There are few neighborhood names that are more evocative than Haight-Ashbury. Once world headquarters for the ’60s counterculture, the area has evolved and settled down, though the Haight does stay true to its roots. Haight Street is the main artery that bisects the Panhandle, Clarendon Heights, Buena Vista, and Parnassus; heading up the hill on Ashbury Street opens up a different world of stately homes and charming apartment houses.
Cole Valley boasts a picturesque collection of Victorian and Edwardian homes and early 20th century apartment houses and condominiums. Narrow streets and lanes twist and turn to the center of this village within the City, originally built around the streetcar station at Cole and Carl Streets. Cole Valley is a super walkable neighborhood with a small footprint; locals and visitors alike have their go-to cafes and shops, as well as their favorite green spaces.
A tight-knit and charming neighborhood adjacent to the historic Castro District, Eureka Valley is vintage San Francisco in every way. Its progressive and welcoming ethos makes the area a destination point for a diverse cross-section of San Franciscans, and its mix of LGBT community members, professional couples, families, retirees, and singles is testament to that. Queen Anne, Victorian, Edwardian, and Craftsman-style single family and multi-unit properties are central to Eureka Valley’s appeal, as is Dolores Park, the neighborhood’s most popular attraction.
San Francisco’s famous hilly topography is fully realized in scenic Dolores Heights. Spanning the distance between Eureka Valley to Noe Valley is this breathtaking microneighborhood centered along the peaks of Castro Street. Towering multistory Victorian homes, both single-family houses and divided multi-unit properties, are the main draw of Dolores Heights, as is its proximity to the shopping and dining attractions of Noe Valley’s 24th Street and the Castro’s 18th Street corridors.
A favorite little village of many San Franciscans, Noe Valley sits nestled below soaring hills in all four directions. Famously family-friendly and neighborly, Noe Valley offers an array of property types – condos, apartment houses, single family homes – with builds and styles spanning every vintage of the area’s history. Its main retail and dining corridor along 24th Street offers both newly opened shops and legacy establishments, maintaining a small-town feel in the midst of the City.
A tiny, cozy town of its own within the City – Glen Park is now a widely known best-kept secret. Known for its neighborly feel and progressive community, the area is accessible in every sense; residents favor its proximity to public transit and highway 280 for easier commute time. Low slung bungalows, Glen Canyon Park, Billy Goat Hill, and a charming and walkable village corridor along Chenery Street are all points in Glen Park’s favor.