University Mound.

McLaren Park.

San Bruno Ave.

We could say more, but why?

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

$650,000 | 2, 1
MLS# 421561488
This is a MUST SEE, just upgraded condo you'll be ready to call home! Located in the beautifully colorful Portola neighborhood known as San Francisco's Garden District. This move in ready home comes with a newly upgraded kitchen- brand new...
Single Family Residence
$1,150,000 | 2, 1
MLS# 421560035
Wonderful and sunny large-lot home featuring two bedrooms and a bright sunroom. Hardwood floors and double-paned windows throughout this sun-filled home. Lot is 3,000 sq. ft. (120'deep). Large and full garage with washer/dryer. East/west sun exposure. Large walnut-bearing tree in...
Single Family Residence
$1,398,888 | 4, 3
MLS# 421555431
Nestled in a quiet cul-de-sac atop Portola Heights with expansive city views, this 4 bedroom and 3.5 bathroom home boasts a formal living room with wood burning fireplace, formal dining area, eat-in kitchen, family room with wet bar, primary bedroom...

Recent Neighborhood Home Sales

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,...
Single-Family Home
$1,625,000 | 3, 2
MLS# 477668
3 bed room, 3 bath updated, single level home on an enormous 56' wide by 120' deep lot (> 6,700 SF); an ideal venue for BBQs, entertaining, safe children's play, gardening, and pet lovers. The origins of this classic 1957...
Single-Family Home
$1,140,000 | 5, 2
MLS# 477112
Great Opportunity to own a 5 bedroom 2 full bath home with income producing units. The upper level of the home also has a large living room, formal dining room, family room and outdoor patio. The lower level has 2...