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
$995,000 | 3, 2
MLS# 491316
Classic tunnel entrance home directly across from Louis Sutter Playground. This warm and inviting three-bedroom, two-bath home is detached on three sides and has been recently updated. The formal living room includes a fireplace and refinished hardwood floors that flow...
Single-Family Home
$1,195,000 | 4, 2
MLS# 491985
Inviting Portola Home one block from McLaren Park. Seller used property as a four bedroom, two bath main home plus separate bonus studio apartment with bath and updated kitchen at garden level. Bright and light. Charming detailing includes exposed original...
Single-Family Home
$1,500,000 | 4, 4
MLS# 491075
Beautiful three level home in Portola District. Fabulously remodeled in 2007. The home has panoramic views, the front of this gorgeous home overlooks the vast green space of John McLaren Park which has numerous walking, hiking and jogging trails. The...
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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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