Hayes Valley blends old-fashioned charm with the buzz of an up-and-coming vibrant neighborhood. Transformed from its prior reputation as the seedy neighbor of its trendier surrounding districts, it has successfully bloomed as a corridor filled with a diverse population, upscale retailers, and prominent restaurants.
The residential properties in Hayes Valley offer dwellings for every style of life. Victorian, Queen Anne and Edwardian townhomes are prevalent while new developments have been abundantly building skyward and attracting young professionals to the flourishing district.
Hayes Valley is a perfect example of a community and neighborhood motivated by a devastating and destructive event. It is from the ashes of the 1989 earthquake that Hayes Valley began to take its current form. When the Central Freeway collapsed within its borders, the city’s decision not to rebuild it became an opportunity for the region to build up a commercial and residential hot spot free from the noisy and pollutant backdrop of the freeway.
Trendy fashion boutiques, hip art galleries, high-end interior-decorating shops, destination restaurants, and hopping nightspots have taken up permanent residence where fallen buildings and businesses once stood. Unique for a big city, this fast-growing upscale neighborhood continues to radiate a nonexclusive vibe welcoming all San Franciscans to enjoy the fruits of its success.
With old-school small businesses revived, luxury developments taking rise, and new establishments putting down roots, Hayes Valley is high on the list as one of the most desirable neighborhoods to reside in San Francisco.
Once a gritty urban hub, today's Hayes Valley offers an eclectic mix of architectural styles, shops and restaurants, and a wonderfully diverse group of neighbors. Where the Central Freeway once roared into San Francisco, there is now a wide, tree-lined boulevard and little park called Patricia's Green, which offers a peaceful respite in the midst of a very vibrant street scene. Neighboring Duboce Park is a magnet for dogs and people. Hayes Valley can feel like two neighborhoods in one. Davies Symphony Hall and the War Memorial Opera House sit at the eastern edge of the neighborhood and attract well-heeled visitors from all over the world. The tony shopping and dining along Hayes Street can be decidedly upscale, while a few blocks north, Haight Street's dive bars and funky shops attract hip locals and curious tourists. The neighborhood offers all the transit options one would expect for such a centrally located area, and freeway access could not be easier. Flat streets and proximity to Market Street make the area especially appealing to cyclists. Victorian, Queen Anne, and Edwardian townhouses are bountiful here, along with the occasional new development. Urban explorers delight in finding hidden treasures in the quaintly named alleys that crisscross Hayes Valley, like Lily, Ivy, and Rose Streets. Like the neighborhood itself, they offer a glimpse of old fashioned charm in the heart of our booming metropolis.