With the bright retail lights and financial centers of downtown San Francisco only two miles away, this area offers idyllic urban living. Eureka Valley is made up of both flat lands and hills. On the lower slope is the San Francisco archbishop’s headquarters, and on the upper is the dramatic pinnacle known as Corona Heights. The natural beauty of the hills forms the backdrop for a wide variety of homes, many of which are elegant Victorians. Residential pride is evident in the care of the housing, properties, and the entire neighborhood. The social atmosphere tends to be open and relaxed. Buses and light rail provide convenience for commuters to downtown employment centers, and the location east of the Twin Peaks offers some protection from fog.
Historically known as Eureka Valley, The Castro has been considered the Bay Area capital of the gay community since the 1970s. Recently made even more famous by the movie Milk, The Castro is a thriving, exciting area that always seems be bustling.
Surrounded by a wide array of real estate like single family homes and condominiums, the centerpiece of the Castro is the elegant Castro Theater. Nearby you’ll find wonderful restaurants like Frances, Poesia, Sumi Sushi, Nirvana, Osaka Sushi, Caffe Luna Piena, 2223 Restaurant and Bar, Catch, Anchor Oyster Bar & Seafood Market, Blue, Lime and Tangerine (there are even some unforgettable diners like Orphan Andy’s and Baghdad Café).
Watch the foot traffic at local Eureka Valley cafes like Café Flore, Spike's Coffees & Teas, Samovar Tea Lounge, Morning Due Cafe, and of course Tully’s, Peet’s and Starbucks. And to catch the local scene in action check out the Castro’s world-famous bars like Moby Dick, Midnight Sun, Badlands, 440 Castro, The Café, Harvey’s and Twin Peaks Tavern.
The love and dedication inhabitants feel for the area can be seen in their websites, like CastroOnline, CastroSF, WebCastro and TheCastro.net. There are many popular events in the area, including the Castro Street Fair, Pride Weekend and formerly the Castro Halloween Parade.
Great shopping is plentiful in The Castro. You’ll find everything at Cliff’s Variety. And if you need specialty stores, try Citizen, Body, Rolo, Harvest Urban Market, Medium Rare Music, Urban Eyes, Books Inc, Planetweavers (and a few other stores not fit for the faint of heart!).