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About Portola

Portola attracts San Franciscans looking for a quaint, quiet, and unassuming neighborhood. Though bordered by what may be called unpolished neighborhoods, Portola prides itself on street beautification, cleanliness, and tranquility. What some locals refer to as, "a city within a city," this self-sustaining neighborhood comes replete with its own radio station and is truly a hidden gem in San Francisco.

Quick Facts

Current Prices: $945,000 to $1,599,000

Closed Prices: $655,000 to $2,150,000

Median Sale Price: $1,320,000

Average $ per sq ft: $880

Association Fee Ranges: $350/mo, $0 to $350

Type: Attached Home (Condo, Townhouse, Loft, etc.), Single-Family Home

Age: 1900 to 2021

Sq. Ft.: 1 to 3161 Sq. Ft.

Bedrooms: 0 to 6 Bedrooms

Bathrooms: 0 to 13 Bathrooms

Getting Around Portola

Around Portola

Colorful homes fill the streets of this neighborhood. Many condos sit above local businesses and restaurants. Many homes were built in the 1920's and 30's, and have impressive front yards and a classic Mediterranean feel. This is a sought after area to live since Portola has lower costs than neighboring areas.

BBQ joints, Asian cuisine, and American fare make up a majority of dining options here. Don't pass by the delicatessens or coffeehouses, as they are perhaps the true standouts of this area. Try local favorite Armanino's Deli, on San Bruno Avenue, for sandwiches on-the-run. Locals line up for Breakfast at Tiffany's on San Bruno Avenue, serving up classic breakfasts that neighborhood residents can't get enough of.

A quiet neighborhood, ethnically diverse, and thriving on community solidarity. You might see someone working on their own car in the front yard, or a friendly neighborhood football game at the local park. What Portola lacks in exciting nightlife or tourist attractions is definitely made up in quality people, a small-town feel, and supportive residents.

The bars here are more low-key taverns, reflecting the modest character of the neighborhood, and some of them offer karaoke and pool. Coffeehouses are where it's at if you feel like staying in Portola on a Friday night. But if you need to let loose, The El Toro Nightclub on San Bruno Avenue, hosts nights of cultural celebration along with live music.

Visit McLaren Park for large fields and manicured green space. Dog areas and playgrounds make this a popular evening and weekend spot for locals. It also happens to be a great spot to take in the views. Some weekends hold free concerts in the large amphitheater named after Jerry Garcia. This is also a great area to just walk the neighborhood and admire the different architectural styles of the houses. The people are very friendly and people-watching is a favorite past-time.

Locals Love

  • Parks and recreation
  • Located near major interstates
  • Community feel

Locals Don't Love

  • Public transportation is not convenient
  • Lack of good shopping options

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