Outer Sunset

You’ll feel miles away from fast-paced urbanites in this down-to-earth neighborhood along the coast.

Salty ocean air and ever-present fog blanket the Sunset District. Undaunted by dampness, rows of modest stucco homes share the Outer Sunset’s mostly quiet streets with locally beloved produce co-ops, casual restaurants, and cheeky cafes. This serene neighborhood feels far removed (and indeed takes some time to reach) from San Francisco’s city center. However, the Outer Sunset’s inviting green spaces and sandy shores make the misty adventure worth the time for urban beachcombers.

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On the Map

Outer Sunset is bordered by West Portal, Parkside, Inner Sunset, and Lakeshore

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Easy

SFO Airport: 25 minutes by cab without traffic
Golden Gate Park: 24 minutes by public transit
Fisherman's Wharf: 60 minutes by public transit
The Ferry Building: 45 minutes by public transit

Ocean Beach: The Soul of the Outer Sunset

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Leave your high-rise office building for high tide at Ocean Beach, the Outer Sunset's natural wonder.

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Urban beaches are a city-slicker's delight, and San Francisco delivers along its sandy stretch of coast.

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Clouds often shroud this habitually misty destination, but the Outer Sunset's fog enhances its ethereal aquatic atmosphere.

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We are especially in love with the Outer Sunset, since we can walk to Ocean Beach to surf and get to ride our bikes through the park."

The Outer Sunset Scene: Cafes and Corner Markets

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Surfers talk about the day's waves in the Outer Sunset's array of corner markets and seaside cafes. Among others, the Outer Sunset is stoked on Trouble Coffee, Java Beach, and Outerlands.

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Golden Gate park is only a block away and the Pacific ocean is down the road. Also close by is a collection of excellent restaurants of various cultures to sample."

Asian Influences In the Outer Sunset

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The Outer Sunset is home to an enriching Asian community.

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Their shared cultures and customs influence the flavors and styles of the Outer Sunset.

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We love the neighborhood and are surrounded by great neighbors. If you open the windows, you can hear the ocean at night. It's hard to believe downtown is only 20 to 30 minutes away by public transport."

Beachfront Property In An Awesome Atmosphere

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A beach house in the city? It doesn't get more epic than that.

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The Outer Sunset is served by MUNI.

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It takes a little time, but the journey's worth it.

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.

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