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 Home
    $948,000 | 3, 1, 2
    MLS# 423718156
    Tucked on a quiet street in SF's Garden District, this 3BD/1.5BA classic 2-story home presents original detailing, hardwood floors, a luxuriously large backyard with a full basement offering significant room to grow. Enter the property via an open-air breezeway entry...
    Single Family Home
    $1,698,888 | 5, 3, 2
    MLS# 423728159
    Nestled in a quiet cul-de-sac atop Portola Heights with expansive city views, this 5 bedroom and 3.5 bathroom home boasts a formal living room with wood burning fireplace, formal dining area, eat-in kitchen, large lower level family room, primary bedroom...
    New Open 03/26 02:00pm till 04:00pm
    Single Family Home
    $1,550,000 | 4, 3, 2
    MLS# 423727997
    This well-cared, contemporary, move-in ready 2 story home is in Portola District, features 3 bedrooms and 2 baths in the main floor, living room with fireplace, formal dining area, a generous sized kitchen. Lower-level features 1 bedroom & full bath,...

    Recent Neighborhood Home Sales

    Single Family Home
    $1,250,000 | 3, 2, 2
    MLS# 422711147
    Live the outdoor life in this recently remodeled 3 bedroom home that sits mere steps from the second biggest park in the city. This mid-century beauty recently enjoyed a tasteful head to toe refresh and is perched on one of...
    Single Family Home
    $1,080,000 | 3, 2, 2
    MLS# 422702707
    Welcome to this beautiful semi-detached home that is nestled in a highly desirable University Mound neighborhood in Portola District. 1521 Burrows has been well maintained by the same family for 67 years since its construction in 1955. On the top...
    Single Family Home
    $1,177,000 | 2, 2, 2
    MLS# 422698485
    Modern two-bedroom, two bath updated home on an over-sized lot with fabulous views and a magical outdoor setting located in the highly desirable Portola district of San Francisco! Behind the timeless faade is the perfect combination of tasteful modern finishes...