Jack_NNJ saidFUN FACT: Pissing and pooping on the sidewalk is a human right in San Fran.
True! And you left out barfing, begging, and screwing, which are several of the many reasons I left SF 11 years ago after living there for 25. Its politics aren't liberal or "progressive;" they're permissive. That and the experience of living in what became a gay ghetto; who wants to isolate one's self from the rest of the world, which is another feeling I experienced in SF - it's definitely NOT like the rest of the US, however you choose to shade that fact. I'd avoid Berkeley and Oakland for the same reasons, as well as for the latter's high crime rates. Public transit is good throughout the city, and I lived there w/o a car w/ no problem. If you must live in SF you can find studios in NBeach, lower Russian Hill, the Mission, and parts of the Marina for under $2K, but you'll have to look hard. Good luck, but unless you're bound to it, I'd consider looking elsewhere - and seriously consider the reasons why you'd want to move to SF in the first place.