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

Gilman Park has a children’s playground, grassy areas, a basketball court, and picnic tables. 

Gilman Park has a children’s playground, grassy areas, a basketball court, and picnic tables. 

The Hunters Point Shipyard Artists (HPSA) is a community of artists who rent studios in the former shipyard on Hunters Point and host biannual art shows.

The Hunters Point Shipyard Artists (HPSA) is a community of artists who rent studios in the former shipyard on Hunters Point and host biannual art shows.

One of San Francisco’s ecological treasures, Heron’s Head Park is a 22-acre open space and thriving wildlife habitat teeming with native plants and a wide variety of birds.

One of San Francisco’s ecological treasures, Heron’s Head Park is a 22-acre open space and thriving wildlife habitat teeming with native plants and a wide variety of birds.

San Francisco’s oldest theater, The Bayview Opera House offers community members arts-education and cultural-enrichment programs.

San Francisco’s oldest theater, The Bayview Opera House offers community members arts-education and cultural-enrichment programs.

The T-Third Street MUNI light-rail runs nearby.

The T-Third Street MUNI light-rail runs nearby.

Flora Grubb Gardens is an open-air gardening center offers unique plants, garden decor and an espresso bar.

Flora Grubb Gardens is an open-air gardening center offers unique plants, garden decor and an espresso bar.

The Quesada Gardens Initiative is an award-winning community project that has spawned a network of gardens, public art and gathering spaces.

The Quesada Gardens Initiative is an award-winning community project that has spawned a network of gardens, public art and gathering spaces.

The expanded San Francisco Whole Produce Market provides locally grown fruits and vegetables to many of San Francisco’s finest restaurants. 

The expanded San Francisco Whole Produce Market provides locally grown fruits and vegetables to many of San Francisco’s finest restaurants.