Tracypie

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Reviews

4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"One way street that's close to the action"

Howard is great, it runs one way North to South and if you are visiting it is close to lots of attractions. The Metreon is a block away , there's shopping at Westfield Centre, the InterContinental Hotel, Yerba Buena and the Moscone Center. It's also easy to get on and off the freeway from here.
Pros
  • Close to lots of attractions
Cons
  • Can be sketchy at night
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Recreational Fun"

I love Fifth because it's near everything. You can enter Westfield Mall from 5th, it's close to Market Street and one block from Yerba Buena and the Metreon. So much to do in a small area. Westfield Center has everything - high end and low end stores, a movie theater and an awesome to die for eatery in the lower level. You can access it through BART or get their via MUNI. There are also plenty of parking garages connected and nearby which is your best bet if you drive. Street parking is next to impossible.
Pros
  • Great shopping
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Quaint little street"

Front street has a variety of things to offer stretching from Jackson Street to Union Street. Starting at Jackson Street there is a beautiful park called Sydney Walton Square Park. This is a great place to take stroll or coffee break if you work down in that area. At Front and Jackson you have the famous Kokkari restaurant which offers some of the best Greek food in the city.Cross over Broadway and head further North and you'll see Channel ABC 7 and NBC 11 news stations along with other business offices and various parking lots. At the far north end (corner of Union & Front) is a Stiljl cafe.
Pros
  • Close to Embarcadero
Cons
  • Too industrial
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Students
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Quiet, leafy residential neighborhood"

This is the perfect place to raise a family. It's located off the beaten path with leafy trees, a church at the corner and nearby access to San Tomas Expwy which has lots of strip mall shopping on it, including fast food if you are in a pinch. Super close to 280 freeway. Good schools nearby. Lots of families on the street and friendly neighbors.
Pros
  • Great place to raise a family
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 1/5
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"The likes of a small college campus"

Cisco Way is dedicated to Cisco. Each side of the block is lined with Cisco office buildings and there are more than 20. The buildings are secure, you need a badge to get in. There is not a cafeteria in every building and they are not open to the public. VTA is the transportation of choice if you need to get over this way or driving. Plenty of parking lots available and people usually drive from building to building. Quiet mostly, great wi-fi access.
Pros
  • Great Wi-Fi access
  • Quiet
Cons
  • Not a lot of places to eat
  • Heavy traffic during the week
Recommended for
  • Students
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Can you say SUSHI?"

There is only one reason to go to Cherry Street in San Carlos and that's for sushi. Ganko Sushi has the best sushi on the peninsula (in my opinion). I've been eating there for over a decade. Always consistently, fresh and delicious. The service is awesome from the no-nonsense waitress.

Other then Ganko Sushi, there is a big parking lot and a couple of office spaces. It is also SUPER close to Laurel Street where there is tons of shopping. So, get some sushi and then walk it off and do some shopping.
Pros
  • Close to shopping
  • Good restaurants
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
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 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
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"Quiet, leafy, residential"

Baker Street is a quiet, leafy street lined with trees. All residential and close to Presidio. Parking is a bit tough and often you have to park on nearby California. It's not too busy with cars, and it's a great place for couples or to raise a family. Clean and safe. Good for families, not good for singles as it is far from everything. You can get to Fillmore area but it's still a bit of a hike.
Pros
  • Nice place to raise a family
  • Close to park
Cons
  • Not for singles
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
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 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
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"Quiet, friendly, close to everything"

Greenwich is a great place to live because it is close to everything in North Beach. Close to Washington Square Park, close to great restaurants, close to the library and Telegraph Hill. It's pretty quiet and has that neighborhood feel to it.

There are some great schools nearby, plenty of public transportation, and parks. Definitely a great place to raise a family and if you are single, a great place to access the heart and vibe of North Beach without the noise.
Pros
  • Great Views
  • Nice Tennis Courts
  • Pretty Older Buildings
Cons
  • Expensive
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Eclectic, Sketchy and Trendy"

The Mission is one of those places that has great food, a good nightlife, but it's sketchy in some places even during the day light hours. It has some really cool shopping areas and combined with the great restaurants can make it trendy.

The people do not seem overly friendly, perhaps that's because they are guarded. I don't particularly like going to the Mission by myself and I really hate going at night. It's not like Hunter's Point or anything like that, but at night in some parts, it just feels like the ghetto.

The nightlife is great if you are single. So many places to hang out at that are hip and trendy. You can get anything from jazz to grunge. It's very cool in that respect and like I said, some of the best food in the city.
Pros
  • Great restaurants
Cons
  • Sketchy at night
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Vibrant Trendy Little Stretch on Market"

Market Street goes all the way through the Castro and that's where I was today. The thing about the Castro is that it's vibrant, flamboyant and trendy. If you were gay and never lived in the Bay Area and then all of a sudden moved here and were free to be able to come out as you are and be widely accepted into a loving community, then this would be the place for you.

For those not into that lifestyle, the Castro still offers up some really good restaurants, great little boutique local shops and a fun atmosphere (although I wouldn't recommend bar hopping here unless you were gay). In mid-June everyone struts their stuff, gay,lesbian, transexual, transgender - you name it for the Pride Parade. It's quite a site to see!

The Castro is friendly and is a great community.
Recommended for
  • Singles
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Bryant has it's ups and downs"

Bryant Street runs from the Embarcadero to Cesar Chavez over in the Mission. Down by the Embarcadero it's clean and leafy but as you head further West toward the Mission it gets a little dirtier and way down near 12th it gets a little sketchy. I was down there today to go to Bed, Bath and Beyond, REI and Nordstrom Rack, so during the day, it seems fine. I just wouldn't walk around there at night.

It does have some good shopping between 7th and 9th (REI, Nordstrom Rack, Trader Joe's, Pier1 Imports, Bed Bath & Beyond). There's also the Concourse at 8th and they usually have trade shows there of all sorts. From crafts to green energy.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"A good retirement community"

My in-laws just moved here about six months ago and it is a super cute location. Most of N. Humboldt is occupied by Woodlake Apartments which used to be a former college campus. The grounds of the apartment complex are huge, with 6 pools, wide pavements and geese. However, it's not just seniors who live here, families and couples live here. It's a really nice community. There's a Safeway and Walgreen's right around the corner with a Starbucks, nail salon and gas station too. If you want retail therapy you'll have to go into downtown San Mateo or downtown Burlingame, both about equal distance from N. Humboldt.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Residential area close to the action"

Alhambra runs from Cervantes and then turns into Francisco St after about 4 blocks. It's very residential, yet so close to the action of the Marina on Chestnut Street. It's pretty quiet overall. There's a school nearby on Fillmore and a library a few blocks away on Chestnut. There's also a lot of retail therapy on Chestnut in the other direction.

Alhambra is also close to the Marina Green (about four blocks) which is big long patch of green grass.
Pros
  • Quiet
  • Good place to raise a family
  • Close to the Marina
Cons
  • Not a lot of parking
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
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 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Quiet hide out"

Francisco in the Marina district is one of those streets where it can be really quiet away from the noise. On the flip side, if you want a piece of the action, you just walk one block over to Chestnut. Public transportation is only a block away, along with bars, restaurants, gym, movies and retail stores. If you are single, it's a great place that's close enough to the action, yet far enough away where you can get a good night's sleep.

Great retail therapy. Plus, 2 movie theaters and tons of bars/restaurants all within a few blocks.
Pros
  • Quiet
  • Good place to raise a family
  • Close to the Marina shopping and restaurants
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Great community!"

There is little to no parking on Avila but there is a strong sense of community among its neighbors. For Halloween this year they blocked off the street and had a Halloween block party for all of the families. Kids could run out into the street with no worries. Lots of houses, lots of families. Super close to the heart of the Marina on Chestnut Street where you can find a gym, movie theaters, drug store, cafes, restaurants, and bars. Great location.
Pros
  • Close to shopping in Marina
Cons
  • No parking
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Hipsters
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Quaint place but not so friendly"

I was visiting a friend yesterday during the day (a weekday) and I accidentally took up 2 parking spaces. To be honest, my car is rather large so unless you had a SMART car or Mini, it probably wouldn't have fit.

After visiting for about 3 hours, I returned to my car to find a note on the windshield that said,"Hey Jerkoff, Why are you taking up 2 parking spots? Good way to get your car keyed!!" - While I appreciate the "warning" I feel like that could have been said a bit nicer.

Aside from the grumpy neighbors, whoever left the note had a point. The parking is super tight. It's extremely beautiful with all old Victorian homes in beautiful pastel colors and is one block from the famous Alamo Square park. So I can see why they got a little grumpy, but they should have known I didn't live there and was just visiting. Cut the visitors a break.
Pros
  • Close to park
  • Good for people with pets
Cons
  • Tough parking
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
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"Great little city on the peninsula!"

