Overview

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.
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Quick Facts

  • Current Prices:$895,000 to $1,200,000
  • Closed Prices:$303,000 to $1,800,000
  • Median Sale Price:$1,010,000
  • Average $ per sq ft:$684
  • Association Fee Ranges:$0,$0 to $350
(based on data from the last 12 months)
  • Type:Attached Home (Condo, Townhouse, Loft, etc.), Single Family Home
  • Age:1900 to 2014
  • Sq. Ft.:600 to 4,130Sq. Ft.
  • Bedrooms:0 to 6Bedrooms
  • Bathrooms:1 to 4Bathrooms
  • Lot Sizes: - 5+ acres

Homes

The community of Portola offers home buyers a wide variety of designs to choose from.

Where to Live

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.

Where to Eat

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.

What You'll See

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.

Friday Night Fun

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.

The Perfect Sunday

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.

Schools

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  • Public
  • Grades K-5
  • 397 Students
(7 Reviews)
  • Public
  • Grades K-8
  • 601 Students
(15 Reviews)
  • Public
  • Grades K-8
  • 690 Students
(30 Reviews)
  • Public
  • Grades 9-12
  • 2718 Students
(103 Reviews)
  • Public
  • Grades K-8
  • 579 Students
(32 Reviews)
  • Public
  • Grades 9-12
  • 1909 Students
(150 Reviews)
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Disclaimer: School attendance zone boundaries are supplied by Maponics and are subject to change. Check with the applicable school district prior to making a decision based on these boundaries.

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