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Old 12-12-2009, 06:14 PM
 
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My husband and I are in our late twenties, married, no kids with a dog & car. We hate the car. We prefer to live downtown and walk everywhere. What are some fun, safe and convenient neighborhoods to live in? We've heard Nob Hill and Pacific Heights are good. Love to eat dinner out, drink wine, shop, sight see, beach, and the arts. Always looking for walkable areas with our dog (ie green spaces, etc.). We also love the outdoors so somewhere with a scenic bike ride or park nearby would be cool. We're not over living in a studio, but price is a problem. Budget to start probably $1400 at most.

Thanks so much for your help!
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Old 12-12-2009, 07:47 PM
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You're not going to find anything other than a studio or maybe a crappy 1 bdrm in the tenderloin/tendernob, for $1400 or under in downtown SF. my friend's studio in the tenderloin is at polk and eddy (not the nicest area, though it is very lively and right in the center of downtown SF's action), in a decrepit old prewar apartment building (all tagged up, dirty halls and walls, a tiny ancient elevator with no door, but rather a folding gate, that cant carry more than 2 or 3 people at once or it craps out, shady people hanging out on the stoop behind the gigantic security gate...you get the idea). The rent was $1000 for the studio, and she was sharing it with 2 other people. You definitely won't find much in the $1400 or under price range in Pacific Heights or Nob Hill, which are two of the most affluent, old money parts of the city...except for maybe the odd studio here and there.
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Old 12-12-2009, 09:34 PM
 
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Your budget will be an issue, especially since you have a dog. Many places will charge you extra rent if you have pets. Even without a pet, you will have a tough time finding a decent place in your budget. My wife and I live in Pac Heights and pay more than double that for our unit.

Also, I wouldn't really call Pac Heights part of downtown San Francisco. I think of downtown SF as the area around the Financial District and Union Square, which is about 10-20 minute bus ride from Pac Heights, depending on where you live in the neighborhood.
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Old 12-12-2009, 09:43 PM
 
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Eeek. One of the more affordable areas in SF proper is out in the Sunset - maybe the Outer Sunset might be more in line with your budget. It's safe, but it's out there. I'd bicycle commute or bus to downtown from the Sunset before I'd live in the Tenderloin.
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Old 12-13-2009, 04:01 PM
 
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average rent in Sf is ~$2100 and you want to move into pac hts (one of the best neighborhoods in the city) WITH A DOG for less than $1400?
as others have mentioned that will be difficult.
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Old 12-13-2009, 09:12 PM
 
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Took me 5 seconds to find a studio on Nob Hill for $1600 that takes dogs. Don't listen tio the naysayers.

Newly Renovated Top Floor Unit with free Internet and Laundry (http://sfbay.craigslist.org/sfc/apa/1508952370.html - broken link)
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Old 12-13-2009, 09:54 PM
 
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I agree. I see lots of ads for renovated studios, even for $1000, and I do not mean Tenderloin. The problem for me is that the usually require a 1-year lease which I do not need.

I walked through Pacific Heights and North Beach/Telegrapf Hill .. the both seem to me very nice. The locals told me that the both get the best amount of sun in the city. Maybe that's true, I don't know .

Kind regards,
S.
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Old 12-13-2009, 10:03 PM
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Took me 5 seconds to find a studio on Nob Hill for $1600 that takes dogs. Don't listen tio the naysayers.

Newly Renovated Top Floor Unit with free Internet and Laundry (http://sfbay.craigslist.org/sfc/apa/1508952370.html - broken link)
1600 is not 1400 though, is it? Also a studio for $1600? Might as well just live in a less upscale part of the city and get a 1 bedroom for the same price, in my opinion, especially seeing as it will be shared by two people and a dog.
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Old 12-13-2009, 10:04 PM
 
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walked through Pacific Heights and North Beach/Telegrapf Hill .. the both seem to me very nice. The locals told me that the both get the best amount of sun in the city. Maybe that's true, I don't know .
In my experience, there are other parts of the city that get more sun than Pac Heights. For example, I think that the Mission and South Beach both get more sun than we do here in Pac Heights.
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Old 12-13-2009, 10:05 PM
 
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1600 is not 1400 though, is it? Also a studio for $1600? Might as well just live in a less upscale part of the city and get a 1 bedroom for the same price, in my opinion, especially seeing as it will be shared by two people and a dog.
Also, the ad said that the building was pet-friendly, but I suspect that you may have to pay extra if you want to have a pet.
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