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About The Castro

Welcome to one of the liveliest and uninhibited neighborhoods in all of San Francisco, the Castro District. History dating back to the first Scandinavian settlers enrich the streets with period architecture while parades, festivals, and a general milieu of exuberance paint a picture of San Francisco's diversity at it's finest.

Quick Facts

Current Prices: $798,000 to $10,950,000

Closed Prices: $625,888 to $7,450,000

Median Sale Price: $1,658,000

Average $ per sq ft: $1116

Association Fee Ranges: $77.02 to $819.02/mo, $0 to $738.99

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

Age: 1879 to 2018

Sq. Ft.: 509 to 7138 Sq. Ft.

Bedrooms: 1 to 7 Bedrooms

Bathrooms: 0 to 8 Bathrooms

Lot Size: 0 - 3 acres

Getting Around The Castro

Around The Castro

Because of the overwhelmingly sense of community and competition to reside in this area, costs are driven higher than comparable neighborhoods nearby. Beautiful large Victorian homes with all of the ornate facades line the streets and can be seen mixed with more modern looking housing options. Few homes offer yards for young families while condo buildings offer a better range of economic value.

Not just a decade ago, the Castro was struggling to compete with more restaurant-permeated neighborhoods like Russian Hill and Pacific Heights. Now this area booms with culinary options, many featuring unique fare, ambience, and decor. Cafes and diners are solid staples for burgers, pizza, and food off the griddle. Thai, seafood, and Middle Eastern can be found with affordable prices. You can also grab a bite to go at many places like Harvest Ranch Market on Market Street for wraps and sandwiches, freeing up precious time for optimum sight-seeing.

Expect everything. Families, drag queens, tourists, bustling shops, exciting nightlife, activists, volunteers, the completely ordinary, the completely extraordinary; you can find it all in the streets of the Castro. In June, thousands flock here to celebrate the LGBT community during pride month. Weekends are always a predictable party. But then again, so is any night of the week.

The clubs at night burst at the seams with patrons often spilling out into the streets. Dancing, sing-a-longs, and excess are just a few of the reasons why the diverse crowds find the Castro to be a highlight in the city. Try what locals refer to as "The Bar," actually tilted The Bar on Castro" for patio talk and a mixed crowd. Award-winning bar, The Mint on Market Street, is perhaps one of the most famous bars for karaoke. A favorite of locals and visitors, one can always expect to have a legendary time here.

Visit Harvey Milk Plaza in front of the Muni Metro Station for a look at the rainbow colored flag flying in honor of the beloved activist. Regardless of whatever movie is playing, buy a ticket to the Castro Theatre. This 1,400 seat theatre plays a "Mighty Wurlitzer" pipe organ before the films begin, giving you plenty of time to revel in the ornate architecture of the buildings interior. Shop at one of the many eclectic shops for one-of-a-kind mementos. Pay homage to the lives lost of persecuted homosexuals during WWII at Pink Triangle Park at 17th and Market Street. Much less a park than a memorial, it is a great place to pause and reflect in the midst of a busy day.

Locals Love

  • Sense of acceptance and community
  • Nightlife options

Locals Don't Love

  • Lack of parking
  • High real estate prices

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