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Focus on a San Francisco neighborhood: The Richmond District

September 22nd, 2014 by Gabrielle Dahms

The Richmond District is located in the northwest corner of San Francisco and borders in the Presidio to the north, Golden Gate Park to the south, and the Pacific to the west.

Clement and Geary Streets are major thoroughfares through this large neighborhood, which is composed of the Inner Richmond, Central Richmond, and Outer Richmond plus a couple of smaller enclaves within them:  Sutro Heights, Lake Street, Seacliff among them. The neighborhood is residential and composed of large Asian, Russian and Irish populations.

Many Victorian and Edwardian mansions are along the Lake Street corridor and the Seacliff neighborhood has exclusive mansions, many of which face the Golden Gate straight and afford spectacular views to the north as well as of the bay.  The neighborhood is composed mainly of single family homes, multi-unit buildings and apartment buildings but has a number of TICs and condos as well.

The Richmond District is large and can be broken down into the Inner & the Outer Richmond District in the main. All of the following are part of the Outer Richmond: Balboa Street shopping corridor, the Cliff House, Land’s End, Ocean Beach, the Legion of Honor & Lincoln Park & Golf Course, and Sutro Heigts Park. The Inner Richmond borders on Golden Gate Park as does the Outer Richmond, has both Geary and Clement Streets for shops, small green grocers, many ethnic restaurants and the like. Green Apple Books, one of the few remaining independent bookstores, is located in the Inner Richmond.

Public transit is easy with many MUNI bus lines and freeway access to both the north and south are easy as well.