Tom here, Herth Real Estate. San Francisco is quite diverse with many areas containing the amenities you are looking for. Living downtown myself I understand convenience! I would love to discuss the various neighborhoods with you.
I'd recommend a San Francisco visit to explore some of our neighborhoods and get the feel of our town, there really is no other place like San Francisco. For restaurants we definitely outshine most cities, with the exception of New York. We are also a shopping mecca; I've had clients purchase a place near Union Square specifically for their shopping trips, and then rented it out as a short term corporate condo.
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It really depends on how many bedrooms and bathrooms you want for your $1.2 - $1.5 price. I would suggest South Beach or SOMA - with South Beach being the better choice. Also Nob Hill, Russian Hill, Telegraph Hill and North Beach. Marina and Cow Hollow are close to Chestnut and Union Streets where there are many bars, restaurants and shops....but they are further away from Downtown.
You can go to my website and check out neighborhoods and also go to Links for sites to check out "where the action is."
I would recommend a visit once you get a chance but here are some neighborhoods for you to consider:
You'll be able to purchase a condo in the aforementioned areas. Here are some examples of the properties:
There are even some residences in the Financial District itself, and you can't get more central than that, though a lot of the restaurants cater to lunch customers more than evening and weekend customers.
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There are so many great neighborhoods in San Francisco, and don't forget we are just 7 miles x 7 miles so many neighborhoods are close to downtown.
The Inner Mission was just named the 2nd "hippest neighborhood in America" by Forbes magazine -- I have a luxury condo listing coming up in the neighborhood you may be interested in seeing. There are restaurants such as acclaimed Flour + Water, coffee shops, indoor Cliff Climbing, bars and night spots.
You may also really enjoy a condo near Union Square where you'll find all the best shops, from Macy's, Saks, Tiffany, Hermes, Chanel, Gucci, Barney's, Bloomingdale's and the like and close to museums and theaters. This area has more of a Manhattan feel to it.
South Beach is near the Ball Park -- Go Giants! and the Embarcadero and Ferry Building, with plenty of choices in a wide range of buildings. This area feels a bit like a cross between Santa Monica and Venice Beach.
Welcome to San Francisco! I moved here from New York 20 years ago and absolutely love it.