Neighborhoods

Which Neighborhood is Right for You?

San Francisco has great, eclectic neighborhoods. Each neighborhood has its own energy and character. Get the inside scoop on San Francisco neighborhoods, and find the one that’s right for you with this handy neighborhood guide!
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Bernal Heights
Eureka Valley
Cole
Cow Hollow
Diamond
Dogpatch
Duboce Triangle
Financial District
Glen Park
Haight Ashbury
Hayes Valley
Marina
Miraloma Park
Mission Bay
Mission Dolores
Mission Terrace
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Nob Hill
Noe Valley
NoPa
North Beach
Pacific
Potrero Hill
Presidio Heights
Richmond
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Russian Hill
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South Beach
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Sunnyside
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Bernal Heights

Bernal Heights living means enjoying the benefits of a charming, cozy neighborhood not too far from the hustle and bustle of downtown San Francisco. Many have said this neighborhood is like a quaint urban village that seems forgotten by time. The main shopping strip of Cortland Avenue is populated by small markets, cafes, fruit stands and barber shops, and the residential streets are a cluster of diminutive bungalows and community gardens. However, Bernal Heights bears the influence of city sophistication, with trendy boutiques and innovative restaurants scattered among its homely storefronts. The grassy dome that tops Bernal Hill -- lush and green in the winter, dry and faded in the summer -- has a lofty view that casts out over Noe Valley, the Mission, China Basin and the downtown skyline and extends to Marin and the Golden Gate Bridge. Family friendly, gay friendly, and pet friendly, Bernal Heights will embrace you.
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Castro / Eureka Valley

The vibrant culture and colorful streetscapes have long been a source of San Francisco PRIDE. It’s a welcoming community known for its flamboyant bars and restaurants, glittering shops, and historical theaters. This neighborhood benefits from spectacular proximity to walkable, dining, shopping, transportation, Dolores Park and schooling options. Famous for its vibrant painted murals and classic architecture, dotting the neighborhood, the streets captivate you with all of its beauty. Not to mention, the area boasts some of the best eateries in San Francisco. It also is on the edge and walkable to the on-trend Castro and Mission neighborhoods. The beauty of the surrounding architecture and its centrality are rivaled only by the fierce creativity, passion and productivity of its residents: resulting in the one-of-a-kind experience of a life well lived. Whether you’re looking to be close to the vibrant Castro district or want a quieter place for your family, you’ll find the perfect spot to call home. The neighborhood’s roots lie in the LGBTQIA civil rights movement and is now home to many activists and a thriving LGBTQIA community. However if you do decide to leave this happy little enclave, it’s an easy trip via Muni, BART and easily accessible to freeways.
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Cole Valley

Living in Cole Valley feels like living in a small town in the middle of a city. It is a family-friendly community with tree-shaded streets lined with well-kept Victorian homes, and a variety of mom-and-pop shops and relaxed restaurants with several nearby parks. We find because the average price point is around $3M for a home many residents put down roots there which creates a great community.
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Cow Hollow

Cow Hollow is known for its excellent shopping, convenient location, and surplus of restaurants. Nestled between Pacific Heights and the Marina, the neighborhood is walking distance from Union St. and Chestnut St. Corridors, Moscone Softball Field and the Presidio. Playing tour guide for out-of-towners has never been easier. Stroll over to Chestnut St. or Union St. Corridor for a wide variety of boutiques, cafes, restaurants and gastro pubs. Once your food has settled, work off the calories at nearby Soul Cycle, Barry’s Bootcamp, Equinox, or Bar Method. If you’d rather indulge in some self-care, you’re spoilt for choice with a plethora of local hair and nail salons and massage studios. Spend weekends biking to Palace of Fine Arts or Crissy field, stopping along the way for a picnic or to enjoy the unobstructed view of the Golden Gate Bridge. With every convenience at your doorstep, there’s really no reason to leave Cow Hollow, but if you do decide to venture out, hop on the freeway via Lombard Street or Van Ness Avenue for fun and easy day trips to Napa, Sausalito, and the Marin Headlands. Carless commutes can not be easier with Muni bus stops one block away along Fillmore and Lombard Streets.
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Diamond Heights

Diamond Heights doesn’t look like your typical San Francisco community. Perched above Glen Park and Noe Valley, it offers easy access to their many amenities, but maintains a small-town feel with meticulously planned developments and a suburban-style shopping center. Streets break away from the city grid, presenting spectacular views at every turn as they curve to follow the hillside neighborhood’s steep perimeter. There are parks for kids, dogs, and sports, and trails for people of all ages. Safeway, Walgreens, post office, bank, bakery, and a few restaurants share a large block, making errands a breeze, with a large parking lot as the icing on the cake.
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Dogpatch

More up than up-and-coming the vibrant Dogpatch neighborhood has converted many dockside warehouses and factories into live-in artist studios and hip shared spaces with foodies flocking to its farm-to-table restaurant scene. Nightlife is minimal in this neighborhood, making it great for creative spirits who also value their peace and quiet.
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Duboce Triangle

Duboce Triangle takes its spirit from its namesake park. This quaint residential neighborhood’s centrality makes it the perfect place for tranquil living, while the bustling nightlife and shopping options of the Castro and the Mission are steps away.
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Financial District

A bustling commercial center filled with historic banks, upscale apartments and condominiums. Busy Monday-Friday from 9-5, the Financial District is the heart of San Francisco’s business community. Filled with sleek buildings and revolving doors that give the city its iconic skyline, there is more to do here than just business. Plenty of shops call the Financial District home and there are plenty of restaurants and bars. Activity in this neighborhood tends to settle as the workers head home or to nightlife in other areas.
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Glen Park

Glen Park is more than just a neighborhood; it’s a community. Among the top 20 American neighborhoods to experience the largest millennial population growth, Glen Park is bordered by Noe Valley and Bernal Heights. It sits on a sunny slope of San Francisco, packed with trendy restaurants, delightful stores, and a unique friendliness. A variety of grocery stores are a short drive away, but for a more charming, local experience, pop into the local market for fresh flowers and tasty homemade soups. Mark your calendar in the spring for the annual Glen Park Festival, a whole neighborhood celebration that dates back to 1911. Home to Glen Canyon Park, an amazing natural landscape with bouldering, a newly renovated recreation center, hiking trails, tennis courts, and more, Glen Park attracts active, outdoorsy people of all ages and is especially popular with families. Interstate 280, a quick drive away, makes for easy commuting, or walk to the Glen Park BART station – a much-lauded study in Brutalist architecture – to quickly jet into the city.
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Haight Ashbury

Living in the Haight means being superbly situated in the heart of San Francisco. A block away, Buena Vista Park is 36-acres of showstopping city views and hilly trails. Across the street, the Panhandle serves up running paths, pickup basketball and leash-free dog play and leads to diversion-packed Golden Gate Park. Haight Street’s span offers dining, shopping and Whole Foods while Divisadero Street’s many restaurants include burgers, tapas, and pizza. Haight-Ashbury’s colorful architecture, boldly nostalgic shops, and eclectic (and most likely organic) cafes and restaurants exude a magnetism that draws many to the neighborhood. It’s also known for its urban hippies and vintage enthusiasts. Commuting on Highway 101 via Octavia Street’s on-ramp is a breeze or head north on 19th Street through Golden Gate Park to get to Marin. Conveniently, tech shuttles pick up at Haight Street and Divisadero. For an in-city commute, the N-Muni a couple blocks away whizzes commuters into the Financial District. Make new memories in this memorable neighborhood.
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Hayes Valley

A sunny enclave in the heart of San Francisco, Hayes Valley has evolved into a mecca for upscale shopping and internationally-inspired cuisine. The neighboring arts circle, home to Nourse Theater, SF Jazz Center, and Davies Symphony Hall, keeps restaurants and cafes packed and tourists flock to the area’s many curated boutiques in search of limited-edition designer pieces, quirky art, and unbeatable vintage finds. Despite its rapid ascent to hipville, Hayes Valley has managed to maintain its sense of community. Restaurants range from casual bites to fine dining, with pop-up food trucks and craft beer gardens enhancing the communal feel. Proxy hosts a year-round calendar of engaging cultural events. For a more relaxing vibe, head to the Page and Laguna mini park. You’ll find a beautiful garden space perfect for relaxing.
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Marina

