Bernal Heights

Urban hikers, early risers, neighbors, and dogs greet one another in this cozy neighborhood's hilltop park.

Outdoor enthusiasts, indoor bookworms, and pet lovers rejoice! Bernal Heights’ accessibility extends far beyond its practical commuter conveniences. Warm and inviting, Bernal Heights’ bright Victorian homes, organic markets, and gay and pet-friendly bars and cafes enhance its welcoming atmosphere. Nestled between the peaks of San Francisco’s rolling hills, this casual and approachable neighborhood is a charming residential respite in the City by the Bay.

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On the Map

Bernal Heights is bordered by Noe Valley, Excelsior, Bayview, Mission District, Mission Terrace, Portola, Glen Park, and Potrero Hill

SFO Airport: 20 minutes by cab without traffic
Golden Gate Park: 57 minutes by public transit
Fisherman's Wharf: 55 minutes by public transit
The Ferry Building: 41 minutes by public transit

  • Public transit is Possible
  • Having a car is Easy

A Colorful Community with a Close-Knit Culture

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Warmth seems to radiate from every block of Bernal Heights.

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Sidewalk benches, farmers' market food stalls, and bookstores that invite you to stay awhile define this friendly neighborhood removed from the rush of the city.

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Rain or shine, the Alemany Farmers' Market brings its produce to Bernal Heights every Saturday.

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In Bernal Heights, bookstores are more than places to purchase novels.

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They're places of exchange.

Stellar Views of San Francisco

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You could make the argument that the peak of Bernal Heights' appeal is the sweeping view of the city below.

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Contemplate the commotion of Downtown or the tranquility beneath the mist that blankets Twin Peaks.

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Hello, city below.

Beloved by Residents and Blissful for Dogs

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Bernal Heights is as dog-friendly as it is people-friendly.

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The neighborhood boasts bars that encourage you to bring your pooch, popular pet stores, and off-leash parks that create cozy lifestyles for canine companions.

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Bernal Heights' Characteristic Architecture

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Bernal Heights blends classic architectural forms with its own quirky inclinations.

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Little houses on the hillside never looked so nice.


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

Odessa Shekar

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Originally trained as an architect, Odessa has shifted her passion to photography of all sorts. She specializes in family, children and newborn photography but enjoys pursuing architectural photography as well. She calls San Francisco home with her husband and daughter.