The Mission is home to San Francisco’s oldest structure, Mission Dolores, the sixth Franciscan Mission along El Camino Real. Located nearby is the ornate Mission Dolores Basilica. This Upper Market district, which includes Duboce Triangle, Mission Dolores and Eureka Valley/Dolores Heights, offers a rich variety of attractive homes, many of them very well maintained Victorians. This hilly area offers a variety of dramatic City views. The Duboce Triangle is a transition zone, being strategically located between the Lower Haight and the Castro. This former enclave underwent a personality change in the 1970’s, when business and home-owners began renovating the area’s Victorians, a trend that quickly spread to other parts of San Francisco.
The many amenities on and around Market and Castro Streets make Mission Dolores one of the City’s more self-contained neighborhoods. Within the Mission area, it is easy to find spicy taquerias, Mexican bakeries and colorful murals depicting Mexican and Latino history. Today, the Mission is a popular area for those who enjoy its culturally diverse atmosphere while buses and light rail make commuting Downtown and elsewhere within the City convenient.
Named for the nearby Mission Dolores, Dolores Park is one of San Francisco’s most popular parks and encompasses nearly 16 acres of land. Here you’ll find lush, green lawns shaded by tall palm trees, a soccer field, six tennis courts, a basketball court, a playground, a dog play area, and a clubhouse with recreational. Many festivals, performances, and other cultural events are held here, and on sunny afternoons people flock to the park to play, picnic, lounge, walk their dogs, and enjoy spectacular views of the City’s skyline and beyond.
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