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.