Named after Buena Vista Park and located in the area immediately surrounding it, this charming neighborhood is known for its panoramic views and palm-tree-lined streets. The park itself, which is dotted with hiking trails, pathways, tennis courts and staircases, is the oldest official park in San Francisco, built in 1867. The homes here are primarily single-family Edwardians and Victorians, but there are also some more modern houses and multi-unit properties. 

To the west of Buena Vista Park is the more upscale neighborhood of Ashbury Heights, known for its architecturally diverse houses on quiet, tree-lined streets with with stunning vistas. All residents enjoy proximity to the Cole Street shopping district, where a plethora of trendy restaurants, sidewalk cafes and bakeries compete for attention with mom-and-pop stores that peddle everything from gourmet food and wine to hardware. Convenient public transportation is just a short walk down the hill to Parnassus and Frederick Streets. ©2016 Maryann LoRusso

Buena Vista Park is the oldest park in San Francisco and known for its breathtaking views. 

Buena Vista Park is the oldest park in San Francisco and known for its breathtaking views. 

Grattan Elementary is one of the highest-rated public elementary schools in San Francisco.

Grattan Elementary is one of the highest-rated public elementary schools in San Francisco.

The Cole Street shopping district is a destination for great restaurants, coffee and gourmet shops, and a variety of mom-and-pop retail establishments.

The Cole Street shopping district is a destination for great restaurants, coffee and gourmet shops, and a variety of mom-and-pop retail establishments.

The commercial district centered around Market and 17th Streets is overflowing with great bars, restaurants and mom-and-pop shops—including a Whole Foods supermarket.

The commercial district centered around Market and 17th Streets is overflowing with great bars, restaurants and mom-and-pop shops—including a Whole Foods supermarket.

Golden Gate Park offers a myriad of treasures, from world-renowned museums to miles of hiking, biking and walking trails. 

Golden Gate Park offers a myriad of treasures, from world-renowned museums to miles of hiking, biking and walking trails. 

UCSF Parnassus Medical Center is regarded as one of the world’s leading universities in health sciences.

UCSF Parnassus Medical Center is regarded as one of the world’s leading universities in health sciences.

The Mount Sutro Open Space Reserve is a largely undeveloped, 61-acre area just south of the UCSF Parnassus Heights campus.

The Mount Sutro Open Space Reserve is a largely undeveloped, 61-acre area just south of the UCSF Parnassus Heights campus.

Dramatic views can be seen from atop the 600-foot-high Tank Hill, named for an old water tank stationed here in the late 1800s.

Dramatic views can be seen from atop the 600-foot-high Tank Hill, named for an old water tank stationed here in the late 1800s.

Lined with stores reminiscent of its counter-culture past, Haight Street is also home to trendy book, record and clothing shops, as well as lively bars and restaurants. 

Lined with stores reminiscent of its counter-culture past, Haight Street is also home to trendy book, record and clothing shops, as well as lively bars and restaurants.