Though Mission Bay is San Francisco’s youngest neighborhood, it exudes all the character of a well-established community. The location is unquestionably desirable, with a long stretch of waterfront and South Beach, South of Market, Potrero Hill, and the Dogpatch arrayed around its inland borders. It is also directly adjacent to the 4th and King Caltrain stop for an easy means of travelling down the peninsula, as well as access to three MUNI streetcar lines, one of which runs the neighborhood’s length. Since the Mission Bay master plan was first laid out, it has found two very significant additions, with a campus of the University of California San Francisco and the Chase Center, home of the Golden State Warriors NBA team, both constructed within its limits. The energy of professional sports also infuses the neighborhood during the summer months, when the San Francisco Giants play at Oracle Park, just across Mission Creek.
The typical Mission Bay dwelling is a luxury condominium, and the neighborhood has benefitted from innovative architects willing to advance stunning new forms for these mid- and high-rise structures. At the same time, a quirky and compelling Bay-Area lifestyle endures in the neat line of houseboats along Mission Creek. Thoughtful urban planning has ensured that these homes, old and new, are surrounded with green spaces, such as Agua Vista Park, Bay Front Park, and the Mission Bay Kids Park, a neighborhood hub showcasing features in natural materials, some of which are arrestingly sculptural. Adding to the role of the outdoors in everyday life, UCSF also hosts a weekly farmer’s market. Those who like to bike, jog, and stroll will appreciate the proximity to the miles-long waterfront promenade of the Embarcadero, as well as the Victorian- and Edwardian-lined streets of Potrero Hill. From its professional sports teams to its waterfront, public transit, and location on the edge of downtown, Mission Bay has quickly won a place in San Francisco’s heart.