Perched on San Francisco’s east shore near the Candlestick Point State Recreation Area, rapidly evolving Bayview Heights is a sunny, diverse urban neighborhood in the midst of significant transformation. Located near the site of a former navy shipyard, the area boasts a high concentration of home ownership, and properties are still affordable by San Francisco standards. Architecture ranges from art deco to mid-century, with some Victorians thrown into the mix, and most single-family houses are generously sized with backyards and off-street parking. Housing prices rise in the hills of this neighborhood, where older homes mix with more modern townhouses and duplexes.
In recent years, condo developments have popped up as part of the city’s plan to reinvigorate the area. Two current projects—at Candlestick Point and at the former Hunters Point Shipyard property—will include some 12,000 new residences along with retail stores and restaurants, a marina, and parks with waterfront access. Many of the neighborhood improvements seen over the past few years have been spearheaded by a determined community, which has rallied to create urban gardening programs and collaborative artists’ spaces, update local parks, and support local businesses. More families are moving into the area, along with artists, musicians, and other creative types who are drawn to Bayview Heights’ open spaces and promising future. ©2016 Maryann LoRusso