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Mon Apr 15, 2013
Alison Hillman answered:
I am personally a huge fan of the Duboce Triangle! Learn more here:,_San_Francisco

Hope this helps,
Ali, Community Manager
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Mon Mar 25, 2013
Alison Hillman answered:
I don't actually live in the Mission, but I will tell you why I love hanging in the Mission.


There, I said it! In the Mission, you can find all kinds of authentic options ranging in prices. I would highly recommend reading up on "The Best of..." lists, you'll find that the majority of great SF eats are in the Mission.

Hope this helps, enjoy!

Ali, Community Manager

PS My fave restaurant in SF is called Flour + Water in the Mission...mmmm....
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Sat Nov 10, 2012
Sally Rosenman answered:
You need to talk to lenders. The down payment you can make varies with the type of loan you get. I would talk to Ephraim Schwartz, partner at O'dette Mortgage Group, 415-297-8514 or Or go to my website and go to Resources and look under Mortgage Brokers for many other excellent contacts.

Good luck,

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Tue Nov 20, 2012
Sally Rosenman answered:
Dear Jim,

This is a Below Market Rate unit with specific requirements. The Mayor's office of Housing has all the requirements needed and in what ways the Mayor's office can help you with the downpayment. Please go to and look under Mayor's office of housing. It is best to go to that site because BMR units have different requirements for loans.

Good luck,
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Wed Sep 12, 2012
Gabriel Rojas answered:
Well Alison,

I think that just about all of us that have enjoyed a warm/sunny day in Dolores Park can attest, there is plenty of drinking going on in the park. Will there be an end to it altogether? This seems extremely doubtful but you never know.

According to the article you posted there have been people bringing in kegs. I have never personally seen that but I'm sure it happens. I, for one, am completely okay with people drinking in the park if they handle themselves and don't become a nuisance to others. I do not condone under-age drinking or the reports of heroin use, etc but think that responsible drinking is okay.

Thanks for bringing this to our attention.

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Sat Mar 24, 2012
J Mario Preza answered:
San Jose; Lapidge; Linda; Harrison; Precita; Peralta; Banks... But see here, poster, you'll get a thousand opinions of what is "nice". For instance, I once called on a couple of families who may have been more comfortable living in Noe Valley, but they "loved" the sunny disposition of the Bay View. So, what turns you on? You do realize that any "pockets" in the Mission will still be either 1/2 or 1 block away from what might not appeal to you. But, you'll be the best judge of that. I listed a few streets familiar to me, however, I can also say that in most cases, these streets are a bear to park!!! (What area in the Mission isn't?). What are you looking for in a "good" neighborhood? ... more
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Wed Jul 25, 2012
Derek Reynolds answered:
I'd say anywhere west of Valencia is pretty safe. This is close to the Mission/Noe Valley border. I'll often walk along Valencia late at night when coming home and feel pretty safe. You can also check out the crime map here and get a general idea of what areas might be safer than others:!san-francisco-ca/13/37.77096,-122.42529/San_Francisco,CA/. ... more
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Thu Mar 22, 2012
Matthew answered:
The parking situation in that part of mission is actually not too bad. I've lived near 14th and mission for 5 years now and had a car for about 2 of those years. You'll find the most spaces east of mission street, between mission and folsom. I would normally find a space within 5 to 10 minutes on most nights in between 14th and 16th, and mission and folsom. The one thing i would caution you against is leaving anything at all visible in your car. Make sure everything is in your trunk, glove box or you just take it with you, because a lot of windows get smashed in this neighborhood. Also be mindful of the street you're parking on after hours coming home from a night out. Keep to the main streets as much as possible because unfortunately there is some crime in the way of muggings to be aware of in this neighborhood as well. So you don't necessarily need a garage spot if you want to save money, however there are a few in the area for somewhere between $250 and $300 if you want to go that way. ... more
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Wed Nov 30, 2011
Sarah C. Bell answered:
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
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Wed Nov 30, 2011
Sarah C. Bell answered:
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
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Mon Dec 23, 2013
Trulia asked:
Are home prices in Mission going to appreciate or depreciate? What are the current market conditions for buying or renting?
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Sat Dec 24, 2011
Texas Born answered:
The mission has a gang and drug problem the gangs are seperated buy street and color.You have red and blue red from 22nd towards ceaser chavez and blue back going towards duboce.Then you have the 21st gang that divides the to colors.Some say they were red but not from what ive seen.Their is alot of drug activity and alot of drinking that goes on their on 21st and Bryant.I havent had any problems their and i have lived their for atleast 5 years.In the past few years their seems to be a little prostitution starting to build up you see women standing around every now and then jumping in and out of cars.Word has it that the young kids run the show but ive heard rumors that a guy named d-loc is the one that controls everything.He is a older guy in his late 30s i have seen him around but never meet him.From what i heard from a friend of mine he is a recording artist but i dont know what his recording name is.Neighbors that now him or say they do say he is a real melow guy but looks can be well you know.And the times i have seen him he always has different women with him and alot of times more than a few.When i go to the corner store i never have any problems and they always say hello to the neighbors and the people who walk by.Other than that its pretty calm in that part of the Mission besides the few things i mentioned. ... more
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Tue Oct 25, 2011
Trulia asked:
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Mon Nov 21, 2011
Eric Wu answered:
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.
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Tue Jun 21, 2011
Mack McCoy answered:
Sure, it's a plan.

The most important thing is to figure out what's important to you as a buyer and as a client. If you ask agents to give you a methodology, they'll give you one in which they score very highly - for example, your ideal agent should have a beard, wear glasses, and practice in Seattle. Well, you get the point, I hope.

All of us would use a different methodology, probably because we have different resources at our disposal and different requirements and needs from our agents.

All the best,
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Tue Jul 6, 2010
Natasha Makarova answered:
Hi Sam,
How much are you approved for?
It is very important.
If you are not approved, then I can give you a contact for of a loan officer.
After you will be approved, then we can discuss your housing metter.
My phone is 415.351.8842
Thank you.
Yelena Tihonova.
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Sun Aug 3, 2008
Jed Lane answered:
You will need to check with the building department. Ask them what the rules say and what the process would be.
You can either walk ina and have a conversation or call. I like to walk in it seems they are always ready to talk and help especially if you are nice and treat them with respect.
What they will tell you is how to make the unfinished space habitable, the number of windows and doors you'd need.
The parking might be an issue because we still have a general planning code that each residence must have at least one parking place off street. But if you have room on the lot that should suffice. Let us know what happens.
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Tue May 13, 2008
Mike Kelly Allison Norman answered:
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 tenant’s rights group. They are zealots but in your case this is what YOU want! ... more
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Tue Apr 7, 2009
Mary Fenton answered:
Hi Kenneth. The first thing you have to realize is that San Francisco is a very unique market. Although prices have dropped nationally, they haven't in San Francisco. Some neighborhoods in SF have seen slight price decreases, but the more desirable neighborhoods have continued to appreciate. It is true that we will continue to see the effects of the credit crunch for some time now, but I believe it only means a slighly softer in market in SF as opposed to prices dropping. Especially if you are considering to hold on to your property for the long term, I wouldn't wait. ... more
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