The Marina District and Cow Hollow are bordering neighborhoods in the north-central part of the city. Residents of both neighborhoods along with families living in Pacific Heights spend a great deal of time all over this area because of the shopping, nightlife, and access to green space. It’s one of the most expensive and desirable sections of the city and is filled with families and young professionals alike. As you’ve probably guessed, the Marina section borders the San Francisco Bay and is flat and easily walkable. Cow Hollow sits between the Marina and Pacific Heights at the start of the steep hills that give it such breathtaking views.
We polled real moms who live there to find out what makes this neighborhood a good fit for their families. Want to get the scoop directly from the experts? Join our Marina & Cow Hollow Moms Facebook group or reach out to a realtor at Neighborhoods.com for both the Marina and Cow Hollow areas.
Why Moms Love It
You’ll see plenty of parents going for stroller jogs along the Marina Green, biking with their older kids, or picnicking near the water’s edge because this is such a picturesque part of the city. The commercial shopping and dining zones on Chestnut Street, Union Street, Lombard Street, and Fillmore Street offer the conveniences of everyday life all within walking distance.
Local Family Favorites
Childcare and Schools
Here’s the thing about childcare and schooling: Your personal situation will determine the right fit for you, and, while there are options in this neighborhood, your best bet is to check out Winnie.com for an interactive map and comprehensive list of daycares and preschools across the city.
Likewise, for K-12 schools, we can’t tell you whether the schools here are “good” or not because a good school is based on so many other factors besides test scores. Check out our Tips for Moving to San Francisco with Kids for more help navigating childcare and schooling and a local mom’s take on raising a family in San Francisco.
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