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A Bohemian 'hood with charm, great amenities, and killer views.
Studio / 1 BR
41% Complete
3,172
2 Bedrooms
51% Complete
3,922
3 Bedrooms
64% Complete
4,925
4 Bedrooms
100% Complete
7,650

Good For
  • Couples without kids
  • Creatives
  • Empty nesters / Retirees
  • Families
  • LGBTQ
  • Nature lovers
  • Professionals
  • Singles

 

What's around
  • 21 Grocery stores/markets
  • 33 Nightlife options
  • 40 Fitness options
  • 65 Shops
  • 2 Banks
  • 5 Schools
  • 99 Restaurants

 


PUBLIC TRANSITGood

WALKABILITYExcellent
Safety

Bernal Heights has an average violent crime rate and a below average property crime rate for San Francisco.

  WHAT’S LIVING IN Bernal Heights LIKE?

Bernal Heights has a rich cultural history of progressive political activism and artist residents. While it is no longer quite the hotbed of activity it once was, it retains a sense of liberalism and is known to be popular among lesbians (and dog owners), even if the playful nickname “Maternal Heights” points to a more traditional character. This history contributes to its offbeat charm and bohemian flair.

Residents report that the streets of Bernal are full of secrets: secret staircases, secret views, secret slides (two in the side of the hill), and secret messages inscribed in hidden places. And the Bernal Heights hill is considered a somewhat secret park, even as it stands out against the landscape. Many consider it superior to the more popular Twin Peaks hills, although one reason for this is that Twin Peaks is easily accessible by car whereas most of Bernal hill is not. If you do make it to the top, though, you’ll be rewarded with incredible views, and it's great for exercising, letting your dog run free, or a picnic.

Like Potrero HIll, Bernal Heights borders the busy Mission neighborhood and is known for its giant hill, yet retains an air of seclusion due to the less accommodating public transportation in this area. However, parking can be a little easier here, and its proximity to the 101 freeway makes it a great spot for commuters to Silicon Valley.

Those on the Mission side of the hill also have convenient access to BART. While it’s considerably sleepier than the Mission, Bernal has everything you need -- small and large grocers, boutiques, cool bars (some, like El Rio and Wild Wild West have amazing back patios), and food spots sprinkled around.

The weather is cool with some sunshine, but prone to fog as it rolls in from the ocean. Housing is mainly small bungalows and boxy single family home and small apartment buildings. Community gardens aren’t hard to come by, and exemplify the cooperative, neighborly atmosphere of this neighborhood.

Bernal Heights is bordered on the north by The Mission, on the east by Bayview-Hunters Point, on the south by Portola and Excelsior, and on the west by Glen Park and Noe Valley.

Bernal Heights Neighborhood Image

 

Local Flavor   Bernal Heights LOCAL schools

K-8 GRADES
Revere (Paul) Elementary School
Parent Rating:
Type:Public
Distance:0.26 mi
K-5 GRADES
Serra (Junipero) Elementary School
Parent Rating:
Type:Public
Distance:0.32 mi
K-8 GRADES
Oakes Children's Center
Parent Rating:
Type:Private
Distance:0.48 mi
K-5 GRADES
Fairmount Elementary School
Parent Rating:
Type:Public
Distance:0.50 mi
K-8 GRADES
San Francisco School, The
Parent Rating:
Type:Private
Distance:0.56 mi

 

Local Flavor   Bernal Heights Local Flavor

El Rio
El Rio 3158 MISSION ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94110 MAP
http://www.elriosf.com

Known as a lesbian bar, this neighborhood favorite serves a diverse clientele who come for the impressive patio, live music, and offbeat events.

Bernal Heights Park
Bernal Heights Park 3400 FOLSOM ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94110 MAP
http://sfrecpark.org/destination/bernal-heights-park

Get a workout climbing this giant hill and be rewarded with 360 degree views of the city. It’s also an off-leash dog park and a great place to have a windy picnic.

Alemany Flea Market
Alemany Flea Market 100 ALEMANY BLVD, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94110 MAP

Go early to find an unexpected treasure at this weekly Sunday flea market (8am-3pm), and don’t be afraid to haggle for a better price!

Chez Poulet
Chez Poulet 3359 CESAR CHAVEZ ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94110 MAP
http://www.sfiop.org/chez-poulet

A quirky warehouse just on the dividing line from the Mission. You can rent it out for an event or attend one of the SF Institute of Possibilities smaller events (check them out here: http://www.sfiop.org/).

Bernal Beast
Bernal Beast 509 CORTLAND AVE, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94110 MAP
https://www.bernalbeast.com

An amazing resources for dog owners -- pick up supplies, pet food (including organic), use their bathing station, or take your pup in for a grooming.

Barebottle Brewing Company
Barebottle Brewing Company 1525 CORTLAND AVE, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94110 MAP
http://www.barebottle.com

A warehouse-style space that welcomes both humans and pets, offering picnic tables, a rotating calendar of resident food trucks, games, and music, as well as their own brewed beer.

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