There are numerous possibilities in the city and it will depend on a number of factors and price will dictate what recommendations can be made.
Here are some general options:
Cow Hollow, Pac Heights, Russian Hill, Telegraph Hill, West Portal, St. Francis Wood, Richmond, North Beach/Marina
If you'd like more specific recommendations please feel free to contact me.
The answer to your question is, it depends. There are many neighborhoods that are great for families, but the best one will depend on your budget, weather preferences and commute needs. Also if you want walkability to shops.restaurants or views, that will affect choices as well.
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There are many, but to get a feel of the areas try looking into my companies video's about the different areas you may want to consider. http://zephyrsf.com/agent/matthew-goulden/buy/explore-neighb
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As my colleagues have indicated, there are several great options in San Francisco for you to consider. When I think of families in San Francisco I immediately think of Noe Valley. For one, it has a family feel with many smaller boutique shops and eateries out of your door. There are many families and young children there and it seems the place to be for this kind of demographic.
Of course, there are many other options for you but it would serve you well to come and visit them to get a true feel for each. Will you be renting or buying? What is your time frame for your move?
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Jeff Tepermeyster, Independent Broker & CEO
Having made the move here myself from England in 2002 there is a lot to learn about San Francisco.
A lot will depends on your budget and lifestyle choice. But Noe, Mission Dolores, Bernal, Glen Park, Cole valley and Inner Sunset / Richmond are some great areas that have not been said by others.
I would advise to meet for a cup of tea to discuss your options.