Neighborhood Snapshot: Bernal Heights

Suburbia. Bernal Heights has a “quiet village community” feel that makes it alluring as a home to young families; hence, its unofficial nicknames “Maternal Heights” and “Maternity Hill”. A common wisecrack is it's where young professionals and the so-called hipsters from the Mission go after they're done partying to start a family. Pet Lovers' Delight- dogs in particular. Boasting of multiple dog-friendly parks, living here with your furry companions will be an absolute dream. Take it in. As one of the "hills" of San Francisco, residents enjoy truly expansive and breathtaking views of the city.

History: It's origins can be traced back from the 1839 Rancho Rincon de las Salinas y Potrero Viejo Mexican land grant to José Cornelio Bernal. San Francisco financier François Louis Alfred Piocheowned then took ownership in 1860 and was responsible for smaller lot subdivision. Bernal Heights is known to have housed not only 1906 earthquake survivors but also shipyard workers from WWII. Oh and believe it or not, it used to be called "Nanny Goat Hill.

Find: Bernal Heights lies to the south of Mission District. It is bounded by Cesar Chavez Street to the north, San Jose Avenue to the west, US 101 to the East, and I-280 to the South.

Attractions: Cortland Ave commercial strip, SF Public Library, Bernal Heights Park

Eat, Drink, Be Merry:
 The Front Porch (
 Holy Water (
 The Lucky Horseshoe (
 Wild Side West (

Transportation: Muni 67

Our take: Families? Planning on starting one? Someone who loves the peace and quiet? This neighborhood is one not to miss if you're looking for a home.

If you're interested in being the neighborhood's newest homeowner or interested in selling your Bernal Heights gem, please schedule a consultation with Rebecca White.