Alamo Square is a subset of the Western Addition neighborhood. Its boundaries are not well-defined, but are generally considered to be Webster Street on the east, Golden Gate Avenue on the north, Divisadero Street on the west, and Oak Street on the south. It is characterized by Victorian architecture that was left largely untouched by the urban renewal projects in other parts of the Western Addition. On a clear day, the Transamerica Pyramid building and the tops of the Golden Gate Bridge and Bay Bridge can be seen from the park’s center. San Francisco’s City Hall can be seen directly down Fulton Street. A row of Victorian houses facing the park on Steiner Street, known as the painted ladies, are often shown in the foreground of panoramic pictures of the city's downtown area.
Ashbury Heights is a neighborhood on the hill to the south of the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood.
Balboa Terrace is a small residential neighborhood in southwestern San Francisco bounded by Junipero Serra Boulevard, Monterey Avenue, Aptos Street and Ocean Avenue along the southern edge of the exclusive St. Francis Wood development.
The Bayview stretches along Third Street south of Evans Avenue, west of the Hunters Point neighborhood. The Anna E. Waden Library, which is scheduled for major renovations and improvements, is located on Third Street and Revere, where the Neighborhood History Preservation Project is housed. Within a block or two of the library are three urban gardens and public art projects, developed entirely by residents, known as the Quesada Gardens Initiative (the Quesada Garden, Bridgeview Garden, and Latona Garden). The Bayview is known for its high crime rate, diverse population, warmer weather and community gardens. The neighborhood is home to two main African-American gangs, the Big Block gang and Westmob gang. The Bayview has the most African-American residents of any neighborhood in the city at about 60% black, as well as the highest rate of home ownership in the city.
Bernal Heights is a neighborhood perched on a hill in between the Mission district, the Bayview and the Portola district. The neighborhood is known for its community feeling and progressive vibe. The majority of the neighborhood is white, but there is a significant Latino and black populations in the area as well.
Cathedral Hill is a small area in the Western Addition neighborhood surrounding Saint Mary's Cathedral on Geary Boulevard near Gough Street. The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Francisco and Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory are located in Cathedral Hill.
The area is serviced by the Cathedral Hill Hotel, a historic building previously named the Jack Tar Hotel.
Cayuga Terrace, a subset neighborhood of the larger Mission Terrace neighborhood, is bounded by Geneva Avenue, San Jose Avenue, and Alemany Boulevard . It is bordered by the Excelsior, Outer Mission, and Ingleside. The Muni streetcar historic "car barn" is at one corner of this neighborhood. The award-winning Cayuga Park is located in this neighborhood.
China Basin is a neighborhood built on landfill along the San Francisco Bay. It is north of Mission Creek and the Mission Bay neighborhood, and the Dogpatch neighborhood. AT&T Park is across Mission Creek.
China Heights is one of the oldest neighborhoods in San Francisco. Wedged between Chinatown and Nob Hill, China Heights is home to San Francisco's fourth busiest Cable Car stop (Washington and Powell) and home to the City's first playground made entirely from recycled materials.
The Clarendon Heights neighborhood is in the central part of San Francisco, to the north of Twin Peaks and east of Mount Sutro. It stretches down to Corbett Avenue or Market Street, and Clarendon Avenue borders the north and west side.
The Corona Heights neighborhood is a small affluent district in San Francisco that surrounds the Corona Heights hill and park, south of Buena Vista Park and west of the Duboce Triangle. The Randall Museum is located at the end of Museum Way, in Corona Heights Park. It is roughly bordered by Roosevelt Way to the north, Castro to the east, Clayton to the west, and Market to the south. Corona Heights is officially designated as part of District 5 (Central), subdistrict G, also known as neighborhood 5g, by the San Francisco Association of Realtors. The community is in close proximity to The Castro neighborhood.
