Capital building from Hayes Valley.
December 15, 2015

Top 5 Reasons to Live in Hayes Valley

A guide to living in San Francisco's hottest neighborhood

Nestled inside San Francisco’s famed seven by seven mile radius lies the vibrant niche neighborhood of Hayes Valley. A long-time haven for artistic types, Hayes Valley has emerged onto the San Francisco real estate scene as one of the trendiest and most popular places to live. Bursting with bold personality and an approachable edginess, this highly-walkable neighborhood delivers a lifestyle rich with top restaurants, boutique shopping, cultural landmarks, entertainment options and green spaces.

The Mark Company’s proprietary homebuyer data reports that location plays the top role in driving the decision to purchase a new home. Buyers are willing to sacrifice space and onsite amenities for the opportunity to live in a great neighborhood close to their employment, social interests and peers. With so much to offer, it’s no wonder that Hayes Valley has become a premier location for San Francisco homebuyers.  From younger tech professionals purchasing their first residence to empty-nesters seeking that perfect urban pied-à-terre, Hayes Valley delivers the ultimate in intimate urban living.

Here are the Top 5 Reasons to Live in Hayes Valley:

One: An outdoor oasis

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Hayes Valley is one of San Francisco’s sunniest neighborhoods and there are plenty of places to soak in those restorative rays. Take an afternoon break to walk the dog at Patricia’s Green or quench your thirst with an artisan ale at crowd favorite, Biergarten.

Two: Your Ticket to a Cultural Distinction

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Hayes Valley is home to San Francisco’s greatest concentration of cultural landmarks and SoHo-style art galleries. Expand your horizons with a Sunday matinee at the San Francisco Ballet. Don your best for a Saturday evening performance by the esteemed San Francisco Symphony. From opera to jazz, there is no shortage of opportunities to enjoy world-class entertainment in and near Hayes Valley.

Three: Design at your Doorstep

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From classic to eclectic, Hayes Valley is historically a mecca for artisans and designers who walk to the beat of their own drum. Peruse an array of interior design boutiques like Plantation or Maker & Moss to hone your home’s style.

Four: Dine in Style

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From elegant to casual, Hayes Valley is home to some of the City’s most talked about restaurants. Treat yourself to dinner and cocktails at a neighborhood classic like Absinthe or experience for yourself what all the buzz is about at modern French bistro Monsieur Benjamin. Sweeten any day with that perfect something from Smitten Ice Cream.

Five: Great Opportunities to Buy a New Home

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The only thing better than visiting Hayes Valley is living there. Luckily, the rare opportunity to purchase a brand new home in Hayes Valley is here. As the expert in Hayes Valley real estate, The Mark Company invites you to explore each of our new developments. Which one will be your new home?


  • 400 Grove. Now Selling: Located at the corner of Gough and Grove Streets, this intimate property features innovative architecture and stylish flats and townhomes. 400 Grove will introduce a new casual restaurant to Hayes Valley – Little Gem, a concept by Eric Lilavois, a Thomas Keller alum. Only a few homes remain! Register Today.


  • Fulton 555. Now Selling: Fulton 555 features 139 modern residences with tech-friendly design and highly-livable floor plans. Residents will enjoy access to a resort-style rooftop terrace and convenient onsite market. Register Today.


  • 388 Fulton. Coming Soon: 388 Fulton will offer 69 innovative residences with stunning interior finishes and smart floor plans. Enjoy the Hayes Valley sunshine from the stunning rooftop deck. The inviting lobby and landscaped courtyard will encourage the connected lifestyle you crave. Sales commence early 2016.  Register Today.


  • 450 Hayes. Coming Soon: Ideally located between Octavia and Gough Streets, 450 Hayes delivers great design and a wealth of lifestyle amenities just steps away. The new development will feature 41 flexible residences in one-, two- and three-bedroom configurations. Sales commence early 2016. Register Today.


Don’t miss your opportunity to own a brand new residence in the heart of one of San Francisco’s most vibrant and charming neighborhoods. New homes in Hayes Valley are selling at a record pace and anticipation is high. The possibilities are truly endless in this unique and storied neighborhood that has something for everyone.

About The Mark Company

The Mark Company is one of the nation’s premier urban residential marketing and sales firms. Founded by Alan Mark in 1997, The Mark Company provides a full range of core consulting services including analytics, design, marketing and sales for urban high-rises and suburban attached properties throughout the Western United States. The firm is a trusted partner to global leaders in residential development and finance, providing buyer-driven sales and marketing strategies that produce industry-leading results. The Mark Company has represented more than 10,000 residences and generated over $5 billion in sales for some of the nation’s most notable and successful developments including The Infinity in San Francisco, Evo in Los Angeles and The Martin in Las Vegas. Current projects include 181 Fremont Residences in San Francisco and SL70 in Los Angeles. A subsidiary of Pacific Union International, one of the San Francisco Bay Area’s top-performing resale brokerages, The Mark Company benefits from an enriched leadership team, enhanced technology and added global reach through its affiliation with Christie’s International.  For more information, please visit