Eureka Valley is a palette of diversity. Families, old guard San Franciscans and the LGBT community all share the Valley. The most famous of those part of Eureka Valley is The Castro, the center of the city’s LGBT population since the 1960s and 70s. Originally an area populated by Irish, German and Scandinavian immigrants who built modest cottages and flats, by 1887 the cable car line had been extended and beautiful, large Victorians were built to accommodate large families. Today, Eureka Valley is classified as “affluent,” with beautifully restored single-family Victorians and Victorian flats, moderate to pricey apartments and condos. The neighborhood is one of San Francisco’s most vibrant and colorful. A vast selection of wildly popular restaurants, cafés, shops, galleries and nightspots create an ambiance of perpetual celebration.
Named after adjacent Dolores Park, one of San Francisco’s most popular green spaces, Dolores Heights is a hilly and downright steep in places neighborhood of neat single-family and multi-unit Victorians, apartments and condos. Usually blocked from wind and fog by Telegraph Hill, it is generally sunnier and warmer than many other parts of the city.
The Dolores Heights Improvement Club was formed in the 1960s as a community organization championing neighborhood issues such as zoning and land use, safety and design. Dolores Heights is part of The Castro district and the Liberty Hill Historic District.