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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

1 NORTHWEST

1a Central Richmond

1b Inner Richmond

1c Jordan Pk/Laurel

1d Lake Street

1e Outer Richmond

1f Sea Cliff

1g Lone Mountain

2 CENTRAL WEST

2a Golden Gate Hts

2b Outer Parkside

2c Outer Sunset

2d Parkside

2e Central Sunset

2f Inner Sunset

2g Inner Parkside

3 SOUTHWEST

3a Lake Shore

3b Merced Heights

3c Pine Lake Park

3d Stonestown

3e Lakeside

3f Merced Manor

3g Ingleside Heights

3h Ingleside

3j Oceanview

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

4s Sunnyside

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

7 NORTH

7a Marina

7b Pacific Heights

7c Presidio Heights

7d Cow Hollow

8 NORTHEAST

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

 

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

 

10 SOUTHEAST

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

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District 1 Northwest

 

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

Cinderella

Bakery & Cafe

436 Balboa St.

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

Treasure Shop

Kawaii Corner

5406 Geary Blvd.

Cute and fun Japanese stationery, plush toys, stickers & accessories at this cozy retailer.

The Chill Spot

Ocean Beach

Fire Pits

Directions

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.

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District 2 Central West

 

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.

Afternoon Treat

Tpumps

1916 Irving St. 

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

Treasure Shop

Establish

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

IPOT

1420 Irving St.

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

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District 3 Southwest

 

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

Brunch Scene

Dinosaurs

 2522 Ocean Ave.

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

Afternoon Treat

CREME

 3251 20th Ave.

Ice cream sandwiches made with a choice of flavored cookies & toppings.

Treasure Shop

Stonestown

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.

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District 4 Twin Peaks West

 

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

Brunch Scene

Mozzarella Di Bufala

 69 W Portal Ave.

Cornmeal-crust pizza’s on the Italian-Brazilian menu at this spot also known for its lunch specials.

Afternoon Treat

Creighton's

Bakery & Café

 673 Portola Dr.

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

Treasure Shop

The Chill Spot

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.

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District 5 Upper Market

 

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

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.

Afternoon Treat

Venga Empanadas

443 Valencia St

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

Treasure Shop

Pirate Supply Store

 826 Valencia St.

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

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.

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District 6 Central North

 

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

Brunch Scene

Papito Hayes

 425 Hayes St.

Mexican bistro serving French-accented organic fare in a colorful dining room that carries flavored margaritas by the pitcher.

Afternoon Treat

Belly Good

Café & Crepes

1737 Post St. #393

Inside the Japan Center lies creative Japanese-style crêpes adorned with smiles sculpted from toppings & whipped cream.

Treasure Shop

Daiso Japan

 22 Peace Plz.

Japanese variety-store chain with housewares, toys, stationery, decorations, bento supplies & gifts.

The Chill Spot

Fillmore Street

Pine St. & Fillmore St.

One of the City’s finest shopping and dining neighborhoods home to the annual 4th of July weekend Fillmore Jazz Festival.

Evening Bite

Brenda’s

Meat & Three

919 Divisadero St.

Creole-fried chicken, cheese grits & peanut butter icebox calls for the perfect southern comfort dinner.

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District 7 North

 

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

Brunch Scene

Rose’s Café

 2298 Union St.

All-day cafe with outdoor seating & Italian fare, including a signature breakfast pizza.

Afternoon Treat

Smitten Ice Cream

 2404 California St.

Hip sweet spot using local ingredients in small-batch ice creams crafted using liquid nitrogen.

Treasure Shop

Nest

 2300 Fillmore St.

Cozy space with a French vibe offering artful jewelry, antiques, linens & other domestic treasures.

The Chill Spot

The Walt Disney

Family Museum

104 Montgomery St.

Presidio museum exploring the life of Walt Disney featuring hands-on exhibits & original artwork.

Evening Bite

Garibaldis

347 Presidio Ave.

Stylish, clubby neighborhood spot for seasonal Californian-Mediterranean cuisine.

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District 8 Northeast

 

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

Brunch Scene

Golden Boy Pizza

 542 Green St.

Funky joint serving focaccia pizza to daytime snackers & a late-night, post-bar crowd.

Afternoon Treat

Stella Pastry & Café

446 Columbus Ave.

Neighborhood shop features traditional & Italian pastries, cappuccinos, treats & desserts in a charming interior.

Treasure Shop

Fisherman’s Wharf

 Beach St. & The Embarcadero

Bustling bayside pier featuring scenic views, sea lion sightings, eateries, shops & entertainment.

The Chill Spot

Nick’s Crispy Tacos

1500 Broadway

Known for its signature 2-tortilla tacos, this Mexican restaurant also has a vibrant bar scene.

Evening Bite

Lers Ros Thai

307 Hayes St.

Upscale Thai spot with exotic game & more traditional dishes in a modern setting.

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District 9 Central East

 

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

Brunch Scene

The Vestry

 777 Valencia St.

Late-night eatery & brunch spot in The Chapel music hall serving sophisticated bar eats & cocktails.

Afternoon Treat

Mitchell’s Ice Cream

688 San Jose Ave.

Family-owned ice cream shop scoops classic & creative flavors made in small batches on the premises.

Treasure Shop

Fabric Outlet

 2109 Mission St.

Spacious basement shop carries a large range of fabrics, notions & patterns, with a bargain section.

The Chill Spot

Temple Nightclub

540 Howard St.

Chic, multiroom club with varied music & decor, plus an eco-conscious, interactive dance floor.

Evening Bite

Delancey Street

Restaurant

600 The Embarcadero

Eclectic bistro & training school for Delancey Street Foundation creating job opportunity for those rebuilding their lives.

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District 10 Southeast

 

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.

Doug & Eddy's District 10 Favorites

Brunch Scene

Breakfast

At Tiffany’s

2499 San Bruno Ave.

Bustling breakfast/lunch option dishing up American comfort food in cozy surrounds.

Afternoon Treat

Piccolo

Pete’s Café

2155 Bayshore Blvd

Quick stop for coffee and King Kong toast.

Treasure Shop

Scrap

 801 Toland St.

Sustainable nonprofit warehouse space offering miscellaneous crafts and notions to create your own upcycled artsy creations.

The Chill Spot

The Broken Record

1166 Geneva Ave.

Laid-back, cash-only bar known for its soul food menu & spacious outdoor patio.

Evening Bite

7 Mile House

2800 Bayshore Blvd.

Pub grub inspired by Italian & Filipino recipes served in a lively hangout dating from 1853.

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