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This historic center of the LGBTQ movement is going increasingly upmarket as tech professionals seek out its attractive homes.
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What's around
  • 9 Grocery stores/markets
  • 30 Nightlife options
  • 60 Fitness options
  • 104 Shops
  • 6 Banks
  • 3 Schools
  • 89 Restaurants




The Castro has an average violent crime rate and an above average property crime rate for San Francisco.


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The Castro is known for its history as a predominantly gay neighborhood and as an important site for LGBTQ rights activism. Its past and present are clear in the downtown area of the neighborhood, which is located at the intersection of Market and Castro Streets (marked by Harvey Milk plaza): here you will find plenty of gay bars, shops, and restaurants with cheeky names pointing to this history (such as the bar, Moby Dick), and roads with rainbow bands on them, the universal symbol of queer identity.

While it is still considered a gay mecca, it offers a friendly, vibrant community to all, not just gays -- though the main drag can make it feel that way, the larger neighborhood has a more diverse population.

In its more recent history, The Castro has become a home for tech professionals thanks to its central location, proximity to plenty of public transportation, sunny days, and its many refurbished Victorian, Edwardian, and Modernist houses. It's still a draw for gay and queer individuals, but only the more successful ones are able to afford to live here. It’s very walkable (which is good, because parking is terrible) and borders the popular Dolores Park.

The Castro is an incredible area and a frequent tourist attraction. It welcomes everyone and has a strong community feel. Nudists walk around openly (though their genitals are required by law to be covered in public) as do the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence (drag queens who incorporate Catholic garments and iconography into their outfits) so if you decide to move here, make sure you have an open mind for the established culture.

If you have children or plan to soon, understand that you may be having some interesting conversations earlier on than you may like, such as what a drag queen is, what sex stores are, and why some men in their neighborhood walk around wearing very little.

It’s an exciting and fun area and is incredibly important in the history of the gay rights movement. The nightlife caters to LGBTQ clientele, but head down Market Street to find plenty of other bars nearby. Away from the Castro and Market Street intersection it gets quieter, especially as you move out towards other neighborhoods. Overall, it’s still very near the activity and city vibe, so it’s ideal for people who want easy access to the party while actually living on a quiet street.

The Castro is bordered on the north by Western Addition, on the east by The Mission, on the south by Noe Valley, and on the west by Haight-Ashbury.

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Local Flavor   The Castro LOCAL schools

Marin Preparatory School
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Marin Preparatory School
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Milk (Harvey) Civil Rights Elementary School
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My City School
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Sanchez Elementary School
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Distance:0.29 mi


Local Flavor   The Castro Local Flavor

Castro Theatre
Castro Theatre 429 CASTRO ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94114 MAP

A popular movie house and theater featuring many film festivals and plenty of diverse programming.

Harvey Milk Plaza
Harvey Milk Plaza CASTRO ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94114 MAP

A communal space featuring an enormous rainbow flag and named after Harvey Milk, a gay rights activist and politician.

Hot Cookie

A tiny, counter-serve bakery selling homemade cookies and brownies (some in erotic shapes) by the pound.

Twin Peaks Tavern
Twin Peaks Tavern 401 CASTRO ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94114 MAP

The first gay bar in the United States to have clear windows (previously gay bars had either darkened or no windows because gay activity in public was illegal). Today it’s a quiet spot with an older crowd.

Orphan Andy’s
Orphan Andy’s 3991 17TH ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94114 MAP

A twenty-four hour old-school diner serving American-style food.

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