Another neighborhood that feels like a small town, West Portal has a lot of great mom-and-pop shops and a friendly vibe.
Who lives here: Families; retired people; students
Median one-bedroom rent: $2,900/month
Bar and restaurant scene: West Portal’s main strip goes on for a few blocks and within those blocks you have some of the best sub sandwiches in SF (Submarine Center), great burgers (Bullshead Restaurant), sushi, Chinese, Italian, and pizza (Goat Hill). There are also enough bars that you won’t have to go to the same one every single night.
Public transit situation: West Portal Station has the K, L, M, and T, and the 48 and 57 are also right there.
Quote from a resident: “Just tell everyone it sucks. I don’t want tech people to move here. Plus, the line at Sub Center is already hella long.” - Matt R.
Editor's Note: Rent prices provided by Zumper.com.
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Daisy Barringer is an SF-based freelance writer who has lived in Cow Hollow, Pacific Heights, Russian Hill, Laurel Heights, and Inner Richmond, and now calls the Upper Haight/Cole Valley home. Follow her on Twitter: @daisy.