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Old 09-13-2009, 09:27 AM
 
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Hi all,

I am looking to move to San Francisco for the next 3ish months. I am from VT so don't really know much about the area, I just want a change. So, I am wondering what areas meet the following description:
-Safe
-Lots to do (at least close by)
-Bars/Clubs etc
-Lots of young people!
-Easy to get around, good public transportation
-If it helps I'm looking for the equivalent of NYC's East Village or Chelsea.

Thanks!
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Old 09-13-2009, 12:18 PM
 
Location: long island ny
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Hi all,

I am looking to move to San Francisco for the next 3ish months. I am from VT so don't really know much about the area, I just want a change. So, I am wondering what areas meet the following description:
-Safe
-Lots to do (at least close by)
-Bars/Clubs etc
-Lots of young people!
-Easy to get around, good public transportation
-If it helps I'm looking for the equivalent of NYC's East Village or Chelsea.

Thanks!
Hi there,
I live in the Marina District which is pretty safe. Lot's of boutiques, bars, restaurants. You'll find all of this on Union and Chestnut Streets. San Francisco is pedestrian friendly and public transportation is great. I sold my car before I moved here because, not unless you find a place with a garage or parking space, parking will be horrendous for you. This area is beautiful as your within walking distance of The Palace of Fine Arts, Crissy Fields where the Golden Gate Bridge is, even Fisherman's Wharf. We like to walk, so we walk everywhere, even downtown. My son came to visit and he said 'San Francisco is a young city!' He's correct. Especially this area, late 20's, mid 30's sort of yuppy folks.
I would avoid the Tenderloin, Hunters Point, and some areas of Market St downtown.
The Presidio and Nob Hill is the ritzy section of town. North Beach (little Italy) isn't too bad, lots of restaurants and they have a park where they have a lot of music and art festivals. Can get really noisy during that time tho. It's right before Chinatown which is the area that takes the longest if your trying to get downtown, there's tons of people everywhere, but fun to shop.
Ocean beach doesn't seem to bad, but it's pretty far out especially if you have to take the bus to work downtown. Inner Richmond seems ok too. Haight Ashbury is fun to visit but I wouldn't live there, not unless your into the hippy thing, but there's too many homeless.
There seriously is so much to do here, and if you can get used to mid 60 degrees pretty much year round and the fog, well, San Fran is for you!
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Old 09-13-2009, 12:52 PM
 
Location: Denver
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-If it helps I'm looking for the equivalent of NYC's East Village or Chelsea.
East Village's grit and scruffiness is going to be hard to duplicate in SF. If you are looking for East Village, try Los Feliz / Starklake in Los Angeles...that is about as close you can get on the West Coast.

But there is plenty of Chelsea/West Village in SF. SoMa to me is lot like Chelsea/West Village these days e.g., trendy restaurants, lounge bars, swank hotels, museums and warehouse converted live music.
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Old 09-13-2009, 05:13 PM
 
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Thanks so much for the ideas, really appreciate it!!
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Old 09-13-2009, 06:39 PM
 
Location: BK
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Can't say I know New York all that well, but wouldn't the Mission or Lower Haight be our East Village equivalent? (Gentrifying, projects, young alternative crowd in need of a good scrub down )
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Old 09-13-2009, 06:46 PM
 
Location: San Leandro
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Yea I was just going to say lower haight and the mission come to mind when i think of a little scruffy but trendy with young people. Muni runs all over those places.
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