Finding Your Heart in San Francisco
San Francisco encompasses all things diverse, and cultural. It’s a youthful, and vibrant city designed to cater to all walks of life. The city by the bay became a part of the World Health Organization’s network of age friendly cities, and continues to gain in popularity amongst those 55 and better for it’s amenities, and services. San Francisco has an irresistible energy, and beauty whether you’re watching the fog roll in over the Golden Gate Bridge, or people watching at a sidewalk cafe.
How livable is San Francisco? Let’s just say millennials aren’t the only ones having fun. This age friendly city is on-the-go, and lively for those 55+ retirees who love urban living, and historic charm. While cost of living is high, the services available to seniors, natural beauty, and bustling waterfront lifestyle makes San Francisco an idyllic retirement destination. Boasting a mild climate, 55+ outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy year round recreation, whether on foot or on a bike.
Pedestrian friendly San Francisco is equipped with a countdown signaling system for visually, and hearing impaired individuals, and sidewalks that are well maintained for accessibility. Physical fitness is paramount to healthy aging, and the city’s design makes getting around a snap whether it’s going to the theater, or a quick trip to the market. For the ultimate sensory experience, the iconic Golden Gate Bridge has sidewalks on either side for views that you won’t get traveling by car.
Driving in San Francisco is not for the faint of heart, but thankfully it’s one of the easiest towns to travel via public transit. Those with limited mobility, or don’t want to brave the city’s notorious hills can get around through its network of buses, trains, cable cars, and taxis. According to Frommer’s, AARP members, and seniors may be eligible for lower travel rates, and discounts at various venues.
There’s plenty to see, and do in this city that never seems to sleep. When you’re not out sightseeing at Fisherman’s Warf, shopping high end designers, or savoring endless culinary delights, The surrounding cities of Santa Rosa, San Jose, and sprawling Sonoma wine country offer 55+ retirees an array of amenities, and quality of living unique to this region by the bay.