One of the most desirable neighborhoods in San Francisco, the sunny, stylish Marina is a place to see and be seen. People come from all over the world to visit some of its most famous sites—including Crissy Field, which offers close-up views of the Golden Gate Bridge, and the Palace of Fine Arts, a remnant of the 1915 Panama Pacific International Exposition—and to shop and dine on Chestnut Street. The site of not just trendy fashion boutiques, but also some of the city’s best restaurants, bakeries, bars, and coffee shops, Chestnut Street attracts everyone from young, urban professionals and families to longtime residents who lived here before it was extremely hip.
The properties in the neighborhood range from large “Marina style” barrel-front homes to art-deco-era apartment buildings—all of which were built during the neighborhood’s creation following the 1906 earthquake, and all of which are in high demand. Families who settle in the Marina have much to enjoy, from Crissy Field’s toddler and dog friendly beach to Moscone Park, which boasts a large playground, several sports fields, and a popular recreation center that hosts mommy-and-me classes and a kid’s summer camp. Commuters enjoy the fact that both MUNI and Golden Gate Transit serves the neighborhood, and the Golden Gate Bridge and Marin County are just minutes away by car. ©2016 Maryann LoRusso