San Francisco’s wonderful Richmond district was once a recreation destination, with visitors flocking via toll road, streetcar or steam train to its beaches and popular attractions. It’s no wonder that it eventually grew into one of the top residential neighborhoods in San Francisco.
Today, visitors to wonderful San Francisco still gravitate to Golden Gate Park, Ocean Beach and Land’s End – since some of the most popular destinations in San Francisco are there. Yet, for its residents the Richmond district offers peace, privacy, community and instantly accessible recreation and entertainment. Rain or shine, there’s always something fun to see, or do, or eat nearby. And an investment in a Richmond district home is always a great value! Once known as the “Outside Lands” of San Francisco, the area was annexed by the United States in 1848 and by the city of San Francisco in 1866. At that time acreage was set aside for the establishment of Golden Gate Park, the treasured 1,000+ acre park that forms the southern boundary of the Richmond district.
Before 1900, the area was considered far from the city center, just as – before construction of the Golden Gate Bridge – Marin County was deemed a vacation getaway. That all changed when the motor vehicle came along to shorten distance and time. Farms, roadhouses, saloons and amusement parks in San Francisco’s Richmond District gradually gave way to residential development. Gardens and homes took root in the fledgling neighborhood’s grid, and the area was transformed into a thriving residential community.
Today the Richmond District offers some of the finest San Francisco living imaginable, with a friendly and diverse population, historically significant architecture, terrific public transportation, fabulous civic venues and parks, bustling shopping streets, an enviable safety record, and clean air flowing fresh and steady from the Pacific Ocean.
We at Kindred SF Homes are top San Francisco real estate agents and Richmond district specialists. (Some of us have been longtime homeowners and have raised our kids here!) We’re happy to tell you everything you want to know about this favorite San Francisco neighborhood. Call or email and we can arrange a fun introduction for you. Or – if you’re already the owner of a Richmond district home and are thinking about selling your San Francisco property – we are up to speed on local market trends and values.
Here’s a list of some favorite destinations.
ART AND CULTURE
- Richmond Branch of SF Public Library
- Anza Branch of SF Public Library
- Balboa Theater
- California Academy of Sciences
- Camera Obscura
- DeYoung Museum
- Four-Star Theater
- Historic WPA Murals at the Beach Chalet
- Palace of the Legion of Honor
- Sutro Baths ruins
- Angelina’s (deli cafe)
- Bazaar Café (casual food, live music)
- Beach Chalet (American, ocean views)
- Breadbelly (breakfast, lunch, lovely)
- Cassava (casual breakfast and lunch)
- Chino’s Taqueria (Mexican)
- Cliff House (new American, cocktails)
- Lokma (neo Turkish and Mediterranean)
- Pacific Café (fresh seafood, very popular)
- Park Chalet (American, park views)
- Pearl 6101
- Pizzetti 211 (gourmet pizza)
- Simple Pleasures Café (coffee, sandwiches)
- Tommy’s (Mexican)
- Baker Beach (swimming, sunbathing, wading, walking)
- Buffalo pen at Golden Gate Park
- Cabrillo Playground (38th Ave. and Cabrillo)
- China Beach (smaller than Baker Beach, picnicking, sunbathing)
- Dog Run at Golden Gate Park (38th Avenue and Fulton)
- Golden Gate Angling and Casting Club in GG Park
- Golden Gate Archery Park in GG Park
- Golden Gate Park (walking, cycling, more)
- Lands End (vista points, walking trails, secret beach, shipwreck viewing)
- Lincoln Park Golf Course (golf)
- Lincoln Park Playground (33rd Ave. and Clement)
- Ocean Beach (walking, sunbathing, sand play, surfing, boogie boarding)
- Rochambeau Playground (238 25th Avenue)
- San Francisco Disc Golf Course in GG Park
- Spreckels Lake (walking, remote-control boats)
- Sutro Park (walking, vistas over Ocean Beach and north)
PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION AND DRIVING ROUTES
Park Presidio on the east, Great Highway on the west for driving north/south on 1 or 280. MUNI lines: 1, 5, 18, 29, 31, 38. Fulton for driving east/west, quick access to Fell/Oak and 101, 80E.