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Hayes Valley

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Due to the 1989 Loma Preita earthquake, the Central Freeway that ran through Hayes Valley, was destroyed, which began a new era for this trendy neighborhood. With its ultra-chic boutiques, funky art galleries and high-end restaurants, and the Van Ness performing arts district nearby, Hayes Valley attracts an eclectic crowd. Newer condominium projects mix with the more traditional San Francisco Victorians and Edwardians throughout the neighborhood. For one of the best cups of coffee in San Francisco, the Blue Bottle Coffee Company in Hayes Valley is the place to go!

Hayes Valley is roughly bounded by Divisadero Street to the west, McAllister Street to the north, Gough Street to the east from, to Market Street to the south.

Richmond District

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The Richmond District is a diverse neighborhood with many shops and restaurants, especially along Geary Boulevard, Clement and California Streets. These areas also have easy access to the Presidio, Lincoln Park (with the Palace of the Legion of Honor and a golf course), the University of San Francisco and Golden GatePark. Golden Gate Park, the boundary between the Richmond and Sunset Districts provides an excess of pleasures, including: the California Academy of Sciences, the De Young Art Museum, the Conservatory of Flowers, the Japanese Tea Garden, Morrison Planetarium, an aquarium, the tulip gardens, polo fields, lakes, stadiums, a buffalo enclosure, one of the biggest zoos in the West, and is bordered by miles of open sea shore. Closed to drive-through traffic on Sundays, the park is a perfect place for long walks, jogging, roller blading and biking.

Lake Street Corridor

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The homes just north of California Street in the Richmond District have always been a desirable address for city dwellers with their larger lots and closeness to San Francisco’s famed Presidio. Most homeowners also enjoy the short distance to the shops and restaurants that line nearby Clement Street as well as the easy access to Golden Gate Park as well as the Golden Gate Bridge to Marin County.

The Lake Street Corridor is roughly bounded by 25th Avenue to the west, the Presidio to the north, Arguello Boulevard to the east and California Street to the south.

Russian Hill

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Russian Hill, located just north of Nob Hill, offers many of the wonderful Bay views, steep streets, tall apartment buildings and the sounds of passing cable cars that San Francisco is known around the world for. A true potpourri of real estate exists on Russian Hill from traditional Edwardian flats, to luxury condominiums to grand homes, all close to the City’s downtown and the Financial District. While the main commercial district of Polk Street features many wonderful restaurants, bars and small retail shops, nearby Hyde Street from Jackson to Broadway is celebrated for its intimate bistros and trendy restaurants.

Russian Hill is roughly bounded by Van Ness Avenue to the west, Bay Street to the north, Coulmbus Avenue to the east and Broadway Street to the south.

Marina District

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The north waterfront Marina District neighborhood began developing in the early part of the 20th century and had become one of the ost desriable palces to live and visit. In 1989, the Loma Prieta earthquake rocked the city and some of the Marina buildings were destroyed. Within ten years, the area was revamped and is ever-popular. One can stroll the flat block and enjoy the large homes facing the Palace of Fine Arts and those fronting the Bay. There are many smaller condominium buildings and some rentals. the hjeart of the neighborhood is Chestnut Street, generally attracting a younger crowd but there are many dining options. One has easy access to Chrissy Filed and Fort Mason.

The Marina District is roughly bounded by Lyon Street to the west, Marina Boulevard to the north, Van Ness Avenue to the east and Lonbard Street to the south.

Sea Cliff

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San Francisco’s tony Sea Cliff neighborhood, perched above the entrance of the San Francisco Bay, features primarily detached single family homes located along winding, landscaped streets. Fantastic views of the Pacific Ocean, the Golden Gate Bridge and the Marin Headlands abound along this northern shoreline.

Mission Bay

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While San Francisco has always been know for its historic architecture and neighborhoods, the City by the Bay has seen a “New San Francisco” emerge over the past decade with the significant transformation of the neighborhoods that are south of Market Street. Perhaps no area has seen more drastic change than the Mission Bay area. Once the home to a patchwork of industrial warehouses and undeveloped land just south of the Mission Creek (also considered a channel), Mission Bay has become the centerpiece of development along San Francisco’s long neglected eastern waterfront and its surrounding neighborhoods. The University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) is the shining star of Mission Bay with its cutting edge biotechnology research campus located south of the channel, but just north of the channel is where most of the housing stock is. Benefiting from the King Street access to Interstate 280 and the nearby CalTrain station that serves the South Bay, most of Mission Bay’s residential real estate consists of large, luxury condominium buildings that line both King Street and Berry Street along the China Basin Channel and usually offer amenities that cater to the modern homeowner.

Mission Bay is roughly bounded by Seventh Street to the west, King Street to the north, 3rd Street to the east and 16th Street to the South.

SOMA (South of Market)

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San Francisco’s South of Market area (SOMA) has long been known as the heart of San Francisco’s light industrial area and still remains so to this day. This wide section of area that extends nearly two miles and is bisected by the western terminus of Interstate 80, has served as an integral cog in the development of what has now come to be known as the “New San Francisco.” Often compared to New York’s SoHo District, SOMA has emerged as the art and nightlife center of San Francisco, offering diverse collection of restaurants, cafes, nightclubs and galleries. From a real estate point of view, SOMA was also one of the seminal neighborhood for live/work loft projects in the late 1980’s and 1990’s as many city planners developers envisioned a cohesive marriage between SOMA’s industrial roots and San Francisco’s insatiable demand for new housing. While rising prices over the past decade may have undermined the original intention of providing more affordable housing to people involved in the creative arts, live/work projects continue to be an integral component of SOMA’s housing stock along side the more traditional multi-unit buildings and the occasional single family home.

SOMA is roughly bounded by 12th Street to the west, Market Street to the north, 2nd Street to the east and Townsend Street to the south.

Mission District

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Vibrant, colorful and diverse are adjectives that come to mind when describing the Mission District, commonly referred to as “The Mission”. One of California’s oldest missions founded in 1776, Mission Dolores is located in the heart of this neighborhood. Known for its excellent Mexican taquerias, the Mission is now home to many trendy cafes and restaurants due to the gentrification that has occurred since the Internet boom. Flamboyant murals, women making tacos in storefront windows, and numerous thrift stores are all sights to see while strolling the streets San Francisco’s oldest neighborhood.

South Beach

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Given its prime location along San Francisco southern waterfront, it’s not surprising that the South Beach neighborhood has been the heart of the development of what has come to be called “New San Francisco.” Since the mid-1990’s, the South Beach neighborhood has undergone a drastic transformation from an area featuring low slung office buildings, warehouses convertedinto stylish lofts projects and hordes of parking lots that primarily served the Financial District, to one of the country’s most dynamic urban neighborhoods. With the Embarcadero, the long boulevard that stretches from along the City’s northeastern waterfront, and the San Francisco Bay providing an exceptional backdrop, South Beach now is the focus of much of San Francisco’s culture with its hip and trendy restaurants, numerous nightclubs, and AT & T Park, home of baseball’s San Francisco Giants. Newly built luxury condominium towers like The Brannan, The Watermark and Rincon Towers now dominate the South Beach skyline as well as its real estate landscape, competing for attention of homebuyers with the numerous loft projects and high rise hotel condominiums in the area. The smooth transition from The Embarcadero to the King Street on ramp to Highway 280 makes for an easy escape from the City as do the multiple on ramps at the base of the Bay Bridge. Public transportation is close at hand with the CalTrain Station at 4th and Townsend Streets and the MUNI light line that runs along the Embarcadero and King Street.