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Known as SF's "Second Chinatown" this is a laid back neighborhood increasingly attracting young professionals.
Studio / 1 BR
56% Complete
2 Bedrooms
69% Complete
3 Bedrooms
93% Complete
4 Bedrooms
100% Complete

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


What's around
  • 25 Grocery stores/markets
  • 40 Nightlife options
  • 72 Fitness options
  • 207 Shops
  • 17 Banks
  • 8 Schools
  • 172 Restaurants




Inner Richmond has a low violent crime rate and an average property crime rate for San Francisco.

  WHAT’S LIVING IN Inner Richmond LIKE?

The Inner and Outer Richmond neighborhoods (as well as Inner and Outer Sunset) were once written off as “outside lands”; a vast tract of sand dunes that laid between the city and sea. Today the Inner Richmond (the dividing line between Inner and Outer Richmond is 19th Avenue) boasts a casual yet urban vibe. The population is predominantly of Chinese heritage, and this area is sometimes referred to as a “second Chinatown,” due to the preponderance of restaurants. Dim sum fans especially will love it here.

This neighborhood also has deep Irish and Russian roots, and the tech boom has caused an influx of young professionals who prefer a more casual setting to live than some of the eastern neighborhoods. It’s also one of the most diverse neighborhoods in terms of age. The University of San Francisco lies on the eastern edge and brings in students, but there’s an array of families, professionals, and older people as well.

This neighborhood is comfortable and practical and while it’s not as clean and well kept as some of the wealthier neighborhoods in San Francisco, it doesn’t have the grittiness of neighborhoods further downtown. Lots of produce markets dot the street corners, and a huge selection of restaurants can be found primarily in modest or even “divey” settings.

Housing is also older and diverse, and includes Edwardian homes, cottages, and row houses. Inner Richmond is in a state of renewal: there are many projects aimed at revitalizing housing, restructuring streets to better accommodate traffic, and tree planting to spruce up the neighborhood.

The main differences between Inner and Outer Richmond are that Inner Richmond is more active, a little less foggy, and easier to get to from the city center, A few buses run here from other parts of the city and downtown. Most of the shops are small and can be found on Geary and Clement Streets, but a Safeway, Target, Trader Joe’s, and other big names can be found along the edges. It’s a walkable neighborhood, but some distances may be far, and the neighborhood is prone to the fog and wind the western neighborhoods are known for.

The Inner Richmond offers a great compromise of the urban and suburban -- it has both the energy of pedestrians, shops, cafes, and Irish bars as well as quiet nights, a low crime rate, and plenty of good schools. And then there’s the Presidio to the north and Golden Gate Park to the south. Inner Richmond borders the half of the park with the most things to see and do (other than nature): the Conservatory of Flowers, de Young Museum, the California Academy of Sciences, the Japanese Tea Garden, and the Botanical Gardens. Like any neighborhood in the western part of the city, though, be prepared for wind and fog, but also a relatively lower cost of living.

Inner Richmond is bordered on the north by the Presidio, on the east by Laurel Heights and Western Addition, on the south by Golden Gate Park and Haight-Ashbury, and on the west by Outer Richmond.

Inner Richmond San Francisco Neighborhood Image


Local Flavor   Inner Richmond LOCAL schools

The Laurel School
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Distance:0.09 mi
Star Of The Sea School
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Distance:0.10 mi
Zion Lutheran School
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Distance:0.11 mi
Olympia Institute
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Distance:0.22 mi
Peabody (George) Elementary School
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Distance:0.26 mi


Local Flavor   Inner Richmond Local Flavor

California Academy of Sciences
California Academy of Sciences 55 MUSIC CONCOURSE DR, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94118 MAP

Located in neighboring Golden Gate Park, this impressive natural history museum houses an aquarium, rainforest, and an albino alligator. Thursday nights feature special programming and reduced admission for adults.

Plough and the Stars
Plough and the Stars 116 CLEMENT ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94118 MAP

An Irish pub live featuring frequent live Celtic and other traditional Irish music.

Burma Superstar
Burma Superstar 309 CLEMENT ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94118 MAP

A local favorite serving Burmese food in a simple setting. Try the tea leaf salad, one of their most popular dishes -- but be prepared to wait for a seat!

University of San Francisco
University of San Francisco 2130 FULTON ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94117 MAP

This Jesuit Catholic university founded in 1855 on the eastern edge of Inner RIchmond looks like a castle in the distance.

Green Apple Books
Green Apple Books 506 CLEMENT ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94118 MAP

Independent bookstore with a huge array of used books packed in the shelves, with an emphasis on local authors.

Bunny Meadow

Nestled behind the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate park, this meadow is as cute as its name and is a popular spot for picnickers.

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