North Waterfront

Not quite Telegraph Hill. Definitely not North Beach. Home of Fisherman’s Wharf (although locals don’t discuss this, we just spend the tax revenue). It flies underneath the radar yet is walkable to downtown. Adjacent to all that an Embarcadero rebuilt after Loma Prieta now has to offer.


Levi Plaza at the Embarcadero

A Quiet Spot in Embarcadero Park

Looking South to Downtown


North Waterfront Neighborhood Vibe

This neighborhood is Ground Zero for tourists, with Fisherman’s Wharf summoning visitors from around the globe. Hotels to house those tourists, tchotchke shops to sell them trinkets, and other attractions to lighten their wallets take up several blocks on the north edge of the neighborhood. Low-rise office buildings fill other blocks, and a few large condo buildings on Lombard Street fill in the rest.


Popular North Waterfront Home Styles

It’s a rare neighborhood in San Francisco with no housing older than the 1970s, but that’s the name of the game in the North Waterfront. Several large condo developments on Lombard Street comprise the bulk of the housing in the area, and they’re not at all evocative of the Victorians or Edwardians of older San Francisco neighborhoods. But that’s OK — not everyone wants to live in a 100+ year old home.


Getting Around in The North Waterfront

The F-Market streetcar line runs along the Embarcadero to Fisherman’s Wharf; train cars from around the world, labeled with their city of origin, are used on this route. A couple of bus lines also serve the neighborhood. Drivers who commute to the South Bay can hop on the Embarcadero and access I-280 easily. It’s also a very walkable neighborhood, with the very flat Embarcadero inviting pedestrians to stroll all the way to downtown.


Neighborhood Homes for Sale

$899,000 | 1, 1
MLS# 493599
Stunning corner unit with deck access from both living room and dining room. This stylish one bedroom, one bath condominium is filled with natural sunlight. Enjoy the south/east facing location overlooking the beautiful fountains and courtyard. This rare one of...
$795,000 | 1, 1
MLS# 493279
A special, sunny, SE corner 1 bedroom + den condo at Parc Telegraph. Original owner was meticulous and this unit shows it. The open floor plan living area has views of Coit Tower and the den features a built-in desk,...
$964,000 | 1, 1
MLS# 492314
The main living space offers a sleekly designed kitchen opening to an open living/dining room with a wall of windows offering plenty of natural light. Off the entry, a large pantry/coat closet with expanded storage underneath the staircase. The well-lit...

Recent Neighborhood Home Sales

$1,125,000 | 2, 2
MLS# 478386
Wonderful condominium at Telegraph Landing in North Beach! This renovated residence offers a sunny living/dining area with wood-burning fireplace, opening to a private oasis: an expansive garden patio. The kitchen boasts Calacatta gold marble counters, luxe stainless appliances, and breakfast...
$1,397,500 | 1, 2
MLS# 478310
Enjoy views of Telegraph Hill, The Bay & Bay Bridge from this South East corner condo at highly coveted 101 Lombard. This spacious corner 1 bedroom plus den/2 bath condo offers quality contemporary finishes with views of the Bay, Bay...
$630,000 | 1, 1
MLS# 475921
Indulge yourself at Parc Telegraph Towers with this large freshly remodeled 1-bedroom condo with many building amenities. This is the largest floor plan in the building, with 840 sq. ft. of living space and includes a walk-in closet. The unit...

More About the North Waterfront

In what would now be decried as a completely crazy plan, there used to be an elevated freeway running along the Embarcadero, blocking views of the Bay and isolating the east side of the road from the west. After the Loma Prieta earthquake in 1989 damaged the freeway, it was pulled down and the Embarcadero took shape as the welcoming boulevard that it is today. The North Waterfront neighborhood certainly benefited from this upgrade. The neighborhood sweeps around the northeast corner of San Francisco, from Fisherman’s Wharf to Broadway. It’s a very walkable neighborhood — flat, for the most part, except the eastern side of Telegraph Hill.

Single-family homes are non-existent in this neighborhood, with condos making up the whole of the housing pool. Large condominium buildings are clustered in the area on Lombard Street, all of which were built between 1975 and 1995. The construction certainly doesn’t scream San Francisco, but the location near the Bay makes up for it.

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