I've lived in my Pacific Heights apartment for several years now. I live on top of a hill and feel extremely thankful that I have coin laundry in my building, but have heard from friends in my neighborhood that not all apartments have laundry, meaning many residents have to walk down to Fillmore or Polk street to do laundry.
I have found that my unit (faces Franklin) needed double paned windows to block out street noise from the "Franklin Freeway."
I don't have a car, and am walking distanced to Whole Foods, so that is my go-to grocery store. I am very happy not having a car, but have gotten used to the idea that I am completely over-paying for groceries.