Having survived the raging fires of the 1906 earthquake, Hayes Valley retains some of San Francisco’s oldest homes. And it’s here where one can find charming alleys tucked in between the hustle and bustle of happening Hayes Street, making a charming marriage out of extoled history and modern lifestyle. Enter the iron gate, scale the front stairs and into a light & airy open floor plan. An open kitchen, living room, dining room, dramatic full bath with shower over tub and skylight, one bedroom with French doors on this level. Off the dining room, an adjacent deck harkens feelings of the French Quarter or a European street. Newly refreshed features on this level include new appliances in kitchen, new light fixtures, new floors and fresh paint throughout. Descend the spiral staircase into a bedroom suite lined with a wall of closets, bath en suite with stall shower and double vanity. Down the hall, a washer and dryer and access to the outside garden. One car garage completes this home
The best thing to ever to happen to Hayes Valley? The Loma Prieta earthquake that resulted in the tear-down of the freeway that once dominated this neighborhood. Today, the freeway is gone, replaced by Octavia Boulevard and its community green.
Anchored by the imposing high-culture edifices of the San Francisco Ballet, Opera, and Symphony, Hayes Valley provides plenty to do following the closing curtain. Late night finds concertgoers heading to belle epoque styled Absinthe and its bar that says open to 2 a.m. Up-and-coming culinary artists ply their trade, opening restaurants that beg to be discovered by foodies. There's the classy and classic Hayes Street Bar and Grill, the Italian Cafe Della Stella and its roasted pumpkin ravioli, and Frijtz, purveyor of Belgian mussels, frites and crepes. Blue Bottle Coffee, tucked away on tiny Linden Street, offers eye-opening coffee. For those who crave a spiritual awakening, Hayes Valley is home to the San Francisco Zen Center, a light filled Italianate building designed by Julia Morgan.
Hayes Valley is small. Its five square blocks has the feel of a cultural village. The under the radar boutiques have made Hayes Valley a destination for cool hunters in search of the latest design trends. Transportation options make getting to and from work simple. 14 MUNI lines, and a BART Station at the foot of Grove Street connect Hayes Valley. Housing is predominately single and multi-family Victorians, the most famous of which are the postcard perfect "painted ladies" along Alamo Square.