An officially designated historic district, Dogpatch is one of San Francisco’s most exciting new neighborhoods. Thanks to the dot-com boom and the creation of the nearby UCSF research campus and hospital complex in Mission Bay, this once run-down waterfront area is now a hip mecca for artists, photographers, and young urban professionals. Because the area survived the 1906 earthquake and fire relatively unscathed, it is home to some of the oldest buildings in San Francisco, some dating back to the 1860s. These historic houses sit among chic new live-in studios, live/work lofts, apartment complexes, and condos that are rapidly replacing the dilapidated dockside warehouses and factories.
Dogpatch has become a destination for foodies as well, with the farm-to-table restaurant scene exploding along Third Street and 22nd Street. Many of these eateries offer romantic waterfront views, and are in good company among trendy new boutiques, coffee shops, gourmet stores, and wine bars. For outdoor recreation, Water Cove Park is a serene spot with walking paths, lawns, and waterfront views, and both Mission Creek Park and AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants, are within walking distance. A little further afoot is the neighborhood Potrero Hill, which boasts several great neighborhood parks and playgrounds, as well as more quality restaurants and shopping. Dogpatch residents also appreciate the fact that getting in and out of the neighborhood is a breeze, thanks to the Third Street rail line that can whisk you to the Embarcadero or Downtown in minutes. ©2016 Maryann LoRusso