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Anne R., Renter in San Francisco, CA

How would you describe the Marina vs. North Beach?

Asked by Anne R., San Francisco, CA Thu Mar 29, 2012

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The Marina tends to be younger, although I'm noticing a lot more strollers over the past few years than when I moved here 16 years ago. It still has a post-collegiate 20-something vibe to it, particularly around places like The Tipsy Pig, Campus, and Monaghan's. However, it's still possible to avoid this crowd if you know where to go. It's also close to the Presidio and Crissy Field, so if you're a walker/hiker/jogger/biker this is a real plus.

North Beach has the hills, the history - but this also brings in the tourists in droves. For a while, it seemed as if all new development and new businesses in the neighborhood had dried up - the old Pagoda Theater has been boarded up for almost 20 years. There have been some new recent additions like Park Tavern and Original Joe's which havebeen nice. The area around Broadway / Columbus had some problems for a while - a lot of wanna-be gang bangers were causing problems, which led to a large police presence in this area Friday and Saturday nights.

Hope this helps! Feel free to follow up with me if you have any more questions about these neighborhoods.



Toby Jackson
Better Homes & Gardens/Mason-McDuffie Real Estate

2200 Union Street
San Francisco, CA 94123
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2 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Mar 30, 2012
Two different neighborhoods:

Marina- Flatter, foggier, cooler, generally younger renters, more flash, higher turnover, other than around the Marina Green it's less touristy.

North Beach- Hilly, more of a traditional SF neighborhood (buildings and people), more character, more touristy, more dense, less street parking.

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1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu Mar 29, 2012
The Marina is full of frat boys and sorority girls. It is kind of bland. There are a fair amount of restaurants, and it is close to Crissy Field and the waterfront, which makes it great for jogging or biking to the bridge. North Beach is more of a historic neighborhood, not as "collegiate," but can sometimes feel full of tourists. But North Beach is definitely more of a "real" SF experience, while the Marina feels like the Disney/ Fraternity version of the city. Parking is a real pain in the neck in North Beach. In fact, it is also a pain in the neck in the Marina, but not as bad. If you rent in either of these areas and have a car, you would do yourself a favor to get a parking space, unless you want to spend hours looking for parking and/or paying hefty tickets. Some better bets could be Russian Hill, Cole Valley, or even parts of the Haight, if you can deal with the annoying street urchins there. Good luck!
1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu Mar 29, 2012
This guy hit the nail on the head. And I live in the Marina!
Flag Thu Mar 29, 2012
agree with above. I think Toby is right on.
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