University Mound.

McLaren Park.

San Bruno Ave.

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    Palega Rec Center
    McNab Lake in McLaren Park
    Jerry Garcia Ampitheater, McLaren Park

    Portola Neighborhood Vibe

    A relaxed and friendly neighborhood that has done its best to stay “under the radar” — it’s a neighborhood you’re least likely to see a hipster in. Homes in Portola Heights on the southern side of the neighborhood offer stunning views and back up against McLaren Park, leaving you with a feeling of being in the woods while in the middle of San Francisco. The north side of the neighborhood is bounded by I-280 and has a much more urban and industrial feel than its southern side.


    Popular Portola Home Styles

    The neighborhood consists primarily of single-family homes built above a garage level and to the width of the lot on 25′ wide lots. While streets in the neighborhood were mapped out in 1869, homes didn’t really begin to appear in the neighborhood until after the great quake of 1906 when displacement from the earthquake and fire accelerated the development of many of our southern neighborhoods. The neighborhood was built out over the next several decades. There has been very little new or recent development in the neighborhood, although there are several large vacant areas that may be developed in the future.

    A section of the neighborhood is known as University Mound and features streets named for schools you might aspire to: Amherst, Yale, Bowdoin, Harvard, Oxford, and Cambridge to name a few of the streets.


    Getting Around in Portola

    Plan on driving. While the neighborhood was primarily developed before the car became the default transit mode, it is still a car-dependent neighborhood. Bus lines do serve the neighborhood, but there is no light rail nearby and the closest BART station is the Glen Park BART.


    Neighborhood Homes for Sale

    Single Family Residence
    $1,298,000 | 5, 4, 1
    MLS# 422619219
    Dreaming of a large corner house in the sunny area in San Francisco? Here it is! Boosting over 1,992 living square feet,155 Olmstead is beautifully renovated and it's ready to welcome its new owner. Perfect for your growing family or...
    Single Family Residence
    $998,000 | 3, 2, 2
    MLS# 421599199
    Planted squarely in Portola, San Francisco's Garden District, this remodeled 3BD/2BA single family home is steeped in views, designer updates and a verdant garden. Open concept living perfectly embraces the outdoors through large windows and sliding glass doors to a...

    Recent Neighborhood Home Sales

    Single Family Residence
    $1,237,000 | 2, 1, 2
    MLS# 421608702
    Rare Vintage Portola District 2BD/1BA Corner Home steps to popular San Bruno Ave shopping, dining & amenities & ready for the next owners to make their own! This 1920s Two-Story Classic features a bright formal living with fireplace, formal dining...
    Single Family Residence
    $1,000,000 | 2, 1, 1
    MLS# 421609275
    Well cared for 2BR-1BA close to McLaren Park. Remodeled Kitchen and Bath. Hardwood floors. Partial views from Bedrooms. Yard;One car garage.
    Single Family Residence
    $1,725,000 | 4, 5, 2
    MLS# 421606915
    Beautiful three level home in Portola District, remodeled in 2007. Panoramic views, the front overlooks the vast green space of John McLaren Park which has numerous walking, hiking and jogging trails. The park has many amenities including tennis courts, basket...