This area looks worse than it is. This intersection of the Mission borders SoMa (South of Market), and has a lot of foot/car traffic. While it is grungy, it is a relatively safe neighborhood. Rents are average for SF (read: not cheap), but are cheaper than much of the city. It is sunny, and the main boulevards (S. Van Ness, Mission, Valencia) are well lit. It is also very close to the 16th and Mission BART station and the 14, 22, 33 and 49 MUNI bus lines.... more
Depending on where you live around this intersection, it can be very loud, particularly on the weekends when the bars are closing. There is very little parking, and cars without garages must be moved for street cleaning and are at risk of break-ins. There is a large homeless population and the streets tend to be rather dirty.... more
Though not experience the same growth and development as SoMa, which is largely driven by the current tech boom, the Mission is gradually seeing more pockets of growth throughout.
- Dolores Park
This has been a strong area because it borders the safer, more family oriented neighborhood of Noe Valley. Depending on your price range, would search for houses on Fair Oak or properties west of Guerrero.
- 24th and Folsom
Noticeably seedier and less cleanly than near the border of Noe Valley, many locals in the area are predicting this area will gentrify. There have been a few nicer restaurants and establishments open in the area (including Local Mission Eatery and Haus Coffee Shop), which are pushing higher income individuals to rent/buy in the area. Shotwell Street is an example of a street that is gentrifying as well.
- South of 26th
This area traditionally has been seen to have higher crime rates, low cleanliness, and a more diverse and broader demographic. Though real estate experts have predicted that this area will follow suit with the rest of the mission, I'm skeptical of the prediction coming true in the short-term.
- 16th and Mission
Much like SoMa, I believe the gentrification of the Mission will follow where the combinator of commercial real estate development and tech startups opening offices, which will increase demand for housing by employees. Many startups are considering opening offices near the 16th and Mission BART, and if the tech boom continues, this area will see similar lift.... more
Nope! They can pack up your belongings, put them outside, change the locks and you are hereby evicted! Heck, they could probably get you for trespassing or unlawful break-in if they wanted to be complete jerks!! It is NOT your house. Next thing you'll say is you've been paying in "cash"!!?? I'd start looking for a new place and get it in YOUR name or at least go on the lease with someone else but be mindful you'll also be on the hook for the lease if the other person bails. NOLO press is a good resource for tenant law. They have a complete series of books in this regard which is self-help. However, all of the above being said you ARE in San Francisco where tenants have sometimes more power than landlords!! You would find a sympathetic ear from a tenantâ€™s rights group. They are zealots but in your case this is what YOU want!... more