I lived in San Mateo for 15 months and it was great then, but now it's even better. In the past few years the downtown has burst with new businesses. There's a movie theater - right near the train station, new restaurants and cafes, plus a lot more spas and salons. It's becoming almost as upscale as Burlingame. It's also super easy to get around and walk to things.

Everything that is worth seeing is located between 2nd and 5th avenues from El Camino until about one block South of B Street (toward 101 freeway).

They even have a wine festival where local merchants participate and you go from place to place and sample wine and food. A festive family event.
Pros
  • Good place to raise a family
  • Good downtown area
Cons
  • Can be a little redneck in some areas
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Great intermediate between the city and Silicon Valley"

I lived here for almost 2 years when I worked down in Silicon Valley. I wanted to be close to the city to go out at night, yet not have a heinous commute to work. Belmont was only about 30-35 minutes to Silicon Valley (45min with traffic). It had a cute little downtown shopping center at Alameda de las Pulgas & Ralston Avenue which offered everything from a supermarket to a post office to hardware store. It literally has everything you need.

The other great thing about Belmont is that it's close to 2 malls - Hillsdale and Palo Alto which was great for weekend shopping. Super friendly. Good schools and close to 2 community/local colleges: Community College of San Mateo and College of Notre Dame.
Pros
  • Always find parking
  • Great for families
Cons
  • Not really for singles
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"A place to satiate any craving"

4th Avenue is THE place to be in San Mateo in terms of shopping and dining. From El Camino to the 101 Freeway you'll find something to tickle your fancy. There are a ton of great restaurants from sushi to sandwiches and Italian to fine dining. You will not be disappointed. I also love the fact that you can go workout at Equinox Gym or 24 Hour Fitness right up the street. There's a great little park near by (Central Park on 5th) to sit and have lunch or go for a stroll.

Also, 4th Avenue is super convenient to the CalTrain which drops you off at 2nd Avenue right downtown.
Pros
  • Great shopping
  • Close to CalTrain
  • Good deats
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
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 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
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"Great place to raise a family"

My sister-in-law lives here and her husband was also raised here and it has developed over the past several decades. 9th Aveneue is a great location for a family because it's far enough away from the downtown, located near a cute park (Central Park) off of Laurel Ave and close to St Matthew's church. It's not that far to walk to downtown but it will take about 20 minutes.
Draeger's supermarket is nearby at 5th and there's a 24 Hour Fitness at 4th. Downtown is less than a mile if you want to walk it. But there's also plenty of parking available.
Pros
  • Close to downtown
  • Plenty of parking
Cons
  • Not for singles
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"A mix of residential and hip downtown"

I've watched B Street develop over the past five years or so into a quaint shopping mecca competing with the likes of 4th Aveneue in San Mateo. B Street is residential at one end and gradually turns into cute coffee shops, boutiques, and more just as you pass 9th Street and more so as you pass 5th street heading into downtown. The train does go by a block away, but although you can hear it, it seems more like background noise. It's a great location because you can walk to downtown San Mateo from B street and get around easily.
Pros
  • Close to downtown
  • Plenty of parking
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"An essential connector"

On the border of Japan Town and somewhere between the Tenderloin and Western Addition lies Starr King Way which connects Geary Blvd to O'Farrell where Geary Blvd suddenly becomes a one way street. Every time I take the connector I always feel like I am getting lost until it drops me safely onto Franklin @ O'Farrell. Not the greatest place for your car to break down, but not completely unsafe. It's a necessary route if you are coming from across town.

Nearby church is St. Mary's Cathedral located on Gough at the top of Starr King.
Pros
  • A necessary route when getting across town
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"A quiet cut-through"

Scotland street is a quiet cut-through to get from Columbus & Greenwich Streets to Filbert near Mason. It's seems like a back alley, but it has homes on it. It's one way and the smell of the burgers and fries from Burgermeister make it a pleasant short cut.

It's also near the North Beach public library, lots of restaurants and coffee shops and Joe DiMaggio playground.
Pros
  • Close to a ton of restaurants
  • Close to the library
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Great dwelling, great location"

I lived on Jackson at Franklin for a couple of years and it was great. A little noisy because of the traffic on Franklin, but otherwise good. What I loved was walking a couple of blocks down to Polk Street on the weekends and grabbing breakfast at the Bell Tower. They serve alcohol there too so if you are hunger over, hair of the dog I say!
Pros
  • Great Homes
  • Great View
  • Nice Family Friendly Park
Cons
  • Can be a little noisy near Franklin
  • Expensive
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Great place to have a baby!"

From what I hear, California Pacific Medical Center is the best place to have a baby in the city. It's located between Sacramento and Clay Sts smack dab in the middle of a neighborhood. Not too far away, about a block is Lafayette Park, a beautiful place to walk the dog, or walk the new baby! Great for new parents. Easy to get to other nearby places.Also very leafy.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Big Sac has lots to offer"

Big Sac as I refer to it has some great shopping which you wouldn't expect. In some parts of Sac it's busy, but in the leafier part of town it gets more residential and then turns into a boutique shoppers delight! High end boutique shopping, but so much fun.

Near by is California Pacific Medical Center and you are not that far off (just about a 5 minute drive or so) from many parks, including the Presidio.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Locust & California - great shopping area"

Locust runs from Pacific Ave to California and is located in Presidio Heights neighborhood. But my favorite part is the part that runs into the cute little strip on California that has great little boutique shops, the famous Bryan's Grocery from the first season of Top Chef, and cafes. Parking is by meter and it gets expensive, but there are a couple of banks you can run into to get rolls of quarters if you need them. Great little place for lunch and shopping.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Quiet neighborhood"

Located in the Richmond district, I was in this neighborhood today for a social gathering on 23rd Ave between Lake and California. It was very quiet, peaceful neighborhood. Neighbors seemed to be friendly. Seemed like a good place to raise a family. Not too far off the beaten path, and California has lots of stuff on it if you go down a few blocks.

There's CPMC hospital not that far and also the Presidio park is nearby. Residential, but great deli around the corner.
Pros
  • Great place to raise a family
  • Good schools
Cons
  • Feels like suburbia
  • Not for singles
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Quaint side street in the heart of North Beach"

Valparaiso is a quaint little street that's only 1 block long from Mason to Taylor that is residential. It's cute and friendly. It's also super close to downtown North Beach (walking distance). It's also super close to a German bar where if you like beer, it's the place for you! On top of that it's about a block or two from the library and a stones throw away from the restaurants and cafes that define North Beach.

Traffic is very little because it's only one block. I imagine that parking is tight, but isn't parking tough everywhere in North Beach?
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Retirees
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Good eats in a residential area"

In a very mish-mash locale in San Francisco consisting of residential homes, churches and schools, there is also Baker & Banker restaurant on Octavia at Bush Streets. Formerly the home of Quince restaurant, it is nested in a neighborhood but the food is outstanding.

Also there is Lafayette Park which Octavia runs straight through and it is absolutely lovely. Whether you are going for a jog, a stroll, walking your dog, out with the kids - it's just a really nice park.

Because Octavia is so residential and has some good schools nearby it's definitely a place where you can raise a family. Not too much for the single person to do.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
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 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Easily misguided and lots of traffic"

Third street is one where if you go the wrong way, you'll find yourself in the armpit of San Francisco's Bayview/Hunters Point area, which is not safe for anyone. However, if you stick West of King street and go North on 3rd, you'll be in the heart of the city. No Victorian's or anything that will make you feel like you are in San Francisco, but there is the hustle and bustle of 3rd street. Lots of traffic - LOTS! Driving up third street during rush hour or on the weekends is always packed. Once you cross over Market Street, however, the traffic eases up. Also, some good shopping if you are walking up 3rd.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"A street that give back to the community"

Delancey Street is located in South Beach off of Brannan Street. If you live in South Beach then you know Delancey and it's probably where you get your coffee in the morning at the Crossroads Cafe. The Crossroads Café is a training school of the Delancey Street Foundation which provides jobs for people who have hit rock bottom. The cafe was built from and by the community. It has great breakfast and over 40 teas and gourmet coffees to choose from. The rest of Delancey is mostly residential.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"A European feel"

Located right in the heart of Union Square, Maiden Lane runs between Kearny and Stockton Streets and is only walkable as it is closed off to cars. High end shops such as Chanel, Yves St. Laurent and Gucci line up along this leafy street. Also Mocca on Maiden is a nice moderately priced Italian place that has alfresco and indoor dining. You definitely get that feeling like you are at an outdoor cafe in Europe when eating at Mocca surrounded by the hustle and bustle that Union Square brings.

Maiden Lane is a must see if you go to Union Square since it's connected to the square practically.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Retirees
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"High end shopping mecca!"

