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

    $2,495,000 | 0, 1
    MLS# 421598975
    Grand investment property with great upside! This centrally located property in Cole Valley is available for the first time in over 50 years! This charming and well-built multi-family building is an investor's dream property. Apartments offer high ceilings, wonderful period...
    $750,000 | 1, 1, 1
    MLS# 421579366
    Come embrace city living in this TOP FLOOR 1BD/1BA contemporary condo at Parkview Commons! This south-facing, corner unit features spacious living room w/soaring ceiling and expansive windows, separate dining area, beautifully remodeled kitchen w/tiled backsplash, granite counters & stainless steel...

    Recent Neighborhood Home Sales

    Tenancy In Common
    $1,450,000 | 3, 1, 1
    MLS# 421607399
    Elegantly remodeled, 730 Shrader is a picture-perfect 3 bed, 1.5 bath residence. Rich with architectural details, this home boasts classic soft-wood flooring, coved ceilings, moldings and 2 decorative fireplaces. The entrance way welcomes you to a sunlit living area with...
    $1,695,000 | 3, 2, 1
    MLS# 421601224
    This beautifully updated TOP full-floor Edwardian condo w/ incredible outdoor space is full of old world charm & a perfect home for sophisticated urban dwellers that enjoy indoor/outdoor living. Bright, spacious & bathing in light, the open floor plan of...
    Single Family Residence
    $2,350,000 | 3, 2, 2
    MLS# 421594248
    Cole Valley Classic - Exclusively listed with John Caruso. First time on the market in 50 years! Featuring vintage charm and original details throughout. Located on a beautiful street in Cole Valley where numerous homes have been renovated and expanded,...

    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.