Anchored by the imposing high-culture edifice of the San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center (housing the San Francisco Ballet, San Francisco Opera, and San Francisco Symphony), Hayes Valley provides plenty to do following the closing curtain.
Late night finds concertgoers heading to belle epoque-styled Absinthe Brasserie & Bar. Up-and-coming culinary artists ply their trade, opening restaurants that beg to be discovered by foodies, such as the classy and classic Hayes Street Grill; the Italian Caffe Delle Stelle and its roasted butternut-squash ravioli; and Frijtz, purveyor of Belgian mussels, frites, and crepes.
Hayes Valley is small; its five square blocks have the feel of a cultural village. The under-the-radar boutiques have made the neighborhood a destination for cool hunters in search of the latest design trends. For those who crave a spiritual awakening, Hayes Valley is home to the San Francisco Zen Center, a light-filled Italianate building designed by Julia Morgan. Transportation options simplify getting to and from work. More than a dozen Muni lines and a Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) station at the foot of Grove Street connect the district. Hayes Valley homes for sale are predominately single- and multifamily Victorians, the most famous of which are the postcard-perfect Painted Ladies along Alamo Square.