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Where in the City do you want to live?

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!

“What I like best about San Francisco is San Francisco.” – Frank Lloyd Wright

Originally founded in 1776 by Spanish colonists, San Francisco swelled in 1849 during the Gold Rush Era. Nearly 200 years later, San Francisco is experiencing an eerily familiar, yet vastly different type of boom, where tech entrepreneurs have taken the place of gold miners. The rising cost of real estate seems nothing compared to the potential fortunes to be made by an enterprising few.

While most are familiar with San Francisco’s historic architecture, cable cars, and the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, these are also a few of the things that make its properties some of the most sought after in the world. With its ever-shrinking inventory of available real estate, investors worldwide, particularly from China, are snatching up properties. Every inch of San Francisco is now considered a worthwhile investment for those who can afford it.

Even once thought of seedy neighborhoods are becoming popular for urban renewal projects prompting citywide gentrification. With a finite amount of property available, even lesser known and traditionally industrial areas are being looked at with an investor’s eye. With median home prices for single-family homes hovering around the $1 million mark and condominiums not far behind, it would be an understatement to say that real estate in San Francisco is valuable.


For those looking to make San Francisco their home, temperate weather, beautiful homes, an abundance of nature, and a diverse mix of cultures are just a few things newcomers can expect. With endless outdoor activities like hiking, golfing, or surfing, as well as a vast array of intellectual pursuits such as world-class museums, ballet, opera and fantastic schools, its no wonder residential properties don’t stay on the market long here.

San Francisco’s history is peppered with strange and captivating characters and its colorful future will no doubt be filled with innovation and amazing things to come.

San Francisco Neighborhoods

San Francisco Map


1a Central Richmond

1b Inner Richmond

1c Jordan Pk/Laurel

1d Lake Street

1e Outer Richmond

1f Sea Cliff

1g Lone Mountain


2a Golden Gate Hts

2b Outer Parkside

2c Outer Sunset

2d Parkside

2e Central Sunset

2f Inner Sunset

2g Inner Parkside


3a Lake Shore

3b Merced Heights

3c Pine Lake Park

3d Stonestown

3e Lakeside

3f Merced Manor

3g Ingleside Heights

3h Ingleside

3j Oceanview


4a Balboa Terrace

4b Diamond Heights

4c Forest Hill

4d Forest Knolls

4e Ingleside Terrace

4f Midtown Terrace

4g St. Francis Wood

4h Miraloma Park

4j Forest Hill Ext

4k Sherwood Forest

4m Monterey Heights

4n Mount Davidson Manor

4p Westwood Highlands

4r Westwood Park

4s Sunnyside

4t West Portal


5a Glen Park

5b Haight Ashbury

5c Noe Valley

5d Twin Peaks

5e Cole Valley /Parnassus Hts

5f Buena Vista /Ashbury Hts

5g Corona Heights

5h Clarendon Heights

5j Duboce Triangle

5k Eureka Valley /Dolores Hgts

5m Mission Dolores


6a Anza Vista

6b Hayes Valley

6c Lwr Pacific Hts

6d Western Addition

6e Alamo Square

6f North Panhandle


7a Marina

7b Pacific Heights

7c Presidio Heights

7d Cow Hollow


8a Downtown

8b Financial District /Barbary Coast

8c Nob Hill

8d North Beach

8e Russian Hill

8f Van Ness/Civ Ctr

8g Telegraph Hill

8h North Waterfront

8j Tenderloin



9a Bernal Heights

9c Inner Mission

9d Mission Bay

9e Potrero Hill

9f South of Market

9g Yerba Buena

9h South Beach

9j Ctrl Waterfront /Dogpatch



10a Bayview

10b Crocker Amazon

10c Excelsior

10d Outer Mission

10e Visitacion Valley

10f Portola

10g Silver Terrace

10h Mission Terrace

10j Hunters Point

10k Bayview Heights

10m Candlestick Point

10n Little Hollywood


District 1 Northwest

District 1

Central Richmond • Inner Richmond • Jordan Park – Laurel Heights

Lake Street • Outter Richmond • Sea Cliff • Lone Mountain

Commonly referred to as The Richmond District, District 1 is primarily a residential area sandwiched between the Presidio and Golden Gate Parks. Adjacent to Ocean Beach, Richmond District residents have access to a wide array of outdoor activities and fascinating historical sites.

