And now, the conclusion of the Curbed Cup, our annual award to the San Francisco neighborhood of the year. Because this is the most important decision of all time, the polls will be left open until noon, January 2. Let the final battle begin!
Described by one of its residents as "a largely unheard of neighborhood," Portola was the most nominated neighborhood by Curbed readers. Emails poured in, and another neighbor dubbed it as "The Best Neighborhood You've Never Heard Of." In addition to the big reopening of the Palega Playground, the neighborhood's also home Burrows Pilot Park and the yearly Portola Garden Tour. Portola's also one of the only places in San Francisco where you can still get a decent home for less than a trillion dollars.
The Inner Sunset isn't all fog and the N Judah. This neighborhood hosts a bunch of undervalued but awesome parks with some pretty killer views. The bustling commercial district on 9th Avenue has some new housing and restaurants moving in, while the Doelger Sales Office on Judah recently got some landmark love. Things are pretty active over in Golden Gate Park too, as The Academy of Science got the ok to expand its restaurant and the De Young hosted an exhibit on some very swanky bling. But who are we kidding, that fog can be pretty awful.
Which neighborhood deserves the prestigious fake trophy?
- Alex Bevk contributed to this post