Living the San Francisco Dream


Top 10 Things I Love About Living in San Francisco

Each day I realize anew how much I enjoy the urban lifestyle my husband and I are now leading since we moved to San Francisco in 2011. We've been here over 15 months, and it's hard to imagine living elsewhere.

My life in the suburbs was great--same town for 40 years; same house for 35 years. Wonderful neighbors, great schools, youth soccer, a yard large enough to attract my children's friends. But, that was then and this is now.

So, here are the Top 10 Things I Love About Living in San Francisco:

  1. I no longer feel guilty about ignoring my yard and garden. We're both busy working full-time, loving our work; the children are grown and have lives of their own; the once-loved yard was being ignored.
  2. hot tub at Pacific Place condos, SFI don't need to climb on the roof any more to string holiday lights or clean leaves out of the gutters. Been there, done that -- knees are stiffer now, and I really don't need to take a tumble.
  3. Living at our condo is so easy. We work long hours, but when we're home, we can sit back and enjoy life. Perhaps relax in the hot tub after dinner; or go downstairs to the gym if we choose; take a walk up and down the City hills; enjoy our friendly neighborhoods.
  4. Polk Street neighborhoodUrban living promotes good health. We enjoy a healthy, natural lifestyle. We walk to the post office, dry cleaners, drug store, doctors' offices, nail salon, grocery stores, farmers' markets, library -- on and on goes the list. (Of course, I also walk to the cheese shop a bit too often!
  5. Commonwealth Club program at the Castro TheaterWe've joined the Commonwealth Club. A 35-minute walk takes us to the Club's headquarters, where we've heard authors and politicians, scientists and volunteers speak on a wide range of topics. Who wouldn't be inspired hearing George Schultz, Sam Nunn and William Perry share their vision of unilateral nuclear disarmament and the world they wish to leave their children and grandchildren. Or Mayor Ed Lee bringing us up to speed with current trends and issues here in the City?
  6. We attend programs at the Jewish Community Center and the World Affairs Council -- stimulating, eclectic evenings learning about life today in Burma/Myanmar, Jews living in Cuba, Mountain Lake in San Francisco. Or we head to one of the many museums in the City.
  7. inside the SF opera houseMusical venues surround us. The San Francisco Symphony and SF Opera are less than a 30-minute walk away. So easy to enjoy--no traffic or parking issues. Yoshi's jazz club and Club Fugazi (home to Beach Blanket Babylon) are easy bus rides away if we don't wish to walk.
  8. The cultural diversity is amazing. What an enriching experience this is, living as a part of so many different cultures and ages; learning from all; seeing the humanity shown towards the less fortunate among us.
  9. Fabulous restaurants surround us! Neighborhood restaurants are often less expensive than those in the suburbs, and the food is excellent.
  10. And--our ever-changing view!!

view from an SF condo

Let me know when you're ready to Live Your San Francisco Dream. Full-time or part-time, life is great here.

--- Come for a visit; Stay for a lifetime!

Lottie Kendall, Realtor®


CA DRE#10215160; 650-465-4547






Comment balloon 12 commentsLottie Kendall • November 25 2012 10:17AM


You live in a great neighborhood and I'm very grateful that you were able to point out some of what the area has to offer at the last meetup.  I'd like to try city living but until the kids are out of the house, it's not gonna happen.

Posted by Bryan Robertson about 8 years ago

Sounds like you have adjusted nicely to city living, great info, thanks!

Posted by Mike Dobbins, Scottsdale, Cave Creek, Carefree (Realty ONE Group) about 8 years ago

Bryan, it doesn't happen for most of us until the kids are gone! We have lots of 20-30s in our building; also 55+; the in-betweeners head to our work areas.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) about 8 years ago

Hi Mike - yes, adjusting to life here was easy for us and even more enjoyable than we had expected. We're loving it!

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) about 8 years ago

Lottie, The view alone is enough for me ... however what you describe here truly is a "life style."  It is exactly why my son loves living in San Francisco. 

Posted by Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist, Probate Real Estate (KD Realty - 408.972.1822) about 8 years ago

Lottie~ You have inspired me to share what I love about my town too!

Posted by Donna Foerster, Metro Denver Real Estate Assistant (HomeSmart Realty Group) about 8 years ago

Kathleen, whenever you're ready......

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) about 8 years ago

Donna, I'd love to learn more about living in Denver. Please do let us know all about life there.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) about 8 years ago

You make a great case for living in San Francisco Lottie.   For now I will just have to be content with visiting The City.  

Posted by Jim Patton, Realtor - Stanislaus ,Merced, San Joaquin Counties ( Aspire Home Real Estate 209-404-0816) about 8 years ago

Visit often, Jim -- it's the next best thing to living here.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) about 8 years ago

Lottie, I think #10 is the best reason... what a view! But #9 is compelling as well... but seriously what a view!

Posted by Nancy Laswick, Your REALTOR® For The Valley Of The Sun (United Real Estate) about 8 years ago

Hi Nancy, you're comment made me chuckle - the view is what I remember reacting to when I first saw our place.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) about 8 years ago