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New To San Francisco? Follow These Tips!

October 25 2017
October 25 2017


San Francisco can have some expensive housing prices, but there’s a good reason for that — this city is one of the best places in the US to live. From the beautiful weather to the cultural opportunities, there are many benefits from living in the City by the Bay.


But like all major metropolitan areas, San Francisco can be hard to take it all at once. There are just so many different things to do, never mind figuring out how to get there. If you are new to this city, read on to learn some of what you need to know about your new hometown.

What New Residents Need To Know

While living in San Francisco won’t be a completely different world compared to other places, it does have its own culture and uniqueness. compiled a list of things you should know before moving here:

  • The temperature can drop a lot in the afternoon.

  • Learn the name of your new neighborhood, as many people will ask for it.

  • Besides high housing costs, the cost of living here can be higher.

  • There are a lot of festivals and cultural events going on year round.

  • Avoid the Tenderloin and Civic Center areas, as these are home to a lot of crime.

  • San Francisco is a dog-friendly city, so be prepared to see them all over.


Transportation isn’t that different from anyplace else, but Business Insider explains there are a few things you need to know about getting around San Francisco:

  • MUNI is the combination of buses, cable cars, and trains that only operates within the city. BART is for picking up where MUNI ends and can take you outside of the city.

  • Speaking of cable cars, they are fun — but they’re also packed with tourists.

  • Be careful of the famous San Francisco hills as they can add a lot of time to a walk.

  • Traffic will be bad just like any major city, so plan accordingly.

Popular Spots For Newcomers

Preparing for living here is important, but not as much as enjoying the city once you’ve moved. With all that goes on in life, it’s easy to forget about taking advantage of such a worldly city like San Francisco. That’s why Thrillist has a list of things you must do in this city. Some of these include:

  • Carefully drive down Lombard Street.

  • Attend a concert at The Fillmore.

  • Enjoy the scenery while driving along the 49-Mile Drive.

  • Walk across the Golden Gate Bridge (be sure to bring a jacket!).

  • Make a toast at the Top of the Mark.

  • Do the audio tour of Alcatraz.


It may feel a little odd playing tourist in your hometown, but that’s perfectly fine. In fact, many residents will warmly ask if you managed to hit the big tourist attractions yet. That’s why many will inquire about Golden Gate Park. Although a favorite of tourists, locals can go here to enjoy Stow Lake, the Conservatory of Flowers, or the Japanese Tea Garden.

Why Dog Walking Matters

Going around town exploring and enjoying yourself is a great idea, but what if you have a dog at home? Although San Francisco is rightfully known as dog-friendly, there are times when you cannot take your pet along with you. That’s especially true right after you move in when you’re trying to unpack and settle.


Thankfully, you can visit a site like and hire a professional dog walker in San Francisco. These certified dog walkers will come to your house at a scheduled time and walk your dog around the neighborhood so you can focus on settling in. You can even do this when you’re going to be away from home all day and don’t want to forget about your cute puppy.

Start Enjoying San Francisco

This city has a wealth of activities, places, and festivals to enjoy. Be careful about public transportation, but no matter how you get there, enjoy places like Lombard Street, Alcatraz, and much more. And with a dog walker only a few clicks away, you can truly enjoy a day exploring your new hometown.



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