My favorite part about the Marina is probably the accessibility to such a wide variety of great food and drink options. It's so convenient living just a couple blocks from Chestnut Street to be able to wander out of my apartment to get a quick salad at Pluto's, have a beer at one of the many local watering holes, or enjoy fine dining at a place like Terzo. As an outdoor enthusiast, it's also very nice to live close to the Marina Green and be able to jog out to Crissy Field or to the Golden Gate. I've lived here for 5 years and love it!... more
The obvious one is the unstable ground. People are very concerned about living and buying a home on liquifiable material. But, that's one of those things that we'll never really know until it happens. Another obvious Marina drawback is the sheer cost. It's one of the most expensive areas in San Francisco and there is never a lack of people interested in buying or renting in the Marina, so competition is stiff. There are some other drawbacks, like noise levels near bars and restaurants, as well as commute time for those who need to get across town or out of the city to the South or East Bay everyday.... more
If the stability of the ground is a big concern, head up the hills a little bit into Pac Heights. It amazes me that there are so many Californians who don't live on bedrock and don't seem to care. You won't be too far from the Marina and it's less likely to collapse on you.
A good real estate agent in your area should be able to help. If you wander into a few open houses on Sunday, you should be able to pick up some good information by chatting with the agents there and be able to remain anonymous at the same time.... more