San Francisco Real Estate: Escrow Out Loud
#65: What Makes A Neighborhood?
Today, on Escrow Out Loud, our San Francisco Real Estate podcast, we talk about neighborhoods and what defines them.
[00:21] Matt and Britton share stories of growing up; Matt was a suburban kid who later moved to rural Michigan and Britton remembers living in Anchorage, Alaska in a brand-new subdivision as a five-year-old.
[02:58] People often yearn to find the balance between living with nature in the great wilderness and the convenience of urban city living. Is suburbia a good enough compromise to make? The west side of San Francisco has great examples of suburbia residence parks where the aim was to bring more nature into neighborhoods.
[05:31] What makes a neighborhood? In some cases, it is geography and sometimes it’s the era of construction. We argue SF condo buildings can also be a neighborhood within a neighborhood e.g. The Watermark.
How small can a neighborhood be and still be considered a neighborhood?
[11:55] The San Francisco Planning Department states eight things on their website that define a neighborhood: 1. Walk to shops 2. Safe streets 3. Get around easily. 4. Housing choices 5. Gathering places 6. City services 7. Special character 8. A part of the whole.
How many neighborhoods does San Francisco have? SFAR says 89, wikipedia says a lot more... Not everyone agrees on this point!
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