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San Francisco County

Welcome to the City and County of San Francisco

The City of San Francisco is the heart of the greater Bay Area. Its magnificent setting at the top of the San Francisco Peninsula surrounded by water on three sides has garnered many nicknames, but locals prefer to simply call it “The City.”

The city is full of peaks and valleys with sparkling water views peeking out between the buildings. Mount Davidson is the highest point in the city, although Twin Peaks, Russian Hill, and Nob Hill garner more attention. The City is made up of eclectic districts, each with its own character, including: the Castro, Chinatown, Cole Valley, the Financial District, Fisherman’s Wharf, Haight-Ashbury, Hayes Valley, Japantown, Lower Haight, the Marina, the Mission, Nob Hill, Noe Valley, North Beach, Pacific Heights, the Panhandle, Potrero Hill, the Presidio, the Richmond, Russian Hill, Sea Cliff, Sixth Street, SOMA, the Sunset, the Tenderloin, Union Square, and Upper Market.

Together, these neighborhoods create a city steeped in culture and the arts with a fabric of coffee houses, bookstores, boutiques, cafes, bars, bistros, and restaurants. And best of all, the spectacular setting catches you unexpectedly around nearly every corner—and never fails to take your breath away.

San Francisco celebrates diversity, culture, and heritage. It welcomes locals and international visitors alike. The city is home to a variety of embassies. Tourism is the leading industry in the city, and many residents work in hospitality, food, wine, retail, transportation, and other services supporting tourism. San Francisco has long had a thriving financial district, and several large companies continue to have offices here. The city port and network of piers have seen most industry move to the Port of Oakland and Richmond, but cruise ships continue to dock in the city, and the Embarcadero affords lovely views of activity on the bay, from ferries, cruise ships, and large container ships alike.

Lay of the land

San Francisco sits on the very tip of the San Francisco Peninsula, surrounded by the Pacific Ocean to the west, and San Francisco Bay to the north and east. It is the only city-county in the state. At just under 47 square miles, it is the smallest county in the state, although 852,469 people (according to the U.S. Census’ 2014 estimate) live within a space that’s not even seven miles by seven miles. As a result, San Francisco is second only to New York City in population density (for cities larger than 200,000). Given that, there’s a surprising amount of open space along the Pacific, the bay shore, and carved out of the urban environment, most notably with Baker Beach, Golden Gate Park, Crissy Field, and Twin Peaks. Former military bases and forts—including the Presidio, Fort Point, and Fort Mason—provide open space and cultural centers.

Getting around

The city connects to the rest of the Bay Area using a network of highways (1, 280, and 80) and bridges (the Golden Gate Bridge and the Bay Bridge). A complex network of street cars, cable cars, BART trains, and MUNI buses crisscrosses San Francisco above and below the city streets, creating a buzzing web of transportation, while ferries run from the San Francisco Ferry Building at the foot of Market Street, trains leave from the Caltrain and BART stations, and Golden Gate Transit buses shuttle commuters—all moving people in, out, and around the city.

Local highlights

San Francisco has 132 public schools with over 57,000 students in one district run by the San Francisco Unified School District. Approximately 25,000 of the city’s youth attend a wide variety of private Catholic, parochial, secular, and independent schools.

San Franciscans have a variety of higher education offerings, including UCSF, UC Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco State, City College of San Francisco, University of San Francisco, Golden Gate University, the Academy of Art, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and the California Culinary Academy.

For the history buffs, San Francisco County has 184 sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Here are a few highlights: Alcatraz, Aquatic Park, Central Embarcadero Piers Historic District, the City of Paris Building, Coit Memorial Tower, the Fairmont Hotel, the Farallon Islands, the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, the Folger Coffee Company Building, The James C. Flood Mansion, the Geary Theatre, Hunters Point Commercial Drydock Historic District, the Old U.S. Mint, Mission Dolores, the Palace of Fine Arts, Golden Gate Park and several spots within its grounds, and several former military spots, including the Presidio.

