Hayes Valley is one of the coolest and trendy neighborhoods in San Francisco and real estate there is appreciating there over the long run. Whether buying or renting there is a lot of competition and the property is typically not on the market for long. Below is an excerpt from an SFGATE.com article about Hayes Valley which explains much of the success of Hayes Valley:
"The success of Hayes Valley's current commercial district was boosted in part by the destruction caused by the 1989 earthquake to the Central Freeway, which had entrance ramps on Franklin and Gough streets. The freeway was an eyesore and created noise pollution that kept businesses and foot traffic away. Not long after that part of the freeway came down, the community began to transform, and commerce moved in."
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Parking can be tough. When I lived there, I rented a garage so I didn't have to deal with it. That being said, you can find parking, but it's likely going to be a meter, 1 hour or 2 hour parking. The thing is, they keep making the 2 hour parking take up more of the day. When I moved in it went till 6PM, now it goes to 9PM. Be sure to look at the signs.... more
In 2007, I moved from LA to Hayes Valley, and I think it was a perfect SF newbie neighborhood. It's centrally located, easy to get downtown (21 bus), a 12 minute walk to Market Street/Bart. Waking distance to other great neighborhoods like the MIssion, Lower Haight, NOPA, Fillmore, and Japantown.
There's tons to do on Hayes Street which is full of boutique shopping, restaurants, cafes, coffee shops and a few bars. It's lively, fun, and friendly. I loved having stuff to do just outside my door. There's a sweet little park on Octavia where people bring their dogs, kids, and picnics. Recently the city has installed some popup trucks/trailers with ice cream, a butcher, and Ritual Coffee. If the arts are your thing, then you can walk to the Symphony, Opera, theatres, and Asian Art museum.
Hayes Valley does have it's share of section 8 housing, so caution should be taken when parking and walking at night. That being said, I lived literally across from one complex for 4 years and never had a problem.
All in all, I would highly recommend Hayes as a place to live for San Franciscans new and old.... more
Jed's answer below is a good one. You can also look online at www.sfgov.org/dbi. You can also call them over the phone for the general process info. When I've called in the past, they suggested that I contact an architect who can put a plan together on what it is that I would like to have done so that it can be submitted to DBI for approval. Though a phone call may be easiest, you'll get more out of a direct visit to their offices.... more