If you like to shop high-end retail stores, this is the place! Starting at Nike Town at Stockton and Post and heading East toward Grant you'll find Giorgio Armani, Prada, Burberry, Bulgari, Zara, Cartier, Thomas Pink, Boucheron, Coach and more. Further past Grant on the right is Gumps, a San Francisco landmark store that has everything from jewelry to furniture to niche items. West of Nike Town there is Tiffany, Sax Fifth Avenue and Williams-Sonoma.

Plus, because Post Street is one of the bordering streets to Union Square, and one block over from Maiden Lane, there are a ton more high-end shops to satiate your shopping spree.
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Retirees
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"High End Retail Therapy"

You've heard about it and now you want to experience it. Union Square is all that you heard and more. You can easily get there by cable car, bus, walk, cab or car. There are plenty of parking garages should you choose to drive. If you are taking a cab you'll want to get dropped off right in front of Macy's or Tiffany and walk around from there.

The "square" itself lies on top of a garage encased between Geary & Post and Powell and Stockton Sts. On top of the square is a cafe, a place to buy discounted theater tickets and usually some sort of exhibit of either music, art, food/wine or when the Nike Marathon is in town.

High end stores such as Prada, Tiffany, Neiman Marcus, Sax Fifth Avenue, Pink, and more. Honestly, if you like to shop, you will be in heaven. And when you get hungry, try out the Rotunda restaurant at the top of Neiman Marcus for a great view of the square and the city.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Retirees
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"A Shopper's Haven"

Cyril Magnin is only 3 blocks and runs from O'Farrell to Market St. It turns into 5th as soon as you cross over Market St. It has a few good restaurants and is SUPER close to Westfield Centre (Mall) which is 5 or 6 levels, contains a movie theater, Bristol Farms grocery, an entire eatery in the basement, high end stores like Bloomingdales and Nordstrom and is easy to get to from BART.

Cyril Magnin is great for date night because you have have dinner at First Crush and then walk to see a movie at the Westfield Centre.

Worth a trip. Check out the guide.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Cute neighborhood"

Leavenworth does run from the Tenderloin through to Fisherman's Wharf, but so do a lot of streets. I wouldn't knock Leavenworth just because it stretches through an impoverished part of town. The part of Leavenworth that I find so charming is the area that stretches over Russian Hill/Nob Hill. It's leafy, hilly, and has a handful of places to grab a coffee or shop for groceries. And if you go a block over on Hyde Street there are a ton of restaurants.

Mostly residential it has your residential needs like laundromats and corner store grocery.
Recommended for
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  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Cheap parking near Union Square"

Whether you are going to Union Square or to the Westfield Center, the Ellis street garage has cheap parking. It's not really clean, but it's safe during the day. At night, another story with lots of homeless people, drug addicts and accidental tourists. Ellis Street runs smack dab between the two worst neighborhoods in all of San Francisco - the Tenderloin and the Western Addition. Thanks to the Glide Foundation there is no shortage of homeless people hanging around. Don't get me wrong, I think the Glide Foundation is amazing but they can't provide for everyone.
1/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
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"The armpit of San Francisco"

This place is the pits or the armpit of San Francisco. Full of crack addicts and whores it's not a place you want to walk through during the day, let alone at night. It's usually heavily policed but they are mostly busy writing up traffic violations than keeping the homeless, crack whores off the street.

I drive across Eddy every day and people could give a crap less about walking right out in front of my car even if I have the green light. It's like they are so strung out on drugs that they could care less. But if I hit one, it will change the rest of my life. Ugh.

A friend the other day asked if they could walk down Eddy after a show and go to Union Square - I was like, uh, no - safer to grab a cab if you can.
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"North Pointe has the #1 restaurant in SF"

North Point runs east to west from the Embarcadero to Fillmore Street. There's not a lot to see on North Point except for hotels, but there is ONE major restaurant which was just recently voted #1 restaurant in San Francisco by Zagat again, which is Restaurant Gary Danko at North Point and Hyde. Kind of nondescript when you come upon it with black windows and all, but 4 stars and you need a reservation. There's also a Patagonia store across Hyde on North Point which I don't know why I am mentioning it but it's just such a fascinating location for a store and they've been there for years. If you are backpacking through San Francisco and need any outdoor clothing, this would be a great place to stop.

Also after Hyde you come upon Ghiradelli Square and there's lots to see in there from the famous chocolatier to Kara's Cupcakes (gourmet) and 365 wine bar. It's also a historic landmark and you can read the signs as you walk through it. For the shopper, there are some super cute boutique shops located within. Word on the street has it that by 2011, Restaurant Gary Danko will have an offshoot restaurant there in front of the Fairmont Hotel (which sits next to Ghiradelli).

North Point takes a break when you come upon Fort Mason, but then picks up again in the Marina. Nothing but residential there until you hit upon Fillmore Street where there is plenty of action if you go South 2 blocks to Chestnut.(left).
Recommended for
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Beach street is far from the beach but close to the action"

Beach Street runs through the Marina, Russian Hill and Fisherman's Wharf. Down by the Wharf there's not much to see, except hotels and some tourist shops with souvenirs. But as you going West toward Hyde, you'll come upon the Buena Vista bar - known for their Irish coffees and if you look right you'll see people lined up to ride the cable car. A little further West and you enter Russian Hill and you'll hit the San Francisco Maritime Museum. Go even further West into the Marina and it turns residential.

Beach Street is close to the wide open green space known as the Marina Green and close to Fort Mason. Both great park/outdoor areas to walk through or around. As you pass through Fisherman's Wharf and hit Russian Hill, Beach Street is only a block away from Ghiradelli Square. A fun spot if you like icecream, cupcakes, chocolate, or wine. Some shops there too.
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
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"A culinary delight in California"

San Francisco is the best city in California because not only is it culturally diverse in people but also in food. It's not overly polluted on congested like Los Angeles. It does have its fair share of traffic, but still not as bad as Los Angeles. Plus the proximity of San Francisco to Napa Valley - another culinary gem, leaves your mouth watering. With top chefs (literally Top Chef contestants) located in every neighborhood, you are always sure to find good varietal cuisine.

San Francisco embraces not only the tourists but provides for the locals with festivals, street fairs and movies in the parks.

The city is only 7x7 miles yet it seems a whole lot bigger. It's a walkable city, by that I mean that it is easy to get around if you don't have a car. There are trolleys, streetcars, taxis, buses, rickshaws and trains. Sure there are hills, but that's what keeps the people of San Francisco healthy by getting their exercise walking up those hills. Some are steeper than others, but for the most part, every hill is worth the climb for what you find on the other side of it.

The weather is fantastic is September and October - almost paradise. June, July and August can be pretty cold. November and December are more "Fall" like and January through March are mostly rainy. April and May can be mildly warm, but resemble a typical Spring anywhere. The weather in San Francisco is made for layering. Not all parts of the city get as much sun as the others so it's best to always pack a jacket or sweater.

The best neighborhoods to visit are: North Beach, Marina, Cow Hollow, Embarcadero, Mission, Hayes Valley, Chinatown. (all tourists, especially if you have kids, must go to Fisherman's Wharf because it's sacrilegious if you don't). If you're gay, you need to go to the Castro. If you like to shop, Union Square (similar to Times Square) is a must. If you are a product of the 60's then you'll probably want to go visit the Haight. If you are here on business, then go to the Ferry Building.

The point is that there is something for everyone to do and see in the city. Whether you have kids, exploring via backpack or here for business. It's FANTASTIC!
Pros
  • Great restaurants
  • Great shopping
  • Great mix of cultures
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Quiet place to raise a family"

Cervantes Blvd stretches from Marina Blvd to Fillmore & Bay Sts. It's a quiet residential stretch in the heart of the Marina. It's also a great cut through from Marina Blvd when trying to get to the Marina or to Bay Street.

There's a Safeway a block away on Marina Blvd and also a 24Hr Fitness and pole dancing studio (if that interests you). There's also a local Starbucks just a block or two over. It's extremely leafy. Lots of single dwellings, condos and apartment buildings. If you like the Marina and want to be close to it but far enough from the noise, this is a great option.

Also, the open green space on the Marina Blvd is equivalent to a large open space park. Great for walks, runs, cycling, rollerblading and there are even monkey bars for kids.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Armpit, but sasy to get to the freeway"

Jones is awesome as a path to avoid all of the congested traffic of Van Ness, Montgomery or Embarcadero to get out of the city from North Beach, Russian Hill, Cow Hollow, Pac Heights or the Marina. Jones turns into 6th street and all you need to do is take a quick left on Golden Gate and go straight across Market and that puts you on 6th street which takes you to 280 freeway. Super easy, but you need to watch out for: the drug addicts and the cop traps.