With the Golden State Warriors, the Oakland Raiders, the Oakland Athletics, and the San Jose Sharks in the greater Bay Area, sports fans have plenty to cheer about. As of 2014, the San Francisco 49ers play in the newly built Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, but the San Francisco Giants remain on city soil, playing at AT&T Park, considered by baseball fans to be one of the best ball parks in the country.

Golden Gate Park is the destination of choice for locals wanting a little fresh air or for family fun. The park has excellent walking, cycling, and skating options as well as rowing on Stow Lake, dining at the Beach Chalet, visiting the Conservatory of Flowers and San Francisco Botanical Garden, or taking tea at the Japanese Tea Garden. Families should be sure to visit the carousel, long cement slide, and play structures at the Koret Children’s Quarter Playground.

The Golden Gate Bridge has superb views of the Marin Headlands, the city, and the Pacific. Fisherman’s Wharf, Ghiradelli Square, and Alcatraz are popular with tourists. The beautifully restored and enticing food market at the San Francisco Ferry Building is a wonderful place to explore.

San Franciscans love museums, and the city has too many to mention here. Highlights include the SFMOMA south of Market, the interactive Exploratorium recently moved to the Embarcadero, the Asian Art Museum near City Hall, the Legion of Honor out in the avenues, the Cable Car Museum on the edge of China Town, the Randall Museum in the hills above Upper Market Street, and the De Young Museum and the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park.

The Marina is home to a handful of yacht clubs, and it’s not uncommon to watch sailboats racing along the Bay or windsurfers and kite boarders alike, all taking advantage of the breezes coming in from the Golden Gate.

San Francisco has a storied history of live music with many popular venues from which to choose, including: the Fillmore, the Warfield, the Great American Music Hall, Slim’s, the Independent, Bimbo’s 365, Bottom of the Hill, and Hotel Utah. Golden Gate Park is now the site of the annual Outside Lands Music Festival, which runs for three days in August, and Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, a free three day festival in the fall. For classical music, the San Francisco Opera and San Francisco Ballet perform in the War Memorial Opera House, and the San Francisco symphony plays at Davies Symphony Hall.

The great outdoors

A series of neighborhood parks, including Buena Vista Park, Dolores Park, and Aquatic Park, along with larger destinations such as the Presidio, Twin Peaks, Lands End, and Crissy Field, provide open space along with miles of trails for hiking, running, and biking. Sandy beaches dot the edge of the city, from the restored bay shore at Crissy Field to Baker Beach below the Golden Gate and Ocean Beach along the Great Highway.

Golf courses include Lincoln Park and TPC Harding. San Francisco is a dog-friendly city, with play areas at Alamo Square, Bernal Heights, Alta Plaza, and Marina Green. Kite flying opportunities abound in San Francisco, with the Marina Green and Crissy Field perennial favorites.

Districts and Neighborhoods Located in San Francisco County

  • District 1 (Northwest):

Sea Cliff, Lake Street, Richmond (Inner, Central, Outer), Jordan Park/Laurel Heights, Lone


  • District 2 (West):

Sunset & Parkside (Inner, Central, Outer), Golden Gate Heights

  • District 3 (Southwest):

Lake Shore, Lakeside, Merced Manor, Merced Heights, Ingleside, Ingleside Heights, Oceanview

  • District 4 (Central SW):

St. Francis Wood, Forest Hill, West Portal, Forest Knolls, Diamond Heights, Midtown Terrace, Miraloma Park, Sunnyside, Balboa Terrace, Ingleside Terrace, Mt. Davidson Manor, Sherwood Forest, Monterey Heights, Westwood Highlands

  • District 5 (Central):

Noe Valley, Eureka Valley/Dolores Heights (Castro, Liberty Hill), Cole Valley, Glen Park, Corona Heights, Clarendon Heights, Ashbury Heights, Buena Vista Park, Haight Ashbury, Duboce Triangle, Twin Peaks, Mission Dolores, Parnassus Heights

