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
    $1,398,000 | 2, 1, 2
    MLS# 422664627
    Sweeping View! 2 Bed 1 Bath Up / 1 Bed 1/2 Bath DN, Living Room w/Fireplace + View, Updated Kitchen w/Easting Area + View, Full Length of Home Deck w/View, Bathroom w/Separate Tub & Shower, 2 Car Garage Side-by-Side, Laundry...
    Single Family Home
    $1,689,000 | 3, 2, 3
    MLS# 422666870
    Large & completely updated, multi generational home with 3 car parking awaits you! The distinctive colonial faade creates a look and feel that carries on throughout the home. High coved ceilings and period details shine through this recently renovated property...
    Single Family Home
    $1,270,000 | 2, 1, 2
    MLS# 422667270
    Charming corner home situated across from tranquil McLaren Park. Living room with fireplace, dining room, updated Kitchen and baths. 2 spacious bedrooms with sizable closets. Additional room and bath down. Many updates included beautiful hardwood floors, crown moulding, new roof,...

    Recent Neighborhood Home Sales

    Single Family Home
    $1,065,000 | 3, 2, 2
    MLS# 422660178
    This well-cared contemporary 2 story home is in Portola District. With two bedrooms and one bathroom, it's clean, cozy, and is ready to be moved in and also has a lot of potential for future expansion. Top floor includes lovely...
    Single Family Home
    $1,485,000 | 3, 2, 1
    MLS# 422656698
    Beautiful Portola District home, with well appointed indoor and outdoor living space to enjoy all year round. The home features 3 bedrooms with 2 full bathrooms, updated kitchen, and living room with dining room combination space. The updated kitchen includes...
    Single Family Home
    $1,430,000 | 3, 2, 2
    MLS# 422654200
    Bay Views. Enjoyed by the same family for 50 years. This spacious and single-family home with 2,057 sq ft is located in the middle of the block, in the highly desirable University Mound location: deemed one of the best places...