Bernal Heights

Today, Bernal Heights has a warm and inviting atmosphere enhanced by elegant Victorian architecture.


Welcome to Bernal Heights

Bernal Heights is a neighborhood located near the southern boundary of the Mission Valley, perched atop a steep hill overlooking the San Francisco Skyline. The neighborhood is bounded by Cesar Chavez Street on the north, US 101 on the east, I-280 on the south, and San Jose Avenue on the west.
Originally part of the 1839 Rancho de las Salinas y Potrero Nuevo land grant owned by Jose Cornelio Bernal, it was eventually subdivided into several small lots mostly populated by Irish immigrants. Today, Bernal Heights has a warm and inviting atmosphere enhanced by elegant Victorian architecture, organic markets, dazzling murals, and colorful bars and cafés. The neighborhood boasts a small-town vibe while still being in a centrally located part of the city.
Bernal Heights offers relatively affordable real estate options, convenient access to the downtown area, and panoramic views of the city, which is why it attracts numerous artists, tech workers, musicians, and young families looking for an ideal place to live.

Apartments and real estate options in Bernal Heights

Bernal Heights has a terrific selection of apartments available for rent ranging from comfortable studio units to more spacious 3-bedroom/2-bathroom units. Many apartments offer a comfortable lifestyle and are equipped with top-notch features such as spacious, light-filled open floor plans, elegant marble bathrooms, living rooms with fireplaces, kitchens with granite counters and stainless-steel appliances, oversized bedrooms with breathtaking views, and so much more.
If you’re searching for an apartment to rent in Bernal Heights, some of the best options in the neighborhood are:
  • Market Heights
  • Bernal Dwellings
  • Bernal Gateway Apartments
  • Betel Apartments

Bernal Heights neighborhood guide

  • Perched right on top of Bernal Hill, Bernal Heights Park is a scenic outdoor destination surrounded by picture-perfect views of the Mission, China Basin, Noe Valley, and the glittering downtown skyline. The park is very popular for dog owners, as it is an entirely off-leash dog park.
  • Residents of Bernal Heights look forward to fun community-wide events each year, such as the Bernal Heights Outdoor Cinema in September and October, and the popular Fiesta on the Hill, an annual street fair with live music, art activities, pony rides, petting zoo, and other exciting attractions.
  • Foodies looking to treat their taste buds will find many interesting dining destinations located near Bernal Heights. If you’re thinking about going on a culinary adventure, some great nearby places to check out include the Alemany Farmers Market, Emmy’s Spaghetti Shack, Jasmine Tea House, ICHI Sushi, Liberty Wine Cottage and Bakery, and The Old Clam House.
  • Drop by El Rio, a popular community bar located on the edge of Bernal Heights and the Mission. Enjoy $3 beers during Happy Hour, free oysters at the patio on Fridays, and live performances by local jazz artists. Other notable nightlife destinations in the area are Virgil’s Sea Room, Rock Bar, and Holy Water.

Overview for Bernal Heights, CA

32,193 people live in Bernal Heights, where the median age is 41.7 and the average individual income is $68,369.97. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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Around Bernal Heights, CA

There's plenty to do around Bernal Heights, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

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Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Undercover Cookies, FreshCatch Seafood Market, and Karina Alteration and Seamstress.

Name Category Distance Reviews
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Dining 2.69 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining · $$$ 4.58 miles 12 reviews 5/5 stars
Shopping 3.93 miles 15 reviews 5/5 stars
Shopping 2.15 miles 14 reviews 5/5 stars
Shopping 3.66 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 2.19 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars

Demographics and Employment Data for Bernal Heights, CA

Bernal Heights has 11,003 households, with an average household size of 3. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Bernal Heights do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 32,193 people call Bernal Heights home. The population density is 23,448.5 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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52.78 / 47.22%

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Schools in Bernal Heights, CA

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The following schools are within or nearby Bernal Heights. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
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Serra (Junipero) Elementary
K - 5th
Oakes Children's Center
3rd - 8th
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St Anthony - Immaculate Conception School
K - 8th
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Flynn (Leonard R.) