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Old 04-13-2013, 07:10 PM
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I travel to SF multiple times a year for events and work, and it gets harder for me to leave each time I visit. I will be moving to the Bay Area along with my job in the next month. I am looking for a short term (3-6 month) pied-à-terre (translation: affordable shoebox) so I can get to know the area and attend open houses while I'm waiting for my house to sell.

I have a want list, and I'd like to know if these items are mutually exclusive.

Location: SF, Peninsula - as close as I can get to the ocean.

Weather: I strongly prefer cool temps and fog. I live in a desert area now, and one of the reasons I love SF is the weather. I get uncomfortable above 80, and hotter temps make me feel physically ill.

Transit: I'd like to be close enough to transit to sell my car. One less thing to worry about.

Neighborhood: My eventual goal is the Nob Hill area, once my house sells. In the meantime, I'd like to avoid areas where I look like a target for mugging (female, 25-34 demographic), heavily industrial areas, and suburbia.

Is it possible to get this for $1,500/month or less, and as a 6 month lease? I'm willing to forgo amenities, and I can live in a tiny space as long as there's a coffee shop or something nearby where I can get work done when I'm feeling claustrophobic. Is anything in SF under $1,500 really sketchy?

I've considered in-law setups and having a roommate, but since I will be working from home 90% of the time, these are not ideal options.

Thanks in advance for any feedback. I've been reading the forums here for a while, and I'd like to have realistic expectations before I fly out to look at interim rentals and sublets.
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Old 04-13-2013, 07:48 PM
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Well just look for studios in far western SF, like the Outer Sunset and Park Merced areas. Foggy, fairly safe, and cheaper than other parts of SF. If you have a car, look into Pacifica and other towns on the Peninsula. As for a short lease, often people will move out of their places and need someone to take over their lease for 3 or 6 months, look on the short-time rentals section on craigslist. If you go directly to a landlord they will want you to sign a year's lease, though some might need to rent a place temporarily for 6 months until they sell the place or do renovations or something.

In any case, expect a LOT of competition for anything under $2000.
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Old 04-14-2013, 10:59 AM
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Good tips, thanks.
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Old 04-14-2013, 12:48 PM
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If you don't have to be in SF proper for the time you are looking, consider Daly City. It has the fog you want (and will probably cure you of the desire for fog pretty quickly, fortunately you won't be there too long) and has pretty good transit, since it has BART. It's mostly quite safe, but you'll need more info. I'm sure there are people on this forum that know more about Daly City than I do, you'll need to ask specific questions if that's something you are willing to consider. Good luck!
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Old 04-15-2013, 10:39 AM
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Also, consider the outskirts of Pacific Heights (right before it transitions into the Western Addition). You'll have access to the cute stores/coffeeshops/etc of Pac Heights but not the super high rent. The Sunset is also quite affordable. If you're willing to go really small, you could probably find a tiny place in Castro/Mission as well that would fit your needs. Don't be scared to look around Nob Hill too! You never know what you'll find!
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