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.
Today's focus will be on the Cole Valley/Parnassus Heights neighborhood (of the "famed" Belvedere Street Halloween stroll I mentioned in a previous blog post).
From the Zephyr video narrative...
"Most San Franciscans think of Parnassus and Ashbury Heights as the area surrounding the distinctively charming commercial district that runs along Cole Street. With its sidewalk cafes, bakeries and fromageries, Cole Valley brings a bit of je ne sais quoi to the heart of San Francisco. Residents can stroll down hill to find several very good restaurants, gourmet food and wine stores, some mom and pop storefronts and a locally-owned hardware store. Everyday basics like a mechanic, dry cleaner, gym and coffee shops are right here as well.
The older single family homes in this district are popular with buyers; there are quite a few newer multi-unit buildings and condos to be found for investment buyers as well. The trees and lush landscaping that flourish here add to the area's overall charm. Weather patterns are fairly consistent, with foggy mornings and sunny afternoons, and wind the higher you head uphill.
The N Judah Muni line stops right at Cole Street, making downtown transit a breeze. Several bus lines serve the neighborhood, and freeway access is easy, too. This is very tight-knit neighborhood, and you're sure to start seeing familiar faces after a few short weeks here. The Cole Valley Improvement Association hosts an annual street fair, and Halloween on Belvedere Street is a family friendly spectacular every year." [Zip Code(s): 94131, 94117]