Sanjosetosan…, Renter in San Francisco, CA

I currently live in San Jose and searching for something closer to work (The Financial District, San Francisco). Where is the best surrounding place?

Asked by Sanjosetosanfrancisco, San Francisco, CA Thu Apr 5, 2012

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It depends on what your priorities are. If being close to work is the top priority I would say lower Nob Hill would be a good bet. Having grown up in this neighborhood I completely loved the ability to sleep until the very last moment and simply being able to walk to work. No worries about a bus being late. This area is also very convenient to the restaurants/bars/clubs in North Beach and of course is only a reasonable walk to downtown/Union Square. Very central. With that said though, if you need to have a car around that would be the one drawback as street parking is hard to find. Paid monthly parking is somewhat available but it is not cheap. The buildings in this area may be older but the rents can be cheaper than other areas too (especially if you plan to share an apartment). From having experience renting out space in this area, many recent college grads and young professionals are flocking to this area due to all of the reasons mentioned. This part of the city (northeast corner) tends to be relatively speaking of course more warm and sunny than other parts of the city.
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It certainly makes sense to want to be closer to work, however, many people who work in The City commute from as far away as San Jose, CA., Antioch, Benecia, Vallejo, etc. for the simple reason that people don't necessarily want to live in The City, rather like the income they can get from their work to live comfortable wherever (within reason, of course). That said, if you want to be nearer, you can achieve this without moving into The City, unless, of course, you truly want to be in it for whatever reason. Living on the outskirts of San Francisco leaves you close enough to take BART into work (option), or utilize any other means of public transportation saving on your commute. As for where in San Francisco you may want to look, as for neighborhoods, etc., The City is brimming with great areas, but be prepared to pay dearly for that. Outlying areas, e.g., East Bay, have some nice amenities, but you will have to explore these for yourself and find things you may like in their respective communities. One thing is certain though, your purchasing power goes further outside of San Francisco, and the competition for good housing is a little more sensible in these areas too.
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Nob Hill, Russian Hill, North Waterfront, North Beach, South Beach, Yerba Buena, Downtown & SOMA.

In that order.

Oggi Kashi - 415.690.3792 direct
Broker Associate, Paragon Real Estate Group CA DRE 01844627
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Apr 5, 2012
It really depends on what your preferences are regarding a commute. There are some great neighborhoods that have fairly easy access to downtown via MUNI and even BART. North Beach and parts of SoMa are walking distance, while MUNI can get you fairly quickly to the Mission, Marina, Cow Hollow, Cole Valley and the Inner Sunset, just to name a few neighborhoods.

Hope that helps.



Toby Jackson
Better Homes & Gardens/Mason-McDuffie Real Estate
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San Francisco, CA 94123
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