Moving To San Francisco | Things You Should Know | Infographic

A city known for its moderate weather, steep hills, and sweeping bay views, San Francisco is a small city (by land size…only 7X7 miles and flanked by water on three sides) jam packed with culture and coolness. If you’ve ever played tourist in SF, you’re likely aware of the city’s Victorian architecture, trademark fog (named Karl), cable cars, and awesome landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Prison, Fisherman’s Wharf, and Chinatown. Almost any visitor to San Francisco will tell you it’s an awesome place to visit, and even more awesome to call home.

If you are planning a move to San Francisco, it is important to familiarize yourself not only with its geography, attractions, and culture, but also with the cost of living, job opportunities, and other realities. To help you get acquainted with your new hometown, our friends at Great Guys have compiled the data you need to know in the super cool infographic below.

What does the data show? For starters, San Francisco proper is the fourth biggest city in the state of California, and the 14th largest in the U.S. with just over 840,000 residents. The larger metro area, which includes the areas of San Jose, Oakland, and Silicon Valley, has over 7.6 million inhabitants (another reason to live IN the city, and not have to commute). Though it seems job competition in such a populous area would be stiff, unemployment rates are surprisingly far below the national average. Several large corporations including GAP, Twitter, Levi’s, Mozilla, Dropbox, Uber, and Wells Fargo are all headquartered in SF proper, as well as a myriad of tech companies like Facebook, Apple, Intel, Tesla, and Google (to name a few), just a stone’s throw away in Silicon Valley. Not only do these companies employ many San Francisco residents, they also pay pretty well too. In fact, the median household income here is 46.6% higher than the median nationwide.

That said, living in San Francisco is pricey. Normal household costs such as foodstuffs, energy bills, gas, a visit to a doctor, movie tickets and a six-pack of beer are all above the national averages. And home prices? Jaw-dropping. The average price of real estate is over $1 million (If you want the nitty-gritty, read our March Market Report), and that $1 million dollar mark won’t get you much. The outrageous real estate prices could explain why over 60% of the population is still renting. Yet despite the expense, people just can’t resist living here.

San Francisco Moving Infographic

Whether it’s the incredible weather, the cutting-edge tech scene, proximity to wine country, or the beautiful scenery around every corner, there are many reasons to love calling San Francisco home.

If you’re moving to the City by the Bay and are in search of a place to live, contact us. Whether it’s a chic condo close to Union Square or a luxurious spread in Pacific Heights, there’s a perfect place just waiting for you.

No Car? No Problem | San Francisco Rated Best City In The Nation To Live Without A Car

My friends over at Redfin just did a great report ranking the top 10 Cities to live without a car, and guess what…San Francisco wins. They asked me to share it with you, so here you go:

What makes a city livable? People have differing views, but for many city-dwellers, proximity to restaurants, grocery stores, parks and jobs are some of the key perks of urban living, especially if those destinations are accessible without a car. According to recent Redfin research, the construction of parking spaces for residential properties is starting to wane, as is the number of families who own two cars. And as traffic concerns and commute times rise across the country, many people are opting out of car ownership entirely.

Redfin compiled the latest Walk Score rankings to see which U.S. cities with populations greater than 300,000 have the highest composite Walk Score, Transit Score and Bike Score rankings. These are places where you could forgo having a car and still be able to get around town in a variety of ways, whether it be by foot, bike or public transit. And while not all cities are created equal, each of these 10 cities has infrastructure to support a car-free lifestyle.

Ranking

1. San Francisco

Even though San Francisco takes second place in every category (walking, biking and transit) the overall score is the highest in the nation. This isn’t a surprise. It’s true that most people in San Francisco don’t own cars. Nearly every neighborhood in San Francisco is walkable and the BART and MUNI can basically get you anywhere you need to go. Getting a parking spot with your home will add to the price significantly, and getting around town in your car will drive you nuts…so you might as well just go without. Being able to walk, bike, cable car, or bus to work, dinner, or to get groceries is a privilege we should all embrace.

2. New York

New York has the highest Walk Score and Transit Score rankings in the nation. Its Bike Score, on the other hand, falls to seventh place. “Even with the bike-share programs accelerating across the city, many streets don’t have special bike lanes and traffic is a deterrent for many people who might otherwise consider biking,” said Redfin agent Jonathan Makolondra. “That said, New Yorkers are certainly accustomed to getting around the city and surrounding boroughs without a car. The MTA subway system is extensive and walking is a great way to take in the sights and sounds of the city.”

