Parnassus Heights

Parnassus Heights has, well, climbed. Once home to one of San Francisco’s most beloved authors (Armistead Maupin, of “Tales of the City” fame), and still home to one of our most enchanting streets, it’s a subtle kind of special. Nestled against the Mt. Sutro open-space preserve and gently embraced by eucalyptus, it’s almost always love at first sight.

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View of Parnassus Heights
UCSF Parnassus Campus and Mount Sutro
Mount Sutro Forest Interior Greenbelt Trail
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Parnassus Heights Neighborhood Vibe

Parnassus Heights and Cole Valley are part of the same subdistrict in the San Francisco MLS, but to us, they have a distinctly different flair. Parnassus Heights is up the hill from what most people think of as Cole Valley — where you’ll find larger homes, curving streets, some awe-inspiring views of downtown and the Bay, and a quiet separation from the commercial corridor on Cole Street.

 

Popular Parnassus Heights Home Styles

Grand homes from the Victorian and Edwardian era are common in Parnassus Heights, many with killer views to the west, north, or east. Single-family homes are quite common in this neighborhood, but there are also some condos in small buildings, and a few tenancies-in-common (TICs) tossed into the mix as well.  

 

Getting Around in Parnassus Heights

The N-Judah is the closest light-rail line to Parnassus Heights, and depending on how much height your address has, the walk back up the hill at the end of the day might be quite a trek. There are also a handful of Muni buses that serve that neighborhood, which could make that climb a little easier. Car commuters will need to summon some patience to get across town to the bridges or the highways.

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Neighborhood Homes for Sale

2 Unit
$1,995,000
MLS# 490851
Cole Valley Beauty in need of TLC. Top unit is a 6 room, 3 bedroom flat in relatively original condition. Lower unit is a 5 room, 2 bedroom flat in relatively original condition. Both units are livable but the area...
Single-Family Home
$4,250,000 | 3, 3
MLS# 488077
Rare offering! 1st time on the market in almost 30 yrs. This one-of-a-kind, 3BD/3BA architect-designed home features light, views, & garden access from virtually every rm & characterizes the indoor-outdoor lifestyle so desirable today. The understated, cottage-style facade belies the...
Single-Family Home
$1,988,000 | 3, 2
MLS# 489779
Tucked back, on a small street in one of SF's most desirable neighborhoods, sits 125 Alma. Welcome to this 3 bedroom, 2 bath home, lovingly lived in & cared for. Freshly painted inside & out, this home lives easy w...
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Recent Neighborhood Home Sales

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Single-Family Home
$3,600,000 | 4, 3
MLS# 479261
For Comp Purposes Only. One of the most desirable streets in all of San Francisco is Belgrave Street in Cole Valley. The cul-de-sac street offers panoramic views from its elevated perch & easy access to Downtown & Peninsula. Real estate...
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Single-Family Home
$2,950,000 | 6, 5
MLS# 478557
Situated in a prime Cole Valley location, this sprawling home presents a rare opportunity. Built in 1922, the property is +/- 2846 of interior square feet plus +/-1321SF of interior bonus SF. The main home consists of 6 bedrooms and...
SOLD
Single-Family Home
$2,600,000 | 3, 2
MLS# 478149
Perfectly situated in the heart of Cole Valley, 1177 Stanyan Street is the epitome of fine-living. This spacious, 3-bed/2-bath single family home boasts a fantastic floor plan with period details, modern finishes and updated systems. The main level is designed...
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More About Parnassus Heights

Beloved author Armistead Maupin made his home in Parnassus Heights for years, and while Barbary Lane is based on Macondray Lane on the other side of town, it’s easy to imagine living your own Tales of the City in this quiet, oh-so-San Francisco enclave above the hustle and bustle of Cole Valley.

The leafy, quiet streets of Parnassus Heights offer some welcome surprises: lovely views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the Bay, access to the hiking and walking trails in the 61-acre Mount Sutro Open Space Reserve (owned by UCSF), and proximity to both Cole Valley and the Inner Sunset. Grand homes from the Victorian and Edwardian era snuggle up next to completely renovated homes replete with lots of steel and glass.

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