I live and work in San Francisco's West Portal Village. It is a great place to be, like a suburb in San Francisco's west side - which it is! When the Twin Peaks streetcar tunnel was opened in 1918 it finally connected Castro and Market to West Portal Avenue and Ulloa Street on San Francisco's west side. Housing development took place very quickly as homes were built in the 1920's. The quick ride through the tunnel gave people an easy way to get downtown and avoid having to drive over the Twin Peaks and Mount Davidson hills.
Neighborhoods such as Forest Hill and Saint Francis Wood were built as planned communities, and West Portal started as the area's shopping district but eventually became a neighborhood unto itself.
It does feel kind of suburban out here if you compare it to the rest of the City east of Twin peaks. Especially with all the new construction going on along Market Street and condo high rises South of Market, South Beach and Mission Bay. San Francisco is an ever changing City, and for that I am very grateful.
I've worked with clients all over the City, and I love touring the new high rise condo buildings. West Portal is where I live, and believe me I love it here. So if you want the real scoop on housing around here, look me up!
After I got home from work today I walked outside - it was nearing 7pm - I looked up to find a beautiful sight!
John M Scott, Broker / Owner, Scott Keys Properties, Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE), Council of Real Estate Brokerage Managers (CRB), serving San Francisco and the surrounding San Francisco Bay Area