Mission Bay

Check out this rail-yard turned neighborhood before it becomes a San Francisco hotspot.

Mission Bay may not conjure visions of classic San Francisco, but this contemporary neighborhood is commonly deemed up-and-coming. Just across Mission Creek from AT&T Park (Go Giants!), Mission Bay’s wide boulevards and vacant lots are steadily filling in with luxury apartment complexes and university campus buildings boasting bayside views. Although the neighborhood has yet to gain a steady nightlife scene, its light rail stops and bus lines will take you anywhere in the city.

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On the Map

Mission Bay is bordered by South Beach, Dogpatch, Potrero Hill, and SoMa

  • Public transit is Possible
  • Having a car is Possible

San Francisco International Airport: 20 minutes by cab or 67 minutes by public transit
Golden Gate Park: 1 hour by public transit
Fisherman's Wharf: 40 minutes by public transit
The Ferry Building: 20 minutes by public transit

Rapid Redevelopment In Mission Bay

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Since University of California, San Francisco relocated its research campus to Mission Bay, the neighborhood has swiftly grown up.

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Vacant lots transformed into sleek scholarly buildings and eco-friendly student centers, and contemporary apartment complexes continually sprout up.

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With AT&T Park down the street, baseball fans take note because you are ideally located for a quick walk to the game. The Mission Bay Park and Boardwalk also provide a beautiful stroll along the water, and in a short walk you'll be at the Ferry Building or the Financial District."

Life Along the Waterfront

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Mission Bay's location along the water provides natural relief from the urbanity of its contemporary complexes.

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Symbols of the neighborhood's seaside industry stowaway in Mission Bay's local bars.

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From the bay to the creek, Mission Bay brims with aquatic surprises.

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A thriving houseboat community floats in Mission Creek.

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The area was very quiet and clean, just a short walk into the heart of SOMA."

Joey

Visited in 2013

Just Across Mission Creek: AT&T Park

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Cross Mission Creek and arrive at the Giants' home field in minutes.

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If you couldn't get your hands on tickets in time, catch the game from afar.

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There's an open seat in the park.

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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