Cow Hollow is a generally affluent neighborhood located between Russian Hill and The Presidio, and bordering the Marina District on one side and Pacific Heights on the other. The land was used for cow grazing (as its name would imply) and a settlement for fishermen (the coast line was much closer to this area than it is now). The main shopping thoroughfare is Union Street, known for its restaurants, boutique shopping, health spas and wellness centers.
The Design District is located in the low-lying area between Townsend Street and 16th Street, west of Mission Bay. It is a mixed industrial-office-retail area, with a concentration of showrooms and upscale shops, as well as the San Francisco campus of the California College of the Arts.
Forest Knolls is built on the southwestern side of Mount Sutro, near the main UCSF campus. Warren Drive is the southern and western border of Forest Knolls, Mount Sutro is the northern border and the Midtown Terrace neighborhood is to the east.
Golden Gate Heights (sometimes called Sunset Heights) is a hilly neighborhood south of the Inner Sunset and northwest of Forest Hill. It is roughly bordered by Kirkham Street to the north, Quintara Street to the south, 8th Avenue to the east and 17th Avenue to the west. Grand View Park is a park on a hill on the northern side of the neighborhood, and Golden Gate Heights Park is a park on a hill on the southern side of the neighborhood.
The Ingleside neighborhood is located in the south western part of San Francisco, near City College. It is bordered by Ocean Avenue to the north, Ashton Avenue to the west, Lakeview Avenue to the south and Interstate 280 to the east. The Ingleside Library is located on Ocean Avenue at Plymouth, and the Bay Area Rapid Transit Balboa Park Station is at the edge of the neighborhood on Geneva Avenue at I-280 toward San Jose ave..
Ingleside Terraces (map) is an affluent neighborhood of approximately 750 homes built at the former location of the Ingleside Racetrack in the southwestern part of San Francisco. It is adjacent to the Ingleside neighborhood, and is bordered by Ocean Avenue to the north, Ashton Avenue to the east, Holloway Avenue to the south and Junipero Serra Boulevard to the west. The main local event that occurs is the Annual Sundial Park Picnic, in which the local residents host bicycle, chariot, and wagon racing. There is a large sundial/ located on Entrada Court, surrounded by oval-shaped Urbano Drive, which was once a horse race track.
Ingleside Racetrack was opened on November 28, 1895, the result of a dispute between Edward Corrigan and Thomas William’s at William’s Bay View Racetrack. The reason for the disagreement is unclear, but Corrigan supposedly vowed to build his own racetrack, bigger, grander, and of higher quality than Williams’.
Eight thousand people came on opening day. Ingleside Racetrack had raised the elegance standard considerably; there were bands, fine dining, wonderful views, a clubhouse; fitting in with the other gambling operations in the area.
The first automobile race in California was held at the track in 1900. Out of the eight vehicles, only the winner reached the finish line; all of the other contestants had either crashed or had engine problems.
In 1905, Thomas Williams had taken over the racing business in the Bay Area, soon adding Ingleside racetrack to his collection. However, before the track could be reopened, the 1906 Earthquake and fires hit. Williams offered the track to the city, free of charge, to serve as a more permanent refugee camp for many homeless San Franciscans. Windows were added to the horse stables, which were cleaned and painted. It also hosted the patients from today's Laguna Honda Hospital as the facility recovered from the quake. The track was never re-opened.
In 1910, Joseph A. Leonard’s Urban Realty Development Company bought the track and set about turning the land into a residence park. By 1913 Ingleside Terraces had opened, with Urbano Drive paved exactly on the loop of the old racetrack.
The Inner Sunset is the north eastern-most corner of the Sunset District. The commercial district around 9th Avenue and Irving Street is its general center. The neighborhood features the historic Catholic church, St. Anne of the Sunset, which was the original Catholic parish for the Sunset District and has stood at 14th and Judah for more than 100 years. The Inner Sunset is west of Stanyan St, south of Golden Gate Park, and north of Kirkham St (the northern border for Golden Gate Heights).