Once I got a ticket for passing a yellow bus that was set up as a trap on the corner of Jones and Eddy. It was bologna b/c there were no kids even on the bus, and technically I didn't pass it. But that's another story. The ticket is $626, I fought it and won, but most people don't win. The other thing is that it merges into one lane the block before you need to make the left onto Golden Gate to get onto 6th and if you try to make the left from the middle lane, there's usually a cop there to pull you over as well. (this I've witnessed, although has not personally happened to me).
Pros
  • very cosmopolitan
Cons
  • Homelessness
  • busy, busy, busy
  • dirty
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Retirees
  • Hipsters
  • Trendy & Stylish
1/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Drug infested haven"

I agree with @StephSF 6th street is a dump. They are trying to rebuild 6th street all the time but it is infested with drugs and cops galore. The traffic is always congested, it's dirty. I certainly don't feel safe there no matter what time of day. And the best is that the drug addicts could give a crap less about walking right out in front of your car even if they don't have the right of way. They have no regard for their life.

Honestly, other than it being a straight shoot to the freeway, I really can't think of one redeeming quality of 6th street.
Pros
  • Good access to freeway
  • Close to public transportation
Cons
  • Homelessness
  • Not very safe
  • Terrible parking
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Crazy street"

Folsom goes from the Embarcadero to Cesar Chavez in the Mission District and depending on where you are will probably determine whether or not you enjoy it or not. I personally prefer it closer to the Embarcadero. There's a gym right there, GAP headquarters, Gordon Biersch and if I walk across to the Embarcadero I can eat some great food at Epic or Waterbar.

However, I was at 10th and Folsom a few years back and got my car broken into and my purse stolen. So, that part is a bit sketchy. Haven't hung out much on Folsom in the Mission, but I think the Mission is kind of sketchy anyway in a lot of areas.
Pros
  • Good restaurants
  • Better Parking than Neighboring streets
Cons
  • Cleanliness
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Hipsters
  • Trendy & Stylish
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
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"Good for seniors and families with kids"

Webster Street can be busy and runs through Lower Pac Heights. It's super close the California Pacific Medical Center. Also, CPMC is one of the best places to have a baby in the city (according to my friends who've had babies there). Seems to be a lot of senior citizens and families with kids. Good schools nearby. Lots of shops nearby too. Parking can be tough during the day. Not much of a nightlife for single people. If you are single and live here, you may as well live on the Peninsula.
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Great place for singles!"

I really like the Fillmore and I LOVED the Fillmore when I was single. There are so many great places to hang out, grab a drink with friends, go dancing, or just chill. Seems like no matter what you are in the mood for there is something for whatever you mood. It's most known to local singles for the Triangle which are 3 bars that are on adjacent corners: Balboa Cafe, City Tavern, and East Side West. When the weather is hot (which is about 2-3 weeks the entire year in SF) this intersection is packed with people wanting to grab a drink and sit outside with their cocktail. East Side West has some good eats too. Something a little more funky? The Comet Club or The MatrixFillmore. Two really fun places to get your groove on after 10pm.

It also has some great restaurants near Lombard, like PlumpJack Cafe. (white table cloth - fine dining). For low key - there's Pizza Orgasmica.
Pros
  • Great bars
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Tourists
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Beautiful homes and parks"

Steiner runs through a ton of neighborhoods from Cow Hollow to Pacific Heights through Western Addition and ends in Hayes Valley. Depending where you are, it can be beautiful or a little sketchy.
Steiner is super cute in Cow Hollow and Pacific Heights. Lots of parks along the way. Western Addition is a bit sketchy. But then it gets beautiful again in Alamo Square just before it gets sketchy again as it enters into Hayes Valley.

It's most famous for the Painted Ladies - the Victorian Houses painted different colors that sit across from Alamo Square Park (between Grove and Hayes Sts).

It does have some great parks and it's very leafy and beautiful homes. But unless you live in Cow Hollow, you need to get in your car to get around. You can walk, but it can get hilly in some areas, especially near Alamo Square. Alamo Square is great if you have a dog.

For families with children, some great schools nearby.
Pros
  • Great Victorian houses
  • Great parks
  • Pet friendly
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 2/5
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"Great proximity to restaurants, bars and shops"

This is a great little 3 block strip in the Marina District in San Francisco that runs from Steiner to Buchanan Streets. Mostly residential but great location to live because of the proximity to Steiner, Fillmore and Union Streets. Union Street has great shopping. Fillmore has great restaurants and bars and Steiner has cute shops too. Very leafy and pretty quiet. Cars are usually parked along one side. It doesn't get a ton of traffic.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 2/5
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"Great workout!"

Filbert Street runs east-west from Lyon (near the Presidio) to Kearny (North Beach) which then turns into a walkway or what's better known as the the famous Filbert Street steps that lead down to the Embarcadero. They are hard to climb up (better to go down) and they have a beautiful garden along the way that is maintained by the residents that live there. The gradient they say is 17 degrees. But they are also a GREAT workout for the glutes! Highly recommend them for a workout.

Toward the other end of Filbert, across Van Ness and toward the Presidio is residential with your occasional corner store or laundromat.
Pros
  • Good workout
Cons
  • Steep hills
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Tourists
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"More like an alley than a street, nothing special"

Jansen Street starts at Greenwich and ends where Lombard and Columbus connect (it touches both corners). From Greenwich St in slopes downward toward Lombard. Not a huge decline where it needs steps in the sidewalk like Kearny or parts of Vallejo, but it's probably at least a 10 degree grade.
It's made up of apartments with the exception of a garage that fixes Alfa Romeo's and Mercedes Benz cars. (their spaces goes between Columbus and Jansen). There are nearby schools and one of my favorite cafes, 901 Columbus Cafe rests at the bottom of Jansen right at Lombard & Jansen.

Because Jansen is one block off of Columbus and close to Fisherman's Wharf there are many nearby things such as dry cleaning, corner store, cafes, restaurants, and a library (within 500 feet). So there's lots to do around the area if you want to walk about 5-10 blocks. But the street itself is relatively quiet and not much to see.
Pros
  • Close to restaurants in North Beach
  • Quiet Street
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Great little cut through to get to downtown or the bridge"

Stretching from Green St to Market St, Davis is nice little side street to get downtown without battling the Embarcadero traffic. However, during rush hour there's still a little traffic, but not nearly as much as on the Embarcadero.

Davis takes you in between Embarcadero Centers 2 & 3 and there's a great parking garage on the left.
A great place to go shopping or to see a movie at the Embaradero Theater in Center 2.

Tons of coffee shops, hotels, & fast food options to grab a quick bite while on the go. There's also a beautiful little park near Davis and Clay Sts.
Pros
  • Great for a movie or shopping
Cons
  • Good fast food options
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Retirees
  • Students
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
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"Smelly by night, fresh baked goods by day"

I don't know what it is about Spear but it smells every time I walk down it at night. Especially the closer I get to Market Street. It's not that far off from the Ferry Building and the lovely Embarcadero so if you can escape over one block and still get to where you are going, go for it.

During the day there is enough going and enough places cooking that those smells compensate and take over, like Specialty's Bakery. Yum!

All in all, Spear is just a means to an end. You can't get a cab there to save your life (or your feet).
Cons
  • Hard to grab a cab there
Recommended for
  • Singles
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"A great place to hang out or live"

Russian Hill is a great neighborhood because it has tons of restaurants from $ to $$$$ plus local and boutique shops. It's also a great place to live. Quiet, unless you live on the cable car lines and super friendly. Lots of people raising families, walking their dogs or singles hanging out at local coffee shops. It just "feels" like San Francisco.

If you are single, the nightlife is good too. Plenty of wine bars or dive bars. Russian Hill has its fair share of both. And if you are a health nut, plenty of organic groceries, yoga, and gyms within walking distance. Or you can just opt for a walk as it is extremely hilly, hence the name.

It's one of those neighborhoods that has something for everyone and it's not overly trendy, nor is it overly stuffy.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
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"Touristy, but entertaining"

Super touristy and if you are visiting, a must see. There are art galleries and souvenir shops galore. But there are also the Wax Museum, Ripley's Believe It Or Not, plenty of street performers, and plenty of places to eat like Joe's Crab Shack or the Rain Forest Cafe. You can walk through the Cannery and get to Beach Street and from there head up a block to Ghiradelli Square.

If you like parks, there is Aquatic Park and on a nice day, it's nice to just sit, but you can also walk through Aquatic Park and read about some historic stuff too.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"An alternative free way out of the city"

Gough is another one of those super busy streets that acts more like a freeway than a street. It stretches from Bay St at Fort Mason to the 101 Freeway. It's used as an alternative to folks who drive and want to get out of the city with less bumper to bumper traffic than Van Ness Avenue. It's extremely hilly (up and down) so if you have a manual (stick shift) car I'd avoid it if I were you unless you exude confidence on the hills.

