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.

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    Levi Plaza at the Embarcadero

    A Quiet Spot in Embarcadero Park

    Looking South to Downtown

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    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.

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    Neighborhood Homes for Sale

    Condominium
    $869,000 | 1, 1, 1
    MLS# 422698338
    Take advantage of this incredible price before it is too late. Private retreat residence designed for those who seek luxury and convenience in a unique urban setting. This sophisticated property has a large open space. It opens to a spacious...
    Condominium
    $1,195,000 | 2, 2, 1
    MLS# 422679500
    Meticulously renovated 2bd/2ba+office/den at Telegraph Landing. This is a highly desirable corner end unit on the 4th flr facing a tranquil landscaped courtyard. Unit has quartz countertops, Bosch stainless steel appliances, engineered German wood flooring, new designer carpet in bedrooms...
    Condominium
    $1,195,000 | 2, 2, 1
    MLS# 422653629
    Significant price improvement! This corner unit at 101 Lombard is located in the coveted east building. The sellers are the original owners and it's the first time on the market since 1983. The 1,318 sq. ft. 2 bedroom/2 bathroom condominium...
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    Recent Neighborhood Home Sales

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    Townhouse
    $1,285,000 | 2, 2, 1
    MLS# 422683619
    Best in show! Coveted & rarely available! Freshly reimagined, west-facing, light-filled top-floor 2BD/2.5BA townhome with private bay-view roof deck! The stylish & sophisticated main floor with its open living/dining concept features oversized windows, anchored by a w/b fireplace & opens...
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    Condominium
    $1,550,000 | 2, 2, 1
    MLS# 422688520
    Spacious & Serene North Waterfront condo nestled at the base of Telegraph Hill w/amazing views of Coit Tower. Largest 2 bedroom 2 bathroom condo at 101 Lombard Street rarely available. Full service building complete with doorman, 24 hour security, pool/spa,...
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    Condominium
    $580,000 | 1, 1, 1
    MLS# 422688581
    Rare opportunity. This secluded luxurious condominium has all you will need from inside out. From the outside, a spacious entrance lobby with 24/7 security staff, two conveniently located complimentary laundry rooms, elegant club suite, fully equipped fitness center, self-parking garage...
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    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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