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

    $2,250,000 | 10, 0, 0
    MLS# 422660425
    853-857 Cole Street is a wonderful opportunity to own a 4-unit building in the heart of San Francisco's Cole Valley. The building consists of four spacious units with flexible floor plans, ranging from 1 bedroom to 4 bedrooms. 2 of...
    $1,450,000 | 2, 1, 1
    MLS# 422657629
    Located in one of San Francisco's most coveted neighborhoods, this top-floor corner unit epitomizes the charm and essence that is Cole Valley. Abundant natural light, and tranquil views of the surrounding hills truly compliment the stellar location. Thoughtful consideration has...
    $1,900,000 | 3, 2, 2
    MLS# 422661535
    Stunning, Views, renovated & light filled top floor of this corner Art Deco 2 unit building. Enter, and you are welcomed to your spacious open Living Room & Dining Area, views of the surrounding hills through the bay windows. Realize...

    Recent Neighborhood Home Sales

    5 or More Unit
    $2,061,000 | 4, 0, 3
    MLS# 422654068
    Charming 6 unit building in Cole Valley, with amazing access to shops, restaurants, parks, and transportation. Located on Frederick Street, this building has been under the same ownership for over twenty years, lovingly cared for and maintained. The building consists...
    Single Family Home
    $5,505,000 | 4, 3, 2
    MLS# 422634490
    Video Preview! Built in 1950 on the quiet & highly coveted street at the top of Cole Valley on 50' wide lot, 125 Belgrave is a fully detached updated Modern Contemporary Home w/ panoramic north views. The brick stairs lead...
    Single Family Home
    $4,050,000 | 4, 2, 1
    MLS# 422649237
    Special 4 bedroom, 2 bath house nestled on a desirable block in the heart of Cole Valley. This gorgeous, light-filled home is detached on 3 sides and has a spacious floor plan with 4 bedrooms on one level. Oozing with...

    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.