This sunny neighborhood boasts a rich, multicultural history and an interesting assortment of architectural styles. Since redevelopment in the 1960s and 1970s relocated many long-term residents and saw the destruction of many Victorian structures in the area, the neighborhood has continued to evolve and reinvent itself. Today, Western Addition is trendier and more desirable than ever before, while still maintaining its reputation as a jazz lover’s haven. Almost any night of the week, a wide range of music venues—from small piano lounges to large auditoriums that attract talent from all over the world—offer a lively atmosphere and first-class entertainment.

A few blocks west, Divisadero Street draws people from across the city with its growing selection of stylish bars, galleries, coffee houses, boutiques, and gourmet grocers. Several times a year the Divisadero Merchants Association hosts community-building events such as art walks and block parties. For outdoor recreation, residents can head to Kimbell Park, Jefferson Square Park, Alamo Park, or the Hamilton Recreation Center, whose indoor pool and playground are popular with families. Western Addition also offers easy public transport, with several bus lines serving the neighborhood. © 2016 Maryann LoRusso 

Jefferson Square Park is a 5.6-acre green space that includes a dog park and small plaza where several annual community events are held.

Jefferson Square Park is a 5.6-acre green space that includes a dog park and small plaza where several annual community events are held.

The Raymond Kimbell Playground boasts several lighted sports fields and a playground.

The Raymond Kimbell Playground boasts several lighted sports fields and a playground.

On the weekends, residents head to one of the two local farmer’s markets (on Fillmore and Divisadero Streets) for fresh, organic produce.

On the weekends, residents head to one of the two local farmer’s markets (on Fillmore and Divisadero Streets) for fresh, organic produce.

Bi-Rite Market specializes in organic, locally sourced food and produce. 

Bi-Rite Market specializes in organic, locally sourced food and produce. 

The Hamilton Recreation Center attracts families with its outdoor play structure and popular indoor pool. 

The Hamilton Recreation Center attracts families with its outdoor play structure and popular indoor pool. 

NOPA was one of the first stylish, upscale restaurants to make its home in the area.

NOPA was one of the first stylish, upscale restaurants to make its home in the area.

The Peace Plaza Pagoda is a popular gathering spot in Japantown.

The Peace Plaza Pagoda is a popular gathering spot in Japantown.

Alamo Square is a pretty hillside park with a playground, walking paths and gorgeous views.

Alamo Square is a pretty hillside park with a playground, walking paths and gorgeous views.

For decades, the historic Fillmore Theater has attracted some of the world’s most revered musicians.

For decades, the historic Fillmore Theater has attracted some of the world’s most revered musicians.