Neighborhoods / The Sunset
Out of the fog — in a way
Yes, there is fog in the Inner Sunset, glorious, billowing clouds of fog that roll in on summer mornings and often never leave. There is fog, but there is plenty more to the Inner Sunset than white mist. When the fog lifts, and even when it doesn’t, you’ll find in the Inner Sunset one of San Francisco’s most livable urban neighborhoods. It doesn’t have the gleaming sheen of a Marina or a Cow Hollow or the go-go nightlife focus of a Mission. It’s not a haven for latter-day hippies like neighboring Haight-Ashbury, and it’s not row upon orderly row of neb-suburbia like its Central and Outer Sunset neighbors to the west. What it is instead is a self-contained place with businesses, apartments condominiums and single-family homes, easy access to UCSF and Golden Gate Park, a handful of comfortable neighborhood bars and a growing, diverse restaurant scene. The Inner Sunset is a place of long-time residents and newcomers, all of whom are invested in their neighborhood and all of whom will stop and say, “Hi” Yes, there is fog in the Inner Sunset, which keeps it mercifully cool and isolated from the rest of the overheated city.