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Living in San Francisco

Cable cars are mostly for tourists, but the City by the Bay is easy to get around via BART, MUNI, and bus. Nob Hill and Pacific Heights have amazing views for a reason — those hills make San Francisco walkers stronger, but it’s still a great city for walking, no matter what your destination.

You can work in Silicon Valley at the tech giants — or at a smaller startup and still live in the city; it’s an easy commute via CalTrain. San Francisco has so much to offer — culture, art, and Golden Gate Park’s mash up of people. It's easy to live the walkable lifestyle in San Francisco.

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Walk Score of San Francisco, CA

San Francisco is Very Walkable

Most errands can be accomplished on foot.

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Sutro Baths

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Presidio San Francisco

San Francisco is the 2nd most walkable large city in the US with 805,235 residents.

San Francisco has excellent public transportation and is very bikeable.

Find apartments in San Francisco's most walkable neighborhoods: Chinatown, Financial District and Downtown.

San Francisco Apartments for Rent

View all San Francisco apartments on a map. The average rent is $3,810 and the average home price is $993,800.

Rental info for 77 Bluxome Apartments in the San Francisco area
from $2,436
Studio
Walk Score 86
Rental info for SoMa Square in the San Francisco area
from $2,981
Studio
Walk Score 97
Rental info for Geary Courtyard in the San Francisco area
from $2,501
Studio
Walk Score 98
Rental info for The Terraces in the San Francisco area
$2,547
Studio
Walk Score 98
Rental info for Mosso in the San Francisco area
from $2,882
Studio
Walk Score 94
Rental info for Lakewood Apartments in the San Francisco area
from $1,699
Studio
Walk Score 28
Rental info for Tower Two at One Rincon Hill in the San Francisco area
from $3,800
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100+ listings in San Francisco

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San Francisco Neighborhoods

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1 Chinatown 100 100 71 6,374
2 Financial District 99 100 79 3,836
3 Downtown 99 100 73 20,538
4 Tenderloin 98 100 90 22,934
5 Telegraph Hill 98 97 60 7,675
6 Nob Hill 98 98 68 18,589
7 North Beach 98 94 67 6,430
8 Van Ness / Civic Center 98 99 86 9,384
9 Lower Pacific Heights 97 85 78 11,504
10 Duboce Triangle 97 99 88 3,097
11 Western Addition 96 92 92 11,301
12 Mission 96 89 94 57,002
13 Cow Hollow 95 83 68 8,616
14 Hayes Valley 95 98 90 13,573
15 Yerba Buena 95 100 93 5,239
16 Russian Hill 95 93 62 13,757
17 Pacific Heights 95 86 61 18,562
18 North Waterfront 95 92 63 1,890
19 Alamo Square 94 93 86 5,808
20 Haight-Ashbury 94 81 87 9,475
21 South of Market 94 99 96 24,748
22 Jordan Park / Laurel Heights 93 77 79 4,261
23 Marina 93 77 73 12,432
24 North Panhandle 93 83 92 10,973
25 Eureka Valley / Dolores Heights / Castro 92 89 72 11,756
26 Anza Vista 92 82 80 2,282
27 Inner Richmond 91 78 91 16,509
28 Buena Vista Park 90 90 74 2,615
29 West Portal 89 79 66 2,711
30 Corona Heights 89 90 71 3,604
31 Lone Mountain 89 80 84 6,915
32 Noe Valley 89 78 70 16,881
33 Presidio Heights 89 74 70 3,808
34 Inner Sunset 88 71 70 16,194
35 Lake 87 72 81 7,375
36 South Beach 87 100 85 10,493
37 Parnassus / Ashbury 86 78 70 5,106
38 Central Richmond 86 74 80 23,072
39 Bernal Heights 85 82 73 26,070
40 St. Francis Wood 84 77 65 1,670
41 Potrero Hill 84 75 66 10,684
42 Mission Terrace 84 92 72 10,835
43 Inner Parkside 84 74 58 4,806
44 Lakeside 83 70 79 1,567
45 Outer Mission 82 82 58 10,792
46 Central Waterfront / Dogpatch 81 77 87 1,809
47 Mount Davidson Manor 81 75 60 1,921
48 Silver Terrace 81 70 61 8,525
49 Central Sunset 80 64 69 20,553
50 Ingleside Terrace 79 73 75 2,206
51 Glen Park 78 85 64 7,713
52 Outer Richmond 78 69 58 16,089
53 Merced Manor 76 73 75 832
54 Forest Hill Extension 76 78 60 1,586
55 Balboa Terrace 76 75 72 859
56 Parkside 76 65 57 18,638
57 Excelsior 76 81 56 23,218
58 Ingleside 76 86 59 9,229
59 Ingleside Heights 75 74 50 6,054
60 Westwood Park 75 82 62 2,017
61 Golden Gate Park 74 73 86 3,320
62 Bayview 74 67 54 20,872
63 Outer Sunset 74 60 61 15,521
64 Mission Bay 73 89 89 1,858
65 Sea Cliff 73 66 60 1,463
66 Crocker Amazon 72 71 43 12,797
67 Sunnyside 71 85 51 5,658
68 Pine Lake Park 70 68 63 956
69 Oceanview 70 80 50 6,804
70 Merced Heights 70 71 55 2,956
71 Outer Parkside 69 59 60 15,068
72 Stonestown 69 64 73 10,724
73 Portola 66 68 59 17,118
74 Golden Gate Heights 65 72 40 2,356
75 Forest Hill 64 78 42 2,847
76 Monterey Heights 64 73 47 843
77 Diamond Heights 62 72 50 2,651
78 Visitacion Valley 61 64 44 19,753
79 Little Hollywood 60 67 50 1,709
80 Miraloma Park 58 72 46 4,655
81 Clarendon Heights 56 77 52 692
82 Twin Peaks 55 71 54 3,306
83 Forest Knolls 55 70 45 3,085
84 Lakeshore 54 58 62 5,207
85 Westwood Highlands 53 73 38 1,971
86 Sherwood Forest 50 73 36 512
87 Midtown Terrace 47 73 42 3,217
88 Hunters Point 45 59 29 4,657
89 Presidio 43 62 46 3,419
90 Treasure Island 22 34 42 2,413

