Former San Francisco resident Douglas Dohrman discusses the best places to live in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Former San Francisco resident Douglas Dohrman recalls his time living in the city as one of the best periods of his life. He explains that the city’s unbeatable location and endless attractions led to countless adventures that are difficult to recreate in other cities around the country and around the globe.
Douglas Dohrman lived in the city for years, taking advantage of its award-winning dining options, symphonies, ballets, nearby hiking, and easy day trips to iconic national parks and more. Douglas Dohrman knows the city of San Francisco inside and out, and he recently discussed the best neighborhoods for newcomers to call home.
“Choosing a neighborhood when you first move to a new city can be intimidating,” Douglas Dohrman said. “You want to put down roots, but if you put them down in the wrong place, you may find yourself having to move within a short amount of time.”
Douglas Dohrman explained the Castro neighborhood is an excellent choice for all types of newcomers, from singles to couples and entire families. It has long been popular among residents who identify as gay, but it’s a neighborhood that’s incredibly diverse and accepting. You won’t receive shady looks for being a newcomer in the Castro, which is conveniently located just five minutes from the Civic Center.
“Anyone coming to San Francisco for its creative scene will enjoy living in the Mission,” Douglas Dohrman said. “This is a neighborhood that’s popular among singles and couples, and most of the stand-alone houses have been converted into several apartments.”
Douglas Dohrman explained that the Mission District is one of the best places to explore on foot, with bars, businesses, and restaurants lining the street. Street art, culture, and Latino food are a few major draws for young people and creatives.
“A lot of people think you need to move to the suburbs if you want to have a family, but that’s not the case in San Francisco,” Douglas Dohrman said. “A lot of families live in the charming community of Noe Valley.”
Noe Valley may not be the most trendy neighborhood in the city, but that doesn’t mean it’s not overflowing with restaurants, stores, pubs, coffee shops, and yoga studios. It’s a favorite among families for its long list of amenities without having to live the suburban life. Easy access to Whole Foods and a large Safeway grocery store are major bonuses of living here.
“San Francisco is an open-minded and welcoming city,” Douglas Dohrman said. “The ideal neighborhood can easily vary from person to person, but the Mission, Noe Valley, and the Castro are a few I would recommend to any newcomer.”