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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 Lower Nob Hill.

San Francisco Apartments for Rent

View all San Francisco apartments on a map. The average rent is $3,977 and the average home price is $938,944.

Rental info for Potrero Launch in the San Francisco area
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Studio
Walk Score 88
Rental info for Waterbend in the San Francisco area
from $2,700
1 bed
Walk Score 83
Rental info for 2000 Post in the San Francisco area
from $2,733
Studio
Walk Score 98
Rental info for Channel Mission Bay in the San Francisco area
from $3,880
Studio
Walk Score 89
Rental info for 399 Fremont in the San Francisco area
from $3,375
Studio
Walk Score 86
Rental info for Avalon Hayes Valley in the San Francisco area
from $3,110
Studio
Walk Score 99
Rental info for Edgewater Luxury Apartments in the San Francisco area
from $2,771
Studio
Walk Score 81
Rental info for 388 Beale in the San Francisco area
from $3,839
1 bed
Walk Score 86

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

Eating & Drinking

There are about 4,766 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

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, 117 bus, 3 rail and 4 subway 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

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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