San Francisco Neighborhood Guide

Marina District / Cow Hollow

Between modern and historic, you find everything in this neighborhood. The beautiful homes coexist with trendy restaurants, bars and much more. It’s a perfect mix between the vibration of the nightlife and the calm emitted by the Bay and the park. There’s also the “Marina Green”, a 74-acre park with great views of the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz. A must-see in this neighborhood is the Palace of Fine Arts and the Exploratorium!

Russian Hill

This residential neighborhood gathers trendy restaurants, amazing shops and nightspots. You can get off the cable car at the top of Lombard Street, enjoy the gorgeous views of the City and especially Coit Tower and then follow the curve of the Crookedest street!

Telegraph Hill – North Beach

Telegraph Hill is one of the quietest areas in San Francisco, well-known for its many gardens and views from Coit Tower. North Beach, primarily a residential neighborhood, is the home of the famous San Franciscan baseball player Joe DiMaggio. Restaurants and nightlife spots thrive in this area of town, referred to as the Italian Neighborhood or Little Italy. While Telegraph Hill is pretty quiet, North Beach is quite loud and busy.

Union Square

For the shopping lovers, Union Square is THE best place to be in San Francisco. World-renowned luxury retailers, sophisticated art galleries and elegant hotels attract locals and tourists from all over the globe.

SOMA / South Beach

Lovers of museums will enjoy this area. This modern neighborhood of San Francisco, located to the south of Market Street (therefore explaining its name SOMA), gathers among others, the MOMA, the Jewish museum, MOAD the museum of the African Diaspora and many restaurants, bars and nightlife hot spots. Here you will find warehouses converted into lofts, modern high-rise condos, and of course AT&T ballpark, home of the San Francisco Giants, winners of the 2010 World Series.

Nob Hill

This residential traditional San Francisco neighborhood will give you a great glimpse on many of San Francisco’s landmarks. Take the cable-car to climb the very steep hills. Explore and discover some of San Francisco’s best hotels, the luxurious Fairmont and Mark Hopkins, savor amazing cuisine, and visit Grace Cathedral and wander its indoor and outdoor labyrinths.

Haight-Ashbury / Panhandle / Golden Gate Park

Haight-Ashbury is the true representation of the ’60s hippie culture. You can find fragments of this long-gone area everywhere, in shops and in buildings. Tattoo parlors, head shops, thrift stores and art galleries flourish in this dynamic neighborhood. You are also steps away from several lush parks: Buena Vista Park, the Panhandle and of course the mythic Golden Gate Park. Located at the east entrance of Golden Gate Park, the Panhandle is almost one mile long. This green park offers beautiful paths for bikers and walkers, a basketball court and a playground. Golden Gate Park is a verdant heaven in San Francisco for those who want to picnic, jog, play soccer or drum. It hosts many museums and must-see places: the Academy of Sciences, Japanese Tea Garden, De Young museum, Conservatory of Flowers, etc. Twin Peaks Twin Peaks is a residential neighborhood, a short distance away from the heart of the city. On the top of the hill, the second highest point in San Francisco, you can enjoy fabulous 360 degree views of the whole city!

Castro

San Francisco’s own gay village, one of the largest and best-known worldwide, runs on Castro Street from Market Street to 19th Street. This safe and clean neighborhood features the popular and original Castro Theater as well as many boutiques and special clothing shops. Shopping here is a must-do, as you can find items not often available anywhere else.

Mission District

San Francisco’s oldest building, the Mission San Francisco de Asis, gave the City its name. Located between Castro and Noe Valley to the west and Potrero Hill and U.S. 101 to the east, “The Mission” is a mix of trendy restaurants and boutiques as well as traditional, historical cafes and stores of the Latin culture. Famous for introducing Mexican food to Americans, the Mission is the original home of the San Francisco burrito. Enjoy Dolores Park, especially in the summer, and watch the locals play tennis, basketball, BBQ, etc. There is also a large children’s playground and a dog play area. Another must-see in the Mission are the murals: more than 600 different murals painted on the walls of buildings and residential houses.

Richmond / Sea Cliff

In this residential area you’ll find a mix of different homes, from turn-of-the-century Edwardians to the most modern of apartment complexes and mansions, as well as some of the last cabins that survived the 1906 earthquake. The most surprising and most infamous site is the Black House, a black and purple Victorian owned by Anton LaVey, the founder of the Church of Satan, who is said to have performed Satanic rituals at that location. Sea Cliff is an exclusive community featuring gorgeous properties, some of them used as retreats for celebrities.

Potrero Hill

The “sunniest” neighborhood of San Francisco refers to this hill, located east of the Mission and South of SOMA. Potrero means “pasture” in Spanish. This quiet area is isolated by freeways and an industrial landscape, which gives this neighborhood a feeling of distance from main and central San Francisco. Potrero Hill is also the home of San Francisco’s famous Anchor Steam Brewery.

