I wish I knew about this area sooner! I've lived in SF for 15years and have moved 12 times. I've lived in most districts in the city, including SOMA, upper Haight, Nob Hill, Pacific Heights, Western Addition, Mission/Dolores, Not-So-Tenderloin, Cole Valley, Glen Park & Twin Peaks / Upper Market, (to name a few)... by far my favorite place is Bernal. Great weather, great community, easy access to everything including frwys, parks, restaurants, Bart, etc. You feel a little remote (in a good way), just enough to make you appreciate city living and not having to move your car every 2 hrs, while at the same time can get to the hottest new restaurant on Valencia street in 5 minutes.... more
SF is not really a pool party type place, that would be more Vegas or Palm Springs. But there are cool rooftop spots such as Jones (620 Jones), Lolinda (2518 Mission St) and Hotel Vitale's bar Americano which are some of the hot spots on a sunny day in the city!... more
Home prices in Bernal Heights, and in San Francisco in general go up. Yes, they have dipped in recent years. But not as much as other cities in the area, and they will go up again. As an example, a house bought for ~$300K 10-12 years ago, was worth ~$750K-$800K a few years ago, and is still worth ~$600K-$650K today.... more
There's lots to talk about in Bernal Heights. Great neighborhood feel. Very kid and dog friendly neighborhood. Very near the best Farmer's Market in the Bay Area down on Alemany. Easy access to Hwy 101 and 280. Good public transit options. Parking is better than in most places around the city. Great local branch library. Local parks, restaurants, etc are great! Near famous Mitchell's Ice Cream.... more
This area is close to some bus lines, but is relatively far from the last Mission BART (subway) stop. It can be difficult to get here without a car or taxi (particularly at night - when walking is dangerous as well!). It is a bit more dangerous compared to other areas of the Mission.... more
Probably about the same as the outer Sunset. If it is where you want to live and you want to feel safe then contact an organzation I work with (on the Board of Directors) SF SAFE. They will help you organize a neighborhood watch group, if one doesn't already exist in the area of your new home. This will give you an opportunity to meet your neighbors and get to know them as you all watch out for each other.
Everybody should know their neighbors and watch out for them anyway but it seems to take something to go wrong before people come together. Block parties, BBQ's and cocktail parties don't have to be a thing of the past.
In fact I think there is a south bernal neighborhood organization that you can tie up with.... more