Financial District/Barbary Coast

The Financial District/Barbary Coast is the beating financial heart of San Francisco — probably the only part of town where “going to work” means putting on a suit. The name is a nod to the present and the past: big banks are now situated where brothels, saloons, and dance halls served the 49ers who flooded San Francisco during the Gold Rush.

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    Pier 7 Facing Transamerica Pyramid

    Sue Bierman Park and Ferry Building

    Vallaincourt Fountain on Embarcadero Plaza

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    Financial District Neighborhood Vibe

    The Financial District is just about as urban as you can get in San Francisco. It’s dense, congested, and commercial, with some condominiums thrown in for good measure. It’s not so much a neighborhood with businesses on a few streets; it’s a commercial district with a few condos scattered about. 

     

    Popular Financial District Home Styles

    As far as we know, there’s not a single-family home to be found in this neighborhood, making condos the king of the roost. Stunning conversions turned early-1900s buildings into luxury condominiums, and large condo buildings were added to the neighborhood starting in the 1960s.

     

    Getting Around the Financial District

    You’ll probably hate having a car in this neighborhood, if for no other reasons than the traffic and the parking. It’s well-served by multiple bus lines, BART and Muni light-rail under Market Street, and even the historic cable cars (although the tourist quotient on the cable cars might make them a less-than-ideal commute option). Many condos in the neighborhood don’t have parking, so if you absolutely need a car, budget at least a few hundred bucks a month for a leased parking spot.

     

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    Financial District Homes for Sale

    Condominium
    $1,500,000 | 2, 2, 1
    MLS# 422705074
    Light and bright with panoramic views from the 38th floor. An updated two bedroom and two bath condo located in a boutique Financial District Class A building. This small community of only 45 homes offers 24 hour doorman services with...
    Condominium
    $975,000 | 3, 2, 0
    MLS# 422698300
    Water and City views in this newly remodeled three-bedroom and two-bathroom condo. Bright open kitchen, diningarea, and living room with spectacular views from the floor-to-ceiling sliding doors, new modern flooring, fresh interior paint, and new lighting. Bathrooms feature new vanities,...
    Multi-Unit
    5 or More Unit
    $1,980,000 | 0, 0, 0
    MLS# 422699682
    32-38 Wentworth Pl is a great mixed-use building located in the heart of San Francisco's Chinatown. It is within half a block from the Portsmouth Square Garage. The subject property is within walking distance to Financial District, Downtown, Union Square,...
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    Recent Neighborhood Home Sales

    SOLD
    Condominium
    $2,200,000 | 3, 3, 1
    MLS# 422698585
    Indoor/outdoor urban living at its finest. Begin your enchanting journey at Golden Gateway Commons through a tranquil landscaped courtyard accessed by elevator. This remodeled two level, open concept, home with four panoramic view decks lives like a sophisticated SFH at...
    SOLD
    Condominium
    $1,425,000 | 2, 2, 1
    MLS# 422692505
    100K Price Reduction! Great Opportunity for rarely available 2 Bedroom / Bathroom. Residence 402 is a spacious 2 bedroom, 2 bath condominium located in the highly coveted Jackson Square neighborhood. This contemporary condo features an open floor plan with 11...
    SOLD
    Condominium
    $1,250,000 | 2, 2, 1
    MLS# 422690659
    Great opportunity (remodel needed) to own in Manhattan-like boutique Financial District condo mixed-use building. Two terraces with great views. One terrace on living space/ guest bedroom. Other terrace on primary bedroom. Only 45 condos from floor 37 to 42 in...
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    More About the Financial District

    The name “Financial District/Barbary Coast” is a nod to both the present and the past. During the Gold Rush in 1849, the Barbary Coast was ground zero for the, ahem, needs of the 49ers (the miners who rushed West, hoping to strike it rich). It was a lawless area back in the day, with brothels, saloons, gambling, and other nefarious activities. It gradually morphed into a more orderly area, and what was then the Barbary Coast is now Chinatown, Jackson Square, and North Beach.

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