Daly City’s Crocker area recognized as prime neighborhood for homebuying 

click to enlarge Homes like this on Winchester Street in Daly City’s Crocker neighborhood stay on the market for about 17 days. - BRENDAN P. BARTHOLOMEW/SPECIAL TO THE S.F. EXAMINER
  • Brendan P. Bartholomew/Special to the S.F. Examiner
  • Homes like this on Winchester Street in Daly City’s Crocker neighborhood stay on the market for about 17 days.
Daly City’s Crocker neighborhood has become a prime hunting ground for bargain-hungry homebuyers, according to Redfin.

The real estate company, which some say has a strong track record of making accurate market predictions, has placed Crocker on its list of the top 10 hottest neighborhoods for 2015.

Redfin analysts chose Crocker from a field of more than 10,000 neighborhoods nationwide, basing their decision on page views, favorites, and other analytics related to how users of the company’s website show interest in specific homes and areas. Another Northern California neighborhood in the top-10 rankings was Sacramento’s Curtis Park, while San Diego’s El Cerrito topped the list.

The company’s seemingly accurate past predictions include Los Angeles’ Highland Park, which made Redfin’s 2013 top-10 list and saw such an uptick in buyer interest that it was featured last year in a multi-part series on gentrification by American Public Media’s “Marketplace” radio program.

According to Redfin, the average home in the Crocker neighborhood stays on the market for just 17 days, and the median sale price is $590,000. That’s $69,000 less than the median listing in San Francisco’s Visitacion Valley, and one-third the cost of the average Pacific Heights home.

Located next to The City’s Crocker-Amazon neighborhood, Crocker’s western boundary is Mission Street, and on the east, its streets wind along the base of San Bruno Mountain.

Easy walking access to the state park on the mountain is a big selling point for Daly City City Councilman Mike Guingona, who has lived in the mostly blue-collar Crocker since 1994. While there are some detached dwellings in Crocker, the councilman noted that there are also a lot of houses whose walls touch each other, and living in such close quarters encourages residents to be considerate and friendly.

Crocker’s current demographics are diverse, with many immigrant groups well represented.

“There are a lot of hyphenated Americans on my side of town,” Guingona said.

The website walkscore.com gives Crocker a walkability rating of just 31, meaning most errands require a car. Some San Francisco neighborhoods, in comparison, have walk scores as high as 100, the best possible rating. But according to Realtor Saleem Buqeileh, some prospective homebuyers value Crocker’s close proximity to Muni and SamTrans bus lines, as well as Daly City BART.

The ease with which residents can access those transportation corridors and quickly get to other cities might also compensate for the relative lack of trendy shops and restaurants in the area, Buqueileh said.

Addressing concerns that the mostly young, professional, first-time homebuyers moving into Crocker might spend their dining and shopping dollars elsewhere, Guingona said encouraging new businesses that could provide services residents want is one reason the City Council voted last year to stop the proliferation of payday lending businesses in town.

The longtime resident noted that there are four payday loan stores in or near Crocker, and said he hopes those operations will soon be balanced by more offerings such as Tselogs Tapas Café, a Crocker restaurant that attracts foodies from around the Bay Area.

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