Beautiful, quaint Cole Valley is a small neighborhood located on the southeast side of Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, California. It is south of Haight and north of Ashbury Heights, less than one mile south of the University of San Francisco. Cole Valley is popular with students, young professionals, and families who are drawn to this walkable neighborhood’s vast collection of restaurants, cafes, and shops.
Golden Gate Park is over 1,000 acres. This large park is the site for many annual festivals, concerts, and art events. It opened in the 1870s and contains several San Francisco attractions, such as the Kezar Stadium, the Conservatory of Flowers, the AIDS Memorial Grove, De Young Museum, the Japanese Tea Garden, the California Academy of Sciences, the San Francisco Botanical Garden, a golf course, a disc golf course, several lakes, and a tennis complex.
As you look at apartments in Cole Valley, be sure to check out neighboring Ashbury Heights, located atop a hill south of the Haight. The exclusive homes and hilltop location make this neighborhood a tranquil, pedestrian-friendly enclave.
Ashbury Heights is adjacent to University of California-San Francisco (UCSF) and stretches from Buena Vista Park to Mount Sutro. On its northern border, the community intersects with Golden Gate Park.
Buena Vista Park, the oldest park in the city, offers ancient woodland, with steep paths and dirt trails for exploring. Beautiful lookout points are the reward for a challenging climb. The park also offers an off-leash dog park, making it popular with pet owners.
There are several museums near Cole Valley, including the Randall Museum, a natural history museum created in honor of Josephine Randall, the first San Francisco Superintendent of Recreation. She had longed to open a children’s museum that would foster a love of science, natural history, and the arts.