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


    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.



    Financial District Homes for Sale

    $2,450,000 | 3, 2, 1
    MLS# 422660828
    A hidden gem offering an exclusive, peaceful, and 24-hour secured oasis insulated from street noise yet right in the heart of the City. Enjoy the privacy and security of an elevator building with beautifully landscaped gardens, courtyards, and fountains. This...
    $1,245,000 | 1, 2, 0
    MLS# 422656125
    Enjoy the best of downtown living in this large luxury corner unit, flooded with natural light. The Royal Insurance Building, now known as the Royal, is a registered San Francisco landmark. The sellers have customized the condo to enhance the...
    $1,298,000 | 1, 1, 1
    MLS# 422652231
    Tailor made for those with impeccable taste.Live life luxuriously and in opulence at the exclusive 288 Pacific building, the perfect urban pied-a-terre and or great full-time residence or a solid real estate asset for a company to purchase since the...

    Recent Neighborhood Home Sales

    $2,200,000 | 2, 2, 1
    MLS# 422651637
    Residence 608 is a rarely available single level 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom home with N/W views and 400+ sq. ft. of deeded outdoor space in the highly coveted Jackson Square neighborhood. The spacious open floor plan takes advantage of the home's orientation...
    $1,225,000 | 1, 1, 1
    MLS# 422635547
    733 Front is a sophisticated and contemporary boutique building, built on the frame of an old warehouse. Rising 7 floors above the northern waterfront, this collection of 69 residences, located in the highly coveted Jackson Square neighborhood, was designed for...
    $1,350,000 | 1, 1, 1
    MLS# 422635177
    A quiet and luxurious oasis in the heart of SF, conveniently located near the Ferry Building, Union Square, and other quintessential landmarks. This rare find is 1 of the only 4 largest 1-bedroom units in the prestigious Golden Gateway Commons,...

    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.