Sunny, flat, and centrally located, Mission Dolores represents the heart and soul of San Francisco. Attractive to people of all walks of life, the neighborhood is a melting pot, with taquerias and panaderias, pop-up galleries, block-long live/work lofts in former canneries, and chefs determined to make their mark.
The oldest building in San Francisco, Mission Dolores, was founded in 1776, and it still stands at 16th Street and Dolores Street. It is open to visitors as well as those attending its services. Two blocks away, Dolores Park is a favorite neighborhood hangout. On sunny days and warm nights, the gently sloping greens are thronged with people taking in the scene. Public transportation is great; numerous Muni light-rail and bus lines crisscross the neighborhoods, and there are two BART stations within walking distance.
With the rise of the dot-com companies in the 1990s, the old industrial warehouses of the Mission District were converted into open-air, floor-through workspaces. These attracted a new kind of immigrant population: educated, highly skilled, and eager for the next big thing, be it entertainment, dining, or culture. They wanted to be able to walk to work or ride their bike.
Housing was developed to match the taste and needs of this generation of newcomers. Many of the old warehouses preserved their old brick facades. Mission Dolores homes for sale include those with luxury interiors featuring exposed brick walls, huge-timbered beams, two-story-high living rooms with airy ceilings, and industrial kitchens.