This prosperous area is filled with stunning Victorian, Edwardian, and Marina style architecture and is considered by many to be one of the most desirable areas in San Francisco. The Lake Street and Sea Cliff neighborhoods are filled with Victorian and Edwardian mansions, while Central and Outer Richmond feature the prevalent Marina style home.


Described by one resident as, “a vibrant neighborhood walking distance to some of the city’s hidden natural gems,” the Richmond District offers an array of shops and restaurants, an outlet for outdoor exploration and a small town feel.

Doug & Eddy's District 1 Favorites


Brunch Scene

 Hard Knox Cafe

2448 Clement St.

San Francisco soul food cooking, ribs, fried chicken & cornbread muffins dished out in a funky, down-home space.


Afternoon Treat


Bakery & Cafe

436 Balboa St.

Russian bakery turning out traditional pastries, meat pies, entrees & treats since 1953.

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Treasure Shop

248 Clement St.
Mid-century toy store and party shop featuring highly curated selection of everything from cards to jewelry.


The Chill Spot

Ocean Beach

Fire Pits


Bring your own firewood for a beachfront campfire in permanent concrete rings.


Evening Bite

Giorgio’s Pizzeria

151 Clement St.

Classic pizza parlor where thin-crust pies & pastas land on red-checked tablecloths, local’s favorite pizza delivery.


District 2 Central West

District 2

Central Sunset • Golden Gate Heights • Outer Parkside

Parkside • Inner Parkside • Inner Sunset • Outer Sunset

District 2, more commonly known as the Sunset District and originally part of the “Outside Lands”, is one of the foggiest districts in the city. Nestled alongside Golden Gate Park and Ocean Beach, it retains a quirky, small town feel while still being easily accessible to the more bustling parts of the city.

People from all walks of life have made their homes in this relatively quiet district. The Sunset District was largely undeveloped until after the construction of the Twin Peaks Tunnel in 1918. Many of the first homes there were created out of abandoned streetcars, sometimes several of them put together. A few of those historic homes still stand today.

Most of the buildings, however, were constructed in the mid 1940’s after WWII. A slew of men returning home from war (and from nearby naval posts) built a significant number of homes in the area, and built them quickly. While many of these homes appear similar on the outside, don’t judge a book by its cover. Many of the residences have vastly different interior architecture and design that varies from house to house. The Rousseau architecture of the area is one style worthy of note, incorporating Spanish, Tudor, French, and Mediterranean styles.

Doug & Eddy's District 2 Favorites


Brunch Scene

Devil's Teeth

Baking Company

3876 Noriega St.

Locals line up for breakfast sandwiches, daily baked sourdough & Sunday beignets in a tiny space.

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Afternoon Treat


1916 Irving St. 

Counter-served warm or chilled tea drinks, smoothies & boba.


Treasure Shop


3811 Noriega St.

Rustic-chic studio & gift shop with handmade jewelry, clothing & interior designs.


The Chill Spot

Tonight Soju Bar 

733 Taraval St.

Bar & lounge offering Korean snacks, comfort food & drinks in a serene environment.rings.


Evening Bite


1420 Irving St.

Energetic locale featuring classic Chinese hot pot grill with meat & veggie options, plus dumplings.


District 3 Southwest

District 3

Stonestown • Lakeside • Merced Heights • Lakeshore

Oceanview • Pine Lake Park • Ingleside • Ingleside Heights • Merced Manor

The Southwest District, or District 3, was one of the last areas to be developed in San Francisco. It is now home to The San Francisco Zoo, Lake Merced, the San Francisco Golf Club, the Lake Merced Golf Club, Stonestown Galleria Mall, and The San Francisco State University Campus.


Referred to as the OMI (Oceanview, Merced Heights, and Ingleside) neighborhoods, many of the buildings within the Southwest District are smaller residential properties built before the 1940’s. With easy access to the 1 and 280 Freeways, and relatively affordable, many middle class families have made their homes here.

Whether you are a student, golfer, or animal lover, District 3 has something to offer everyone looking for a friendly, family-oriented atmosphere. With everything from shopping, to lakes, to zoo slumber parties, Southwest San Francisco is a great little corner of the big city.

Doug & Eddy's District 3 Favorites

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Brunch Scene


 2522 Ocean Ave.

Dinosaurs Sandwiches is a modern take on a Vietnamese tradition, geared towards a wide variety of eating lifestyles.

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Afternoon Treat

Uncle Tetsu 
3251 20th Ave.

