For more than a century, San Franciscans have come home to the Inner Richmond.
And it’s easy to see why.
During the 1800s, this area (originally nicknamed “Outside Lands”) was replete with farmland, cemeteries, and amusement parks. But with the new century, as industrialization and urban development took hold, the Inner Richmond would experience tremendous growth. Before long, the pull of Golden Gate Park and the area’s convenient access to downtown proved irresistible to families who relocated to the Inner Richmond in droves.
In fact, among those neighborhoods located west of the City’s general downtown area, the Inner Richmond was the first to be heavily expanded for residential use. In doing so, builders filled the streets with beautiful and spacious Victorian homes — most of which still stand today.
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With its sunny disposition, larger lot sizes (don’t be surprised to find thriving gardens, inviting outdoor common areas, and lots of play space for the little ones), and a culturally diverse community, the Inner Richmond has an irresistible pull.
Stroll down the favored Clement Street and enjoy Burmese cuisine at Burma Superstar, Asian fusion at B Star Bar, ice cream at Toy Boat Dessert Café, and the Turkish treats of Troya. Other ethnic hot-spots include Bella Trattoria, Brothers Restaurant, King of Thai Noodle House, Chapeau, Giorgio’s, Tanuki, Katia’s Russian Tea Room and Namu.
If you’re looking for specialty shops, you’ll find San Francisco’s famous Green Apple Books on Clement St. remains a prized neighborhood jewel. April in Paris, Covet and With Style are also great for passing the time or finding something out of the ordinary.
Why the Inner Richmond?
Families looking to get the most out of City living are drawn to the Inner Richmond’s easy access to downtown, Marin County, and the Peninsula; variety of civic venues; kid- and dog-friendly parks; and a seemingly endless selection of shopping, nightlife and dining alternatives.