Although it's an alternative to going South, it is two way up until Sacramento and then it turns into one way all the way to the 101 freeway.

It does run along a nice park (Lafayette Park) which is quite large and beautiful. Good for walks (again hilly) and good for dogs.
Pros
  • Good alternative to getting to freeway
Cons
  • Busy street
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Students
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"A roller coaster ride"

Franklin is a super busy street, and not only during rush hour - all the time. It runs parallel to Gough and Van Ness (the old 101). It runs South to North, unlike Gough which runs North to South and it's an alternative to the already over-crowded Van Ness.When you get to the top of the hill at California (there's a Whole Foods) and start to go down hill, it reminds me of one of those carnival rides where you got in a burlap sack and slid down the slide. Did I just give away my age? Ah well.

I wouldn't want to live on Franklin because it's so busy. But there are a ton of condos, houses and apartments along it. However, if I had to commute out of the city every day for work, I might consider it due to the fact that it is parallel to Gough and Van Ness.
Pros
  • Good for commuting out of the city
Cons
  • Busy street
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Students
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Suburbia in the city"

Larkin is very cute, but kind of off the beaten path. You only go down it when you are coming from a nearby neighborhood and are looking for parking or if you live there. It's parallel with Polk Street so it sees a lot of cars looking for parking in that regard. But it's all residential in Russian Hill/Cow Hollow area. There isn't any retail therapy on Larkin, but there is on nearby Polk Street. Larkin is very quiet and a good place to raise a family. There are a lot of T.I.C.'s there (Tennants In Common) and condos.

A playground on the corner of Broadway and Larkin that is fenced in to make it safe for kids.
Pros
  • Close to Russian Hill Restaurants
Cons
  • No Retail Therapy
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
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"Best neighborhood - hands down!"

I love North Beach! It has everything you could possibly want and it's so easy to get around via the MUNI (bus) or cable car or cab. Columbus Avenue is the main drag and it's a bit heavy with traffic, especially on the weekends, which is why parking the car and walking is key. There are 9 parking lots in North Beach.

It's relatively flat, with a few slight inclines here and there. North Beach has great restaurants and it borders Chinatown, Financial District and Fisherman's Wharf. You'll never go hungry with all of the restaurant choices from Italian (of course) to French, sushi, Thai, steak, and Chinese. Plus there's a cafe on every corner. You'll definitely satiate your shopping fix in cute boutique shops on Grant Ave.

It doesn't have a movie theater but they do show movies sometimes in Washington Square Park.

It's a great place to visit and hang out because it has a mix of locals and tourists, and any place tourists want to visit, has got to be a cool place to live.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
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"Great Place For A Date"

Absolutely one of the funner streets to visit. You can get there by cable car, which makes it a fun adventure and it has so many great places to eat from casual pizza at ZA to something more fancy at Frascati's. For dessert there is Swenson's famous ice cream! Cute little boutique type shops along the way. The neighborhood is super friendly. The only thing is that parking is extremely limited - more like impossible. So taking the cable car or a cab are the best ways to go, otherwise you will have to drive around for a bit. And, no double parking allowed due to the cable car line. One comes by every 10 minutes. Very leafy, hilly and great for a late night stroll or daytime walk. Good for the glutes too!
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  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
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"Not the safest place"

Clara is not the safest place in San Francisco, primarily because it poses as a cut through between 6th to 4th streets. It's mostly residential with apartments and condo buildings. It's fairly lit about half way down the street, but then it gets dark near 5th. It's a little brighter toward 6th street but that's because of all of the street lights and businesses on 6th. Yet, 6th is known for heavy crime.
It's also not very clean and looks a little dingy. The people are relatively quiet and keep to themselves or associate with people in their building.
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  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
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"Banks, skyscrapers and steakhouses"

Montgomery is one of the busier streets to travel no matter what time of day. During rush hour, you should avoid it, because it's like a parking lot with all of the bridge and tunnelers eager to get back home over the bridge. It stretches from North Beach to the Financial District.

But because it's such a thoroughfare, it also has a lot to offer in terms of dining out or exercise. There's the Montgomery street stairs if you want to get a workout in on your way to work or your visit.For a bite to eat, there's the famous Cigar Bar and Grill and Bocadillos which is more like an institution. For a drink there's the Bubble Lounge. For a spiritual experience, you can stop by the Church of Scientology - or you can just look up at the TransAmerica building. As you pass through North Beach and head deeper into the Financial District (right past the TransAmerica bldg), Montgomery is lined with banks, skyscrapers and steak houses.
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3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
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"Up and Coming"

Townsend street is one of those places that back in the dot com bubble, it had huge potential. Since the bubble burst back in 2001ish, we've seen a lot of people come and go. Just recently in the past year or so, it has started to add some new additions that I hope will stay for a while, like the new trendy restaurant/bar Marlowe (check out the dining guide) and the yummy Mexican place called Tres Agaves.

The great thing about Townsend is that it's close to the Caltrain station and AT&T park (SF Giants). During the day, it feels completely safe. There's also MUNI buses that run all day and night. At night, probably seems a little less safe with some of the homeless and shady characters that lurk, but all in all, it's not like you are going to get mugged on Townsend.
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  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
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"Brannan is centrally located in SOMA"

Brannan Street has a lot to offer in SOMA. It's close to the AT&T ballpark, plus it has a lot of other cool stuff from 1st to 9th street. There are quite a number of lofts and start-ups along Brannan. But there are also some great places to grab a bite to eat, like Coco 500, Koh Samui & the Monkey and Brickhouse Cafe.

It's a bit busy, especially during rush hour, because a lot of folks take it to go to the bridge or to get on the 101 freeway at 4th & King St. At night, it's not so bad, unless there is baseball game. In terms of safety, it's just like any other city. Pretty well lit in most areas, but dark a few shady spots down by 2nd. Hard to find a cab on Brannan, best bet is to go up to 3rd or 4th. But then there's always the bus (MUNI) if you happen to have $2 on you.

In terms of health and fitness there is the San Francisco Tennis Club and if you are into biking, there's Performance bicycle shop to get all of your bicycle road trip needs.

No real place to get any retail therapy but definitely a few places to satiate your inner omnivore.
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"All work and no play makes this a dull place"

Hawthorne is sometimes referred to as Hawthorne Lane, but it's Hawthorne Street. The mistake is common due to a restaurant that used to reside there called Hawthorne Lane. Hawthorne Street is only 2 short blocks between Howard and Harrison Sts and lined with mostly office buildings with the exception of one restaurant. In the past that restaurant was Hawthorne Lane for years, then another restaurant moved into the space called TWO. Most recently, Benu from the head chef at the famous French Laundry moved in. Valet parking, outdoor garden patio, and an aesthetically bland decor. Benu hopes to get some traffic based no the chef's name and cooking history.

It's also a good cut through for going to the bridge
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
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"Up and coming trendy neighborhood"

Hayes Valley is one of those places that can be very quaint.

Hayes Street, which is the main street through Hayes Valley is super cute. Lots of shops, great restaurants and they even have their own street festival now. But stray too far off the beaten path and it's drug city.

There is a cute little park on Octavia between Hayes and Fell Streets. This is where they have the street fair.

Some awesome restaurants including Absinthe, who had one of their chefs as a Top Chef contestant (Jamie), but she has since moved on. It's trendy in that it's the only place in the city that you can do sake tastings. It's close to the Haight for the grunge atmosphere and close to the Civic Center for the theater crowd.
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
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"Vallejo St: Divine"

Vallejo is perhaps one of my favorite streets in San Francisco because it has so much to offer. From North Beach to Russian Hill, you get great exercise with the stairs in both North Beach (Montgomery) and Russian Hill (by Polk). In North Beach there's my favorite bakery, Victoria's Pastry bordering Chinatown and North Beach at Vallejo and Stockton Streets. It's also super close to Columbus Avenue where there are a ton of restaurants.There's not a lot of traffic due to the hills. But it's great exercise for the glutes.

When you get over into Russian Hill, it's a bit more residential. A little more leafy and a little more wealthy. Then you get down to the bottom of Russian Hill and you hit Polk Street where this is some great small boutique and local shopping.

I wouldn't consider Vallejo a place to hang out in terms of night life, but it's only two blocks away from Union street which has some good bars in both North Beach and Russian Hill.
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
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  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
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"An alley, a parking lot, and a bar for locals"

I lived down the street from Romolo Place a few years back and it was cool. It has since been revamped. Romolo Place rests between Broadway and Vallejo with Fresno Alley cutting in between. It's beautifully painted on the one side with graffiti art. It's a nice cut through for those wanting to get around the traffic of North Beach, cabbies usually take it. 15 Romolo is a bar that the locals hang out in mostly. A bit eclectic, yet friendly. There's a parking lot on the corner of Fresno Alley and Romolo Place that is very well lit and makes Romolo and Fresno both a bit more safe than they used to be.

