When I first moved to San Francisco, Hayes Valley consisted of a few edgy clothing stores and boutiques and a couple of decent places to eat. Today, Hayes Valley has matured into a truly vibrant neighborhood—a great place to live with lots of new additions and more on the way.
Hayes Valley was a relatively depressed area up until 1997, when the final remnants of the old freeway (demolished after the 1989 earthquake) were completely torn down. Then, a slow revitalization started to take place. It was with the opening of the new Octavia Boulevard in 2009 that such a flurry of boutiques and restaurants began to spring up, making Hayes Valley a worthy culinary and retail rival to neighborhoods like Pacific Heights and Cow Hollow.
There are many benefits to living in Hayes Valley, all of which are based on its location. Hayes Valley is very central, allowing residents to get to every part of the city quickly and easily. There is excellent freeway access, making it a fantastic place to reside if you commute to the south or east bay. Hayes Valley is relatively flat offers excellent walkability and bike-ability, not only within the neighborhood, but also to bordering the Lower Haight area as well as all of the great restaurants on Market Street. You can get to hip Mission Dolores and Valencia Corridor areas in the Mission on a bike in just a few minutes. Above all, Hayes Valley sits in San Francisco’s Sunbelt, rarely seeing the fog. In my opinion, Hayes Valley has the best and most sidewalk and patio seating in the city.
Enjoy this walking tour of Hayes Valley, highlighting only a fraction of the great boutiques, cafes, and restaurants the neighborhood offers.
Got questions about living in Hayes Valley? Contact me at 415.533.2496 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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