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Quality of Life in 94108 : Real Estate Advice

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Sun Dec 12, 2010
Jeff and Julie Moran answered:
Like any big city there are great, safe neighborhoods to live in and some not so great areas. Some of the areas that get more sun and are nicer are The Marina, Russian Hill, Cow Hollow, Pacific Heights, Soma and then good family areas are Noe Valley and West Portal. The best advice I can give you is to fly to San Francisco and spend a long weekend there. Visit the different areas and go to restaurants, shops and parks and just start talking to as many people as you can. You will hear the good and the bad. After visiting these areas you will feel it in your gut which one fits you best. San Francisco is a great town, it's very diverse and there is a lot to do. Have fun! ... more
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Mon Dec 7, 2009
Jessica Dodge answered:
Have you discussed this with your attorney? THat is the first place I would go for help.
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Sat Apr 30, 2011
Jed Lane answered:
You should consult with an attorney. You can go to the Rent Board first and get free advice but from your description of the problem I'd go straight to legal representation and letter writting. Pay the money and save yorself the heartache. ... more
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Wed Nov 28, 2012
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Wed May 13, 2009
Tony Abad answered:
Case by case. I used to be a bank manager out there and it can be rough but the people in the neighborhood are very nice. I would saw look at each house and evaluate it independently if possible. A Realtor can help with this. Also,I suggest taking a look at the area at night a few times during different days of the week to see if you are comfortable with it.

I hope this helps!

Tony Abad
Realty World
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Wed May 4, 2011
Jim Olness answered:
In the Bay Area, there's no substitute for San Francisco. That's only partially facetious. San Francisco is a magnet for yuppies. If you choose to live in a suburb, you'll probably find that your most exciting friends are spending all of their time in the City, where their other friends live. Over time, many of them will migrate to the City, leaving you isolated and bored. If you're determined to try the suburbs, I suggest Palo Alto. It's VC-central, and is probably the most vibrant city for yuppies outside of San Francisco. ... more
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Sat Apr 30, 2011
Louis B., Trulia answered:
A washer and dryer, ≥2 bathrooms, and a comfortable place to sit and chat.
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Thu Feb 5, 2009
Sally Rosenman answered:
Dear Arn,

It is a great place to find a nice home at a good price. Depending on where you are, you would have an easy drive to Highway 280 and fairly straight access to the Golden Gate Bridge up 19th Avenue and through Golden Gate Park. However, 19th Avenue can be slower during rush hour traffic!

You would have an easy drive to West Portal and Stonestown for restaurants and shops. And there are patches of shops along Noreiga Street. Same with Irving Street in the Sunset District (filled with restaurants and shops.)

Bus lines run in that district but I am not sure which lines. Go to to find out.

On the negative side, it can be quite foggy in the Parkside and Sunset Districts. Happy to help if you need comps. You can reach me via email - or through my website.

Good luck,
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Wed Oct 7, 2009
Peter Brunton answered:
Morning John,

Having lived in NYC for a couple of years I would have to say that Pacific Heights is the most equivalent to the Upper East Side both in demographics and culture. However, you could also make a case for the Marina, Russian Hill, and even Nob Hill to some extent. Please feel free to email me at if you need more in depth descriptions of the different neighborhoods in San Francisco. ... more
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Thu Oct 23, 2008
M answered:
If you are cool with a having many gay neighbors because it's almost like an extension of the castro. One of the best features is it's central location, lots of transportation options and great weather. ... more
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Tue Sep 9, 2008
Lisa Cartolano Ellen Diamond answered:

Hi. A very similar question was asked a couple of days ago. Your landlord is responsible for repairing leaks and should also have a procedure in place to mitigate water damage (example throughly drying out the apartment) to prevent microbial growth.

I would suggest you contact the San Francisco Rent Control Board to discuss with them your options

Good luck,

Lisa Cartolano
Alain Pinel Realtors
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Mon Aug 24, 2009
Jed Lane answered:
Your link has expired and we've been through the Case Schiller report many times over the past months. Do more research into the methodology of the study and the data set used to achieve their surmisal. If your happy then stay on the side line but when you see the bottom line it will already be history.
Good luck to you
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Sun Aug 3, 2008
Doug Devine answered:
Because San Francisco's neighborhoods are so diverse, this question is very difficult to definitively answer. What's "best" to one person may be "worst" to another. For instance, someone may choose to live "near the action" in a place like North Beach or Eureka Valley. But someone else may like a more "sleepy" area like Miraloma Park or West Portal. If you have multi-millions to spend, you may be interested in Sea Cliff, Pacific Heights, or St Francis Wood. With all that being said, San Francisco Magazine conducted a poll several years ago asking "If price weren't an issue, where would you like to live". The "winning" answer was Noe Valley due to its many amenities, weather, and family-friendly atmosphere. Hope that helps. :-) ... more
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Sat Jun 28, 2014
John Kenny answered:
Hi Rainbow,

The best way to get information like this is to call the local Police Department and talk with them. They are usually filled with good information. It's on Williams, I believe. ... more
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Tue Jan 5, 2010
Artur Urbanski answered:
Hi Alex,
Either, Baby Bullet Caltrain or a combination of BART with a "bullet" Caltrain with a change of trains in Millbrae are definitely good options. Dependent where in Palo Alto, you can either bike or take a bus. ... more
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Sun Jun 22, 2008
Ute Ferdig answered:
Hello. I think that whether or not living in such tight quarters will work for you depends mostly on the type of relationship you have. I remember a teacher of mine (many moons ago), who was very happily married and he told my class that he and his wife lived in one room for several years after they first got married. For them it worked out great, but for me, it would not work. If you have doubts now, maybe you should not do it. On the other hand, you can always give it a try and if it does not work out, move to a bigger place (if you still want to live with each other after the experience in the smaller place). I would sit down with your partner and each write down what your concerns are and how you can best address them. If you can't come to an agreement now, things most likely will not improve after you have moved in together. Accepting that you may have to find a larger place may remove the stress that you may be experiencing over having to make this decision. Just accept that it's not the end of the world if it does not work out. Good luck. ... more
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Wed Mar 19, 2008
Bill Williams answered:
To understand your rights as a tenant, you will find the the san francisco tenants union web site most helpful:
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Mon Aug 4, 2008
Kathryn Golden answered:
The nightlife in San Francisco would be better than Silicon Valley - hands down. The Marina is a happening area with lots of restaurants, bars, etc. Very lively. The price point for a one bedroom condo in the Marina is quite a bit higher than 300-350, hovering around $600-700. Renting would be a good option since it would allow you to live in the area before you make a major decision. SF has many neighborhoods - each unique and alot to offer. Other areas which you may like is: North Beach, South Beach, Pacific Heights.

You may check out the various neighborhoods at my website.

Good luck!
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Sun Mar 15, 2009
Adela Picar answered:
Check out Archstone Apartments online. These are brand new complexes throughout the bay area and welcome pets with an extra security deposit. I actually live in Archstone and there are great move in rates. E-mail me and I can give you any info you may need. My son just moved from S.F. to New York today !!
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