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.

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

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Hayes Valley Homes for Sale

Condominium
$1,195,000 | 2, 1
MLS# 503654
Bright and charming top floor Victorian condominium located in most desirable Hayes Valley district. Spacious living-room with Bay windows, wonderful period details, decorative fireplace ideal for entertaining. The bedroom has a designer light fixture and the second bedroom is perfect...
2 Unit
$2,495,000
MLS# 503630
534-536 Octavia Street & 380 Ivy Street is an opportunityto own a 2-Unit investment property located in SanFrancisco's desirable Hayes Valley neighborhood. The building is comprised of 2-Two Bedroom Units. Additionally, there are two individual garages and a parking pad...
Condominium
$1,795,000 | 4, 2
MLS# 503490
744 Hayes St is a condo that feels like a single-family home, encompassing the entire top floor of a 2-unit building. High ceilings with a dramatic stained glass skylight, hardwood floors, large double-pane windows, and wide hallways make for a...
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Recent Neighborhood Home Sales

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Condominium
$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...
SOLD
Condominium
$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...
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Condominium
$1,595,000 | 2, 2
MLS# 478420
Full-top-floor of a 2 unit building on the updated Wiggle connecting Hayes Valley, Duboce Triangle & Haight districts. Walkscore 96%, a dream for the San Francisco commuter - Muni & 16th Street Bart, Alamo Square & Buena Vista Parks, within...
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Notable & New in the Neighborhood

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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.

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