San Francisco is a city of many different neighborhoods fit into a terrain of roughly 44 different hills and the many valleys they create. Sitting at the tip of a peninsula, these hills and valleys conspire to create some of the most pronounced micro climates found anywhere. They also produce some of the most stunning views of the bay, various bridges, islands, a glistening city and the rolling lands that surround them.
San Francisco is not a large city in terms of population or physical size, having just over 800,000 people in roughly 48 square miles. However it does have the second highest population density of any city in the United States.
Roughly half (50%) of the properties sold in San Francisco over the last year were single family residences (SFR) and just over a third (39%) were condominiums.
The housing stock in the western and southern most neighborhoods tends to be almost all single family homes, while the north-eastern areas surrounding the financial district are almost all condominiums and TICs. Most of the central and north-central neighborhoods are a mixture of these.
The Price Survey charts below the neighborhood map provide a good indication of which neighborhoods are in the highest and lowest demand. While these charts can help you figure out what neighborhoods are affordable, the prices reflect the median selling price of an SFR or Condo. There can be a wide range in prices depending on the size, condition and amenities of any individual property.
Prices tend to go up as you move north and east. However, there are expensive, high-end neighborhoods near the center of the city including Eureka Valley, Noe Valley, St. Francis Wood and Forest Hill, to name just a few.
In many of the neighborhoods that have a mixture of condos and SFRs, the condos tend to be in smaller-format buildings, often having four to six residential units or less.
In the northeastern neighborhoods such as Russian Hill, Nob Hill and the newer neighborhood of South Beach, the population density goes up dramatically. In these areas the housing stock is almost all condos and the buildings tend to be much larger.
Click on the individual neighborhoods to get more information and a brief overview of each area. Call or email if you have questions or want to talk about different neighborhoods, individual properties or market conditions.