6.9 out of 10

Geary Blvd, Civic Center

Ranked 2nd best street in Civic Center
37.7853941679494 -122.424402469641
Great for
  • Public Transport
  • Internet Access
  • Medical Facilities
  • Eating Out
  • Nightlife
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
2yrs+

"The Street that Never Ends..."

If you are a tourist hoping to get a feel for the "city by the Bay," Geary Boulevard is a GREAT way in which to do that. It spans the entire city, west to east (although it technically turns into Geary Street east of the 101), rolls up and down the hills, through the Civic Center and Japantown and suburban neighborhoods alike, is easily accessible to Golden Gate Park and the Presidio, and eventually ends at the beach and 48th Avenue.

However, don't look at Geary, say to yourself "hey, I'm almost there, I'll take Geary across town," and expect to actually get across town. The street is deceptively long, intersects both the 1 and the 101, and has slow-going traffic indicative of this city. Plan for at least 30 minutes end-to-end.

My opinion? This is a great street to drive on - once.
Pros
  • Diverse
  • Some good bars
  • Access to beach and bay
Cons
  • VERY difficult to get from one side to the other
  • Some very expensive areas
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
2yrs+

"Loved it. Nice drive if you are a tourist."

Geary is steep in places-- just like you've seen on TV. It's a great street to drive to get a feel for the city from the sea to Market Street. It's beautiful for most of the street and is a real connector-- even as tourists, we learned to get everywhere from Geary.
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5
2yrs+

"The San Francisco Highway"

Geary Blvd is like the San Francisco highway, you can get from one end of the city to the other end in a straight line, (but in actual it's not a real highway). You can go to almost any part of the city with Geary Blvd. There are so many stores, boutiques, bars, etc on Geary Blvd. I don't think a person can be bored. The street is never really quiet or empty. Even at 3 or 4 AM you can still see a few cars driving by. However, one thing I don't really like is that at night if living here the traffic noise can be a problem.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
5/5
2yrs+

"One of the busier streets in san francisco."

Geary Blvd. is one of the longest streets in San Francisco. It literally runs across town. It starts at downtown and ends at the beach in richmond. Definitely one of the busier streets in San Francisco. It is home so many restaurants and business I wouldn’t know where to start. You can find just about anything on this street. It runs past USF, Japantown, and many other places. Overall it is a pretty safe street. Has access to plenty of muni buses, muni trains, and bart throughout the street. Would definitely recommend to anyone who would like to have a day out.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
5/5
2yrs+

"Noisy- Very Cultured"

This street is a favorite of mine with all of its different choices of food and market. Many different types of food can be eaten on this street. There is an Office Max on the street, and also Hoover middle school which is on that street too. The street runs all the way down to the downtown area, resulting in a street which connects downtown, sunset, and Richmond districts together. Parking is bad, but it is worth it for all the different types of things that can be bought.
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Dynamic Geary Blvd"

Geary Blvd.
Geary blvd. is one of the longest and busiest streets of San Francisco, extending from the Richmond District (near point Lobos) to downtown (the industrial and center). The main public bus line that runs frequently on Geary is the 38. The east side of Geary is made up of mostly houses, flats and apartments, but towards the west and downtown, it becomes more commercial and industrial, with its local and bigger businesses (diverse). Geary runs through Japan town and downtown. These areas have apartments and flats that would better suit couples and singles, especially because it is very near night time activities. Generally the east side of Geary is more ideal for families and senior, since it’s less busy and more sub-urban. Overall Geary blvd. has a reputation for diversity and dynamics.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
4/5
2yrs+

"Geary Boulevard - busy street of many cultures and restaurants"

Geary Boulevard is the main street in the Richmond district of San Francisco, running from 38th Avenue all the way to downtown on Market St. The Muni line that runs along Geary is the 38 bus line. On Geary, one can find a variety of Chinese, Japanese, Russian, and Indian restaurants. A popular Japanese restaurant is Kitaro which serves affordable and delicious sushi. Some schools that are on Geary include George Washington High School, Presidio Middle School, Roosevelt Middle School, and Wallenberg High School. Geary Boulevard also intersects the Fillmore district of San Francisco which is famous for its African American jazz. Japantown, which is also next to Geary, is a nice small community of Japanese stores and restaurants which hosts the Cherry Blossom Festival every year.
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
5/5
2yrs+

"It should be called Russian Blvd. not Geary Blvd."

Geary Blvd is essentialy the main street in the richmond district and it is also my favorite. It is full of all sorts of russian shops including russian grocery stores, jewerly stores, and bakeries. This is prety much the heart of the russian comunity in san francisco. All along Geary Blvd run the 38 and the 38L lines which will take you from ocean beach and sea cliff all the way to downtown san francisco. There are also all sorts of different restaurants located along Geary. There are chinese, japanese, thai, french, and italian restaurants located all along the street. My favorite sushi restaurant in San francisco is located on 22nd and geary. There is a Quicklys(which is a tapioca drink cafe) that is located on 33rd and geary. There are even convienience/Pharmacy stores such as Wallgreeens and Rite Aid located right next to each other on 18th and 17th and geary. Right next to the rite aid is a blockbuster. Over all there is somthing for everyone to find on Geary blvd.
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Geary Street, a great place to live"

Geary Street is a street that I’ve lived on since I can remember. Starting all the way from 48th avenue and Geary to Downtown, this street provides residents and tourist to see the true San Francisco. Geary street provides excellent public transportation to get to popular sites all around San Francisco. Geary street has restaurants, theaters, parks, etc. that everyone can enjoy. Geary Street is always busy with locals going to and from work in either buses, cars, or bikes. Geary street has a little something for everyone; either it being entertainment, culture, or dining, just look around and you can find it all.
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
4/5
2yrs+

"Great places to see and eat on Geary Boulevard, many schools around here."

