Around the World in 49 Square Miles


To live and play in our City by the Bay can feel like a surreal experience– an intersection where diverse peoples, foods, architecture, experience and dreams join together and overlap to create a magical whole much greater than the sum of its parts. Paul Kantner once wrote: San Francisco is 49 square miles surrounded by reality.

We are fortunate to have a little bit of everything here; Living in San Francisco means we can get a taste of the world without leaving the confines of the city.

Ever wanted to visit Japan or Italy? How about Morocco? Here are 14 international hotspots within SF city limits that’ll have you breezing through 11 separate countries.


If you do happen to catch a flight overseas this summer, you may be interested in seeing how far $1,500 per month rent goes in other parts of the world compared to San Francisco (where the median rent for a one-bedroom apartment in June 2015 was $3,500 per month). Spoiler Alert: Cairo is the place to be if you want a skyline view with pyramids on a budget — Sorry, Transamerica!


Meredith Martin is a Broker Associate at Paragon Real Estate Group and can be reached at

CalBRE #01224570

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