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Old 03-07-2010, 07:46 PM
 
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Talking Trendy, funky, affordable place to live in SF

Hello everyone!

I've just recently moved to SF with my partner from London and want to find a trendy type place to live in San Fran and wanted to know if anyone out there who knows SF could make any suggestions.

I've done a little online reading and lower SoMa, The Haight (?), and The Castro sound ok but this information was from an old website so just wanted to check.

We're looking for an Alphabet city like environment, cafes, good food for a saturday brunch, second hand shops, music, culture etc, not necessarily fancy or upmarket - we've lived in South London before where it gets kinda dirty but the nightlife is good although we've also lived in Greenwich (London) too which is a cleaner type of trendy town living..

Additionally - i know it's a long shot, but how much approx should we be aiming to spend, in order to get a relatively nice 1 or 2 bed flat? Would $2k pcm suffice or is that too little these days?

Public transport is also pretty important, not just for our well being but for the environment. Currently we're out in the San Jose area and the amount of people with cars out here is astounding!

Thank you everyone for your help!

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Old 03-07-2010, 08:33 PM
 
Location: San Jose
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We're looking for an Alphabet city like environment, cafes, good food for a saturday brunch, second hand shops, music, culture etc, not necessarily fancy or upmarket - we've lived in South London before where it gets kinda dirty but the nightlife is good
Mission District is probably your best bet. East of Mission Street is cheaper but grungier. $2k/mo for a 2-bedroom is possible, but you'll have more to choose from if you can go a little higher, say $2200.
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Old 03-07-2010, 08:46 PM
 
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Yep, I'd say the Mission. Or Hayes Valley, but that's more upscale.
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Old 03-07-2010, 10:09 PM
 
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Mission district is a worthless dump. I have some bad experiences everytime I go there but today was the worst. Some angry dude tried to hit my car with his car just because I delayed him for 2 seconds. SF has too many mean, rude, unfriendly and dangerous people. Mission has a very high number of criminal thugs and nutjobs and people who want to do harm.
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Old 03-07-2010, 10:36 PM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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Gingerpants,

What I would do is to google street-view every trendy neighorhoods you've heard of. It's only 49 sq. miles. You will surprise how much it will help you. It definitely helped me.

I have only been here for 3 weeks now, and what I know so far is to avoid any neighborhood that has the word 'height' in it (e.g. diamond heights).
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Old 03-08-2010, 12:45 AM
 
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What does that mean, a "trendy type place?"

Off the bat, that description makes me think of russian hill, lower pacific heights and the mission on the cheaper end. Nob hill and the marina on the more expensive end.

Depends on what kind of "trend you're looking for."

Gay trend? Castro.
Hippie trend? Haight
Elite rich trend? Pac Heights and any hilltop
New condos/development trend? SOMA
Beach trend? Outer Sunset
Nightlife/red light trend? North Beach

And many more. I dunno, that's a tough one, it's "trendy" to live all over SF. For $2k a month you could find a 1 bdr for sure, 2bdr could range from $1800 on the shabby end and up...
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Old 03-10-2010, 11:24 AM
 
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Mission district is a worthless dump. I have some bad experiences everytime I go there but today was the worst. Some angry dude tried to hit my car with his car just because I delayed him for 2 seconds. SF has too many mean, rude, unfriendly and dangerous people. Mission has a very high number of criminal thugs and nutjobs and people who want to do harm.


I think you should spend some time in the Tenderloin. Then you would see for yourself how totally wrong you are about your above statement.

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Old 03-10-2010, 11:40 AM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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Mission district is a worthless dump. I have some bad experiences everytime I go there but today was the worst. Some angry dude tried to hit my car with his car just because I delayed him for 2 seconds. SF has too many mean, rude, unfriendly and dangerous people. Mission has a very high number of criminal thugs and nutjobs and people who want to do harm.
Why don't you just leave already. I'm sick of reading your bitching and moaning about how much you hate everything about SF.
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Old 03-10-2010, 04:20 PM
 
Location: Northern California
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Marina Green San Francisco's Marina Green and the Presidio Park It will be expensive.
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Old 03-10-2010, 10:53 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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Gingerpants,

What I would do is to google street-view every trendy neighorhoods you've heard of. It's only 49 sq. miles. You will surprise how much it will help you. It definitely helped me.

I have only been here for 3 weeks now, and what I know so far is to avoid any neighborhood that has the word 'height' in it (e.g. diamond heights).
What's wrong with "____ Heights"?
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