Sunset Properties

Written by Linda Alexander
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Sunset properties were among the last areas of San Francisco to be developed. While Inner Sunset began being developed in the late 1880s, many homes and buildings in Outer Sunset were built between the 1920s and 1950s. Because of its foggy weather, the area is considered to be one of the least popular places to move in San Francisco. But Sunset properties can be just as pricey as the rest of the city.

Sunset is built along a grid in a monotony of mid-20th century residences. However, many of these homes have dazzling views of the city and the ocean. Streetcars provide a convenient ride downtown with easy connections to BART.

Sunset Properties: Nature and a Former Desert

Aside from their western border of ocean, Sunset properties have one other advantage: access to Golden Gate Park, which forms the neighborhood's northern border. Outer Sunset used to be all sand dunes. After the 1906 earthquake and fire, many residents fled the downtown areas in search of new housing. Sunset got its name from a real estate agent attempting to disguise the area's reputation for gloomy weather and sell homes there.

For visitors, Sunset offers yet another eclectic mix of cultures. At least one-third of the neighborhood population is Asian-American, while Russian, Irish, and other European descendants make up much of the rest of the mix. Naturally, an eclectic mix of ethnic restaurants can be found there, as well as a broad array of businesses catering to Asian-Americans.


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