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

    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.


    Neighborhood Homes for Sale

    $2,995,000 | 5, 0, 3
    MLS# 423728940
    Striking, Renovated Duplex on a Prime Belvedere Block with partial Golden Gate Bridge & Greenbelt Views, terrific level yard, decks, outdoor space, and 3 car garage. Meticulously improved by the current owners including approx. $850,000 of interior renovation and garage...
    Tenancy In Common
    $1,195,000 | 3, 1, 0
    MLS# 423723476
    Quintessential meets convenience in this full floor Edwardian flat in the heart of Cole Valley. With three bedrooms and one and a half baths, this turn-key home is replete with period details and features exceptional character from a different era,...
    Single Family Home
    $1,595,000 | 4, 0, 3
    MLS# 423725372
    Cole Valley fixer with huge potential. Excellent development opportunity situated on an extra wide lot (35' x 100') with possible expansion options and multi-car parking; a large single-family home plus in-law, two spacious units, or fourplex with condo conversion potential...

    Recent Neighborhood Home Sales

    $949,000 | 1, 1, 1
    MLS# 423717966
    You will love the sweet location of this home in the sky just half a block from Cole Valley's myriad inviting offerings. True heart of San Francisco with eternal style at every turn of this generous Cole Valley top floor...
    $1,610,000 | 2, 2, 1
    MLS# 423713734
    Eco-friendly condo in a 2-unit building in the heart of Cole Valley. Extensively renovated, this full floor condo offers desirable green features. A fully owned solar power system with battery backup provides energy self-sufficiency almost year round. A heat-pump HVAC...
    $1,220,000 | 2, 1, 1
    MLS# 422712462
    Significant Price Reduction! Lovely Two Bedroom Condominium on a tree-lined street close to the heart of Cole Valley. This classic San Francisco residence features a bright living room with period-detailed decorative fireplace, a spacious dining room with box-beamed ceiling and...

    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.