The Richmond District single-family home prices rose for the eighth year in a row with median prices appreciating by 5 percent in 2019 and a 122 percent increase from the low of 2011.
San Francisco Richmond ReView
The Richmond District is located in the northwest corner of San Francisco, nestled in between Presidio National Park and the city’s Golden Gate Park. The neighborhood, which includes Sea Cliff and Laurel and Presidio Heights, is home to about 80,000 people. About half of Richmond residents are of Asian ancestry, primarily of Chinese and Korean descent. There is also a large Irish population and many recently arrived Russian immigrants.
Several vibrant commercial areas, including California Street, Clement Street and Geary Boulevard, serve the neighborhood. The 1,400 merchants and small offices in the Richmond District offer a wide range of goods and services.
Local landmarks include the Cliff House and the Beach Chalet at Ocean Beach, the V.A. Hospital at Fort Miley, University of San Francisco and numerous holy houses, including Temple Emanuel, St. John’s Orthodox Church and St. John’s Presbyterian Church. There are numerous attractions in Golden Gate Park, including an American Bison pen, M.H. de Young Memorial Museum, California Academy of Sciences, Strybing Arboretum, the oldest children’s playground west of the Mississippi River and a 9-hole golf course.
Distribution by Neighborhood: Presidio and Masonic Avenues to the Paciﬁc Ocean, Golden Gate Park to the Presidio, Sea Cliff
Distribution by Zip Code: 94118 and 94121
Christine Raher poses with a new friend at the Richmond Neighborhood Center’s toy drive event on Dec. 17. Raher was recently named Woman Lawn Bowler of the Year by the 130-member San Francisco Lawn Bowling Club based in Golden Gate Park.
Police activity in the Richmond District in December, 2019.
Where to find copies of the Richmond Review newspaper.
Richmond District resident Katherine Howard has been collecting Christmas ornaments since 1983. She now has so many ornaments – numbering in the “many thousands” – that she starts decorating her apartment in September and continues through the Christmas season.
The memorial has two life-size bronze statues of characters from Cervantes’ most famous novel, “Don Quixote.” The titular protagonist and his sidekick Sancho Panza are both kneeling and looking up at a larger-than-life bust of the author.
After months of speculation about the renovations taking place at the fire-damaged Golden Star Laundry and Cleaner at the corner of 23rd Avenue and California Street, neighbors were excited to see the restaurant Pearl 6101 open in May, 2018.
The linchpin of this happy ending is the city’s Small Sites Program (SSP). Launched in 2014 by the late SF Mayor Ed Lee, the program is aimed at helping low- and middle-income renters avoid displacement and eviction.
As an artist, Galante notices the neighborhood’s nuances – architectural designs, brightly colored homes, the blanket of fog and the sunsets.
Richmond Neighborhood Center Toy Drive Open House, Dec. 17, 2019.
But the real reason I write is to suggest it might be a good time to examine with open eyes the governance of this district, SF generally and the state as a whole.
Police activity in the Richmond District, December, 2019.
Our recently concluded 2019 legislative session was the first with our expanded Democratic supermajorities and our new governor, Gavin Newsom. After months of hard work, we passed, and the Governor signed, legislation that makes great strides in our efforts to protect renters, workers and the environment, while we continue to create good jobs and save for the inevitable rainy day. Many of these new laws will take effect on Jan. 1.
I want to take this time to address something that has been weighing heavily on the hearts and minds of District 1 residents; I understand that some of my constituents were offended by the language that I used on election night in reference to the Police Officers Association (POA).
The Richmond District’s Kabuto Restaurant has been serving Japanese food to Bay Area residents since 1982. Current owner Eric Cho, who came to the United States from Korea in 1987 to study, purchased the restaurant in 2005 when the original owners retired.