You can easily take the MUNI bus and get dropped off at Broadway and Columbus and Romolo is about 500 feet.

The Beat book store is on the corner of Romolo Place and Broadway - a beat generation book store.
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  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
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"Red LIght meets Fine Cuisine"

Broadway is one of those interesting streets that changes from neighborhood to neighborhood. Down by the Embarcadero it's kind of dirty as you come up from the downtown area. Then you hit Coi - a 4 star restaurant. Then as you get further into North Beach you hit the strip clubs and X-rated video stores. Following you go through the edge of Chinatown right before you go through the Broadway tunnel and then everything kind of changes.

You cross over Polk (Russian Hill) and then Van Ness and the famous House of Prime Rib restaurant. Once over Van Ness it's considered the well-to-do Broadway. Fine schools, rich, upper class. Much like Park Avenue in New York City, saying that you live at the top of Broadway is something to be said. It gets much more leafy and green the more North you go.

Extremely friendly no matter what section of town you are in.
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  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
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"Bar Haven"

Green street in North Beach is the perfect place to grab a drink. The bars are a little dive-y but they are filled with great local fun people. There are also cheap places to eat and it borders right on Columbus. It goes all the way to the Presidio park.

Check out the guide for places to eat and grab a drink.
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  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
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  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
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  • Internet Access 3/5
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"Little Residential Street with Great Proximity"

This little street is only a block or so long, it's all residential. It runs between Mason and Taylor. It's super close to San Jose Taqueria, Trader Joe's, Safeway, & Walgreens. So it has a lot to offer in terms of location. It's relatively clean and quiet.
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
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"A Place Full of Treats"

I absolutely LOVE the Embarcadero for so many reasons. First there is the Ferry Building which has a ton of food shops on the inside and a Farmer's Market on Tues, Thurs and a really big one on Saturdays. If you are hungry, this is a perfect place to stop for breakfast, brunch or lunch.

It is also a great place for runners, bikers and roller bladers to show off their stuff with a wide open sidewalk, there is room for everyone.

The Embarcadero stretches from Fisherman's Wharf to AT&T Ball Park and along the way there are lots of restaurants and shops (especially in the Embarcadero Centers 1-4). Lined with palm trees and well lit at night, it is not only beautiful, but also safe. Everything is marked by a Pier # and it's important to note that the even piers are South (or to the right if facing) the Ferry Building and the odd # piers are to the left of the Ferry Building toward Fisherman's Wharf.

Also, in the winter, Justin Herman Plaza has an ice skating rink open to the public. If you like live theater there is Teatro Zinzani. Also, frequently through the year there are walks/runs that start at Justin Herman Plaza and run along the Embarcadero.
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  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
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  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
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"Perfect for the Music Lover!"

If you like art and dance, then you'll love this area because the ballet, opera and SF Symphony are located here within a few blocks from one another. In addition, there are also shows offered at the Bill Graham Auditorium.

On Sundays, there is a wonderful Farmer's Market where you can find local, yummy treasures at affordable prices. If you don't need to grocery shop you can stop in the public library or tour some of the monuments in the Civic Center square.

During the week it's a little busier and also a place where many picket/protest at City Hall. On holidays, parades usually go by.
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
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"Best street in the Mission for retail therapy and dining out"

I love Valencia. I think it's the best street in the Mission for retail therapy and for dining out. Little niche boutique shops like Therapy are always fun, furniture stores, and so much more. No matter what you are shopping for, you'll probably find it on Valencia. Also, great restaurants. Luna Park has been landmark establishment on Valencia for a long time and although it's loud and a little small on the inside, it's been drawing a crowd for years. There's also Spork and Maverick - two other really delicious places that I've eaten at several times.

Definitely worth a visit.
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
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"Good shops, good eats, busy city life"

16th Street in the Mission is where you'll find tons of great shops and great places to eat, from Mexican to French. Like any downtown city, it's a little dirty. The people seem relatively friendly, but at night, it doesn't seem to safe. Some shady characters and just some characters walking around. 16th and Mission has a BART station. And of course there is always MUNI.

If you like old time movies, there's the Roxie movie theater. Plenty of restaurants around to grab a bite to eat at. Nothing too fancy, but all down right good.
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  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
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  • Internet Access 3/5
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"A dead end alley near some great food"

Rondel Place is a dead end alley off of 16th Street in the Mission district. There's not much to it, except that at the end of the alley where you hit 16th there's Pancho Villa - some of the best authentic Mexican food. And of course along 16th there is plenty of other good spots to grab some grub.

There's also Esta Noche at the corner. It's supposed to be a hot young Latino Club, but I've never been. Looks interesting.

I'd say only because of it's location I would give it 3 stars. But if I were rating it by itself, I'd give it one.
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  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
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  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
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  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
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"A cut through in the Mission"

This little street is a cut through alley in the Mission, between 17th and 18th and cutting between Mission to Valencia. Mostly residential. Hardly any traffic. Since it's near drug central at 16th and Mission, I wouldn't exactly call it a safe cut through if you were walking. However, via car would be fine.
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  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
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"Eating and Shopping Mecca"

Stockton runs through North Beach/Wharf through Union Square. Starts out residential and then you get the infamous Mama's, the post office, Washington Square Park, several restaurants including the best pizza place in town - Tony's Neopolitana (Stockton & Union Sts). Then it becomes residential with a restaurant or corner store here and there and then you hit Chinatown. In a blink of an eye you are going through the Stockton tunnel and seconds later you arrive at Union Square.

MUNI, or BART (for the East Bayers) or drive. Parking garage at Stockton and Sutter Sts. A few hotels, and then Union Square - where there is a ton of high end stores and lots of shopping.
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  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
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"A Tourist and Local Excursion"

Powell Street is fantastic! It runs from Fisherman's Wharf where you can catch the cable car, through North Beach and then on through Chinatown and ending at the tale end of Union Square just before Market Street.

Powell Street through Union Square you'll find lots of shopping and places to eat. Through Chinatown, some restaurants and some residential. Through North Beach, a couple of cafes, and then mostly residential the rest of the way until you hit tourist central at Fisherman's Wharf (Bay & Powell).

If you want an experience, ride the cable car to go shopping down town. It's fun. If that's not your style, you can also take the bus. MUNI runs straight through also.
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  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
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  • Internet Access 4/5
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"Feels like the suburbs"

Vandewater is such a cute little street. It's super leafy with trees lined down it. You don't even feel like you are in San Francisco while you are on it. It's all residential. New condos were put up about 2-3 years ago. Parking is tight, because there is only parking on one side, but most folks have garage parking. The great thing about Vandewater Street is that there is literally a Trader Joe's, Walgreens and a Safeway within less than a block. You can't beat that with a stick.
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  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
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"Busy Thorough Fare to Postcard Perfect"

Lombard goes from Fisheman's Wharf to the Golden Gate Bridge. From the Wharf, it's mostly residential with a few coffee shops along the way for the first 4-5 blocks. Then, you have to climb up a very steep hill to get to the bottom of the "curvy street", which does look like a postcard especially in the Spring and Summer months. It is also, perhaps one of the most photographed tourist attractions. If you are going to drive down it, then be prepared to possibly wait in a little bit of a line, especially on Saturdays during the day.

Past the curvy street there is more residential until you get past Van Ness Avenue where it becomes a thorough fare to get to the Presidio, Golden Gate Bridge or the Richmond district. Very busy, but lots of restaurants and non-chain hotels along the way. Quite a number of sushi restaurants as well. This lasts for about 10-12 blocks and then it becomes residential again for a block or two before you hit the Golden Gate Bridge.
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  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
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"Cross Town ThoroughFare"

California Street runs through many neighborhoods, from the Financial District to Lincoln Park on the other side of the city. Mostly residential west of Park Presidio bypass. Starting at the Embarcadero and going through the Financial District it is loaded with office building high rises and restaurants. Coming up through Nob Hill there are hotels, spas and churches. Once you get across Van Ness there's Whole Foods and then mostly residential until you get into Laure Heights, where you get into shops, restaurants, grocery stores and a hospital.

Can take a cable car from Embarcadero through Van Ness. After that you need to take MUNI bus.
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  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
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"A quiet residential place to live"

Mason Street runs from Fisherman's Wharf to Union Square and up until Union Square, it's mostly residential. One of the two running cable car lines runs along Mason Street through Union Square. If you want to get a good feel of the city, riding the cable car from Fisherman's Wharf to Union Square is quite a treat for $5.

