"where do you want to live?" -san fran edition
i’m a recent transplant to the bay area, and although i have only been here for 2 months i have started to get a sense of the neighborhoods in sf. now i understand this is purely based on stereotypes, but for the most part these remain true. disclaimer before we begin: keep in mind this is san francisco so any neighborhood you are in will belong to the same hyper-democracy and crazy awesome city, so you really can’t go wrong with any of them. also keep in mind that this is coming from a 21 year old girl.
presidio-amazing views and quiet location, but if you rely on public transportation you’re kind of out of luck.
twin peaks/ noe valley-do you have kids? if no, then this place is not for you. great for families, not so great for anyone else.
north beach-when i first moved here and asked a coworker what there is to do in north beach he responded with “strip clubs.” now, that is not all this location has to offer, but it is definitely something it is known for. it has a good location, and some of those lovely hills sf reps but definitely would be for your “straight out of college” 20 year olds. no judgement from my end.
marina-let’s play a game called “how many lululemon wearing, frozen yogurt eating females you can count.” the marina might be my favorite neighborhood location wise because there are sick running trails and views of the water, but if you weren’t in greek life in college, just cross this off your list. big plus for you single lads is that it has one of the highest percentages of single women in the city. big downside, i went to a toga part here once. living in the past much?
mission-i’m biased, but this is what sf is all about. it is known by those who live in the mission and don’t live in the mission as hipster central. it can be a bit rough around the edges, but it is a bumpin neighborhood with great bars and restaurants. it’s becoming more popular with the google and facebook’s shuttle gentrification because a lot of the stops are in the mission. either way, these are my stomping grounds and i wouldn’t have it any other way.
pacific heights-destiny’s child quoted it best when they said “bills bills bills.” if you’ve got the dollhairs to spend, pac heights could be the place for you. i haven’t experienced the nightlife here, but i’m thinking that is because there isn’t one. feel free to prove me wrong. nice housing, outrageously expensive.
soma-it took me about a month to realize that it stood for south of market, yeah i know, lame. this is startup central and also where the caltrain station is located. really nice apartment complexes, but in my opinion they lack the sf character. super chic bars and restaurants that are definitely worth checking out. and gals, this is where you will find your clean cut tech guy that we all know have a certain charm.
sunset-no sun. it is foggy all the time. i love this place however. why you ask? it is surfing central, which translates into cute surfer boys galore. (i should probably title this post “where to find cute boys in sf.”) however, i love the sun so much that not even that can bring me to live in this place. it’s also on the ocean side which again leads to the public transportation issue.
there are obviously more neighborhoods, but i’m done typing so perhaps volume 2 is in order. i welcome suggestions and know this is biased so feel free to disagree.