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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.

Bernal Heights

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Located just to the south of the Mission District, Bernal Heights is defined by more than just its namesake hill where hikers and dogs roam freely. For example, Cortland Avenue, Bernal’s main commercial strip boasts an eclectic mix of shops, cafes and bars that have helped the area defy the hallmarks of gentrification that have taken over other neighborhoods in San Francisco. Holly Park, found just south of Cortland Avenue and Precita Park near Cesar Chavez, are Bernal Heights other public common areas where baby strollers mix with dog walkers and soccer players. Single family homes comprise most of the housing stock in Bernal Heights with smaller multi-unit buildings making up the rest. Properties on the pricier west side of Bernal Heights usually enjoy the dramatic view of San Francisco’s famed Twin Peaks while some homes on the north side of the neighborhood afford impressive downtown city views.

Bernal Heights is roughly bounded by Mission Street to the west, Cesar Chavez to the north, Bayshore Avenue to the east and Interstate 280 to the south.

Nob Hill

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As one of San Francisco’s oldest neighborhoods, Nob Hill was once known for its stately Victorian mansions and original cable car line to one of the city’s most affluent neighborhoods. While the 1906 earthquake and fire destroyed most of the original neighborhood, the affluence and cable car line still remains over a century later. While perhaps best known around the world for its renowned hotels including the Fairmont and the Mark Hopkins, Nob Hill is also home to many luxury condominium and cooperative apartment buildings just a short distance from the landmark Grace Cathedral and neighboring Huntington Park. In conjunction with adjacent Russian Hill to the north, Nob Hill offers some of San Francisco most picturesque city views from some of the buildings that define the San Francisco skyline and shares Polk Street, one of San Francisco’s most distinctive business districts.

Nob Hill is roughly bounded by Van Ness Avenue to the west, Broadway Street to the north, Mason Street to the east and California Street to the south.

St. Francis Wood

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St. Francis Wood has always been identified as one of San Francisco’s first-class suburban neighborhoods with its wide tree-lined streets and detached homes with landscaped front and back yards. On any given day, families can be found playing tennis, basketball and soccer in the sizable community park nestled in the middle of the neighborhood or simply strolling along its quiet streets. While it can be considered to be on the “south side” of the city, St. Francis Wood is actually very centralized due to its convenient location near freeways to the South Bay and public transportation to downtown San Francisco. The charming commercial block of shops and restaurants along adjacent West Portal Avenues, positions St. Francis Wood as an ideal location for many San Franciscans to call 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.

Castro District

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Located at the western end of Market Street in the middle of the City, is San Francisco’s well-known Castro District. Noted since the 1970’s for its large gay, lesbian and transgender population, this lively neighborhood supports numerous shops, restaurants, bookstores, bars and theaters primarily around the intersection of 18th and Castro Streets and along the western section of Market Street. Traditionally, the Castro has been known as Eureka Valley and is generally considered to include the neighboring Dolores Heights and Duboce Triangle areas. Like nearby Noe Valley, true pride of ownership is synonymous with this somewhat hilly district that counts numerous beautiful Victorian houses and exceptional modern architecture as part of its housing landscape.