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This former industrial wasteland is evolving into a diverse, vibrant neighborhood.
Studio / 1 BR
78% Complete
3,350
2 Bedrooms
83% Complete
3,550
3 Bedrooms
100% Complete
4,275
4 Bedrooms
0% Complete
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Good For
  • Couples without kids
  • Creatives
  • Empty nesters / Retirees
  • Families
  • LGBTQ
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Students

 

What's around
  • 30 Grocery stores/markets
  • 15 Nightlife options
  • 50 Fitness options
  • 217 Shops
  • 5 Banks
  • 1 Schools
  • 99 Restaurants

 


PUBLIC TRANSITAverage

WALKABILITYGood
Safety

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  WHAT’S LIVING IN Bayview-Hunters Point LIKE?

Bayview and Hunters Point, originally distinct neighborhoods, were conflated long ago as the isolated area became marginalized and homogenized. Bayview, named after a hill in Candlestick Point State Recreation Area, is currently the more common name for the area, so that’s what will be used here.

In the 1860s the dock at Hunters Point became an important site for shipbuilding, and later became a site to decontaminate vessels exposed to atomic weapons testing, which created toxic waste; it was shut down in the 1990s. The area also housed a power plant that caused pollution and it too was eventually shut down.

While these industries boomed they attracted hordes of blue collar workers, and when they closed, those workers were stuck in poverty at the edge of the city in an ecologically destroyed neighborhood with crumbling infrastructure. This history has left Bayview with the highest rates of poverty, crime, and public housing developments in San Francisco, as well as the highest rates of African Americans, a population with a history of being disenfranchised by the city of San Francisco.

In the 1990s and 2000s, efforts were made to clean up the waste and to redevelop, but most of these efforts were criticized  by activists as being misguided approaches.

But, like the Tenderloin, this neighborhood has pulled together to create real and lasting change, finding ways to support and take care of each other. Community activism is rampant here, especially with youth and environmentally focused endeavors, including the Quesada Gardens Initiative and the EcoCenter at Herod’s Head Park. Bayview also houses several artist communities as well as artists' studios.

Today it is home to some light industry and warehouses and a light rail train line was installed to connect the otherwise isolated neighborhood to downtown. Even more recently, the city has worked with community organizers to put an end to the food desert in Bayview, helping local grocers get their start. Soul food restaurants thrive here as well, reflecting the demographics and history of the neighborhood.

Commercial activity primarily runs along 3rd Street, also home to the light rail line, as well as the Bayview branch of the public library. You’ll find well-built and roomy (for San Francisco) single-family homes, most with backyards, as well as townhouses, duplexes, and some condos sprouting up.

The weather can be some of the best of the city, and the Candlestick Point State Recreation Area to the south is a great place for a hike or just a reprieve from city life. Bayview is in a state of renewal, diversifying in both cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds, ranging from working class, middle class, artist, and doctors who work in the nearby Mission Bay neighborhood to the north.

Bayiew is bordered on the north by Potrero Hill, on the east and south by the Bay, and on the west by Bernal Heights and Portola Valley.

Bayview-Hunters Point San Francisco Neighborhood Guide

 

Local Flavor   Bayview-Hunters Point LOCAL schools

K-5 GRADES
Carver (George Washington) Elementary School
Parent Rating:
Type:Public
Distance:0.04 mi
9-12 GRADES
KIPP San Francisco College Preparatory
Parent Rating:
Type:Charter
Distance:0.26 mi
K-12 GRADES
Muhammad University of Islam
Parent Rating:
Type:Private
Distance:0.26 mi
9-12 GRADES
Metropolitan Arts & Technology High School
Parent Rating:
Type:Charter
Distance:0.27 mi
K-5 GRADES
Drew (Charles) College Preparatory Academy
Parent Rating:
Type:Public
Distance:0.35 mi

 

Local Flavor   Bayview-Hunters Point Local Flavor

Bayview Park
Bayview Park 1001 LE CONTE AVENUE, SAN FRANCISCO, CA MAP

At the southern end of Bayview lies the 46-acre Bayview Park, an area rich with wildlife and wildflower diversity, and a great place to hike.

Frisco Fried
Frisco Fried 5176 3RD STREET, SAN FRANCISCO, CA MAP
http://friscofried.biz

Frisco Fried’s motto is "fried with pride," serving what they call “San Francisco style Soul food,” including, of course, fried chicken, which is always made to order.

Quesada Gardens Initiative
Quesada Gardens Initiative 1747 QUESADA AVENUE, SAN FRANCISCO, CA MAP
http://www.quesadagardens.org

A community-building project which advocates for and creates public art and gathering places, gardens, sustainable food models, and bonds between the residents of Bayview.

The EcoCenter at Heron’s Head Park
The EcoCenter at Heron’s Head Park 32 JENNINGS STREET, SAN FRANCISCO, CA MAP
http://ecocenterheronshead.blogspot.com

An environmental justice education center, and San Francisco's first fully “off-grid” building. Stop in and learn about its solar power and alternative wastewater technologies.

SCRAP
SCRAP 801 TOLAND STREET, SAN FRANCISCO, CA MAP
www.scrap-sf.org

Scrap (Scroungers Center For Reusable Art Parts) is a nonprofit in a warehouse space full of all styles of upcycled odds and ends for eco-friendly projects.

Trouble Coffee
Trouble Coffee 1730 YOSEMITE AVENUE, SAN FRANCISCO, CA MAP

A beloved neighborhood coffee shop and self-described ‘clubhouse’ in a funky space with a patio.


 

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