The Most Dog-Friendly Neighborhoods in San Francisco

SF Most Dog-Friendly NeighborhoodsSan Francisco. Many come in hopes of having it all: the California lifestyle, the gateway into the tech market, a dream job, and the perfect apartment. But what is the cost of reaping all the benefits of life in the Bay Area?

The most visible cost? Paying the most for renting in the entire country! A close second? You may not be able to bring fido with you!

According to SF SPCA, an animal welfare nonprofit, one in four residents within the City By the Bay are abandoning their four-legged friends (no!) due to the lack of dog-friendly housing in the city. Since San Francisco attracts more and more potential tenants each year, landlords have the option to be selective with who and what they let in. This is forcing many would-be residents to choose between two options — searching for a hard-to-find dog-friendly place or pursuing their California dreams, unfortunately, alone.

However, just because they’re hard to find doesn’t mean they’re not out there. We’ve teamed up with our friends at RadPad, the mobile apartment search and rent payment provider, to ensure you and your furry friend can stay together by finding the most dog-friendly neighborhoods in the bay area.

To do this, we first looked at the percentage (see above) of pet-friendly apartment listings within neighborhoods in San Francisco. RadPad analyzed more than 13,000 active rental listings across neighborhoods in San Francisco.

We then factored in the amount of borrowable dogs on Bark’N’Borrow in each neighborhood (if you can’t live with a dog in your apartment, you can still borrow one) to create an all encompassing ranking of neighborhoods to live in – if you love dogs! RadPad rankings were given twice as much weight as Bark’N’Borrow rankings.

Take a look at what we found:

  • The absolute best place to live with a dog, or to borrow one? Lakeshore landed our number one spot to find a place for you and your pup, and the best place to borrow one. Located right next to Lake Merced, Fort Funston National Park, and the ocean, it is the ideal location for outdoor activities and city living with your four-legged friend.
  • If you still want to feel the excitement of fast city living, no need to worry! Chinatown came in at number 4 with 39% of listings dog-friendly and large amount of borrowable dogs close by to move it past Excelsior (43% dog-friendly listings). Take your pup on daily walks down Waverly Place or Ross Alley with a nice relaxing break at Old Mary’s Cathedral.
  • It’s worth noting that the Excelsior/Crocker-Amazon area had the 4th highest percentage of dog-friendly apartments. However, there is only a “pawful” of pups available to be borrowed there, so it fell down our all encompassing list to #8. 
  • Save yourself the time and energy of finding a dog-friendly apartment near Outer Richmond and Haight — looks like only 13% of apartment listings are dog-friendly. Odd, considering Lands Peak, the most dog-friendly hiking trail, is right there!
  • Tenderloin, Portrero Hill and South of Market also land themselves in the top five most dog-friendly neighborhoods. All located on the northeast side of San Francisco, it’s safe to assume that side of the city is having a lot more fun living in the bay with their four-legged friends. Just don’t think you can move further north to North Beach with Fido, as it ranked at the bottom of our dog-friendly neighborhoods!

Best Dog-Friendly Neighborhoods to Live in San Francisco

  1. Lakeshore
  2. Tenderloin/Hayes Valley/North of Market
  3. Potrero Hill
  4. Chinatown
  5. South of Market
  6. Polk/Russian Hill (Nob Hill)
  7. Castro/Noe Valley
  8. Excelsior/Crocker-Amazon
  9. Inner Mission/Bernal Heights
  10. Western Addition/Japantown
  11. Marina
  12. Visitacion Valley/Sunnydale
  13. Inner Richmond
  14. Haight-Ashbury
  15. St. Francis Wood/Miraloma/West Portal
  16. Sunset
  17. Parkside/Forest Hill
  18. Bayview-Hunters Point
  19. Twin Peaks-Glen Park
  20. Outer Richmond
  21. North Beach