My husband, son, and I are going to be moving to San Francisco in the next few months. One of the few

Asked by Elizabeth, Portland, OR Thu Jul 17, 2008

neighborhoods we can afford is Oceanview, a neighborhood about which I can't seem to find much information. I've been told the neighborhood is no good, but what exactly does that mean? We can't afford Noe Valley, but we'd at least like to live somewhere walkable and pleasant. Can anyone give me some information about Oceanview, please?

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Sally Rosenm…, Agent, San Francisco, CA
Fri Jul 18, 2008
Dear Elizabeth,

Please go to my website: and look up information on the different communities in San Francisco. If you let me or another realtor know your price range, we will be able to tell you about other areas you would find more appealing.

You can also search the full SF MLS from that site as well or I can search for you.

Lastly, go to my website links or SFGov.Org for the Mayor's website and check out the SF Police Department. They have crime statistics that should assist you in making some decisions about certain neighborhoods.

I hope this is helpful and would welcome the opportunity to assist you. Good luck!


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Jed Lane, Agent, Petaluma, CA
Fri Jul 18, 2008
The Oceanview is a neighborhood that slopes to the south along a ridge that runs east to west. Most of the houses were built after the 1930's. There is a four square block recreation center in the neighborhood. Most of the residents shop at Stonestown or along Ocean Ave.
The area was getting pretty rough in the 1980's with drug sales being the draw. A couple of African American elders Minnie and Lovie Ward started to organize neighbors and demand the civic attention that was needed to take back the neighborhood. The group is still active, OMI Neighbors in Action
The area is largely single family homes.
I did some research for you and looked at the last six month average prices for some neighborhoods, the number and letter designate the Realtor district;
3j Oceanview $544,923
3h Ingleside $564,833
3b Merced Heights $642,042
3g Ingelside Heights $593,700
10c Excelsior $627,680
10b Crocker Amazon $602,777
10d Outer Mission $598,927
10f Portola $651,186
10g Silver Terrace $550,050
10a Bayview $415,411
Remember these are averages. Here is a link to an interactive map of SF that shows the Realtor district/subdistrict maps http://( designations and allows for an easy guide to using our MLS to search for properties at http://(
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Lisa Cartola…, Agent, Oakland, CA
Fri Jul 18, 2008

Hi, as already mentioned there are a lot of great options in San Francisco. There are a few websites that can helpHi, as already mentioned there are a lot of great options in San Francisco. There are a few websites that can help you find out more information about the area: This website allows you to input an address and it will rate the walkabilty of the neighborhood by how close it is to certain things such as restaurants, transportation, etc.

Berkeley Parents Network is a local list serve that has a ton of information about neighborhoods, schools, etc. Since you are a parent, you can join and ask the community of parents in the Bay Area for opinions about different neighborhoods in San Francisco. The URL is (I moved here from Seattle in 2000 and found this to be a fantastic resource for me and my family)

You will also want to check out the crime statistics in the area. The SFPD has a website that you can look up crime stats for a particular area of the city. The URL is

Hopefully you find this information helpful and if you have any other questions, just let me know.

Lisa Cartoalno
Alain Pinel Realtors

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Libby Subers, , San Francisco, CA
Thu Jul 17, 2008
A lot of people can't afford Noe Valley! But that's not to say that there aren't lots of great San Francisco neighborhoods that have community / commercial centers, walkability, public transportation, bike lanes and such. Your realtor should be able to point you in the direction of neighborhoods that meet your priorities, and also understand the balance between your personal affordability index and the amenities offered. Someone once showed me a neat triangle: at each respective point, write: size // location // price. Now, pick the two MOST important points of the triangle to you and that will help you decide where your next wonderful home in San Francisco will be. Best of luck, Libby Kelly-McMahon
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Peter Brunton, , San Francisco, CA
Thu Jul 17, 2008
Hi Elizabeth,

Honestly, I would say that purchasing in the Oceanview district is a bit of a risk. The neighborhood has many houses that have not been updated and it represents one of the farthest points in the city. The closest area that has shopping is probably Ocean Avenue and depending on where you are in Oceanview it's quite a hike.

To be honest with you, if you are looking at Oceanview you might want to spread your search to just outside the city. In Daly City or Pacifica you get much more house for you money right now because of all the foreclosures and they are almost as convenient and in some cases even more so. There might also be a few options in different parts of SF that might work depending on your situation.

Please feel free to shoot me an email if you have an questions at Depending on your price range and exactly what type of property that you are looking for I might be able to recommend some areas in the San Francisco area that are better bets.
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People & Pro…, , Danville, CA
Thu Jul 17, 2008
Oceanview is fantastic! The weather can be a bit foggy, but it has the old school San Francisco vibe and there is talk that The City is going to start looking to invest in redeveloping the area.
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