Neighborhood Feature: Mission Bay

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Before urbanization, Mission Bay was nestled inside of a +500 acre salt marsh and lagoon, and was occupied by year-round tidal waters.[5] This area was a natural habitat and refuge for large water foul populations that included ducks, geese, herons, egrets, ospreys and gulls. The Native American tribes who resided in this area were the Costanoan people. The tribe most prevalent in the Bay area was the Patwin people who resided in the area for over 5,000 years.

Beginning in the mid-1800s, in attempts to make this area suitable for building, Mission Bay was used as a convenient place to deposit refuse from building projects and debris from the 1906 Earthquake. As the marsh quickly stabilized with the weight of the infill, the area quickly became an industrial district. By 1850 the area was used for shipbuilding and repair, butchery and meat production, and oyster and clam fishing.

In 1998 the area was announced by the Board of Supervisors as a redevelopment project. Much of the land was long a railyard of the Southern Pacific Railroad Company, and transferred to Catellus Development Corporation when it was spun off as part of the aborted merger of Southern Pacific and the Santa Fe Railway. Catellus subsequently sold or sub-contracted several parcels to other developers. It has rapidly evolved into a wealthy neighborhood of luxury condominiums, hospitals, and biotechnology research and development.

Location: Townsend St on the North, Third St and SF Bay on the East, Mariposa St on the South, and 7th St and I-280 on the West.

Commercial: High-end restaurants and retail stores line this neighborhood along with biotechnology research and development office buildings.


Residential: luxury high-rises, mid-rises, apartment buildings

Accessibility: Highly accessible to all modes of transportation. MUNI, BART and Caltrain especially accessible.

Is it for you? It is still up-and-coming but that doesn’t mean it’s not ready. Recommended for empty nesters, single professionals and small families. You’ll love the sweeping water views as well as the accessibility.

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