The Inner Mission is an intense, vibrant and “always on” neighborhood in the central/east part of San Francisco. It’s a large area that undergoes numerous transitions as you move from one corner to the next.
The predominant type of housing is condos, which were 53% of property sales over the last year. The rest of the “pie” is mainly divided into TICs, SFRs and Duplexes. Most of the condos and TICs are in small and medium sized, low rise buildings.
The main shopping and dining areas are along Mission, Valencia and 24th Streets and the main demographic and cultural influence is Latino.
The Inner Mission has great access to mass transit with a BART station at Mission & 16th and another one at Mission & 24th. These provide residents with fast reliable access to the downtown financial district and many other destinations around the bay.
The main areas of distinction within the Inner Mission include:
- The north-central section above 18th Street. This is less residential in nature and has a substantial foot print of light industrial and medium density commercial buildings.
- The Valencia corridor along the western edge has been largely renovated and is a vast swath of trendy, upscale (for the Mission) restaurants, bars, shops and cafes. This is one of the more “gringo” parts of the neighborhood, where you can buy that $4 cup of coffee.
- Mission Street below 16th is essentially an outdoor shopping bazaar connected by a never ending sea of taquerias.
- The southwest corner, west of Folsom and south of 22nd is slowly acquiring the nickname “Baja Noe Valley” because of its proximity to this adjacent neighborhood and similarities in the housing stock. Real estate prices drop significantly when you move from Noe Valley to the Inner Mission. This is a value play for people who want to be in Noe Valley but can’t afford it.
- The southern strip between 26th Street and Cesar Chavez hosts some redeveloped public housing that is not terrible but does nothing to increase property values. Also, Cesar Chavez is a busy multi-lane connecting route to Highway 101.
- The southeast corner from Cesar Chavez up to 21st is affected by proximity to the Highway 101 interchange and by traffic and noise from the San Francisco General Hospital.
- The vast middle and central section between 18th and 25th is good, affordable housing with a number of nice tree-lined streets and some very nice Victorian and Edwardian buildings.
The Inner Mission has great weather and is normally sunny and warm when the western neighborhoods are fogged in. San Francisco can get fogged in, off and on, during the summer months when the marine layer (fog) is drawn in from the Pacific Ocean by the rising hot air of the central valley.
The fog burns off as it travels east and warms up over land. This normally happens before it reaches the Inner Mission.