Bernal Heights

Overview

A vibrant community built between and on top of hills, Bernal Heights takes its name from the neighborhood's largest hill. Multiple parks abundant with flowers give children and dogs plenty of open green spaces to play. While Bernal Heights is a mostly residential neighborhood, Mission Street and Cortland Avenues provide a wealth of culinary and nightlife options.
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Quick Facts

  • Current Prices:$925,000 to $2,495,000
  • Closed Prices:$405,000 to $3,100,000
  • Median Sale Price:$1,300,000
  • Average $ per sq ft:$857
  • Association Fee Ranges:$0 to $530,$116.66 to $553.6/mo
(based on data from the last 12 months)
  • Type:Attached Home (Condo, Townhouse, Loft, etc.), Single Family Home
  • Age:1900 to 2017
  • Sq. Ft.:352 to 4,950Sq. Ft.
  • Bedrooms:0 to 10Bedrooms
  • Bathrooms:0 to 11Bathrooms
  • Lot Sizes:less than 1/8 - 1/2 acres

Homes

Bernal Heights features a range of home designs and prices to accommodate a variety of price points.

Where to Live

Built rapidly after the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, many old houses still exist in Bernal Heights. Residents living close to either Mission Street or Cortland Avenue have the easiest access to restaurants, bars, and public transit. The 24-Divisadero bus runs along Cortland, while the 14-Mission and 49-Van Ness, which run down Mission Street, are two of the longest bus routes in San Francisco. Living near the neighborhood's central hill allows residents to hike through Bernal Hill Park and take in amazing city views.

Where to Eat

You can eat a different type of cuisine for every meal on Mission Street. Get your fingers messy with barbecue or Middle Eastern rotisserie chicken, or fill your stomach with sushi and sake, tacos and Mexican beer, or pad thai and iced tea. Cortland Avenue offers a wide variety of options as well, including a surplus of coffee shops. For fresh vegetables, visit the Alemany Farmers' Market, operating every Saturday at its current location in southeast Bernal Heights since 1947.

What You'll See

Parents with coffee and children with ice cream enjoying the sun in Holly Park and Precita Park. You can see dog-owners with their canine companions in tow on the steep slopes of Bernal Heights Hill. Catch hipsters and artists sipping coffee at Cortland Avenue's coffee shops throughout the day. You'll also see commuters waiting for the 14-Mission bus under heavy morning fog.

Friday Night Fun

Have sushi on Mission or Cortland, then cozy up in the back of a dive bar and discuss the eccentric art and decor with your friends. See live music or comedy at one of the small performance spaces on Mission Street. If the weather permits, take advantage of casual backyards behind some of the neighborhood's bars and chat with the friendly locals.

The Perfect Sunday

Get coffee near Precita Park and watch dogs chase balls down the long grassy park. Check out the neighborhood's wealth of murals or pick up a new book at the Bernal Heights Library. Climb Bernal Heights Hill and watch for different species of hawks before reaching the summit to take in a panoramic view of San Francisco.

Locals Love

Convenient public transportation • Plenty of bar options • Quiet area.

Locals Don't Love

Freeway traffic • Steep hills.

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  • Public
  • Grades 9-12
  • 1909 Students
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  • Public
  • Grades K-8
  • 592 Students
(30 Reviews)
  • Public
  • Grades K-5
  • 145 Students
(25 Reviews)
  • Public
  • Grades 9-12
  • 2001 Students
(61 Reviews)
  • Public
  • Grades 9-12
  • 639 Students
(37 Reviews)
  • Public
  • Grades 9-12
  • 341 Students
(1 Review)
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