Eating & Drinking

There are about 4,439 restaurants, bars and coffee shops in San Francisco.

People in San Francisco can walk to an average of 3 restaurants, bars and coffee shops in 5 minutes.

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KEIKO à Nob Hill

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Sutro Baths

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thumbnail for Sutro BathsAwesome view of men fishing on the rocks off of the Sutro Baths. It's an amazing site to see these guys on these rocks because they are completely surrounded by ocean water. #SutroBaths, #SanFrancisco, #fishing, #PacificOcean

Kyle & Norma ~ The Achievers Group
on Sutro Baths

Transit Score of San Francisco, CA

San Francisco has Excellent Transit

Transit is convenient for most trips. Find San Francisco apartments for rent near public transit.

Public Transit Routes

San Francisco has excellent public transportation and about 3 cable car, 108 bus, 3 rail, 4 subway and 7 light rail lines.

Transit Time

The map above shows how far you can travel in 30 minutes from San Francisco on public transit.

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San Francisco has about 872 car shares from City CarShare, RelayRides, Zipcar, Hertz On Demand and Getaround.

Neighborhood Guides

Thinking of renting an apartment or buying in San Francisco? Ask our neighborhood guides a question.

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Billy Goat Hill Park

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Adam Rodgers Park

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Bayview Park

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Sutro Baths

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Presidio San Francisco

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39 Pier 39 Concourse

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Bike Score of San Francisco, CA

San Francisco is Very Bikeable

Biking is convenient for most trips.

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Crime in San Francisco

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Each year in San Francisco, 20 violent crimes and 85 property crimes occur per 1,000 people.

Use our crime maps to find an apartment for rent in a safe San Francisco neighborhood.

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What's It Like to Live in San Francisco?

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39 Pier 39 Concourse

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Billy Goat Hill Park

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Dianne Feinstein Elementary School

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McCoppin Square

Overview

San Francisco is, simply put, a beautiful city. There are hilltop views, that red-orange bridge spanning the Bay, foggy coastline, parks full of big trees and world class museums, vibrant, diverse neighborhoods… if the fates have decided you are to live in San Francisco, you are lucky indeed.

The city is located at the top of a peninsula that’s bordered on one side by the San Francisco Bay and on the other by the Pacific Ocean. The Golden Gate Bridge crosses the water to the north into Marin County, the Bay Bridge goes east to Oakland. All that nearby water is partly to blame for San Francisco’s famous fog and their cold days in August, but when the sun is shining in the city, there’s hardly a better place to be.

Culturally, San Francisco is a terrific mix of communities. There are large Hispanic and Asian communities – the oldest Chinatown in North America is in San Francisco. As you’d expect in a city that’s historically significant in the struggle for gay rights, there’s a big LGBT population as well.

San Francisco is a hub for high tech jobs -- Airbnb is here, Craigslist, Twitter, Yelp, and dozens of other new media giants. Wells Fargo Bank has their headquarters here, as does film and special effects icon Industrial Light and Magic. The well respected environmental group, The Sierra Club has offices in San Francisco, and microloan company Kiva. Startups appear on the San Francisco skyline on a regular basis, attracted by the cities smart residents, proximity to Stanford and Berkeley universities, and because San Francisco is a great place to live. Be aware, though, all this interest in San Francisco has driven up real estate prices – for buyers and renters – and affordable apartments in the city are becoming harder to find.

That said, you’d be hard pressed to find a place in San Francisco that doesn’t have everything you need within walking distance – shopping, restaurants, great cafes and bars, and public transit. You’ll find a walkable life in San Francisco is very easy to achieve.

