Located along the western shoreline adjacent to the Candlestick Point State Recreation area, Candlestick Point is a community-minded neighborhood with an emerging art and restaurant scene and some exciting revitalization plans in the works. The area’s name dates back to the 1800s when abandoned ships were burned in the harbor, resembling lighted candlesticks. This harbor remains one of the neighborhood’s main draws, offering spectacular views and opportunities for outdoor activities such as picnicking, fishing, and windsurfing. While the homes in the neighborhood are varied in architectural style and size, recent condo developments provide waterfront views and modern amenities.
City plans are currently in the works to increase housing and reinvigorate the former site of Candlestick Park, which was demolished in 2015. By 2017, more than 6,000 new homes and an “urban outlet” mall featuring retail stores, a movie theater, and community gathering spaces are expected to be built at this venue. Meanwhile, neighborhood improvements continue to be spearheaded by a passionate community that has rallied to create urban gardening programs, collaborative artists’ spaces, update local parks, and support locally owned businesses. Easy access to highways also makes the neighborhood a good choice for commuters. ©2016 Maryann LoRusso