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Outer Richmond is a mellow beach town that can feel worlds away from the bustling neighborhoods to the east.
Studio / 1 BR
42% Complete
2,095
2 Bedrooms
76% Complete
3,800
3 Bedrooms
80% Complete
4,000
4 Bedrooms
100% Complete
5,000

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

 

What's around
  • 19 Grocery stores/markets
  • 10 Nightlife options
  • 55 Fitness options
  • 100 Shops
  • 13 Banks
  • 2 Schools
  • 116 Restaurants

 


PUBLIC TRANSITGood

WALKABILITYGood
Safety

Outer Richmond has a low violent crime rate and a low property crime rate for San Francisco.

  WHAT’S LIVING IN Outer Richmond LIKE?

The Richmond district spans the western edge of the city and is sandwiched between the Presidio (national park land) to the north and Golden Gate Park to the south. Previously an empty tract full of sand that ran into the ocean, the Richmond has been growing steadily for the last 100 years. Many waves of immigrants have settled here and made it a diverse cultural environment where you can find cuisines from Russia, Mexico, France, Italy and many areas of Asia. The Richmond is divided between the more accessible and commercial Inner Richmond, and the beachier, more remote Outer Richmond, with 19th Avenue acting as the arbitrary cutoff point.

While many people visit the numerous grand attractions near its edges, including China Beach, Baker Beach, the Sutro Baths, Lands’ End, Sea Cliff, and the Legion of Honor, Outer Richmond is an area that many San Francisco residents and tourists don’t take the time to really explore (mostly because there is so much more going on in the eastern parts of the city). But those who have visited often express their wish to hang out there more.

Unassuming ethnic restaurants can be found all over and nightlife tends to be low-key neighborhood watering holes. The casual atmosphere and unpretentious digs can come as a relief for those coming from fast-paced, more image-conscious neighborhoods. The Safeway in this neighborhood provides easy access to basics that may be missing at the numerous corner shops.

Housing here includes large (though not high-rise) apartment buildings, single-family homes (some with incredible views of the ocean), bungalows, and a handful of Edwardian and Victorian homes. It it not a built up area and the homes and businesses tend to have a cozier feel and are often a little more affordable than other parts of the city.

It has a bit of a beach town and overall village vibe and is somewhat popular for surfers, but be warned that most won’t enjoy the cold Pacific water and wetsuits are nearly mandatory for surfers. Further, a major drawback of the Outer Richmond is the constant fog which often rolls in in the afternoon and the rapidly changing weather that can bring in nasty winds on a moment’s notice. If you’re sure you can handle the often unpleasant weather though, the Richmond makes up for it by being quiet, immensely family-friendly (and friendly in general), and incredibly beautiful.

Outer Richmond is bordered on the west and north by the Pacific Ocean, on the east by Inner Richmond, and on the south by Golden Gate Park.

Outer Richmond San Francisco Neighborhood Image

 

Local Flavor   Outer Richmond LOCAL schools

9-12 GRADES
Washington (George) High School
Parent Rating:
Type:Public
Distance:0.05 mi
K-8 GRADES
Russian American International School
Parent Rating:
Type:Private
Distance:0.15 mi
K-8 GRADES
San Francisco Pacific Academy
Parent Rating:
Type:Private
Distance:0.15 mi
K-5 GRADES
Lafayette Elementary School
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Type:Public
Distance:0.22 mi
6-8 GRADES
Presidio Middle School
Parent Rating:
Type:Public
Distance:0.28 mi

 

Local Flavor   Outer Richmond Local Flavor

Balboa Theatre
Balboa Theatre 3630 BALBOA ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94121 MAP
https://www.cinemasf.com/balboa

A charming, historic independent theater showing a mix of Blockbuster and indie movies.

Simple Pleasures
Simple Pleasures 3434 BALBOA ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94121 MAP

A long-time neighborhood favorite serving house-roasted coffee, pastries, beer, and featuring the occasional live band.

Trad’r Sam
Trad’r Sam 6150 GEARY BLVD, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94121 MAP

A popular bar serving blended tropical drinks with tiki kitsch decor and an array of comfy furniture and private booths.

Al-Masri Egyptian Restaurant
Al-Masri Egyptian Restaurant 4031 BALBOA ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94121 MAP
http://www.almasrisfca.com

Egyptian food in a colorful environment and featuring live nightly belly dancing.

Louis’
Louis’ 902 POINT LOBOS AVE, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94121 MAP
http://louissf.com/index.html

Overlooking the Pacific, this charming greasy spoon has been in business for over 75 years.

Sutro Baths
Sutro Baths GOLDEN GATE NATIONAL RECREATION AREA, POINT LOBOS AVE, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94121 MAP

Once a large, public swimming pool complex on the edge of the ocean, all that remains today are the ruins reminiscent of some ancient, lost city.

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