If you’re planning a move to San Francisco for business, planning whereabouts in the area you’re going to settle down is probably a big priority. As well as wanting to live close by to your new place of work, you’ll be looking for a neighborhood that also fits your individual needs and has the kind of property that you’re looking for. There is no one ‘best’ place to live – this could vary depending on what your top priorities are. That’s why we’ve put together a list based on the different priorities people may have when moving to San Francisco for business.
Best for Families – Outer Richmond
If you’re moving for business and have your family in tow, you’ll want to find a neighborhood that is family-friendly. If you have children, being close by to schools, childcare options, weekend activities and other kids is usually a top priority. Although this neighborhood might have a bit of a reputation for fog, it’s definitely family friendly and is in a great location between the Golden Gate Park, the Presidio, and Land’s End.
Best for Adventurers – Tenderloin
If you’re looking for an adventure and want to live in a vibrant area with plenty to do, Tenderloin is the neighborhood for you. Long known for its close proximity Civic Center’s theaters, there’s a great sense of community being built by productions from local companies such as PianoFight. When it comes to dining, foodies will love this neighborhood with a great selection of restaurants and pubs to choose from.
If Money is No Object – Hayes Valley
If you’re lucky enough to be in a position where money is no objet, Hayes Valley is a winning area. Moving here is likely to make your wallet significantly slimmer, but if you’re able to afford the cost, the availability of transit, high walkability and great proximity of this area to main highways makes this area a winner. Not to mention the top-class restaurants and fantastic shopping opportunities.
Best for Culture – Chinatown
This neighborhood may be packed with tourists, but it’s all part of its charm – and besides, it’s hard to find a San Francisco neighborhood that doesn’t have at least a few tourist groups hanging round. Filled with locals and visitors, Chinatown is great if you want to be centrally located – and there is tons of cheap food. It’s home to some of the best nightlife and bars in the city, and is a fantastic culturally stimulating experience.
Best for Affordable Rent – Excelsior
When it comes to keeping your rent costs at an affordable and reasonable price, Excelsior is one of the city’s most affordable. Along with this, the area offers some beautiful parks at the border and there’s also a full-size golf course. If you’re not keen on the idea of tourists, this is the best neighborhood as it’s under the radar status gives it a refreshing lack of pretention.
Which neighborhood would you say is the best in San Francisco? We’d love to hear from you in the comments.