Van Ness Avenue is one of the major north-south thoroughfares in San Francisco. Actually a part of Highway 101, it passes by Davies Symphony Hall, The War Memorial Opera House, Herbst Theatre, and City Hall. Many people recall when it was known as “auto row” and a few high-end show rooms are still located here. However, as one crests the hill at Sacramento Street and continues north, the atmosphere changes and it takes on much more of a neighborhood feel.
This 5th issue of Living the San Francisco Dream talks about the Van Ness Avenue corridor, in particular the 1-mile stretch from Sacramento Street north to Lombard. You’ll find a number of churches, several of which often host musical and neighborhood events, small specialty shops like Chan’s Trains and Hobby, Big Swingin Cycles, and Utrecht Art Supplies. Convenient services are here: nail shops, medical offices, Atlas Massage Studio (ask for Leslie if you when you need a deep tissue massage) and chiropractors.
And restaurants, from simple places like Subway, Peter D’s and Happy Donuts, to unique and delicious upscale restaurants like the venerable House of Prime Rib, the Matterhorn Swiss Restaurant and my favorite, Helmand Palace, with its delicious Afghan food and comfortable ambience.
Like Polk Street, housing along Van Ness is primarily condos, tenancy-in-common units, and apartments above retail space, including some brand new condominiums that are selling out prior to completion. This location, near the Union Street, Polk Street and Chestnut street neighborhoods, with good transit, many amenities, physical beauty and not far from parks and open space, keeps it in high demand.
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I invite you to take a look at Van Ness Avenue - it's more than a thoroughfare, it's a neighborhood.