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5 Reasons I Love Living in San Francisco

San Francisco is a world-class city, perched at the tip of a Peninsula, with numerous hills sandwiched in between the water's edge. There are many reasons I love living here, but the 5 that I'll mention today are:

1) We have cultural diversity - this is a wonderful area in which to learn about others, share one's  own traditions, and enjoy the parades and celebrations that abound, whether it's Chinese New Year, Vietnamese New Year, the Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival, St. Patrick's Day, and Gay Pride, to name a few.

Dragon Head at Civic Center

Coming up soon is the annual North Beach Festival with its Italian flair, a not-to-be missed event held June 13-14 in 2015.

2) We have unique neighborhoods. Often separated from each other by only by a hill, or a major street, each has a unique flavor. North Beach, Polk Street, the Fillmore, Union Street (not to be mistaken for Union Square, a distinctly different area), the Haight, the Marina, the Mission, the Castro, Laurel Heights, West Portal -- on it goes. These neighborhoods provide unique shopping and services; one soon gets to know the proprietors, where one is greeted by name. The Middle Polk Neighborhood exemplifies this feeling with its slogan, "a Village in the City."

Village in the City 23) We have staircases. Pedestrian conduits between neighborhoods, these appear when the hills are too steep for motor vehicles. You'll find them all over the city, some grand, some beautiful, some landscaped, some narrow.  You can read about the best known tiled stairs; the picture below is the nearby staircase at 16th and Kirkham. A third has recently been tiled I've learned, at the end of California Street, where it abuts Lincoln Park. (I haven't yet explored it-another adventure awaits!)

16th and Kirkham Street stairs

4) We have free activities! Free Sunday afternoon concerts all summer long in Stern Grove; free concerts at the bandstand in Golden Gate Park; free Lindy Dance lessons; free museum days; free festivals -- look for it and you'll find it.

 

 

5) We have parks - more than any other urban area, you can find parks. We have them all - large (The Presidio) and small (Jack Early), manicured (Huntington Park) and wild (Buena Vista), crowded (Dolores Park) and rarely visited (even in Golden Gate Park, you can find solitude.) Park for dogs, for children, for picnics, for group activities. Trails to jog, roads for bicycling and skating, gardens with beautiful flowers, gardens with benches to soak up the sun and peace in the city. Parks for golfing, boating, fly fishing. Disc golf and a ropes course. There's a park for everyone here.

Portals of the Past in Golden Gate Park

Come for a visit; stay for a lifetime. Are you ready to live your San Francisco dream?

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

Lottie Kendall, Realtor®

Compass

CA DRE#10215160; 650-465-4547

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Comment balloon 38 commentsLottie Kendall • June 04 2015 08:29AM

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Fabulous.  Your love of the area is clear in your post.

Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) over 4 years ago

I could go on and on and bore everyone to death Lenn Harley, but stopping at 5 is fine!

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 4 years ago

Good afternoon Lottie. This is just wonderful. I want to jump on a plane and come visit.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) over 4 years ago

You recover from your trips quickly, Sheila Anderson . Come on out any time - just be sure to let me know when, OK?

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 4 years ago

Lottie - San Francisco has so much to offer.  It has a small town neighborhood feel but with everything from a big city.  And what unique topography and architecture.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) over 4 years ago

Thank you Lottie. I sure will.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) over 4 years ago

I agree, Grant Schneider - architecture, restaurants, museums, hills, waterfront activities--many more than 5 reasons it's great here.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 4 years ago

Lottie Kendall ~ I don't live in your area but it is clear too me I would love living in Nor Cal as much as you do (and or) as much as I love living in So Cal...

Posted by Jon Kolsky, Licensed California Real Estate Broker (Kolsky Realty & Management) over 4 years ago

We live in delightful places, don't we, Jon Kolsky?

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 4 years ago

 The first thing that comes to my mind every time I think of San Francisco is the trolleys Lottie Kendall.  They are iconic ..

Posted by Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS, South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker! over 4 years ago

Thanks for sharing why you love your town. 

Posted by Rob Marken, 25+ years experience in Bend (Bend River Realty) over 4 years ago

Hi Paul S. Henderson, Realtor, Tacoma Washington - I thought I'd write about things other than the ABC's of San Francisco (Alcatraz, Bridges and Cable cars)! But, those are 3 more things to love about this city.

Hi Rob Marken - it's the hidden treasures here that make San Francisco such a great place to live. I'm sure Bend is, too.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 4 years ago

Lottie Kendall - You do such a great job in showing everyone why San Francisco is such a wonderful place to live!  It must have been hard to only go with just 5 reasons, when I know you could have given us 500 reasons why you love living in San Francisco!

