John Jayshell, Other/Just Looking in San Francisco, CA

I’m moving to SF, what’s the best neighborhood for a 28yr old, single, guy, just out of business school?

Asked by John Jayshell, San Francisco, CA Sat Jun 30, 2007

"Ideally," I would like something young fun with a NYC'ish feel i.e. nightlife, restaurants, late night food, grocery, cleaner, public transit, etc. in walking distance. Assume I'm looking for a 1 bdrm apt.

Also, how would the answer change when considering:
-Value for $$, w/priorities: 1)sqft, 2)location, 3)"niceness", 4)amenities
-Working in SF vs SV
-If I have a car
-Renting vs buying

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The marina is one... that is where I live now. it is right by the bay, very nice, and near fun bars, public transit, night life. i have a two bedroom and it costs us $1350 per person plus $300 for a parking spot. another is higher up on fillmore, in the pac heights area. also very nice, but you're not near the bay. driving to the south bay from the city is a btch, that is for sure. also, if you're in the city you're better off w/ a small car or paying for parking.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sat Jun 30, 2007
Gary, I live in SF in the Mission and there are some great places in my neighborhood. I really recommend that you come to Sf and take a look at some of the neighborhoods before you move here. People always have so many different criteria. In the case of living in the city for me it was centrally located, not on a busy street, and close to good food and night life (single guy living in the city). The Mission and Hayes Vally were both excellent options for me. All of the suggestions below are good, but there is no substitute for seeing it with your own eyes.
2 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jul 6, 2007
Below is a list of places you might want to consider with reasons why and approximate price for 1 bedroom apartment. Please remember that SF is a really small City, so in 15 to 30 min you can move from one end to another, either by car or by mass transit. Price include TICs.

South Beach ($600k, on the Bay, between Bay Bridge and Giants stadium)
Marina ($650k, as Megan mentioned in her answer)
South of Market ($470k, many restaurants, Sony center, etc.)
Inner Sunset ($750k, next to Golden Gate Park, plenty of cafes, restaurants)
Inner Mission ($250k, many experimental theatres, average price - $600k)
Mission Bay ($570k, up and coming place behind Giants stadium, on the Bay)
Mission Dolores ($340k, as Inner Mission).

Click on the link below. I have links to over 20 apartments (condos, lofts, TICs) all over City. Hope it helps.
2 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Jun 30, 2007
Artur Urbans…, Real Estate Pro in Burlingame, CA
Hey Peter, I totally agree with you. Maybe you are addressing your answer to Chris? I actually live in San Francisco too, 17th St and Clayton to be exact however my business is split 50/50 bw San Francisco and East Bay. The Mission district certainly host the best variety of culinary, night life, and lifestyle to choose from. And because of the recent improvements and new developments in the area the pricing has been going up dramatically in the last 2 years however it is still considered to be one of the most reasonably priced neighborhood in the city which is still close to everything. Most of the housing in this area is either TIC or Condos that fits a lot of people who have very active lifestyle. Chris, if you would like please send me an email to and I could send you regular updates on new properties availability based on your criteria.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Jul 6, 2007
Hello Chris, these are all great answers. I would also recommend Bernel Heights, price is also around $450k. The reason being it is very close to freeways so you could get in and out of the city quickly. Also it is situated in a great neighborhood around cafes, bars, and the great diners at Noe Valley, Mission-Dolores, and 24th St, especially if you love Mexican food!
1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Jul 6, 2007
Hi There,
I'm a real estate agent in SF, so I get to see alot of neighborhoods in alot of detail.

I really think you would like...and should consider NoPa (short for North Panhandle). Is the "hipsters" neighborhood and has everything you mentioned above. Very cool neighborhood for young single guy.
If you ever want to buy....
Jeannine Barnard
Zephyr Real Estate
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jul 22, 2009
I think you would enjoy The Marina District or Cow Hollow which have many professional young people and lots to do, see, and experience! It's a great time to buy with mortgage interest rates still at all time lows and more inventory to select from and less competition that there's been in a while!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jul 5, 2007
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