Bernal Heights

Once a San Francisco skunkworks flying pirate flags filled with humble Victorian cottages owned by ladies who loved ladies and looked forward to long dog walks. Then it gentrified. Silicon Valley stock options splurged on homes here. Dwell magazine arrived next to document the results. While it might be one Bernal, the neighborhood has several distinct geographic vibes and styles. It’s not complicated, perhaps recently algorithmically optimized?

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    Precita Park

    Bernal Heights Seen From Twin Peaks

    Southern View From Bernal Heights Park


    Bernal Heights Neighborhood Vibe

    Quirky homes, great weather, and a historically relaxed vibe create a beloved location that inspires the fierce defense and praise of neighborhood residents. Block parties and friendly neighbors are the norm in this neighborhood.


    Popular Bernal Heights Home Styles

    Primarily single family homes, with condos in older wood-frame buildings belonging to smaller (typically 2 – 4 home) associations. When originally built the neighborhood wasn’t an affluent area, and many homes began as one- or two-room shacks that were expanded as necessity demanded and money permitted. Get ready for some quirky and “very Bernal” floor plan layouts.


    Getting Around in Bernal Heights

    Public transit to, from, and through Bernal is primarily via Muni buses, although residents on the Northwest corner of the hill are within walking distance of the 24th Street BART station and those on the southwest side can walk several blocks to the Glen Park BART station. Commuters to Silicon Valley love the neighborhood for its convenient access to the I-280 freeway.


    Neighborhood Homes for Sale

    Single Family Home
    $1,895,000 | 3, 2, 1
    MLS# 423717808
    This light-filled, three+ bedroom, two bath corner home North of Cortland near Bernal Height's commercial shopping corridor exudes charm and elegance and is perfect for entertaining or nesting. Original details throughout combined with modern upgrades provide a quintessential San Francisco...
    Single Family Home
    $2,399,000 | 3, 2, 2
    MLS# 422704393
    Start 2023 in this fully detached, extensively renovated home in St. Mary's Park. The owners have thoughtfully turned it into an entertainer's dream! The main level offers a perfect layout with an open plan kitchen & living area in the...
    Single Family Home
    $1,395,000 | 5, 2, 1
    MLS# 423716410
    Looking for a large home with tons of potential? With a verdant view overlooking St Mary's Park, this spacious Bernal 1904 Victorian fixer that has been in the same family for almost 50 years, offers an amazing amount of space...

    Recent Neighborhood Home Sales

    Single Family Home
    $1,805,000 | 3, 3, 1
    MLS# 422710089
    Spectacular corner home, completely reimagined and renovated throughout! Beautiful views of the bay and city create a pleasant and harmonious vibe. Modern, open-concept layout features an airy, elegant space for entertaining, dining, cooking or hanging out with family. Gourmet kitchen...
    Single Family Home
    $1,750,000 | 4, 2, 2
    MLS# 422706246
    Projected into the sky, the prominent West slope site captures glorious light, architecture is informed by lofty modernity, an inventive design combining spectacular city views, open plan living and indoor outdoor livability. Embraced by it's artful, exotic garden, the 3...
    Single Family Home
    $725,000 | 2, 1, 0
    MLS# 422705132
    Prime real estate available in Bernal Heights. 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom single family home conveniently located to downtown Bernal Heights, Cortland Ave, Mission St, shopping, dining, Bart, Muni, Highways 101, 280 & tech shuttles. This home is a fixer in...

    More About Bernal Heights

    Bernal Heights has a reputation for quirky homes, but to many residents, it is a beloved location that inspires their fierce defense and praise.


    Bernal Heights was sparsely populated until the great quake of 1906. Buildings on the hill escaped the quake relatively unscathed, and it suddenly became a rather popular destination for families and residents seeking some assurance of safety after they watched their city burn to the ground.


    It was not a particularly affluent district, and many of the houses started as one- or two-room shacks, with additional rooms being added as necessity demanded and money permitted, which leads to the quirky and “very Bernal” homes that exist today in the ‘hood.


    Shopping and dining are centered around Cortland Avenue, with homes within a short walking distance of this area being a highly desired item. Cortland is filled with organic food shops, a variety of ethnic restaurants, and lots of funky little shops owned and run by neighborhood residents.


    Public transit in the area is primarily via Muni buses, although residents on the northwest corner of the hill are within walking distance of the 24th street BART station and those on the west side can walk several blocks to the Glen Park BART station. Commuters to Silicon Valley love the neighborhood for its convenient access to the I-280 freeway.


    Homes on the west side of Bernal Heights will often have great views of Twin Peaks, while homes on the east side are known for having views of the San Francisco Bay (although homes on the east side can also get a heavy amount of freeway noise from the 101).


    There are numerous parks in the neighborhood, and even some hidden slides, with Precita Park on the north slope being one of the neighborhood favorites. The area also has a reputation for being a very dog-friendly area, so if you are looking for a pooch-centered community, this might be your perfect neighborhood.