San Francisco Association of Realtors Multiple Listing Service Neighborhood Information.
District 2: Central West
District 3: Southwest
District 4: Twin Peaks West
District 5: Central
District 6: Central North
District 7: North
District 8: Northeast
District 9: Central East
District 10: Southeast
District 11: South
San Francisco’s Richmond District (Inner, Outer, and Central) is bordered by the Presidio to the north, Golden Gate Park to the south and the Pacific Ocean (most notably Baker Beach) to the west, making this neighborhood an outdoor enthusiast’s mecca. The Richmond District is an ethnically mixed area, where immigrant Russians and East European Jews settled in the late teens and twenties. The areas diverse population is easily seen by the diversity of restaurants, which are filled with families, young urban professionals and students from the nearby University of San Francisco. The residential boom in this area began in 1912 with the opening of the Municipal Railway line on Geary Boulevard, providing good transportation to downtown. The next boom followed World War II where residents began filling into all of the blocks to the ocean.
Jordan Park is a neighborhood located between Geary Boulevard, California Street and Parker Avenue. Given its proximity to Children’s Hospital, it is the home of many doctors. The neighborhood consists of mostly single-family detached homes that are nicely designed and landscaped. Utilities are underground. The closest shopping area is Laurel Village.
Laurel Heights is centered on the Laurel Village shopping center that caters to both its own residents, but also tends to attract its neighbors from Pacific Heights and Presidio Heights. A mix of nice apartments and larger homes can be found in this area.
The Lake Street area is bordered by the Presidio, Arguello Boulevard and Sea Cliff. This quiet neighborhood is decorated with renovated Edwardian homes and apartments where parking is easily accessible. Most of these homes are detached, and many of the cul-de-sacs North of Lake are traffic free and back up to the Presidio. The North of Lake homes are often the biggest in the area. This area is attractive with easy access to all of the Presidio amenities (including the Presidio Golf Course and tennis courts etc), as well as Baker Beach and a variety of children’s parks.
Sea Cliff is one of the most desirable residential areas in San Francisco. This neighborhood is close to both China and Baker Beach. Sea Cliff, accentuated by Spanish architecture and large homes, is located along the cliffs east of the Golden Gate Bridge, which overlooks the Pacific Ocean. Its winding landscaped streets, beautiful houses and lack of overhead wiring, attract many sightseers.
Outer and Central Sunset
The Outer and Central Sunset areas are located just south of Golden Gate Park, north of Sloat Boulevard and framed by Stanyan Street and Ocean Beach. The first homes in the Sunset area were built in the post-World War II decades. Thanks to its location near Ocean Beach, the Sunset district is recognized as one of the foggiest areas in San Francisco. Ocean Beach, the stretch of coast from Lands End to Fort Funston, has flat sandy beaches for strolling and jogging and paved walkways for biking and skating. The water is not suitable for swimming, but surfers take advantage of the consistent waves.
Inner Sunset is a middle class residential area, close to the Golden Gate Park and the University Of California’s medical center. The shopping center on Irving Street offers a mixed array of stores and restaurants, with an international flair.
Golden Gate Heights
Golden Gate Heights, sometimes also called Larsen Peak or Sunset Heights Park, is located on a 725 foot high bluff distinguished by huge retaining walls and panoramic views of the ocean. The homes in its curving and steep lanes were mostly built between 1950-1970, with the exception of a few quainter dwellings facing Forest Hill. This area is mostly single family homes, with a few duplexes and apartments.
Parkside runs along Pine Lake Park and Stern Grove. Parkside has a community feel, with two playgrounds, a meadow-like playing field at McCopping Square and elementary schools with playing fields and swing sets. This area is predominantly filled with single-family homes with neat little gardens.
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The Ingleside area is located in the southwestern corner of the city and enjoys more along Ocean and Sloat avenues. This area includes San Francisco State University, Stonestown Shopping Center (which is the only “suburban” shopping plaza in the city) and Lake Merced (a c-shaped lake in Harding Park where visitors can rent kayaks and canoes).
The Lakeshore area around Lake Merced is located on the Pacific Ocean on the southern border of San Francisco and is the last neighborhood in the city to be developed before and after WWII. Nearby are San Francisco State University, Lake Merced, two golf courses and Stonestown Galleria. The area mostly consists of apartment housing, but there are also small tracts, condos and single-family homes.
