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Telegraph Hill

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Named after the first western telegraph station located in San Francisco in 1853, Telegraph Hill has been home to numerous artists and writers including Mark Twain over the years. At the top of Filbert Street is Coit Tower, a 210 foot San Francisco landmark dedicated to the firefighters who fought the flames that followed the 1906 earthquake. Telegraph Hill provides some of the City’s most dramatic views from its assortment of homes and condominiums, and provides close proximity to the Fisherman’s Wharf, Pier 39, the Financial District, North Beach and Chinatown.

Sunset District

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No neighborhood encompasses more geographic area in San Francisco than the Sunset District which extends from Cole Valley and the Haight to the Pacific Ocean, covering a two mile western expanse south of Golden Gate Park along the way. Comprised primarily of smaller single family homes, the Sunset District can generally be divided into three areas, all which enjoy a terrific proximity to Golden Gate Park. The Inner Sunset consists of homes and smaller multi-unit properties from 1st to 19th Avenues, the Central Sunset from 19th to 36th Avenues, and the Outer Sunset from 36th Avenue to Great Highway and Ocean Beach. The popular Inner Sunset area is centered around the central business district surrounding Irving and Judah Streets near 9th Avenue and is known for some of the larger Edwardian homes found in the Sunset. Noriega Street bisects the Central Sunset and its wide expanse of homes and serves as the main commercial Strip for both the Central and Outer Sunset areas. The Outer Sunset comes as close to a beach district as San Franciscans can provide, though the City’s traditional foggy weather makes sweaters a more common site than swim suits in the neighborhood. One unique characteristic of the Sunset District is its median home price which has always followed the median San Francisco home price more closely than any other City neighborhood.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Presidio Heights

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Located just west of Pacific Heights, Presidio Heights is known for its highly sought-after homes and condominiums in addition to its adjacency to the Presidio, San Francisco’s exceptional national park. Sacramento Street serves as Presidio Heights’s main business street, offering dining at some of San Francisco’s most trendy restaurants as well as shopping at some of its most sophisticated boutiques. Residents enjoy easy access to the Presidio’s network of hiking and jogging trails, the lovely children’s park at Julius Kahn Playground as well as the renowned Presidio Golf Course.

Presidio Heights is roughly bounded by Arguello Boulevard to the west, the Presidio the north, Presidio Avenue to the east and California Street to the south.

Potrero Hill

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After being known for nearly a century as home to one of San Francisco’s primary industrial centers, Potrero Hill has become one of the City’s most desirable places to live in recent years with its close proximity to downtown and easy freeway access. Exceptional city views can be found from many of the homes, condominiums and loft projects that canvas the north slope of Potrero Hill that rises above the flatlands that include the San Francisco Design Center and the California Culinary Academy. The Hill’s vibrant 18th Street business district is well known for its unique mix of shops and restaurants that cater to locals and visitors alike. Another well-known business located on Potrero Hill is the Anchor Steam Brewery, one the first and most successful microbreweries in the United States.

Potrero Hill is roughly bounded by Vermont Street to the west, 14th Street to the north, 3rd Street to the east and Cesar Chavez Street to the south.