I have lived in the Marina for almost six years and wouldn't choose to live anywhere else in the city. Sure, the Marina comes with it's stereotypes (and many are true), but the pros far outweigh the cons. Another Voice mentioned that people in the Marina tend to not venture too far off "campus." I have to admit I'm guilty of that. Reason being, all the amenities so close to home: Chestnut Street, Union Street and Polk Street are all within walking distance and offer an array of dining and shopping options. For recreation, there's Chrissy Field, the Marina Green and the Presidio (home to my favorite climbing gym, Planet Granite) - and if you don't mind tourist jumping, you can run through Ft. Mason, down to Fisherman's Warf and along the Embarcadero. Ft. Mason is also a great community asset year-round for events like Off the Grid, Vintners' Market, the Farmers' Market and Oyster Fest. And when you've had enough of the Marina and want to explore other parts of the city, there are convenient bus lines that get you anywhere you need to go.