This industrial neighborhood's graffiti-clad buildings reflect its artistic edge and on-the-fringe feel.

Bayview's determined community continues to spearhead neighborhood improvements. The neighborhood's locally-owned restaurants and DIY collaborative spaces forge the way when it comes to community activism–many of them support Bayview's urban gardening programs and ultra-creative endeavors. With the recent introduction of the MUNI light rail, Bayview benefits from increased accessibility and city-center connectivity.

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On the Map

Bayview is bordered by Dogpatch, Portola, Potrero Hill, Visitacion Valley, Bernal Heights, Mission District, and Brisbane

San Francisco International Airport: 20 minutes by cab without traffic
Golden Gate Park: 55 minute by public transit
Fisherman's Wharf: 51 minutes by public transit
The Ferry Building: 35 minutes by public transit

  • Public transit is Possible
  • Having a car is Easy

Industry and Creativity In a San Francisco Port

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Bayview's biggest draw might be 49ers football games at Candlestick Park, but its mystique is beginning to grow as independent restaurants and artist-friendly collaborative spaces join its cadre of small shops.

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In San Francisco, sunshine is an unexpected surprise.

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Bayview locals are in luck.

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In Bayview, it's often sunny.

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Bayview mornings mostly start early.

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Children make their way to school and soul food stands begin cooking with the rising sun.

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It takes a long time to infuse food with that much flavor.

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Buses and the recently-introduced MUNI light rail system bring Bayview residents into and out of San Francisco's downtown destinations with ease.

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All the while, Sutro Tower stands in the distance at the top of Twin Peaks.

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Ahoy, skyward Sutro.

[Bayview] is a bad place for travelers who'd prefer to stay on the beaten path, or who are put off by ethnic and industrial neighborhoods. Bayview is not a luxury or traditional-tourist area, but it's a great part of San Francisco to experience..."

Bayview's Creative Culture

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Skillful and productive artist communities tuck themselves into Bayview's ordinary-looking and deceptively-dilapidated warehouses.

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Glass blowers, flora engineers, welders, jewelers, musicians, painters, and writers feel compelled to create in Bayview's wide open spaces.

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Sometimes, all it takes to create is a little open space.

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When artists find their niche, they're free to grow.

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Long-standing traditions of Bayview's artistic-minded community thrive in the neighborhood.

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San Francisco's oldest theatre, The Bayview Opera House, offers community members arts education and cultural enrichment programs.

Sporting In Bayview: Candlestick Park and Bayview Beaches

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The 49ers kick off in Candlestick Park, a San Francisco staple when it comes to fierce competition and championship teams.

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Across the parking lot from the stadium, the Candlestick Park Recreation Center remains open for all sorts of sporting enthusiasts. Can you windsurf in Bayview?

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Sure can.

Located in the heart of the Bayview district, we are a walk from the T-line that heads downtown, and steps away from other SF MUNI lines. Within blocks of taquerias, BBQ joints, Chinese food spots, and a delicious Peruvian spot!"

Urban Gardening and Community Ecology Projects

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Urban parks and community-driven gardens symbolize Bayview residents' unhindered commitment to continually beautifying their neighborhood.

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Neighborhood volunteers joined together to revive Heron's Head Park, a community sanctuary that was once an overgrown wetland.

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Nearly every part of its upkeep, from its 100% eco-friendly cultural center to its trail maintenance, is spearheaded by Bayview's green-conscious community.

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Classes are often conducted in Bayview's garden centers.

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They sow the seeds of knowledge.

Our neighborhood is one of the sunniest in the city, something you may come to appreciate as you see the fog enveloping other neighborhoods."

Bayview's Two Faces: Residential and Industrial

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Bayview's two-story stoops and full-block murals contrast the masts of its hundred-feet ships and port-savvy dock spaces.

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The contrast adds something mythical to the neighborhood's on-the-fringe-of-the-city's residential streets.

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The difference between shipping containers and recycling containers matters little when juxtaposed with the view from the neighborhood's hills.

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Bay behind.

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City ahead.


Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Marc Olivier Le Blanc

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Marc Olivier Le Blanc specializes in commercial and editorial portrait photography. Although he's currently based in the vibrant Mission neighborhood of San Francisco, he returned to his native France to shoot Paris for this project through a traveler's eye. He always strives to turn both the ordinary and the unusual into something extraordinary.

Michael Blumenfeld

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Michael Blumenfeld is a commercial photographer based in San Francisco. When not shooting, he loves rooting for the Giants, haunting used-book stores, and following his appetite around the city. He's inspired each day by the energy and diversity of the Bay Area. This project for Airbnb was a great opportunity to tread both the beaten and unbeaten paths of a city he feels privileged to call home.