Neighborhood watch: Sunset District

There is a wide variety of homes for sale in the Bay Area, and each residence is located in a unique community full of interesting characteristics. San Francisco's rich historical and cultural tapestry has resulted in prominent architectural styles being displayed in many different buildings, and if homeowners are lucky, they can snatch up a house with great construction features.

One neighborhood that is chock-full of such homes is the Sunset District, located in the western part of San Francisco. If you are a homeowner considering a Bay Area relocation, check out some of the following reasons why Sunset District homes are fantastic places to live.

Sunset District Historic Resource Survey
The San Francisco Chronicle reported that the San Francisco Planning Department is releasing the first draft of its Sunset District Historic Resource Survey this fall. The property survey evaluated over 2,500 homes in rough shape located between 29th Avenue, Sunset Boulevard, Kirkham Street and Santiago Street. All property was built between 1925 and 1950.

"We're expecting that most of the buildings won't be architecturally significant, but we're finding small clusters with great designs scattered among the non-remarkable ones," said Planning Department preservationist Mary Brown, according to the news source. "There are wonderful buildings in the Sunset. I really think it's an underrated neighborhood."

Basically, the owners of any historical homes must adhere to the guidelines set down by the Office of Historic Preservation. Therefore, remodeling can only occur if builders and architects can complete construction using tools and materials from that specific time period.

If you are searching for a home with a rich history that is evident in its architecture, the Sunset District might be the right place for you.

Splendid scenery
Every resident of San Francisco knows about the beautiful landscapes and scenery of the Bay Area, and one especially moving sight takes place when ocean fog moves into the San Francisco Bay. Since the Sunset District is situated atop a slight geographic incline, many homes in the community feature sweeping views of both the Pacific Ocean and the Bay.

Nightlife and entertainment
The Sunset District is also known as a cultural hub for the young, professional crowd in San Francisco, and there is never a shortage of things to do on a Friday or Saturday night. If you need a good place to start, head down to Irving Street between 7th and 10th Avenue, where there are plenty of shops, bars and restaurants.