Wilkes Bashford a few blocks away from Union Square on Sutter St. is one of the best high-end mens' stores anywhere. It's not the place for streetwear though. Cable Car Clothiers carries a lot of British goods. If you'd like a Swaine Adney Brigg umbrella with a Royal Warrant, this is where to go. I bought mine there about 10 years ago after suffering through lots of umbrellas that fell apart. This one keeps going and going. Problem solved. Yes, the Levi's store on Union Square definitely has the vintage line. I was there just a few weeks ago. It's on the basement level. Mitchell Brothers? Heh. Let me just say that San Francisco makes Las Vegas look like Salt Lake City or Sunday school in this department. There are virtually no restrictions as fits the most liberal major city in the nation. I'll leave that to your imagination. Bring a fat wallet and play safe. North Beach is a tourist trap if you're looking for these clubs and not representative of the special situation in San Francisco. This is all from a friend of a friend, of course.
Homes are expensive. I think the average Bay Area home is around $650,000. In the nicer areas, a million dollars is pretty typical now. That'll get you a tract home that isn't that special. The median home price in Atherton, just a short distance from Palo Alto, is $3,175,000. Eight of the 10 most expensive towns in California are in the Bay Area. Palo Alto (pop. 57,543 as of 2002) is over $1,200,000. Consider the costs before deciding to move here.