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The Mission Bay/China Basin neighborhood is located slightly south of San Francisco’s central business district, on the west coast of the peninsula. The area’s excellent public transportation has many ways to connect to Mission Bay and China Basin, which are just a few stops from city center.

Founded as a redevelopment district, the area has become a place for luxury condominiums, sports arenas such as AT&T Park, hospitals and biotechnology research and development businesses. Residents cite its incredible views and easy quality of life as two reasons to move to this area.

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Rent Trends

As of August 2017, the average apartment rent in San Francisco, CA is $2,838 for a studio, $3,652 for one bedroom, $4,937 for two bedrooms, and $5,061 for three bedrooms. Apartment rent in San Francisco has increased by 0.3% in the past year.

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$2,838
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$3,652
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$4,937
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$5,061
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Ratings

92 Walk Score® Walker's Paradise
97 Transit Score® Rider's Paradise
96 Bike Score® Biker's Paradise

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Restaurants

Since Mission Bay and China Basin cater to tourists and wealthy residents, there are many culinary choices to be had here. Breakfast and brunch spots abound for those seeking a quick bite before a baseball game or a quick canoe around McCovey Cove. Sushi, Italian, pizza, Mexican and American also prove popular in Mission Bay and China Basin. Many of the area's restaurants are clustered around 3rd Street and Townsend, close to AT&T Park. Tsunami Mission Bay serves up some of the area's freshest seafood and sushi, as well as oysters, Dr. Octopus crudo and creative signature rolls; perfect for a light lunch or an evening out with friends. Tender Greens keeps things fresh with chipotle barbecued chicken, tuna nicoise salad and comfort soups like roasted Roma tomato. Vegetarians will find lots of options here, so order away Meanwhile, Publico Urban Taqueria doesn't mess around when it comes to quality. Located near the UCSF Mission Bay campus, this mighty Mexican joint keeps locals coming back with chicken chili verde, Mexican tortas and their California burritos. A lot goes on after dark in the area of AT&T Park, especially at The Lot, which serves as a gathering place and concert venue for bands and experiences like Cirque du Soleil. The Pub also offers food and beverages to UCSF students and the general public on weeknights, and provides a cozy ambiance close to the campus and public transportation. Residents also tend to gather at local bars like Lucky Strike, where you can bowl, eat and drink with pals, or the Bay View Boat Club, offering cheap drinks, pool and live music.

History

Mission Bay was created in 1998 as a redevelopment project on San Francisco’s waterfront. The land was originally a rail yard and eventually evolved into a place for luxury condominiums featuring gorgeous views of the bay.

Neighboring China Basin was built on landfill along the San Francisco Bay. AT&T Park, where the San Francisco Giants play, is located here, as are many area restaurants and a Caltrain railroad station. Once an industrial waterfront, this area has been developed alongside Mission Bay as a destination for wealthy homeowners and tourists.

There are no museums in Mission Bay or China Basin, though the popular show Cavalia performs here, and the Rip Squeak Gallery makes its home near McCovey Cove. Oktoberfest by the Bay happens each fall along Pier 48.

Transportation

San Francisco is definitely more of a walking city than a driving city. Because of that, parking can be very expensive. However, Mission Bay and China Basin are both served by the city’s excellent public transportation system. Muni trains and buses run throughout the area, and cabs are easily hailed. Uber also serves this area as well as the rest of San Francisco.

Mission Bay and China Basin are both very walkable and provide wonderful ways to see the waterfront area of the city. There are bike lanes in many areas of Mission Bay and China Basin, and the area is considered safe for bikers. Slightly north of Mission Bay is Market Street, which can connect you to the 80, Bay Bridge and the East Bay. It’s also easy to access the 280 and 101 freeways heading south from this area.

Cost

Since Mission Bay and China Basin cater to the wealthier residents of the city, the cost of living is higher in these neighborhoods than in other areas of San Francisco. Because the cost is higher here for housing, this also raises the prices of food and entertainment. A typical one-bedroom apartment rents for about $3,200 per month. Gas is approximately 35 percent more expensive than the rest of the country. However, it only costs about $2.25 in each direction from the Powell Street BART Station to China Basin by Muni train. A beer will run you about $8 at a local pub.

Shopping

Mission Bay and China Basin aren’t really shopping destinations and don’t support high-end stores of any kind. Though you can buy merchandise at the Giants Dugout Store, the major areas of commerce are found north of here, on Market Street near Powell Street and the financial district.

Just one grocery store, Safeway, serves the neighborhood, so if you’re looking for something else, you may need to visit neighboring SoMa or Union Square. The Mission Bay Farmers' Market provides residents with fresh produce, flowers and other artisanal items on Wednesdays near the UCSF campus.

Parks

Mission Bay and China Basin have several parks for locals and visitors to enjoy. Mission Creek Park offers hiking and basketball courts along the waterfront. Watch the boats on the water, or just hang out on a sunny day with a good book and a cold drink.

China Basin Park has spaces for the dogs to run and bike paths to check out the water from up close. It’s a perfectly peaceful place for a picnic, too. Bay Front Park is another intimate spot by the water, with benches and jogging paths for the fitness-minded.

Lastly, Mission Creek Dog Park lets the puppies socialize in clean conditions, even respectfully providing plastic bags to help you pick up after your pooch.

All parks are kid-, dog- and exercise-friendly, encouraging visitors to hang out and enjoy all San Francisco has to offer. Though the area doesn’t host any annual music festival or events, periodic concerts after spring and summer baseball games provide plenty of opportunities to party.

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Apartments for Rent in Mission Bay China Basin, San Francisco, CA

The Mission Bay/China Basin neighborhood is located slightly south of San Francisco’s central business district, on the west coast of the peninsula. The area’s excellent public transportation has many ways to connect to Mission Bay and China Basin, which are just a few stops from city center.

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