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

Run by the Golden Gate Parks Conservancy, Crissy Field Center is a “green” education facility on East Beach.

Run by the Golden Gate Parks Conservancy, Crissy Field Center is a “green” education facility on East Beach.

Marina Green is a large grassy area where sports events and fairs regularly take place. It’s also a great spot for runners to warm up.

Marina Green is a large grassy area where sports events and fairs regularly take place. It’s also a great spot for runners to warm up.

The Wave Organ is an art installation of tubes extending out to the bay with openings to listen to the waves pulsing in and out.

The Wave Organ is an art installation of tubes extending out to the bay with openings to listen to the waves pulsing in and out.

The Warming Hut Café at the end of Crissy Field is the perfect place to stop for coffee and snacks.

The Warming Hut Café at the end of Crissy Field is the perfect place to stop for coffee and snacks.

Residents enjoy strolling, walking dogs and biking on beautiful Crissy Field.

Residents enjoy strolling, walking dogs and biking on beautiful Crissy Field.

Fort Point affords amazing close-up views of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Fort Point affords amazing close-up views of the Golden Gate Bridge.

A great spot for families, Moscone Playground features play structures, sports fields and a recreation center that hosts classes and camps for kids.

A great spot for families, Moscone Playground features play structures, sports fields and a recreation center that hosts classes and camps for kids.

The Lombard Gate of the Presidio is at the western border of the Marina.

The Lombard Gate of the Presidio is at the western border of the Marina.

Just inside the Lombard Gate of the Presidio, the Letterman Digital Arts Center is a serene 23-acre campus that serves as the headquarters of Lucasfilm. The property includes a public park and an iconic Yoda fountain at the main entrance to the four-building complex.

Just inside the Lombard Gate of the Presidio, the Letterman Digital Arts Center is a serene 23-acre campus that serves as the headquarters of Lucasfilm. The property includes a public park and an iconic Yoda fountain at the main entrance to the four-building complex.

An army post for more than 100 years, Fort Mason is now part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and a National Historic Landmark District. More than 49 buildings of historic significance—which now house restaurants, art galleries, museums and more—are spread over 1,200 acres that also include a grassy hilltop park.

An army post for more than 100 years, Fort Mason is now part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and a National Historic Landmark District. More than 49 buildings of historic significance—which now house restaurants, art galleries, museums and more—are spread over 1,200 acres that also include a grassy hilltop park.

A weekend farmer’s market at Fort Mason is popular with Marina residents.

A weekend farmer’s market at Fort Mason is popular with Marina residents.

The St. Francis Yacht Club has been around since 1927 and boasts some of the best views of the San Francisco Bay.

The St. Francis Yacht Club has been around since 1927 and boasts some of the best views of the San Francisco Bay.

The Palace of Fine Arts is a remnant of the 1915 Panama Pacific International Exposition.

The Palace of Fine Arts is a remnant of the 1915 Panama Pacific International Exposition.

Isa is one of the many celebrated restaurants on Steiner Street between Chestnut and Lombard.

Isa is one of the many celebrated restaurants on Steiner Street between Chestnut and Lombard.