Bordered by I-80 and I-280 highways on the west and the San Francisco Bay to the east, District 10 is the southeastern-most point of San Francisco. Many of District 10 neighborhoods were originally part of the so called “Rancho Rincón de las Salinas y Potrero Viejo”, an approximately 4,446-acre (17.99 km2) Mexican land grant given in 1839 by California Governor Protem Manual Jimeno to
Centrally located, Twin Peaks is a quiet residential neighborhood occupying two of the highest hills of San Francisco (except for Mount Davidson) with an elevation of about 925ft (282 m). The peaks form a divide for San Francisco’s famous summer coastal fog pushing in from the Pacific Ocean. Fall and early winter are best times for driving up Twin Peaks Boulevard or hiking up the
Commonly referred to as Richmond, this district is a primarily residential area located between the Presidio and Golden Gate parks. It is known for its often foggy weather and colder climate due to the proximity to the ocean as well as its ethnic character, eclectic food scene and a plethora of outdoor activities.
By some accounts, no San Francisco neighborhood has undergone more upheaval and change than Japantown and the Fillmore.
While technically part of the Lower Pacific Heights, Japantown (bordered by Sutter Street to the north, Geary Street to the south, Fillmore Street to the west, and Laguna Street to the east) is a distinct neighborhood deserving a special mention.
Once home to horse racing, farms and roadhouses, the Southwest District, or District 3 (sometimes also referred to as the “Lake Merced District”), was one of the last areas to be developed in San Francisco. Today, District 3 is home to San Francisco State University Campus, City College of San Francisco, the San Francisco Zoo, the San Francisco Golf Club, the Lake Merced Golf Club..
Perhaps one of the most ethnically and economically diverse neighborhoods in San Francisco, the Western Addition feels more like several neighborhoods. And, in a sense, it is - from the stunning views at Alamo Square to the historic Fillmore to ever-changing Divisadero Street, once can experience several distinct vibes in the space of a few blocks (for information on the Alamo
Noe Valley neighborhood owes its name to Jose de Jesus Noe, the last Mexican mayor of Yerba Buena (as San Francisco was initially known), who owned what is now Noe Valley as part of his Rancho San Miguel. In 1854 he sold the land to John Meirs Horner, a Mormon immigrant and it then became known as the Horner’s Addition.
Today Haight Ashbury is mostly known as an epicenter of the youth rebellion of the 1960s. However, its history goes back to almost a century prior to that era. Initially, this neighborhood was slow to develop as it was part of the “Outside Lands” (an area past Divisadero Street which served as a western border of the city in the 1850s). The interest in this area developed in 1870s
District 4, also known as Twin Peaks West, is a primarily residential district located in an area which was once a heavily wooded, scenic land portion, including Mt. Davidson, the highest natural point in San Francisco, and Glen Canyon Park. Prior to the opening of Twin Peaks Tunnel in 1918, District 4 was fairly inaccessible from downtown San Francisco. The Tunnel’s opening created an
The Duboce Triangle is a centrally located, mostly quaint residential neighborhood just below the slopes of Buena Vista Park, bounded by Market Street to the southeast, Castro Street on the West, Church Street on the east and Duboce Street on the north. While it is in close proximity to the neighborhoods of the Lower Haight, Castro / Eureka Valley, and the Mission District, its special character warrants a special mention.
The origins of Potrero Hill neighborhood go back to an 1835 land grant to Don Francisco de Haro the purpose of which was to graze Mission Dolores's cattle at the potrero nuevo ("new pasture"). Gold rush squatters ousted the herds and began the first of many waves of urbanization and immigration: Scots in the 1860s, then Irish, Chinese, Russians, Mexicans and finally African-
Eureka Valley-Dolores Heights is primarily a quiet affluent residential neighborhood, which includes the famous Castro and Liberty Hill sub-districts. This neighborhood is bordered by the Church Street on the east, 22nd Street on the south, Twin Peaks on the west and Market Street on the north.
While one may not describe Mission Bay as “classic” San Francisco area, this contemporary formerly industrial neighborhood situated across Mission Creek from AT&T Park is emerging rapidly. Mission Bay spreads over approximately 300 acres of what used to be a marshland and is primarily built on a landfill. The neighborhood is roughly bounded by King Street on the north, San
Glen Park is a quiet, secluded-feeling residential neighborhood located at the southeastern edge of San Francisco’s central hills, the San Miguel Range. It includes the easternmost peak of the range known as Billy Goat Hill, as well as south and east slopes. The neighborhood follows the hill’s contours down to a small commercial district (“Downtown Glen Park”) at the intersection of Chenery and Diamond streets.
While officially South of Market neighborhood (or “SoMa” as it is commonly known) is relatively small (see map above), most San Franciscans’, when referring to SoMa, imply a much larger district, sprawling from the Embarcadero to Eleventh Street, between Market and Townsend streets.
Despite its proximity to the Haight, anyone who has spent time in this small neighborhood knows Cole Valley has a distinct charming character of its own. “Community” is the operative word here. The older single family homes as well as newer multi-unit buildings and condominiums in this neighborhood are popular with buyers. Residents are largely families and young professionals,
Until recently, most of the Central Waterfront remained undeveloped or industrial with most of the residential development centering around Dogpatch.
Adjacent to the so-called Central Waterfront of the San Francisco Bay and to the east of Potrero Hill, Dogpatch is bounded by
The Downtown neighborhood of San Francisco is one of the busiest parts of the city, encompassing Lower Nob Hill - a less affluent neighbor of Nob Hill, sometimes referred to as “Tendernob” (located south of California Street and north of Geary Street) and Union Square. This neighborhood is influenced by it close neighbors such as Mid-Market, Tenderloin and Civic Center.
Today, Cow Hollow is one of San Francisco’s most desirable neighborhoods. This was not the case in the early years of the city’s history when it was one of the least attractive locations – the ragged shoreline, north of where Lombard Street is today, was unsuitable for ship anchorage and its sandy soil, sparse fresh water springs and little vegetation proved it even less desirable.
Today, Civic Center neighborhood is home to some of San Francisco’s grandest public buildings. While now this district comprising city, state and federal offices is a showcase area, it was literally a backwater during San Francisco’s early years with its sandy, swampy wasteland watered by springs and creeks.
The so-called “Mission District” is San Francisco’s oldest neighborhood.
Today, the Mission (in a broader sense, as per the discussion below) is bordered to the east by U.S. Route 101, forming the boundary between the eastern portion of the district, known as “Inner Mission”, and its eastern neighbor, Potrero Hill. To the north
District 2, more commonly known as the Sunset District, is the largest and one of the foggiest districts in San Francisco. Situated alongside Golden Gate Park and Ocean Beach, it is a multi-ethnic, mostly residential neighborhood with an excellent restaurant scene, next to many of San Francisco’s natural attractions. The Sunset retains a quirky, small town feel while still being easily
The so-called “Mission District” is San Francisco’s oldest neighborhood. Prior to the arrival of Spanish missionaries, the area which now includes the Mission was inhabited by the Ohlone who populated much of the San Francisco bay area. The Yelamu Indians (a tribe of Ohlone people) lived in the region for over 2,000 years. When Spanish missionaries started settling in the area in
Officially, Chinatown is part of the Financial District – Barbary Coast neighborhood but its unique character and role in San Francisco history warrants a special mention.