Sunset | Richmond Neighborhood
The Sunset District and the Richmond District roughly begin at the eastern edge of Golden Gate Park and extend west until ending at Ocean Beach along the Pacific. Both the Sunset and Richmond Districts are divided into three parts, Inner, Central, and Outer with smaller communities on its outskirts. This western half of the city was originally called the “Outside Lands” and entirely covered by sand dunes. Most well known for San Francisco’s classic fog, it is also home to many of San Francisco’s middle-class families with a strong Irish, Russian, Italian, Asian, and Pacific Island cultural influences.
The Sunset District offers relative quiet while also providing easy access to the more bustling parts of the city. Most buildings were constructed in the mid 1940’s after WWII in a Rousseau architectural style, incorporating Spanish, Tudor, French, and Mediterranean styles. The West Portal neighborhood has maintained its charm and quaint characteristics from the 1950s. The Sunset is also home to the San Francisco Zoo and the summer concert series at Stern Grove.
The Richmond District is mostly residential filled with Victorian, Edwardian, and Marina style architecture. It is bordered by the Presidio to the North, Golden Gate Park to the South, and the Pacific Ocean to the West providing residents access to a wide array of outdoor activities as well as historical sites. The Lake Street and Sea Cliff neighborhoods are two of the most desirable areas to live in the city due to their views and beautiful architecture.