San Francisco is an expensive city—so much so, it’s become a daily topic in the Bay Area. There’s no escaping talk of skyrocketing real estate and rent prices here in Fog City. Still, there are some great places to live in San Francisco that are a tad more affordable than average—and every bit worthwhile. Here are seven of the best and cheapest places to live in San Francisco that you’d be fortunate to call home. Let’s start the ball rolling …
1. The Outer Mission/Excelsior
Outer Mission is a small residential neighborhood on the south edge of San Francisco, and the Excelsior District is located along Mission Street, east of San Jose Ave, south of Interstate 280. These areas are becoming more attractive due to demand all over the city, and proximity to vibrant neighborhoods like the Mission and Bernal Hill.
2. Outer Sunset
Despite the name, the Outer Sunset is a fog bowl, but affordable and remarkably unpretentious. Rest assured, this is definitely one of the neighborhoods that will see the least amount of sun. Cool things to do include the beach, Golden Gate Park, and getting wired at Trouble Coffee.
3. Western Addition/NOPA
Western Addition/NOPA (North of the Panhandle) is one of the most interesting neighborhoods in the city. This area is full of historical Victorian homes, awesome cafes like The Mill, music venues like The Independent, eclectic shops, and the ever-popular NOPA restaurant. It is affordable because it has a reputation for being a bit rough around the edges, so be careful.
4. Glen Park
Near the Mission, and served by Bart and Muni, Glen Park is a convenient and cheaper place to live in San Francisco. The main commercial area here is near the intersection of Diamond and Bosworth Streets.
5. Inner Richmond
While the Inner Richmond is a restaurant destination, the Outer Richmond has a neighborhood feel along its main shopping streets. It is more affordable and spacious than most parts of San Francisco, but foggy.
The Lakeshore district is bounded by Sloat Blvd, 26th Avenue, Gellert Drive, and Lake Merced. This is a very suburban style area with more houses, schools, and space for families. It is also near Stonestown Galleria for shopping and the beautiful Lake Merced for outdoor fun.
7. Bernal Heights
This neighborhood is centered on the spectacular Bernal Hill, featuring open parkland and a radio tower on its large rocky hill. Bernal Heights is located to the south of San Francisco's Mission District. This is a quiet area with a relaxing pace, and incredible views of Fog City.
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