Finding Apartments for Rent in San Francisco, CA
San Francisco is a city of iconic landmarks. The burnished gold spires of the Golden Gate Bridge are recognized around the world. Clanging cable cars immortalized in song by Tony Bennett in “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” still climb hills that seemingly defy gravity. At night the skyline dazzles with a million lights mirrored in the waters of San Francisco Bay. Your most challenging decision will be to decide what neighborhood you want to call home. Two of the most desirable neighborhoods are Lake St/El Camino Del Mar with its eye-popping views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the Columbus/Lombard area, home to Coit Tower and the “crookedest street in the world."
Top Neighborhoods in San Francisco, CA
Do you want to be close to the water and surrounded by vintage architecture? Then the posh Marina District with its abundance of studios, one and two bedroom apartments might work well. Trendy North Beach has an Italian flair and puts you within blocks of Fisherman’s Wharf. The Balboa neighborhood fronts the northern end of Ocean Beach and borders Golden Gate Park, an outdoor lover’s paradise. Many buildings went up in the 1930s and 1940s, a number of them row houses that retain their old-fashioned charm. San Francisco has a neighborhood to suit any personality. The hard part will be deciding on which apartment to call your own.
Cultural Attractions in San Francisco, CA
The San Francisco Zoo, a fixture in the city since the 1930s is a well respected zoological park. Some of its attractions are even older, like the Little Puffer Steam Train, circa 1903 and the Dentzel Carousel from 1921. Postage stamp Alamo Square Park, only 8 blocks square, is home to Postcard Row, the most photographed collection of vintage Victorian homes in the city. Coit Tower, built by Lillie Hitchcock Coit to honor her beloved firefighters, sits atop Telegraph Hill, a one-time telegraph relay station. In 2005 this neighborhood was the site of a documentary, “Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill” about the tropical parrots that moved in and never moved out. For a different type of adventure, take the ferry out to Alcatraz Island to explore one of the most notorious former prisons in the country.
Parks of all sizes dot the San Francisco landscape. Golden Gate Park is the most famous and by far the largest, covering 1.017 acres. This is where you’ll find the California Academy of Sciences, an innovation in eco-friendly construction, the Japanese Tea Garden and the century old Conservatory of Flowers. Enjoy concerts in the Music Concourse, an open space with plenty of outdoor seating that fronts the de Young Museum. Lake Merced Park, to the south, covers 614 acres and includes a 4.5-mile hiking trail that circles Lake Merced. Fish off the park’s pier or launch a small boat on the lake. If it’s waves and sand your looking for, head west to 3.5-mile long Ocean Beach. Diehard surfers suit up in thick wetsuits to tackle the waves but most people stick to the sand, going for long walks with stops for picnics and seal watching along the way. Crissy Field at the Presidio is the go-to spot for watching fireworks on the Fourth of July and for spotting ships sailing under the Golden Gate Bridge.
Shopping, Dining and Entertainment in San Francisco, CA
Head out in any direction and you’ll find shopping and dining opportunities, some modern and eclectic, others vintage favorites. One of the newest malls in the downtown core is the Metreon, with a 16-screen theater and four levels of shopping and dining venues. For something more traditional try Ghirardelli Square, a waterfront shopping and dining locale famous for its signature chocolate. Historic Fisherman’s Wharf is still a working port, famed for its street-side crab pots and hole-in-the-wall shops. This is where you’ll find Alioto’s Restaurant, a fixture in the city since 1925. Pier 39, on the eastern end of Fisherman’s Wharf, opened in 1977. It’s filled with more restaurants and shops and is home to an old-fashioned amusement park, an Italian built two-story carousel and the Aquarium of the Bay.
Sports in San Francisco, CA
On the San Francisco Bay side of the city, south of the Bay Bridge is AT&T Park, home to the San Francisco Giants. Built in 2000, this outdoor venue mirrors the ball parks of the mid-20th century in size and atmosphere. It’s waterfront setting offers some of the best views of the Bay Area. The San Francisco 49ers are moving south in 2014 to Santa Clara from their old home in Candlestick Park, but the locals still consider them a San Francisco Team. They've won five Super Bowls, so why not? The University of San Francisco Dons NCAA basketball team also draws crowds, playing at the War Memorial Gymnasium.
Transportation in San Francisco, CA
Driving and parking in some parts of San Francisco can be challenging, particularly in the downtown core. Luckily most of the city has excellent public transportation. The San Francisco Municipal Railway, (Muni) combines light rail, surface buses and a subway system. Muni also operates those famous cable cars that are designated mobile National Historic Landmarks. Bay Area Rapid Transit, (BART) connects downtown to the San Francisco International Airport in Millbrae, south of the city. BART also connects to the East Bay through a tunnel under San Francisco Bay. Most of the BART network in San Francisco is underground.View Apartments in San Francisco, California
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