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Hayes Valley, San Francisco

Hayes Valley is a neighborhood in the Western Addition district of San Francisco, California. It is located between the historical districts of Alamo Square and the Civic Center. Victorian, Queen Anne, and Edwardian townhouses are mixed with high-end boutiques, restaurants, and public housing complexes.LocationAlthough its boundaries are ill-defined, Hayes Valley is generally considered to be the area north and south of Hayes Street between Webster and Franklin Streets. Hayes Valley's commercial center is made up of the section of Hayes Street running from approximately Laguna Street in the west to Franklin Street in the east, with extensions on perpendicular Gough and Laguna Streets.As of April 2012, after changes to the district boundaries used by the Board of Supervisors, the Hayes Valley Neighborhood Association considers the neighborhood as a whole to be bound by Webster Street in the west, Van Ness Avenue in the east, Fulton Street in the north, and Hermann Street and Market Street in the south, with extensions as far west as Fillmore, between Haight Street and Hermann Street, as far north as McAllister Street, between Franklin Street and Van Ness Avenue, and as far south as Market Street, between Buchanan Street and Laguna Street. The San Francisco Association of Realtors considers the Hayes Valley to be extending from McAllister Street in the north, to Market Street and Duboce Avenue in the south, Franklin Street in the east, and Webster Street and Divisadero Street forming the western boundaries.
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  • We were surprised to learn that just behind our hotel was this funky trendy area filled with hype. It was alive and happening. Very cute little village feel. Much prefer this to the city centre. It wa...  more »
  • Very popular neighborhood full of interesting stuff, the Jazz Center, the Opera House & Symphony Hall, lots of restaurants of all different types, great shopping, some cool parks and art. Very, very h...  more »
  • I took my dad here to walk around. We had lunch at Chez Maman and then walked down Hayes. We enjoyed looking in the shops, such as Nancy Boy, Miette, and Marine Layer. The playground and dog park is g...  more »

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