Excelsior

This low-key neighborhood in the hills exudes a simple, no-frills attitude.

This unpretentious San Francisco neighborhood sports cool murals and a down-to-earth attitude. In Excelsior, greasy spoon diners share the sidewalks with corner stores and ethnic markets. Combine its no-frills vibe with the simple joy of relaxing in its neighborhood park, and Excelsior’s on-the-fringe location complements its unhurried pace. Overlooking the city from its perch in the hills, Excelsior offers a humble alternative to intimidatingly hip neighborhoods.

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On the Map

Excelsior is bordered by Mission Terrace, Portola, Crocker Amazon, Visitacion Valley, Bernal Heights, and Daly City

  • Public transit is Possible
  • Having a car is Easy

San Francisco International Airport: 20 minutes by cab without traffic or 65 minutes by BART
Golden Gate Park: 62 minutes by public transit
Fisherman's Wharf: 66 minutes by public transit
The Ferry Building: 43 minutes by public transit

Life Inside of the City and Outside of the Commotion

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Excelsior's slow pace offers a glimpse, perhaps, of what the city was like when greasy-spoon diners were community gathering spots.

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In Excelsior, they still are.

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Anchored by its local businesses and old-school charm, Excelsior sports a casual attitude and a low-key atmosphere in the fringes of the city.

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[It's] a quiet neighborhood off the beaten path, just south of the happening Mission District....nearby McLaren Park is full of nature trails, picnic spots, a golf course, and a surprise or two."

A Community Composed of Many Cultures

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The neighborhood supports a robust array of cultures. From its bodegas to its body-sculpting studios, Excelsior's diversity is evident.

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Street Art in the Heart of Excelsior

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Murals cover many of Excelsior's spaces.

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The walls of its corner stores, schools, and community parks put its creativity on public display.

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Savor the ethnic vibrancy of this off the beaten path of San Francisco."

Crocker Amazon Park

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Excelsior's nearby park provides its community with the ideal spot for Saturday soccer games and Sunday bike rides.

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Pedal on, young soul.

Photography

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

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.

Michael Blumenfeld

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