Why Homebuyers Move to the San Francisco Bay Area

July 31, 2017

Explore the Bay Area’s excellent mix of culture, recreation and dining

The San Francisco Bay Area offers big-city life, fine dining, recreation and a wide variety of job opportunities. The Bay Area has something for everyone. Easy access to the tech industry, wine country and outdoor recreation are just a few benefits of relocating to this unique part of the country. SanFrancisoTravel.com describes the weather as “micro-climates and the famous fog [that] usually doesn’t linger for long and temperatures seldom rise above a temperate 70 degrees.” Moving to a new home in the Bay Area won’t disappoint.

San Francisco trolleyCulture and Entertainment

The Bay Area has many museums. Types of museums range from lighthouse to railroad and automobile. When you’re a homeowner in the Bay Area, here are a few places you can enjoy as a day trip.

De Young Museum

According to the museum’s website, the de Young Museum has collections “encompassing American paintings, sculptures and decorative arts: modern and contemporary art, art from Africa, Oceania and the Americas and textile arts.”

Music festivals

California is known for its music festivals and the Bay Area is no exception. Outside Lands and Noise Pop top the list of Northern California favorites, featuring world-renowned rock and pop lineups.


Tourists and residents alike will enjoy a day trip to Sausalito, just on the other side of the Golden Gate Bridge. This seaside town features shopping, galleries and restaurants.

Fisherman’s Wharf

This historical glimpse at the Bay Area’s waterfront is a must-see part of San Francisco. Visitors can enjoy fresh fish, shopping and entertainment. Alcatraz tours also leave from Fisherman’s Wharf.


From thin crust pizza to seafood gumbo, few places rival San Francisco restaurants. Almost any type of cuisine can be found in this city of famous chefs, gourmet restaurants and unexpectedly delicious hole-in-the-wall spots. Even the most particular eaters can find something to enjoy. Below are just a few eateries relocators will want to explore.

Alba Ray’s

Alba Ray’s is where Cajun meets California. Don’t miss the Blue Crab Stuffed Flounder and Dirty Rice.


This restaurant focuses on Spanish Cuisine. Be sure to try the bocadillos and paella.

Black Cat

Black Cat has delicious food, distinctive beverages and live music. If you’re looking for a unique dish, the chicken fried rabbit may be for you.

Coin-Op Game Room

This bar/restaurant/arcade is definitely worth checking out. Give the buffalo cauliflower and poutine a try.


Corridor features affordable comfort food such as savory monkey bread and garganelli bolognese.


Golden Gate ParkGolden Gate Bridge

The Golden Gate Bridge is likely the most iconic part of the San Francisco Bay Area. Completed in 1937, the bridge has both a rich history and present-day appeal. Homebuyers have the amenities of Golden Gate Bridge and Golden Gate Park at their fingertips.

Japanese Tea Garden

The Japanese Tea Garden provides the opportunity to enjoy relaxation and peace in a Japanese-style garden.

Herschell-Spillman Carousel

This historic carousel entertained families in Los Angeles and Portland starting in 1914. It has consistently run in Golden Gate Park since 1984.

Golden Gate Park Golf Course

This course is a good fit for golfers of varying skill levels; those new to golf can take lessons. Patrons can also host events at Golden Gate Park Golf Course.

Bison Paddock

Differing from typical San Francisco activities, those who visit the Bison Paddock can view these majestic animals up close. Don’t expect a performance, though. These are wild animals that you get to see in a natural environment.

Koret Playground 

Playground visitors can enjoy a climbing wall in addition to traditional playground features.

GGP Archery Fields

Another unique activity can be found in Golden Gate Park. You won’t need a reservation to take advantage of the archery hay bales, but be sure to bring targets, bows and arrows.

Golden Gate Park Tennis Complex

If you’re seeking a more traditional pastime than archery, enjoy playing tennis in Golden Gate Park. According to the complex’s website, this “historic 21 court facility hosts professional level tournaments, leagues, camps, and recreational play for the city’s tennis community.” It is also open seven days a week.

San Francisco Botanical Garden 

The Botanical Garden never gets old. Locals can participate in events ranging from a Valentine’s Day Happy Hour and Plant Love Tour to Children’s Story Time. The full event calendar has something for artists, plant lovers and children alike.