3. Boston

It turns out that Boston is a great city for every mode of transportation that doesn’t involve a car. The city ranks third in the nation for Bike,Transit and Walk Score. “In general, Boston is just a really easy city to get around without a car,” said Redfin agent Megan McShane. “In addition to being known as ‘America’s Walking City,’ the T provides access to all the most popular neighborhoods via subway, bus, trolley and boat, and the commuter rail services the outlying suburbs.”

4. Washington D.C.

With a Transit Score of 70, D.C has the fourth highest Transit Score in the nation. “The METRO provides a lot of routes into the city from various suburbs and within the city there are also plentiful bus routes,” said Redfin agent Dan Galloway. “Biking is really on the rise too. Capital Bikeshare now has 400 stations across the city and more bike lanes and routes have been popping up. The city also has plenty of walkable neighborhoods like Dupont Circle, Georgetown and Downtown/Chinatown.”

5. Philadelphia

Philadelphia has the fourth highest Walk Score in the nation and it turns out that it’s becoming more walkable as builders focus on creating walkable new construction throughout the city. “Redfin agents have noticed that a lot of walkable homes are being built in neighborhoods like Northern Liberties, Fishtown, Frankford, South Philly and Point Breeze,” said Redfin agent Tom Lewis. “In addition to great walkability, the city offers plenty of public transportation options as well. Philly is also known as one of the top cities in the nation for bike commuters.”

6. Chicago

“Especially if you live in neighborhoods close to the Loop, a car isn’t necessary in Chicago. Lincoln Park, River North, the South Loop – they’re all worlds unto their own, where you can walk to everything you need,” said Redfin agent Jenn Kim. “Should you want to get out of your neighborhood, the El is a great option, plus the city’s invested a lot in its biking infrastructure. In the summer, the Divvy bike-share program is popular, and it’s not uncommon to see large groups of people cycling home via Milwaukee Avenue during the evening commute.”

7. Minneapolis

“Last year Minneapolis was the only U.S. city on a worldwide list of bike-friendly cities. Mayor Betsy Hodges’ administration has emphasized building more protected bikeways to traverse town, and there’s always the old favorites like the Chain of Lakes trails and the Midtown greenway,” said Redfin agent James Garry. “Add to that a growing light rail system, on-time buses and vibrant neighborhoods like Uptown and Dinkytown, where you can walk to everything you need, and it should be no surprise to see Minneapolis on this list.”

8. Miami

“Even though Miami ranks high for walkability with a Walk Score of 78, its Bike and Transit Scores leave a little more to be desired. With a Bike Score of 60, two wheels probably won’t take the place of four wheels any time soon, but that said, there are neighborhoods like Downtown and Little Havana where cycling is a viable transportation option,” said Redfin agent Cecilia Cordova. “If you’d prefer to get around town via public transit, there are several options including the Metrorail that runs from West to South Miami crossing through Downtown.”

9. Seattle

“The expansion of the light rail up to Capitol Hill and the University District and the recently approved light rail extension plan indicate that Seattle’s Transit Score could be improving within the next year or two, potentially making Seattle an even friendlier city for those who’d like a car-free commute or lifestyle,” said Redfin agent Kyle Moss. “The bus system also offers great options for commuters and travelers alike, and neighborhoods like Capitol Hill, Belltown and Madison Park are really fun, lively places to walk around. For those who love to bike, Seattle also has some fantastic bike trails, many of them scenic like the Burke-Gilman.”

10. Oakland

“Oakland doesn’t fall short when it comes to public transportation,” said Redfin agent Mia Simon. “The BART and A C Transit are both good options for navigating the city. In addition, the Trans-Bay express bus just makes a few stops and then heads directly to San Francisco. There’s also a ferry from Jack London Square if you prefer traveling by water. Neighborhoods like Rockridge and Uptown, Lake Merrit/Grand are all super walkable. There are also 13 neighborhoods with a Bike Score above 90, making them a biker’s paradise!”

State Of The Real Estate Union

If you had to guess, what would be the most common question you think a Realtor is asked?

“What’s my home worth?” No.

“Should I stage my home when I sell it?” No.

“Do you think interest rates are going to rise?” No.

All very close, and all very common questions we certainly answer more than we should (which is precisely why for the better part of a decade I’ve helped you answer those questions on your own), but by far the most common question asked by countless people (friends, clients, strangers at parties, on the ski lift, or out surfing) is….