  • District 6 (Central North):

Hayes Valley, North of Panhandle (NOPA), Alamo Square, Western Addition, Anza Vista, Lower

Pacific Heights

  • District 7 (North):

Pacific Heights, Presidio Heights, Cow Hollow, Marina

  • District 8 (Northeast):

Russian Hill, Nob Hill, Telegraph Hill, North Beach, Financial District, North Waterfront, Downtown, Van Ness/ Civic Center, Tenderloin

  • District 9 (East):

SoMa, South Beach, Mission Bay, Potrero Hill, Dogpatch, Bernal Heights, Inner Mission, Yerba Buena

  • District 10 (Southeast):

Bayview, Bayview Heights, Excelsior, Portola, Visitacion Valley, Silver Terrace, Mission Terrace, Crocker Amazon, Outer Mission

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  1. Photo of 363 Flood Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94112 (MLS # 480291)
    2 beds,  2 baths
    1,213 sqft   lot 2,809 sqft
    Listing provided by Jerry Stynes, Keller Williams San Francisco
    MLS 480291
  2. Photo of 474 Noe Street, San Francisco, CA 94114 (MLS # 480311)
    3 beds,  2 baths
    Listing provided by Derek Schreiber, Zephyr Real Estate
    MLS 480311
  3. 1 bed,  1 bath
    654 sqft  
    Listing provided by Melanie Villanueva, Achievers Realty Group
    MLS 480317
  4. Photo of 1858 11th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94122 (MLS # 480257)
    4 beds,  3.5 baths
    2,745 sqft   lot 2,996 sqft
    Listing provided by Wendy Storch, Sotheby's International Realty
    MLS 480257
  5. Photo of 2406 Bush, San Francisco, CA 94115 (MLS # 480289)
    3 beds,  3 baths
    2,375 sqft   lot 2,596 sqft
    Listing provided by Val Steele, Compass
    MLS 480289
  6. Photo of 154 Lombard Street, San Francisco, CA 94111 (MLS # 480304)
    2 beds,  2 baths
    1,381 sqft  
    Listing provided by Rob Orlando, San Francisco R.E. Svcs.
    MLS 480304
  7. Photo of 955 Clayton Street, San Francisco, CA 94117 (MLS # 480292)
    2 beds,  1 bath
    1,390 sqft  
    Listing provided by Tiffany Combs, Climb Real Estate
    MLS 480292
  8. Photo of 465 10th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103 (MLS # 480296)
    1 bed,  2 baths
    880 sqft  
    Listing provided by Anthony Koutsos, Keller Williams San Francisco
    MLS 480296
  9. Photo of 3233 Jackson Street, San Francisco, CA 94118 (MLS # 480290)
    4 beds,  4 baths
    Listing provided by Annie Williams, Alain Pinel, REALTORS®
    MLS 480290
  10. Photo of 1205 San Bruno Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94110 (MLS # 480287)
    4 beds,  4 baths
    2,259 sqft   lot 2,494 sqft
    Listing provided by Silvia Zeng, Compass SF
    MLS 480287
  11. Photo of 3552 Fulton Street, San Francisco, CA 94118 (MLS # 480280)
    3 beds,  2 baths
    1,723 sqft  
    Listing provided by Tanya Dzhibrailova, Zephyr Real Estate
    MLS 480280
  12. Photo of 68 Harriet Street, San Francisco, CA 94103 (MLS # 480268)
    1 bed,  1.5 baths
    1,158 sqft  
    Listing provided by Robert Moffatt, McGuire Real Estate
    MLS 480268
  13. Photo of 2457 Lombard Street, San Francisco, CA 94123 (MLS # 480263)
    3 beds,  2 baths
    Listing provided by Tim Brown, Keller Williams San Francisco