If the cable cars intrigue you might want to stop at the Cable Car Museum at 1201 Mason Street (the cable car stops there). It's free and is nestled in the Nob Hill section of town. It is full of historical and explanatory exhibits on the San Francisco cable car system and is actually considered a "working museum" since all of the cables for the cars run through there.

Once you get to Union Square via Mason Street there is tons of shopping and places to eat.
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  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
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  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
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"Great Place for Theater People"

Beach Blanket Babylon Boulevard is hardly a boulevard. It's more of a one block street that was named after the infamous Beach Blanket Babylon show at Club Fugazi famous for it's elaborate hats and satirical snarky stories.

To get there by public transportation, the bus will drop you right at the corner of Beach Blanket Babylon Blvd and Columbus Ave. If you want to drive, there's a parking lot on Beach Blanket Babylon Blvd near Columbus right behind the Bank of America bank.

In terms of eating, it's a stones throw away from Columbus Avenue which has all of the food you could possibly want.

Traffic is low because it doesn't really lead to anywhere except for residential. The neighborhood is relatively quiet during the week with a funeral home on one side of the street. There's a bit of noise on the weekends mostly from the Beach Blanket Babylon show, and the two bars that occupy the block.
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
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"Van Ness Ave a Busy Street that Runs Right Through the City"

Van Ness Avenue (formerly U.S. highway 101) is one of those streets that runs straight through the city. It's super busy and when I first moved here ten years ago and heard that Metallica once played on the roof top of Tommy's Joint, I thought I wanted to live right on Van Ness. Whew! So glad I didn't do that!

Van Ness is kind of like a "Market" street in other major cities. Fast food, movie theaters, coffee shops, stores and gas stations. But it's not a place that you want to go hang out every weekend. it has its share of homeless people and vagrants. You should think of Van Ness as a means of getting you from one end of the city to the other (from the Mission to the Marina). There's plenty of public transportation via MUNI or taxi.

There are a couple of dive bars and some cool restaurants on Van Ness (I won't discount it completely) and there is the old AMC Van Ness theater. But all in all, it's got heavy traffic.
Recommended for
  • Singles
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
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"The Pinnacle of Russian Hill"

When someone says Russian Hill, I immediately think about all of the great things to do on Polk Street. A variety of 2 star to 5 star restaurants to eat, Crunch Fitness, boutique kitschy shops, salons for hair/nails and massage, grocery, hardware, cheese shops, sporting goods, book stores, etc. You name it and it pretty much exists on Polk. The only thing it doesn't have is a movie theater.

The other thing is that parking can be a bear. Much like North Beach, parking on Polk Street can be tight. Also, the police frequently monitor for double parked cars and you will get a ticket if they have to warn you more than once. There aren't any parking lots on Polk Street so you have to find street parking on one of the side streets or metered parking on Polk St. On the weekends Walgreens Pharmacy (Broadway and Polk) opens up their lot and charges to park, but sometimes the $20 can be worth it if you are going to be there for a few hours.

The nightlife is pretty good with Tonic, the Royal Oak and Green's Sports Bar to name a few. It's not too loud on the weekends.

On the weekends there are quite a few cafes with wi-fi access as well. There's a line at the Bagelry on Saturday & Sunday mornings for a reason. But to cure your hangover from the night scene, you might want to try a cocktail or bloody mary at Rex's.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
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"A Hidden Gem in North Beach"

Grant Avenue in North Beach is a hidden gem for locals. There is so much along the 4 block strip to satiate your whim. From restaurants, to bars, to niche gift/clothing shops, it offers so much in such a short distance. It even has a grocery store, a corner store and two nail salons. Plus if you are a health nut, there is also a pilates studio. Traffic is rather light, but street parking is tight. You might have to park in a nearby lot.

Favorite restaurant is Cafe Jacqueline because everything is souffles (savory or sweet). Favorite breakfast place is Mo's Restaurant,also great milkshakes. Favorite place to grab a drink, the Savoy. Favorite place to grab a loaf of bread or some biscotti - Italian French Bakery. Favorite place to get my nails done - Nail Care For You.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Retirees
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
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"The Hustle and Bustle of North Beach"

Columbus Avenue is the main strip in North Beach. If you are on of those people who like cities that fall into a grid, Columbus Avenue screws that right up because it goes on an angle through the Italian section of the city.

Columbus Avenue is lined with restaurants of all kinds (not just Italian). You can get sushi, burgers, pastry, California cuisine and just off Columbus you can get Thai, French and Asian cuisine. So there is no shortage of food or cafes along Columbus Avenue. Plus most cafes offer free wi-fi so you can plop down with your laptop and grab a cuppa joe.

For entertainment, there is Cobb's Comedy Club and Bimbo's, both of which host A and B list talent. Robin Williams has played at Bimbo's many many times and Tracey Morgan has performed at Cobb's recently.

For the physically fit, you can try your hand at bikram yoga at Bikram Choudouri's yoga studio at Columbus and Lombard. The talk of the town is that it's the hottest bikram studio in the city getting upwards to 105-110 degrees some days. A pure adrenaline rush for the heat enthusiasts.

Columbus Avenue also has a beautiful park where local painters display their works on the weekends and the retirees do their calisthenics in the mornings. Washington Square park has a cement path with in it that let's you get around easily if you have small children or a stroller. Plus there's a post office on the east side of Washington Square park.

There's also a public library at the corner of Mason and Columbus, a few niche hotels along Columbus Avenue, and two banks. Let's not forget about the famous Molinari deli and free samples at the Z. Cioccolato fudge shop.

Columbus Avenue offers all of this and an extremely friendly neighborhood. Perhaps that's why tourists and locals love it.
Pros
  • Alfresco dining
  • great for walking/peoplewatching
  • great restaurants
  • really beautiful
Cons
  • too many smokers
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"A good place to fly a kite"

Marina Blvd is one of those places that is so versatile. Sure, it's a great place to get a fabulous view of the Golden Gate Bridge, but it's also a great place to fly a kite. The Marina Green or the Little Marina Green run along Marina Blvd where the boats are docked. They are huge patches of green grass that are great for kite flying. The large Marina Green is also good for other sporting events and is frequently rented out for festivals and soccer games.

Marina Blvd is also the place where you can see bikers, joggers and exercise enthusiasts biking, running, or walking along the 3 mile path. It can get a little windy, so you should always wear layers.

Along Marina Blvd, you pass Crissy Field, a great place for a picnic. There's also Sports Basement for a kite, Frisbee or to fix a flat. In the other direction you'll find a 24Hr Fitness, a Safeway, and a Starbucks.

Parking is free at the Marina Green and the Little Marina Green lots. But don't park in the reserved spots or you will get a ticket or possibly towed. Those are reserved for the slip owners.
Pros
  • Great open space
  • Great views of the Bay and Golden Gate Bridge
  • Great for running
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Students
  • Beach Lovers
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
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"Shopping, Eating, Drinking with the locals"

Chestnut Street is one of those quaint streets you find in a city that you always remember. With boutique shops lined on both sides along with bars, restaurants, movie theaters, yoga and gyms, it has virtually everything you would need to live; which is why parking is so tough. There are a couple of parking lots to park (meter) or attendant based. Otherwise you need to find street parking which can be tough.

Recently Chestnut added a second movie theater. Now there is one on each side of the street and not too far apart. They don't usually host the same movies so that makes it good variety.

Tons of restaurants such as A16, Tipsy Pig, Tacolicious, Mamacita, Bin38 just to name a few. Crunch Fitness or choice of a few yoga studios to work off that meal you just ate. For breakfast there is the popular The Grove, Squat & Gobble or Judy's Cafe.

What you'll find in the Marina are tons of thirty-somethings with strollers, people exercising, or singles hanging out trying to keep it from turning into suburbia. It's a mixed crowd and there is something for everyone. From Gap, Body Gap, Baby Gap, Apple store, Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn, Papyrus to the small boutique shop
Pros
  • Close to Presidio
  • Tons of shopping
  • Great restaurants
Cons
  • Not a lot of parking
  • Dogs and Baby Strollers galore
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Trendy & Stylish
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Busy city living"

Bay Street is one of those streets that is like a freeway. It's super busy with cars all the time because it connects the people from the Marina to the Embarcadero and connects the folks from North Beach to the Golden Gate Bridge.

It has a lot of tourists that pass through due to the draw of Fisherman's Wharf, the cable car line and Pier 39. There are 2 parks along Bay Street. One is a nice place to walk dogs at Bay & Hyde. The other is further West near Bay & Marina Blvd.

It's relatively safe, but it can seem a little sketchy late at night. Various homeless people walking around.

In terms of living there, there are two grocery options: Safeway, and then diagonally across the street is a Trader Joe's. Each has parking, albeit the Trader Joe's parking is tight with about 40 spots. Parking is validated as free up to 90 minutes in the Safeway lot and free in Trader Joe's lot.

