DETAILS Sunny Mission Bay has been transformed into an ultra-modern city-within-a-city. When the University of California, San Francisco moved its research campus to Mission Bay, biotech and tech companies soon followed. THE NEIGHBORHOOD Mission Bay lies just across Mission Creek from the San Francisco Giants baseball stadium, with its lively foot traffic, clubs and cafes. Formerly a salt marsh and lagoon, this redeveloped neighborhood has blossomed into a lively mixed commercial area filled with bio-tech companies, hospitals, and high-rise luxury condominiums. As a gentle reminder of the area’s past, more than 20 colorfully painted houseboats are moored in Mission Creek. WHAT TO EXPECT With good access to
DETAILS Known for its good weather, hills, and stunning views, Potrero Hill is a very popular residential neighborhood. A unique enclave of Victorians, mixed with new development lofts and condominiums, Potrero Hill defies San Francisco stereotypes. THE NEIGHBORHOOD Hugging the curves of the city’s eastern hills, Potrero Hill residents like to think of their neighborhood as a “small village on a hill.” Many people choose to live in Potrero Hill for the sense of neighborhood, the everyone-knows-someone vibe. WHAT TO EXPECT Potrero Hill is especially appealing to young couples who work downtown. Every street seems to have a convenient corner market. Separated from the rest of the
DETAILS Nestled in-between the Castro and Inner Mission Districts, Mission Dolores is one of San Francisco's hottest neighborhoods, offering a trendy, casually cool vibe. THE NEIGHBORHOOD Once primarily a Latino enclave, the neighborhood changed with the rise of the dot-com companies in the 1990s. Industrial warehouses were converted into open-air workspaces, drawing young professionals who desired to live close to work. The oldest building in San Francisco, Mission Dolores, founded in 1776, still stands at 16th Street and Dolores Street. WHAT TO EXPECT Homes in Mission Dolores range from centuries-old Victorians that withstood the 1906 earthquake to converted condos, with exposed brick walls and two-story-high living rooms.
DETAILS Once a working-class neighborhood for families, Noe Valley has gone through several waves of gentrification and is now considered a very upscale neighborhood for professionals with families. THE NEIGHBORHOOD Located just south of and over the hill from the Castro District, Noe Valley has the feeling of an upscale small town – close to yet separate from the rest of noisy San Francisco life. Due to its hilly geography, there are no through streets, except Dolores to the east. Noe Valley enjoys some of San Francisco’s sunniest weather, but conditions tend to get foggier as the neighborhood climbs toward Diamond Heights. WHAT TO EXPECT The predominance
DETAILS Cole Valley is a small well-heeled neighborhood coveted by many, due to its central location, good access to public transportation, proximity to Golden Gate Park, high-quality local retail, and an excellent public elementary school. THE NEIGHBORHOOD Tucked away at the southeastern end of Golden Gate Park, San Francisco's postcard perfect Cole Valley defines charm. Shady, tree lined streets and well-maintained homes offer up a quiet slice of San Francisco life. A short steep walk from the center of the neighborhood is Tank Hill, with 360 degree views of the city. WHAT TO EXPECT The area is an interesting mix of old and new, with upscale cafes