Lakeside is tucked behind San Francisco State University and Junipero Serra Boulevard. A clean neighborhood characterized by white picket fences, window shutters and rose gardens. Despite its name, it is not beside the lake. Lakeside Village
Merced Heights and Oceanview boasts of the recreational center, Oceanview Recreation Center, where a variety of community activities such as basketball, volleyball, and tennis facilities are available for the families of this area.
Pine Lake Park
Pine Lake Park, adjacent to Stern Grove, is known for its Parkside like homes (District 2) with higher prices.
This district is also home to Stonestown. Many homes in this area were built starting in the 1940s. Architectural styles are mainly Post-war contemporary. Nearby are San Francisco State University, Lake Merced, two golf courses and Stonestown Galleria.
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Balboa Terrace is an area that has the respectability and location of St. Francis Wood, but at a lesser scale and price. The homes in the neighborhood are set back from the street, wiring is underground and the streets are landscaped.
Diamond Heights is located on a steep ridge, south of Twin Peaks. This area, primarily apartment buildings and single-family homes, was mostly developed in the 1950s. In the 1960s an elementary school, shopping center and several churches were built. Additional town houses were built in the 1970s.
The Forest Hill area was once a part of a 4,000-acre ranch owned by the last Mexican mayor of San Francisco, Jose Noe. Forest Hill was broken down into single-family home lots in 1912 and is now one of the most desirable residential areas in San Francisco. The area is characterized by Edwardian and Mediterranean style homes and bending streets. The streets and common areas in Forest Hill are beautifully maintained by the Forest Hill Association.
The Forest Knolls neighborhood is a newer home subdivision. Small front gardens with nice shrubbery compliment the neat houses found in this area.
Ingleside Terrace neighborhood is close to the Pacific Ocean and has beautiful vistas of San Bruno Mountain and Mt. Davidson. The area was developed prior to WWII. The homes in the area are mostly Spanish/Mediterranean style with tiled roofs and stucco fronts. Most of the homes in this area are complimented by front as well as back yards and have easy access to MUNI and BART.
Midtown Terrace and Forest Knolls are similar to the post war architecture of the Sunset, but in many cases have views, and maintain affordability.
Miraloma’s neighborhood is known for their quaint homes and views at affordable prices. This area has mostly detached homes with well kept gardens. Some of the homes back into the heavily forested slopes of Mount Davidson.
Monterey Heights is attractive area and located uphill from St. Francis Wood. The houses in the area are quite large and many have 2 car garages.
Mt. Davidson Manor
Mt. Davidson Manor is described as a conservative and well-manicured neighborhood. The neighborhood has mostly freestanding, middle-income family homes that were built before World War II, many of which offer wonderful views of San Bruno Mountain. Located on the highest hill in the city, Mt. Davidson is bordered by several smaller neighborhoods including Sherwood Forest, Westwood Highlands, Westwood Park and Miraloma Park.
Sherwood Forest is located on the southwesterly slope of Mt. Davidson. Homes are highly crafted ranch-style homes nestled in groves of eucalyptus, cyprus and pine trees. Smaller homes can be found on the south and east sides.
St. Francis Wood
St. Francis Wood is located on the southside of San Francisco near Ingleside Terrace. The neighborhood has beautifully landscaped curving lanes with prominent grand-scale homes. The entry gates and fountain in the circular plaza were designed by John Galen Howard, the noted Beaux Arts era architect.
Sunnyside is one of the least expensive areas in this particular district. This neighborhood contains mostly post-war homes boasting quaint detail and access to Interstate 280, allowing a convenient commute to the South Bay.
West Portal is located on the western side of the Twin Peaks tunnel nestled at the foot of Mt. Davidson, Forest Hill and Edgehill Heights. With a variety of restaurants, small businesses, and its own movie theatre, West Portal is often referred to as its own “city within a city.” The neighborhood, consisting of mostly of middle-class residents and has recently seen an influx of younger residents.
Westwood Highlands neighborhood has English style homes with nice gardens and tiled roofs. The higher you go up the hill the grander the dwelling.
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Buena Vista Park
Buena Vista Park, located adjacent to the Haight Ashbury neighborhood, is the most heavily forested area. This neighborhood is characterized by steep slopes and vast views. The area offers a wide variety of housing, including highly decorative mansions, restored Victorians, family homes, flats and apartments.
Clarendon Heights neighborhood is located San Francisco’s second highest mountain. This area offers a perch for large homes with great views. Tiled roofs and Spanish arches are common in this area, which still has the luxury of plenty of open space.
