While not quite as aggressive an attack as Chronicle film critic Mick LaSalle’s “Three Kinds of Idiots” blog post regarding the comments on his recent “appreciation” (that’s the sort of featuresy version of an obit) of the late Brittany Murphy (spoiler alert: many were mean!), SFGate On The Block blogger Anna Marie Hibble manages to poke some gentle fun at the howler monkeys the Gate calls a “community” in her most recent post:

Many an SF Gate commenter has written things like “Who’d want to live in Bayview?”, or, worse: “No one wants to live in Bayview-Hunter’s Point.” It doesn’t take much logic to dismantle both these statements, since clearly, people do want to and in fact do actually live in Bayview.

Hee! I kind of like this Anna Marie Hibble‘s style!

Hibble goes on to describe some Bayview-located homes that, from the photos presented, wouldn’t be out of place in my neighborhood (that is, the Outer Funset), but are offered at $300-400 K.

The Gate commenters go predictably apeshit, many of them accusing Hibble of being a plant, snake oil salesperson, etc attempting to leverage the mighty weight of a SFGate blog to influence Bayview/HP home values.

All that said, and assuming you had the kind of money to buy a modestly-affordable house (not me: I am writing this using my TV as a monitor because my dog broke my laptop screen and I can’t afford to fix it), would you invest in Bayview/HP? Or do the Gate commenters have it right? Or maybe I should ask this a different way: how cheap would a Bayview/HP-located house have to be for you to consider buying it?

Photo: $410K 3 bedroom, 1 bath home at 1554 Shafter Ave from Redfin

the author

Eve Batey is the editor and publisher of the San Francisco Appeal. She used to be the San Francisco Chronicle's Deputy Managing Editor for Online, and started at the Chronicle as their blogging and interactive editor. Before that, she was a co-founding writer and the lead editor of SFist. She's been in the city since 1997, presently living in the Outer Sunset with her husband, cat, and dog. You can reach Eve at eve@sfappeal.com.

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