Apartments in San Francisco, CA
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San Francisco holds something for everyone. Music lovers no doubt already know about events such as Outside Lands in the Golden Gate Park or Treasure Island that takes place on that weird island right before the bay bridge that seems like an abandoned military housing facility. There’s Hardly Strictly, the free bluegrass festival which your wallet will appreciate (also takes place in Golden Gate). Then again, there's some amazing talent just going through the corridors leading down to BART. But with so many music venues, bars and restaurants with live acts, the only way to find the good stuff is by word of mouth, exploration and a lot of time on Yelp.
For those moving here from another state, prepare to pack light. Even the luxury condos are small, so perhaps start by looking for a studio, keep your load light. If you were planning on staying home all day then maybe SF might not be the best fit anyways. Living in this city is movement, adventure and exploration. Learning your way around the muni and BART (call it BART, not the BART otherwise plan to stick out like a sore, but cute, thumb), how to efficiently get around on a bike without killing yourself on the city’s hills, when it’s best to use a Lyft, Uber, or cab instead of the other, is going to be fun. You’ll love it.
There are more neighborhoods than you could imagine throughout the city and each have their different quirks and idiosyncrasies. Some local favorites are North Beach which is close to the Financial District and Chinatown. It’s the kind of place where it can still feel relaxed even though everything around is in constant flux and you can stay just within your neighborhood to do just about anything. There’s Mission Bay which has seen several billion put into developing new high-rise condos and lofts near its many trendy restaurants and bars. It’s received high ratings and reviews from the city's younger professional and tech crowd. For those seeking a more laid-back area that works better for family-living, try outer Richmond and outer Sunset (both very pet-friendly being right next to Golden Gate Park) where there are houses and homes for rent in plenty and are slightly more inexpensive than other areas.
Everyone knows that even an apartment finder is going to have a hard time finding anything that remotely qualifies as cheap and best of luck if you need an all bills paid unit. It really comes down to word of mouth and using the right guide. Good luck with living in San Francisco! While the San Francisco cost of living is one the highest in the country, it's well worth it.
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Average rent on Backpage and Craigslist San Francisco, California: $4,320
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