Jordan Park is a small, upscale neighborhood in the northern portion of San Francisco, bordered by Arguello Boulevard to the west, Geary Boulevard to the south, California Street to the north and Parker Street to the east. It is sometimes included as part of Laurel Heights neighborhood.
Laguna Honda (or Forest Hill Extension) is a small neighborhood between Forest Hill and Mount Davidson. Laguna Honda Hospital and the Muni Metro Forest Hill Station are both located at the neighborhood's northeast corner near the intersection of Laguna Honda Boulevard and Dewey Boulevard. School of the Arts high school is in the southeast corner of the neighborhood on Portola Drive.
The Lake District is bound by the Presidio of San Francisco to the north, Presidio Heights to the east (Arguello Boulevard), the Inner Richmond to the south (California Street), and Sea Cliff to the west (27th Avenue).
Lakeside is a long, narrow neighborhood between 19th Avenue (Highway 1) and Junipero Serra Boulevard to the south of Sloat Boulevard. San Francisco State University and the Stonestown Galleria shopping mall are both located opposite the neighborhood on 19th Avenue, and the Merced Library is located in the Lakeside on Stonecrest Drive at Winston Drive.
Laurel Heights is a neighborhood to the south of the Presidio and east of the Richmond District. It is bordered by Geary Boulevard or the University of San Francisco campus to the south, Arguello Boulevard to the west, California Street to the north and Presidio Avenue to the east. The Laurel Village shopping center is located on California between Laurel and Spruce, the California Pacific Medical Center is on California between Arguello and Maple, and a UCSF campus is located in the north eastern corner of the neighborhood.
Little Hollywood is a small neighborhood in the southeastern edge of San Francisco. It is centered around Blanken Avenue between Bayshore Boulevard and U.S. Route 101. Little Hollywood Park is located on Lathrop Avenue, and the Bayshore Caltrain station is just south of the neighborhood, on Tunnel Avenue.
Little Russia is a section of the Richmond District. The area consists of Russian-speaking immigrants living along Geary Boulevard between 14th and 26th Avenues.
Lower Pacific Heights is located south of California Street until Geary Boulevard. The area is bordering Japan Town to the east, Western Addition to the south, Pacific Heights to the north and Laurel Heights to the west.
Lower Nob Hill is generally bounded by Post Street to the south, California Street to the north, Hyde Street to the west, and Powell Street to the east. Lower Nob Hill was originally built as a high-end area and is historically part of Nob Hill. It is also an official historic district called the San Francisco Apartment and Hotel National Register Historic District. The successful nomination was written by architectural historian Ann Bloomfield in the 1980s.
Merced Heights is a neighborhood in the south western part of the city, west of the Ingleside and Oceanview neighborhoods. It is bordered to the south by Brotherhood Way, to the west by Junipero Serra Boulevard, to the north by Holloway Avenue, and to the east by Orizaba Avenue. The Oceanview Library is located on Randolph Street at Ramsell Street, and there are two public parks on Shields Avenue. One is at Arch Street, and the other is at Byxbee Street.
Merced Manor is a neighborhood in southwestern San Francisco, between Stern Grove and Lake Merced. It is bordered by 19th Avenue (State Route 1) to the east, Sloat Boulevard to the north, 26th Avenue to the west and Eucalyptus Drive to the south. Lowell High School is located on Eucalyptus Drive, and the Merced Manor reservoir is on Sloat between 22nd and 23rd Avenues. The Stonestown Galleria shopping mall and San Francisco State University are both on 19th Avenue to the south of Merced Manor.
Midtown Terrace is a neighborhood in central San Francisco, on the western slope of Twin Peaks. It was created as a single housing development in the late 1950s. Clarendon Avenue where it joins Twin Peaks Boulevard borders the neighborhood on the north and west. Panorama Drive winds through the neighborhood. Portola Drive borders the neighborhood's southern edge. Sutro Tower is on the northern side of Midtown Terrace, and the winding portion of Twin Peaks Boulevard that takes viewers to the Twin Peaks lookout forms the neighborhood's eastern edge. The Midtown Terrace Recreation Center is on Olympia Way at Clarendon.
