The different neighborhoods of San Francisco are diverse boasting a cosmopolitan flair, offering something for everyone.
Chinatown is comprised of an area of several city blocks and is vibrant with live fish markets, produce stands, tourist stores, jewelry stores, fortune tellers, temples and restaurants.
North Beach next door to Chinatown, is an Italian district where the Chinese once were forbidden to cross into because of racial intolerance. Packed with many excellent restaurants, cafes and strip clubs. These clubs teased visitors with ‘topless’ ‘bottomless’ erotic dancers such as Carol Doda at the Condor Club located at corner of Broadway and Columbus. Today there are three homes for sale in the area at an medium asking price of $1,640,000.
The Mission District named after Mission Dolores is the oldest neighborhood of San Francisco and boasts the best weather. Instead of graffiti the buildings, fences and walls in the neighborhood are covered with hand painted murals.
The Dogpatch neighborhood of Potrero Hill is one of the eleven historic districts of the city. It’s also home to the second crookedest street after (Lombard) in the city. Bernal Heights and Potrero Hill are two lively and multicultural neighborhoods of the district boasting many trendy restaurants, cafes and bars and medium to high home prices.
There is a larger inventory of homes for sale in Bernal Heights, with asking prices between about $699,000 to $1,900,000. As of this writing Potrero Hill has a total of six single family homes for sale with a medium asking price of $1,290,666.
Two world-renowned districts of San Francisco, are the Castro and Haight-Ashbury neighborhoods. The Castro is home to San Francisco’s Gay community and cultural heart. Where the world’s largest Pride Celebration takes place in mid June. The Haight-Ashbury neighborhood is where thousands of young people flocked during the 1967 ‘Summer of Love’. If you were going to San Francisco you were told “to wear some flowers in your hair” the words of a famous song of that time.
For the high-class side of San Francisco, check out the mansions perched on the steep hills of Pacific Heights and Presidio Heights. This is the neighborhood of Sharon Stone, Danielle Steele, Gordon Getty and the late Robin Williams. Down the hill towards the Bay, you’ll find Cow Hollow, which offers great shops on Union Street.
The Marina district bordering the Presidio and the Golden Gate Bridge also offers great shops and restaurants on Chestnut Street. Heading in the opposite direction brings you to the Fillmore District and Japantown filled with shops, restaurants and a movie theater.
For an eclectic experience, try either Hayes Valley or South of Market also known as SoMa. The New York Times called Hayes Valley the “Nolita” or Little Italy of San Francisco. The neighborhood has an abundance of designer boutiques, art galleries, funky shoe stores, and great restaurants. SoMa is a very large neighborhood that is south of Market street is home to tech start-ups and very expensive condos, AT&T park, nightclubs, restaurants and views of the bay.
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