Moving to the Bay Area

A popular relocation destination, the Bay Area has something for every homebuyer. New construction homes available in these areas allow residents to enjoy a brand new home with quick access to amenities. As a relocator, you may want to consider the following areas:

Rohnert Park:

Located near the Maycamas Mountains, this suburban area has easy access to Highway 101 to San Francisco and the north bay, as well as a SMART Train station. Rohnert Park residents enjoy close proximity to the Pacific Ocean and Bodega Bay. Nearby Crane Creek Regional Park is known for beautiful wildflower displays. Nestled in the Sonoma Mountain foothills, Rohnert Park residents enjoy 3.5 miles of trails for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. Sonoma State University is located in Rohnert Park as well.

Tourist attractions in Rohnert Park include the world-class Green Music Center concert venue at Sonoma State. The state-of-the-art theater, concert hall and lawn performance space host stars such as Yo-Yo Ma, Lyle Lovett and the Philharmonic Baroque Orchestra & Chorale. The impressive 340,000-square foot Graton Resort & Casino is worth seeing. Sonoma Wine Country is also in Rohnert Park’s backyard, with over 400 wineries.


Fairfield is a suburban commuter town surrounded by beauty including rolling mountains, the Suisun Bay and San Pablo Bay. Fairfield residents easily access I-80 and major freeways that connect to the Bay Area. It is an easy 40 minute commute from Fairfield to San Francisco and takes 20 minutes to get to the world-famous Napa Valley wine region from Fairfield.

Notable local places include Travis Air Force Base and Heritage Center and the headquarters of the Jelly Belly Factory with tours and tastings. Suisun City Waterfront has shopping, events and great restaurants.


Dixon is a small town surrounded by farmland. Dixon is located minutes from University of California, Davis and its internationally renowned Veterinary, Agricultural Viticulture and Enology programs.

The town is home to the Dixon May Fair (oldest district fair and fairgrounds in the state of California), which services Dixon, Vacaville, Fairfield, Rio Vista, Woodland and Davis communities with many agricultural activities throughout the year.

Families often enjoy visiting Dixon’s Cool Patch Pumpkin Farms, which holds the Guinness World Record for largest corn maze. The Robert and Margarit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts is a special venue located on the UC Davis campus that hosts local and world-renowned concerts and other performances.


Lathrop is a suburban commuter town located along the Sacramento River with a picturesque Mount Diablo backdrop. Lathrop is conveniently located with easy access to the I-5, 205 and 580. Electric car maker Tesla Motors has a factory in Lathrop. The west side of the city has a masterplan development, River Islands, that offers homeowners a lifestyle centered on ponds and lakes with private docks.

Family-friendly places in Lathrop include Dell’Osso Family Farm, which offers year-round entertainment.  The popular Halloween Corn Maze and Haunted House has grown into one of the most popular Halloween-season destinations in the nation, with thousands of people visiting each October. Nearby Mossdale Landing Regional Park has access to the San Joaquin River for a variety of watersports.

Mountain House:

Mountain House is a self-contained city and masterplan community. It is made up of six park-centered villages that offer events such as fairs, concerts and outdoor sporting events. The city is minutes from the Tri-Valley, east of Livermore off I-580, and is excellent for those who commute to Silicon Valley.

Mountain House locals enjoy concerts at the Grand Theatre in neighboring Tracy and shopping at the San Francisco Premium Outlet Mall in Livermore. Carnegie State Vehicular Recreation Area is a great place to go if you have an off-road vehicle. There are easy dirt areas for beginners and advanced areas for those with more experience.


Oakley is a suburban city surrounded by the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and the foot of Mount Diablo. Oakley has easy access to Highway 4 into the Tri-Valley area for commuters.

Oakley locals enjoy the Big Break Regional Shoreline with an amphitheater, walking and hiking trails, picnic areas, fishing, kayaking and boating. It also includes the Delta Discovery Experience, where visitors can see how water flows through the region. Locals often shop and dine at ‘The Streets of Brentwood,’ an upscale open-air market place.  Innovative U-Pick Farms allows homeowners to select from dozens of farms to pick their own locally grown fruit and produce.

Search new homes in the Bay Area starting from the low $400s at RichmondAmerican.com. Our local New Home Specialists are well-versed in the area and can help point you in the right direction during your new home search. Call us today 925.730.5770

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