A Short List of San Francisco’s Most Famous Neighborhoods

For just seven square miles, San Francisco has a lot going on. Between the amazing restaurants, the iconic landmarks, and the world-famous streets, there are the neighborhoods themselves. The full list is lengthy – you’re looking at eighty plus distinct hoods – so we love 7X7’s handy short list of some the standouts. Check out the article here, and read on for a few of our favorites – plus a pair of listings in two of San Francisco’s famous neighborhoods.

South of Market, AKA SoMa

This downtown neighborhood has played many roles over the years – home to blue-collar immigrants before becoming a warehouse district before serving as the scene for the very first dot-com boom and subsequent bust. But what goes around comes around, and today, SoMa is smoking hot, with a thriving arts scene, the country’s first LGBTQ cultural district, big-time businesses, and, oh yeah, the SF Giants. Add to that list a great crop of eateries, nightlife, residential lofts (ahem, like this stunner in a boutique historic warehouse conversion just one block from the Giants stadium), and a bit of authentic grittiness, and you can see why SoMa makes a worthy inclusion to any short list worth its salt. 

Outer Sunset

If you’re into that whole sleepy beachside thing, you’ll find the foggy version here in Outer Sunset, a veritable haven of surf and sand (if not sun). Hit up the coastal cafes and surf shops, the crafty boutiques, and ooh and aah over those pastel bungalows. It’s San Francisco’s version of those laid-back So Cal beach towns, and it pretty much nails it.

Mission District

Home to Dolores Park and its glorious skyline views, vibrant street murals, traditional taquerias and night clubs, and an evolving hipster vibe, the Mission District has serious style and old-school San Francisco cred. And when you live in the Sweet Mission Loft, well, you have a front-row seat to all of it.

Pacific Heights


With a kind of suburban hush and a dash of San Francisco’s unique brand of old world elegance, plus a serious price tag, Pacific Heights is about as grand as it gets. You’ll recognize labels like Rag & Bone, and there’s an entire world of clean, green wellness boutiques to be enjoyed. Enjoy the shopping, the dining, the parks, and that oh-so-chic vibe.

Did we miss your favorite San Francisco neighborhood? Tell us all about it in the comments!

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