Dating back to the 1915 Panama-Pacific Expo, the historic Marina District is replete with bright colored homes, top-rated restaurants and stunning Bay Views. Bounded by the Presidio, the Bay and Cow Hollow’s Union Street neighborhood, the Marina’s close proximity to a wide variety of cafes, restaurants, boutiques and green spaces makes it popular with locals and tourists alike. Evenings can be spent strolling to either the Chestnut or Union Street corridors for dinner while a lazy Saturday is enjoyed at Fort Mason’s rolling hills, Marina Green’s beach, or the delightful Moscone Rec Center playground. With the Golden Gate Bridge a stone’s throw away, day trips to Napa, Sonoma, Sausalito and the Marin Headlands are easy. Public transportation is plentiful with Muni stops within 2-4 blocks.
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Miraloma Park

Bordered by Sunnyside neighborhood and Glen Park, Miraloma Park is within blocks of shopping and dining, as well as Sunnyside Elementary and City College. Glen Park is a short distance away. Outdoor enthusiasts will love hiking on nearby Mt. Davidson or spending the day at Balboa Park. Easy access to highways 280 and 101 as well as MUNI will make your commute a breeze.
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Mission Bay

Mission Bay is one of San Francisco’s newest neighborhoods. Many tech-centric residents live here. There are many modern condominiums located along a vast coastline. Situated close to Oracle Park, it is home to wide streets and empty lots that are just waiting for someone to come along and shape them. However, those empty lots are filling fast, making this the perfect time to step in and make your mark on this neighborhood. Stroll the Bay Trail, scale the walls at Mission rock, float in a kayak waiting for a home run at McCovey Cove and satisfy your hunger at one of the many restaurants and breweries. Thanks to public transit, it is easy to traverse the city from here.
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Mission Dolores

Sunny, centrally located, with practical amenities and extracurricular activities galore, Mission Dolores has everything you could possibly ask for in a locale. And no wonder – as San Francisco’s oldest neighborhood, it’s had plenty of time to perfect the formula. Families will appreciate top-rated public schools and grocery stores of all shapes and sizes. If shopping’s your thing, check out some of the many stores before heading to the hipness that is Valencia Street. In the mood for a bit of nature? Dolores Park is one of the city’s top parks. Foodies will appreciate world-famous eats, or meander down tree-lined Church Street. To the north, the Castro offers plenty of after dark options and there’s always something happening in nearby Mission. Best of all, if you ever do decide to leave this happy little enclave, it’s an easy trip via BART, MUNI, or 101, or a lovely bike ride along the “Wiggle”.
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Mission Terrace

Mission Terrace is one of those rare neighborhoods that truly has it all. It’s sunny, walkable, community-oriented, and conveniently located near both public transit and freeways. Family-owned businesses and mom-and-pop shops line the streets, with larger grocery chains, pubs, and wine bars on nearby Mission St. and Ocean Ave. Roxie Food Center, a local favorite for cold cuts and sandwiches, is equally popular for its dedication to the community, sponsoring Little League teams and holiday events. Tasty Coffee is as beloved for its friendly staff as it is for its extensive menu options, and Red Sea Market will happily deliver both groceries and pizza. It’s the type of neighborhood that comes together for local street fairs, Thanksgiving dinners, and the annual Halloween party. If you need to escape even further from the hustle and bustle of the city, historic Balboa Park was recently renovated and reopened with lush green space, tennis courts, baseball and soccer fields, a wildflower garden, and public pool. Conveniently located near the BART, with tech shuttles available at Glen Park BART, Muni, and freeways, Mission Terrace is perfect for both commuters and city explorers alike.
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Mission: Central/Outer

In the vibrant Mission District, you'll find eclectic food, nightlife, and entertainment venues at every turn. There's a lovely playground at the end of the block, and the Mission Community Market brings farm-fresh produce and street food to the neighborhood each week. When commuting, hop on the 12 Folsom/Pacific just half a block away, or walk to the nearby 24th Mission BART station. Excellent walking, biking, and transit scores near multiple bus lines with the 24th St Mission BART station nearby.
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Mission: Inner

