Spotlight on Hayes Valley

Hayes Valley is in the heart of San Francisco, and it's a great place to begin your search for homes for sale in the Bay Area. Perfect for anyone who loves unique shopping and dining options, this is a vibrant community with a diverse array of residential homes.

By living in Hayes Valley, residents also enjoy the convenience of being close to the action in San Francisco.  It's a popular residential area because it's close to attractions like Golden Gate Park and the Civic Center. Additionally, it's within walking distance to two public transportation stations - BART, the Bay Area Rapid Transit, and MUNI, the Municipal Transportation Agency.

Hayes Valley is also close to Route 101, a road which residents are connected to by the Central Freeway with Octavia Boulevard access.  This makes it simple to drive almost anywhere you need to go in San Francisco. This makes it simple to go anywhere you need to in the Bay Area.

The sense of community and unmatched local retailers is what keeps people moving to and living in Hayes Valley. The friendly residents and business owners give the sense that you're surrounded by familiar faces and caring individuals. Each store and restaurant is unique because chains are discouraged in Hayes Valley. The Hayes Valley Neighborhood Association helps to maintain this sense of community and neighborhood involvement, as well as address any concerns residents might have.

Children enjoy playing in at the Hayes Valley Playground, a facility that reopened in June 2011 with two play areas featuring new equipment, beautiful landscaping and a new clubhouse. Another neighborhood favorite among adults and children alike is the Off the Grid Hayes Valley. Off the Grid is an open market of food vendors that occurs in 12 locations around the Bay Area, one of which recently began operations as a part of the Hayes Valley Proxy Project. This provides a unique dining experience for residents and visitors a few nights a week.

Hayes Valley homes range from modern condominiums to classic, Victorian single-family homes. Homes for sale in this neighborhood go for more than the average San Francisco home. In Hayes Valley, homes are currently selling for around $800,000. This is after a steady increase since the beginning of the year, but not quite as high as in years past. Although, townhouses and attached units may provide more cost-effective housing options for people hoping to move to this area.