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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, Downtown-Union Square and North Beach.

San Francisco Apartments for Rent

View all San Francisco apartments on a map. The average rent is $4,000 and the average home price is $999,000.

Rental info for AVA 55 Ninth in the San Francisco area
from $3,140
Studio
Walk Score 96
Rental info for Potrero Launch in the San Francisco area
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Studio
Walk Score 86
Rental info for eaves Diamond Heights in the San Francisco area
from $2,885
1 bed
Walk Score 71
Rental info for Parkmerced in the San Francisco area
from $2,820
Studio
Walk Score 86
Rental info for Venn On Market in the San Francisco area
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1 bed
Walk Score 97
Rental info for Avalon Hayes Valley in the San Francisco area
$3,320
Studio
Walk Score 98
Rental info for Avalon Sunset Towers in the San Francisco area
from $3,400
Studio
Walk Score 87
Rental info for The Presidio Residences in the San Francisco area
from $2,760
1 bed
Walk Score 82

To view San Francisco homes for sale sorted by Walk Score, visit Trulia.com.

San Francisco Neighborhoods

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1 Chinatown 100 100 72 8,646
2 Downtown-Union Square 99 100 81 2,112
3 North Beach 99 96 71 10,684
4 Japantown 99 89 79 3,118
5 Lower Nob Hill 99 100 74 14,408
6 Tenderloin 98 100 90 21,848
7 Castro 98 96 82 2,219
8 Polk Gulch 98 95 75 5,096
9 Civic Center 98 100 98 3,237
10 Nob Hill 98 99 67 15,778
11 Union Street 97 85 75 5,279
12 Cathedral Hill 97 98 83 6,245
13 Mission Dolores 97 99 96 11,935
14 Lower Pacific Heights 97 80 84 6,145
15 Hayes Valley 97 99 92 4,663
16 Mint Hill 97 100 88 1,693
17 Duboce Triangle 96 99 88 4,733
18 Mission District 96 86 98 39,206
19 Russian Hill 96 93 63 14,083
20 Telegraph Hill 96 96 61 3,080
21 Northern Waterfront 96 99 80 2,406
22 Fishermans Wharf 96 88 78 1,425
23 Pacific Heights 95 87 66 19,973
24 South of Market 95 100 96 25,457
25 Financial District 95 100 84 810
26 Western Addition 95 88 92 15,059
27 Cole Valley 95 76 90 2,366
28 Lower Haight 95 98 87 7,355
29 Alamo Square 95 90 86 3,067
30 Haight Ashbury 94 81 91 4,804
31 Dolores Heights 94 86 82 9,675
32 Cow Hollow 93 76 65 3,258
33 Panhandle 93 82 95 6,506
34 Anza Vista 93 80 81 1,993
35 Inner Sunset 92 70 83 12,832
36 Marina District 92 75 81 12,435
37 Laurel Heights-Jordan Park 92 76 87 3,778
38 Inner Richmond 92 76 94 24,154
39 Aquatic Park-Fort Mason 91 89 68 849
40 Corona Heights 91 93 73 2,011
41 Presidio Heights 91 74 77 4,219
42 Noe Valley 90 73 78 13,193
43 Buena Vista 90 88 77 5,964
44 Presidio Terrace 90 71 89 2,386
45 West Portal 89 78 71 3,756
46 Eureka Valley 89 85 70 6,782
47 Showplace Square 88 91 98 1,054
48 Lone Mountain 88 78 86 7,046
49 Ashbury Heights 88 78 75 3,072
50 South Beach 87 100 88 5,044
51 Bernal Heights 87 76 75 15,114
52 Lake Street 87 71 86 3,780
53 Holly Park 86 76 77 4,222
54 Potrero Hill 86 75 76 12,669
55 Rincon Hill 85 100 83 4,112
56 St. Francis Wood 85 77 69 1,317
57 Dogpatch 85 77 92 1,282
58 Outer Richmond 84 72 78 28,410
59 Stonestown 83 68 80 1,949
60 Cayuga 83 89 78 6,761
61 Silver Terrace 82 70 64 10,210
62 Peralta Heights 82 74 77 2,141
63 Parnassus Heights 82 69 69 2,955
64 Mission Bay 82 93 96 6,576
65 Fairmount 80 79 70 3,963
66 Mission Terrace 79 85 74 10,529
67 St. Marys Park 79 80 75 3,010
68 Mt. Davidson Manor 78 71 66 1,607
69 Westwood Park 78 75 69 2,103
70 Bayview 78 67 62 12,897
71 Excelsior 77 77 62 19,839
72 Outer Sunset 77 60 76 53,301
73 Balboa Terrace 76 70 73 990
74 Parkside 76 64 69 18,299
75 Ingleside Terraces 76 70 78 1,999
76 Outer Mission 74 74 66 7,918
77 Seacliff 74 63 70 1,768
78 Merced Manor 74 64 75 2,731
79 Glen Park 74 79 59 3,218
80 Ingleside 73 78 68 10,250
81 Portola 73 67 67 14,411
82 Sutro Heights 72 66 62 3,134
83 Sunnyside 71 79 59 6,805
84 Parkmerced 71 62 80 10,161
85 Golden Gate Heights 71 71 60 10,995
86 Merced Heights 69 74 62 5,997
87 Laguna Honda 67 78 59 3,307
88 Monterey Heights 66 70 59 1,000
89 Bret Harte 66 65 60 5,398
90 Crocker Amazon 64 68 49 13,710
91 Westwood Highlands 64 68 52 640
92 Forest Hill 63 79 55 2,069
93 Upper Market 62 63 59 4,283
94 Visitacion Valley 62 66 50 13,360
95 Oceanview 61 81 60 9,031
96 Diamond Heights 59 66 57 3,020
97 Miraloma Park 56 67 50 4,558
98 Little Hollywood 55 67 56 1,705
99 Clarendon Heights 53 74 56 1,914
100 Sherwood Forest 50 70 45 1,663
101 University Mound 48 65 54 4,694
102 Forest Knolls 47 68 51 1,798
103 Midtown Terrace 44 70 47 1,699
104 Hunters Point 43 56 38 3,731
105 Sunnydale 42 58 43 4,107
106 Lakeshore 40 49 59 3,541
107 Candlestick Point State Recreation Area 39 63 36 1,230
108 McLaren Park 36 62 31 603
109 Presidio National Park 36 37 56 3,276
110 Treasure Island 32 33 56 2,506

Eating & Drinking

There are about 4,279 restaurants, bars and coffee shops in San Francisco.

People in San Francisco can walk to an average of 4 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

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, 109 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

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

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

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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