Corona Heights is a rocky hill that juts upward in the eastern side of Buena Vista Hill. Surrounding this hill are parks, playgrounds, a museum, as well as duplexes and houses.
Duboce Triangle is a centrally-located neighborhood surrounding Duboce Park. This area contains many restored Victorians, California Pacific Medical Center-Davies Hospital and upscale new and established restaurants. The neighborhoods is easily accessible to all the city’s MUNI lines and lying just off Market Street, Duboce Triangle borders the Mission, Castro, Buena Vista Park, Mint Hill and the Lower Haight neighborhoods.
Eureka Valley is both flat land and hills. The lower slope is the San Francisco archbishop’s headquarters, and the upper slope is know as Corona Heights. The center of the Castro, also called Castro Village, (which falls within the Eureka Valley/Dolores Heights subdistrict) runs along Castro Street from Harvey Milk Plaza at Market Street, then up a little hill to 19th Street. Much of San Francisco’s gay and lesbian community makes the Castro home. Halfway down the hill from the Castro MUNI stop at the intersection of Market and 17th Street are views across both Noe Valley and Eureka Valley to the south and up to the hills around Buena Vista Park and Twin Peaks to the north and west. The houses, many of which are Victorian and Edwardian, are beautifully maintained and restored.
Glen Park is located just south of Noe Valley and on the lower slopes of Diamond Heights. Described as a quiet and charming neighborhood, Glen Park is characterized by both Victorian and modern homes.
Haight-Ashbury is centered around the famous intersection of Haight and Ashbury Streets between Stanyan and Buena Vista Park. East of Golden Gate Park, smack dab in the center of the city, the neighborhood is home to many colorful Victorians. The Haight still includes vestiges of the 1960s, with an interesting collection of cafes, unique shops, vintage clothing stores, chain stores, nightclubs, and colorful residents.
Dating back to 1776, Mission Dolores is the oldest structure in San Francisco, and was established by Spanish Franciscans as the 6th mission among the 21 on California’s coast. This area is popular for a mix of working-class Latino families, young professionals, artists and others, who enjoy its culturally diverse atmosphere.
Noe Valley, named after a local Mexican rancher, Don Jose de Jesus Noe, has gone through many incarnations. Located in between Twin Peaks and Diamond Heights, this quaint neighborhood is centered around 24th street’s coffee shops, boutiques, bookstores and diverse ethnic restaurants. The houses in Noe Valley are predominately Victorian.
Parnassus Heights is located on the north-east slope of Mount Sutro and rises up over Haight Ashbury. Most of the houses along the tree lined streets are detached and wood shingled. There are several streets in the area that boast larger homes with views and gardens.
Twin Peaks is a neighborhood consisting of mostly single-family homes akin to Spanish Villas and apartment houses. The neighborhood is named for its two hills reaching approximately 910 feet each offering the best panoramic views of the city and bay. The concrete cross at its summit replaces two previous versions destroyed by fires.
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Alamo Square is the neighborhood surrounding the large grassy Alamo Square Park. Famous for its row of colorful Victorians, the “Painted Ladies” have been so often photographed, that the view has become known as “Postcard Row.” Alamo Square is full of charm and great views of the city.
The Anza Vista area was developed during the 1930s and 1940s. Anza Vista is a well- maintained neighborhood with mostly single-family homes, flats and apartments. Many homes are in the modern Bauhaus architectural style. The neighborhood is a quiet area, fairly traffic free with clean streets and no overhead wiring.
Hayes Valley is located just west of the Civic Center between Franklin and Laguna Streets. Formerly two distinct areas divided by a looming freeway, Hayes Valley’s east side harbored trendy stores and eateries, while the west side functioned as the business grounds for prostitutes and drug dealers. The 1989 earthquake brought the freeway down and the rebuilding process brought artists in. Because the architects, interior designers, and fashionistas who call Hayes home needed studios to work in, cafes to chat in, and pads to sleep in, the area got a bit more pricey and the seedier elements moved to the Tenderloin. Success has brought higher prices to Hayes as well as a culturally diverse population who enjoy its art galleries, restaurants and boutiques.
Lower Pacific Heights
The Lower Pacific Heights area is still often referred to as being part of Fillmore or the Western Addition and also includes Japantown. The area was redeveloped in the 1960s and 1970s creating a prosperous residential and business hub. The area has a variety of housing including renovated Victorians, condos, and upscale apartments.