“How’s the Market?”

SOLD | 666 Post #1201 | Downtown / Union Square | $732,500

Congratulations to my clients, the sellers, and hats off to the buyer. This quintessential San Francisco residence has just changed hands, and I’m totally jealous.

Tastefully, and eco-consciously remodeled 12th Floor one bedroom, one bathroom unit with amazing views of San Francisco in The Crown Towers – an exquisitely maintained & managed elegant Art Deco CO-OP Building built in 1926, and located just two blocks from Union Square.

SOLD | 255 Edgehill Way | Forest Hill Extension | $1,330,250

Congratulations to my most excellent and patient clients on their final victory and purchase of this super awesome home at 255 Edgehill Way, in Forest Hill Extension.

SOLD |  Hilltop View Home | $1,330,250
SOLD | Hilltop View Home | $1,330,250

From the Marketing:

Situated along the eastern face of Edgehill Mountain, this home offers incredible views and the utmost privacy. Featuring 2 beds, 1.5 baths, 1,565 sqft, and 2 car garage with interior access. Stunning views of Twin Peaks, Sutro Tower, and Mt. Diablo can be seen from all rooms. Details include hardwood floors, classic 1940’s tile work, and a grand scale living room with wood-burning fireplace and large picture window. The kitchen is flooded with light and includes a eat-in breakfast area or family room. Low-maintenance yard with views. Located on a wide lot and detached on all sides, the home has great sun exposure and privacy. Exclusive street within minutes of the restaurants/shops in West Portal, MUNI, grocery stores, and hiking trails.

Yeah, it’s a gem, and it couldn’t go to a nicer couple. They took their licks along the way to home-ownership (I think we lost on four properties prior), and will surely enjoy this home for years to come.

Congratulations you guys, and thank you for your business.

255 Edgehill Way, in Forest Hill Extension [Property Details]
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SOLD | 762 Great Highway #3 | Outer Richmond/Ocean Beach | $1,250,000

Congratulations to my clients (the sellers), as well as to the buyers on my most recent successful transaction. What an amazing property with drop dead views in an awesome location. Looking forward to seeing you in the water.

From the listing…

You can’t buy property in San Francisco any further West…this is it…where the land ends and the Pacific Ocean begins. Marvel in the ebb and flow of ocean life from your living room (spot dolphins, whales, sea lions, surfers, kite surfers, and ships going by), escape the City life, catch every sunset from your couch kitchen or dining table, walk the beach every morning, experience the surrounding parks and abundant nature right out your front door.

SOLD! | 1957 11th Ave | Golden Gate Heights | $1,400,000

There is a story to this one…Nonetheless, I’m pleased to report the (finally!) successful sale of this amazing Golden Gate Heights Property.

Nestled in the hills of Golden Gate Heights with wonderful vistas to the North/North East, surrounded by beautiful trees and a lush garden, and tastefully remodeled for the minimalist in all of us, including a painstakingly thought out master suite on the lower level, which opens to the garden, 1957 11th Ave is the home you don’t want to miss.


Having found this wonderfully crafted home built in 1948, the architect/owner of this home set out on a journey to create an oasis of minimalist living and design aesthetic nestled into the hills of this vibrant and bustling city of San Francisco. The kitchen was remodeled in 2008 with a focus on clean lines and simple living while maintaining the charm of the original home. In 2014 the lower level was completely remodeled incorporating a designer master suite with walk-in closet and ultra modern master bathroom complete with radiant floor heat, Hans Grohe fixtures, Ariostea Italian High-Tech Wood tile, and Toto toilet.

Not wanting the upstairs bath to be outdone, it too underwent an extensive designer remodel in early 2016 also with radiant floor heat, Ariostea Italian High-Tech Wood floor tile, Honed Italian MaxFine Calacatta wall tile, Toto toilet, and a wonderfully situated window which make tub soaks and showers feel as if you’re in the garden.

In addition to the remodeled designer master suite, kitchen, and luxury baths, this home contains a total of three bedrooms, approximately 1595 square feet, parking for one car, a woodburning fireplace, hardwood floors with original detailing, high ceilings, views, hallway skylight, a “Romeo & Juliet” balcony from the second bedroom to the garden, a deck off of the kitchen perfect for outdoor dining/entertainment (and of course barbecuing), plantation shutters, new water main, new furnace, tankless water heater, stackable washer & dryer, recessed lighting, and a newly installed irrigation system to keep the amazingly lush garden alive and well.

