Mission Dolores

Not quite the Mission, not quite the Castro, Mission Dolores is a bustling, centrally located neighborhood with some iconic San Francisco attractions. The crown jewels of the neighborhood are Dolores Park and Mission Dolores, the oldest Spanish Mission church in San Francisco. Sun worshippers flock to Dolores Park on warm and cool days alike, and the church welcomes worshippers for regular services.

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Mission Dolores Basilica
Mission Dolores Park on a Sunny Day
Helen Diller Playground in Mission Dolores Park
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Mission Dolores Neighborhood Vibe

Located between the Mission and the Castro, Mission Dolores offers a blend of both: shops and restaurants are plentiful, and it’s got the great weather of the Mission to draw sun lovers to Dolores Park all year. Grab some ice cream from Bi-Rite, spread your blanket out on the grass in the park, and watch the world go by.

 

Popular Mission Dolores Home Styles

Homes for sale in Mission Dolores range from condominiums in smaller converted buildings to grand scale single-family residences. One of the most unusual homes in the neighborhood is a former church that was converted into living space. Originally on the market for $10,000,000 it has been on and off the market for several years before being sold to a private school with roots in the neighborhood.

 

Getting Around in Mission Dolores

The J-Church light rail line is one of the main transport options in Mission Dolores, while the #24 and #33 buses haul their fair share of commuters as well. It’s a very walkable neighborhood, not too hilly, and it’s certainly an area where living without a car is very doable.

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Neighborhood Homes for Sale

Tenancy In Common
$1,495,000 | 3, 1
MLS# 483193
Spacious and bright top floor TIC in the heart of the Mission District, blending period details with modern amenities and a favorable floor plan. The gracious unit offers a large sun-filled living room and an updated eat-in kitchen, with southern...
Condominium
$1,495,000 | 3, 2
MLS# 483244
This three bed, two and one half bath Mission Dolores condo offers proximity to the best of the Mission plus the quaintness of Linda Street, two blocks tucked away in plain sight. Built in 2005, the home offers an open...
4 Unit
$1,788,800
MLS# 481661
Located in the desirable Mission Dolores, this beautiful Edwardian 4 unit building offers separate living room, eat-in kitchen, high ceilings, hardwood floors, fireplaces, bay windows and lots of natural lighting. All Four 1 Bedroom units are tenant occupied on a...
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More About Mission Dolores

The Mission Dolores neighborhood, named for the earliest Spanish Mission in San Francisco, isn’t quite the Mission and it isn’t quite the Castro. It has its own unique vibe and attitude, and people love it for its central location, the sunny weather, and fantastic people watching.

 

Mission Dolores is defined by Dolores Park, a large park that occupies a couple of city blocks and is a popular destination. On a sunny day, you’ll find the slopes of the park hills covered with sunbathers while all of the tennis courts will be occupied with active games. Regardless of the weather, though, it is a popular spot with dog walkers, and the playground was renovated and updated a few years ago. Dolores Park is also a great spot to snap a picture of the San Francisco downtown skyline.

 

Mission Dolores is a very central, pedestrian-friendly neighborhood that’s served by a wealth of public transit options. The neighborhood is also within a short walking distance of numerous restaurants, boutiques, nightclubs, and bars, and these days it seems to be a very popular option for the hipster set. Bi-Rite has both a grocery store and ice cream store along 18th Street, and the line for ice cream often snakes around the corner onto Dolores Street on a warm and sunny day.

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