Where should I live in SF?
July 11, 2014 3:38 PM Subscribe
Mefites of San Francisco: Where do you live? Where should I live? When should I move? How does this happen? I'm a special snowflake with my own special snowflake needs.
posted by bleep to Home & Garden (49 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
I'm planning on moving to SF for my job in September or October. I'd like to go sooner rather than later but there's some stuff we're waiting on that might not be finished by September so there's no way to tell at this point.
Here is the sum total of everything I've been told about SF: (I've only been there once, for a few days)
My office is in the Union Square area.
The peninsula is a very expensive place to live.
There's public transit.
There's a place called Oakland across the bay that might be more affordable.
There's a neighborhood near my office called the Tenderloin where I should never, ever go.
Here's the kind of place I would like to rent:
A 2 bedroom with in-unit washer & dryer, cats allowed. Balcony or patio would be optimal.
A popular, walkable neighborhood that will facilitate socializing among other 30-somethings and making friends, and a reasonable commute (no more than 1 hour, no more than 1 transfer). (For example, right now I live in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago that is reasonably priced but very far away from the cool hip stuff going on; the distance away from everything makes me never want to leave the house and I don't want to get into that trap again.)
Maximum budget of $1700.
Parking isn't necessary, we don't have a car.
I know this is asking for a lot but they're all important.
Here's what I would like to know about SF:
What specific neighborhoods & areas should I be looking in?
What specific neighborhoods are in the middle of getting gentrified so I can avoid having my rent raised by 50% next year? Is it even possible to avoid this?
What would be a good time line, start to finish?
When should apartment scouting begin?
When should we plan to be moved-moved?
How should I go about finding an apartment, logistics-wise? We move out there, stay in a hotel and spend the 27th-30th of the month roaming around making phone calls?