Good Questions: SF Neighborhoods for Ex-New Yorkers?

Liz is looking for some suggestions: My husband and I are planning a move (escape) from NYC to the West Coast and we have selected SF as our destination. I was hoping the AT community would have some advice for us regarding neighborhoods we should check out when we search for our new home...

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Our priorities: We would like to minimize our commutes (to 30 mins or less) to improve our quality of life so we will be looking for jobs near our future home. My priority is having a dog, my husband's is being close to an ultimate frisbee team (based on internet searches it looks like Golden Gate Park and Berkeley). We don't need a large space but would love somewhere with a small backyard (a townhouse or a condo?).

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