Portola

University Mound.

McLaren Park.

San Bruno Ave.

We could say more, but why?

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

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Neighborhood Homes for Sale

Single-Family Home
$775,000 | 3, 1
MLS# 483983
Great opportunity to purchase a Charming SF home! Reverse plan offers Panoramic Bay and City views from Living, Dining, and 3rd Bedroom. Main floor consists of: Formal Living Room w/frplc. Eat-in Kitchen, and 2 good size Bdrms. Lower lever has...
Single-Family Home
$849,000 | 2, 1
MLS# 484497
Available for only the 1st time in almost 50 years, this elegant Portola District 2BD/1BA home with large bonus room down and huge garage offers a flexible floor plan with room to grow! Conveniently located just steps from San Bruno...
Single-Family Home
$888,888 | 4, 1
MLS# 484880
Light & Bright affordable family home in the Portola. 3 bedroom & 1.5 bath on main level. Walk to Muni #9 to Chinatown or Downtown, 3 private schools or public. Short drive to Glen Park BART or Caltrain. Enjoy shops/commerce...
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Recent Neighborhood Home Sales

SOLD
Single-Family Home
$1,152,000 | 2, 1
MLS# 479148
This is an exceptionally charming 1920s home located at the foot hills of the Portola District. The upper level consists of two bedrooms and one bathroom. There is also a formal living room, formal dining room, a large laundry room,...
SOLD
Single-Family Home
$868,000 | 4, 2
MLS# 478331
This is a fixer upper with lots potential. Large home with 3br and 1ba upstairs and 1br/1ba downstairs. Bedroom and bath downstairs may be legal buyers to check. Full garage. Great location
SOLD
Single-Family Home
$1,250,000 | 3, 3
MLS# 478210
Located in the desirable Portola Neighborhood of SF -- this beautiful, bright, spacious home has been lovingly maintained by the same family since it was built in 1961 -- The perfect floor plan -- large living room, dining room combo,...
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