For some, North Beach calls to mind alcohol-fueled debachery, strip clubs, and bus loads of tourists as far as the eye can see. If that's your thing, sweet. If not, don't write the place off yet. Stop by on a weekday and you'll find a charming, picturesque neighborhood filled with little Italian grandmas, one-of-a-kind boutiques (Al's Attire is our fave), and amazing bakeries (have you ever tried a slice of Stella Bakery's sacrapantina? Fuggedaboutit - so good). The location is nothing to sneeze at either. If you work downtown it's just a brisk walk away, meaning you could say 'arrivederci' to that soul-crushing morning MUNI ride you loathe.
Livin' the dream in Noe Valley usually entails a golden retriever and at least one baby, but it could just as easily entail scoring a one bedroom for less than $1700. Yup, it's a notoriously pricey neighborhood, and with good reason - consistently decent weather and more breakfast joints per capita than anywhere this side of the Mississippi (uncorroborated fact) means you're almost guaranteed a relaxing, sunny weekend (should the screaming children not spoil your three hour brunch). You can also use your Noe Valley digs as a calming respite between jaunts to the Mission or Castro (both nearby), and really show those yuppies how to live the dream.
We've resigned ourselves to the fact that a cute, dog-friendly apartment in San Francisco just might be an urban legend. For some reason landlords equate a dog's destructive tendencies to something on par with housing a wild grizzly bear or pack of weasels. That said, somehow there are dogs everywhere in the city, which begs the question, where do they all live? Our quest for finding decent housing for a human and a dog (at a deal) at first seemed like attempting to locate El Dorado, but we soon stumbled upon this little gem in Cole Valley.