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The Best Areas to Live in San Francisco for Young Professionals
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The Best Areas to Live in San Francisco for Young Professionals

If you're thinking of making the move to the big city, check out the best neighborhoods in San Francisco for young professionals now.

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November 27, 2020

What's not to love about San Francisco’s neighborhoods? From the stunning architecture and vibrant cultural attractions to the world-class food scene and dynamic vibes, the City by the Bay has it all. Not to mention, San Francisco has become an international hub for the booming tech industry, so for young people looking to start fresh, S.F. is the place to be. Aside from plentiful job opportunities, the city also offers plenty of entertainment and natural wonders, making it an enticing place to live. If you're thinking of moving, check out the best areas to live in San Francisco for young professionals now.

Soak up the artistic vibes of Showplace Square, one of the best neighborhoods in San Francisco. Photo courtesy of SOMArts Cultural Center.

Showplace Square

Home to over 11,000 people, Showplace Square is consistently ranked as one of the best neighborhoods to live in San Francisco for young professionals. The area's energetic urban feel is coveted by young families and up-and-coming professionals. Lose yourself in the world of art; majestic masterpieces surround you—America’s Rock Stars Mural is just the beginning. SOMARTS also beckons to art lovers with its plentiful exhibitions such as Bay Area Deaf Arts. You can get fitter and stronger at Fitness SF - SoMa, too, before heading to Mayah’s Restaurant Cafe for a delectable post-workout meal.

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Mission Bay

With wide streets, luxurious apartments, and S.F. Bay views, who wouldn’t want to live here? Mission Bay will have you hooked after just one visit. The neighborhood is a popular choice among millennials; it is located just an hour away from Silicon Valley and is in close proximity to the Financial District. So, unsurprisingly, Mission Bay is home to many techies, scientists, and marketing professionals. The lively and intellectual feel of the neighborhood will surely motivate you to succeed. Pack your laptop and head to one of the local cafes (hello, Cafe Réveille) to get ahead for the workweek.

The bustling SOuth Beach neighborhood borders Mission Bay, the Financial District, and SoMa, so there's no shortage of fun things to do.

South Beach

South Beach is all about balancing seclusion and liveliness. Move here for the modern and upscale apartments, and stay for the boutiques, shops, and cafes. Busy professionals love to call this trendy zone their home; the area's close to Mission Bay, the Financial District, and SoMa. While South Beach is home to many Millenials, the neighborhood offers excellent schools as well.

You can also learn about the international migration of the African Diaspora at the Museum of the African Diaspora, stroll through Salesforce Park, stop by the San Francisco Railway Museum, and take in the beauty of the Audiffred Building before heading to the Embarcadero Center for a shopping sesh.

One of San Franciso's original "Seven Hills," Telegraph Hill offers plenty of attractions and dining options.

Telegraph Hill

Bordered by Chinatown, Fisherman’s Wharf, Nob Hill, the Financial District, and North Beach, Telegraph Hill is the embodiment of everything San Francisco. The neighborhood boasts plenty of picture-perfect apartments and gorgeous homes that’ll make you want to move ASAP. Learn more about the iconic Beat Generation and discover preserved works from this era at the Beat Museum.

Wander over to the artistic tourist attraction Language of the Birds—a permanent site-specific light sculpture showcasing books suspended in the air—then take the Filbert Steps on your way to Pioneer Park to enjoy quality nature time with your favorite book (bring your own, we don't suggest sneaking one from the sculpture). With plenty of restaurants to choose from, Telegraph Hill is all about options. For excellent fresh seafood, stop by Fog Harbor Fish House.

The historic Columbus Building and famous Transamerica Pyramid are among the many prized landmarks in the Financial District.

The Financial District

The Financial District, home to the iconic Dragon’s Gate (the gateway to San Francisco’s Chinatown), is a haven for those working in finance. Since Chinatown is closeby, the district features the Chinese Culture Center; boasting art, culture, educational facilities, and festivals, it's a must-visit when in the area. Wherever you go in the district, you'll have magnificent views of the historic Columbus Tower, which was built in 1907. For a close-up glimpse of San Francisco’s early days during the Gold Rush, head to the Wells Fargo Museum

With gorgeous views of the city, stately homes, and picturesque parks, it's no wonder Nob Hill is a coveted place to live.

Nob Hill

Nob Hill is where historic architecture meets modernity and where endless shops, restaurants, and cafes await you. Presenting San Francisco's signature elements—from Victorian-style architecture to sophisticated urban vibes—this is one of the best neighborhoods for young professionals to settle. Nestled atop Nob Hill is the neighborhood’s pride and joy: the James C. Flood Mansion, which belonged to the 19th-century silver baron Mr. Flood.

On weekends, leave your work worries behind and head to Huntington Park. Take a mid-afternoon stroll with bae before wandering to the majestic Grace Cathedral Episcopal Church, showcasing its Gothic European splendor. After a day of exploration, indulge in freshly caught seafood from the Swan Oyster Depot.

Young professionals will love the water views, lively nightlife scene, natural wonders, and historic charm of the Marina District.

Marina District

There's a reason why the Marina District is one of San Francisco’s most expensive neighborhoods. Anchored by the Palace of Fine Arts and the Golden Gate Bridge, the neighborhood boasts stunning views of the San Francisco Bay.  A promising neighborhood and one of the best San Francisco suburbs for young professionals, the district is also home to many green spaces.

A local favorite is Marina Green, a 74-acre field situated between Fort Mason and the Presidio; the expanse also offers fantastic views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Angel Island, and San Francisco's most intriguing attraction: Alcatraz Island. You can also visit the Wave Organ, relax your work stress away on the sands of Crissy Field, and visit the Museo Italo Americano. For an exceptional dining experience, head to Off The Grid where top-notch food trucks will satisfy your cravings. In the mood to indulge in your sweet tooth? End your day off right and head to the famous Ghirardelli Square.

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