San Francisco is most often defined as a cultural explosion of awesome food, great entertainment, and a mix of classic and modern architecture. Even the views of the city are breathtaking by themselves. If you’ve experienced at least half of what the Bay City has to offer, you must know how great it is to live here. There also is a reason it hasn’t passed a million residents, and that reason is the high living cost. If you’re planning on spending far above the national average for your living situation, you’ll definitely receive the best of the best in return. Safe communities, the best amenities and great jobs are all included in the lavish lifestyle in San Francisco. Below is a list of the best places to live in San Francisco.

  1. Pacific Heights

Pacific Heights is a wealthy San Francisco neighborhood, known for the notable people that live in the area. Located in one of the most picturesque settings in northern California, it offers breathtaking panoramic views of the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco Bay, Alcatraz, the Palace of Fine Arts and the Presidio. The location provides a temperate climate that differentiates from other neighborhoods in San Francisco. 

  1. Seacliff

This neighborhood is located in the north-western part of the city that is famous for its large homes and spectacular ocean views. Seacliff is one of the eight residence parks of San Francisco developed by a famous landscape architect. It has its own access to a small beach, and is considered to be one of the peaceful neighborhoods with impressive mansions and famous neighbors.

  1. Inner Sunset (Sunset District)

Sunset District is the largest neighborhood in San Francisco, with over 85,000 residents that live in the area of 5.700 square miles. This neighborhood is often called “The Avenues”, due to the number of Avenues covering the area. Sunset District is also separated into 3 smaller sub-neighborhoods, Central, Outer and Inner Sunset. Inner Sunset stands out for its excellent job opportunities, and is considered to be one of San Francisco’s coolest neighborhoods.

  1. Noe Valley

Located in the heart of the city, the neighborhood that was named after a Mexican mayor transformed itself from a working-class neighborhood to an expensive district in which professionals choose to live in. Residents love to spend time there, thanks to the Twin Peaks influence in the microclimate, making Noe Valley a sunny, warm neighborhood with a lot of amenities and activities for everyone to choose from. The main street of the neighborhood is packed with cafes and small retail stores.

  1. Presidio Heights

As one of the most secluded San Francisco neighborhoods, located in the heart of the city, it is definitely worth paying mind to Presidio Heights. The neighborhood borders on the city’s most beautiful trails and parks, and is perfect for people who want to enjoy the luxury of a serene family life. There are breathtaking coastal views, great amenities, restaurants and a variety of outdoor activities to satisfy anyone who decides to move to this beautiful neighborhood.

  1. Marina

Located on the coast, this neighborhood has earned its name due to the public boat marina located there. Aside from the Palace of Fine Arts, every other building in the neighborhood was demolished in 1906 and made into the neighborhood it is today. Apart from the Palace of Fine Arts, another point of interest for residents and visitors is the famous Chestnut Street, that serves as a destination for shopping, going out for drinks and great restaurants. 

  1. Mission

The Mission has earned its name for the oldest standing building in San Francisco, the Catholic mission built in 1776. The neighborhood is one of the most casual neighborhoods in the city, dominated by street art and diverse culture. Mission Street is the center of every happening in the Mission district, and is warmer than other parts of the city due to its microclimate. The Mission is one of the best places for your start up business, bar or restaurant. Its famous for the beautiful Dolores Park and number of Victorian mansions you can see scattered around the neighborhood.

  1. Richmond District

Not to be confused with the city of Richmond, which is located northeast of San Francisco, Richmond District is located between the Golden Gate Park and the Presidio of San Francisco. Siting on the Pacific Ocean edge, it also offers breathtaking views. Richmond is divided into 4 sub-neighborhoods including Outer, Central, Inner Richmond, and Lake Street. Outer Richmond is considered to be one of the best places to live in due to its diverse ethnicity. It’s also known as the city’s second Chinatown as the whole district is influenced by the Asian culture, making Richmond District one of the most interesting neighborhood to live in.

  1. North Beach

One of the oldest neighborhoods in San Francisco, North Beach spans the northeastern side of the peninsula. Considered to be a busy neighborhood, North Beach offers a number of San Francisco’s tourist attractions such as the Fisherman’s Wharf, the Coit Tower and an abundance of nightclubs. It is also home to the famous City Lights Bookstore. Easy access to the city and the vast amount of activities makes North Beach stand out as one of the best neighborhoods in San Francisco.

  1. Glen Park

Glen Park is a small residential San Francisco neighborhood located in San Francisco’s central hills.  This neighborhood is home to mostly young families, due to its residential feel. If you’re looking for a peaceful neighborhood that is somewhat separated from the hectic city life, Glen Park might be the best choice for you. It’s main shopping area is called The Village, and it also offers great easy access to the city which is one of this neighborhood’s best traits.