Your neighborhood options are broader in San Francisco if you can settle on a three-bedroom instead of a four-bedroom.

Many of these districts are West of Twin Peaks, in neighborhoods that were developed in the 1950s and 60s. Districts like Midtown TerraceParkside and Lake Shore are popular with families because of their conventional layouts, back yards and quiet streets.
If I were a betting gal, I’d head for the Bayview with its good weather, light rail transit and burgeoning Third Street retail corridor. I’ve been spending more and more time there and love discovering its hidden blocks of tree-lined architecture. Bayview homes can also get a bit more free-form with fun facades and colorful paint jobs.