January 2021: San Francisco Neighborhoods

Real Estate, San Francisco

The market for homes in the city remains affected by COVID-19.

The San Francisco real estate market has historically been one of the best in the world. However, in recent years, markets in urban centers started to taper due to decreased amounts of foreign investment. In particular, it became increasingly difficult for the Chinese to get money out of their country – even just for a down payment. Being that San Francisco and New York real estate was largely fueled by investors, losing rental income can vastly affect the efficacy of their business.

Yet, for those who have been waiting patiently for the right wave, interest rate lows mean that larger borrowers will benefit from access to capital. There are many podcasts on house hacking, real estate investing, and on purchasing your first home.

I wanted to share some of my favorite San Francisco neighborhoods. Whether you’re thinking about renting a place, buying a home, or starting a real estate business, Miya Real Estate hopes that this breakdown of some attractive neighborhoods is helpful!


SoMa, or South of Market, is a vast industrial district with a warehouse feel. It encompasses Mission Bay and South Beach, newly gentrified areas. Surrounding Yerba Buena Gardens on Mission and 3rd is an arts center, convention center, and several museums – including the acclaimed San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA). The area is dotted with coffee shops, dining options, and traditional retail outlets.

Perfect for gym lovers, museum hoppers, and takeout orderers.

Fisherman’s Wharf

Fisherman’s Wharf, on the northern waterfront, is one of the city’s tourist attractions. Souvenir shops and sourdough bread-bowl vendors, plus postcard views of the bay, Golden Gate, and Alcatraz make this a buzzing place. Near the pier, there is a colony of sea lions to see and listen to, along with historic ships and buildings. At Ghirardelli Square, fine boutiques and eateries reside in the famed former chocolate factory.

Perfect for seafood eaters, boutique shoppers, and water lovers.

The Mission

Named after 1776-built Mission Dolores, the Mission District is an exuberant, evolving neighborhood with Latino roots. Vibrant murals are your backdrop and vendors line the streets. Learn more about the history of this district.

Perfect for taco junkies, bicyclists, and evolvers.

When Freedom Isn’t Free

Fashion, San Francisco

God is working on us and developing us constantly in preparation for our day of perfection

God doesn’t call us to be comfortable. He calls us to trust Him so completely that we are unafraid to throw ourselves into situations that will result in trouble if He doesn’t come through.

Moses, or Moshe Rabennu (Teacher), is an important Judeo-Christian prophet. Famous for leading the Israelites out of Egypt and delivering the Ten Commandments in Exodus, Moses had an unusual childhood.

Moses was born in a time when the Israelites were an enslaved minority and were increasing in population. As a result, the Egyptian Pharaoh worried that they would ally themselves with Egypt’s enemies and thus ordered that all newborn Hebrew boys be killed in order to subdue the Israelites’ population. Moses’ Hebrew mother, Jochebed, secretly hid him. Moses, however, ended up being adopted into the Egyptian royal family after being found in the Nile River.

After killing an Egyptian slave-master who was abusing a Hebrew, Moses fled to Midian, where he encountered the burning bush.

God sent Moses back to Egypt to bring the Israelites out of slavery. After the Ten Plagues, Moses led the Exodus of the Israelites out of Egypt and parted the Red Sea, after which they based themselves at Mount Sinai, where Moses received the Ten Commandments.

The part about Moses’ story that strikes me can be found in Numbers 11 when the journey becomes long and hard, with little to eat. Everyone starts wondering whether they made a mistake, whether they should just return to Egypt – as they were better off there. The Israelites were tested by God and had to make sacrifices to preserve their freedom. Their freedom came at a price. Luckily, when they had been tried, they called out to God who delivered them.

I try to remind myself of God’s promises. Post-Grad Life has definitely been a time of sacrifice for me. But just as Moses was favored by God throughout his life, I know that God has been overly good to me so many times – and will be again! My goal this weekend is to focus on everything God has provided me, and how blessed I have been in this life.

How has God delivered you?

Why Walking Works

Fashion, Movement, San Francisco

Keep cardio light and part of everyday life

Being new to the city, I so easily lose myself walking around. I love looking at the architecture, street art, and observing the culture of different neighborhoods. Walking for 30 minutes a day or more on most days of the week is a great way to improve or maintain your overall health.

Walking is a fabulous way to improve or maintain your overall health. Just half an hour every day can improve your cardiovascular fitness, strengthen your bones, reduce excess body fat, and boost muscle power and endurance. This form of movement can also reduce your risk of developing conditions such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis and cancer. Additionally, walking is free and doesn’t require any special equipment or training.

Physical activity does not have to be vigorous or done for long periods in order to improve your health. A 2007 study of inactive women found that even a low level of exercise – of about 75 minutes per week – improved fitness levels significantly, when compared to a non-exercising control group.

