San Francisco’s Mission District is a vast area composed of several distinctly different neighborhoods, including Mission Dolores. Roughly defined by the real estate resting from Valencia Street to Sanchez Street north of 20th Street, Mission Dolores was historically a Latin-rich neighborhood of primarily Mexican, Central and South American residents. More recently, as young professionals have discovered and moved to the area, gentrification has followed, as have higher real estate prices and rents.
The namesake of the neighborhood, a small adobe chapel completed in 1791 and now the oldest structure in San Francisco, rests beside the much larger and more ornate Basilica, built in 1917. Nearby, Dolores Park is one of the most popular parks in the city and is home to activities ranging from tennis and Frisbee throwing, to Mexican family-style Sunday barbecues. Mission Dolores residents, visitors from other San Francisco neighborhoods and tourists alike are drawn to the area’s relatively mild weather, plentiful restaurants, nightspots and unique and often ethnically-oriented shops.