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
2 CENTRAL WEST
2a Golden Gate Hts
2b Outer Parkside
2c Outer Sunset
2e Central Sunset
2f Inner Sunset
2g Inner Parkside
3a Lake Shore
3b Merced Heights
3c Pine Lake Park
3f Merced Manor
3g Ingleside Heights
4 TWIN PEAKS WEST
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
4t West Portal
5 UPPER MARKET
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
6 CENTRAL NORTH
6a Anza Vista
6b Hayes Valley
6c Lwr Pacific Hts
6d Western Addition
6e Alamo Square
6f North Panhandle
7b Pacific Heights
7c Presidio Heights
7d Cow Hollow
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
9 CENTRAL EAST
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
10b Crocker Amazon
10d Outer Mission
10e Visitacion Valley
10g Silver Terrace
10h Mission Terrace
10j Hunters Point
10k Bayview Heights
10m Candlestick Point
10n Little Hollywood
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
San Francisco soul food cooking, ribs, fried chicken & cornbread muffins dished out in a funky, down-home space.
Russian bakery turning out traditional pastries, meat pies, entrees & treats since 1953.
Cute and fun Japanese stationery, plush toys, stickers & accessories at this cozy retailer.
The Chill Spot
Bring your own firewood for a beachfront campfire in permanent concrete rings.
Classic pizza parlor where thin-crust pies & pastas land on red-checked tablecloths, local’s favorite pizza delivery.
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
Locals line up for breakfast sandwiches, daily baked sourdough & Sunday beignets in a tiny space.
Rustic-chic studio & gift shop with handmade jewelry, clothing & interior designs.
The Chill Spot
Bar & lounge offering Korean snacks, comfort food & drinks in a serene environment.rings.
Energetic locale featuring classic Chinese hot pot grill with meat & veggie options, plus dumplings.
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
Dinosaurs Sandwiches is a modern take on a Vietnamese tradition, geared towards a wide variety of eating lifestyles.
The Stonestown Farmers Market is open every Sunday, year-round, rain or shine, from 9am to 1pm.
The Chill Spot
Green space offering open-air concerts, with athletic fields, tennis courts & a dog play area.
Hip build your own pizzeria dishing up crispy, thin-crust pies made with creative toppings & sauces.
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
Cornmeal-crust pizza’s on the Italian-Brazilian menu at this spot also known for its lunch specials.
The Chill Spot
Toys from around the world share a colorful shop with art supplies & educational products.
Neighborhood sushi bar combining cooked Japanese dishes & dumplings in a modern space.
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
Kid-friendly spot delivering cups of tea & scones amid a flowery setting filled with bric-a-brac.
Alfajores, baked empanadas (chicken, vegetable & more), drinks & desserts, plus limited counter-style seating.
Eclectic store selling pirate clothing & accessories to benefit its writing center & nonprofit workshops.
The Chill Spot
19th St & Dolores Street Locals of all ages gather at this outdoor hot spot for picnics & people-watching.
Cozy eatery specializing in Moroccan dishes as well as American meals & happy hours.
Alamo Square • Anza Vista • Hayes Valley • Lower Pacific Heights
North Panhandle • Western Addition
One of the most famous views of San Francisco is that of the “Painted Ladies”. six gorgeous Victorian homes that conspicuously peek over the edge of Alamo Square Park. You can find them in District 6, also known as Central North District. The architecture in this area is relatively untouched by time (one of the few to survive San Francisco’s devastating 1906 earthquake), and boasts some of the city’s finest original Victorian houses. First known as the “Western Addition”, the area is vibrant and filled with shopping, restaurants, and some of the city’s oldest homes. For a wide array of culture, delicious eats, and beautiful historic houses, District 6 is a wonderful place to call home.
Doug & Eddy's District 6 Favorites
Mexican bistro serving French-accented organic fare in a colorful dining room that carries flavored margaritas by the pitcher.
Inside the Japan Center lies creative Japanese-style crêpes adorned with smiles sculpted from toppings & whipped cream.
Japanese variety-store chain with housewares, toys, stationery, decorations, bento supplies & gifts.
The Chill Spot
One of the City’s finest shopping and dining neighborhoods home to the annual 4th of July weekend Fillmore Jazz Festival.
Creole-fried chicken, cheese grits & peanut butter icebox calls for the perfect southern comfort dinner.
