Its rich history as the epicenter of the gay rights movement may have put Eureka Valley/Dolores Heights on the map. But today, the neighborhood is just as beloved for its lively and diverse culture, historically significant homes, and family-friendly community. On the eastern end of the area, the coveted Liberty Hill district is known for its one-of-a-kind Victorian mansions—some of them from the pre-earthquake era. These stately homes boast great views and some even have front yards, a rarity in San Francisco.

Nearby, bustling Castro Street is home to some of the city’s most cherished landmarks, including the Castro Theatre, as well as a myriad of trendy restaurants, bars, clubs, and retail stores. Up the hills, the quieter streets are lined with charming, well-kept homes and several hidden mini-parks including Kite Hill and the Seward Street slides. For those who must commute, the neighborhood is conveniently located close to a MUNI streetcar line that heads downtown, and easy freeway access makes the ride to Silicon Valley a breeze. ©2016 Maryann LoRusso

A popular gathering spot for families and neighbors, Mission Dolores Park boasts a large, recently renovated playground and a large grassy area for picnicking.

A popular gathering spot for families and neighbors, Mission Dolores Park boasts a large, recently renovated playground and a large grassy area for picnicking.

Seward Mini Park is a tucked-away gem featuring concrete children’s slides and a community garden.

Seward Mini Park is a tucked-away gem featuring concrete children’s slides and a community garden.

One of San Francisco’s hidden gems, Kite Hill Open Space attracts dog walkers, view seekers and, of course, kite flyers.

One of San Francisco’s hidden gems, Kite Hill Open Space attracts dog walkers, view seekers and, of course, kite flyers.

Just a short walk away, the block of 18th Street between Dolores and Guerrero is a dining destination, with restaurants such as Delfina attracting foodies from all over the city.

Just a short walk away, the block of 18th Street between Dolores and Guerrero is a dining destination, with restaurants such as Delfina attracting foodies from all over the city.

Lines form early in the morning for the chocolate croissants and other freshly baked goodies at Tartine on 18th Street.

Lines form early in the morning for the chocolate croissants and other freshly baked goodies at Tartine on 18th Street.

Castro Street is a lively, culturally diverse commercial district offering everything from acclaimed restaurants and bars to neighborhood coffee shops.

Castro Street is a lively, culturally diverse commercial district offering everything from acclaimed restaurants and bars to neighborhood coffee shops.

Several MUNI lines run through the neighborhood, while commuters have easy highway access.

Several MUNI lines run through the neighborhood, while commuters have easy highway access.

Each year the neighborhood comes alive during the Castro Street Fair and Pride Week.

Each year the neighborhood comes alive during the Castro Street Fair and Pride Week.

Castro Theatre is a San Francisco historic landmark. 

Castro Theatre is a San Francisco historic landmark.