Homes for Sale in The Castro
The Castro neighborhood is a popular and affluent area that is considered the epicenter of the LGBTQ community. The majority of residential housing in this neighborhood is made up of condos and multi-unit buildings, with most structures having four units or less.
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About The Castro
The commercial and retail area that runs along Castro Street from 19th up to Market and then along Market to Sanchez is the center of activity in the Castro neighborhood. The neighborhood is located fairly close to the geographical center of San Francisco and has two underground subway stops located at the corner of Castro & Market and another one at Market & Church, making it easy to get downtown in under 15 minutes, even during rush hour.
The Castro is situated in the lee of several hills, including Twin Peaks, Diamond Heights, Mount Sutro, and Mount Parnassus, which effectively block ocean fog most of the time. As a result, the neighborhood is often sunny and ten degrees warmer than the western neighborhoods, which are deep in the heavy cold fog that comes and goes throughout the summer months.
Unlike many other San Francisco neighborhoods, the Castro was not destroyed by the earthquake and subsequent fire in 1906, and as a result, there is a healthy stock of mostly renovated Victorian and Edwardian homes. These are mixed in with other new, mid- and late-century properties, including condos and single family homes.
Additionally, there are many 2-4 unit properties in the Castro neighborhood that originally served as rental apartments. These properties are often purchased by residential ownership groups who hold title as Tenants in Common (TICs). TICs are a form of fractional ownership with specific occupancy rights and are popular in many of the higher density northern and eastern neighborhoods of San Francisco. While TICs are significantly less expensive to purchase than condos, they come with a more complex financing and ownership profile.
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