Hayes Valley

From freeway-bisected loser to urban renaissance pedestrian paradise winner. Sunny. Central. Flat. Where Victorians make friends with modern condos. Great shops, boutiques, and restaurants served by great transit. A San Francisco success story.

Patricia's Green at Octavia and Hayes
View From a Rooftop
Market Street in Hayes Valley

Hayes Valley Neighborhood Vibe

What was once a rough neighborhood, sliced in half by the elevated Central Freeway, is now one of San Francisco’s most coveted, quaint neighborhoods. Locally owned shops and eateries line leafy Hayes Street. Patricia’s Green is a focal point of the neighborhood, with a rotating art exhibit, shipping containers-turned-eateries, and a playground.


Popular Hayes Valley Home Styles

High rises are verboten here, with condos and unit buildings rising no more than five or six stories. Victorian and Edwardian homes nestle up next to new condos — the infill after the Loma Prieta earthquake that took down the Central Freeway. Condos in smaller buildings and TICs are common, too.


Getting Around in Hayes Valley

Homes on the south end of Hayes Valley are a short walk away from the N-Judah, and several bus lines serve the neighborhood as well. Bicyclists know Hayes Valley for the Wiggle, and those who are car-free appreciate the flat blocks of Hayes Valley making walks for errands a breeze.


Hayes Valley Homes for Sale

$638,888 | 1, 1
MLS# 479496
Modern Condo living w/ quality touches. Strategic SF location. Move right in and walk to everything! This is an eight story bldg. with 35 residences, loaded w/features; Courtyard (2nd Floor) & BBQ/large Gathering Deck (6th Floor) surrounded by great SF...
Mixed Use
MLS# 480045
Great opportunity to purchase a mixed-use property in the hot Lower Haight. The Lower Haight is ideal for transit, walkability, ad freeway access. With a walk-score of 94 and transit-score of 100, you have easy access to the best of...
$799,000 | 1, 1
MLS# 476744
Located in the desirable Hayes Valley neighborhood, Fulton555 marks the continuation of the new style of urban living with 139 junior one-, one-, two-bedroom condominiums and townhomes. Designed by Ian Birchall & Associates, this sleek modern residential building features a...

Recent Neighborhood Home Sales

$1,815,000 | 2, 1
MLS# 479048
This stunning top floor Edwardian condominium showcases a wonderful blend of contemporary renovations paired with classic period details. This full floor penthouse residence features two gracious bedrooms, formal living room, spectacular dining and family great room, expansive chef's kitchen, gorgeous...
4 Unit
MLS# 479104
no evictions or buyouts 2 car garage plus two office rooms and a 1/4 bath on ground floor 1-bed unit and a 2-bed unit on middle floor 1-bed unit and a 2-bed unit on top floor New Exterior Paint interior...
$950,000 | 2, 1
MLS# 479062
Location, space, and light...this one has all three. Open concept liv/dining, drenched in natural light, remodeled 2 BR 1 BA modern condo is centrally located on charming tree-lined Waller Street. Entertain off the newer kitchen. South facing windows invite light...

Notable & New in the Neighborhood


More About Hayes Valley

Hayes Valley: trendy, upscale, vibrant, and reinvigorated. What used to be a not-so-posh neighborhood, cut in half by the elevated Central Freeway in the 1950s, has been transformed in the aftermath of the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. The elevated road was damaged in the quake, and neighborhood activists campaigned to have it removed.


When it came down, Octavia Boulevard was no longer a darkened tunnel — it’s now a wide, tree-lined boulevard. Infill housing has sprouted up on most of the lots left empty by the ghosts of on- and off-ramps gone by. Hayes Street is a mecca of trendy boutiques, bars, and restaurants, and Patricia’s Green (named for Patricia Walkup, a huge force in the neighborhood’s improvement) provides a place to play, display art, eat ice cream, and visit with neighbors.