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San Francisco

Explore the city and discover a place you’ll love to live.

These neighborhoods have the shortest rush-hour commute to Downtown on public transit

#1 Telegraph Hill →

  • 9 mins by public transit
Garden-lined wooden stairways climb past balconies with panoramic bay views. Parking is nonexistent, but where else would you want to go?

#2 Nob Hill →

  • 11 mins by public transit
The mansions of the city’s early tycoons have been replaced with apartments, but cable cars still carry commuters up these famously scenic streets.

#3 Rincon Hill →

  • 15 mins by public transit
A thick cluster of gleaming condo towers has gone up near the foot of the Bay Bridge, turning this South of Market neighborhood into a busy urban hub.

#4 North Beach →

  • 15 mins by public transit
In San Francisco’s own Little Italy, tourists eat pasta at sidewalk tables and locals stroll down Columbus Avenue to the Financial District.

#5 Lower Nob Hill →

  • 16 mins by public transit
Parking is scarce but transit is abundant in this densely populated neighborhood between Nob Hill and the Tenderloin.  

#6 Russian Hill →

  • 17 mins by public transit
Locals tote groceries up garden-lined stairways, and cable cars ding the bell as they pass local watering holes. This is classic San Francisco all the way.

#7 Cathedral Hill →

  • 20 mins by public transit
Named for the large churches clustered here, this neighborhood just north of the Western Addition is also packed with apartment and condo towers.

#8 Pacific Heights →

  • 20 mins by public transit
Well-heeled residents lavish love on their historic homes, frequent Fillmore Street’s elegant boutiques, and walk their pups in the hilltop parks.  

#9 Castro →

  • 22 mins by public transit
Justly famous as the heart of the city’s gay life since the 1970s, the Castro is still hopping. And downtown is just a short ride down Market Street.

#10 Polk Gulch →

  • 22 mins by public transit
Just up and over Nob Hill and Russian Hill from FiDi, Polk’s lively food and nightlife scene lends a neighborhood feel to this busy part of town.
This list includes neighborhoods that have a minimum of 10 homes for sale. Last updated 4/30/19.
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