If you are talking about buying, the areas to look in will be determined by price range. Any of the surrounding neighborhoods are good, but if you're not familiar with the city I would rent first, get familiar with where you prefer to live that has places available in your price range, and then start looking. Each neighborhood has its own nuances and characteristics and in my view it's best to understand those before you buy. There are also a lot of other things you need to understand about this market before you buy that are not a part of other markets.
If you are determined to buy right away, we work with out of area/international clients all the time and can get you up to speed quickly.
Lance King/Owner-Managing Broker
Check out this website http://www.sfgate.com/neighborhoods/ The neighborhoods I suggest you think about first are Russian Hill itself, Pacific Heights, and Cow Hollow - all of which are safe and would provide a great commute - on foot! I have many happy clients who are single women your age and they find great value in the access to shopping, services, and restaurants on Polk, Union, Chestnut, and Fillmore Streets; the outdoor pursuits of Chrissy Field; the cultural events and food market of Fort Mason; as well as the proximity to Downtown. You can walk everywhere! There are a variety of studios and one bedrooms that could be perfect for you. That being said, there are other neighborhoods to explore. San Francisco is 7 X 7 (miles) after all. There is a lot of diversity packed into this City and you might like another area from which to commute. We do have a good transportation system here. The best thing to do is find a great realtor who knows the City well, with whom you have rapport and feel comfortable. Your realtor should be able to figure out what neighborhood fits YOU and start exposing you to your options. They can also be a trusted resource above and beyond just "bricks and boards". It can be an exciting journey and very rewarding for both people. Welcome to San Francisco, Christine! Call me if you would like to discuss your move here in more detail.
Kim Barnes, Realtor, A Top Producer
Hill & Co Real Estate
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A price range would help greatly to provide a complete answer. How familiar are you with SF and its neighborhoods? I assume you are looking for a condo. Are you familiar with T.I.C.'s? Do you require 1 or 2 bedrooms and 1 or 2 baths? Is a parking space needed now or in the future? Is private or common outdoor space important? How about views? Are you looking to use public transportation to get to work? How close would you like to be to restaurants and nightlife?
For safety and easy commute, the neighborhoods I recommend are Russian Hill, Nob Hill, North Waterfront, North Beach, South Beach, Pacific Heights, Cow Hollow, Marina and parts of Downtown.
I would be happy to answer all your questions so you can figure out your best option. I can also provide a SF Buyer's Guide to help answer some of the basic real estate questions regarding our wonderful city.
Here is a link to my SF property search by map. It's easy to use and the data is updated every 2 hours so the information is accurate and reliable:
Best of luck,
Paragon Real Estate Group
CA DRE 01844627
You can find nice places with easy commute to Russian Hill area. .. Lower Pacific Heights, Jordan Park, Laurel Heights. I know some buildings on a border with Nob Hill where you can buy 1 bedroom condo with parking and door man under $500,000 I would recommend to drive around and see some places... I would be happy to assist you.
Please contact me and we will chat more.
Look forward to hearing from you.
If you are thinking of buying, I would suggest you rent first so you can find out what part (s) of the City you like best.
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