Sunset District

Sunset District


Bordering Golden Gate Park, and extending along its western border, Ocean Beach, the Sunset District has been nicknamed “Beachtown,” due to the number of surfers taking advantage of the great surfing conditions just off-shore. San Francisco’s largest district, it is divided into two major neighborhoods: the Inner Sunset and the Outer Sunset, or just “the Sunset.” The area was originally sand dunes with squatters living in abandoned street cars until the dunes were eventually leveled and homes were built side by side for blocks on 25 foot lots. Now the two-story homes have been remodeled and middle-class, families have made the area their own.

Inner Sunset has been called San Franciscans’ favorite part of the city. Even though it’s in the most consistently foggy part of the city, locals are drawn to its funkiness, small-town charm and lack of gentrification. Inner Sunset is only three miles from the Pacific Ocean and its first cluster of inexpensive homes were built in1887 on sand dunes. Like many other areas of San Francisco, Sunset was settled by Irish immigrants. Later waves of Asians from Japan, Vietnam, China, and Korea moved into low-rent housing. A housing boom in the 1980’s drove housing prices up but the fog in the Inner Sunset kept the area from becoming overdeveloped and it still maintains a tight- knit community feel with mostly small businesses, good restaurants and a few chain stores making up its retail strip.

The Outer Sunset neighborhood was also built on sand dunes but unlike the Inner Sunset’s funky vibe and diversity, this San Francisco community is more conservative. Middle-class families with incomes derived from fire-fighting, teaching and healthcare are common here. This area is more to the right politically than the city is as a whole. More than half of the population here is white and of Irish and Italian heritage.





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