Relocating to San Francisco for Work; Tips Please!

  • CKTwink1253

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    Aug 06, 2012 2:30 PM GMT
    Hello Gentleman, I am exploring a career opportunity to transfer with the company I currently work for to a new position in San Francisco! I am super excited but also pretty damn nervous.

    I was hoping anyone who lived or had lived out there could give me an words of wisdom. Such as good areas to live in, good restaurants, nightclubs for someone my age, ect.

    Any feedback is appreciated. Thank you! icon_smile.gif
  • CKTwink1253

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    Aug 06, 2012 2:30 PM GMT
    I'd love some feedback guys icon_smile.gif

    Thank you!
  • Suetonius

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    Aug 06, 2012 2:45 PM GMT
    Unless you have unlimited funds, you will experience that it is very hard to find any place to live in the city - even then it would not be easy. Everyone here uses craigslist.com for rentals - it's just that there is a lot of competition for anything that is available. The SOMA area (=SouthofMarket) has a lot of the 20-35 yo set, but there are a number of different popular areas. The two free papers - SFWeekly and SFBayGuardian - list all the entertainment venues that someone of your age might be interested in.
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    Aug 06, 2012 2:46 PM GMT
    Hope you're loaded.
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    Aug 06, 2012 2:51 PM GMT
    I moved to San Francisco from DC last November and I can easily say I have no plans to return to the East Coast. It's an amazing city. My advice would be to start looking for housing as soon as possible. The real estate market here, both for renting and buying, is incredibly tight and options are limited. If you see a place that you like, jump on it. Regarding where to live, I think it depends a bit on whether you will have a car. SF is pretty car-friendly for the most part, but if you don't have one, you're going to want to make sure that you have easy access to public transit (check out MUNI and BART maps). I live in South of Market, which is a little grittier, but very centrally located. There are gay men all over the city, but the highest concentrations are in the Castro and here in SOMA. Also consider your tolerance for gray, foggy weather. There are microclimates in different neighborhoods and some are much sunnier (the Mission, SOMA) than others (Sunset, Richmond). Good luck and welcome!
  • CKTwink1253

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    Aug 06, 2012 3:11 PM GMT
    Thank you gentleman! I know it's an expensive city but I'm a pretty educated guy that works for a good company icon_smile.gif
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    Aug 06, 2012 3:32 PM GMT
    CKTwink1253 saidThank you gentleman! I know it's an expensive city but I'm a pretty educated guy that works for a good company icon_smile.gif


    Good, practical advice for you from SF79 above me here, but you just mentioned something that gives me the impression you have the means at hand - to live where you please in the City. If that is the case, you may want to check out my favorite areas: The Marina district; Nob Hill; Russian Hill; Pacific Heights and Presidio Heights.

    Good luck. There are apartments, houses and condos everywhere, but it is not easy to find something quickly. There are real estate agencies that can help you...........some do just sales, and some do rentals as well

  • CKTwink1253

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    Aug 06, 2012 3:50 PM GMT
    I work very hard, I'm definitely not a trust fund baby or anything.
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    Aug 06, 2012 4:39 PM GMT
    CKTwink1253 saidThank you gentleman! I know it's an expensive city but I'm a pretty educated guy that works for a good company icon_smile.gif


    I suggest that you consider a short term rental (AirBnb, Condo, Sublet) while you figure out where you want to live.

    Also, I suggest that you do NOT bring a car (if you're going to live in The City).

    Here's a list of 100 Things To Do in SF Before You Die There are actually a heck of a lot more things to do that don't cost anything.

    Contact me and I'll play tour guide with you for a day. I also have membership to the DeYoung and the Legion of Honor.

    Welcome to The City!

    Aloha and Be Well!
    Alan
  • Ironman4U

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    Aug 06, 2012 4:49 PM GMT
    I just moved to the city a few months ago and am loving it. As have been mentioned above, housing can be the biggest obstacle. You just have to create a budget that will work for you and find out what options you have.

    I did a short-term sublet for the first three months which gave me time to learn more about the city before I committed to a longer term lease. It worked really well since I really didn't know the city well enough to know where I wanted to be longer-term at the time.

    I also agree that a car is not really needed for day-to-day living, but you may enjoy having one if you want to go on excursions on the weekends to check out some of the amazing things nearby - Big Sur, Tahoe, Yosemite, etc. (if you're into that sort of thing).

    So much to do and see in and around the city. I'm still learning and exploring all the time, but happy to offer any insights if you need them if you have specific questions.

    Best,

    Will
  • CKTwink1253

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    Aug 07, 2012 12:46 AM GMT
    Thank you guys, keep them coming! I will definitely be bringing my car, It's like my best friend. Haha
  • sfjock11

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    Aug 07, 2012 1:58 AM GMT
    Another option re: cars - there are TONS of Zip Car locations throughout the city. Most folks that don't have a car will have a Zip Car membership for the occasional run outside of the city. The great thing about the membership and rates is that rental, fuel and insurance are all included!
  • fitone

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    Aug 07, 2012 2:00 AM GMT
    congrats...you're going to love living in the cali. you may wean yourself from your car, get a scooter!
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    Aug 07, 2012 6:40 AM GMT
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    CKTwink1253 saidHello Gentleman, I am exploring a career opportunity to transfer with the company I currently work for to a new position in San Francisco! I am super excited but also pretty damn nervous.