Park North, commonly referred to as the Panhandle, is the strip of green grass running between Fell and Oak Streets and up to Golden Gate Park. The homes to the north are referred to as the North Panhandle. This area is close to the Haight and Hayes Valley, as well as Lone Mountain. There are many older Victorian style buildings in this neighborhood.
The Western Addition
The Western Addition, also known as the Fillmore district, is located west of the Civic Center and stretches to Masonic and Presidio Avenues. This area was first developed in the 1800s as the city started growing beyond Van Ness Avenue. The Western Addition housing redevelopment projects west of Van Ness were begun in the 1950s and 1960s. African Americans who had come to work in the city’s wartime defense plants found affordable housing there. Including the section of the city west of Van Ness Avenue, the Western Addition includes shopping and dining along bustling Fillmore Street, and the Fillmore Auditorium, the center for rock music performances since the 1960s. Victorian houses dominate the area’s architecture.
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Cow Hollow is a small neighborhood located between the Marina and Pacific Heights that mostly consists of small homes and apartments. Once home to dairy farmers and a small lagoon, Cow Hollow is now a neighborhood filled with young families and professionals. The heart of Cow Hollow is popular Union Street, which is lined with a multitude of restaurants, bars and great shopping.
The Marina reaches north to the waterfront, bordered to the east by Van Ness Avenue and Fort Mason, to the west by the Presidio, and to the south by Cow Hollow. Close by is Marina Green, a stretch of green grass running along the edge of the Bay, a favorite place for jogging, strolling, picnicking, and kite flying. Extending from Marina Green to the Golden Gate Bridge is Crissy Field, a windswept stretch of shoreline, which features a restored tidal marsh, coastal dunes covered with native plants, a shoreline promenade and sheltered picnic area. Directly across the lengthy Marina Green near the Presidio stands the breathtaking Palace of Fine Arts and the fun-for-kids-of-all-ages Exploratorium. On the southern border of the Marina, Chestnut Street bustles with shops and eateries. Mediterranean style flats and apartments in this neighborhood are home to many young professionals and small families. However, Marina residences also range from upscale Victorian and Edwardians to brand new homes, renovated flats, condos and apartments.
Pacific Heights is bordered by Bush Street to the south, Lyon Street (Presidio Heights) to the west, Van Ness Avenue to the east, and Union Street to the north. Stunning views of the city, Golden Gate Bridge and the bay, the legendary Fillmore Street jazz scene, and elegantly restored Victorian homes all put Pacific Heights on the map. Because this section of the city escaped serious damage in the 1906 earthquake and had benefited from modern restoration technology by the time the 1989 earthquake hit, Pacific Heights boasts one of the city’s largest sections of turn-of-the-century architecture. Mansions used as foreign consulates, as well as an abundance of other grand homes, can be found around Pierce and Clay Street.
Presidio Heights is located just west of Pacific Heights and bordered to the north by the Presidio. Like its neighbor, Presidio Heights is a small neighborhood of San Francisco’s most elegant and elite homes. This neighborhood is in walking distance to the Presidio. A formerly active military base recently established as a public park, the Presidio is a 1,480-acre scenic preserve with miles of hiking trails and bike routes, plus beaches and picnic sites.
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The Financial District
The Financial District stretches several blocks north of Market Street, from Union Square to the Embarcadero and the Ferry Building. Predominately San Francisco’s corporate business district, this scenic area has recently emerged as a residential neighborhood with luxury apartments and upscale condos. The city is at your fingertips with an abundance of shopping and restaurants always within short walking distance.
Nob Hill rises above Union Square and the Tenderloin to the south and Chinatown to the east. With the completion of the famous Cable Car System in 1843, many of San Francisco’s most influential and wealthy moved to this area. Fancy hotels (including the Fairmont), a lovely little park, and Grace Cathedral stand at the peak at California and Taylor Street. Nearby Polk Street offers a variety of restaurants, bars and shopping. Although any of its mansions remain, the area is predominately luxury apartment buildings and assorted smaller single-family homes.
North Beach is centered along Columbus Avenue and is known for its Italian heritage. The neighborhood’s bakeries, restaurants, and gelato parlors create its definitive Mediterranean flavor. Once a mecca for the Beat Generation of the 1960s, this area is now a favored residential area for young professionals.
