Richmond District, San Francisco

The Richmond District is a neighborhood in the northwest corner of San Francisco, California, developed initially in the late 19th century. It is sometimes confused with the city of Richmond, which is 20 miles (32 km) northeast of San Francisco.


The Richmond is in many ways defined by its relation to the parks; bordered by Golden Gate Park on the south, the Pacific Ocean to the west, and Lincoln Park, Land's End, Mountain Lake Park and the Presidio of San Francisco to the north, bisected by the Presidio Greenbelt and with the Marin Headlands and the Golden Gate Bridge in full and clear view, the neighborhood, which is otherwise a simple but far-reaching grid, has a feeling of being encapsulated by nature. It is thus known as a safe, peaceful, serene, family neighborhood, and one of the city's largest as a whole, both in terms of housing stock and population.


The Richmond has many influences from the Chinese-American culture. One of its three commercial strips, Clement Street in the inner Richmond segment is sometimes called the second Chinatown due to the high concentration of Chinese establishments.


The other two commercial strips are Geary Boulevard and Balboa Street.


The Richmond also has deep Irish and Russian roots and has many Catholic and Orthodox churches.
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  • On my Hop On Hop Off tour, part of the tour goes through the Richmond District of San Francisco. It is on the west side of the city. Richmond District is located amongst the parks of San Francisco.....  more »
  • Lots and lots of people live here so it is a neighborhood full of neighborhood institutions. Lots of ethnic restaurants. Some blocks are very upscale.  more »
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