bernal heights neighborhood tour 5167

For a long time, Bernal Heights was the best kept secret in San Francisco real estate.

Short commutes into downtown, relatively affordable homes, and 360-degree views from atop its hills made it a desirable place for artists, musicians, and tech workers to settle down.

But the residential enclave located south of the city’s pricey Mission District and Noe Valley has seen a surge in popularity in recent years, driving the median sale price of a single-family home to $1.36 million, up 75% from five years ago. In 2014, real estate site Redfin named the north slope of Bernal Heights, an area that’s densely packed with million-dollar homes, the hottest neighborhood in America based on increases in search traffic to local listings.

I recently spent the afternoon in Bernal Height’s northern end to see what the buzz is about.

Bernal Heights has a small town feel while still being in a centrally-located part of San Francisco.

It sits south of the city’s downtown and is bisected by Cortland Avenue, a main shopping strip populated by small markets, cafes, restaurants, and hair and nail salons.

I start my day north of Cortland at Café St. Jorge, a Portuguese-inspired coffee shop and restaurant where I find young people catching up with friends and working on laptops.

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Source: http://www.thisisinsider.com/bernal-heights-hottest-neighborhood-in-san-francisco-2017-6

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