Located in the heart of San Francisco, Hayes Valley has emerged over the years as a haven for haute couture. An affluent neighborhood in the Western Addition district, classic Victorian, Queen Anne, and Edwardian houses co-exist with high-end shops, happening nightspots, and hip restaurants and bars. And longtime locals who recall its modest beginnings welcome young professionals who symbolize its transformation.
After the 1989 San Francisco earthquake destroyed the nearby Central Freeway, commerce replaced it and helped Hayes Valley grow from a sleepy to a sought-after enclave. Aside from its reputation as a boutique lover’s paradise, Hayes Valley caters to the arts, with the Civic Center steps away. Other attractions include Alamo Square, an outdoor beer garden, and a community garden that reinforces the neighborhood’s sense of camaraderie.
Much of Hayes Valley’s action is centered around Hayes Street, but there are plenty of transportation options if you want to venture further out, including the F Streetcar, 21 Bus, and light rail trains. It’s also easy to reach downtown and SoMa from here.
Along with refurbished Victorian homes, condos and luxury apartment complexes dominate Hayes Valley real estate, and the area’s increasing popularity has driven prices up. But its old-meets-new atmosphere, newfound energy, and continual evolution make it one of the best places in this city to reside.