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
$785,000 | 1, 1
MLS# 484918
Walk to the Ferry Building, North Beach, SoMa, Chinatown, and Union Square. Experience the city's best restaurants, shopping, farmers markets, comedy clubs, concert venues, theaters, and museums, all within easy reach from your home base at the Royal Insurance Building,...
Condominium
$9,900,000 | 4, 4
MLS# 483939
Newly completed following a five-year custom design and build, this custom 3,595+/-sqft Penthouse on two levels unveils the latest interior design imported from Italy. With style manifested in a way that only a team of Italian visionaries could realize, the...
Mixed Use
$3,500,000
MLS# 483707
Rare mixed use building on the corner of Columbus and Broadway in the vibrant North Beach District. It consists of 4 residential units all one bedroom one bath with two remodeled and a large retail space with new NNN lease...
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Recent Neighborhood Home Sales

SOLD
Condominium
$785,000 | 1, 1
MLS# 477918
Residence 502 with walls of exposed brick, industrial steel fittings,hi ceilings & giant windows catching the North light is the epitome of historic conversion chic! Master Suite w/ Guest bath & laundry perfectly positioned off the hallway entry & Open...
SOLD
Condominium
$2,200,000 | 2, 2
MLS# 478370
Incredibly rare, corner panoramic view unit on the sunny, south side of this historic conversion building in the heart of Jackson Square on peaceful Sydney Walton Plaza and Park. Downtown, Transamerica and Bay Bridge views, with wrap around deck. Gracious...
SOLD
Mixed Use
$1,500,000
MLS# 478753
847-849 Kearny Street consists of one commercial unit on the ground floor and two residential units on the upper floor. The commercial tenant is currently on month-to-month lease. The residential units are currently tenant occupied. This building is a two-story...
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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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