When it comes to re-locating to San Francisco; there is much to consider. The city is a compact contemporary bustling hub that contains a large assortment of communities, each with their unique niche and personality.
Some people like to make the move themselves, using their own vehicles or renting a truck, and others do it with the assistance of movers. The post office actually provides a helpful change of address site where they distribute $ 500.00 dollars worth of coupons to help cut costs on the usual things people spend money on when they are relocating.
There are also useful moving pages
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These web pages are set up to help people when they move, to get signed-up for service with cable, internet and phone. The Companies strive to make everyone's transition seamless, to help keep you up and running with the things you need, while your settling in to your new home.
San Francisco is divided up into around 113 different neighborhoods. Some of these are household names like Haight Ashbury, Chinatown, Pacific Heights, North Beach, South of Market, and the Tenderloin. There are many lesser known neighborhoods as well. The Marina neighborhood was actually underwater before the Great Quake of 1906. After which, it was built up from the rubble of demolished homes and hotels that were carried there by horse drawn wagons. The 1989 Quake demonstrated that the area is the most prone to movement.
Prices, schools, and features vary quite a bit in San Francisco, area by area. The City is probably the most famous tourist municipality in the United States with sights like the Bay Bridge (to Oakland), the Golden Gate Bridge, Fishermans Wharf, Pier 39, the Financial District (with the Pyramid Building), North Beach, PacBell Park, South of Market or SOMA, Golden Gate Park, Haight Ashbury, Coit Tower, Union Square, Russian Hill, and its very own world famous SF Zoo. San Francisco offers a wealth of adventure and things to do.
San Francisco has very unique public transportation, including Muni, which actually incorporates the Cable Cars. Muni,SFs bus service, will cost two dollars to ride and the Cable Cars are six dollars. The historic streetcars reminiscent of the 1989 earthquake, have been retrofitted and rebuilt. So if you see what looks like an antique streetcar operating on the streets of SF, it is and was probably bought and fixed from one of the countries it was retired to long ago.
SF is a very popular place to bicycle around as well. Golden Gate Park is famous for this. There is also BART also known as the Bay Area Rapid Transit, which is our equivalent to London's Underground/Tube. We also have our standard Railroad called Caltrain that links many major US cities. You can drive around the city but be warned that you can easily get tickets and/or towed if you park in the wrong spot.
The San Franciso Unified School District is the eighth largest school district in California with 56,000 students who live in the city and nearby areas. There are a huge number of schools that teach these students as you can see by this list. There are also some great San Francisco private schools. Many people prefer to send their children to private school and any one of SF's private schools may be a good fit for your child/children. There is some variation among quality in San Francisco schools. star testing and APIdetermines in large part, how they frequently rank against each other. You can also take a look at greatschools.
There are many different hotels to choose from in San Francisco. There are variations in price and quality in a lot of different areas. The most expensive area is the financial district, but it also has some of the nicest and most historic hotels. A few worth mentioning here are the Hyatts, Hilton, the Fairmont, Sir Francis Drake, the Marriot, Parc 55, Ritz Carlton, the Starwoods, and the Holiday Inns.
There are also many places to book a hotel and receive a discount, including Hotels.com, Priceline, Kayak.com. Expedia, Orbitz, Booking.com, Tripadvisor, and Bookit.com.
More recently, places like Airbnb.com and Roomorama.com are used and recommended due to their unique properties and usually money saving deals.
We welcome you to San Francisco and invite you to get in touch. We can help answer your questions and get you into the ideal home. Let us help you turn the key.