San Francisco District Map — Neighborhood Information

District 6—Central North

The Central North district is bordered by Presidio Boulevard, Masonic Avenue and Stanyan Street on the west, California Street on the north, Gough Street on the east, and Market Street, Duboce Avenue and Fell Street on the south.

The district includes Alamo and Jefferson Squares.

6a - Anza Vista
6b - Hayes Valley
6c - Lower Pacific Heights
6d - Western Addition
6e - Alamo Square
6f - North Panhandle

Western Addition

The city's richest and many of its poorest People live here amid an abundance of cultural and institutional variety. Included are Pacific Heights, Presidio Heights, the Marina and Ashbury Heights at either side and in the middle, the Haight Fillmore, Hayes Valley, Cathedral Hill and Japantown.

Boundaries: Fell Street, Stanyan Street, Turk Boulevard, Parker Avenue, Anza Street, Masonic Avenue, Presidio Avenue, the Presidio, the Bay and Van Ness Avenue.

6A - Anza Vista - A subdivision of homes on the site of Calvary Cemetery. Built during the 1930s and 1940s, it is a quiet, isolated, almost traffic free neighborhood of home, flats and apartments designed in the bare of ornamentation style of Bauhaus tradition. Its streets arc clean and, unlike many city neighborhoods, free of overhead wiring. Its principal institutions are Kaiser Hospital, the Irwin Memorial Blood Bank and Sears Roebuck.

Boundaries: Masonic Avenue, Turk Boulevard, Broderick and O'Farrell Streets.

6B - Haight Fillmore (Hayes Valley) - Many years ago, a community sprang from this streetcar bus transfer intersection. You can find here some secondhand shops, soul food, and one of the city’s more imposing landmarks, the Italian renaissance styled church and tower of Sacred Heart Church. It is also one of the last areas where Victorian houses can still be purchased for bargain prices.

Boundaries: Waller, Fell, Steiner and Webster Streets.

6B - Hayes Valley - Just behind the Opera House, over an underground creek, the 160 acre land grant once owned by an early settler, Col. Tom Hayes. Includes a number of secondhand furniture shops, many Victorian houses, a motel with a pool inside one of its rooms, and the Moorish arches of Lighthouse for the Blind, housed in a strikingly designed building. Boundaries: Although topographically the valley runs between Fulton and Fell, and Larkin to Webster Streets, neighborhood residents tend to think of Franklin and Divisadero as its cast west boundaries.

6C – Japantown - Although Japanese Americans, like the Chinese, have moved to farther corners or San Francisco as well as the suburbs, the ethnic center remains here. Such factors as Nihonmachi redevelopment, together with the Japanese Cultural and Trade Center and the booming prices in Victorian houses that surround the area, have boosted rents beyond the ability or most Nisei. Sansei and Issei to pay, but you can still find Japanese groceries, cooking ware and restaurants here. Also, hotel rooms with Japanese style baths.

Boundaries: Geary, Fillmore, Pine and Octavia Streets.

6D - Western Addition – Historically, the Western Addition was where the city grew westwardly. But as neighborhoods such as Pacific Heights and Anza Vista came to have their own identities, the boundaries of the Western Addition shrank to include only the plateau west of Van Ness Avenue. The place has changed in other respects, too. Where it was once home to the secondhand furniture shop center, the kosher food shops and a lively Fillmore Street commercial and nightclub hub, the Western Addition is now characterized more by urban renewal projects like the Japanese Cultural and Trade Center, the new St. Mary's Cathedral, Nihonmachi and many blocks of new town houses. Traditional sights include hundreds of Victorian houses and an old auditorium, now the city's leading rock music palace.

Boundaries: Van Ness Avenue to Masonic and Presidio Avenues, Fell Street to California.

6D - Beideman Area (Western Addition) - A few square blocks that few people noticed have recently emerged to landmark status since the Redevelopment Agency moved some notable Victorian houses to the section surrounding Beideman Place. Alongside others that have been rehabilitated to attractiveness, the homes and flats create a viable neighborhood near the California College of Podiatric Medicine.

Boundaries: Geary, Turk, Divisadero and Pierce Streets.

6D - Cathedral Hill (Western Addition) - This neighborhood of expensive apartment houses and retirement residences is named for the new St. Mary's Cathedral, which they surround. Providing an air of stability are three nineteenth century churches, the First Unitarian and two Lutheran, St. Mark's and St. Paul's.

Boundaries: Van Ness Avenue, Octavia, Post and Turk Streets.

6E - Alamo Square - Named for the four, block park and Playground in its midst, this was once a fashionable neighborhood that went down, and now, thanks to numerous house restorations, has been making a comeback. Attractions include the Addams House like Imperial Russian consulate of czarist days at 1 198 Fulton Street, the picture postcard row of Victorians on Steiner Street and the French-American School at Steiner and Grove.

Boundaries: Fulton, Scott, Steiner and Hayes Streets.

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