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