How do San Francisco home buyers go about choosing a neighborhood to live in? One of the things we love about San Francisco is that each neighborhood is unique with its own particular character and feel. Choosing a place that feels right can be a very subjective process. This week on Escrow Out Loud, our San Francisco Real Estate podcast, we talk about a few of our favorite streets, and how those thoughts might help you consider your priorities when choosing a place to call home.
We are particularly partial to the brick streets in San Francisco and while there are very few of those left, it is interesting to note that most steep streets in San Francisco used to be brick for one very practical reason. Hint: it involves horses. This reason could also just be horse*&^%…
Matt loves Edgewood St. in Parnassus Heights, and some other favorites include classics like: parts of Broadway, parts of Jones, parts of Vallejo, Lombard. Lombard St. is often lauded as being the curviest street in San Francisco but it’s not (we share what is), would you want to live on a street frequented by tourists or noted in guidebooks?
So, what do buyers want to be close-to or far-away from in the city? Has this changed over the years? We call it the latte-factor. Finding the ideal location always seems to involve that perpetual battle between wanting to be in a quiet area while still enjoying the convenience of walkability to all your favorite San Francisco essentials. Being latte-factor adjacent seems to be that sweet spot.
When we show houses, we are honest about whether we would choose to live there and our reasons why. More often individual lifestyles will dictate what our ideal neighborhoods look like! Our reasons are just ours, and hopefully help you think about your home priorities.
Finally, we wrap up this week by talking about why it is often a good idea to start broad when choosing a neighborhood to live in!