Pacific Heights

For many people Pacific Heights is the quintessential San Francisco neighborhood. Featuring block after block of large scale, architecturally-significant mansions and stately Victorian homes, (some of which have city or bay views to die for), this neighborhood is truly a noteworthy and unique San Francisco destination. While most people think of single-family homes when they think of Pacific Heights, there are also plenty of condominiums, tenancies-in-common, and stock cooperatives sprinkled throughout the neighborhood. Pacific Heights is also a global neighborhood, with many consulates located in the neighborhood, and plenty more diplomats and international heavyweights (and a few politicians as well for good measure) choosing to make their San Francisco home in the ‘hood.

If you do decide to make this amazing neighborhood your home, you can count several well-known architectural masterpieces as your neighbors including the Spreckles and Flood Mansions and the Haas Lillienthal House. Any good history of San Francisco will include plenty about the neighborhood, and a casual stroll can easily take you past many a building with a long and colorful history from a time when San Francisco was just getting started. Breathtaking views compliment the stunning homes. Neighborhood businesses are upscale – as one would expect – with many designer clothing boutiques, independent bookstores, wine and spirit shops, and cafes serving the area. A night out could easily find you dining at one of the many delicious and acclaimed restaurants along Fillmore street or catching the latest documentary or foreign must-see at one of two independent movie theaters.

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Planning on sharing your home with a dog, or a kid (or both)? Both Alta Plaza or Lafayette Park are a great spot to catch up with the neighbors while getting some outdoor time.

Some additional links of interest:
About Pacific Heights (SF Chronicle / SF Gate)
Some Pacific Heights history

Corona Heights

Corona Heights neighborhood in San Francisco, learn about it in just 59 seconds:

Many people think of Corona Heights as a part of the Castro neighborhood, but it is a distinct subdistrict of the San Francisco mulitple listing service. The Corona Heights park and playground is at the geographic center of the neighborhood, and the dog park is popular with dog owners throughout the city. The neighborhood is roughly bounded by Roosevelt to the north, Clayton to the west, Market St. to the south and Castro street to the east.

Corona Heights is a hilly neighborhood, and many of the homes offer phenomenal views of downtown, the San Francisco bay, and the southern hills.  The Randall Museum, located directly below the Corona Heights park and playground, offers an eclectic mixture of  arts, crafts, sciences and natural history for the young and young at heart. Are you a train buff? The Golden Gate Model Rail Road Club has made its home here for over fifty years.

Corona Heights has an eclectic mixture of single family homes, condos, tenancies-in-common, and unit buildings,with classic Victorian homes juxtaposed next to minimalist modern construction heavy on glass and metal details. The closest commercial area is the Castro, although the Haight Ashbury and Cole Valley neighborhoods are also within walking distance (depending on your definition of walking distance). The neighborhood is traversed by several bus lines, and the Castro and Duboce Park muni stations are also within walking distance – as long as you don’t mind hills!

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Some neighborhood links:
Corona Heights Park (Wikipedia)
Randall Museum/Corona Heights history (from the SF Neighborhood Parks Council)

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Inner Sunset

The Inner Sunset neighborhood flies under the radar of many home buyers, but is absolutely loved by it’s residents:

Primarily a neighborhood of single-family homes, the oldest of which were built in the early 1900‘s , it offers a great mix of character and convenience.  Originally settled by Irish immigrants, today it is an eclectic mix of old-timers, newer immigrants from Asia and Eastern Europe, and San Franciscan’s of every stripe imaginable. The N-Judah streetcar – offering convenient access to downtown – runs through the heart of the neighborhood, along the Irving street shopping and dining corridor before jogging south to Judah at 9th Ave on its way toward Ocean Beach. You’ll find almost every flavor of cuisine, from Indian to Italian, sushi, Thai, seafood and Ethiopian within walking distance. The Inner Sunset neighborhood is roughly bounded by Golden Gate Park to the north, 19th Ave. on the West, Golden Gate Heights to the south and Arguello to the east.

The University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) has a large campus with two hospitals on the south-eastern border of the neighborhood. University students make up a good chunk of neighborhood residents, and help contribute to a young and dynamic neighbhorhood vibe. Golden Gate park is always just steps away, with a carousel, Koret children’s playground, museums (including the De Young Museum, California Academy of Sciences, botanical gardens and Conservatory of Flowers), the county fair building and the Big Rec fields being just a few of the park areas that are at your doorstep. Want to know more about real estate in the Inner Sunset? Give us a call or email us today.

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Some neighborhood links:
Inner Sunset neighborhood facebook group
N-Judah Chronicles (blog about the N-Judah)
SF Gate’s Inner Sunset Page (SF Chronicle)
UCSF Medical Center

The Castro (Eureka Valley)

The Castro neighborhood in just 59 seconds:

While the San Francisco multiple listing service calls it Eureka Valley, the world knows it as The Castro, the heart of gay life in San Francisco. Bounded roughly by Market street to the north and west sides, 22nd street to the south, and Valencia and Church streets to the east. Both Castro and Market streets are home to numerous shops, restaurants, and bars. Whether you are looking for a freshly baked cookie or a sit-down gourmet meal at a hot, happening restaurant, you’ve got plenty of choices in the Castro neighborhood. Gay nightlife options abound, from quiet social spots to video dance clubs – whatever your mood, you can probably find a spot to indulge it in the Castro.

In addition to several bus lines, the area is served by two muni subway stations, as well as the F-line with it’s collection of historic streetcars. The ‘hood has a rich history, and was a predominantly working class Irish neighborhood before being gentrified by gay men in the 1970s. It was the epicenter of the gay rights revolution that began in the 1970′s, led by pioneers such as Harvey Milk (a neighborhood school carries his name today).

The Castro offers a diverse mix of home styles and property types from large single family victorians to modern condos and tenancies-in-common. Want to know more about homes and real estate in The Castro? Give us a call or email today.

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Some neighborhood links:
The Castro (wikipedia)
The Castro from sfgate (SF Chronicle)
Castro Travel Guide (from SF Convention & Visitors Bureau)
Golden Gate Business Association (1st LGBT Chamber of Commerce)

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