Thursday, February 01, 2007

Stage 12, Central Sunset (2e)

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 did laps around the Sunset Reservoir in the Parkside. This week, stage 12 sees very little change as we venture into District 2E...Central 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, as well as a place to comment.

You can drive every street in this district and you will notice that the homes in this area, for the most part, are very well maintained. They are slightly larger (avg. about 1600 square feet) than their Outer Sunset siblings, have many more tiled roofs, sell in the high $800k's, low $900k's, currently spend an average of 40 some odd days on the market, and are a very good buy when compared to the rest of the city. There is some new construction on the corner of Judah and 31st that we'll have to watch (unless our readers know something about it), and an interesting mix of much larger stately homes on Lincoln between 27th and Sunset. Here is an example of a very typical home in the Central Sunset.

Besides the homes, what is the area like? Central Sunset is home to two mini Chinatowns, one on Noriega stretching between 24th and 32nd Aves., and the other on Irving from 19th to 27th Aves. The one on Irving is much larger and has a ton of places to keep you busy. There is an excellent produce market on the corner of 22nd and Irving, countless choices for dining (mostly Asian style) and even a bike shop on the corner of 27th and Irving called Nomad Cyclery. Access to the Park is practically out your back door, commuting is a quick jump onto the N Judah, Sunset Blvd, or 19th Ave., and parking is generally easy (away from Irving St. shops.) This is your city, we just live in it, so get out and explore.

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When you find yourself in the Central Sunset and confused by all of your choices for dining, duck into the quaint and tasty Marnee Thai at 2225 Irving between 23rd and 24th Avenues. If you like Thai food, you'll love this place.