The Eureka Valley and Dolores Heights neighborhood is perhaps best known for the important role it played in the gay rights movement. Eureka Valley’s Castro District was one of the first gay neighborhoods in the United States, with California’s first openly gay elected official Harvey Milk recognized as its most famous resident. After Milk was assassinated in 1978, many of his fellow community members transformed into activists dedicated to promoting equality and paving the way for gay rights in America. In 2019, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously passed an ordinance to designate the community as the Castro LGBTQ Cultural District.
Today, the neighborhood continues to be popular with the LGBTQ community as well as young families looking for an inviting and diverse place to raise their children. The community is also known for its steep staircases (where one can get a workout just by climbing to the top), panoramic city views, and colorful Victorian homes. The median home price is $3.19 million in Dolores Heights and $1.62 million in Eureka Valley. Condos, townhomes, and multi-family dwellings make up the bulk of the housing inventory, although Eureka Valley boasts tree-lined streets with striking single-family homes that induce fervent bidding wars whenever they hit the market. Many of the homes feature bold, colorful exteriors ranging from pastel pinks to rich jewel tones.
Located two blocks south of Mission Dolores at the edge of the Mission District, Dolores Park
is a sprawling green space that is well-suited for picnicking, lawn games, and outdoor concerts. The hilly neighborhood offers panoramic views of the city beyond.
There are plenty of local chain favorites like Philz Coffee
, which residents often pop into for a quick coffee or bagel on their way to work. Another local establishment that consistently receives top marks is Anchor Oyster Bar
, a nautical-themed hole-in-the-wall restaurant known for its freshly sourced crab cakes, mussels, clams, and, (of course) oysters. To honor the neighborhood’s LBGT history, head to Harvey’s, which was named for the iconic gay activist Harvey Milk. The establishment offers burgers, fries, and other bar food as well as a sizable drink list.
Eureka Valley and Dolores Heights are ideal for anyone who values an inclusive, diverse community.