The Mission is fast becoming one of my favorite neighborhoods, and on Saturday Kevin and I spent some time exploring it a bit more than normal. We had lunch and moseyed around, and every time I’m in that part of the city I become more enamored with it. It’s home to some of the best restuarants in all of San Francisco, great boutiques, and the always wonderful Dolores Park. If the SF rental market wasn’t so ridiculous right now, there is a good chance that Kevin and I would have headed over that direction awhile ago. However, having a two bedroom rent controlled apartment in a neighborhood we love means we wont be moving anywhere anytime soon.
One would think that because the Mission is one of my favorite neighborhoods in the city that I would get over that way often. I am embarrassed to admit it, but that is not the case. I am a lazy lazybones and tend to consider anything more than a one mile radius from my apartment “far.” When you live within walking distance of a million places to eat, drink, and shop, it’s sometimes hard to summon the motivation to go anywhere that requires a bus or taxi. Driving is usually not an option because parking is a bitch, and, well, alcoholic beverages are often included in our outings.
After spending Saturday afternoon in the Mission, Kevin and I took a long drive around San Francisco. We went through Bernal Heights and up to Glen Park, coming back down through Twin Peaks and Upper Market and then heading back home through Hayes Valley. And I realized something…
I am a neighborhood snob.
It’s true. I actually think this is a fairly normal phenomenon in this city… people get very territorial about their neighborhoods. Two blocks in a city this small can make a BIG difference, and when you love the area you live in, you want to share this love with everyone else. After all, San Francisco living doesn’t come cheap.
But on Saturday I realized that so many of the neighborhoods that I’ve written off are actually pretty awesome. Granted, some are still a bit too “far” for my preference, but they all have their own unique San Francisco charm and appeal. I’ve lived in this wonderful city for almost seven years, and I love that it’s still surprising me. It might only be seven by seven miles, but it’s a pretty fantastic seven miles. Some of the best seven miles in the world, if you ask me.
And so I’m vowing to spend more time exploring this city that I am so privileged to call home. Expand my San Francisco horizons. Spend more time discovering new places in new neighborhoods, and step outside of my Russian Hill – North Beach – Marina lazybones comfort zone.
Do you ever get stuck going to the same places because of convenience? SF people, I’d LOVE to hear some of your favorite neighborhood spots!