The People's Guide is Curbed SF's tour o' the nabes, lead by our most loyal readers, favorite bloggers, and other luminaries of our choosing. Have a piece to say? We'll be happy to hand over the megaphone. Notice a new voice on Curbed SF over the past few weeks? Join us in welcoming our latest Curbed operative, contributor Anna Marie.
[photo via Scott Erwert]
Tell us something we don't know about the Inner Sunset: People might not know: Because the main part of Inner-Sunset is sort of a valley pooled below the hills of Golden Gate Heights, a lot of folks don't realize how gorgeous- and vertical- the topography of this 'nabe really is. We have a lot more open spaces than just the Golden Gate Park, (though that’s our front yard, basically, and a fine one at that!). We also enjoy multiple spiraling, secret garden-like stairways-- one of which, on 16th Ave between Moraga and Noriega, has been bedazzled by an impressive tile mosaic-- and panoramic views of the city if you're willing to climb a bit. Also little known, the Sutro Tower, looming over us day and night, is suspected by locals to be protection from alien invasion. As proof, we offer the fact that we have never been invaded by aliens!
Local customs of note: Farmer's Market on Sundays followed by Bloody Marys spiked with Jalapeno vodka and Guinness at the Fireside Bar. And yes, they have a fireplace, which you pretty much need 6 out of 7 days in this victim of a coastal climate 'hood.
Hidden gems in the Inner Sunset: Pomelo: amazing internationally flavored restaurant, no bigger than a decent walk-in closet, where you can watch your locally grown, organic, sustainable and totally delicious food as it cooks.
For unique shopping, I love Urban Bazaar: earrings made from old watches? Check! Dog collars fashioned from recycled guitar strings? Totally awesome check!
Are your neighbors "rotten neighbor" worthy? If so, dish. If not?well, why not? The Inner-Sunset is kind of suburban feeling, lots of families and students and such. Most neighbors are good ones. The only drag is UCSF: I love doctors and nurses, but am still learning to ignore them when they sit at tables next to mine wearing blood spattered scrubs as we all try to eat a meal. On the plus side, I believe that all this exposure to other people's illnesses has strengthened my immune system!
Inflate the bubble or burst it: What's not-so-swell about your "perfect" neighborhood? Plan no barbeques. Plan no outdoor wedding. Plan no outdoor concert. "Seasons" mean nothing to the gods of Inner-Sunset weather, who are deaf to your prayers and promises, and if you ask for sun and gentle breezes, you will be punished by swirling wet gales of wind and fog worthy of Dickensian London.
On the other hand, if you want that London (film shoot? Photo-sensitivity?), you’ll get 80 degrees and nary a cloud in the sky.
The final word on the Inner Sunset: An easy neighborhood for dog lovers, kid lovers, park lovers, and fog lovers..... with excellent MUNI and freeway access when you want to escape every one of them.