San Francisco is one of the gay capitals of North America and perhaps even the world, however the privilege in living in such a sophisticated and LGBT friendly metropolis can be quite expensive especially if you want to live right in the heart of downtown in the financial districts. This residential area is among the cluster of towers between Grant Avenue and Washington Street and the waterfront and includes landmarks such as The Transamerica Pyramid and the Embarcadero that is on the edge of the waterfront. As of April 2013, an executive condo, home or townhouse (there are not that many single homes) in this glamorous place of steel and glass and winding waterfront walkway goes for the median sales price of $1,600,000.00.
Mission Bay is the second most luxurious neighborhood. This is a newer revamped neighborhood with warehouses and land redeveloped from the rail yard of the Southern Pacific Railroad Company. This is a wealthy gay-friendly neighborhood with luxury condos and high-end restaurants. Many of the people who live here have very high annual incomes of over $120,000.00 and work in the city’s biotechnology industries.
The SOMA Neighborhood is also an amazing luxury enclave. SOMA is an acronym of South of Market and it contains many individual tight-knit communities including South Beach, Mission Bay and Rincon Hill. The neighborhood runs perpendicular to Market Street, which is south of the Financial District and towards the water. This area’s economy is driven by many gay local businesses and it is the home of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and San Francisco’s rave, pun and independent movie scenes. This area has been developing since 2000 and it is now a paradise of revamped warehouse spaces, exhibition spaces, condos and apartments. This is also the location of San Francisco’s famous Folsom Street Fair and the Weird Street Faire. The median sales price of a home is $700,000.00.
Pacific Heights is one of the most well-known posh areas of San Francisco and there was a famous thriller starring Melanie Griffiths and Michael Keaton made with the same name in 1990. The film gave viewers a great glimpse of the renovation boom going on at the time. It is located on top of a ridge that is sometimes called the Gold Coast. The hilltop neighborhood offers glorious vies of the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco Bay, Alcatraz and the Palace of Fine Arts. The median sales price for a home in Pacific Heights Spring 2013 was $950,000.00.
If you are looking for a high-end home in a really great LGBT neighborhood in this grand and stylish city then it is best to consult with a resident gay realtor in San Francisco who can show you the properties available. To learn a little more about the area in general visit the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce website at www.sfchamber.com.