The Miraloma Park neighborhood is in the central part of San Francisco, between Glen Canyon Park and Mount Davidson. Portola Drive borders Miraloma Park to the north, and the Sunnyside is to the south. Miraloma Playground is located on Omar Way at Rockdale, and Sunnyside Playground is south of Teresita Boulevard near Foerster Street.
Mission Dolores is the oldest non-native neighborhood in San Francisco and therefore its birthplace. It is named after Mission Dolores Parish, and is a sub-area of the Mission District. Yet long before European settlement, the Ohlone Indians had villages in the area going back to 500 A.D. They, together with the Miwok Indians, are the ones who built Mission Dolores Church with the Padres. Bounded by Market Street, the Central Freeway, Valencia Street, Twentieth Street, and Church/Sanchez Streets (transitioning at Seventeenth Street).
Mission Terrace is a neighborhood in the south-central part of San Francisco. It is bounded on the north and west by Interstate 280, to the east by Mission St. and to the south by Geneva Ave. Mission Terrace borders Glen Park and Bernal Heights to the north, Excelsior to the east, Cayuga Terrace to the south, and Sunnyside, City College, and Ingleside to the west. Balboa Park and the Balboa Park Station are located in its southwest corner.
Monterey Heights is a small neighborhood on the southern slope of Mount Davidson. It is bounded on the south by Monterey Boulevard and to the west by Yerba Buena Avenue.
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The Oceanview neighborhood is located in southern San Francisco, south of the Ingleside neighborhood and City College. It is bordered by Interstate 280 to the south and east, Lakeview Avenue to the north and junipero serra boulevard to the west. Oceanview Playground and Minnie and Lovie Ward Recreation Center is located in the middle of the neighborhood, between Plymouth, Capitol, Lobos and Montana. Ocean View Branch Library is located at 345 Randolph St. Ocean View is served by MUNI Route M and bus Routes 54 and 88. Oceanview, also referred to as Lakeview by the natives of the community, has a rich history. Particularly noteworthy is its African American community that migrated there in the 1960s from the Western Addition and Bayview neighborhoods. Until the mid 1990s African Americans accounted for over 50% of its residents, many of which were forced out due to rising cost of living in San Francisco.
Parkside is the southern part of the Sunset District, mainly south of Quintara Street between 19th Avenue and Sunset Boulevard. Abraham Lincoln High School is located on 24th Avenue, and the Parkside Library is located on Taraval Street at 23rd Avenue(currently closed for renovations). Stern Grove borders the neighborhood to the south.
Polk Gulch is sometimes defined as the commercial section of Polk Street, roughly between Market Street to the south and Geary Street to the north. The Polk Corridor Business Association has announced in June 2006 the local business owners intend to publicize the neighborhood as "Polk Village"..
Portola  is a neighborhood in the southeastern part of San Francisco, northeast of McLaren Park. It is roughly bordered by San Bruno Avenue and U.S. Route 101 to the east, Mansell Street to the south, University Street to the west and Interstate 280 to the north. Phillip and Sala Burton Academic High School is located on Mansell Street, and the Portola Library is at Bacon Street and Goettingen Street (380 Bacon Street), between the E.R. Taylor Elementary School and Martin Luther King Middle School. Portola is named after the great explorer Gaspar de Portolà. Originally settled by Jewish immigrants, the area evolved into a community populated by nurserymen and their families who grew much of the city’s flowers. "The Road," as San Bruno Avenue was affectionately referred to by the locals, hosted businesses that included bakeries, grocery stores, pharmacies, and a theatre. Portola was once home to a large population of Maltese immigrants and settlers. According to the U.S. Census, the Asian population in the Portola has been steadily increasing since the 1990s. The Portola is marked by Census Tract 257.
