Of course locals know that San Francisco is a lovely little 7x7-mile square of land. But what even many lifelong San Franciscans don't know (and trust us, San Franciscans know a lot) is that this relatively small city is home to 89 distinct neighborhoods.
How do we fit nearly 100 individual enclaves -- each with its own memorable charms and quirks, people and places -- into 49 square miles? A map of San Francisco's residential districts looks like a pastel patchwork, covered in a pattern of monikers both descriptive and occasionally, confounding: Cole Valley. Little Hollywood. Cow Hollow. The Mission. Yerba Buena. SOMA. NoPa.
The thing most suspect is that San Francisco needs so many neighborhoods, large and small, perched on hillsides or settled in shady valleys, to accommodate our eclectic, ever-changing and always fascinating populace. There are just over 800,000 of us here now, somehow cozily inhabiting this little peninsula.
Each settlement, from Sea Cliff to Bayview, offers home seekers its own unique climate (do you seek out sun or relish the fog?), atmosphere (do you yearn to live in a fast-paced urban environment or cherish the solace of suburbs with easy access to the city?) and property types (are you more suited to a modern, industrial loft or a grand old Victorian, fireplace and all?).
We welcome you to explore San Francisco using our Neighborhood Guide. Whether you're outside of the city, dreaming of a move to the Bay, or already live here and are looking to stake a claim on a new part of town, you will find everything you need to know right here. Our agents know San Francisco the way the locals do -- because, after all, most of us are locals!