3.8 out of 10

Bayview Heights

Ranked 85th best neighborhood in San Francisco
37.7132896144043 -122.397254187404
Great for
  • Internet Access
  • Resale or Rental Value
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Clean & Green
  • Peace & Quiet
Not great for
  • Eating Out
  • Nightlife
  • Shopping Options
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Childcare
Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Singles
  • Professionals
  • Retirees
  • Students

Reviews

2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
Aug 04, 2011

"49ers country"

Bayview Heights has a bit of everything. It lies adjacent to the San Francisco bay with sweeping views of the skyline. It is home to the relatively lower to middle class with both families and single residents living within its limits. Real estate continues to struggle, mainly due to a crime-happy neighborhood and sidewalks marred by ugly telephone wires.

Public transit offers few options. Interstate 101 runs along Bayview Heights to the west for convenient access to downtown San Francisco. The Muni bus system only provides limited access to the locals while the next best alternative is Glen Park’s Bart station--a whole two miles away. However, the city boasts plenty of opportunity for the international traveler. The San Francisco airport is only within 6 miles of the neighborhood.


The biggest attraction the neighborhood has to offer is Candlestick Park, home of the San Francisco 49ers. The stadium is located on the western edge of the district, when, during football season, most of the games start at 1 p.m. Many of the residents profit from renting out portions of their driveway or front yards for tardy fans who don’t want to pay outrageous parking fees in the park. For other recreational ideas, Candlestick Point State Recreation Park is also a family friendly attraction. The park side paradise offers a flat, widespread landscape for picnickers and joggers to venture.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Students
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Jul 24, 2010

"Candlestick/Monster Park"

Bayview Heights is a secluded neighborhood. I would say that this neighborhood is not as bad as Bayview itself in terms of gang activity/violence. I say this because of the fact that Candlestick Park, now known as Monster Park, resides in the Bayview Heights. Although I believe the San Francisco 49ers don’t use this stadium anymore. For many San Franciscans, memories were made here, especially for me (through the TV as I never had the chance to watch the 49ers play when I was younger). For the San Franciscans who know what I’m talking about, just approaching the stadium itself is pretty nostalgic, going back to the days of Steve Young and Joe Montana, great days. There isn’t much to Bayview Heights aside from a few playgrounds, parks, and the Bayview Park. I don’t know whether or not Bayview Park is opened to the public, I’ve never been up there myself. Aside from all this, there are a few neighborhoods of homes here in Bayview Heights as well as a good number of large warehouses. Depending on you, living here would be lovely if you like being near the water and breathing in that salty scent every morning when you leave your home. I have mixed thoughts about Bayview Heights.
1/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Jun 21, 2010

"Remote and still noisy"

Bayview Heights is a drab neighborhood that lingers above a massive stretch of the 101 Freeway. During the morning and afternoon rush hours, or when there are 49er football games at nearby Monster Park, the area becomes gridlocked with traffic. The San Francisco International Airport is located nearby so the roaring of large planes is a constant presence. Bayview Heights is located on the backside of hills surrounding San Francisco. There is no view of Downtown from here, but there are views of the South Bay. Parking is not bad in this area, except during events at Monster Park. Public transportation is adequate, but is designed to serve Monster Park patrons rather than residents.

To make up for the clamor of freeway and airport, Bayview Heights has a lot of greenery. The area is dotted with old-growth eucalyptus trees and contains Bayview Park and Candlestick Point State Recreation Area. Although it borders two rough neighborhoods, Bayview and Hunter’s Point, it is close to the rapidly developing Third Street/China Basin area that lies south of Downtown San Francisco. As the area continues to develop, Bayview Heights may increase in appeal because it may be closer to more shops and restaurants. Also, the new Third Street MUNI line provides quick access to Downtown.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
3/5
Mar 15, 2009

"No one at the park?"

Of note in Bayview Heights is Monster Park and Bayview Park, and neither one make for a real draw in this community. Bayview Park is a neglected park that sits among a low income residential area. The park is virtually abandoned, which makes for a safe visit. Nothing here to lure in the tourists or entertain the locals. The park does offer a panoramic view and parking is never a problem.

Monster Park, formerly Candlestick Park, is an outdoor sports and entertainment stadium that was home to the SF Giants, but now home to the SF 49ers NFL team. This park is anything but abandoned. The stadium is on the western shore which makes it a very windy place.

Not much to do in this neighborhood unless you like football. Best to venture into the City for good food, fine art, and swanky nightclubs. Now if you are into hot dogs and beer, then head on over to Monster Park.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
3/5
Mar 10, 2009

"Did sports teams really use this part of town?"

Now that I live near by to PacBell Park, I wonder how it is that sports teams actually used Monster Park for games of any kind. It's in such a remote part of town and it seems so much less likely for people to actually get to. Of course, people coming up from the south had it much easier down there than at PacBell Park, so I guess it's a trade off.

All the same, Monster Park is certainly one of, if not the biggest landmark of this area. Several years ago the Burning Man organization held a Fire Arts Festival here (which I was lucky enough to perform in) which was great because the space is so open and expansive.

If you're in the southern easter part of SF you can always enjoy Bayview park, though really, McLaren Park which is not that far away is a lot better in my opinion.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles

Best Streets in Bayview Heights

1

James Lick Fwy

3.5/5
"Walking the Golden Gate Bridge!"
37.7130040497982 -122.396559974137

Unranked Streets in Bayview Heights

Alana Way

2/5
"Busy Busy Busy"
37.7088166481865 -122.394995693757
"Nice Apartment Complexs"
37.7112657179816 -122.393372730236

Lois Ln

3.5/5
"Lois Lane: Beautiful Houses"
37.7133041464087 -122.398628906773

Meade Ave

2.5/5
"General George G. Meade"
37.7183200936072 -122.398038177558

Redondo St

4.5/5
"Quiet Street"
37.7182720003303 -122.392331501195
"Industrial Type Road w/ Delicatessen."
37.7104352233629 -122.401234742095