Pacific Heights

Between school and shopping, Pacific Heights is still today one of the most prestigious neighborhoods and has been featured in many movies and television shows. This fancy area offers spectacular views of the Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge. Fillmore Street serves as the neighborhood’s shopping and dining street, and every year hosts a Jazz festival.

Financial District

The name says it all: this is the heart of the economy of San Francisco. After the California Gold Rush, this area boomed. With its many historic office buildings and modern skyscrapers, the Financial District hosts headquarters of numerous companies and organizations. Sunset Known for its foggy weather, most San Franciscans love this neighborhood, which is close to Ocean Beach. What they like about this culturally diverse neighborhood is that it is more like a small town within the City. Many families with children live in this area, as well as UCSF graduate students.

Alamo Square / North Panhandle (NoPa)

Alamo Square is a residential area surrounding a park of the same name. Featuring the world-renowned Painted Ladies, a row of classic Victorian houses, Alamo Square is a very popular destination for tourists and locals. The up-and-coming North Panhandle is one of the trendiest neighborhoods of San Francisco with many modern bars and restaurants along Divisadero.

Chinatown

Welcome to China! Right in the heart of San Francisco, near Union Square and the Financial district you will find one of the largest Chinese areas outside of Asia. Many typical and authentic Chinese markets and  restaurants can be found in this residential area. A definite must-see is the original fortune cookie factory. While Stockton Street is the tourist spot with many souvenir shops, Grant Street is the “traditional” and more authentic part of Chinatown where locals buy products in open-air markets. So, be open-minded for another culture and take a trip to Chinatown!

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AMSI Housing & Relocation Services to participate in Corporate Housing Providers Association (CHPA) Conference

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Housing & Relocation Specialist from AMSI will be attending the annual Corporate Housing Providers Association (CHPA) conference later this month (Feb 2018) in Las Vegas.  The CHPA is a professional trade association exclusively dedicated to supporting corporate housing providers around the world with the mission to help their members succeed through Certification, Accreditation, Quality Assessment, Networking, Legislative Support, Continuing Education Opportunities, with all members subscribing to a Professional Code of Ethics.

Corporate housing is fully furnished temporary housing, typically in an apartment setting.  Professional providers coordinate these “units” to include furniture, house wares, amenities, cable, phone, electric, water, etc., usually at one inclusive cost to the company and typically for 30 + days. Corporate housing is a physical space and a full range of services offered to a client/guest, specific to their unique needs.  Corporate Housing Fits all your Needs….and More

AMSI Real Estate Services is a full service Housing & Relocation company specializing in Furnished and Unfurnished Rentals, Property Management, Relocation, and Sales.  Our inventory includes Homes, Condominiums and Apartments both Long Term or Interim Extended-Stay or Corporate Housing.

 

One phone call to secure Extended Stay or Corporate Furnished Housing

Birsen Larson, AMSI Housing and Relocation Services, met with several  Human Resource Managers, and Relocation and Destination Services Managers this week.  What was the common denominator challenge amongst this group of housing & relocation professionals?  The number of calls it took to secure adequate housing, in some cases up to 45 inquiries to secure a single housing unit.

Fortunately, Birsen explained that by working through AMSI Housing & Relocation Services,  as your single point of contact we can substantially reduce the time and expense associated with your housing search.  Not only do we directly manage furnished and unfurnished homes, apartments, and condos for both long term or interim furnished extended-stay or Corporate Housing.  Through our affiliation with TheResBoard.com, known as the MLS of Furnished and Corporate Housing,  we’re able to accommodate residents Nationwide, Real-Time!  Birsen says, “We know that you’ve got a multitude of details associated with your transferees, and our objective is to make the housing aspect smoother and more time effective for our clients”.

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AMSI Real Estate Services is a full service Housing & Relocation company specializing in Furnished and Unfurnished Rentals, Property Management, and Relocation.  Our inventory includes Homes, Condominiums and Apartments both Long Term or for Interim Extended-Stay or Corporate Housing.

Featured San Francisco Furnished Apartment

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Modern meets Hollywood Regency, this beautifully furnished 1 bedroom condo is the perfect home away from home. Features include hardwood floors, designer furnishings, partial bay view, living and dining area with open style kitchen. Also featuring a full amenity kitchen with dishwasher and microwave.

Technology ready, this comes well equipped with huge 50″ TV, cable TV service and high speed Wi-Fi. You only need to bring your suitcase as this includes kitchen housewares, linens and towels. Also included are Bi-weekly maid service and 1 car parking.

Parc Telegraph is a sought after community offering amenities that include 24 Hour Lobby Attendant, Controlled Access Entry, Huge Updated Fitness Center open 5am-11pm, Reservable Events Room and a Large Laundry Facility Free of Charge.

Location is prime! You are located within a short walk to the Financial District, the Embarcadero and only 1 block to Levi’s Plaza. You are also within walking distance to North Beach, Fisherman’s Wharf and world class San Francisco Culture. The North Waterfront neighborhood of Telegraph Hill is one of the city’s best secrets, quiet, nestled just below Coit Tower and steps to the bay. Walk score 89. Transit score 87.