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Adam Rodgers Park

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Bayview Park

Getting Around

Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) is the greater Bay Area’s commuter rail system; it runs under much of San Francisco, out to the East Bay, and south to the San Francisco International Airport (SFO). CalTrain is popular with 49er’s fans because there’s a stop near the stadium, but the train runs regular service all the way down the peninsula to Gilroy, with stops in San Jose, Palo Alto, San Bruno (for airport connections) and lots of places in-between. MUNI runs streetcars and bus service – they’ve got some classic trolleys in their fleet that are real head-turners. MUNI is also responsible for the city’s famous cable cars. There’s ferry service to Oakland, Alameda, Vallejo, and a few other stops around the Bay.

It takes a sturdy pair of legs to commute by bicycle in this hilly city, but there are bike routes all around the city. The route map, published by the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, includes information about how steep, exactly, that hill is, so you can plan your ride accordingly.

The city participates in Bay Area Bike Share; there are more than two dozen bike share stations mostly in neighborhoods where the hills aren’t quite so challenging.

There are car share services too – ZipCar, RelayRides, City CarShare, all operate in San Francisco. Given that you’ll probably have to pay extra for parking in San Francisco, and that it’s almost always a challenge to find a spot, you may find that joining a car share beats out owing a car.

And San Francisco proper – while very dense – is simply not that big. Committed pedestrians are likely to find that they’re happy to walk everywhere they go.

thumbnail for Presidio San FranciscoThis is the view from the Golden Gate Bridge. The Presidio of San Francisco is a park and former military base on the northern tip of the San Francisco Peninsula in San Francisco. It has 1480 acres and more than 500 historic buildings. This is the view from the Golden Gate Bridge. Nice open spaces, the park is dog friendly, perfect place for a picnic and just getting away from it all. #SanFrancisco, #PresidioPark, #Parks, #MilitaryFort, #Walking, #Jogging, #Nature, #Picnics, #HistoricalBuildings, #Museum

Kyle & Norma ~ The Achievers Group
on Presidio San Francisco

Neighborhoods

With so much new development in San Francisco, nearly every neighborhood in the city is a great place to live.

SOMA (South of Market) near the CalTrain station used to be gritty warehouses and a few edgy bars; now many of those warehouses have been converted into loft style apartments and condos. There are lots of studios here, and some larger one and two bedroom units, some of them have done cool up-cycling with the materials, like refinishing the original timber floors or sandblasting the exposed brick. There are now major chain supermarkets in SOMA, too, so residents needn’t go far for the basics.

Nob Hill and Russian Hill have long been two of the city’s swankiest neighborhoods. Here you’ll find classic Victorians that have been divided into apartments without compromising on the architecture details. Some of them are larger units with three and four bedrooms, hardwood floors, leaded glass windows, built in cabinets, but they’ll also have completely modern kitchens with brand new appliances. There is no need to sacrifice on walkability here, you’re never more than a few minutes from a bus stop or market.

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Bayview Park

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Saint Paul's Catholic Church

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Grace Cathedral

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Java Beach Cafe

The Castro is the nexus for San Francisco’s gay community and it’s also seeing lots of development. There are some attractive old row houses here, three story walkups. Nearby Haight Ashbury has similar housing, classic style walkups with bay windows that face the street, rooms divided with pocket doors, and plenty of great street life right outside your front door. The Mission district used to be considered not such a great place to live, but now there are brand new luxury condos on Delores Street, and you’re never far from a place that serves up the famous Mission burrito.

And that’s just a few of the better known city neighborhoods. Sunset has great ocean facing views, Pacific Heights has more of those gorgeous San Francisco style homes, North Beach is full of delicious Italian restaurants and home to one of the world’s best book stores, City Lights… it’s hard to go wrong when picking a neighborhood in San Francisco.

Find great apartments in San Francisco on Walk Score and join the 57% of San Francisco residents that rent their homes. Bay area living is known for its eclectic vibe and job opportunities abound in this hot technology market. Whether you’re looking for a Nob Hill home, or an apartment in one of San Francisco's hippest neighborhoods.

Walk Score helps you find walkable San Francisco home rentals. Need more square footage, or one of the view apartments over San Francisco Bay? Search for cheap San Francisco studio apartments by commute time. Search for two bedroom apartments to rent near a BART line, or one bedroom apartments near a MUNI stop and find a happy commute to live and work in San Francisco.

thumbnail for 39 Pier 39 ConcourseThe sea lions camped out in PIER 39′s West Marina have been endearingly coined The PIER’s “Sea Lebrities.” The boisterous pinnipeds started arriving in droves in January 1990, shortly after the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. #Pier39, #SanFrancisco, #SoManyTimesToSeeInSanFrancisco, #WeLoveSanFrancisco

Kyle & Norma ~ The Achievers Group
on 39 Pier 39 Concourse

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Ocean Beach - Sloat Ave

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Ocean Beach - Sloat Ave

thumbnail for Billy Goat Hill ParkThe famous (or infamous) Rope Swing of Billy Goat Hill Park. The initial 5 feet from the ground swing can easily turn into a 15-20+ foot drop. Not for faint of heart. But you can get really cool photos with the city background as you swing.

Alex Ballete
on Billy Goat Hill Park

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