San Francisco is a booming city that has some wonderful districts, and the best ones for young professionals are those that are easily accessible to highly condensed business areas. Some neighborhoods are more well-known for their nightlife, and some are highly acclaimed because they are affordable compared to other areas in the city.
Based on commute, affordability and access to entertainment, here are the five best neighborhoods in San Francisco for young professionals:
1. The Richmond District
Commuting into the city is no problem from the Richmond District, which offers bus lines on three major streets (California, Fulton and Geary). However, getting to work outside the city isn’t easy unless you have a car. Total commute time to downtown via public transit is about 40 to 50 minutes, while a drive is about 20 minutes. Inner Richmond homes boast an average of $898,274 and Outer Richmond homes costing an average of $869,457. In terms of things to do, Clement Street is a destination for awesome bars and restaurants.
2. The Sunset District
The “muni,” which is short for “municipal” is the main mode of public transportation for commuters in Sunset, which makes it one of the best neighborhoods in San Francisco for young professionals who commute. Similar to the Richmond District, this neighborhood is more on the affordable side. In fact, the median home price of $729,298 in Outer Sunset is 5 percent lower than in San Francisco. While the fog tends to roll in early in this neighborhood, it’s called the Sunset District for a reason: It offers unobstructed views of the sunset over the Pacific Ocean. There are a few pockets, like Inner Sunset, that offer bars and restaurants, but this neighborhood is mostly quiet and residential.
3. The Mission District
Close to two Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) stations, commuting outside of San Francisco from the Mission District is a breeze. This eastern part of the city has become incredibly trendy, and you can’t beat the art scene, the eclectic vibe or the close distance to Dolores Park that the Mission District offers. This destination spot is perfect for going out regardless of what part of the city you live in, and it has Latino roots, so if you’re looking for the best pupusa in town, head here. You can expect to pay an average of $707,238 for a home in this area.
4. Dogpatch/Potrero Hill
With muni lines and Caltrain access, Dogpatch/Potrero Hill may be the easiest neighborhood to get around in. The revamped industrial look of this area is an artist’s dream location, and there are a number of great food spots. The median price for a home in this neighborhood is $732,264.
5. Russian Hill
If you work in the Financial District, you can likely walk to your office from Russian Hill, which makes it a great neighborhood for commuting — the walk is only about 30 minutes. If you need to get to the BART, you can walk to Powell with a total commute time of 20 to 30 minutes. The Caltrain is a farther jaunt, but you could always take the BART to Millbrae and transfer. There are pockets of buildings that are decently priced, and Polk Street, which is known for its nightlife, is only a few blocks away. You can expect to pay, on average, $799,447 for a home in Russian Hill.
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