The Marina district is one of the neighborhoods that makes urban living in San Francisco so desirable. The crown jewels of the Golden Gate National Recreation area are in the northern area of the Marina, including Chrissy Field’s 28 acres of abundant walking, running, biking and picnic areas along the beach by the Bay, Fort Mason’s hilly greens and the last remaining artifact of the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition, the recently renovated Palace of Fine Arts. Single family homes and luxury condominium and co-op apartments are common in the Marina, with many buildings renovated following the 1989 earthquake, adding structural security to this popular residential area. The neighborhood is bordered by Van Ness Avenue, Lyon Street and the Presidio.
A lively social scene exists in the Marina and in Cow Hollow, which is the area steps to the south across Lombard Street. Chestnut and Union Streets’ clothing, furniture, hair and nail salons and spas are filled with fashionable young shoppers during the day and enthusiastic partygoers visiting fun bars and restaurants at night. The neighborhood cuisine ranges from sophisticated award winning restaurants like A16 and Atelier Crenn to crowd pleasing local pizza, hotdog and coffee chains.