Zillow Advice RSS: Discussion,All Real Estate Advice Topics,Excelsior- San Francisco- CA http://www.zillow.com/advice/Excelsior-San-Francisco-CA/all/discussion/ Zillow Advice search results | Zillow Real Estate Will you please show me a current photograph of 197 Gladstone Drive, San Francisco, California USA. http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Will-you-please-show-me-a-current-photograph-of-197-Gladstone-Drive-San-Francisco-California-USA/421150/ I lived in this home with my parents and one sister for 14 years between the ages of <br/>12 years old and 21 years old.&nbsp; Please show me a current photograph of this house. I have wonderful sentimental reasons--since my parents have passed away. Thanking you in advance.<br/>Sincerely, Mrs. Maria Katrina Castano&nbsp; <br/>cc: MKI<br \><br \>3 replies Sun, 30 Oct 2011 06:18:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Will-you-please-show-me-a-current-photograph-of-197-Gladstone-Drive-San-Francisco-California-USA/421150/ 2011-10-30T06:18:00Z SF Excelsior should not Include Portola http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/SF-Excelsior-should-not-Include-Portola/386398/ The boundaries for the Excelsior are wrong. Currently Zillow includes the Portala neighborhood as part of the Excelsior. There is a huge hill and a park that separate these neighborhoods, Portola has different schools and a different feel. Locals know the difference. <br/><br/>The Portola Neighborhood should be broken out of the Excelsior in your data.<br \><br \>2 replies Sun, 13 Feb 2011 00:58:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/SF-Excelsior-should-not-Include-Portola/386398/ 2011-02-13T00:58:00Z First Time Buyer, Condos Look Lame http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/First-Time-Buyer-Condos-Look-Lame/185593/ Hi,<br/><br/>First time buyer living in the SF Bay Area.&nbsp; I've been looking at some options for the past 2 months or so, and come to one conclussion:&nbsp; Condos are lame.<br/><br/>My impression so far, granted no experience so this is purely observation:<br/><br/>Condo Pros:<br/><br/>-Smaller investment cost<br/>-If you are not at all handy or inclined to remodel or upgrade, a decent option<br/><br/>Condo Cons:<br/><br/>-HOA is retarded high, averages around $400/mo.&nbsp; Much more than home insurance and really extreamly high if you don't have major major issues with a home<br/>-You still pay property tax, though here I'm not sure if it's cheaper than in a home, I assume so, but am not sure.<br/>-Very limited remodeling and modification options<br/>-You more than likely will share walls with someone.<br/>-Lower entry point, but not substancially<br/><br/>Am I missing a major draw to condos that a first time buyer should be considering?&nbsp; <br/><br/>Thanks,<br/><br/>Stephen<br \><br \>15 replies Tue, 06 Jan 2009 22:08:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/First-Time-Buyer-Condos-Look-Lame/185593/ 2009-01-06T22:08:00Z Thinking about making an offer in the Excelsior http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Thinking-about-making-an-offer-in-the-Excelsior/21470/ <p>I'm a long-time renter looking to buy and found a great place in the Excelsior district - affordable, remodeled and great space.&nbsp; Question is, I'm a single mom w/an 8-year old boy.&nbsp; Is the neighborhood safe?&nbsp; The place is at the top of the hill by Mclaren Park - would you consider this risky?&nbsp; We are moving from Glen Park (where I cannot afford to buy!!).&nbsp; It looks very family-oriented but am curious.&nbsp; Any input is appreciated!</p><br \><br \>3 replies Tue, 19 Feb 2008 06:09:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Thinking-about-making-an-offer-in-the-Excelsior/21470/ 2008-02-19T06:09:00Z