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How Cole Valley Got Its Name

Cole Valley is located in the geographic center of San Francisco. It is bordered by Stanyan Street to the west, Clayton to the east, Carmel Street on the south, Tank Hill on the southeast, and Golden Gate Park and Waller on the northwest and north side.

Cole Valley is most recently famous and notable as the former home to Craig Newmark, the founder of Craigslist, a site that allowed anyone to buy, trade, or sell their used items through an online platform.

Although this is why many people in the area recognize Cole Valley the neighborhood received its name from the founder, a notorious physician-turned-politician named R. Beverly Cole. “...[I]n in 1858 [Cole] read a committee report before the California State Medical Society. He was chairman of the "Committee on Obstetrics and Diseases of Women." The remarks of the young man of twenty-nine about the chastity of the ladies of California to which so many took exception were:

"…they yield to the solicitations of the opposite sex and seductive allurements of dissipation and find themselves in a short time the prey of disease. This applies equally to the married and unmarried--and so general is it that I believe I am correct when I estimate two in every three females, who have reached the age of fifteen, to be victims of this dissipation and fashionable life."

He was exonerated, but a lot of people were rightfully unhappy for a long time about his unkind remarks denigrating women. Cole was instrumental in founding Golden Gate Park as he proposed that San Francisco develop 1000 acres west of the downtown area into what eventually became Golden Gate Park. He also helped form and laid the cornerstone for what became UCSF Mt. Parnassus.

Today Cole Valley is a favorable area to call home for medical professionals who work at UCSF and families as well as young professionals.

Top 5 Reasons to Live in Cole Valley

Craig Newmark of Craigslist could live anywhere. Do you know where he chose to live? Stay tuned to find out as I share my top 5 reasons why it would be fun to live in the same neighborhood as Craig once did.

San Francisco is a City of nearly 100 neighborhoods on hills, valleys, and near beaches, which is mostly surrounded by water. My favorite “valley” is Cole Valley.

#5 Good Transportation-- The N-Judah line, though noisy from certain points, runs right through Cole Valley through a tunnel that gets locals downtown or as far as the Giants Stadium--or even out to Ocean Beach--quickly and easily.

As far as East/West streets crossing San Francisco, it is hard to beat Oak and Fell for getting to or from the 101, going over 17th to Market and the Castro, or taking Lincoln to the ocean. Personally, given a choice, I prefer Lincoln to Fulton (my nearest major east/west street) or Geary. Lincoln has fewer traffic lights than either of these and a higher speed limit than Geary Blvd.

#4 Family-friendly Cole Valley provides an ideal family atmosphere that includes great schools, great proximity to jobs for parents, and seemingly countless ways to enjoy the outdoors. Cole Valley feels like a quiet small town laid-bask neighborhood yet it is located in the center of the city.

#3 Close to shops Cole Valley has many great shops but is also a neighbor of one of San Francisco's most notable shopping districts, the Haight-Ashbury District.

#2 Wonderful restaurants, eateries, and coffee shops on Cole Street.  Pretty much everything you want or need is within a few blocks of Cole and Carl Streets.

#1 Right next to Golden Gate Park! Living next to the northwest corner of Golden Gate Park now, I would love to live next to the opposite corner or southeast side of the park. Living in Cole Valley puts you within a few blocks of Kezar Stadium, Kezar Pavilion, soccer fields, Goldman Tennis Center, the Robin Williams Meadow, and the National AIDS Memorial Grove. Just a tad further into the park are a baseball field, handball courts, a planetarium, and the California Academy of Sciences. I have only been there once with my nephew and we both enjoyed it. I highly recommend the Academy for ALL ages!

To be in a delightful neighborhood and next to San Francisco’s largest park, Cole Valley is truly a wonderful place to call home. All of these things combine to make Cole Valley very special in my opinion. Other than the high price of real estate, Cole Valley is a quintessential San Francisco neighborhood with everything a big city and a small neighborhood adjacent to a magnificent park have to offer!

With good schools, great transit, many shopping and eating options, and being next to Golden Gate Park, I hope that you will agree with me as to why Cole Valley is a great San Francisco neighborhood for people with children and/or dogs thanks to schools and being next to Golden Gate Park, and medical professionals due to proximity to UCSF. I hope that you found a few reasons why you might want to make this wonderful neighborhood your new home in San Francisco!

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Relocating to Cole Valley in San Francisco

If you are moving to the San Francisco area Cole Valley is a neighborhood worth considering. Check out this information about schools, real estate, and things to do in and around the neighborhood to help you get to know Cole Valley better. 

Public Schools in Cole Valley

The family-friendly and community-centered culture of Cole Valley helps to drive a highly rated and desirable educational system. Years ago the parents in the neighborhood banded together to start the renowned Chinese Immersion School which is now known as Tinker Preschool. Other highly rated schools serving Cole Valley include Claire Lilienthal Elementary, Grattan Elementary, Montessori, other pre-schools and language schools, and the Urban School in adjacent Haight-Ashbury that many families in Cole Valley choose to send their students to. 

Real Estate and Homes of Cole Valley

One of the iconic identifiers of Cole Valley is the charming early 20th century. You will find a great collection of Victorian and Edwardian-style homes along the most picturesque tree-lined streets Homes in Cole Valley are often settled into by generations of families. When you find a great property in Cole Valley it is wise to act on it quickly. 

Things to Do in Cole Valley

Golden Gate Park

We described many of the reasons Golden Gate Park is so amazing above. The park is large spanning 1,017 acres. There is so much going on in this park from green open spaces, live entertainment, sport courts, golf, playgrounds, and more. It is such a large park you won't ever feel like you need another outdoor space.

Other Nearby Parks

Golden Gate Park is the most notable park of Cole Valley but is not the only way to enjoy the outdoor beauty of San Francisco. Mt. Sutro Forest features a lush green space on the hill of Mount Sutro. There are hiking trails that meander through this space that is lovingly preserved by volunteers and owned by UCSF.  Twin Peaks gives the most stunning views high atop some of the tallest hills in the city.

Haight-Ashbury District

Haight Ashbury is one of San Francisco's most popular, and often regarded as one of the city's best shopping districts. You may recognize the name as it became almost the epicenter for the American hippie movement in the 60s and 70s. In this shopping district which neighbors Cole Valley you will find stores and businesses like Gus’s and Whole Foods, Magnolia Brewing, lots of 2nd-hand stores and local crafts--easily enjoy the quirky sights of this famed hippy neighborhood once recognized around the country and return home to the quieter neighboring Cole Valley.

Enjoy Great Neighborhood Restaurants

There is an amazing collection of places to eat out on Cole Street such as Zazie, Kamekyo, Peet’s, The Ice Cream Bar, Padrecito, e La Boulangerie, Wooden Coffeehouse and Crepes on Cole Street. Plus The Kezar Pub, CreoLa, and others on Stanyan and Adel’s Wine Cellar on 17th Street. Plus the original Cole Valley Hardware

Easy Travel to the Beach

The many great modes of transportation in Cole Valley provide easy access the the popular coastline of San Francisco and the gorgeous beaches. No need to take a car make your trip even easier by hopping on the convenient N-Judah line of the MUNI. 

Cole Valley Real Estate Agent

If you're interested in one of San Francisco's most notable neighborhoods and are considering making it your home, I'm here to assist you. As your dedicated Cole Valley Realtor, I have extensive knowledge of the neighborhood's real estate market and can help you find your dream home in this charming and picturesque San Francisco neighborhood. Contact me today to begin your journey to becoming a resident of Cole Valley.

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