The Castro

Irish families once built proud Victorians and Edwardians. Urban flight left dilapidated ladies past their prime to be restored by a community of loving outcasts. Then it was embraced as revitalization, now it would be called gentrification. Harvey Milk once set up shop here, but the history runs far deeper than just rainbow colored sidewalks and streetlights.

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A Neighborhood Named Desire
With Historic Roots & Global Meaning
View Downtown From Castro District
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Castro Neighborhood Vibe

The Castro has a rich history and was a predominantly working-class Irish neighborhood before being transformed by gay men in the 1970s. It was the epicenter of the gay rights revolution that began in the 1970s, led by pioneers such as Harvey Milk (a neighborhood school carries his name today). Today, the thriving commercial center of the neighborhood (radiating out a few blocks from Castro & 18th Street) is chock full of restaurants, shopping, bars, and other entertainment opportunities.

 

Popular Castro Home Styles

The Castro offers a diverse mix of homes, with a blend of styles and property types from large single-family Victorians and Edwardians to modern condos and tenancies-in-common (TICs). The great weather and open-minded neighbors make The Castro district a destination neighborhood, regardless of your sexuality. There is also a small percentage of unit buildings and small apartment buildings, most of which are clustered along the commercial corridors.

 

Getting Around in The Castro

In addition to several bus lines, the area is served by two Muni subway stations, as well as the street-level F-line with its collection of historic streetcars. It’s an easy neighborhood in which to live car-free, with pretty much everything you need right there in the ‘hood or a Muni ride away. Many homes don’t have parking, so don’t assume you’ll have a place to park if you consider a new home in the Castro.

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Neighborhood Homes for Sale

Tenancy In Common
$859,000 | 1, 1
MLS# 483174
Location, location, location! 1BR home in a newly-rebuilt-from- the-studs two unit building on a coveted block in one of the city's hottest neighborhoods just steps to Dolores Park. Bright and modern one bedroom, with intuitive open floor plan, high ceilings,...
Tenancy In Common
$1,999,000 | 3, 3
MLS# 483165
Location, location, location! Large unit in a new-from-the-studs two unit building on a coveted block in one of the city's hottest neighborhoods just steps to Dolores Park. Impressive two-level stunner featuring an open & flexible floor plan w/entertaining level w/...
2 Unit
$2,858,000
MLS# 483161
Location, location, location! Newly rebuilt-from-the-studs two unit building on a coveted Castro block just steps to Dolores Park. Impressive larger unit (A) is a two-level charmer w/open & flex flr pln, high ceilings, open chef's kit/LR/DR overlooking the front porch...
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Recent Neighborhood Home Sales

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Condominium
$2,250,000 | 4, 2
MLS# 479466
For comp purposes only. Gorgeous Queen Anne Victorian middle floor condo remodeled to preserve original details that meld with modern loft-like spaces. High-ceilinged rooms include a formal foyer, master suite with terrace plus 3 more bedrooms , 2.5 modern baths,...
SOLD
Condominium
$1,800,000 | 2, 1
MLS# 479681
For comp purposes only. 2BR, 1Ba, lower floor condominium with 1 car parking and shared backyard. Updated kitchen and bath, lovely outlooks and storage.
SOLD
Single-Family Home
$1,575,000 | 3, 2
MLS# 477607
Gorgeous single family home located just steps from the restaurants and nightlife of Castro Street and the newly updated Dolores Park! This stunning 3 bedroom/ 2 bathroom home features a fantastic gourmet kitchen showcasing a Viking D3 gas stove w/hood,...
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More About the Castro

Once a predominantly working-class Irish neighborhood, the Castro was transformed by gay men in the 1970s. It was the epicenter of the gay rights revolution that began in the 1970s, led by pioneers such as Harvey Milk (a neighborhood school carries his name today). Today, the thriving commercial center of the neighborhood (radiating out a few blocks from Castro & 18th Street) is chock full of restaurants, shopping, bars, and other entertainment opportunities.

 

The Castro offers a diverse mix of homes, with a blend of styles and property types from large single-family Victorians and Edwardians to modern condos and tenancies-in-common (TICs). The great weather and open-minded neighbors make the Castro district a destination neighborhood, regardless of your sexuality. There is also a small percentage of unit buildings and small apartment buildings, most of which are clustered along the commercial corridors.

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