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 serving up single-origin espresso situated right next door to decades-old taquerias. Some local favorites include La Taqueria, a neighborhood staple since 1973, Flour + Water, featuring seasonal Italian, and, Universal Café, with its organic fare.


Cole Valley residents enjoy easy access to Golden Gate Park, while a short trip on the N-Judah can drop them at Ocean Beach or downtown. A morning jaunt through Mount Sutro Forest is a ritual for many. Cole Valley’s closeness to Golden Gate Park means that residents can easily go for a walk, jog or bicycle ride all the way to the Pacific Ocean. They can also take in its cultural attractions, such as the de Young Museum.

The Market

Cole Valley homes include lovely Victorians, classic San Francisco condominiums, and more modern abodes.

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The Vibe

Art & Culture

Cole Valley is home to many writers, filmmakers and visual artists, and features a popular street fair every September. Cole Valley came into its own in the 1920s after boosters successfully convinced the City to build the Sunset Tunnel, providing quick transit to downtown. In the 1960s, hippies drawn to counterculture joined Cole Valley’s middle-class residents, later becoming homeowners and parents.

Food & Nightlife

Cole Valley’s restaurants offer everything from burgers to French bistro cuisine.  In the three-block commercial strip along Cole Street and part of Carl, there are more than a dozen restaurants and cafés to choose from, some of which draw visitors from around the Bay Area.

At Zazie, an uber-popular local favorite, people mingle and enjoy dinner on the beautiful candle-lit patio out back. Say Cheese is one of the premier specialty cheese shops in the Bay Area – its list of cheeses reads like an international who’s who in the dairy world, and its wines are equally sought after. The Ice Cream Bar, a 1930s-style soda fountain and lunch counter, delights diners with its homemade floats, malts, and inventive ice cream flavors.