Cow Hollow • Marina • Pacific Heights • Presidio Heights
Sitting at the Northernmost point of San Francisco, District 7 is one of the most desirable places to live in the Bay Area. Encompassing only 4 neighborhoods: Cow Hollow, The Marina, Pacific Heights and Presidio Heights, this fashionable part of the city is home to trendy 20-somethings and exclusive properties, making it an ideal place for the chic, stylish, and well-to-do.
District 7 is also home to a number of parks including the former military airstrip Crissy Field, Fort Mason, home of SFMOMA’s Artist Gallery, and Marina Green, a 74-acre stretch of grass that has some of the best views in the city. Natural beauty and wildlife appear alongside some of District 7’s spectacular homes.
Doug & Eddy's District 7 Favorites
All-day cafe with outdoor seating & Italian fare, including a signature breakfast pizza.
Hip sweet spot using local ingredients in small-batch ice creams crafted using liquid nitrogen.
Cozy space with a French vibe offering artful jewelry, antiques, linens & other domestic treasures.
The Chill Spot
Presidio museum exploring the life of Walt Disney featuring hands-on exhibits & original artwork.
Stylish, clubby neighborhood spot for seasonal Californian-Mediterranean cuisine.
Downtown San Francisco • Financial District – Barbary Coast
Nob Hill • North Beach • North Waterfront • Russian Hill
Telegraph Hill • Tenderloin • Van Ness – Civic Center
The Northeast District, District 8, is home to some of San Francisco’s most well-known and iconic sights. Chinatown, Union Square, Coit Tower, and Fisherman’s Wharf are just a few of the popular destinations found here.
Nob Hill is a serenely beautiful neighborhood with historic Victorian homes and immaculate streetscapes. Russian Hill is filled with a number of buildings designed by prominent architects such as: Willis Polk, Joseph Worcester, Joseph Eichler, and Julia Morgan. North Beach is the city’s Little Italy and many of the buildings in this area were built after the 1906 earthquake, largely starting in the 1920s.
The neighborhood has been home to many famous residents including Joe DiMaggio and starting in the 1950s, Beat Poets, including author Jack Kerouac. Established in 1848, San Francisco’s Chinatown is the oldest in North America and the largest Chinese community outside of Asia.
Doug & Eddy's District 8 Favorites
Funky joint serving focaccia pizza to daytime snackers & a late-night, post-bar crowd.
Neighborhood shop features traditional & Italian pastries, cappuccinos, treats & desserts in a charming interior.
Bustling bayside pier featuring scenic views, sea lion sightings, eateries, shops & entertainment.
The Chill Spot
Known for its signature 2-tortilla tacos, this Mexican restaurant also has a vibrant bar scene.
Upscale Thai spot with exotic game & more traditional dishes in a modern setting.
Bernal Heights • Central Waterfront – Dogpatch • Inner Mission • Mission Bay
Potrero Hill • South Beach • South of Market • Yerba Buena
Arguably the area to watch, District 9 is one of San Francisco’s most promising, up-and-coming areas to invest in real estate. The largest district in San Francisco, it includes South Beach, SoMA, Yerba Buena, Mission Bay, Potrero Hill, Bernal Heights, and Inner Mission.
Most well-known within this district is AT&T Park, Home of the World Champion San Francisco Giants, the trendy nightclub scene and the Mission District. It is also served excellently by public transit and is the site of the Transbay Transit Terminal.
Doug & Eddy's District 9 Favorites
Late-night eatery & brunch spot in The Chapel music hall serving sophisticated bar eats & cocktails.
Family-owned ice cream shop scoops classic & creative flavors made in small batches on the premises.
Spacious basement shop carries a large range of fabrics, notions & patterns, with a bargain section.
The Chill Spot
Chic, multiroom club with varied music & decor, plus an eco-conscious, interactive dance floor.
Eclectic bistro & training school for Delancey Street Foundation creating job opportunity for those rebuilding their lives.
Bayview • Croker Amazon • Excelsior • Outer Mission
Visitacion Valley • Portola • Silver Terrace • Mission Terrace
Hunters Point • Bayview Heights • Candlestick Point • Little Hollywood
Seated in the Southeast corner of the city, District 10 is one of San Francisco’s biggest areas for potential growth. Once home to tanners and navy ships, this largely industrial area has seen many changes over the years and is ripe for continued development.
District 10 is a great place for someone looking to invest in real estate, commercial property, or even buy their first home. Within District 10 are insular neighborhoods like Little Hollywood, The Outer Mission, The Excelsior District and Little Hollywood.