No surprise to San Franciscans and tourist alike, that even with hills, San Francisco is a walker’s paradise. A perfect Walk Score® is 100. San Francisco—with a score of 84.9, comes in as the second-highest nationwide—only to be beat by half-a-point with New York City’s 85.3. If you wanted to get mathematical, I’m sure we could round off the scores and call it a tie for first place!
WalkScore® was started in 2007 and in a few short years has become a resource for city dwellers, tourists and a fixture in real estate advertising. In San Francisco, there are 15 neighborhoods with Walk Scores of 95 or better, with Chinatown at the top of the list with a score of 99. There are 31 San Francisco neighborhoods with a Walk Score® of 90 or better.
To me, this means that buyers have choices for neighborhoods in San Francisco. Most first time buyers starting to search have a particular neighborhood in mind that they think they want to live in. The Mission Dolores, Noe Valley, and Glen Park neighborhoods are hot spots for people who work on the Peninsula. The Marina, Nob Hill, and Russian Hill appeal to buyers who work in the Financial District. Also neighborhoods along the express bus lines and street car lines like the Richmond and the Sunset are popular with workers commuting Downtown. These neighborhoods are all great places to live.
Since San Francisco has 31 neighborhoods with a Walk Score of 90 or better, why not be adventuresome? Investigate a few neighborhoods on Walk Score® that may not be on your list. Buying a home is a major decision. If you look at several neighborhoods in the city and end up liking your first choice best, you will not have to wonder if you made the right decision.
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