The efficiency and ease of this functional condo are echoed in its neighborhood. Need groceries? Well-known stores and local markets are a short walk away. Hungry? There is no shortage of delicious options. Come Saturday morning, stroll down to the Alemany Farmer’s Market for delicious farm-fresh fruits and vegetables and then saunter on to one of the area’s many independent bookstores. When it comes to shopping, your options are endless. Good vintage is on almost every corner. Valencia Street is lined with cute clothing boutiques. If it’s furniture you’re after, scope out the selections in Potrero’s design district. Also, keep an eye out for the many colorful murals holding space on neighborhood walls. Fun, lively, and packed with interesting things, the exuberant streets of the Inner Mission District are a daily celebration of its vibrant cultural roots and eclectic artist base.
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Monterey Heights

Like a pop up book displaying a mixed bag of architecture, this hillside nook offers more than its fair share of unique object lessons. Even though the style isn't consistent like its more uniform neighbors, one can't help but feel when they drive from Miraloma to Monterey Heights to St. Francis Wood that with each block, you are moving up a bit in style and class. You'll need a car for this neighborhood as there is not much within walking distance. Westwood Highlands is a well-known area within Monterey Heights. Homes rarely come on the market in Westwood Highlands. The small neighborhood consists of only 283 residences, and people tend to hang on to them. Strictly residential, its winding hillside streets feel a bit like a tucked away village; it’s easy to forget the heart of the city pulses just moments away. But that’s another one of the community’s charms: Small town perks with big city convenience. West Portal is the main hub of activity, with restaurants, specialty shops, and caffeine stops. Locals’ favorite Canyon Market is a full-service grocery stocked with hard-to-find imported items, and Whole Foods, Target, Mollie Stones, and Safeway are a short stroll away. Fun weekend activity: Grab picnic provisions and then head to Glen Canyon Park for a leisurely hike, or climb to the top of nearby Mt. Davidson for panoramic city views.
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Nob Hill

Nob Hill! Even the name is evocative of excitement – mixing old world grandeur with the Silicon Valley dreams that fuel San Francisco’s current ambitions. For many residents, Nob Hill is the cultural and historical heart of the city with the stately hotels, Art Deco architecture and the rumble of the cable car as it ferries residents and tourists alike. Perched on top of the city, Nob Hill easily mixes the style of forgone eras with an urban and sophisticated vibe that pulses through its best restaurants, the thrum of shows at the theatre district and the glam of Union Square shopping. Walkable to the financial district and accessible to the calming proportions of Grace Cathedral, Nob Hill’s heart blends both the ambition and energy of its current residents with the spiritual heart of its past.
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Noe Valley

Neighboring Bernal Heights, The Mission and Glen Park, Noe Valley is ideally situated to benefit from all of these neighborhoods as well as bask in its own charm and sunshine. Bustling 24th Street, Noe’s downtown, is a go-to locale for young families and hip city dwellers alike. The neighborhood’s rolling hills and wide sidewalks provide space to enjoy the classic San Francisco architecture and city views. Explore nearby Bernal Heights Park, popular for its views and trails, or Douglass Park’s playground and dog park. The beloved open-air Alemany Farmers' Market, one of the oldest surviving farmers' markets in the US, is a Saturday mainstay or head to Noe’s Whole Foods for any ingredient. Residents love Noe Valley’s convenient commuting location near both I-280 and Highway 101. Multiple Muni options and BART’s Glen Park and 24th Street stops are close by as well.
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NoPa

NOPA is a tiny neighborhood north of the Panhandle, beloved for its hip cafes, quirky boutiques, and serene residential streets – a hop, skip, and a jump from all that San Francisco has to offer. Divisadero, Haight Street, Fillmore, and Inner Richmond are all within walking distance with restaurants, shops, and bars. Freelancers and coffee lovers will find themselves right at home amongst the local coffee shops and bakeries. Almost every major grocery store is a short stroll away. If you’re looking for more than a city hike, head to nearby Golden Gate Park to jog, play tennis, or let your kids enjoy the playground. It’s hard to imagine why you’d ever want to leave NOPA, but if you do decide to venture out, you can be in downtown San Francisco or collecting sand dollars at the beach in a matter of minutes with easy public transportation and freeway access.
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North Beach

