Castro Properties

Written by Linda Alexander
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Castro properties were once dairy farms and dirt roads, like much of San Francisco. Today, it has evolved into one of the most vibrant communities in the city. Irish, German, and Scandinavian immigrants sought cheap Castro properties in the 1800s, and Castro became a veritable suburb once the Cable railway linked it to the city. Back then, Castro was known as Eureka Valley.

Building Castro Properties

Those homesteaders built large Victorian houses for their large families. Today, most of these homes have been restored, and now command a price as lofty as the hills on which they sit. Eureka Valley was a quiet, working-class neighborhood until the postwar era, when people began leaving the city for the suburbs.

For some unknown reason, San Francisco has always been tolerant of gays; after World War II, gay men discharged from the military came through San Francisco, and many began to buy up the old Victorians at relatively low prices, instead of going back to their hometowns. The neighborhood was renamed for Castro Street, one of its busiest streets. The activism of the '60s and '70s and the impact of the AIDS epidemic in the '80s made Castro a more cohesive, thriving gay community.

Castro properties are known for their Victorian style homes, sometimes referred to as "painted ladies." They are painted in pastel colors like the ones they were painted when they were first built. If you are looking to buy or sell a home in Castro, you are surely buying or selling a beautiful property.


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