This vibrant neighborhood boasts a dynamic, vibrant community and a diverse assortment of homes. Whether they choose to live in a stately Edwardian or a mid-century condo, all Mission residents enjoy warm weather and access to some of city’s best dining, shopping, and cultural experiences. The neighborhood is bound on one side by bustling Valencia Street, a hip commercial stretch overflowing with wonderful eateries, hip boutiques and bookshops, as well as lively bars and music venues. The block of 18th Street between Dolores and Guerrero is a culinary destination, with renowned restaurants Delfina and Tartine, not to mention the famed local grocer Bi-Rite, all located on one block.

For recreation, residents can enjoy the playground and grassy areas at Mission Dolores Park, or splash in the city’s only outdoor pool beneath a famed mural by Susan Cervantes, Raul Martinez, and Juana Alicia. The area also boasts a thriving literary scene, as host to the annual LitCrawl event and home to the 826 Valencia Writing Project, which offers free workshops for children. For commuters, transportation is easy with BART and MUNI lines nearby, and both highways and bike-friendly paths highly accessible. ©2016 Maryann LoRusso

A popular gathering spot for families and neighbors, Mission Dolores Park boasts a large, recently renovated playground and a large grassy area for picnicking.

A popular gathering spot for families and neighbors, Mission Dolores Park boasts a large, recently renovated playground and a large grassy area for picnicking.

Valencia Street is a bustling commercial stretch overflowing with wonderful eateries, hip boutiques and bookshops, lively bars and music venues.

Valencia Street is a bustling commercial stretch overflowing with wonderful eateries, hip boutiques and bookshops, lively bars and music venues.

Lines form early in the morning for the chocolate croissants and other freshly baked goodies at Tartine on 18th Street.

Lines form early in the morning for the chocolate croissants and other freshly baked goodies at Tartine on 18th Street.

The block of 18th Street between Dolores and Guerrero is a dining destination, with establishments such as Delfina attracting foodies from all over the city.

The block of 18th Street between Dolores and Guerrero is a dining destination, with establishments such as Delfina attracting foodies from all over the city.

Bi-Rite grocery store is a neighborhood institution, specializing in locally sourced, organic foods. A Bi-Rite ice cream shop is located right across the street.

Bi-Rite grocery store is a neighborhood institution, specializing in locally sourced, organic foods. A Bi-Rite ice cream shop is located right across the street.

The 826 Valencia Writing Project, established by author and publisher Dave Eggers, provides educational workspace and free tutoring for kids.

The 826 Valencia Writing Project, established by author and publisher Dave Eggers, provides educational workspace and free tutoring for kids.

Mission Dolores, at the corner of 16th and Dolores, is one of the two original missions in San Francisco and the oldest standing building in the city. 

Mission Dolores, at the corner of 16th and Dolores, is one of the two original missions in San Francisco and the oldest standing building in the city. 

Charming, hilly Dolores Street is shaded by palm trees and lined with grand Victorians.

Charming, hilly Dolores Street is shaded by palm trees and lined with grand Victorians.