Cole Valley – Parnassus Heights

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, though there is no trace of the snootiness that has affected other parts of San Francisco.

Cole Valley grew up around the streetcar stop at the entrance to the Sunset Tunnel at the intersection of Carl and Cole Streets. The neighborhood’s boundaries are usually considered to be Arguello Boulevard and Hillway Street to the west, Carmel Street to the south, Clayton Street to the east, and Waller Street to the north.

Food and coffee are the specialties in Cole Valley. In the three-block commercial strip along Cole Street and part of Carl Street, there are more than a dozen restaurants and cafés, some of which draw visitors from around the Bay Area. Everyday basics like a mechanic, dry cleaner and a gym are here as well. The trees and lush landscaping that flourish in the neighborhood add to the area's overall charm.

For historians and old-timers, traces of Cole Valley's past are still visible. Above the Crepes on Cole awning (along the Carl Street side), remains the old sign for the Other Café, a comedy spot where Robin Williams and Dana Carvey performed before they hit the big time.

Though most visitors never make it past the restaurants and shops, Cole Valley also offers dramatic views of the city. The best spot is atop 600-foot-high Tank Hill, named for an old water tank stationed there in the late 1800s. Weather patterns are fairly consistent, with foggy mornings and sunny afternoons, and the wind picks up the higher you head uphill.

The N Judah Muni line stops right at Cole Street, providing for a convenient downtown transit. Several bus lines serve the neighborhood, and freeway access is easy, too.

Parnassus Heights surrounds Cole Valley and is designated as the same neighborhood with Cole Valley by San Francisco Association of Realtors: “Cole Valley – Parnassus Heights”. Parnassus Heights is home to University of California, San Francisco (“UCSF”) campus, which makes a distinctive landmark at the foot of a nearby Mount Sutro.

This neighborhood has an average Walk score of 90 and Transit score of 74.

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