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About the District
The Bayview/Candlestick area consists of twelve neighborhoods: Bayview, Crocker Amazon, Excelsior, Outer Mission, Visitacion Valley, Portola, Silver Terrace, Mission Terrace, Hunters Point, Bayview Heights, Candlestick Point, Little Hollywood.
Bayview with its mixture of new and old homes is positioned along the shoreline and blessed with multiple green spaces such as the Adam Rogers Park with its playgrounds, basketball court and great views of the surroundings.
Bayview was once home to the city’s naval industry, but fell into disuse after many local businesses closed. The area is currently highlighted as one of the city’s up and coming neighbourhoods for revitalization. Not to wait, a diverse range of creative people such as crafters, musicians, painters, and writers have settled down to create a stand out community in the neighborhood.
Locals with a love for urban gardening have come together to create the award-winning Quesada Gardens Initiative which has become a model for urban gardening throughout the nation. With only a handful of Bayview residents in 2002, locals invested heart and soul into the project, proving that it is possible to positively impact the local environment and empower others through a sustainable community.
As a result, other creative projects have emerged, such as a growing independent art community and independent restaurant businesses, (try the renown Auntie April’s!). Overall, the Bayview community is a dynamic mix of ethnicities, artists and crafters from all fields with the deep care for their environment and community.
Crocker Amazon is an often overlooked neighborhood in San Francisco but with plenty to offer. Along its great, green and windy streets are Victorian and Edwardian style single-family homes and mid-century row houses. Lawns are generally manicured and neat, with an unusual 10 feet between neighbors, providing a unique sense of space.
The main commercial area is placed along Mission Street where you can visit one of a large variety of ethnic restaurants, bars and take-out shops and numerous mom-and-pop retail stores.
Local families often bring their kids to the recently revamped Crocker Amazon Playground. On good weather days, they together with other residents also take advantage of the McLaren Park’s many facilities such as; the public pool, trails for joggers and the golf course.
Excelsior is one of the largest neighborhoods in San Francisco and first settled by Italian migrants. Much has changed with time and this neighbourhood has now grown into a vibrant and ethnically diverse community thoroughly loved by families that enjoy a range of cultural activities. This neighborhood is a real residential sanctuary lined with beautifully restored single-family homes as well as a mix of tract homes from the 1930’s, Art Deco and streamlined modern houses. The main commercial street is Mission Street where you will find thriving small businesses, old-school diners and ethnic markets and many independent businesses.
Local families often take their kids to the recently revamped Crocker Amazon Playground. And if this is not enough there is always the McLaren Park (the second largest park in San Francisco)which boasts a huge range of other facilities such as; picnic areas, public pool, trails for dog owners and joggers, and the golf course.
Outer Mission is one of the most ethnically diverse neighborhoods, set along the small, hilly terrain of San Francisco. Removed from the heavy trafficked Inner Mission, the area’s diversity is well reflected in the local community’s easy going vibe and neighborly spirit.
Many homes in this area have been recently remodelled, removing their front yards to allow more parking space and adding in-law units to their properties. With landscaped streets and well cared for single-family homes along the hills, this neighbourhood has its very own distinct charm and is well suited for new families and home owners.
This neighbourhood was originally settled by Italian, Irish and Spanish American migrants working in the nearby factories and for the Southern Pacific Railroad. Today Visitacion Valley is a family-oriented neighborhood with its fair share of both shopping and restaurants.
If you are a foodie, why not try Four Barrel For Coffee or Tiffany's For Brunch on San Bruno Ave? Unless, you rather prefer some Asian or Mexican flavors, in which case there are also many excellent options in this neighborhood.
Here local residents enjoys the newly renovated McLaren park with all its facilities such as trails for dog owners and joggers, public pool, two lakes, the Jerry Garcia Amphitheatre as well as the golf course. Overall, Visitacion Valley is an affordable, family friendly neighborhood with great views.
Portola was once a moderately populated part of San Francisco, and is surprisingly still a rather well-kept secret that today is humming with activity and energy. Being only one square mile in size, and not much to attract tourists to the area it has been able to keep its residential sanctuary vibe.