North Waterfront is located on the strip of land between the Ferry building and Fisherman’s Wharf. This area has always been considered prime real estate. The condominium complexes on the Northern tip are well maintained. They offer excellent views, amenities and a convenient location, including the Golden Gateway which includes some hi-rise offices and condominiums, centered around some elaborately landscaped plazas. Recently, many loft and condos have been built at is southernmost tip and more are in development.
Russian Hill is located next to Nob Hill, just west of North Beach and east of the Marina. This area is home to world-famous Lombard Street, dubbed “crookedest street in the world,” which winds in a series of eight hairpin turns in a single block between Hyde and Leavenworth Streets. Russian Hill offers exceptional views of downtown and the San Francisco Bay, several lovely parks and great restaurants and shopping on Polk and Hyde Streets. The neighborhood has an assortment of 19th century Italianate residences, apartments, condos and single-family homes.
Telegraph Hill offers wonderful 360 degree views of the city with exceptional vistas of both downtown, as well as all of San Francisco Bay. Coit Tower, 180 feet high, sits atop the hill. The tower was erected in 1933 to allow those on the waterfront to know which ships were coming into the bay. The neighborhood perched on the slopes of the hill is beautiful and carefully maintained by its residents.
The Tenderloin neighborhood is roughly bounded by Geary, Polk, Taylor and Market Streets. This area still contains the older brick buildings (five and six stories with fire escapes in the front) from San Francisco’s roaring days. The Tenderloin is urban, inner-city, densely inhabited, low income with many single resident occupancy (SRO) hotels. Tenderloin extends to adjacent areas of Nob Hill to the north, South of Market (SOMA) to the south, and Civic Center to the west.
Van Ness/Civic Center
Although the area is most closely associated with central government and the performing arts, the Van Ness/Civic Center neighborhood has a variety of properties to offer. Many great, affordable units can be found on Van Ness Avenue, Gough and Franklin streets but the compromise for moderate prices may be the noise of traffic on these busy streets. The classic architecture of our center of city government led to Civic Center being declared a national landmark in 1978. Sights include The San Francisco Civic Center, City Hall, the new City Library, Herbst Theater, the War Memorial, Davies Symphony Hall, and the Asian Art Museum.
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South of Market, Bernal Heights is located just south of the Mission District and bordered by Cesar Chavez, Army Street, Bayshore and Alemany Boulevards. Formerly ranking with the Tenderloin as one of the more undesirable neighborhoods in town, Bernal Heights is now overflowing with young families and professionals who savor the convenience of the nearby Mission’s activities, along with some of the most affordable homes in the city.
Immediately south of Mission Bay is the area known as the Central Waterfront. The Central Waterfront is under the jurisdiction of the Port of San Francisco and the City. Most of the land is zoned by the City for heavy industrial use, except in the “Dog Patch” residential neighborhood around 18th-20th Streets. With the Mission Bay area to the north finally being developed, this underutilized southern part of San Francisco’s Central Waterfront is the next frontier.
The Mission is centered on Mission and Valencia Streets and lies south of Market Street. Founded by Spanish settlers in 1776, the Mission District is home to some of the city’s oldest structures, as well as some of the hottest young people and places around. Colorful murals celebrate the prominent Latino presence that has long defined the Mission. The area grows increasingly diverse and gentrified along Valencia Street. Outgrowing its reputation as one of the most under appreciated neighborhoods in the city, the Mission prides itself on a micro-climate that stays sunny.
Mission Bay, also known as Mission Rock, Mission Creek and China Basin is a rapidly developing area due to the San Francisco Giants baseball stadium, which was finished in 2000. New housing and businesses have emerged including many new restaurants, bars and clubs that have brought new money and energy into the area. This area also features the UC San Francisco’s new campus.
Potrero Hill is located between the 101 and 280 freeways and stretches north from 16th Street and rises to 22nd Street. Victorian homes have survived earthquakes in this stable location, where the Twin Peaks to the west divert fog to the north toward the picturesque city skyline. Today, the neighborhood has kept the best pieces of its upbringing and maturely projects an unassuming, diversely artsy, middle-class demeanor. The placid bustle of 18th Street could double as the Main Street of some small downtown. Potrero Hill’s elevation south of downtown affords it one of the best postcard panoramas of the San Francisco skyline.
The South Beach area, San Francisco’s southern waterfront, was redefined following the 1989 earthquake. With the removal of the Embarcadero Freeway, its million dollar views were restored and refurbishment of the waterfront quickly began. The Mission Bay, South Park, China Basin and South Beach neighborhoods were reinvented with new businesses which included many restaurants, bars and clubs. In addition to the high-tech industry moving into this area, San Francisco Giants fans were also awarded a brand new baseball stadium, SBC Park.
