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.