Living the San Francisco Dream


Living the San Francisco Dream - Issue #5

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.

view of SF City Hall

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.

Blog: New Condos along Van Ness Avenue 

Blog: MaiLe Nail Salon

I invite you to take a look at Van Ness Avenue - it's more than a thoroughfare, it's a neighborhood.

--- Come for a visit; Stay for a lifetime!

Lottie Kendall, Realtor®


CA DRE#10215160; 650-465-4547

Peninsula Living Business Page



Comment balloon 9 commentsLottie Kendall • April 04 2014 05:27PM


Good evening, Lottie. 'Frisco is a neat town. I would like to take some time to visit for awhile.

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) over 6 years ago

Lottie, I love knowing more about local history when I travel.  Older cities like SF are so appealing. Thank you for sharing.  

Posted by Mary Yonkers, Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor (Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate) over 6 years ago


It sounds like a great place to live.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) over 6 years ago

Good morning Lottie. I have learned more about SF from your posts than I did from my few visits there. Love the photo.

Make it a great weekend!

Posted by Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life (Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709) over 6 years ago

Next time you're out this way, Michael, plan to spend an extra couple of days.

Mary, we have hiking trails, sailing, cruise ships, history -- all your favorite things. Come visit.

Lou, San Francisco is a great place to live. Tell your friends.

Joe, that photo is a shot I took of City Hall from the plaza between Herbst Theatre and the opera house

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 6 years ago

Lottie, great snapshot of Van Ness and what it could offer to potential buyers!   Just lovely!

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) over 6 years ago

Thanks, Joan. This is such a great area of the City--a favorite of many--and some of the new condos are very nice.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 6 years ago

What is your favorite dish served at Helmand Palace?

Posted by 1~Judi Barrett, BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK (Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745) over 6 years ago

Here it is, Judi:

Pallow rice baked w/ chunks of lamb shanks, raisins, & glazed julienne of carrots.

Cost: about $14.00. Many other delicious entrees, too!

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 6 years ago