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What is it like to live in San Francisco, and how are payments made for the house/apartment?

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Question by David Maldonado: What is it like to live in San Francisco, and how are payments made for the house/apartment?
I am currently wondering how it is like to live in San Francisco, with the focus on how. Is it expensive to live there, is it better to have an apartment or house, and how do you make your payments? Is it possible to own/rent a place to live on a job’s income, for example, a barista at Starbucks or do you live with roommates to split the bills?

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Answer by Siri
Well, if you’re living by yourself, it would be better to have an apartment as houses are very expensive in San Francisco and there aren’t many houses for sale in that area now. The average salary for a Starbucks barista is $ 9 but could get paid minimum wage. You would probably have to get roommates as the median price for a one-bedroom apartment inside of S.F. city limits is $ 2,250.00 per month where a three-bedroom apartment inside of S.F. city limits is $ 4,000.00 per month. Also, San Francisco ranks number 4 in a list of 10 cities with the highest cost of living. That being said, San Francisco is generally a good area and actually ranks number 8 in a list entitled “The Top 10 Happiest Cities”.

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2 thoughts on “What is it like to live in San Francisco, and how are payments made for the house/apartment?

  1. Awesome Jewel says:

    San Francisco is a pretty expensive place, even though there are a few cheap homes. Some areas of San Francisco, like Tenderloin, are high in crime. It is very busy, very walkable, very drivable, very bikeable, and has lots of public transportation. There are many things there.
    It is possible to rent a place on the average job’s income, living with roommates does make it easier, but owning a place might not be possible if you are single or if you don’t have a roommate.
    It is a very nice city.

  2. Chuckles says:

    San Francisco is the number one most expensive place to live in the USA..

    I once spoke to a company about a job there. I asked if they paid me well enough to get an apartment within 15 minutes of the office. They said no. They could only afford to pay me $ 93,000 per year.

    Even tiny apartments rent for around $ 2400 a month there. There is no way a Starbucks employee living by themselves can afford to live there. You need like 5 roommates to be able to survive on Starbucks pay.

    As for a house, there is nothing in the city for under about a million dollars. To get below $ 500,000 you have to commute 2 hours each way.

    You pay the rent in advance at the beginning of each month.

    If you want to live some place neat where you can rent an apartment for a barista salary you are looking at Las Vegas. Where you can get an apartment for $ 400 a month and you can buy a nice house for $ 75,000.

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