There's also a Walgreen's next to the Safeway and a 24-Hour Fitness upstairs.

Close to Fisherman's Wharf, Ghiradelli Square, North Beach and the Marina.
Pros
  • Close to freeway and bridge
Cons
  • Like a freeway
  • Low income housing
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"A quiet residential place to live"

I lived at the top of Kearny St where the Peter Machiavelli steps are. It was relatively quiet and even on Saturday nights when the crowd got loud at Enrico's down at the bottom of the hill, it didnt last for long because the police kept a tight lid on the chaos.

Kearny Street as a whole has a lot to offer. Though mostly residential from the 1100 block upward, with a deli or corner store nestled in between, it's centrally located and an easy walk to the Financial District or the Embarcadero. Below the residential area in the 1000 block there is Tommaso's Restaurant, a classic Italian restaurant that's been there for over 75 years. You also have Larry Flynt's Hustler Club for the adventurous and then past there you hit Columbus Ave.

Once you cross over Columbus, Kearny turns into 3rd street and there are plenty of restaurants, hotels and shops along the way.
Pros
  • Great shopping
  • Great restaurants
Cons
  • No Parking
  • Hustler Club
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Fresno Alley, San Francisco"

I used to live right at the top of where Kearny St. met Fresno alley. I often walked up and down the alley as a short cut to get to Grant St or Columbus Ave. Years ago it may have been sketchy to walk up the alley, but now it's really well lit due to the paid parking lot in the middle and the new condos that recently went up on Vallejo.

Aside from the parking lot it is mostly residential and kind of quiet at the North end. The South end toward Grant tends to get a little noisier due to the famous bar called the Saloon where old-timers go for a cheap beer and to listen to live music.
Pros
  • Parking lot
Cons
  • Loud saloon
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Hipsters
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Fisherman's Wharf - A Must See for Tourists"

Everyone that has ever come to visit me is always amazed by Fisherman's Wharf. I've seen it a dozen times or so and I am always so amazed at how pleased they are after visiting it. Most recently, my father came for a visit and it reminded me of why everyone who visits San Francisco needs to visit there.

Sure, Fisherman's Wharf is a touristy part of the city. It's filled with gift and souvenir shops, sketch artists, jewelry crafts and food you can eat out of a bread bowl. What's not to love?

What's there to see? Well for starters, a must see is Pier 39. Not only is it like a little boardwalk, which is great if you have kids, but there's also a little amusement carousel, and on the weekends a live magician plus let's not forget the sea lions! They have been a historic part of Pier 39 for decades.

The second thing to do is to stop by Pier 45 for lunch for live seafood that just came in off the docks. Fresh Dungeness crab, lobster, clams, muscles, and much more and don't forget to get the chowder in the famous sour dough bread bowl.

The third thing to see, is also at Pier 45 and is the Musee Mecanique, a large privately owned collection of antique coin-operated automatic mechanical musical instruments, video games and pinball machines. Games cost anywhere from a nickel to fifty-cents and change machines are located throughout.

Just outside the Musee Mecanique at Pier 45 is the USS Pampanito submarine, opened to the public seven days a week. (Check http://www.maritime.org/pamphome.htm for hours of operation). For historians, this is great site to visit since the Pampanito is a historic fleet from World War II that sank six Japanese ships and damaged four others.

As you head West down Beach Street from Pier 39 you can see Alcatraz and Angel Island across the Bay and a view of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Walk a little further West down past the Maritime Museum and to your left is the famous Ghiradelli Square. These days Ghiradelli Square has evolved into much more than just a location for the famous chocolate factory. There is now Kara's Cupcakes, wine tasting at Cellar360, tea and biscuits at Crown and Crumpet, and soon a spin off from San Francisco renowned chef, Chef Gary Danko. You should also check out the variety of shops below the square. If it's cold and you need to warm up, you can always stop by the Buena Vista down the block for one of their famous Irish Coffees.

But before you leave the Wharf, you must do what even the locals do on their way to work some days, which is take a cable car ride up the steep hill of Hyde Street. When you get to Mason St, hop off and check out the Cable Car Museum. The cable car is an essential part of San Francisco history and has been around since 1873.

Enjoy!
Pros
  • a must for tourists
  • great for walking/peoplewatching
  • very cosmopolitan
  • for artists and art lovers
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 4/5
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"Chinatown: A Hidden SF Gem"

Chinatown is one of San Francisco's hidden gems. Most people don't know what to expect or what to look for and it can kind of be intimidating as a visitor. I've lived in San Francisco for over 10 years and over the past few months have really dived in to explore San Francisco's Chinatown.

The buildings and side alleys in Chinatown are probably the most fascinating. Grant Street is the main strip and it is mostly geared toward tourists. If you are looking for cheap SF souvenirs then stick to Grant Street. But for other cool sights, you can explore some of the side streets and the alleys. For example, the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory allows you to stop in and see how the fortune cookies are made and the manual process of placing the fortunes in each cookie. You can also buy a bag while you are there. Tips are much appreciated since this is a free visit. Located at 56 Ross Alley in Chinatown (between Washington & Jackson Sts and Stockton & Grant).

The essence of Chinatown can be found in the architecture as you look up when you walk through it. Full of mosques and temples and beautifully colored balconies decorated in ornate colors and flags, a delight to see.

Three best places I've eaten at so far: Oriental Pearl restaurant (760 Clay Street between Grant and Keary), R&G Lounge (631 Kearny), House of Nanking (919 Kearny), and Jai Yun (680 Clay St. at Kearny St.).
Pros
  • good for shopping
  • nice architecture
  • great for walking
  • for artists and art lovers
Cons
  • not for the uptight
  • a little dirty
  • not for girls needing attention
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Students
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
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"Marina - Family friendly, yet hip and trendy"

The Marina is one of those places that if you don't live there and are just visiting, you might think of it as a quaint little neighborhood. Located at the north edge of the city, it feels like you are living in San Francisco suburbia. The Marina consists of mostly twenty to thirty-something urban professionals. The main strip is Chestnut Street and you'll find everything from Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn and Papyrus to local eateries, wine bars and cafes. Parking is extremely tough with only two parking lots in addition to street parking. The DPT is anal about double parking and you will get a ticket, so be careful.

Looking for something good to eat, try A16, Isa or Luisa's. For the single scene on Friday or Saturday nights there's the Ottimista Enoteca-Cafe, the Tipsy Pig or Mamacita. Or for the eager twenty-something crowd, there is the "Triangle" (Fillmore at Greenwich) made up of 3 bars on the corner, hence the name. On nice days, outdoor seating is available but get there early to secure your spot.

For fun things to do there is the Palace of Fine Arts, Exploratorium, Crissy Field, or nearby Fort Mason (which has a cool farmer's market on Sundays). Plus there is a ton of shopping, both boutique and commercial stores. From the Gap to local Ambiance, there is something for everyone. Plus there's also a Crunch fitness and an Apple Store for you die-hard techies.
Pros
  • great shopping
  • great for walking/peoplewatching
  • great restaurants
  • very cosmopolitan
  • great night spots
Cons
  • not for the uptight
  • not for the shallow
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
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"North Beach: Best Place to Live"

The North Beach neighborhood in San Francisco is one of the most down-to-earth convenient places to live. The people are extremely friendly and always give you a warm welcome when you stroll down Columbus Ave. From quaint boutique shopping on Grant St., to the oldest bar in the city (Vesuvio), it is a place that you want to visit again and again--if only there were parking. There are plenty of parking lots in North Beach (8), but street parking is a bear.

If you are a health buff, then you might try your hand at Bikram yoga -- the original Bikram yoga studio started by Bikram Choudhury (910 Columbus Ave) or at Blue Sparrow Pilates (1441 Grant Ave). If that's too crunchy for you there is always 24 Hour Fitness or the Bay Club.

Washington Square Park is another favorite place to hang out when the weather is nice and sunny. In the early morning and on the weekends you can find the Asian community doing their calisthenics. On the weekends local Bay Area artists showcase their work. Plus every June right before Father's Day there is the North Beach festival which fills the park with music, food, and libations for those who want to soak up the sun and party all afternoon.

The best thing about North Beach is its location to everything else. It's not only close to restaurants and boutique shopping but it's close to landmarks such as Coit Tower and the Trans America building. To top it off, you are within walking distance from Chinatown, the Financial District, Russian HIll, the Marina District and Fisherman's Wharf. What more can you ask for?
Pros
  • great for walking/peoplewatching
  • great restaurants
  • nice architecture
  • FABULOUS!!!
  • good lunch break street
  • great for walking
  • great night spots
Cons
  • not for the uptight
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish

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