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Help! We are considering a rental in North Beach, is it safe

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Help! We are considering a rental in North Beach, is it safe

Greetings,

We are travelling to SF in June and are considering a rental property in North Beach located near Lombard and Taylor. We are first-time visitors and wish to be close to the usual attractions and Cable Cars, as we are not planning to rent a vehicle. Any insight or recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

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1. Re: Help! We are considering a rental in North Beach, is it safe

You can have a great time eating in our great Italian restaurants like Sotto Mare and Ideale and also visiting Chinatown and That area is fine. and you can walk to some of the attractions from there as well as take MUNI to other places. No cars necessary.

We love someone from Frisco coming to San Francisco and we always tell folks who call our city Frisco, that that honor belongs to a city in the fine state of TX :-)

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Great location.

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Two blocks from Washington Square and one block from a cable car line. Enjoy your stay.

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I was just over in North Beach this evening for dinner. I think I parked right about at Taylor and Lombard. Great area. Walk to tons of things. NB has tons of restaurants for dinner and cafes for coffee in the morning. Excellent transit.

Have a great stay.

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As others have indicated, a good (urban) neighborhood. If you do decide to do so, make sure to take the time to get up one morning, stroll two blocks south along Columbus, and sit in Washington Square (with a cup of coffee) and watch the various groups practicing T'ai chi ch'uan and other group exercises. You'll also be able to beat the crowds to Mama's at the corner of Stockton & Filbert (you snooze you queue, which is insane for any breakfast, even one that features plutonium crunchies). If your rental comes with a coffeemaker (can't imagine one that didn't....), pick up your coffee from Graffeo at 725 a block and a half south of Lombard -- Graffeo was roasting coffee long before Jerry Baldwin, Zev Siegel, and Gordon Bowker had ever met Alfred Peet, and will hopefully still be doing so after their devil's span creation, Starbucks has become a red dwarf. As others indicate there's lot's of dining options in the area, including the reincarnation of a San Francisco classic, Original Joe's, on the corner of Union & Stockton, which just opened to solid reviews, after being closed for several years after they were burned out of their old location.

You're also within easy walking distance of Chinatown, Aquatic Park, and the associated Fisherman's Wharf. If you're here over a weekend, Mel Sharpe's Big Money in Jazz Dixieland band plays at the Savoy Tivoli on Saturday afternoons, and seven days a week there's live blues at The Saloon.

Good location.

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Apologies to Mal Sharpe for misspelling his name in the previous post.....

On the subject of Mal and his band, in addition to being world-class Dixieland musicians, they're world-class about shaking the audience down for tips, but leaving everyone feeling good natured about it. True artists. Make sure you have a lot of small bills.

Also if anyone asks you where you're from, you're probably better off by starting with "Texas". "Frisco" be bad juju in these parts.

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Saw Mal at the No Name bar last year and he did make everyone buy his CD. Miss his Back on Basin Street on KCSM

BTW. Friends don't let Friends drink Starbucks

But I digress

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We stayed in a vacation rental in North Beach and loved it there. It seemed very safe to us and our two small children. Lots of restaurants, mainly italian, and it has a real neighbourhood feel to it. Its a 10 minute walk to Fishermans Wharf from there and on the cable car and bus routes too.

Go for it.

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thanks for the positive feed back! Makes me feel good about this purchase.

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And thank YOU for being detail-oriented or reading some of the other posts on the topic, and taking the time to identify and specify the actual cross-streets you'll be staying at. Far too often visitors throw some random neighborhood out and ask if it's "safe" or "good" to stay in, which results in nothing more than a bunch of "it depends" kinds of answers.

There's a lot of neighborhoods in San Francisco which have vastly different "sub-neighborhoods" within them, so this level of detail is needed for people to make intelligent comments. Additionally some landlords aren't beyond stretching the normal boundaries of a neighborhood to place their property into a more appealing location, or to apply some "cute but deceptive" prefix or suffix like "Baja Pacific Heights".