Hayes Valley

Hip, family-friendly community in the urban heart of San Francisco.

Welcome to Hayes Valley

Hip, family-friendly community in the urban heart of San Francisco
Known as one of San Francisco’s most family-friendly neighborhoods, Hayes Valley is host to numerous scenic parks and green spaces, casual and upscale restaurants, as well as the popular Hayes Street, which is a hub of retail activity and a lively dining scene. Despite its reputation as a highly desirable property market among young families, Hayes Valley still maintains its hip, urban edge, and the bustling streets are a never-ending scene of activity as visitors from all over the city stop for a round of retail therapy or a bite to eat at one of the many acclaimed local eateries. 
After the 1906 earthquake, the neighborhood experienced a sudden surge in population and economic activity, which led to the development of the affluent, active, and welcoming district it’s known as today. Home to a burgeoning real estate market, Hayes Valley offers potential homeowners access to a variety of new housing projects and more classic refurbished Victorian apartments and condos, interspersed with the occasional townhouse. 

What to Love

  • Family-friendly community
  • Quiet residential streets
  • Many popular shopping and dining venues
  • Burgeoning property market
  • Proximity to downtown San Francisco

Local Lifestyle

As many Hayes Valley residents are young families, life in the neighborhood often revolves around school drop-offs and pick-ups, as well as quick commutes to downtown San Francisco or Silicon Valley for work. With many lovely public parks in the surrounding neighborhoods, Hayes Valley residents can typically enjoy nature and the sunny weather while others prefer to spend their leisure time shopping or dining out with friends. 

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Although Hayes Valley is a primarily residential neighborhood, residents still have access to an array of laid-back, friendly cafes and restaurants. A staple of the neighborhood’s cafe scene, Johnny Doughnuts is a popular establishment serving freshly made, handcrafted doughnuts with unique fillings and glazes like homemade custards, lime poppy syrup, and even a vegan option made using roasted sweet potatoes. Meat lovers and foodies will enjoy a visit to RT Rotisserie, an offshoot of The Rich Table, which focuses on a casual menu highlighting roasted meats and classic New American sides. 
Alternatively, Hayes Valley residents also have the chance to try the unique and, at times, unusual flavors of German cuisine at the warm and welcoming Suppenküche, which is also well known for its variety of imported beers, alongside traditional German menu items like schnitzels and pretzels. For those in search of classic Italian pizza and pasta, look no further than a Mano, a bustling, casual eatery equally popular for its hearty dishes as for its menu of Italian wines. 

Things to Do

Hayes Valley is home to plenty of fun, family-friendly activities, including visits to the lovely Patricia’s Green, where families often gather to enjoy picnics in the sun while mingling with other visitors and watching their kids take full advantage of the newly built children’s playground. Another popular haunt among outdoor enthusiasts and their families is the Hayes Valley Playground, an urban park home to a fun playground, two tennis courts, a spacious picnic area, and a small clubhouse. 
For performing arts admirers, Hayes Valley is also within walking distance from the San Francisco Symphony, which hosts regular galas, concerts, and ballet recitals that draw spectators from across the city to its hallowed halls. 
Hayes Valley is also home to numerous other bars, shops and restaurants aligning Hayes Street and its offshoots. 


As a family-friendly neighborhood, Hayes Valley is surrounded by severalmany excellent schools, including: 

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Overview for Hayes Valley, CA

18,664 people live in Hayes Valley, where the median age is 38 and the average individual income is $102,600. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Total Population

38 years

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Demographics and Employment Data for Hayes Valley, CA

Hayes Valley has 9,029 households, with an average household size of 2. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Hayes Valley do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 18,664 people call Hayes Valley home. The population density is 59,961.59 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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55.96 / 44.04%

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Schools in Hayes Valley, CA

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The following schools are within or nearby Hayes Valley. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
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