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Hayes Valley: A Brief Biography

Hayes Valley: A Brief Biography

Defined by its distinct bohemian charm, Hayes Valley is San Francisco’s answer to New York’s SoHo, or Greenwich Village. Lined with upscale boutiques, some of the city’s best restaurants and galleries, Hayes Valley has quickly topped San Francisco’s list of fashionable and trendy neighborhoods.

 

The Proxy in Hayes Valley is home to food trucks, a Ritual Coffee truck, and Smitten—which was named the world's best ice cream.
The Proxy in Hayes Valley is home to food trucks, Ritual Coffee, and Smitten—a liquid nitrogen ice cream parlor.

 

While Hayes Valley is now an haute couture haven, it hasn’t always been that way. Twenty years ago Hayes Valley was a symbol for the city’s drug and homeless problems and the neighborhood we know and love today was inconceivable. The 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake gave Hayes Valley a second shot at life after the destruction of the Central Freeway, which passed right over the neighborhood.

 

Walk down Hayes Valley's Lindon Street to find a Blue Bottle Coffee shop nestled in the alleyway.
Walk down Hayes Valley’s Lindon Street to find a Blue Bottle Coffee shop nestled in the alleyway.

 

Hayes Valley features beautiful tree-lined streets with quiet residential areas set away from the main commercial corridor.
Hayes Valley features beautiful tree-lined streets with quiet residential areas set away from the main commercial corridor.

 

Today Hayes Valley’s influence continues to spread to surrounding neighborhood, including the Mid-Market area, bringing in exciting new restaurants, shops and housing projects.

 

Hayes Valley is a popular neighborhood for upscale and boutique shopping.
Hayes Valley is a popular neighborhood for upscale and boutique shopping.

 

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In Q3 2014 the median home sales price in Hayes Valley was $2,621,500. Learn more about Hayes Valley and it’s surrounding neighborhoods in District 6: Central North.

 

The Grove is a great spot to grab a coffee or a quick meal in Hayes Valley.
The Grove is a great spot to grab coffee or a quick meal in Hayes Valley.

 

Stay tuned for our expanded Neighborhood Guides—coming soon to www.jodigroup.com—, with all the information you’ll need when deciding on the next neighborhood to call home (or maybe just for a night out on the town).

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