North Beach is a buzzling residential neighborhood in San Francisco bordered by the waterfront, Russian Hill, Telegraph Hill and Nob Hill with Chinatown and Financial District not too far away. The neighborhood is known for its Italian influence though like the rest of San Francisco, it is occupied by a diverse group of residents. Locals and tourists alike are attracted to the top-notch dining options in the area. Walk pass Mama’s and you’ll find a line forming around the corner on any given day. Tony’s Pizza, Original Joe’s, Sotto Mare, Golden Boy Pizza and the list goes on when it comes to crowd pleasers in the area. Nightlife and boutiques are plentiful in North Beach and so are major attractions like Coit Tower, Washington Square Park and Saints Peter and Paul Church. For locals, great schools, walking distance to Trader Joe’s and Safeway, easy public transportation to downtown are all reasons to want to call this North Beach home. Fun fact #1: North Beach got its name because it used to be a beach back in the day. It was one of the first neighborhoods to be developed in San Francisco. If you look at photos of homes back in the day, you’d see sand on the doorsteps of people’s homes. Fun Fact #2: Baseball legend Joe DiMaggio grew up in North Beach and went back to live in the neighborhood with his wife Marilyn Monroe in the 1950s.
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Pacific Heights

One of the few neighborhoods that survived the 1906 earthquake, Pacific Heights is home to beautiful Victorians, serene streets, and a host of shopping, dining, and entertainment activities. Fillmore St. is the main shopping hub, with high-end retail and consignment and curated boutiques. Polk St. and Hyde St. are packed with delicious eateries. Many families are drawn to Pacific Heights for its excellent schools, accessible public transportation, and close proximity to several parks; Lafayette Park and recently revitalized Alta Plaza Park isn’t far away with 360-degree views of the city, tennis courts, a playground and wide grassy lawn. Russian Hill, Marina, Nob Hill, and Polk Gulch are all within walking distance, the Muni makes a quick trip downtown, and Marin County and Sausalito are an easy drive away for weekend wine tasting or waterside oysters and bocce ball. Lower Pacific Heights offers home buyers a stylish, upscale-feeling neighborhood bolstered by an approachable, casual attitude. Within the confines of these blocks, you'll find Japantown, the oldest and largest such enclave in the United States. From the spectacle of the Peace Plaza pagoda to the grandeur of St. Dominic's Church, it really seems there's something here for everyone. This area is a shopper's delight, with bustling commercial centers along both Fillmore and Steiner streets. The Japan Center mall is a mecca for all things Japanese. When it comes time to eat, the possibilities are endless. Evenings see the streets fill with patrons looking to dine at one of many gastronomic destinations, or music fans lining up at the Boom Boom Room and the adjacent historic Fillmore Theater. Sundance Kabuki Cinema is a welcome addition to the neighborhood; as the largest independent theater in the city, the Kabuki screens first run features and plays host to a number of film festivals, attracting cinephiles from all over the Bay Area. The neighborhood is home to an interesting mix of classic Victorian homes and mid-rise condo developments. As throughout much of the city, you'll find wonderful diversity among your neighbors. You can get a picture of the sense of community that exists in this diverse pocket of the city each April during the Cherry Blossom Festival. Freeway access has been greatly improved in recent years thanks to the completion of the Octavia corridor freeway entrance, opening up the area to south and east bay commuters. If you'd like to dip your toes into the Northside life, Lower Pacific Heights is a great place to begin your search.
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Potrero Hill

Best known for its sunny weather and sweeping views, Potrero Hill is a charming neighborhood that still feels a little bit like a secret. It’s pedestrian-friendly, and almost everything you need or want is minutes away. Restaurants abound, with Spanish, French, Mediterranean, Asian, and farm-to-table options all within walking distance. Stroll to Philz, Peet’s, or Starbucks for a caffeine buzz, and then on to the Design District, 18th Street, or the Dogpatch for a bit of shopping. Runners and bikers will find themselves right at home on a route that takes you past AT&T Ball Park and continues along the invigorating length of the sunny Embarcadero waterfront, and indoor fitness types have several specialty gym options. Popular amongst families, Potrero Hill has great schools, playgrounds, a children’s bookstore, and pediatricians nearby. Look forward to a quick commute for work or fun, with easy accessibility to SOMA, the Mission, 101-fwy, I-280, and the Caltrain station.
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Presidio Heights

