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Best San Francisco Neighborhoods for Young People

By Zachary Foisie

*Updated August 28, 2017*

Moving to the Bay Area for the first time can be overwhelming when you consider the size of the region, housing options (and prices) and the multitude of neighborhoods available. Luckily, if you’re a young person (20-35 range), the area is full of unique and exciting neighborhoods full of youngsters like yourself. For central parts of San Francisco, below is a list of the best San Francisco neighborhoods for young people.

The Mission & Mission Bay – Known for its plethora of hipsters, this area has a lively nightlife and offers something for everyone, from the cool kids to the quirky. There is a vast selection of ethnic eateries and restaurants on Mission St., and on Valencia, you’ll find some great art galleries and eccentric shopping spots. Do you like burritos? Head to the Mission District. Are you a little rough around the edges? So is Mission. There is a reason why so many youngsters flock to Mission, so you should at least have a visit and join in on the excitement before you decide to move anywhere in the city. Search for Mission furnished apartments here.


The Castro – Known as a San Francisco’s gay-friendly epicenter, all are invited to enjoy the flamboyant, and always upbeat, bars and restaurants. The Castro is a welcoming community, and in recent years, more and more families have begun setting up shop in the area. Search for Castro furnished apartments here.


The Marina – Full of tourists and shoppers, the waterfront area known as Marina is always hopping. The views of the Golden Gate Bridge are the best here, and the area is known to be inhabited by young urban professionals. Living here might cost you more, but you’ll be right in the thick of good looking and successful people.

*Update: Hoodline has a great new post comparing the Mission to the Marina here. As different as the vibes are in these two neighborhoods, they're both super popular among young San Francisco professionals.*

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Presidio Heights – This area is a bit nicer with prestigious homes, quiet streets and great views, all within close proximity to parks and hiking trails. Though, it’s not too far from the hustle and bustle of downtown San Francisco. You’ll pay a pretty penny to set up shop here, but if you have any knowledge of the areas rental prices, that shouldn’t surprise you. Search for Presidio Heights corporate housing here.


Noe Valley – Noe Valley is known to be a bit sunnier, quieter and more family-oriented than the rest of the city, and it’s laid back atmosphere is evident at the popular farmer’s market at any of the several boutiques and cafes. Families and young professionals alike live in this area. Search for a Noe Valley #2ndAddress here


Cow Hollow – Cow Hollow has grown into an affluent, yet affordable neighborhood near Russian Hill and Presidio, south of the Marina. It is in close proximity to downtown and all the tourist attractions. There are plenty of restaurants, boutiques and health & wellness centers. Census data says that 15% of the residents are 25-34 year’s old. Search for a Cow Hollow pad here.


A great overview and map of some of these areas can be found here, which looks at the neighborhoods from a larger more holistic perspective. There are always some hidden gems, so don’t be shy about exploring the city or digging deep into Google to learn more about which neighborhoods are best suited for your lifestyle and budget.

Hungry for more? Here's a good video overview:

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by Zachary Foisie

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