Our neighborhood is blessed with the best weather in the city—you may experience early morning fog depending on the time of year, but blue skies are the norm here. Walk north, just over the hill to Dolores Park, a gorgeously landscaped public space spanning two city-blocks, encompassing sports facilities, a children's playground, and acres of rolling grassy fields perfect for picnicking and people-watching. Continue northwest past the park and you'll find yourself in the Castro, SF's historically gay neighborhood, complete with rainbow crosswalks. A five minute walk east of our home will find you on Valencia Street, a ten-block pedestrian-friendly stretch of restaurants, bars, coffee shops, independent bookstores and boutiques—a shopper's paradise! If you walk up the hill to the south and swing a right, you'll be in Noe Valley, a quiet, family-friendly neighborhood with a well-stocked wine shop, an excellent cheese shop, a Saturday farmer's market, and a full-service grocery store. A slightly longer walk southwest of where we live takes you to Bernal Heights, a cozy, quiet neighborhood ringing a hilltop park with some of the best views in the city.
We don't own a car, and we think you'll find you don't need one (except for day trips up and down the coast). It's easy to get around the city on buses, trams, and trains, and if you prefer to use ridesharing, it's never more than a few minutes' wait for a Lyft or Uber.