Presidio Heights is nestled between two of San Francisco’s most desirable neighborhoods, Pacific Heights and the Presidio. The shops and restaurants of Divisadero, Fillmore, and Sacramento St. are a short walk away, as are daily conveniences like dry cleaning, the hardware store, grocery stores, and medical professionals. Getting around without a car is easy in this area – the express makes a quick trip downtown and tech shuttles stop at California and Divisadero – but when it comes time for a weekend getaway, the Presidio on-ramp can have you in Sonoma with a glass of Cabernet in your hand in 35 minutes.
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Richmond: Central/Outer

Richmond District is a neighborhood that tends to fly under the radar. It doesn’t offer the opulence of the richest districts nor does it offer the trendiness of, say, The Mission. Instead, it is sort of the everyman community of San Francisco, falling perfectly in the middle and offering a laid-back atmosphere. For laid-back people who want simple yet delicious eats, you cannot beat Richmond District. The Central Richmond District has the best of both worlds -- peaceful residential streets with great schools and playgrounds galore, plus proximity to beaches, shops, restaurants and grocery markets. With a laid-back vibe and direct access to breathtaking public spaces like Golden Gate Park, the Presidio, Land’s End, Baker Beach, Ocean Beach, China Beach and Marshall’s Beach, you can feel as if you’re on a mini “getaway” without actually leaving the neighborhood.
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Richmond: Inner

San Francisco’s best kept secret is not so secret anymore. Attracting locals from all over the city with its diverse dining options, local markets, neighborhood bars and Sunday Farmer’s Market, the Inner Richmond exudes a vibrant yet laid-back vibe. The diverse dining options are endless. You’ll find Burmese cuisine, French delicacies and unforgettable Omakase. Enjoy a quick bite or work from local cafes, bakeries and coffee houses. Venture off the main drag, and you’ll find yourself in the peaceful residential streets with excellent schools and playgrounds. Vast green spaces border the neighborhood, enhancing its suburban appeal. Golden Gate Park to the south and the Presidio to the north offer hiking trails, gardens, golf courses, and museums galore. Muni bus lines on almost every other block can get you downtown or to the beach effortlessly. Easily commute via California Highway 1, accessed through Park Presidio Avenue.
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Russian Hill

If you like stunning views, charming thoroughfares, and the feeling of being tucked away but still central to everything, Russian Hill is the place for you. One of San Francisco’s original “Seven Hills”, the area is home to some of the city’s most iconic sights and sounds: Lombard Street’s eight-turn block, a Diego Rivera fresco, and the cable cars which crest the neighborhood’s hills. Commercial stretches along Polk and Hyde Street are home to a diverse selection of shops, cafes, and bars. Large grocery stores and several local markets are nearby. It’s easy to explore other parts of the city as well – North Beach, Cow Hollow, and the Marina are all within walking distance. Public transit is easy and reliable.
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SOMA

An energetic fusion of high-end modern living and industrial charm, SOMA (South of Market) stretches from Market Street to the waterfront. It has become a cultural epicenter over the past several decades, home to the Moscone Center, Contemporary Jewish Museum, Cartoon Art Museum, Museum of African Diaspora, SF MOMA, and more. Yerba Buena Gardens is twelve square blocks of nature, art, and fun for both kids and adults, with landscaped lawns, waterfalls, a sculpture court, playground, ice rink, carousel, bowling alley, and an excellent interactive children’s museum. Salesforce Park offers plenty of daytime diversion as well, filling 5.4 acres with botanical gardens, public art, and a daily schedule of free events. For beautiful views of the bay with a side of baseball, check out a game at Oracle Park, home of the SF Giants. If retail is your sport of choice, head to Westfield Center or one of SOMA’s many one-of-a-kind boutiques. Feel free to shop until your blood sugar drops – the eclectic neighborhood is well-known for its diverse dining scene, ranging from casual to destination to deliciously kitschy. The neighborhood's grocery stores have everything you need for dinners at home, and you can always grab a quick bite at SOMA StrEat Food Park or the Heart of the City Farmers’ Market. There are plenty of speakeasies, cocktail lounges, and sports bars to keep you busy from happy hour on.
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South Beach