Not unlike its more well-known and trendier neighboors, Bernal Heights and Bayview, this neighborhood has much to offer when it comes to restaurants and retail shopping. The main commercial street, San Bruno Avenue is filled with excellent boutiques, cafes, restaurants, and small grocers.
Single-family homes are the most common housing here and blessed with the second largest park in San Francisco – McLaren Park. The park is located in the southwestern corner of the neighbourhood which gives the locals easy access to a huge variety of facilities, such as picnic areas, public pool, trails for joggers, two lakes and a gold course.
Silver Terrace is a relatively less-known neighborhood compared to its nearby neighbors. The local community is culturally and ethnically diverse, filled with singles, families and students with City College of San Francisco within its borders.
Housing in this area is made up of a mix of old and new homes. You will find a mix of neat and tidy single family homes as well as multi-unit buildings serviced by small independent shops and restaurants.
There are two mini parks within its borders; Palou and Phelps Mini Park and Silver Terrace Playground where the locals often meet to practice tai chi, play baseball, soccer and basketball and cricket.
Looking for a sunny place in San Francisco? Mission Terrace will tick that box thanks to its high elevation and known to be one of the sunniest places in the city.
Here residents pride themselves with well-kept properties made up in Spanish Revival style bungalows often boasting both front and back yards. The local Bridge Garden Project has also brought the community together to create a more aesthetic appearance to both private homes as well as public spaces.
As with Excelsior and Crocker Amazon, the eastern border Mission Street provides locals with a variety of restaurants, bars, grocers and a selection of boutique stores.
Local residents of all ages can easily enjoy an active lifestyle in the neighborhood thanks to Balboa Park, a great green area with numerous facilities such as the local playground, four baseball courts, a soccer stadium, tennis courts, and an indoor pool.
Hunters Point is an artist-lovers paradise thanks to the Hunters Point Shipyard Artists (HPSA) association who have made this neighborhood the largest community of artists in the entire nation.
In an effort to revive the area and supported by The Shipyard Trust for The Arts (STAR), the community has managed to conserve workspaces and studios and create educational and exhibition opportunities and other supporting community art programs.
Thanks to old established businesses thriving well in the area, more and more new retails shops, restaurants, and cafes are moving in. This has created a richly diverse neighborhood where local residents are able to sample a range of unique and authentic cuisines and shop for locally crafted pieces.
Bayview Heights is a close-knit residential community, rich in diversity and with vibes often associated with suburban life.
Housing in the area is a mix of the old and new with beautiful and well-kept row houses as well as traditional mission style and Victorian homes. Set into the hills, locals enjoy sweeping panoramic views of both the bay and city skyline. These views together with the large number of parks and playgrounds in the area, add a feeling of greenery to the entire neighborhood.
Just like Hunters Point nearby, the population of Bayview Heights is heavily involved in the award-winning Quesada Gardens Initiative which has become a model for urban gardening throughout the nation. This project has proved that it is possible to positively impact the local environment and empower others through a sustainable community.
Candlestick Point, once known as Candlestick Park is a green neighborhood boasting a dynamic entertainment and retail community.
Fortunate to have both the scenic Candlestick Point State Recreation Area within its border and the Bayview Park a 170-acre area (in the western quarter) with panoramic views of the city.
Here locals enjoy its many facilities such as the picnic areas, fitness courses, hiking trails, fishing piers, and windsurfing. There has also been set aside a 20-acre wildlife refuge for its many animals and plants.
While the area was the previous home of both San Francisco Giants as well as San Francisco 40ers, it is seeing new life as new constructions are now underway to build over 2000 new housing units in the neighborhood.
Little Hollywood, named after the many silent film stars who once lived here (Mae West being one of the area’s more famous residents), is a breathing space from the area’s faster-paced surroundings.
Due to being still a rather unknown part of the city and just a single square mile in size, it has developed a strong neighborhood vibe where the area’s 1000 residents enjoy a strong community.
It was in the 1920’s and 30’s that the architectural movement shaped this neighborhood with houses and apartment complexes in the north and mission-style townhouses to the south. Although small in size Little Hollywood with its less fast-paced vibe is an affordable neighborhood for families and new home buyers.