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Follow your heart and make the move to San Francisco

November 27 2017
November 27 2017

Maybe you’ve landed a job at Intuit, Adobe Systems, Cisco, or one of the other coveted companies powering San Francisco’s economic expansion. Or perhaps you want to plant the roots of your own startup in the fertile soil of the Bay area. Whatever the reason, here are some tips for making the move to what many consider to be America’s most beautiful city.

Getting here

If you’re a true minimalist, or already live close to Northern California, you might be able to manage the move yourself. And some with a bare-bones budget for relocating might have no other choice than to man the moving van and heft all the boxes themselves. But the challenging hills of San Francisco often lead to tall, narrow homes with plenty of stairs on the inside, so you may want to leave the lifting to professionals.

Still, choosing a moving company can be a weighty task. Real Simple magazine suggests asking friends, real estate agents, and others for recommendations before vetting companies online. From there, narrow the list down to three or four movers to give you comprehensive in-home estimates. Compare the estimates and make sure finalists are properly licensed and insured before checking with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for any customer complaints or safety violations that could impact your decision.

Getting around

Once you arrive in San Francisco, take a walking tour of its many diverse neighborhoods. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes to tackle some serious hills. Lots of locals also carry a jacket with them year-round. The city’s weather is known for its cool temperatures and fog, even in summer.

San Francisco’s public transportation system also offers excellent options. In fact, many locals live without a car,  but it takes some know how to navigate the city’s system. The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency operates buses, light rail trains, cable cars and historic streetcars. The agency’s website features its passenger conduct code, detailed instructions on how to use each of these modes of transportation, tips for travelers with disabilities, and guidelines for those traveling with pets or service animals.

Culture, concerts, and cuisine

While you’re getting to know the city, take the time to visit some of its world-class cultural institutions, such as the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, or take in a professional sporting event. The area that encompasses San Franciso, San Jose, and Oakland boasts professional football, basketball, baseball, hockey, and soccer teams, so there’s a game going in any season.

Live music lovers will also find plenty of events to keep them busy in a city that served as a historical hotbed in the 1960s for iconic bands including The Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane. Both established and up-and-coming bands make the pilgrimage to places such as Haight-Ashbury, The Fillmore, and Golden Gate Park to walk -- and play -- in their footsteps.

San Francisco also has a strong claim to the title of most restaurants per capita in the U.S., with more than 2,600 eateries within the city limits alone. Its offerings run the gamut from fine dining to fat burritos.  Some chefs might even argue some of San Francisco’s best Mission-style burritos, which share their name with the neighborhood where they originated, do qualify as fine dining.

Nearby Neighborhoods

There’s plenty to do if you opt to venture out of the city and explore other neighborhoods.

For example, nearby Palo Alto and Atherton-Woodside, mid-Peninsula, is home to one of the most famous universities in the country: Stanford. A powerhouse think tank that draws some of the most brilliant minds in the world. But there’s also plenty to do in that area not related to the university. If you like gardens, there’s the San Mateo Japanese Garden or the gardens at the historic Filoli Estate. For more nature, there are the redwoods of El Corte de Madera or Purisma Park for hiking, jogging or biking. And for the wine enthusiast, there’s also Thomas Fogarty Winery in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

As a newly minted local, you’ll have plenty of time to explore the city, nearby neighborhoods, and cities, and you can sample the spicy specialties offered the Bay Area. Who knows? Once you’ve found a favorite, maybe you’ll be ready to call the City by the Bay home.


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