Overview

One of the oldest neighborhoods in the city and a major tourist attraction, San Francisco's Chinatown is the oldest Chinatown in the United States and has the largest Chinese community outside of Asia. The 1906 San Francisco earthquake leveled the entire neighborhood, but Chinatown was quickly rebuilt, and is now the most densely populated area in San Francisco. It sits between Union Square, the Financial District, and North Beach.
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Quick Facts

  • Current Prices:$888,000 to $7,900,000
  • Closed Prices:$491,000 to $2,200,000
  • Median Sale Price:$1,277,500
  • Average $ per sq ft:$1484
  • Association Fee Ranges:$274 to $2391/mo,$613 to $1858
(based on data from the last 12 months)
  • Type:Attached Home (Condo, Townhouse, Loft, etc.), Single Family Home
  • Age:1907 to 2001
  • Sq. Ft.:311 to 3,150Sq. Ft.
  • Bedrooms:0 to 4Bedrooms
  • Bathrooms:0 to 4Bathrooms
  • Lot Sizes: - acres

Homes

For those looking to invest in a new home, Chinatown features a variety of designs to choose from.

Where to Live

Tall buildings full of small apartments are prevalent throughout Chinatown. There are two main thoroughfares, Grant and Stockton Streets, which feature constant daytime and evening foot traffic. The southern and eastern sides of the neighborhood are closer to business offices in the Financial District. Apartment buildings on Broadway, near the northern border, are close to grocery stores.

Where to Eat

Chinatown is extremely dense with restaurants. Most famous for its many dim sum spots, the neighborhood also offers choices of many different Chinese and Chinese-American cuisines, Vietnamese food, and a selection of coffee and donut shops. It's also a short walk to a section of Kearny Street nicknamed The Lunchbox, where Thai food, sushi, pub grub, sandwiches, and more are available for lunch.

What You'll See

Watch tourists take pictures near the Dragon's Gate on Grant and Bush. Hear musicians playing Chinese string instruments on street corners. Old men playing board games in Portsmouth Square as well as working professionals packing into Mandarin restaurants for lunch are regular scenes. The owners of souvenir shops and art galleries flag down prospective customers on Grant Avenue. Martial artists and parade marchers practice in narrow alleys. You'll also see children play on a playground outside of a church.

Friday Night Fun

Most of Chinatown's restaurants aren't open past 10:00 p.m., so have an early dim sum dinner on Jackson Street before going to one of the low-key cocktail lounges on Grant Avenue. Stop in at the former Beat poet hangouts on Columbus Avenue, the border of Chinatown and North Beach.

The Perfect Sunday

Chinatown is up a hill from downtown, so take advantage of the big city views from the neighborhood's parks and from the top of the Stockton Street Tunnel. Read a book or play checkers in Portsmouth Square. Peruse the art galleries on Grant Avenue and see if you can find any identical pieces.

Locals Love

Easy commute to downtown • Lots of schools • Plenty of shopping options.

Locals Don't Love

Crowded sidewalks • Noisy nights on broadway.

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