South of Market
South of Market (SOMA) was reinvented in the 1990’s by the dot-com revolution, and is now the home to San Francisco’s high-tech industry. Housing is predominately live-work spaces and apartments in either new construction or renovated warehouses. Many new services and shopping area have emerged in SOMA including Costco and Trader Joes. The area around the Moscone Convention Center and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts boasts a number of museums as well.
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Bayview / Hunters Point
Bayview and Hunters Point neighborhoods are located in the southeast side of the city near the former Navy yard and San Francisco 49ers stadium 3Com (Candlestick) Park. This area contains a mixture of single-family homes and apartments amalgamated with factories and warehouses.
The middle-class Crocker Amazon neighborhood, formerly belonging to the Crocker Estate, is located between Amazon and Crocker Avenues, Mission Street and McLaren Park. The area is well-maintained, with many streets attractively landscaped with front yards that are nicely manicured.
The Excelsior area borders McLaren Park to its east and the Portola District to its north. Most of the homes in the area were built in the 1950s and are predominately single-family homes, duplexes and apartments. The area is a short bus ride from downtown and close to both the BART station, as well as highways 101 and 280.
The Outer Mission
The Outer Mission is a culturally diverse area, less crowded than the Inner Mission. Mostly single-family, working-class homes can be found here. This district gave root to a large share of the city’s leaders.
The Portola neighborhood is named after an early explorer of California’s coast, Don Gaspar de Portola. Residents enjoy the amenities of McLaren Park and the Portola Shopping Center.
Visitacion Valley is roughly bounded by Highway 101, Bayshore Boulevard, San Bruno Avenue, McLaren Park, and the San Mateo County line. The southeast San Francisco neighborhood is experiencing enormous change and about to go through intensive development of certain key sites in the area including issues of transportation, traffic, urban sprawl, neighborhood-serving development, housing, beautification and education. Residents love Visitacion Valley for its walk-able size and friendly neighbors. According to local lore, Visitacion Valley was named by Franciscan friars traveling to San Francisco in 1777 who became lost in heavy fog.
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Brisbane is located in the northern part of San Mateo County, and has the unique advantage of being near the metropolitan downtown San Francisco while enjoying the serenity of the peninsula. It is near the International Airport, rail transportation and two major freeway arteries. The population of 3,000 is comprised of a large percentage of apartment and condominium dwellers that hold jobs outside of Brisbane.
Blossom Valley is located east of Cambrian and northeast of the Almaden Valley in southern-most San Jose. Blossom Valley is a family oriented community with quality schools, plenty of cultural and recreational opportunities, and a great transportation system. The area contains mostly single-family homes. The upper end of the market features both horse properties and magnificent hilltop estates with spectacular city light and mountain views.
Colma is nestled on the eastern side of the coastal range only a few miles south of San Francisco. It is flanked by highway 101, 280, commuter rail and is only three miles from the San Francisco International Airport. Only slightly over half of the residences in Colma live in single-family detached units.
Crown Colony is located on the Peninsula and 11 miles away from downtown San Francisco. Crown Colony has easy access to the entire Bay Area via Interstate 280 and US 101. The area is beautifully landscaped with winding walkways and streams, expansive lawns and mature tress. The Serramonte Regional Shopping Center, as well as the Colma BART station is conveniently located nearby.
Daly City, the gateway to peninsula, is one of the older cities in San Mateo County and consists of older established neighborhoods, newer developments, and some planned developments with outstanding city and ocean views. Numerous shopping and restaurant options exist in Daly City. With its close proximity to San Francisco and a centrally located BART station, and another nearby in Colma, Daly City offers an excellent location for commuting to downtown San Francisco, the airport (SFO), the peninsula or Silicone Valley.
The Westlake District offers a striking example of post-World War II design with particularly kitschy 1950s touch. The area was built by Henry Doelger, who had earlier built the vast Sunset District in San Francisco. However, unlike the Sunset District, where each house is attached to its neighbor in a rowhouse pattern, the Westlake houses are all detached. Also, each Westlake house sits behind a neatly kept lawn, which is required to be maintained into perpetuity by the community’s CC&R’s. The homes display a mixture of French Provincial, Colonial, and Moderne architecture. However, the 1950’s modern ranch style is perhaps the most characteristic.