How Expensive is Life in San Francisco?

  • Suetonius

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    Jan 21, 2015 6:57 PM GMT
    The San Francisco MTA has just decided, because life here is so expensive, that low income riders over age 65 will be entitled to ride the transit system for free. They define the income limit as an individual with an income of less than $68,000.
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    Jan 22, 2015 6:01 PM GMT
    Suetonius saidThe San Francisco MTA has just decided, because life here is so expensive, that low income riders over age 65 will be entitled to ride the transit system for free. They define the income limit as an individual with an income of less than $68,000.


    LOL! So glad I moved to SD in '03! SF does have a pretty good public transit system, even if the unions rule it like their own private fiefdom, but reduced, not free fares is a better approach. Housing is the highest component of life in the SF Bay Area, and that ridiculously so. Gas and groceries are higher than elsewhere in CA, but given the number and variety of good restaurants there, dining out is relatively affordable. It's a nice place to visit, but ...
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    Jan 22, 2015 6:54 PM GMT
    Its pretty pricy. Damn rents lol. Otherwise it is what you make of it.
    If I can double my income then transfer to the bay area. Then yes I would gladly live in the City. Toll then I'll visit once or twice a month.
  • goodguyrjr

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    Jan 22, 2015 9:53 PM GMT
    It's just the housing costs that are inordinately high (NY is more); the other daily living expenses are comparable to elsewhere. But for free, you get the beauty of the Bay Area and in the City itself much beauty for free = like the SF Steps streets, and handsome men
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    Jan 23, 2015 12:42 AM GMT
    This is why I moved across the bay to Oakland. I am fortunate that I was able to afford to live in SF, but it just didn't make sense to throw that much money down the rent hole. For what I was paying to rent a two bedroom place in the City, I now own a 3 bedroom house and I'm right across the bridge, 15 minutes away. It truly is a playground for the rich, but you really do get what you pay for; it's gorgeous, the people are friendly, crime is relatively low and the dining and entertainment options are incredible. I miss it and I'm not even that far away.
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    Jan 23, 2015 1:25 AM GMT
    ONE WORD: EARTHQUAKE!

    My Dad was there when it happened awhile back. All that pretty, all that luxury and money goes down the drain. Not if.....WHEN!

    I like living on bedrock! Warm, scenic and lots of hotties too.....
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    Jan 23, 2015 6:13 AM GMT
    It's expensive, but not as bad as people make it out to be. It is only housing....everything else is about the same as elsewhere. It is very easy to live without a car - huge savings there. And we never need heat or AC, so utilities are low.

    Salaries are higher, too. Think about it...if you can make $12,000 more after tax, $1,000 per month more in rent is a wash.

    SF79, where do you live? We could be neighbors!
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    Jan 23, 2015 6:22 AM GMT
    CFL_Oakland said
    SF79, where do you live? We could be neighbors!


    I'm in North Oakland, right next to Emeryville. You?
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    Jan 23, 2015 7:13 AM GMT
    I'm actually in West Berkeley, not far from Berkeley Bowl West, so yes - I probably go right by your house every day. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jan 23, 2015 6:16 PM GMT
    1-Bedroom apartments in newer buildings rent for $3,000 to $3,700. Average price for a 1-bedroom condo is $735k; for a 2-bedroom condo, $1 million.

    I guess there are a lot of very well paid techies that can afford to live here. The city sweeps the streets in my neighborhood every 2 weeks, and cars have to be moved or get a $60 parking ticket. Yet in my block alone, there are usually about 6 people who don't bother to move their cars. Pocket change?
  • roadbikeRob

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    Jan 24, 2015 4:45 PM GMT

    I have heard that San Francisco is the most expensive city in the country which means that it is outrageous in much the same way as both New York City and Washington DC.
  • metta

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    Nov 10, 2015 2:02 AM GMT
    Hot rental market sparks suspicions of landlord arson in San Francisco


    http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2015/4/2/hot-rental-market-sparks-suspicions-of-landlord-arson-in-san-francisco.html


    According to this article, the median 1 bedroom apartment is $3,500/mo
  • roadbikeRob

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    Nov 10, 2015 2:32 AM GMT
    CFL_Oakland saidI'm actually in West Berkeley, not far from Berkeley Bowl West, so yes - I probably go right by your house every day. icon_biggrin.gif
    You both live near the famous Hayward Fault. Think about that when the next tremor shakes your neighborhood.icon_cool.gif
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    Nov 10, 2015 8:06 AM GMT
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    CFL_Oakland saidI'm actually in West Berkeley, not far from Berkeley Bowl West, so yes - I probably go right by your house every day. icon_biggrin.gif
    You both live near the famous Hayward Fault. Think about that when the next tremor shakes your neighborhood.icon_cool.gif

    The Hayward fault is about 3 miles east of them. Is that close?
  • roadbikeRob

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    Nov 10, 2015 8:41 PM GMT
    HikerSkier said
    roadbikeRob said
    CFL_Oakland saidI'm actually in West Berkeley, not far from Berkeley Bowl West, so yes - I probably go right by your house every day. icon_biggrin.gif
    You both live near the famous Hayward Fault. Think about that when the next tremor shakes your neighborhood.icon_cool.gif

    The Hayward fault is about 3 miles east of them. Is that close?
    Yes that is pretty damn close, three miles is hardly anything.
  • tj85016

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    Nov 10, 2015 8:55 PM GMT
    so what if it's expensive? so is most of Manhattan, most of Boston, Greenwich and Darien, CT, Santa Monica, Manhattan Beach, CA and Upper Saddle River, NJ

    what's the issue?
  • roadbikeRob

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    Nov 10, 2015 9:04 PM GMT
    tj85016 saidso what of it's expensive? so is most of Manhattan, most of Boston, Greenwich and Darien, CT, Santa Monica, Manhattan Beach, CA and Upper Saddle River, NJ

    what's the issue?
    How about Seattle, Chicago, Atlanta, and Miami they are very expensive cities as well. Two other major metros that are getting up there in being expensive are Dallas-Fort Worth and Minneapolis-St Paul.