Should You Move to San Francisco?
July 14, 2019 — Source: Curbed SF
BY ADAM BRINKLOW
BY ASAD SYRKETT, MARY JO BOWLING, AND 1 OTHER
- Move to SF, and find your neighborhood
- Should you move to San Francisco?
- How to pick a neighborhood in San Francisco
- The five most walkable neighborhoods
- Here’s the salary you need to rent in every neighborhood
- These are SF’s most right-swiped neighborhoods
- The best co-working spaces, mapped
- Quiz: Which San Francisco neighborhood should you live in?
- Find your home—rent or buy
- Is it better to buy or rent?
- On the hunt for an apartment? Try these 9 Craigslist alternatives
- A guide to below-market-rate housing
- Rent laws your landlord probably doesn’t want you to know
- 10 apartment buildings with luxe amenities
- Renting in the city: What happens when my roommate leaves?
- Which tech company’s workers can afford to rent in SF?
- Learn how to get around
- How to get around if you don’t own a car
- Pedestrian etiquette guide: How to use the sidewalk like a good person
- Biking in San Francisco: A beginner’s guide
- Subway and rail costs: Why are they among the highest in the world?
- Summer of Muni: Riding each line from start to end
- Transbay Transit Center: Everything you need to know about it (updated)
- California high-speed rail: Everything you need to know
- A love letter to Glen Park’s Brutalist BART station
- Iconic places and architecture
- The city’s most iconic buildings, mapped
- Salesforce Tower: Everything you need to know about San Francisco’s tallest building
- An introduction to San Francisco’s varieties of Victorians
- Inside Golden Gate Park's Conservatory of Flowers
- How postwar icon Joseph Eichler built a suburb in the middle of San Francisco
- Julia Morgan’s Bay Area masterpieces
- The Hallidie Building and how the curtain wall was born
- Financial District’s 130 Bush—the original skinny legend
- Bay Area's biggest tech companies: Where they got their start
- An illustrated guide to San Francisco architecture
- Find the city’s beauty
- The best furniture and home design shops
- 101 reasons to love San Francisco
- Could these artists be the next Heath Ceramics?
- 25 small ways to make SF a better place
- Neon dreams: 16 old movie theater marquees around the Bay Area
- Guide to San Francisco’s best public art
- 26 things to do in San Francisco this summer
- How neighborhoods got their names
- The most beautiful interiors in San Francisco, mapped
- Inside San Francisco’s best homes
- Go outside, and out of town
- 20 small Bay Area towns you need to visit right now
- The best privately owned public open spaces (POPOS)
- Oracle Park: The ultimate guide to San Francisco’s ballpark
- 29 best things to do in San Francisco with kids
- The best cabin and cottage getaways
- Hikes with scenic endings
- 11 best beaches to visit
- Hiking trails with waterfall endings
- 18 secret gardens and hidden green spaces
With such early earthly pleasures as gold and sex, San Francisco never required a marketing campaign like other glittering metropolises. It sold itself. From the postcard-perfect Victorians to the dot-com halcyon days (like, now),the city has always had its own built-in PR machine.
Which is why making it here—and staying here—can be tricky.
Since the early aughts, a slew of new workers continues to flock to San Francisco with hopes of reaping riches, despite the city measuring a mere seven by seven miles with comically slow growth projected for new housing.
Natives and expats agree: San Francisco is the best place to live on Earth, period—once you get past its rough edges, that is. Many San Francisco residents know that living here isn’t for the faint of heart, and it can be exhausting for newcomers. Paradoxes run aplenty and nothing comes cheap. The transit system isn’t perfect by any means. Natural disasters wait to pounce. The socioeconomic inequity. The soul. The soullessness. The Planning Department (argh).
To unravel it all, here’s a beginner’s guide to San Francisco. This collection of tips, histories, maps, personal essays, and other must-know intel will give you the lay of the land. It will help you make sense of the strange and beautiful things you’ll discover when you come to San Francisco. Who knows—you might even like it so much you decide to stay. We did. — Brock Keeling
Editors: Brock Keeling, Sally Kuchar, Mariam Aldhahi, Asad Syrkett
Writers: Adam Brinklow, Alex Bevk, Chris Roberts, Breanna Reeves, Mary Jo Bowling, Julia Kitlinski-Hong, Alice
Wong, Samantha Weiss Hills, Lydia Lee, Andy Bosselman, Lauren Conklin, Tracy Elsen
Art Direction: Audrey Levine
Illustrations: Pamela Baron, Orlie Kapitulnik
Photography: Patricia Chang
Copy Editor: Emma Alpern
Engagement: Robert Khederian, Sharell Jeffrey, Margaret Lin