Walking is low impact, requires minimal equipment, can be done at any time of day and can be performed at your leisure. You can get out and walk without worrying about the risks associated with some more vigorous forms of exercise. Walking is also a great form of physical activity for those who are overweight, elderly, or who haven’t exercised in a long time.

Health Benefits

You carry your own body weight when you walk, thus the importance of engaging your core. Some benefits of weight-bearing include:

  • increased cardiovascular and pulmonary (heart and lung) fitness;
  • reduced risk of heart disease and stroke;
  • improved management of conditions such as hypertension (high blood pressure), high cholesterol, joint and muscular pain or stiffness, and diabetes;
  • stronger bones and improved balance;
  • increased muscle strength and endurance; and
  • reduced body fat.

Where’s your favorite place to walk?

SF Classic: Boudin Sourdough

Food & Beverage, San Francisco

Enjoyed a little picnic looking out at the Bay

I decided to mix things up and ordered the Dungeness Crab Chowder. Perfect for sitting outside, this warm meal included double the soup.

Bread bowls are one of my favorite things. I remember stocking up on my way out of San Francisco Airport.

What’s your favorite bread?

National Shrine of Saint Francis of Assisi

San Francisco, Spirit

This beautiful building is across from an amazing coffee shop

I went on a little adventure today! I started the day off with coffee and a pastry from Caffe Trieste. Across the street, I saw a beautiful cathedral and decided to go in since I haven’t been in a church since Christmas. It was actually the National Shrine of St. Francis of Assisi, after which the city is named.

There were beautiful Advent & Christmas decorations still up for my enjoyment! I also loved observing a clergyman check the mail and enjoy some coffee talk of his own.

Francis of Assisi was an Italian Catholic friar, deacon, mystic, and preacher. Born Giovanni di Pietro di Bernardone, Saint Francis is the patron saint of animals and environment.

I also remember a deck original from a 2019 Advent prayer book that featured a drawing of Saint Francis naked in the square.

The way St. Francis of Assisi broke with his previous life was quite dramatic. He stripped off all his clothes and returned them to his father, who was a wealthy merchant. It was a clear statement and public rejection of the privileges and responsibilities that came with his birthright. This scene unfolded before the bishop of Assisi, and he immediately covered Francis with his mantle to signal that Francis was now under his protection and authority.

From this point on, Francis sought absolute poverty. He didn’t even want to own the clothes on his back. By being entirely poor, he became completely dependent on the kindness of others.

As a baby, Christ was naked and needy; and as the crucified Lord, He was naked when He died on the cross.

Although most of us won’t live this extremely, it presents food for thought. What can we give up to follow the Lord more closely?

Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”

Matthew‬ ‭19:21

Live in Sunny San Francisco!

Fashion, San Francisco

Enjoyed some sunshine at Aquatic Park Cove

I finally finished my ten-day travel quarantine upon arriving to The City 🌃 I decided to go on a walk to some of my favorite spots. It’s so quiet here right now, which is such a blessing.

Here’s my look today. It’s winter in San Francisco and a little cold, so I like to have my long down puffer jacket as a layer on top of my sweater.

I wore booties, which was a bit of a mistake since I ended up walking so much + it rained quite a bit before the sun came out. I bought an umbrella, which I was going to need eventually here.

I’ll be sharing some of the photos I took around the city later. Stay tuned for more xx

NYE Breakfast: Dungeness Crab Omelette

Body, Food & Beverage, San Francisco

I love that SF has an abundance of my favorite crustacean! 🦀

Although I had some blackberries from my grocery stash (thanks Prime Delivery), I decided to DoorDash a hearty breakfast this New Years Eve! I ordered from Lapisara Eatery, which is located in the Tenderloin district. Their style is Thai-American fusion.

I ordered the Dungeness Crab Omelette, which I cut open for your viewing pleasure. Dungeness (cancer magister) is a species of crab that inhabits eelgrass beds and water bottoms on the west coast of the United States. On average, it grows to be 20 cm across the carapace.

On a trip to San Francisco during my youth, I fell in love with Dungeness at Crustaceans – where they bring you a whole crab on a plate!

It seems that, since, the industry has faced a rocky road. When I visited in 2015, I was unable to enjoy this delicacy due to toxins. Currently, there is a negotiation standoff between fishers and wholesale companies, which is leaving the Bay Area without fresh Dungeness crab through the holidays.

I don’t really know if this crab was fresh, but it was mixed with asparagus and a light amount of cheese for a splendid delivery breakfast. It came with breakfast potatoes, sourdough toast (TY SF), and a good-sized side salad. + coffee and orange juice. Truly the full package!

All in all, it was a healthy, hearty meal. I’m so glad to be here because of the access to nutritious meals. I honestly don’t cook too much, though I do buy fruits and vegetables, so I appreciate The City taking care of me while I quarantine & work.

