North Beach

Marilyn Monroe married Joe DiMaggio in the neighborhood. The rest is history. Welcome to a neighborhood as old as San Francisco, with historic Italian roots, fragrant garlic feasts, and plenty of neighborhood haunts frequented by SF movers and martini-shakers. Here’s to you, Herb!

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Washington Square Park and Coit Tower

Joe DiMaggio Playground and Pool

City Lights Bookstore and Vesuvio Cafe

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North Beach Neighborhood Vibe

This is old-school San Francisco at its charming best. Little Italy nestles up next to Chinatown, and figures like Joe DiMaggio play a prominent role in its history. North Beach was destroyed by the 1906 earthquake and fire, but it rose from the ashes and rebuilt with many Edwardian buildings. The 1950s saw the rise of the beatniks, and their legacy lives on at City Lights bookstore.

 

Popular North Beach Home Styles

If you absolutely, positively must have a single-family home, North Beach probably isn’t the right area for you. While not particularly tall (height limits are usually around 40′), most buildings are multi-unit, either condos, apartment buildings converted to TICs, or stock co-ops. Single-family homes exist in the neighborhood, but they are rare. As this was one of San Francisco’s earlier neighborhoods, you’ll find a lot of Victorian and Edwardian homes. Depending on their location, some of the homes have dramatic downtown or San Francisco Bay views.

 

Getting Around in North Beach

North Beach is served by a plethora of bus lines. The Central Subway extension is supposed to open in nearby Chinatown in 2021, bringing light rail service to one of the densest areas in the City. Cable cars also cross the North Beach neighborhood, but given their popularity with visitors, they don’t necessarily make the best transit choice for a daily commute.

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Neighborhood Homes for Sale

Condominium
$579,000 | 1, 1
MLS# 491796
Excellent North Beach location. This bright, spacious 1 bedroom 1 bathroom condominium features a large living room, a generous size bedroom and wood flooring throughout accented with new modern light fixtures. Enjoy the open floor plan, perfect for entertaining. This...
Condominium
$2,800,000 | 3, 2
MLS# 492033
NEWLY BUILT! Designed by famed architect Robert Rudeen. The Immaculate Boutique 19 Unit Palace at Washington Square Stunning 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom condominium in the heart of San Francisco's famed North Beach. This unit has views of Washington Square Park from the...
Condominium
$1,895,000 | 2, 2
MLS# 492036
NEWLY BUILT! Designed by famed architect Robert Rudeen. The Immaculate Boutique 19 Unit Palace at Washington Square Stunning 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom condominium in the heart of San Francisco's famed North Beach. This unit does not have water views, but rather is...
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Recent Neighborhood Home Sales

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Condominium
$2,000,000 | 3, 2
MLS# 478829
Rare opportunity to own this 3bd/2ba home at the historic No. Beach Malt House. Corner single-level unit w/ views to the GGB & Alcatraz Isl. Designer remodel w/ wide plank oak flrs, designer paint & high-end fixtures. Remod kitchen open...
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Condominium
$2,550,000 | 2, 2
MLS# 478487
Brand New 19 unit Boutique! The Palace at Washington Square Stunning 2-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom condominium in the heart of San Francisco's famed North Beach. This luxurious condominium comes with all Thermador appliances, heated flooring in all bathrooms, heated toilet with bidet...
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Condominium
$975,000 | 1, 1
MLS# 477718
Just a few short blocks of Washington Square, this beautifully designed 20 unit boutique property is in the heart of San Francisco's vibrant North Beach neighborhood. With shopping and restaurants in every direction, the location of 520 Chestnut Street is...
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More About North Beach

This is old-school San Francisco at its charming best. Little Italy nestles up next to Chinatown, and figures like Joe DiMaggio play a prominent role in its history. North Beach was destroyed by the 1906 earthquake and fire, but it rose from the ashes and rebuilt with many Edwardian buildings. The 1950s saw the rise of the beatniks, and their legacy lives on at City Lights bookstore.

When the Central Subway opens to the public in 2021, it will provide much-needed train service to downtown and the Caltrain station at 4th & King Streets.

The housing is compact in North Beach — not necessarily small, but dense, packing a lot of people into a relatively small area. (New Yorkers would scoff at that characterization, but this ain’t New York.)

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