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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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89 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 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, Tenderloin and Polk Gulch.

San Francisco Neighborhoods

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

Average Home Features

According to HomeAdvisor Data, these characteristics make up the average home in San Francisco

Average square footage 1900
Homeowners have 2.9 bedrooms
Homeowners have 2.1 bathrooms
Age of home 48 years
Average time living in home 16 years

Check out HomeAdvisor’s San Francisco Home Happiness Survey.

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Norma and Kyle - BLU DOT Realty Group
on Sutro Baths

77 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, 86 bus, 5 rail, 5 light rail, 8 subway and 3 ferry 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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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

72 Bike Score of San Francisco, CA

San Francisco is Very Bikeable

Biking is convenient for most trips.

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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, Turo, Getaround, 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 and Kyle - BLU DOT Realty 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 and Kyle - BLU DOT Realty 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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