    I was hoping anyone who lived or had lived out there could give me an words of wisdom. Such as good areas to live in, good restaurants, nightclubs for someone my age, ect.

    Any feedback is appreciated. Thank you! icon_smile.gif
  • CKTwink1253

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    Aug 07, 2012 3:40 PM GMT
    Haha I bet that took you forever, thank you icon_smile.gif
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    Aug 07, 2012 3:59 PM GMT
    Lots of good info here so far .. But here are some specifics.

    Lots of people chose to live in group homes. Figure $600-1200 a month for a bedroom and no parking and sharing one bathroom. My friend just rented her tiny basement efficiency for $1,400 in Noe Valley ( no
    Parking)

    Recent friends are opting to live across the bay in Oakland or Berkeley. The Bart works pretty well so you rent within walking distance.

    San Francisco is a small town at heart so its nothing to fear once you find a place.
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    Aug 07, 2012 7:04 PM GMT
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    Recent friends are opting to live across the bay in Oakland or Berkeley. The Bart works pretty well so you rent within walking distance.

    San Francisco is a small town at heart so its nothing to fear once you find a place.


    Living in the East Bay is just not the same as living IN San Francisco. Keep this in mind. You will most likely need a car in the East Bay. Savings from housing will be washed by the need to have a car.

    San Francisco IS a "small town". Don't let the fact that it is the 2nd most densely populated city, and the 6th largest Combined Statistical Area (7.56M ppl) in the U.S. San Francisco is 46.7 square miles and only has a resident population of 805k. You'll be surprised at just how "homey" The City feels. There are neighborhoods which have distinct flavor and a sense of community.

    Because of this "small town" aspect, people either learn to tolerate diversity or the city quickly develops an immune response and spits you out.

    I've never felt unsafe in The City...even when I've found myself on 7th walking from Folsom to Market late at night, or walking through the Tenderloin at night. Although I would not suggest doing this as it is risky.

    The East Bay is more dangerous. City of Oakland is facing a federal takeover of their police department due to stagnant progress on a 10-year old court order to reform the law enforcement entity. Don't even THINK of going to the City of Richmond. You'll die.

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    Aug 07, 2012 7:55 PM GMT
    CKTwink1253 said Thank you guys, keep them coming! I will definitely be bringing my car, It's like my best friend. Haha


    One thing to be aware of with your car is if you bought it less than a year from the date you move to CA, the state will consider it as something you intended to use in California and will therefore charge you CA Use Tax on it. It's around 8% of the purchase price due upon registration. I brought my car here and ended up selling it because I didn't need it (got a motorcycle instead) and because I didn't want to pay the Use Tax on my BMW... icon_sad.gif
  • CKTwink1253

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    Aug 07, 2012 7:59 PM GMT
    Interesting points, thanks icon_smile.gif
  • CKTwink1253

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    Aug 08, 2012 2:47 PM GMT
    Any tips on the Castro areas? That seems to be the tredy-est place for a single, young, gay like myself...
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    Aug 08, 2012 4:40 PM GMT
    CKTwink1253 saidAny tips on the Castro areas? That seems to be the tredy-est place for a single, young, gay like myself...


    It's the heart of the crazy. I'd suggest living just outside the Castro. Better rent prices as well.
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    Aug 08, 2012 5:00 PM GMT
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    CKTwink1253 said Thank you guys, keep them coming! I will definitely be bringing my car, It's like my best friend. Haha


    One thing to be aware of with your car is if you bought it less than a year from the date you move to CA, the state will consider it as something you intended to use in California and will therefore charge you CA Use Tax on it. It's around 8% of the purchase price due upon registration. I brought my car here and ended up selling it because I didn't need it (got a motorcycle instead) and because I didn't want to pay the Use Tax on my BMW... icon_sad.gif

    What if I just paid the tax on my car in WA less than a year ago, and I'm planning to move to LA next month or so?
  • CKTwink1253

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    Aug 11, 2012 4:44 PM GMT
    You may still have to pay the CA tax. I would just wait until the year mark passes to register your car for the state of California. icon_smile.gif
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    Aug 11, 2012 5:01 PM GMT
    Welcome home!
    I lived in the city for 10 wonderful years but now prefer the solitude of the Santa Cruz mountains which is just close enough to visit my pals in the city nearly every weekend.

    The Castro:

    Good sushi at Osaka
    Fresh seafood and clam chowder bread bowls at Anchor Oyster Bar

    Bars: The 440, The Edge
    Stay away from Badlands and Toad Hall, as the owner has been publicly busted for being a racist. Keep a close eye on your cell phone and wallet - there have multiple incidents of pick-pockets in the Castro clubs.

    Have fun! You will never get bored.
  • CKTwink1253

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    Aug 13, 2012 7:10 PM GMT
    Thank you! I'm having a hell of a time trying to find a place to live. :/