San Francisco: District 2
San Francisco's Central West District includes the neighborhoods of Golden Gate Heights, Central Sunset, Inner Sunset, Outer Sunset, Parkside, Inner Parkside and Outer Parkside.
Golden Gate Heights
The hilltop neighborhood of Golden Gate Heights ascends from the relatively flat Sunset District below, offering amazing panoramic views of the city and sea. This is a quaint neighborhood that consists mostly of multi-story single-family homes and apartments built with walls of glass and large picture windows to take full advantage of the area’s sweeping views. Architecture in this area is primarily Edwardian, however the occasional spectacular modern is custom built to frame the spectacular views below. Great views, limited inventory, and slow turnover translate to higher demand and prices, especially compared to other neighborhoods in District 2. Take an urban hike up to Grand View Park or Sunset Heights Park and enjoy the incredible views.
Residents of the Parkside neighborhood will enjoy a plethora of restaurants, bars, and cafes, including a number of dumpling shops and Asian fusion restaurants. Residential real estate in this area consists mostly of single-family dwellings with a predominance of Spanish Mediterranean or Marina-style homes. Many of these residences were built with an inviting central atrium or courtyard. Outdoor recreation and family-friendly play areas are nearby at McCoppin Square, Stern Grove, and Pine Lake Park. Ocean Beach is only a five-minute bike ride away. For Silicon Valley commuters, 19th Avenue provides easy access to Highway 280 and the South Bay.
The Inner Parkside neighborhood consists primarily of neatly organized stucco houses, similar in design to the single-family homes found in the Central Sunset and Inner Sunset. Residents enjoy convenient access to West Portal, a bordering neighborhood with great boutique shopping, restaurants, cafes, and a movie theater. While this neighborhood provides home buyers with an opportunity to own a home in San Francisco with ocean views for a relatively reasonable price, neighborhood turnover is low.
The conveniently located Outer Parkside neighborhood offers its residents plenty of amenities, commuting ease, and relatively reasonable housing by Bay Area standards. Doelger-built single-family homes in this area can be found for under $1 million, and often include a spacious backyard and the occasional ocean view. This quiet and laidback beach neighborhood is nearby the San Francisco Zoo, Ocean Beach, Fort Funston, Lake Merced, and Harding Park Golf Course. With convenient access to 19th Avenue to Highway 280 and Highway 101, residents of Outer Parkside commuting to the South Bay and Marin, respectively, can still enjoy living the city life.
The Sunset is the largest district in San Francisco. The relatively quiet neighborhood of Central Sunset, with a suburban feel, has evolved considerably over the years and has become quite diverse. Residents of this area enjoy convenient access to Golden Gate Park, Ocean beach, and the many family-run restaurants and shops throughout the neighborhood. Close proximity to 19th Avenue/Highway 1 make the Central Sunset neighborhood ideal for anyone that prefers city living but commutes to work in the South Bay (via Highway 280) or Marin County (via Highway 101). Excellent public transportation is readily available for those who work and play in the city of San Francisco. Homes in this area consist primarily of neatly organized stucco row houses built by developer Henry Doelger in the 1930s. Many of these homes have been thoughtfully preserved by current owners, while some properties have been renovated extensively, bringing contemporary updates to these classic homes.
San Francisco’s Inner Sunset is a hip yet family-friendly area with a distinct, small town feel. Popular with locals yet off the beaten path for most tourists, the Inner Sunset has become a trendy neighborhood for dining, shopping, nightlife, and more. With more than 40 restaurants, many mom-and-pop businesses, and virtually no chain stores, the Inner Sunset represents what many people feel San Francisco was intended to be. Architecturally the Inner Sunset consists primarily of Edwardians and Marina-style flats, though the occasional modern or contemporary home comes to market. Housing options include single-family homes, tenancy in commons (TICs), condominiums, multi-family units, and mixed used properties. Excellent schools, convenient public transportation, and easy access to Golden Gate Park and popular Irving Street make this an increasingly popular San Francisco neighborhood.
The physical location of the Outer Sunset makes it a popular neighborhood for surfers who enjoy nearby Ocean Beach, hikers, hang-gliders, and dog owners who take advantage of nearby Fort Funston, and other outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy Golden Gate Park. Homes in this area consist primarily of neatly organized stucco row houses built by developer Henry Doelger in the 1930s. Many of these homes have been thoughtfully preserved by current owners, while some properties have been renovated extensively, bringing contemporary updates to these classic homes. Many residents here have views of the Pacific Ocean.