The Castro is known for being a “gay mecca,” which means it’s also a tourist attraction, but if you’re off the main strip, it’s also a great, even quiet, place to call home.
Who lives here: A lot of people in the LGBT community; families
Median one-bedroom rent: $3,320/month
Bar and restaurant scene: Well, Ike’s is there, so if you’re in the mood for a sandwich you’re set. Castro’s food scene has only been getting better in recent years. Get pizza on the patio at Starbelly, wait months for a reservation at Frances, or enjoy a late dinner at Bisou, which serves French fare. There are so many bars to choose from, but you can’t go wrong with the wraparound balcony at the Lookout or catching a game at Hi Tops, SF’s first gay sports bar.
Public transit situation: So many options -- the F streetcar (it’s historic!), the K, L, and M metro lines, and the 33, 35, 37, and 24.
Quote from a resident: “Views are amazing! Your neighbors will all be rich gay men! You will never really see any bums! It's super quiet, which is great, but you can't really walk anywhere. Public transportation is not amazing, so expect to Uber or drive everywhere.” - Jessica R.