Best neighborhoods in San Francisco

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Sea Cliff

4.5/5
Sea Cliff
Ranked 1st best neighborhood in San Francisco

"Beverly Hills North"

- sfsully
If egalitarian San Francisco has one elitist holdout, it is Sea Cliff. This enclave for the wealthy and renown, though by no means terribly rich or even hugely famous, is a solid, substantial parcel b...
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Russian Hill

4.5/5
Russian Hill
Ranked 2nd best neighborhood in San Francisco

"Altitude Equals Attitude"

- sfsully
One of San Francisco’s best-kept secrets is hidden in plain view. It’s quiet (if not serene) yet sophisticated, with an agglomeration of some of the city’s first (and, to this day, finest) high-rise a...
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Ocean Beach

4.5/5
Ocean Beach
Ranked 3rd best neighborhood in San Francisco

"I fell in love with Ocean Beach"

- MarisaC
Ocean Beach is a fun beach front location which is full of interesting shops and restaurants. It is right on the West coast of San Francisco, directly south of Golden Gate Park. In fact, Ocean Beach e...
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Golden Gate Park
Ranked 4th best neighborhood in San Francisco

"A lovely escape with lovely history"

- JenMac
I love Golden Gate Park. Yeah, I know, who doesn't love a park in the middle of a congested city? But, Golden Gate Park is different from other city parks. It has a lot of cool history, it runs sma...
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Chinatown

4.5/5
Chinatown
Ranked 5th best neighborhood in San Francisco

"One of the greatest places in San Francisco"

- Shermyyy
There’s so much to Chinatown that I have no idea where to begin. I guess I’ll begin by traffic since you’ll have to either walk into Chinatown or wait through heavy traffic for a good 10-15 minutes to...
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Saint Francis Wood
Ranked 6th best neighborhood in San Francisco

"If You Lived Here, You’d Be Happy Now"

- sfsully
What is it about the ideal neighborhood that makes everyone content? The pleasant arrangement of the houses? The design of the homes? Clean streets and sidewalks, bordered by well-tended trees and flo...
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Presidio Heights
Ranked 7th best neighborhood in San Francisco

"Huge Houses, Sweeping Bay Views"

- Brian Satterfield
Presidio Heights has some of San Francisco’s largest homes, on enviably ­private and quiet lots. Add that to sweeping views, great neighborhood shopping and dining, and easy access to the Presidio, an...
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Presidio

4.5/5
Presidio
Ranked 8th best neighborhood in San Francisco

"Beautiful park with a lot of California History"

- JenMac
The Presidio is a park with massive gorgeous views of the city and the bay, but the thing I like most about the Presidio (because I'm a nerd) is the history. The Spanish set up their military camps i...
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Ranked 9th best neighborhood in San Francisco

"North of Panhandle (NoPa): What’s in a Name?"

- sfsully
Nothing excites San Franciscans more than place names of their fair city. “Don’t call it Frisco!” was newspaperman Herb Caen’s rallying cry, and a host of other off-limits monikers have since made the...
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Miraloma Park
Ranked 10th best neighborhood in San Francisco

"The suburbs in San Francisco"

- iripixie
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Diamond Heights
Ranked 11th best neighborhood in San Francisco

"DiHi is SF's Best-Kept Secret"

- JimSFDiHi
The views here are some of the best in town, as the streets were planned to curve with the views. The parks are great: Douglas park for dogs; Christopher Park and Walter Hass Park for kids and sports;...
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Laurel Heights
Ranked 12th best neighborhood in San Francisco

"Pacific Heights West"

- StBloomSF
Laurel Heights is basically just Pacific Heights west, as many have already noted. It is a very expensive family neighborhood. I would say that the main differences between Laurel Heights and Pacif...
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Buena Vista
Ranked 13th best neighborhood in San Francisco

"A ‘Secret’ in Plain View"

- sfsully
This is one of those San Francisco neighborhoods built on a slope so steep that many residents of one street have never bothered to check out what’s on the street above them. But the sheer, uphill qua...
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Fort Mason
Ranked 14th best neighborhood in San Francisco

"Events and public organizations"

- ntrench
Nestled in between Fisherman’s Wharf and the Marina, Fort Mason is one of the most scenic neighborhoods in all of San Francisco. It offers spectacular views of the Golden Gate Bridge, the Marina harb...
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Lincoln Park
Ranked 15th best neighborhood in San Francisco

"Same views better prices"

- BrendaR
Most people know the Point Lobos/Lincoln Park community for one thing: The Palace of the Legion of Honor. Perched at the top of Lincoln Park and overlooking the prestigious neighborhood of Sea Cliff,...
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Inner Sunset
Ranked 16th best neighborhood in San Francisco

"A great neighborhood for all types of people"

- MarisaC
Inner Sunset offers one of the best San Francisco locations. You are bordering Golden Gate Park. In fact, this neighborhood is directly south of the Botanical Gardens. For access to a world-class park...
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Merced Heights
Ranked 17th best neighborhood in San Francisco

"A hidden gem of a neighborhood "

- Dea
Merced Heights is a hidden gem. It is a small neighborhood of single family homes with backyards, and many of the homes have Ocean views. The residents are families with children, retirees, singles...
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Ranked 18th best neighborhood in San Francisco

"An Encyclopedia of Residential Styles"

- StBloomSF
If you love unusual hillside residential architecture of the wealthy variety, the little nook of Monterey Heights offers more than its fair share of unique object lessons. Unlike its homogenously cla...
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Castro District
Ranked 19th best neighborhood in San Francisco

"The Gayborhood 3.0: Still Growing and Now Changing"

- Kevin Ho
This is the third iteration of the 'gayborhood' in San Francisco since the 1940s. First it was near Polk Street, then SOMA and now here. As older Irish and Italian retirees left the neighborhood the g...
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Downtown

4/5
Downtown
Ranked 20th best neighborhood in San Francisco

"The Center of San Francisco"

- Shermyyy
Downtown has everything you will need in terms of shopping and things to do. You will find a plethora of shopping malls and stores around Union Square and various locations throughout Downtown. You’ll...
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