Not long ago, this area of the city seemed to be falling apart, filled with abandoned warehouses that were in great disrepair. Now, these spaces have been renovated or torn down; in their place are modern lofts, stunning apartments, and luxury suites, many of which are waterfront. Clubs and cafes have come to fill the neighborhood, offering plenty of options for both day and night.
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St. Francis Wood

Easily mistaken for a Beverly Hills enclave, no other neighborhood in the city fetches more dropped jaws than the stunning St. Francis Wood with its ubiquitous European influenced architecture, all of which are bordered by well-tended trees and patches of sprawling greenery. There is just one bus line, zero schools, only one park (albeit a lush one), and though it lacks a proper "high street" and the wet months can dampen lawn and spirits alike, this area is a model of tranquility and natural beauty with residential splendor unlike any other.
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Sunnyside

Family-friendly, dog-friendly, bike-friendly, and commuter-friendly. Sunnyside is just plain ol’ friendly – though it’s hardly plain. Monterey Blvd. is known for its bustling array of restaurants, shops, boutiques, and the diverse offerings of Glen Park are only a 5-7 minute walk away. Among the top 20 American neighborhoods to experience the largest millennial population growth, Glen Park is bordered by Noe Valley and Bernal Heights and is packed with trendy restaurants, delightful stores, and a unique friendliness. You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to outdoor space, nestled between Glen Canyon and Balboa Parks and a short bike ride from Mt. Davidson’s incredible viewpoints or the crashing waves of Ocean Beach. People tend to find their forever homes here, and it’s easy to see why: simple joys, an amazing quality of life, and incredible access to the rest of the city and beyond via BART or the 101 Fwy.
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Sunset: Central/Outer

The Sunset District is the largest district within the city, covering the west side of San Francisco. Golden Gate Park forms the neighborhood's northern border, and the Pacific Ocean or more specifically, Ocean Beach, forms its western border. The south is bordered by Sloat Boulevard, and on the east by a vague boundary roughly around 7th Avenue. Since this neighborhood was built on a numerical and mostly alphabetical grid pattern, it is very simple to navigate. Lovely rows of homes line the Sunset side of "The Avenues", with the vast majority of the housing constructed between 1920 and 1950. A mostly residential area, the Sunset District however also holds many pockets of conveniences to shops, restaurants, schools, and parks. Public transportation with Muni and bus stops are available throughout, making this neighborhood one of the most ideal for many home-owners. Inner Sunset is a popular subdistrict full of shops.
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Sunset: Inner

The Inner Sunset is for those that want to remain close to nature without losing SF’s urban edge. Corner markets and a variety of ethnic restaurants feed UCSF’s local student population, creating a small-town feel that is a quick ride from the city center. Eat and shop at the many restaurants and boutiques along Irving, 9th Ave, and Noriega Street. It is also a very short walk to the West Portal Muni light rail lines. Climb the iconic Moraga steps to Grandview Park and admire stunning 360-degree city views; visit the Golden Gate Park, De Young Museum, Academy of Sciences, and UCSF - all within a few blocks.
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Twin Peaks

If you want to be above it all, Twin Peaks is the neighborhood for you. Residing on the city’s two highest peaks, this enclave is naturally secluded from the rest of the city. It escapes the hustle and bustle of the urban lifestyle and requires a commute to reach the heart of the city, but the views are sure to make it worthwhile.
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West Portal

In spite of dreary Karl the Fog's worn out welcome, this fantastic vicinity has a lot going for itself even without the fame and fortune of more popular centrally located neighborhoods. Extremely accessible and very appealing to families who seek a quiet atmosphere without sacrificing the conveniences of urban living with a great selection of schools. Dozens of quaint eateries and shops line the popular drag that is West Portal and plentiful BART and MUNI lines help shuttles locals in and out of this hidden gem.
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