3 Things to Consider When Choosing a San Francisco Neighborhood



Here’s What Luxury Buyers Should Consider When Choosing a Home in San Francisco.

There’s a lot to consider when purchasing a home, especially in the San Francisco area. This popular city is growing fast, and everyone wants a piece. So what should you think about when choosing a luxury home in the Bay Area? Aside from the typical budget and other general questions that buyers get asked, we’re going to dig deep into what you want out of a home so you end up with the San Francisco real estate high-end property of your dreams.

1. Get to Know the Area

San Francisco is home to around twenty neighborhoods and is surrounded by numerous suburbs, so it’s important to get to know the portion of the city in which you plan to reside. Try driving the streets of different Bay Area communities to get to know the look and feel of the real estate, and communicate with your realtor. As a San Francisco real estate agent, I always discuss the qualities and features that my clients are looking for so we can find the neighborhood and property that matches their desired descriptions.  

When considering community types, here are some ideas to contemplate: would you like a historic home with traditional features, or are you more interested in being situated within an artsy cultural district? Are you drawn to ultra-modern designs, or are you hoping to get a more suburban feel? Would you like a home surrounded by trees and water, or would you prefer a bustling downtown atmosphere? 

Begin by researching or visiting neighborhoods and asking yourself these questions. By doing this, you’ll set yourself up for success. Plus, it will help keep you on track and on the same page with your family when considering various San Francisco real estate properties and neighborhoods.
Of course, various areas in the San Francisco community have different vantage points. You’ll have to consider what your ideal scene is. Are you eager to spend a night on your patio with waterfront views or ocean access? Do you want a downtown skyline to light up your windows? Are you intrigued by the stillness of trees surrounding your estate?

Once you narrow down what kind of view best suits you, begin searching for homes with those specific attributes.

3. What’s Important to You?

Similarly, you should consider what you’d like to do. Whether you’re within walking distance from a community park or just down the road from your favorite restaurant, it’s important to think about your proximity to your most visited and desired areas of town.

Consider which of these sites you’d like to have close to your home:
  • Work
  • Daycare or school
  • Park and green spaces
  • Nightlife
  • Shopping areas
  • Cultural centers
In addition to what’s around your home, you’ll want to consider what type of amenities you hope to have when you move into your new San Francisco real estate property. You can, of course, install different features into your home post-sale; however, some buyers want their home to be completely move-in ready. 

Be sure to think about these home features and whether or not you’d like them in your new home at the time of purchase:
  • Wood floors
  • Marble counters
  • Jetted tub
  • Home theater
  • Home tech features
  • Sport courts
If you’re thinking about buying your first home or relocating to a different property in the Bay Area, reach out. I’d be happy to help you find a home that checks everything off your must-have list.


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