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Renting a San Francisco Apartment
Where to Rent an Apartment in San Francisco?
The Marina. Known for its Mediterranean - influenced architecture, this beautiful waterfront district is popular with the city's burgeoning community of young, single professionals, who can afford its sometimes pricey San Francisco apartment studios and one-bedrooms. An abundance of restaurants, bars, and boutiques along Chestnut and Union Streets, ample public transportation to the Financial District, and stunning views of the Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge are among the attractions.
Pacific Heights. Ranking among San Francisco's more upscale districts, Pacific Heights is located on City's north side, adjacent to the Marina, Cow Hollow and Laurel Heights. Residents enjoy Fillmore and Sacramento streets, hubs for designer and small merchant shops, coffee shops and fine restaurants. Architecture here is a mix of 1920's-era San Francisco apartment buildings, Victorian flats and spectacular mansions. Streets at lower elevations, around Geary and Sacramento, generally have the higher San Francisco apartment turnover.
Cow Hollow. This pretty neighborhood tucked between Pacific Heights and the Presidio National Park has become popular with young single professionals and families, and features great shopping and a host of happening singles bars that draw a stylish weekend crowd.
Presidio Heights. This area borders Pacific Heights, and has its share of celebrity residents and luxurious homes snuggled at the foot of Presidio National Park, the gateway to the Golden Gate Bridge and Marin County. The district of vintage Victorian architecture is haute San Francisco at its most appealing.
North Beach. A tourist favorite, North Beach is crammed with restaurants, shops, live music, and great coffee. At one time an Italian immigrant neighborhood, and famous in the 50s as the stomping grounds of the Beat Generation, the region now is home to a diverse mix of residents who thrive on the area's nonstop bustle. While these San Francisco apartments are not necessarily expensive, their desirability makes them rare.
Nob Hill. A district of fine hotels and breathtaking bay views, Nob Hill has a high population density with narrow streets and difficult parking. However, a central location and great transit access make this a good area to live without a car. Most of the area's businesses are located on Polk and California streets as well as Van Ness Ave. Rents run from moderate to expensive with views and parking commanding premium prices.
Civic Center/Financial District. This mixed, urban district holds apartments particularly on the tributaries of Van Ness Avenue. The financial district is San Francisco's business hub. Hotels and executive suites are abundant, with spare permanent housing available.
Russian Hill. Hilly streets, cable cars, and stunning views of Alcatraz and the azure waters of the Bay conspire to make Russian Hill perhaps the quintessential San Francisco address. Parking is famously impossible here, but the close proximity of Downtown makes it unnecessary. With Union Square, Chinatown, and Market Street all within a few minutes' walk, this neighborhood is at the heart of it all.
Telegraph Hill. This is a bayfront region for those who want a single-family home or simple San Francisco apartment, which boasts a matchless view punctuated by the landmark Coit Tower at its summit. Close to all the city's attractions, including Chinatown, North Beach, and Market Street, this area nevertheless retains a homey feeling of peace and quiet. If you love watching sailboats coasting on the Bay under the Golden Gate Bridge, this is the place for you.
Chinatown. The first stop for tourists year-round, Chinatown nevertheless stubbornly retains its authenticity. Crowded, busy, and yes, predominantly Cantonese-speaking, the neighborhood abounds in restaurants and is one of the city's best-kept rental secrets, but an English speaker must be willing to cross the language barrier to find them. The area's proximity to Downtown and to other popular neighborhoods make Chinatown a perennial gem.
Potrero Hill. This pretty, offbeat hilltop neighborhood, has become a prime destination for an ethnically diverse group of artists, young professionals, and families. Proud of their offbeat location, locals have created a community unto itself, with fine restaurants, parks, and some of the finest views in the city.
South of Market...or SoMa, was once an industrial zone of warehouses south of the city's commercial center, but became hip when artists began colonizing its affordable loft spaces. Boasting the highest concentration of nightclubs in town, SoMa is a popular weekend playground for the hip.
The Mission. One of the city's most interesting and diverse neighborhoods, the Mission has seen a boom in recent years as high rents elsewhere have driven increasing numbers of plastic-wielding young people to explore these formerly mean streets. Predominantly (and proudly) Latin American in character, the region is bursting with excellent ethnic cuisine, dozens of popular dive bars, and distinctive neighborhood murals.
South Beach Marina. Along the Embarcadero just south of Market is a burgeoning neighborhood that mixes the flavor of San Francisco's old shipyards with new restaurants, loft spaces and sweeping views of the piers and Bay Bridge. South Beach Marina has transformed itself into a fun and attractive part of the city, with a flavor all its own.
Haight-Ashbury. "The Haight" takes its name from the intersection of two streets which gained immortality as the psychedelic epicenter of the Summer of Love. Still the place to be for hippies, hipsters, and hedonists, the neighborhood has exploded in recent years with vintage stores, boutiques, bars, and cafes, but the ghosts of Jimi, Janis, and Jim still hover overhead. Shared San Francisco apartment housing among young people is the way to go here.
Inner Richmond/USF. This region to the north of Golden Gate Park is dominated by the University of San Francisco campus, and is home to an eclectic population of immigrant and first-generation families, students, and young marrieds attracted to the area's affordably priced homes. Good public transportation, a low crime rate, and lots of public schools keep them there.
Twin Peaks/Diamond Heights. This is a comfortable neighborhood with a suburban feel that shares the blessing of incredible views with the curse of fog. The streets are quiet and safe and are lined with single-family homes with small backyards. Located at the nexus of several bus lines, it's a good area for downtown commuters. The area is rich in markets and shops.
Noe Valley. Nestled comfortably between the Castro and the Mission, Noe Valley has become the locale of choice for young marrieds-with-children, who love the clothing shops, educational kids' stores, bookstores, and cafes along 24th Street. Sunny year round and boasting a wealth of Victorian homes which survived the 1906 quake, this neighborhood is quickly becoming one of the city's premier addresses, but dedicated hunting can still turn up reasonable rents for younger folk as well.
Upper Market/Castro. The spiritual Mecca of the nation's gay and lesbian population, the Castro is vibrant, proud, and eclectic. This area of Market Street is rich with shops, restaurants, gyms, cabarets, and bars. Since the region's renaissance began in the 1970s, Castro homeowners have renovated the area's Victorians, making the neighborhood a showplace of beautiful architecture. Always exciting, the Castro is many things to its residents.
San Francisco Apartment Sales/Realtors
Prudential California Realty
Allardyce, Frederick : TRI Coldwell Banker
Anderson, Derrik and Wayne Edfors : Prudential
Barbagelata Co. Real Estate
BJ Droubi & Company
Cameron-Jones Realtors, Inc
Century 21 : Hartford Properties
Citiland Investment Corporation
Fred Sands City Properties
Herth Real Estate
Hill & Co.
McGuire Real Estate
Prudential California Realty - St. Francis Wood
RE/MAX of San Francisco
Ritchie Hallanan Real Estate Ltd.
Robert Speer & Associates
Besides looking for appartments you can also study San Francisco hotels and hotel deals
The Argent Hotel San Francisco
Chancellor Hotel on Union Square
Comfort Suites San Francisco Airport
Commodore Hotel, a Joie de Vivre Boutique Hotel
Hotel Cosmo, A Kimpton Boutique Hotel
Courtyard by Marriott Fishermans Wharf