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

    $1,550,000 | 2, 2, 1
    MLS# 423907581
    Residence 302 is a spacious 2 bedroom, 2 bath condominium located in the highly coveted Jackson Square neighborhood. This contemporary condo features an open floor plan, central air and heat, s/s appliances, refinished wood flooring throughout, spa-like bath with jetted...
    $680,000 | 2, 1, 0
    MLS# 423909430
    Water & City views in this 14th floor 2BD/1.5BA Mandarin Tower 690 square feet condo in the heart of the city. As you enter 14C, you can enjoy the water, Bridge and city views in the living room from the...
    $698,000 | 2, 1, 0
    MLS# 423909024
    Enjoy breathtaking views of the city from every corner of your new home, from the living room, on the balcony, in the dining area, the kitchen, or either of the bedrooms. Panoramic vistas include downtown, the bay, the Bay Bridge,...

    Recent Neighborhood Home Sales

    $1,700,000 | 2, 2, 1
    MLS# 423750771
    Residence 308 is a recently remodeled and spacious 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom home with views of the Transamerica Pyramid. Gorgeous wide plank white oak floors were installed throughout, including new baseboards and door trim. A reimagined kitchen with custom cabinetry, Subzero refrigerator,...
    $703,000 | 1, 1, 1
    MLS# 423747123
    Residence 206 is a thoughtfully and elegantly reimagined junior-1 bedroom by De Sousa Hughes. Over $200,000 in upgrades. Custom built-in bookcases and cabinetry along with an LED fireplace were added to create an inviting and calming retreat. The stunning Jean...
    $2,500,000 | 3, 3, 1
    MLS# 423736391
    Upon entering 640 Davis St. | No. 8, a two-story foyer, crowned by a skylight welcomes you home to this one of a kind renovated residence. The spacious living room with extra height ceilings opens to a bright private terrace....

    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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