An eclectic cultural mix defines this almost-perfect rectangle known as Hayes Valley/Alamo Square. Restaurants and boutiques, from funky to high-end, flourish in the Haight-Fillmore and Hayes Valley neighborhoods. Nightlife options range from hip-hop clubs in the Lower Haight to the Civic Center’s symphony, opera, and ballet. To get back and forth, take a bus – there are 14 Muni lines, and a BART Station sits at the foot of Grove Street. Easy access to downtown and the freeway via Gough and Franklin Sts. shorten commute times considerably. Most of this area is covered with San Francisco’s celebrated Victorians – the most famous being the Postcard Row homes at Alamo Square. You can also find contemporary lofts and condos springing up around the Hayes Valley area. This area also has one of city’s highest concentrations of residential income properties. Its new status as a growing, changing, and progressive neighborhood has given it an air of dynamic sophistication.
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