Portola Place is a new development located in the Bayview district, and used to be a brewery. Portola Place is bound by Williams Avenue to the north, Egbert Avenue to the south, Kalmanovitz Avenue to the east, and Newhall Street to the west.
Presidio Heights is a small, affluent neighborhood between the Presidio and Laurel Heights neighborhood. It is bordered by Pacific Avenue and the Presidio to the north, Arguello Boulevard to the west, California Street to the south and Presidio Avenue to the east.
Rincon Hill, one of the hills of San Francisco, was a former industrial, and now a developing highrise neighborhood located south of the Financial District, in the South of Market area, as it also serves as an anchor to the Bay Bridge. Due to its proximity to downtown, following the Gold Rush this was San Francisco's first affluent neighborhood, but later became mostly industrial. Most of the natural landscape was demolished in the 1930s to make way for the Bay Bridge. After several iterations of comprehensive planning, the hill is transitioning into a pedestrian oriented, high density, mixed use neighborhood. However, the economic downturn of the late 2000s have put many of the construction projects on hold and future development plans in jeopardy.
Sherwood Forest is a small neighborhood on the south western slope of Mount Davidson. It is in the area with Dalewood way to the north and east and Lansdale Avenue to the south and west.
Silver Terrace is a neighborhood in the south eastern corner of San Francisco, between the Bayview and Portola neighborhoods. It is roughly bordered by Third Street to the east, Palou Avenue and Silver Avenue to the north, Williams Avenue to the south and Bayshore Boulevard and U.S. Route 101 to the west. A tunnel used by Caltrain runs under Silver Terrace.
The South Beach neighborhood encompasses the moderately affluent, medium-density mixed-use blocks which border The Embarcadero and King Street from south of the Bay Bridge down to 3rd Street. From two blocks inland westward is the South of Market neighborhood, and from south of Townsend Street and west of 3rd Street begins Mission Bay. The most notable feature of South Beach is AT&T Park in its south-east corner.
Sunnydale is a small neighborhood located between McLaren Park and the Cow Palace. It is bordered by Geneva Avenue to the south, Sawyer Street to the east, Sunnydale Avenue to the north and McLaren Park to the west. It is notorious for its high crime rate and housing projects on Sunnydale Avenue, also known as "Swampy Desert".
Sunnyside is a neighborhood to the south of Mount Davidson and north of City College. The Westwood Highlands neighborhood is to the west, and Interstate 280 is to the east. The Sunnyside Conservatory is located inside the neighborhood.
The Outer Sunset district including the corridor from 46th Ave. to Ocean Beach is increasingly referred to as Beachtown due to the surf culture. Some definitions also include everything west of Sunset Blvd from Lincoln Blvd. south to Noriega.
University Mound is a neighborhood to the north of McLaren Park, and is part of the Portola district. It is roughly bordered by Silver Avenue to the north, University Street to the east, McLaren Park to the south and Madison Street to the west. Many of the streets running north-south in University Mound are named after universities. University Mound is a primarily residential neighborhood, however it contains a reservoir, the University Mound Ladies Home, and Phillip & Sala Burton High School. The Mound is significantly diverse and has a varying landscape.
Upper Market is the area between the southern end of Market Street and Twin Peaks mainly spanning Corbett Avenue and Burnett Avenue. Clayton Street is on the north side of Upper Market, and Portola Drive is to the south.
Vista del Mar is a small neighborhood of the Outer Richmond. It is bordered by 45th and 48th avenues, and Seal Rock Drive and Balboa Street. It is also referred to as Sutro Heights.
Westwood Highlands is a small neighborhood northeast of the intersection of Monterey Boulevard and Plymouth Avenue. The Westwood Park neighborhood is to the south, Saint Francis Wood is to the west, Sherwood Forest is to the north and Sunnyside is to the east.
This new neighborhood, anchored by the Yerba Buena Gardens, stretches from 2nd to 5th and Market to Harrison Streets.