Inner Sunset lies just south of Golden Gate Park and is the twin of Inner Richmond, the neighborhood bordering the park to the north. While both are hotspots for independent small businesses, the Inner Sunset’s restaurant scene is considered superior, particularly by sushi lovers. It’s also known for its foggier weather: some say that it’s in the middle of the “fog zone” and may be the foggiest neighborhood in the city.
Unlike Inner Richmond it has light rail access as well as buses, making it a somewhat easier commute downtown. It’s very walkable, with small lots of tract homes and row houses, Edwardian- and Victorian-style homes, and small-to-medium size newer apartment buildings.
The corner of 9th Avenue and Irving Street is considered the Inner Sunset’s epicenter, and both streets extend outward with dining and shopping options. A Sunday farmer’s market can be found just past that corner as well.
Like the rest of the Richmond and Sunset neighborhoods, this neighborhood has strong Irish roots -- perhaps the fog and sand dunes reminded immigrants of the misty moors of their homeland. Waves of immigrants from other countries, particularly in the 1980s, have brought an enormous amount of diversity. Even more so than other areas in San Francisco, this neighborhood is considered to be a “global village.”
The University of California San Francisco Medical Center on the eastern side is both an important research and patient care facility, as well as educating 4,000 graduate students in health sciences every year. This, plus the influx of young professionals from the tech boom mingles with the older residents of families to create a small town atmosphere with a youngish vibe.
The Inner Sunset is great for nature lovers and athletes, with Golden Gate Park to the north. Run the tracks at Kezar Stadium or play sports in one of the nearby fields.
To the south there’s Golden Gate Heights, which claims both Grand View Park, Sunset Heights Park, and Mt. Sutro to the right. The area surrounding Mt. Sutro is called Forest Knolls, and along with Golden Gate Heights, they are both considered micro-communities within Inner Sunset. They are both more isolated and purely residential, perfect for those wanting a break from city life but who want the nearby conveniences of it. With the good schools, low crime, and decent nightlife, the Inner Sunset appeals to all of its diverse residents.
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