If hip urban living, cultural diversity, and great weather are what you’re seeking in a neighborhood, look no further than the Inner Mission. People of all ages, backgrounds, and ethnicities call this area their home, and they all get to enjoy the sunshine that appears here even when other parts of the city are blanketed in fog. Single-family homes from the Victorian era through the 1940s are in abundance in the Mission, as are multi-unit buildings, condos, and spacious lofts. Mission Street and the surrounding side streets boast a vibrant café culture, great nightlife, and shopping and dining options for every budget and taste.
On 24th Street between Potrero Avenue and Mission Street is a vibrant retail area with Latino bakeries and restaurants, coffee shops and cafes, and mom-and-pop stores peddling everything from hardware to kitchen supplies. Also nearby is the Valencia Corridor, known for its innovative restaurants, hip nightlife, and trendy shops. People come from all over the city to enjoy the neighborhood’s live-music venues and independent theaters. They also come to explore the numerous artistic and culture institutions that are housed here; many of these galleries, theaters, and community centers were founded during the social and cultural renaissance of the late 1960s and early 1970s. Located near the center of the city, the Inner Mission is an easy place to bike and walk, but it also boasts great public transportation, including two BART stations and bus lines, as well as convenient freeway access. ©2016 Maryann LoRusso