Much Ado About Dogpatch

Piccino is located in a bright yellow Victorian house and known for it's home-made pasta and thin crust pizzas.  1001 Minnesota Street (at 22nd) 

Piccino is located in a bright yellow Victorian house and known for it's home-made pasta and thin crust pizzas. 1001 Minnesota Street (at 22nd) 

For those looking for the last place to find a great deal in San Francisco, look no further. Dogpatch is an unassuming neighborhood on the brink of something big.

Enter a world of warehouse and factory conversions. Dogpatch is an industrial, residential neighborhood that rose up from the ashes of the waterfront docks and factories. It is also one of the few neighborhoods that survived the 1906 earthquake and fire, so it's home to some of the oldest standing houses in San Francisco, dating back to 1860. It is a great place to spend a weekend, with a quirky farm-to-table restaurant scene and art galleries galore. And it's only getting better. Dogpatch Arts Plaza has officially broken ground, and is transforming a dead-end street into a new public plaza complete with greenery, lighting, and communal tables. The space will also include a small amphitheater and a rotation of art installations. And by 2018 the new Warriors Arena should be flocking crowds in its new home across from the new UCSF Medical Center in Mission Bay. 


Dogpatch is the land of the tri-level loft. Tall ceilings, unique and funky floor plans, and converted buildings.  However, there are a few newcomers with thoughtful layouts, chic communal spaces, and attractive price points. Surrounding the Arts Plaza is 800 Indiana, 338 new residential units spread out over three buildings, each five stories in height. The development will also feature three new public plazas as well space for 177 bikes and 230 cars. At the meeting of Potrero and Dogpatch sits The Knox, a collection of 91 one-, two- and three-bedroom modern residences composed of organic textures, finishes and natural materials. Simple lines, integrated European cabinetry, and functional design. But you better hurry, some smart, savvy, and well-traveled clients of mine just snagged the last 1 bedroom with outdoor space and parking! 

What I mean to say is: you should buy in this 'hood. The locals love Dogpatch for its quiet, artsy vibe and creative loft and warehouse spaces to work and live. They also love its proximity to Caltrain at 22nd Street, and the 280. It's great for loft lovers, creative space lovers, first time home buyers, investment, for your kids moving to the city, for those who commute, for those with pets, and for those looking for a quiet space with lots of daytime activities. 

Spotlight: Dogpatch Boulders

Dogpatch Boulders is located at  2573 3rd Street.

Dogpatch Boulders is located at 2573 3rd Street.

Bouldering gyms never cease to populate with dynamic, gravity defying humans who have no fear of heights and the forearm strength of a jungle gorilla. And Dogpatch Boulders is no exception. With 17 foot high bouldering walls, 14,000 SF of climbing terrain, and over 300 boulder problems, it's not a bad place to get in your morning workout. For first timers, there is a 45 minute Intro to Bouldering class that is included in a Day pass.  Go be awesome.

Spotlight: Dogpatch Wine Works

While mostly suited for a private event, party, or wedding, on Sundays from 12pm - 6pm Dogpatch Wine Works opens their tasting room, with wines made locally from their cellar. The Wine Works' Private Barrel Program offers you the opportunity to make custom wine by the barrel...either 24 cases or 288 bottles (closing/wedding gifts, anyone?). Per barrel pricing ranges from $3,000 to $10,000. Sooo if that type of commitment is not for you, 

Dogpatch Wine Works is located at 2455 3rd Street.  Image courtesy of 

Dogpatch Wine Works is located at 2455 3rd Street. Image courtesy of 

Spotlight: Minnesota Street Project

The Minnesota Street Project offers affordable and economically sustainable spaces for art galleries, artists and related nonprofits. The neighborhood is full of unique gallery spaces, but the Minnesota Street Project takes the cake. The space houses 11 permanent galleries, three spaces for rotating exhibits, a 4,600 SF atrium, a restaurant and a bar space. And even better: it’s free!

Image courtesy of Sean Waugh

Image courtesy of Sean Waugh

Do yourself a favor and spend an afternoon in Dogpatch. Go to brunch at Just for You Café or Serpetine. Grab a coffee from Philz. Spend your Sunday tasting local wines from Dogpatch WineWorks. And if you want to take a look at some property for sale, send me a note and we can talk details.