos were sold in 2013 and the average days on the market were 57.
Single family homes in Diamond Heights tend to be pretty spacious with an average of 3.3 bedrooms and 2.8 bathrooms. It is also the only neighborhood in San Francisco where you will find Eichler single-family homes. So if you have kids and/or are a die-hard Eichler fan, don't forget to check out Diamond Heights before you jump into any other neighborhoods!
[Recent Diamond Heights Eichler Home Sold Data]
200 Amber Dr.(Sold 01/10/2014)
Anyone who wants to know more about properties in Diamond Heights, please feel free to contact me at any time!
*Real estate stats were found on SFMLS.