Cole Valley is a sweet little neighborhood tucked in the southeastern shadow of Mt. Sutro in San Francisco. On a San Francisco MLS map, you would find it described as Cole Valley/Parnassus Heights. There’s a lot to love about living in Cole Valley. The weather is fairly mild and sunny, with a geography that shelters it from the fog fairly successfully. It’s also within walking distance to Golden Gate Park, Kezar Stadium, UCSF Parnassus Campus, the Haight, and offers good public transit access to downtown via the N-Judah as well as several bus stops.
The neighborhood consists of a mix of single-family houses, condominiums in smaller buildings (often conversions from unit buildings), and some units in 5 or 6 unit buildings. It was mainly built out in the early 1900’s to 1920’s. The commercial heart of Cole Valley runs along Cole street, between Parnassus and Frederick streets.
While there are in incredible number of things to love about houses in Cole Valley, here are three of the greatest:
1) You can walk to Cole Valley Hardware! It’s a great neighborhood hardware store that is almost a San Francisco institution. No question is too dumb, the staff is incredibly friendly, and they sell SFMTA parking cards.
2) You’ve got a great selection of restaurants. If you want something along the lines of a french Bistro, be sure to try ZaZie. There is also a boulangerie, Burger Meister, Bambino’s (Italian), and a Crepes on Cole to name just a few. Either way, you won’t want for decent food in your neighborhood.
3) If Halloween is your favorite holiday, then Cole Valley should be your favorite neighborhood. Every year the residents of Belvedere Street go all out, blocking off their street and turning it into a collection of awesome decorated Halloween houses with plenty of ghosts and goblins handing out tricks and treats to children in costume. Its always a wonderful time to try and watch the neighbors outdo each other, and kids absolutely love it.