For people moving to San Francisco, finding a place to settle is usually much easier said than done. After all, the city is massive and expensive. Due to this, finding a place to lay down roots can feel intimidating. Fortunately, it’s far from impossible. In addition to the many funky neighborhoods within the city, there are dozens of suburban neighborhoods worth checking out.


The 5 best suburban neighborhoods in San Francisco

The City by the Bay has dozens of fun places to check out. A layered collection of ethnicities, cultures, lifestyles, and more, there’s plenty to love in this beautiful city. Here are a few places that people considering moving to the city should check out:Blueground offers fully-furnished, equipped and serviced apartments in some of the world's most sought after cities.

1. Mill Valley

Mill Valley sits just 20 minutes outside of downtown SF. According to those who love it, “Mill Valley is where Grateful Dead fans went to grow up.” The city is full of sprawling hillside homes, great food, and plenty of quirky little shops. The downtown portion itself is historic, with plenty of exposed brick and fun attractions. 

Aerial view of Bay Area from East Peak at Mt. Tamalpais

The local spots include the Gravity Train, Sweetwater Music Hall, and outdoor trails. Mt. Tam is just minutes away, and people who live here love to get outside. Mill Valley is also an exceptionally affordable place to live. People who want to move here will enjoy the accessible prices and nice things to do.


2. Walnut Creek

Walnut Creek is easy to get to from SF. Just hop on BART’s Pittsburg-Bay Point line and head out to the Walnut Creek stop. By car, it’s only about 30 minutes from the city. Ideal for people who want an uncluttered and uncrowded living experience, Walnut Creek offers sprawling homes, plenty of outdoor space, and friendly people.

The city center is home to several musical and theatrical attractions. Art lovers will find a selection of small galleries and exhibitions to keep them busy. Meanwhile, people who want to enjoy nature will appreciate the city’s proximity to hiking, biking, and more. Stunning views are easy to find at Mt. Diablo or Briones Regional Park.


3. Pleasanton

Pleasanton is just down the road from San Francisco. Situated at the intersection of I-580 and I-680, Pleasanton is a commuter’s dream. Money and USA TODAY have both ranked it as one of the top places to live in the U.S. As the name might indicate, the city is filled with warm weather, nice views, vineyards, and more. Located in Alameda County, this city hosts an annual county fair at the fairgrounds and is home to many festivals throughout the year. It also has a selection of golf courses for people who want to hit the links.


4. San Jose

Situated in Santa Clara County, San Jose is the biggest city in the Bay Area. It’s got plenty of its own small neighborhoods, including Willow Glen and South San Jose, to choose from. The downtown area has a reputation for being the place to go for dinner, drinks, or a night out. People who want to take in the cultural center of the city can head down to First St. or Santa Clara Ave, where they’ll find restaurants, bars, and more.

A residential street in San Jose, San Francisco

The city has things like the Tech Museum of Innovation, theater companies, and more. The San Jose Sharks play here, and the city is home to City Lights music festival.


5. Hayes Valley

Hayes Valley has undergone a transformation in recent years. Since 2003, the area has become a hip place to eat, drink, and explore the nightlife. People who want to move to SF but are more interested in the suburban neighborhoods surrounding the city should check this one out.


Finding the perfect suburban neighborhoods in SF

SF is surrounded by suburban neighborhoods that offer exciting living experiences. Anyone looking to move to the valley should check out the five picks listed above. More affordable and accessible than the city center, these neighborhoods are great places to live, work, and raise a family. Each offers a friendly and approachable air and a selection of beautiful apartments to choose from.

San Fransisco beach

If you need additional assistance finding a place to live, check out Blueground’s selection of properties. Blueground offers fully furnished, professionally decorated apartments in the center of SF and in the South Bay area including San Jose and Hayes Valley. Thanks to the flexible leases and renter-friendly terms, Blueground is here to help you relocate.

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