    MLS 480263
  14. Photo of 2455 2459 Lombard Street, San Francisco, CA 94123 (MLS # 480265)
    4 beds,  3.5 baths
    Listing provided by Tim Brown, Keller Williams San Francisco
    MLS 480265
  15. Photo of 844 Duncan Street, San Francisco, CA 94131 (MLS # 480269)
    4 beds,  4.5 baths
    lot 2,953 sqft
    Listing provided by Kira Mead, Zephyr Real Estate
    MLS 480269
  16. Photo of 160 Los Palmos Drive, San Francisco, CA 94127 (MLS # 480159)
    3 beds,  2 baths
    1,403 sqft   lot 2,609 sqft
    Listing provided by Lamisse Droubi, Compass
    MLS 480159
  17. Photo of 200 Brannan Street, San Francisco, CA 94107 (MLS # 480208)
    1 bed,  1 bath
    817 sqft  
    Listing provided by Eric Turner, Compass
    MLS 480208
  18. Photo of 3037 Turk Boulevard, San Francisco, CA 94118 (MLS # 480270)
    1 bed,  1 bath
    955 sqft  
    Listing provided by Tanya Dzhibrailova, Zephyr Real Estate
    MLS 480270
  19. Photo of 49 Uranus Terrace, San Francisco, CA 94114 (MLS # 480272)
    3 beds,  2.5 baths
    1,573 sqft  
    Listing provided by Jonathan Deason, Vanguard Properties
    MLS 480272
  20. Photo of 2301 Diamond Street, San Francisco, CA 94131 (MLS # 480267)
    4 beds,  3.5 baths
    3,540 sqft   lot 2,549 sqft
    Listing provided by Alec Mironov, Zephyr Real Estate
    MLS 480267
  21. Photo of 108 Villa Terrace, San Francisco, CA 94114 (MLS # 480176)
    4 beds,  3.5 baths
    3,134 sqft   lot 3,745 sqft
    Listing provided by Andrew Herrera II, Berkshire Hathaway-Franciscan
    MLS 480176
  22. Photo of 1171 Stanyan Street, San Francisco, CA 94117 (MLS # 480262)
    3 beds,  3 baths
    2,305 sqft  
    Listing provided by Edward Deleski, Vanguard Properties
    MLS 480262
  23. Photo of 1169 Stanyan Street, San Francisco, CA 94117 (MLS # 480261)
    2 beds,  2 baths
    1,300 sqft  
    Listing provided by Edward Deleski, Vanguard Properties
    MLS 480261
  24. Photo of 1830 9th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94122 (MLS # 480254)
    0 beds,  1 bath
    2,060 sqft   lot 2,996 sqft
    Listing provided by Craig Ackerman, Ackerman Realty Group
    MLS 480254
  25. Photo of 8 Keystone Way, San Francisco, CA 94127 (MLS # 480173)
    2 beds,  1 bath
    937 sqft  
    Listing provided by Kent Chen, Compass
    MLS 480173
  26. 1 bed,  1 bath
    689 sqft  
    Listing provided by Danielle Reyes, FlyHomes, Inc
    MLS 480314
  27. 1 bed,  1 bath
    800 sqft   lot 1,908 sqft
    Listing provided by Timothy Cannon, SanFranRealEstate.Com
    MLS 480307
  28. Photo of 1117 Ocean Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94112 (MLS # 480293)
    3 beds,  2 baths
    1,396 sqft  
    Listing provided by Maryanne Diaz, Vanguard Properties
    MLS 480293
  29. Photo of 359 Fair Oaks Street, San Francisco, CA 94110 (MLS # 480160)
    2 beds,  1.5 baths
    1,500 sqft  
    Listing provided by Alan Morcos, Compass
    MLS 480160
  30. Photo of 1304 Pacific Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94109 (MLS # 480233)
    2 beds,  2 baths
    1,217 sqft  
    Listing provided by James Haywood, Compass SF
    MLS 480233
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