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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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Billy Goat Hill Park

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Dianne Feinstein Elementary School

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 Lower Nob Hill.

San Francisco Apartments for Rent

San Francisco Neighborhoods

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

Eating & Drinking

There are about 5,022 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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Norma and Kyle - BLU DOT Realty 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, 7 light rail, 4 subway and 1 ferry lines.

Transit Time

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

Neighborhood Guides

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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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Lands End Lookout

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Park Chalet Coastal Beer Garden

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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McCoppin Square

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Adam Rodgers Park

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Bayview Park

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Bayview Park

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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Saint Paul's Catholic Church

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Grace Cathedral

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 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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Java Beach Cafe

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Ocean Beach - Sloat Ave

Photo of Ocean Beach - Sloat Ave in San Francisco

Ocean Beach - Sloat Ave

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Lands End Lookout

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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Park Chalet Coastal Beer Garden

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Stow Lake

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Stow Lake

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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