This is not the best area of town to live in if you don't have a car because although it is not a social wasteland-there are a fair amount of shops, restaurants and bars fairly close by- still you'd be hard pressed to get groceries and other necessities on foot. If you have kids and want something green to grow in your garden, this is probably not the place for you either. Also, if you're want a conventional-looking home and don't like the idea of your friends thinking you live in a large garage if they haven't been inside, again, this neighborhood is not for you.... more
If you want an urban experience involving a loft and creative types, this is the part of town for you. Chances are you will run into a hot new DJ or the person on the verge of creating the next internet sensation at your local coffee shop. The majority of houses in this part of town are live/work spaces for artists of every ilk. Shockingly, this area has decent parking situation. My favorite aspect of this neighborhood is that although many of the buildings look uninhabitable from the outside, on the inside they are often gorgeous. The lofts are fairly new, with tall ceilings, hardwood floors, gourmet kitchens and lots of light. It is fairly safe at all times of day or night although I wouldn't leave anything in my car. The neighborhood is pretty quiet at night unless one of your hip neighbors happens to be having a party or is inspired in the middle of the night to start on that metal sculpture he/she has been envisioning. If you walk down the street you will meet hipsters, artists, people with creative hair, tattoos and piercings.... more
Though not experience the same growth and development as SoMa, which is largely driven by the current tech boom, the Mission is gradually seeing more pockets of growth throughout.
- Dolores Park
This has been a strong area because it borders the safer, more family oriented neighborhood of Noe Valley. Depending on your price range, would search for houses on Fair Oak or properties west of Guerrero.
- 24th and Folsom
Noticeably seedier and less cleanly than near the border of Noe Valley, many locals in the area are predicting this area will gentrify. There have been a few nicer restaurants and establishments open in the area (including Local Mission Eatery and Haus Coffee Shop), which are pushing higher income individuals to rent/buy in the area. Shotwell Street is an example of a street that is gentrifying as well.
- South of 26th
This area traditionally has been seen to have higher crime rates, low cleanliness, and a more diverse and broader demographic. Though real estate experts have predicted that this area will follow suit with the rest of the mission, I'm skeptical of the prediction coming true in the short-term.
- 16th and Mission
Much like SoMa, I believe the gentrification of the Mission will follow where the combinator of commercial real estate development and tech startups opening offices, which will increase demand for housing by employees. Many startups are considering opening offices near the 16th and Mission BART, and if the tech boom continues, this area will see similar lift.... more
While you do have rights as a tenant, only if your name is on the lease do you have any real legal recourse. Furthermore, the recourse that you have will be limited to damages to the person that threw you out of the apartment. Does he/she have any money? If not, move on and look at this practically. In other words, do you really want to live in a place where you are not getting along with the other person? The law is there to help you, but it cannot solve your problems!... more