People move to San Francisco for many reasons–work, play, gorgeous coastal views and LGBT-friendly culture–but what you may not know is that the City by the Bay has also consistently been ranked as the #2 most walkable city in America by Walk Score, second only to NYC. This means it’s easy to get around even if you don’t have a car, which is a good thing if you’re renting a San Francisco apartment and are focused on being eco-friendly (or sticking to a budget). If you intend to have your feet be your primary mode of transportation, you’ll want to live in one of these San Francisco neighborhoods:
While Chinatown may not be the first neighborhood that comes to mind as you look for a San Francisco apartment, it’s incredibly walkable. It is the top-rated neighborhood in the city for walkability, with a score of 99 out of 100 from Walk Score. As the oldest Chinatown in North America and the largest outside of Asia, this neighborhood has plenty to offer in the way of cultural attractions, tasty restaurants and unique shopping (head to your local herbal shop for all of your Chinese medicine needs). Be sure to visit the Tin How Temple while you’re in the area.
In terms of low crime levels (and having plenty of parks and trees to boot), Presidio is among the most walkable neighborhoods in San Francisco. Presidio has gorgeous wooded areas and encompasses the popular Baker Beach. Walk the Main Post, go for a hike on the Bay Area Ridge Trail or head over to Crissy Field to see a fantastic view of the Golden Gate Bridge. While you’re exploring your new neighborhood, don’t forget to visit the national park, Presidio of San Francisco, within its borders.
It’s perhaps unsurprising that Downtown San Francisco would be considered walkable–it is, after all, in the heart of the city. With a score of 98 from Walk Score, Downtown is among the most pedestrian-friendly areas in San Fran. In fact, you can walk to an average of 70 restaurants within five minutes if you live in this section of the city–no need to order takeout! Downtown San Francisco is also one of the best places to shop in the Bay Area. Be sure to check out Fillmore Street.
Perhaps one of the most iconic San Francisco neighborhoods, Telegraph Hill is also among the top 10 most walkable areas in the city–that is, if you’re OK with trudging up and down a few hills each day. Telegraph Hill is primarily residential and has an active neighborhood organization. Take a stroll over to Coit Tower to see a gorgeous view of the city, climb the Greenwich Street steps and enjoy the neighborhood’s beautiful landscaping. The 400 stairs to the top of Coit Tower is a great workout even for the most athletically inclined.