Overview

Tenderloin just might be the grittiest neighborhood in San Francisco. Its name derived from the cops who had to work overtime in the area, thereby affording choice cuts of meat. The neighborhood is definitely not for the weak of heart. But once you get used to the colorful, and sometimes questionable, characters it's actually rich with diverse vibes and a motley crowd.
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Quick Facts

  • Current Prices:$699,000
  • Closed Prices:$460,000 to $725,000
  • Median Sale Price:$500,000
  • Average $ per sq ft:$853
  • Association Fee Ranges:$426 to $609,$446.03 to $808/mo
(based on data from the last 12 months)
  • Type:Attached Home (Condo, Townhouse, Loft, etc.), Single Family Home
  • Age:1907 to 2007
  • Sq. Ft.:440 to 3,591Sq. Ft.
  • Bedrooms:0 to 3Bedrooms
  • Bathrooms:1 to 3Bathrooms
  • Lot Sizes:less than 1/8 - 1/4 acres

Amenities

This community has numerous amenities available for residents to enjoy.

Homes

For those looking to invest in a new home, Tenderloin features a wonderful variety of designs to suit the buyer's needs.

Where to Live

Charming Victorians not yet demolished for modern condos or duplexes still exist, adding warmth and architectural character to the housing options. Housing prices are generally lower in this area but are expected to increase, following trends of other neighborhoods with low-income housing sections that currently compete with more notable neighborhoods.

Where to Eat

Locals love their restaurants here and speak about them with great pride. This is where you come for authentic ethnic eateries and soul food for a fraction of the prices of other areas in the city. For interesting fare with unique spices and flavors, head to Marrakech Moroccan Restaurant, on O'Farrell Street, and feast with live music and belly dancing.

What You'll See

Though Tenderloin has earned a reputation for being a little rough around the edges, its filled with eateries, shops, and exotic attractions. The streets are unpolished compared to other San Francisco neighborhoods, but it remains an adored area by locals. Homelessness and crime are just a part of it's ingredients but it also has a rich history, making it an important piece of the city. Beauty here is unconventional and found in the eye of the beholder.

Friday Night Fun

Locals like to get a little wild in these parts. Strip clubs, gay bars, and seedy dives, all have a home and rightly so in the Tenderloin. One can't actually say they've experienced the neighborhood without going to Aunt Charlie's, on Turk Street, for a drag show unlike any other. Just make sure to not walk home alone, especially if you plan on closing down any of the bars.

The Perfect Sunday

The Tenderloin is actually a hub for mural artists and has several galleries dedicated to providing space for mural work. The Book & Job Gallery, on Geary Street, is both an art gallery and bookstore. When finished perusing the galleries, take in an afternoon show, as part of the theater district borders the neighborhood. The Curran and Orpheum theaters house big productions while smaller theaters show local performances of an eclectic nature.

Locals Love

Diversity • Dining options.

Locals Don't Love

The smell.

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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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"Lots of changes"

The Tenderloin is going though a lot of changes. New businesses and construction is all over, with home prices making a come back due to affordable options in a city thats not that affordable. Close to everything and other robust neighborhoods such as Uniom Square & Lower Nob Hill