This home…you must see.

Details:
List Price: $1,295,000
Sold Price: $1,400,000
3 bed
2 bath
1 car parking
Remodeled Kitchen, Baths, Master Suite
Radiant Floor Heating in Baths
Ariostea Italian High-Tech Wood tile
Hans Grohe Fixtures
Woodburning Fireplace
Hardwood Floors
Lush Landscaped Front and Rear Garden
Irrigation System
Stackable W&D
Tankless Water Heater
Recessed Lighting
Plantation Shutters
Views
New Furnace
Toto Toilets

Exclusively listed by:
Alexander Clark
Keller Williams Luxury Realty International
theFrontSteps.com
alexclark@gmail.com
415-254-5351

Contact me for details about this sale, or to talk about selling your home:

For Sale | 762 Great Highway #3 | Outer Richmond | $1,095,000

You can’t buy property in San Francisco any further West…this is it…where the land ends and the Pacific Ocean begins. Marvel in the ebb and flow of ocean life from your living room (spot dolphins, whales, sea lions, surfers, kite surfers, and ships going by), escape the City life, catch every sunset from your couch kitchen or dining table, walk the beach every morning, experience the surrounding parks and abundant nature right out your front door.

Situated on the Western-most edge of San Francisco, 762 Great Highway #3 is a top floor, approximately 1491 square foot, Panoramic Ocean View residence with 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, designer remodeled kitchen, refinished hardwood floors, high ceilings, new gas fireplace, in unit Washer & Dryer, Viking range, Dishwasher, new carpet, new paint, abundant natural light, 1 car parking (as well as parking permit for private street), storage, shared yard, and 4 miles of Ocean Beach enjoyment at your fingertips.

If Ocean Beach doesn’t keep you busy, you’re also a stone’s throw from: Land’s End hiking trails; the ruins of Sutro Baths; Sutro Park; Cliff House & Beach Chalet Restaurants; Lincoln & Golden Gate Park golf courses; Beach Chalet Soccer Fields; Golden Gate Park; Balboa Corridor shops and restaurants; Safeway; and so much more. The location of this property also makes for an easy commute to the South via the Great Highway, as well as proximity to the Golden Gate Bridge and points north.

Welcome to Pacific Ocean living at it’s finest.

Property Details:
$1,095,000
Top Floor
Approximately 1491 square feet
3 bed
2 bath
1 parking (plus permit for private street)
Fireplace
Hardwood Floors
New Carpet in Bedrooms
Remodeled open kitchen
Viking Gas Range
In Unit Bosch Washer & Dryer
Bosch Dishwasher
Shared Yard
Skylights
Panoramic Ocean Views
Hoa Dues $200/month (plus $225/quarter for larger HOA)

Showing Schedule:
Sunday 10/9, 2-4pm Open House
Tuesday 10/11, 11a-12:30p Open House & Broker Tour
Thursday 10/13, 5-7pm Open House
Saturday 10/15, 2-4pm Open House
Sunday 10/16, 2-4pm Open House
Private Showings Upon Request

Exclusively listed by
Alexander Clark
Keller Williams Luxury Realty International
theFrontSteps.com
alexclark@gmail.com
415-254-5351

SOLD | McCormick Queen Anne Flats | Alamo Square | $3,200,000

Congratulations to my wonderful clients on their (way below list price) purchase of this amazing property known as the McCormick Queen Anne Flats just a stone’s throw away from Alamo Square Park.

Built in 1894 by architect Absalom J. Barnett, a resident of the Western Addition, for William and Margaret McCormick in the hope that their daughters would live close to them when they married, this magnificent storybook Queen Anne Victorian is 6,000+ square feet, and loaded with Victorian details.

What an amazing property! Congratulations to everyone involved. My client’s lender was outstanding, the other agent was easy to work with, which all made for a very smooth and ideal transaction. Thank you everyone for your professionalism, and calm.

Originally listed for $4,150,000, my clients scored it for $3,200,000.

Buyer represented by Alexander Clark
theFrontSteps
Keller Williams Luxury Realty

For details about this transaction, please do not hesitate to contact me. In the market to sell your trophy property? I can help…I seem to be attracting the Queen Annes lately.

179 Carl, Cole Valley Queen Anne Sold [theFrontSteps]