The lively North Waterfront neighborhood is as famous for its tourists as it is for its famous resident sea lions. But don’t let the constant influx of out-of-towners fool you—this is also an unbelievably nice place to live. Upscale apartments and condos with great waterfront views comprise most of the housing here, and what they overlook is quite spectacular—Fisherman’s Wharf, Pier 39, Aquatic Park, Fort Mason, the Embarcadero, and clanging cable cars are among the views that make this neighborhood feel like classic San Francisco.
With an abundance of recreational facilities, waterfront parks, and museums, this is also a great neighborhood for families with kids. For everyday conveniences, the shops and farmer’s market at the Ferry Building marketplace can’t be beat, while the Embarcadero Center offers dozens of chain stores and eateries. ©2016 Maryann LoRusso