Cole Valley/Parnassus Heights is a down-to-earth neighborhood that boasts a tight-knit, family-friendly community. It’s charming heart is the commercial district that runs along Cole Street. There, a myriad 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. Many of the homes in Cole Valley are fully restored, single-family Victorian homes with classic details such as bay windows, crown moldings, and hardwood floors, but you’ll also find some more modern multi-unit buildings and condos with nice curb appeal.
The streets are among the most lush and landscaped in the city, which adds to the neighborhood’s allure. Several bus lines serve the area, and the N-Judah MUNI line stops right at Cole Street, making for an easy commute downtown. But on weekends, there’s not much reason to leave Cole Valley. With an active community group hosting annual events such as a street fair and Halloween on Belvedere Street, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more friendly and fun place to live. ©2016 Maryann LoRusso