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

    Tenancy In Common
    $1,095,000 | 3, 2
    MLS# 421606190
    Located in the heart of San Francisco's South of Market Neighborhood, this modern and spacious 3br/2ba penthouse flat is the perfect oasis for those looking to take advantage of all that urban life has to offer, while also having a...
    Single Family Residence
    $940,000 | 2, 2
    MLS# 421605165
    Views, Views, Views! This amazing home has sweeping views from both living/dining rooms. Fireplace and refinished hardwood throughout. 2 large beddrooms. Eat in kitchen. Large 2 car garage and deck in yard. Quiet cul-de-sac. steps away from bus line and...
    5 or More Unit
    $2,295,000 | 0
    MLS# 421606063
    Charming, well maintained, lobby entrance building with 2 one bedrooms and 4 studios. All units with large walk in closets. Good income. Soft story work completed. Excellent location with lots of public transporation, shopping, & restaurants.
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    Recent Neighborhood Home Sales

    Tenancy In Common
    $1,095,000 | 3, 2
    MLS# 421606190
    Located in the heart of San Francisco's South of Market Neighborhood, this modern and spacious 3br/2ba penthouse flat is the perfect oasis for those looking to take advantage of all that urban life has to offer, while also having a...
    Single Family Residence
    $940,000 | 2, 2
    MLS# 421605165
    Views, Views, Views! This amazing home has sweeping views from both living/dining rooms. Fireplace and refinished hardwood throughout. 2 large beddrooms. Eat in kitchen. Large 2 car garage and deck in yard. Quiet cul-de-sac. steps away from bus line and...
    5 or More Unit
    $2,295,000 | 0
    MLS# 421606063
    Charming, well maintained, lobby entrance building with 2 one bedrooms and 4 studios. All units with large walk in closets. Good income. Soft story work completed. Excellent location with lots of public transporation, shopping, & restaurants.
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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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