I rented an AirBnB in the area and it was within walking distance of all the shops on Haight, Buena Vista and Golden State Parks. I have really enjoyed my time in this area. There is plenty of unique shops, bars, pleasant people, and delicious eateries. I especially enjoyed the food at ChaChaCha and The Citrus Club. There are some homeless, but they're not aggressive. You may however, smell some "herbal essence" while walking on Haight Street and may be offered to buy some "Cookie" or "Purple" something. JUST SAY NO!