The Marina is a small, upscale and very affluent area that sits along the northern waterfront facing the San Francisco Bay. It is part of a larger cluster of very upscale northern neighborhoods that include:
- Pacific Heights
- Cow Hollow
- Russian Hill
- Nob Hill
The housing stock is primarily condos and other multi-unit properties but the majority of these are in buildings with four units or less. Roughly 20% of Marina housing sales over the last year were for single family homes.
The main retail shopping and dining area for the Marina runs along Chestnut Street between Divisadero and Fillmore. This strip turns south at Fillmore and connects to the Cow Hollow retail strip that runs along Union Street.
The Marina is within walking distance to some of the most spectacular green space imaginable along the water front. This runs from the Golden Gate Bridge to Ghiradelli Square and includes Crissy Field, The Marina Green, Fort Mason, the Palace of Fine Arts and The Presidio.
Demographically, the Marina, is relatively bi-modal, with the population split into two main groups. The first group is young, single, well-educated recent graduates that are renting and have moved to the area from out of state.
The second group is their slightly older precedents who have acquired enough wealth to own. While this is obviously a generalization, it is fairly accurate.
Landlords in the Marina have not lost sleep over a tenant move-out for thirty or forty years, since there is always more demand than supply. The Marina and the surrounding areas have a perpetual magnetic vitality that transcends economic conditions.
Lombard Street forms the southern border of the Marina and is an extremely busy street. This six-lane intra-city “highway” connects the downtown financial district to the Golden Gate Bridge. All other things being equal, prices along Lombard are significantly lower than the interior of the neighborhood.