Moving to San Francisco when you’ve never lived here before is confusing. Without a roadmap, things can get strange fast. You basically have a few shitty options:
1. Blindly look on Craigslist for apartments listings in neighborhoods you’ve never heard of. This is going to end poorly. (Hint: The Sunset is lying. Hungers Point isn’t. It’s basically what it sounds like.)
2. Ask people you haven’t spoken to in years what neighborhoods they could see you living in. Hey, guess what? You haven’t spoken to them in years. Probably not a good idea to ask them where to plant your life.
When I moved to the city at the age of 24, I played Pin The Tail on San Francisco and picked the first apartment I saw. And this is how I ended up in an apartment in the worse part of town with five random people and a live-in landlord who was a registered sex offender (yes, I’m serious).
I mean. This town is fucking weird if you don’t know what you’re doing.
Read more at The Bold Italic’s site.
(Note: I am so so so lucky I got the place I did, because finding housing in SF is a bitch and a half. I’m also lucky I have relatively good intuition when it comes to meeting potential housemates and scouting out neighborhoods at various hours of the day. Anyway, you should read the rest of this. It’s hilarious, especially for people in the BA.)