If you end up coming to San Francisco I think you should definitely rent first if you don't know the area. There are lots of different neighborhoods and lots of different micro-climates, so lots of choices. Prices are also very high right now so I don't think you will hurt yourself by waiting, and you don't want to purchase before you learn the city only to find out you blew your choice.
What I would do is get a handle on what you think is your optimum location to buy and then rent there, checking out other neighborhoods while you're living there to make sure. Although your purchase is off in the future, me or one of my team could show you around to give you some ideas - we work with a lot of out of area clients. In case you don't like the weather or the prices, we also work in surrounding areas and can help you figure out which of those might work as well.
If you want to drop me a line (contact info below) with your price range and size criteria I can tell you if the city will work.
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The answer to this question is very subjective. It depends what sort of lifestyle you want to lead. Personally I'm not a fan of the Haight. It's foggy and has a lot of grungy people hanging out. SOMA has less of a neighborhood feel but the weather is a lot better, you're walking distance from tons of restaurants and bars as well as many different neighborhoods. North Beach is nice but you have a lot of bridge and tunnel crowd there and getting anywhere south from there is time consuming and annoying.
I would spend some time in all these neighborhoods and decide. The mission is also a great place. Good weather, centrally located, and lots of bars and restaurants... more
on the lease document no10 Use/Occupancy said that the premises is to be used exclusively who are the only original tenants of the premises. violation of the provisions of this section shall be deemed a substantual and material breach of this agreement and is agreed to be a just case for eviction
does it mean that i can just post 60 days noticed? without paying them re allocation fees?... more
One thing I wish I had known about SoMa is that there is really a lack of greenery. Maybe that's not important to some, but despite the benefit of proximity to the interstates and new construction there, it feels a bit like a concrete jungle. Really, the only park is South Park, which is very small, so if you want to chill outside on a nice day, you're heading to another 'hood. The other thing is that, during baseball season, it's very hard to eat dinner out since most restaurants are pretty packed with baseball fans.... more