Geary Boulevard is a very busy commuter’s street. Geary Boulevard runs from Downtown to the beach. Traffic jams, car accidents, and road work is common on Geary Boulevard. Geary Boulevard is home to the 38 Muni bus which runs from 48th Avenue to Kearny Street. As you head towards the beach, Geary Boulevard splits into two roads, one remains Geary Boulevard and the other is Point Lobos Avenue. There are many great shops and restaurants as you travel down Geary Boulevard, especially Mel’s Drive-in, which is one thing Geary Boulevard is known for. Some schools you may see along Geary Boulevard are Presidio Middle School, Roosevelt Middle School, George Washington High School, Raoul Wallenberg Traditional High School, KIPP Academy, and Gateway High School. There are also two Kaiser Permanente Hospitals along Boulevard. Geary Boulevard runs into the heart of Japantown, where you will see many great shopping centers.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
4/5
2yrs+

"Very interesting place too visit in San Francisco"

Geary is a very interesting place too visit if you never been in San Francisco. This street is the heart of the Russian community and has many Russian grocery stores and many different pharmacies. Geary is a pretty friendly St. and it has a wonderful bus line the 38, which goes all the way from ocean beach to downtown, and it is very easy and fast for everyday commuters. The thing I like most about Geary is its environment and all the different cuisines, which vary from Japanese sushi to Russian cuisine. Geary have a lot of police officers which makes the people on the street feel safer from crimes, which could possibly occur .
5/5
2yrs+

"Geary Boulevard, Sushi Paradise"

Geary Boulevard seems to be a very noisy street, with lots of friendly people in the neighborhood. I visited some good restaurants such as Brothers Restaurant & Sushi Rock. Man I really enjoyed the sushi’s at Sushi Rock. This is one place I won't forget for sure. Wo! I almost forgot to mention about the Buckshot Bar & Gameroom. Man! I had an awesome time over there.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
3/5
2yrs+

"Great Geary Boulevard street"

Geary Boulevard is a major east-west thoroughfare in San Francisco. Geary Boulevard is a major commercial artery through the Richmond District; it is lined with stores and restaurants, many of them catering to the various immigrant groups who live in the area. Geary Boulevard carries two-way traffic for most of its route.
3/5
2yrs+

"Great place to see"

Gerary Boulevard to the east of Van Ness Avenue Street is a major east west street running through San Francisco. Muni Bus service is running through the street. The street is lined with stores and restaurants, many of them catering to the different migrant groups who live in the area.
4/5
2yrs+

"Busy street that runs almost the width of the city that has almost anything one can imagine!"

Geary Boulevard runs almost entirely from the absolute west end of San Francisco to the east side. Starting very close to Ocean Beach, Geary runs all the way to the heart of San Francisco’s downtown.

The heart of the Richmond district is in Geary Boulevard. The intersection of Park Presidio and Geary is home to various shops, stores, and restaurants on either side of Park Presidio. There are hundreds of restaurants on Geary Boulevard ranging all the way down the street. From Pakistani to Indonesian to Mexican food, this street has it all!

As you drive down Geary Boulevard, you will run across many important structures such as Japantown of San Francisco and St. Mary’s Cathedral. Eventually, you will reach Union Square which is arguable the center of downtown San Francisco. The bus lines on Geary Boulevard are everywhere. And the street serves as a hub for many parts of the city.

The Richmond District portion of Geary Boulevard is a very desirable place to live with very little crime, lots to do, and is a very nice neighborhood. The houses around Geary Boulevard are average San Francisco townhouses and may be suitable for singles, couples, retirees, and families.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Retirees
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Great Hub"

My section of Geary is great as a hub for an individual or couple. It's easy to reach most parts of the city from this location because the 4 or 5 bus lines that run in all directions from here. In terms of amenities, you've got two cheap decent restaurants in Tommy's Joynt and Mel's (I love this place), a movie theater, a 24 hour fitness... what more could you want.

You're a short bus ride away from the Mission, North Beach/Fisherman's Wharf, Richmond, or the Financial District. A quick ride down Van Ness takes you right to Market where you can hop on a Muni train or get on BART.

Being that we're on the edge of the Tenderloin you see quite a few homeless and the area is generally dirty, but it means lower rents. My advice is to pick a bum and befriend him - he/she will make sure that you're not bothered. If you want night life you've got Polk street with a ton of fun bars and restaurants, and if you want culture you're a short bus ride/walk to Japantown.

There can be a lot of traffic on Van Ness during rush hours, but normally it's not a problem and there's parking at the Cathedral Hill Hotel. The guests can sometimes make walks home interesting - I've been propositioned from the windows of naked guests.

All in all it's a great hub for a busy life, but not a place to raise a family.
Recommended for
  • Singles
mrated
mrated Heya frenchembassyin,

What is the "BART" you mentioned in your review?
2yrs+
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