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The Sunset

About the Sunset District

As the largest neighborhood within the city and county of San Francisco, the Sunset is bounded by Golden Gate Park to the north and Ocean Beach and the Pacific to the west. The Sunset is the west-central section of San Francisco, consisting of three sub-neighborhoods which we’ll cover below: Outer Sunset, Central Sunset and Inner Sunset.

Outer Sunset

The Outer Sunset is a neighborhood located in the central western section of San Francisco. It is one of the last neighborhoods in the city to be developed.

Most of the homes here were built in a neat grid of two-story tract homes during the 1930s and 1940s. The famous San Francisco developer of this area, Henry Doelger, was known for the simplistic and practical design of his homes.

One of the biggest perks of living in the Outer Sunset is its beachside locale. Even homes further from the sand can have great views of the Pacific Ocean. But this perk goes hand-in-hand with the neighborhood’s only drawback: the fog that often obstructs said views. The fact is, residents who live here love the ocean and the fog doesn’t take away from its prime beachfront location.

Public transportation runs all the way out to this relatively distant neighborhood with Lincoln Way running along its northern border and providing direct access to the freeway. Golden Gate Park is also just to the north of the Outer Sunset.

Irving Street serves as the main commercial drag for the Outer Sunset, lined with cafes, restaurants, storefronts, and bars. Part of the charm of this neighborhood is the treasured mom-and-pop businesses sprinkled around the neighborhood, aging it some, but with distinction.

Central Sunset

Central Sunset is a neighborhood in San Francisco bounded by the following: Lincoln Way, Quintara Street, 19th Avenue and Sunset Boulevard. This neighborhood is mostly residential, but there is a commercial strip on Irving Street. There are several notable landmarks within Central Sunset, San Francisco, including the Sunset Reservoir, Golden Gate Park, Abraham Lincoln High School and the Sunset Recreation Center.

The Central Sunset neighborhood features a linear layout. The low-profile houses are lined in arrow-straight rows that look like a circuit board from above. This straightforward layout is only interrupted by some clusters of trees along the way. This uniform layout is complemented by the well-ordered side streets. They provide a safe haven from the busy 19th Avenue that is located not too far from the heart of this neighborhood. And speaking of location, most of the top-rated restaurants, shops and other businesses in San Francisco are located within a few minutes away. 

Central Sunset is also home to about 50,000 residents that are predominantly immigrants. In general, it is a quiet and family-friendly neighborhood. It is also easily recognizable for its bright houses, which provide a nice contrast to the fact that this neighborhood is covered in fog most of the time.

Inner Sunset

Inner Sunset is a neighborhood within the Sunset District in San Francisco, California. The central part of this neighborhood is represented by the commercial district at Irving Street and 9th Avenue. This neighborhood is bordered by the following streets: Stanyan Street, Golden Gate Park, and Kirkham Street.

Inner Sunset is a vibrant community within San Francisco. It is home to several local businesses such as bars, restaurants, bakeries, coffee shops, ice cream parlors, and retail shops. These establishments are grouped together as one cluster in the commercial district area. There are also several restaurants within this commercial district. Residents and tourists alike can indulge in various cuisines including Thai, Persian, Japanese, Greek, Italian, and more.

Many would refer to Inner Sunset as a fun and hip neighborhood. It is home to the University of California – San Francisco (UCSF) campus and Golden Gate Park. Inner Sunset has the right balance of nature and big city living. It is the perfect choice of neighborhood for those who would like some quiet repose, but who still want to be able to access the vibrant San Francisco nightlife and entertainment.

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