Offshoot of Japanese cheesecake specialist serving matcha-infused soft serve, smoothies & more.

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Treasure Shop

Farmers Market

501 Buckingham Way
The Stonestown Farmers Market is open every Sunday, year-round, rain or shine, from 9am to 1pm.


The Chill Spot

Sigmund Stern

Recreation Grove

2750 19th Ave.

Green space offering open-air concerts, with athletic fields, tennis courts & a dog play area.


Evening Bite

Blaze Pizza

3251 20th Ave.

Hip build your own pizzeria dishing up crispy, thin-crust pies made with creative toppings & sauces.


District 4 Twin Peaks West

District 4

Balboa Terrace • Diamond Heights • Forest Hill

Forest Knolls • Ingleside Terrace • Midtown Terrace • Miraloma Park

Monterey Heights • Mount Davidson Manor • Saint Francis Wood

Sherwood Forest – Westwood Highlands • Sunnyside

Forest Hill Extension • West Portal • Westwood Park

District 4, also known as Twin Peaks West, is arguably one of the most upscale districts in San Francisco. It is home to some of the most exclusive neighborhoods in the city, including: St. Francis Wood, Forrest Hill, and Balboa Terrace. Tucked between these neighborhoods, you’ll find more family-friendly areas like Ingleside Terrace, Sunnyside, and Diamond Heights.

A primarily residential district, this was one of the last parts of San Francisco to be developed after the Twin Peaks Tunnel was built in 1918. It has sixteen different neighborhoods, with a wide array of homes from MidCentury Modern, to Italian Villas, and everything in between. A highly competitive area, homes can be expensive and difficult to come by. Some of the most well-known names in San Francisco’s vast catalogue of architects have built here including: Timothy Pflueger, Bernard Maybeck, John Galen Howard, Henry Gutterson, and Joseph Eichler.

Doug & Eddy's District 4 Favorites

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Brunch Scene

Trattoria Da Vittorio
 150 W Portal Ave.
Calabrian-inspired pizzas & handmade pastas star at this cozy eatery with brick & stone accents.

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Afternoon Treat


Bakery & Café

 673 Portola Dr.

Baked goodies, coffee to-go and delicious s’mores bars.


Treasure Shop

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The Chill Spot

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Evening Bite

Ambassador Toys

 186 W Portal Ave.

Toys from around the world share a colorful shop with art supplies & educational products.

Mount Davidson Park

Dalewood Way & Myra Way

The highest natural point in the center of the City.

K's Kitchen

757 Monterey Blvd.

Neighborhood sushi bar combining cooked Japanese dishes & dumplings in a modern space.


District 5 Upper Market

District 5

Buena Vista – Ashbury Heights – Corona Heights  • Duboce Triangle

Twin Peaks – Clarendon Heights • Cole Valley – Parnassus Heights

The Castro – Eureka Valley – Dolores Heights

Glen Park • Haight Ashbury • Mission Dolores • Noe Valley

District 5 boasts some of the most colorful and diverse neighborhoods in San Francisco. Commonly referred to as the Central District, it encompasses demure residential areas such as Buena Vista Park, Clarendon Heights, Corona Heights, Noe Valley, Duboce Triangle, Twin Peaks, Parnassus-Ashbury Heights, Glen Park and Dolores Heights, and is known for being home to the famous Haight-Asbury, as well as the Castro.

The Central District is in many ways the heart of San Francisco. This rich, cultural area offers an assortment of architectural options, as well as commercial real estate. Whether you are looking to start a family or a band, you can find what you’re looking for in District 5.

Doug & Eddy's District 5 Favorites

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Brunch Scene

Lovejoy’s Tea Room

 1351 Church St.

Kid-friendly spot delivering cups of tea & scones amid a flowery setting filled with bric-a-brac.

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Afternoon Treat

Venga Empanadas

443 Valencia St

Alfajores, baked empanadas (chicken, vegetable & more), drinks & desserts, plus limited counter-style seating.

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Treasure Shop

Pirate Supply Store

 826 Valencia St.

Eclectic store selling pirate clothing & accessories to benefit its writing center & nonprofit workshops.

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The Chill Spot

Mission Dolores Park

19th St & Dolores Street Locals of all ages gather at this outdoor hot spot for picnics & people-watching.


Evening Bite

Café Mystique

464 Castro St.

Cozy eatery specializing in Moroccan dishes as well as American meals & happy hours.