Posted by Laura Allen, Lake Tahoe - Truckee Real Estate for Sale TahoeLauraRealEstate.com, Tahoe Real Estate Agent Helping Buyers and Sellers (Coldwell Banker, Tahoe City, CA (530) 414-1260) over 4 years ago

You're right, Laura Allen, Lake Tahoe - Truckee Real Estate for Sale www.TahoeLauraLuxuryHomes.com - I could go on and on really bore everyone! I'm looking forward to reading your 5 reasons!

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 4 years ago

Lottie ~ a lovely tribute to a truly lovely city! It is truly one of the unique cities of the world.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage ) over 4 years ago

Lottie Kendall 

San Francisco has certainly captured my heart in many ways on so many occasions, and your love for the city shines through this post. I didn't realize there were so many stairways, but with the hills it certainly makes sense. I have climbed the ones on Telegraph Hill a number of times but that's it. I'll have to explore this a bit more.

I love the walkability of the city, the neighborhoods (which SOOO reminds me of Boston) and of course the food!

Jeff

Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California) over 4 years ago

Lottie San Francisco and the whole Bay Area in general are one of my favorite places for the reasons you mentioned and a whole bunch more.

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) over 4 years ago

Hi Nina Hollander - I'm glad you enjoy San Francisco, too.

Jeff Dowler CRS - There are a lot of similarities between Boston and San Francisco - a shared synergy if you will - but the hills and lack of them are different!

Hi George Souto - San Francisco and the bay area suit me well.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 4 years ago

Lottie Kendall

So true. And the diversity is different. And SFO is a bit more pricey than my old stomping grounds. But I still love it!

Jeff

Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California) over 4 years ago

Lottie, I learned a lot about San Francisco from your post. Thanks for sharing.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) over 4 years ago

Jeff Dowler CRS - my daughter and son-in-law lived in Boston and Cambridge for 5 or 6 years, so I got to visit a number of times; loved it. SF, Boston and Vancouver BC are 3 of my favorite cities.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 4 years ago

I'm glad, Gita.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 4 years ago

Lottie,

I have never been to San Francisco. I've always wanted to visit, but now I know I need to! Thanks for sharing. Have a great weekend!

Victor

Posted by Victor Amadi, Greenville SC Realtor (PRODUCER Realty, LLC) over 4 years ago

Hi Victor - write a visit to SF on your dream list and it will happen! Wishing you a great weekend, too.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 4 years ago

I can see why you love it. I love the blue skies and the fact there is so much to do there. Great post Lottie. 

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) over 4 years ago

Like with blogging and having so much about which to write, living in San Francisco means we need to pick and choose activities - can't possibly take part in all, Debbie Reynolds - not enough hours in the day!

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 4 years ago

Lottie Kendall I had to chuckle when I got to #3 Staircases.  I grew up in small PA town with many hills.  We often took the stairs down the hill to town as a shortcut.  We used to race up & down to see who beat whom.  Thanks for highlighting SF and triggering my memory.

Posted by Mary Yonkers, Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor (Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate) over 4 years ago

Lottie - who wouldn't love San Francisco!   I love the unique neighborhoods and stairs.  And, I was hearing Tony Bennett singing "I left my heart in San Francisco." in my head. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) over 4 years ago

Mary Yonkers - somehow that doesn't surprise me at all! Pittsburgh has a lot of staircases, too. I guess it's a hill town thing!

Kathy Streib - I love reading these posts--every area has something great to enjoy. Your beaches are superb, and the town scavenger hunt, too.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 4 years ago

Good morning Lottie. Lots of wonderful reasons for folks to live in SF. I always love visiting the city.

Posted by Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life (Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709) over 4 years ago

I only went to San Francisco once and I loved it! I was really impressed with Lombard Street! And by the way, I think I did leave my heart in San Francisco!

Those artistic stairs are just lovely!

I can't think of anything not to love in San Francisco!

Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) over 4 years ago

Come again, Joe Petrowsky!

Hi Patricia Feager, MBA, GRI, Cert Negotiations Expert, Military Relo Prof - I'm always glad to hear that visitors enjoy San Francisco. Maybe you'll visit again sometime.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 4 years ago

A sight I'll never forget was the drive north toward San Franciso and seeing the town from the road.

Spectacular.

 

Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) over 4 years ago

You get a good view of San Francisco heading into town from the airport, Lenn Harley. My favorite view, though, is from the North -- heading south on Highway 101, through the Waldo Tunnel (to be formally renamed the Robin Williams tunnel) - the Golden Gate bridge with the city behind suddenly appears. It sill takes my breath away!

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 4 years ago

This is a very inviting blog. Many of us would love to live in San Francisco.

The steps could be a challenge for some of us.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) over 4 years ago

You can find great places to explore without steps, Roy Kelley if that's what is most appropriate.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 4 years ago

No wonder all young high tech workers want to work there. What a great place to call it home. Making lots of money and wallet is empty,...

Posted by Sam Shueh, mba, cdpe, reopro, pe ( (408) 425-1601) over 4 years ago

Hi Sam Shueh - We're seeing lots of well-paid tech workers in our areas, aren't we?

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 4 years ago

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