Discover San Francisco Neighborhoods

What makes a neighborhood (podcast link)? That’s for you to decide in your search for a home. How many does San Francisco have? The Board of Realtors say 89, Wikipedia comes in at about 120. We also follow many San Francisco condo buildings with their own page.

Below are 93Why? neighborhoods to help guide your search or focus your obsession.

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Why 93?

Who names a neighborhood and how many does San Francisco have? Well, it’s a long story (or a lot of podcasts) and we discuss some of it on our podcast, Escrow Out Loud. The San Francisco Association of Realtors (SFAR), of which Matt is a Past President, runs the San Francisco Multiple Listing Service (MLS), the primary multiple listing service for homes in San Francisco.

The SFAR MLS (63* characters saved, we did a podcast about real estate acronyms) categorizes homes into 89 “sub-districts” — what normal people think of as neighborhoods  — and groups them into 10 geographic districts imaginatively named District 1 – District 10. Please note that the SFAR districts are completely different from the Board of Supervisor political voting districts.

Wikipedia says the city has 121 neighborhoods.

We’ve read bloggers who have invented some crazy San Francisco neighborhoods, and we won’t even comment on the fascinating names we’ve seen on that mapping service.

Above are pages for 93 neighborhoods across San Francisco based on the SFAR MLS sub-district area boundaries. We didn’t invent any neighborhoods, but we did our best to address some historical anomalies and modern-day marketing changes.

For example: The SFAR MLS sub-district for The Castro is technically named Eureka Valley/Dolores Heigh.. (darn those character limits in database fields!). We wrote a blog post about this in 2008? We refer to it on our site as The Castro but also have a separate page for Dolores Heights.

What was Hunter’s Point naval base has been re-branded by the developer as The Shipyard, and what Wikipedia refers to as Bayview-Hunters Point is what the SFAR MLS refers to as Bayview. We refer to the SFAR Bayview area as Bayview-Hunters Point and the SFAR Hunters Point area as The Shipyard.

* We didn’t actually count.

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