• datnewnew

    Posts: 9

    Apr 09, 2015 10:14 PM GMT

    Im about to make a huge move from DC to SF. Does anyone have any tips/advice about good neighborhoods, gyms, life etc in the Bay Area? Any comments welcome!!

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  • Svnw688

    Posts: 3343

    Apr 09, 2015 10:20 PM GMT
    Wow, gear up for a complete culture shock. Both cities are great, but they're distinct and in many respects on opposite ends of the spectrum.

    I've never lived in SF, so I'll save the weigh in for those who recently lived in SF or currently live in SF. Check out the bars/dance "clubs" of Badlands and Trucks icon_cool.gif
  • Suetonius

    Posts: 1830

    Apr 10, 2015 6:54 AM GMT
    SF is a small city - a bit like DC - not at all like NYC, except that SF is a bit expensive right now - everywhere - like NYC. Residents think it is a very sophisticated place (maybe it is compared to DC), but in reality, it is a pretty but very provincial place - but with a lot of gay men. It is known for the variety of cuisines of restaurants.

    Neighborhoods: - anywhere except the outer areas is good. The Castro, which used to be exclusively gay, is now about one half gay - still a great place to live. A lot of young people tend to live in the South-of-Market area - or towards Mission Bay (newly developed housing) or near Market Street (e.g., Hayes Valley), or in the Mission. The Marina is the ultimate young straight neighborhood. You should find some temporary housing while you explore and find out where you really want to live. Some brave souls are doing the "urban pioneer" thing, and moving into the Bayview (at least on the edges) - most of the street shootings occur in the middle of the night there, If you have a car, you will find that parking is very difficult in some neighborhoods. Some people do without a car, rent one on weekends, or park it in an outlying neighborhood. On-street parking is easily found in the Castro and Noe Valley. If you are working at one of the high-tech firms down the peninsula, they provide free buses into the city.

    In San Francisco, locals refer to it as "The City" - never "Frisco." Four-to-six lane divided highways are always called "freeways," and, for example "101" or "280," - never "the 280," or "the 101."
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    Apr 11, 2015 3:47 AM GMT
    Both cities are similar: transit friendly, expensive, huge gay population, lots of things to see/do.

    I live outside of SF and recommend that if you're looking to save some money on housing; I suggest the East Bay... Oakland( there are nice parts), Berkeley, San Leandro maybe even a bit farther east such as Walnut Creek. All are accessible by BART ( similar to the DC Metro system)and you'll be within 20 miles at the most from SF. Location is everything however, if you are working for a Silicon Valley Tech company, you may want to consider the Peninsula (Redwood City- Palo Alto), South Bay ( San Jose) or even Southern East Bay ( Fremont, Union City or Newark).