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Pacific Heights

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The elegant Pacific Heights neighborhood is one of the City’s most popular with locals and tourists alike, where one can enjoy the pleasing architecture of the Victorian homes and mansions on the hill along with a variety of condominium and stock cooperative, tenancy-in-common and rental buildings. Mesmerizing scenic views of the San Francisco Bay, Golden Gate Bridge and the southern parts of the city are the highlight of many Pacific Heights properties. Generally known as a quiet neighborhood, the majority of commercial activity in Pacific Heights is focused on Fillmore Street where one can find luxury shops, everday stores, cafes and restaurants.

Pacific Heights is generally bounded by Presidio Avenue to the west, Vallejo Street to the north, Van Ness Avenue to the east and Californai Street to the south.

North Beach

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The small yet highly desirable North Beach district, nestled in the valley between Telegraph and Russian Hills, has long been known as San Francisco’s wonderful old Italian neighborhood. Washington Square serves as the epicenter of this true San Francisco neighborhood with its distinctive assortment of restaurants, bakeries, delicatessens and shops. North Beach’s short distance from the Financial District always creates high demand for it mostly older real estate supply.

Noe Valley

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With its terrific weather and close proximity to downtown San Francisco and freeways that serve the Peninsula and East Bay, Noe Valley has always been an ideal place to call home for many San Francisco residents. Bustling 24th Street serves as the heart of this diverse neighborhood with its half mile-long business corridor. While home prices in certain segments of Noe Valley can rival those in some of San Francisco’s northern neighborhoods, the large size of this quintessential San Francisco neighborhood offers something for most homeowners. Residential properties in Noe Valley’s run the gamut from quaint Victorian homes along Dolores Street to the multi-million dollar view homes that line the hillsides, from Edwardian flats to modern condominium projects, and from small two-unit buildings to large multi-unit apartment buildings.

Noe Valley is roughly bounded by Upper Market to the west, 21st Street to the north, Guerrero Street to the east and 30th Street 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.