Apartment/Building Features:

  • Non-smoking
  • Approximately 700 SF
  • Oven/Stove
  • Microwave
  • TV/CABLE
  • DVD
  • High-Speed Internet
  • Washer/Dry
  • Jacuzzi
  • Pool
  • Sauna
  • Elevator
  • Gym/Health Facilities
  • Security
  • Queen Size Bed

AMSI Real Estate Services is a full service Housing & Relocation company specializing in Furnished and Unfurnished Rentals, Property Management, and Relocation.  Our inventory includes Homes, Condominiums and Apartments both Long Term or for Interim Extended-Stay or Corporate Housing.

800-747-7784 or www.amsires.com

Chris Todd of AMSI Real Estate Services awarded CCRM Designation

Congratulations to AMSI’s Chris Todd for his recent achievement of earning the CCRM Certification. The California Certified Residential Manager (CCRM) program is awarded by the San Francisco and California Apartment Associations after successful completion of the required courses.

As a graduate from the California Culinary Academy, Chris obtained his Real Estate license in 2016 and became a valued member of AMSI’s Leasing and Property Management Team. He is passionate about Liverpool LC, and loves to read, hike, golf, and spend time with his Cat E.D.

Chris really enjoys working with people and it shows. Today one of our Property Owners said “Chris Todd as been excellent in assisting me in the rental process. He has met and exceeded all of my expectations. Based on my experience, I will definitely do business with you again”.

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Homeowners renting out space must follow tenant-landlord rules

Rules that apply in traditional apartment complexes typically apply in homes, such as maintenance and repairs, limits on a landlord’s right to enter the rental space and security deposit requirements.

 

Question: In these tough financial times I think a lot of people (myself included) are considering renting out part of their home, if not already doing so. I haven’t been successful in trying to look up what the law says about renting a room or part of your house. I read this is different from renting a duplex or regular rental property. Can you provide any guidance?

Answer: Your question is timely because many homeowners facing mortgage or other economic stresses are looking at room rentals as an option to increase their income. Most of the state laws governing tenant-landlord relationships in traditional apartment complexes apply equally to the room rental you are describing. For example, the requirements for performing maintenance and repairs, the limits on a landlord’s right to enter the rental premises and the security deposit requirements all apply.

Click here to read the full article… Homeowners renting out space must follow tenant-landlord rules.

San Francisco Property Maintenance Services

Do you need help with the upkeep of your property? AMSI’s property maintenance team can help you with the maintenance of your home. AMSI offers many services as renovations, remodeling, plumbing, California licensed general contracting, post-construction clean-up, move-in and move-out cleans and more.

What are the Benefits of working with AMSI Property Maintenance?

  • Licensed, bonded and insured property maintenance team for your peace of mind
  • Dedicated tenant phone line to qualify tenant requests
  • Staff of qualified and skilled professionals
  • Experienced vendors with trusted relationships
  • Emergency response team available 24/7
  • 48 hour turn around objection on qualified tenant requests
  • Efficient respond system to tenant emails and phone calls to handle complaints and repairs

Learn more about AMSI’s property maintenance services.

Benefits of Hiring Professional House Cleaners

Do you like to have a clean home, but don’t have the time to clean it yourself? Then let  Art of Cleaning clean your home while you do what you are best in.

  • Licensed, bonded and insured house cleaning team for your peace of mind
  • House cleaners are experienced and trained
  • Ongoing training provided to ensure quality
  • Professional house cleaners provide the best house cleaning services possible
  • Customizable cleaning plan available
  • Cleaners are employees, not subcontractors
  • Cleaning team or individual
  • Cleaning products and equipment is provided
  • House cleaners strive to use environmentally friendly cleaning products
  • Available 7 days a week

Working with professional house cleaners has many benefits. But in my opinion the biggest benefits is the time you will have to focus on other priorities in your life, and that you come home to a clean environment where you can relax from a stressful day.

AMSI’s Art of Cleaning team shows you the way home…. to a clean and shine room!

For more information call Roberto Estrada at 415.447.2004

Big Asset for Owners, Property Management San Francisco

The rental laws change continuously, as a homeowner it is oftentimes difficult to keep up with all the changes. A professional property manager will educate homeowners on the rental law and making them aware of changes to make sure they do not violate against the rental law. More than that, a professional property manager and his trained and knowledgeable staff know how to deal with tenant requests, complaints and other assignments, which a homeowner has to deal with when leasing a property.

Whether you don’t have the time to manage your property or it is because of a lack of knowledge, professional property management services can be a big asset.

AMSI’s property manager Nathan Murdock, San Francisco Apartment Association property manager of the year, will be dedicated to assist you with your property management needs and answers questions you may have.

Learn more about AMSI’s property management services

property manager of the year

Nathan Murdock
Office 415.447.2008
nmurdock@amsiemail.com