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5 Great Areas to Live in San Francisco

Live in San FranciscoSan Francisco’s an exciting place to live. The architecture, the history, the restaurants, the bars, the clubs… So when you are looking for somewhere to move to, it can be utterly confusing which area is right for you, and that’s not even factoring in the sky high property prices!So to give you a kick start towards the process of finding your perfect home in San Francisco, let’s talk through five popular areas, and briefly go through their pros and cons.

Now, I don’t know your budget of course, so (just for fun) we’ll start with the most expensive areas, and then work our way down. Thanks to recent data compiled from HomeSuite, they were able to rank the top 10 different neighborhoods San Francisco has to offer. Of course neighborhood power rankings are fluid and can change rapidly. So with all those disclaimers out of the way, let’s dive in…

Hayes Valley

Feeling rich? Then Hayes Valley may be the perfect area for you.There’s incredible restaurants, boutiques as far as the eye can see, awesome transport links, but yes, it’s no secret, property and rent prices have gone ballistic. Blame Silicon Valley.

So if you don’t have money to spare (and then some), this isn’t the area for you I’m afraid. So let’s move onto…


Now, Dogpatch does keep getting ever more expensive, but if your budget allows, there’s so much going in this area I’m sure you’ll fall in love with the place.Do keep in mind however that public transport links are not abundant, so you’ll really need a car to get around if you live here.


Chinatown may be a magnet for tourists and crowded night and day, but there’s so much life, activity, and fun things to see and do here you won’t mind the crowds and will have a great time. And with all the fantastic clubs and bars here, you’ll be kept entertained 24 hours a day!

Outer Richmond

This borough is a little out of the way, but with that comes rental and sales prices that are considerably lower than many other areas. So ignoring the awkwardness of getting around from here, it’s absolutely fantastic for families. And here’s why: this area is utterly surrounded by incredible natural beauty, including, but not limited to:

  • Golden Gate Park
  • Land’s End
  • Presidio

Okay, so the commute may be a little on the long side, but it’s always a truism that the nearer you live to the center, the more expensive things get, and the more congested the area gets! So in return for a commute, you get cheap rent and nature in abundance.


Okay, so Tenderloin’s reputation certainly precedes it, and right now it may perhaps best be suited to those who have a little of a risk seeking disposition, shall we say. But that aside, this area is certainly on the up, and the food just keeps on getting better. The choices you’re presented with are truly remarkable!

But San Francisco does have a reputation for dirty sidewalks (use your imagination), so brace yourself for that if you do move to this area.

So that’s a very quick dive into just five great places to live in San Fran. There’s plenty of options for all budgets and tastes, and wherever you do end up, I’m sure you’ll love life in this city.

If you have any questions, please ask below!