San Francisco’s Mission District

San Francisco

It’s fun to be reminded of my 2015 externship & explore the geographic history of this area

I’m glad to be back in San Francisco’s Mission District. Named after its 1776-built Mission Dolores, which is the oldest building in the City, this district is an exuberant, evolving neighborhood with Latino roots and a hipster feel. Hipster is definitely different from Hippie, of which I am more accustomed. There are many currently-closed clubs, restaurants, and lounges and commercial buildings. Beautiful and vibrant murals line streets, such as the one pictured above.

Location & Climate

The Mission District is located in east-central San Francisco and is often warmer and sunnier than other parts as it is largely insulated from the fog and wind coming in from the west.

There are four neighborhoods in the Mission District. The northeastern quadrant, adjacent to Potrero Hill is a center for high tech startup businesses and hosts some entertaining bars and restaurants. The northwest quadrant along Dolores Street is famous for Dolores Park and its Victorian homes. There are also two main commercial zones. The Valencia Corridor, which spans from about 15th to 22nd, and the 24th Street corridor – otherwise known as Calle 24 – in the south central part of the Mission District. Both are popular destinations for their restaurants, bars, galleries, and street life.


The Ohlone, formerly known as Costanoans, are a Native American group on the Northern California coast.

Before the arrival of Spanish missionaries, much of the San Francisco Bay Area was populated by the Ohlone, who lived in more than 50 distinct landholding groups similar to villages and tribes. They did not view themselves as a single unified group but lived by hunting, fishing, and gathering, in the typical California pattern of the era. The members of these various groups interacted freely with each other and practiced a similar religion. Prior to the mid-nineteenth century Gold Rush, the northern California region was one of the most densely populated regions north of Mexico.

However, the arrival of Spanish colonizers to the area in 1769 vastly changed life forever. The Spanish constructed missions along the California coast with the objective of converting the native people to Christianity. Between 1769 and 1834, the number of Indigenous Californians dropped from 300,000 to 250,000. After California entered the Union in 1850, many argue that the state government perpetrated massacres and genocide against the native people. There is now a push for cultural and historical recognition of their tribe for the damages they incurred.

The church had been nearly abandoned. But during the second half of the 1800s, the area transformed from ranchland to entertainment space, hosting bull and bear fighting, horse racing, baseball, and dueling. In the decades following the Gold Rush, the once-town of San Francisco quickly expanded. Mission lands were developed and subdivided for industrial uses and into housing plots for working class immigrants, largely German, Irish, and Italian.

Around 1900, the Mission District was still one of San Francisco’s least densely populated areas, with most of the inhabitants being working-class white families and the lower-middle-class who lived in single-family houses and two-family flats. Development and settlement intensified after the 1906 earthquake, as many displaced businesses and residents moved to the area, spurring the development of Mission Street. In 1926, the Polish community of San Francisco converted a church on 22nd Street and Shotwell Street and opened its doors as the Polish Club of San Francisco. During the 1940-1960s, a large number of Mexican immigrants moved into the area—displaced from an earlier “Mexican Barrio” on Rincon Hill where the western landing of the Bay Bridge was to be— giving the Mission a heavily Chicano/Latino character for which it continues to be known today. During the 1960s, Central American immigration contributed to a Central American presence that has outnumbered the Mexican population since.

Don’t Mind Quarantine w/ Vegan Food

Food & Beverage, Leisure, Nutrition, San Francisco, Wellness

Some of us kind of like this life…

I’m back in quarantine, since I have relocated to San Francisco. The City of San Francisco currently requires all to quarantine for 10 days upon arrival, unless conducting essential activity. It’s currently Day 2 of 10. No, I haven’t gone completely insane – yet.

I’m really lucky and happy to be in a quiet, peaceful setting after being in Hawaii for the last 1.75 years! Especially with all of the events of 2020, I felt claustrophobic and have much more space to breathe here. I really hadn’t left the Kingdom of Hawaii for a long time (even before COVID).

Since I’m back in the States, I’m discovering many of the modern marvels that were inaccessible to me back home. Like endless delivery spots! For my first meal in the city, I decided to order the Bowl Uno from Gracias Madre, which serves organic, plant based, non-GMO Mexican food out of Mission.

Some of you may know that I was vegan during my senior year of college, but decided to incorporate animal products back into my diet due to personal health reasons. However, I consider myself a “part-time” vegan and have essentially just reduced the amount of animal products that I consume on a regular basis. I feel like so many people believe that the changes we make have to be bold statements, and it’s great if they are (I really love animals as much as the next person), but I also think it’s super important to encourage small changes that will eventually snowball throughout society. We have seen this effect play out in institutions like One Meal A Day!

There is a weird feeling of safety that comes with quarantine. You’re not really allowed to do much, other than stay put. So I decided to do some stretching this morning and to glam. I’ve been getting back into the work groove, since I kind of took a holiday hiatus. I have been taking time to reflect on this year… I will be posting about goals and resolutions later this week!

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