Mission Bay

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 Francisco Bay on the east, Mariposa Street on the south, and 7th Street and Interstate 280 on the west. This area used to be an actual bay – when Mission Dolores was dedicated in 1776, one could have canoed between them.

Before urbanization, Mission Bay was nestled inside of a large salt marash and lagoon, and was occupied by year-round tidal waters, making it a natural habitat and refuge for large water-towel populations. The Native American tribes who initially resided in this area were the Costanoan people. Beginning in the mid-1800s, in attempts to make this area suitable for building, Mission Bay was used as a convenient place to deposit refuse from building and other projects, and the debris from 1906 earthquake and fire helped to completely fill it.  As the marsh was becoming stabilized with the weight of the infill, the area quickly became an industrial district housing shipbuilding, butchery and meat production, oyster and clam fishing industry, various warehouses and railroad yards.

After World War II, the flight of jobs and housing to the suburbs combined with the movement of industry to cheaper locations as well as the replacement of train traffic by truck and air resulted in underutilized railyards being left behind. After serving primarily as a rail yard, Mission Bay became mostly a wasteland by the 1970s. In 1998 the area was designated as a redevelopment project by San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors. Much of the land which was previously a rail yard was transferred to Catellus Development Corporation (it subsequently sold or subcontracted several parcels to another developer) and Mission Bay at last started evolving into a modern, affluent neighborhood of luxury condominiums, hospitals, and biotechnology research and development.

Mission Bay is home to the new UCSF research campus as well as California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, which further stimulates rapid growth in this emerging neighborhood. UCSF is planning to add a large world-class, family-centered hospital complex. Mission Bay also has a significant residential component with a large number of additional condos planned, a sizeable portion of which to be designated as affordable under the city’s policies. Some of the largest condominium buildings currently include The Beacon, Madrone, Strata, Glassworks, Arterra, Park Terrace, Arden and several others.

Although near to and often associated with AT&T Park, the ballpark is in the adjacent South Beach neighborhood.  This being said, Mission Bay is a future site of the much anticipated Golden Gate State Warriors Event Center. In addition, this neighborhood houses several parks including Mission Creek, Mission Bay Commons, Koret Quad, China Basin Park and counting. A new bike path along the greenway extends from China Basin to Candlestick Point to the south. Nearby, Potrero Hill further adds to the dining and entertainment options.

Mission Bay is well served by public transport, including Muni Metro, Muni bus and trolley bus lines as well as the Caltrain which connects it with San Jose and Gilroy. The proposed Central Subway project will make the commute between Mission Bay, AT&T Park, Market Street Union Square and Chinatown even faster.

Mission Bay neighborhood has an average Walk score of 82 and an average Transit score of 91.

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