Best neighborhoods to retire

If life after work means more than a beach chair, the best place to retire might be the big city. We looked at 30 of the nation's largest metro areas and found the right neighborhoods for you.

San Francisco
Best place to retire: Downtown/SoMa
Pros: The view and that northern California je ne sais quoi.
Cons: Painfully expensive.
Real estate: You'll be lucky to get a condo for under $500,000 even in the grittier parts of Union Square and SoMa.
If you're looking for a distinctive neighborhood to call home in San Francisco, you have plenty of choices. Each has its own flavor; agent Janet Krahling says San Francisco "is like a bunch of little villages in the city."

But Krahling sees many retirees moving downtown, especially around Market Street. The north side of Market is more "downtown," and south of Market, or SoMa, is more bohemian and unpredictable. The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the California Historical Society, and lots of bookstores are nearby.

When Market Street ends at the bay, you've got the Embarcadero, with its farmers' market and gourmet shops.

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Hudson Heights

Tudor City

South Loop


Marine District

Liberty Station

Penn Quarter

Woodley Park

Pearl District

Goose Hollow

South Park

Museum District

Copper Square

Washington Square


Arts District




Mass Ave


Short North

Warehouse District

South Main

Cultural District

Mt. Vernon


Back Bay


East Town


East Market District

East Las Vegas

Midtown Nashville

Midtown Atlanta
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