Sunny, flat, and centrally located, the Mission represents the heart and especially the soul San Francisco. Equally attractive to immigrants and a burgeoning herd of hipsters in ironic t- shirts, the Mission is still the melting pot of San Francisco. Here you'll find traditional Mexican taquerias and panaderias, pop up galleries, freshly minted block-long live/work lofts in former canneries, and a new generation of chefs determined to make their mark and earn a Michelin star.
The neighborhood is highly walkable: a major urban shopping center at 16th and Potrero offers groceries, a gym, post office, office supplies, and a Peets Coffee. The museum district at 3rd and Howard is nearby, and the ball park is not far. Public Transportation is great. MUNI bus lines crisscross the neighborhoods and there two BART stations at 16th and Mission and 24th and Mission serve the neighborhood. With the rise of the dot-coms in the mid-90s, the old industrial warehouses of the Mission district were converted into open air, floor through workspaces.
These attracted a new kind of immigrant population: educated, highly skilled, and eagerly looking for the next big thing: be it entertainment, dining, culture, or dance club. And they wanted to be able to walk to work, or at least ride their bike. Housing was developed to match the taste and needs of this generation of newcomers. Many of the old warehouses preserved their old brick facades. Inside luxury interiors feature exposed brick walls, huge timbered beams, two-story high living rooms with airy ceilings, industrial kitchens, and of course, high speed Internet connections.