Movingstar | Neighborhood Resources

The San Francisco Bay area has a storied past and an even brighter future. A region filled with culture and promise has many attractions to offer to its current residents and people who are moving to San Francisco. And with temperatures averaging between 51-63 degrees throughout the year, it is perfect weather to enjoy a nice walk around the numerous parks, coastline and markets throughout the city. But before you decide to move to San Francisco, here is a little background on the city you may one day call home.

San Francisco was part of Mexico until 1846 and saw a population explosion during the California Gold Rush of the late 1840s. A more modern population rise came in the late 1990s during the dot-com boom, which saw many young professionals and entrepreneurs move to the Bay area as poorer neighborhoods became gentrified. The dot-com bubble burst of 2001 did not change the social landscape of the city as drastically as people thought it would. Today, San Francisco is the proud home of over 750,000 people.

If you are planning on moving to San Francisco you will have the opportunity to choose from many diverse neighborhoods, starting with the historic center in the northeast corner of the city. The region is home to the Financial District and Union Square, the principal hotel and shopping district. Famous tourist stops including Lombard Street, Fisherman's Wharf and Little Italy also reside within this part of the city. The famous Haight-Asbury neighborhood, which became one of the most prominent centers of the hippy movement during the late 1960s, still retains some of its bohemian character and culture today. The Marina lies to the north and is the home of many young professionals, while Richmond is now being referred to as the "New Chinatown." South Market and Mission Bay have been redeveloped and are now a charming area consisting of gentrified homes and new buildings. Simply jump on a cable car and head to the neighborhood of your desire. The beauty of the city is reflected in the many cultures that contribute to its laidback attitude, yet very successful economy.

San Francisco has a picturesque shoreline along the Pacific Ocean with stunning views of the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island. Golden Gate Park spreads from the city center to the coast and includes the Conservatory of Flowers, Japanese Tea Garden, and Strybing Arboretum. To keep plant life from being defoliated, California law requires gardeners to either perform a self-inspection or to hire a professional inspector to avoid spreading the harmful gypsy moth from other parts of the country.

San Francisco has a great classical and modern music scene which can be heard at the War Memorial Opera House, Davies Symphony Hall, Herbst Theatre, the Fillmore and the American Conservatory Theater. For potential movers to San Francisco, there is plenty of culture to be enjoyed in a variety of fields.

For the intellectual in all of us, San Francisco hosts a variety of intriguing museums full of history and modern marvels. The Asian Art Museum of San Francisco is one of the largest museums in the Western World fully dedicated to Asian art. The Museum of Modern Art contains 20th Century and contemporary pieces, while the California Academy of Sciences is a natural history museum and hosts the Morrison Planetarium and Steinhart Aquarium. If you want more hands on learning you can visit the Palace of Fine Arts which is home to the Exploratorium or go see the 250 species of animals that reside at the San Francisco Zoo. If you're a sports fan you can always catch the San Francisco Giants, 49ers, or the Golden State Warriors in action.

If you are moving to the Bay area with children, San Francisco has one of the best students-per-teacher ratio in the country. SEVENTY PERCENT of the student body attends one of two major public school districts, while the other THIRTY PERCENT attend one of ROUGHLY 100 private or parochial schools. The city has a fine academic reputation, lead by the University of California, San Francisco and nearby Berkeley and Stanford Universities. The San Francisco Conservatory of Music is the only school of its kind on the West Coast, and aspiring chefs can enjoy the California Culinary Academy associated with the Cordon Bleu program. Although rates for relocation to San Francisco are cheaper in the winter months, families with children should be mindful of the start of school in THE late August, early September time period.

The city is alive and vibrant for potential movers and remains fresh and exciting for its current residents. For families, couples, or singles, it is the perfect location to start anew or continue an existing lifestyle. Its attractions, beaches, and parks combined with its diversity and culture make it one of the most special places in all of the country. We hope you decide to move to San Francisco and enjoy your stay as much as we have.