Ooh la la! Before we begin telling you about one of our favorite areas in all the city for numerous reasons, let's first make something clear. We always refer to the SFAR disctrict map when talking about neighborhoods, in order to keep things consistent. However, we must say, a large portion of this area is commonly referred to as Cole Valley.
The homes in this area sell very well. They are generally older (early 1900's) single family homes, but there are also a fair share of condos and apartment buildings. The streets are narrow, winding in many places, and very lush and green because of all the large trees lining them. (Think major hay fever here!) Many of the homes have awesome views, it's relatively quiet (except Parnassus, Stanyan, 17th St, Clayton, and Masonic streets), you're a stones throw away from the Haight with all its shops and restaurants, and there is a major medical facility nearby (UCSF)for when your heart fails walking up the steep hills to your front door (God forbid!). Not only that, but it's a quick skip over 17th Street into the Castro/Upper Market area, and also quick to get over Parnassus into the 9th and Irving area.
There is a great elementary school right smack dab in the middle of this district (Grattan), and the streets are kept clean, the people are smiling, and the weather somehow avoids the fog that most of the western half of the city is victim to. This is in large part due to the amphitheatre shape of the area tucked behind Twin Peaks...think Banana Belt. There is one thing to think about if you don't like wind, do not buy a home up on Clifford Terrace/Upper Terrace near Monument. It absolutely NUKES up there in springtime.
Enough said, get out and see, and check out our pics below.
Homes up on Belgrave, a very, very quiet and cool street. Views are incredible up here!
Upper Stanyan home also at Belgrave. This place could fit right into Big Sur.
This place is on the end of Belgrave right next to Tank Hill. Killer views up here!
Belgrave looking up towards Forest Knolls, Clarendon Heights
Views from Tank Hill
Upper Stanyan home...modern! We like it!
Woodland. Big trees, quiet streets, big homes.
Woodland where it curves to Willard Woodland
Edgewood at Belmont
Edgewood Close up shot of the brick street of Edgewood (Pave!)
Back of homes on Cole
Modern on Belvedere
They don't call it Belvedere for nothing!
Belvedere up at Carmel
Cole (see the tiny blue awning, that's La Boulange de Cole)
Grattan Elementary School's new mural!
Ashbury Terrace (so green with the Prius!)
Adel's on the corner of Belvedere and 17th St.
Views from Upper Terrace down into this very district.
The monument. To what you ask? Please tell us!
Upper Terrace looking to Sutro Tower
The nicest home in the neighborhood on Masonic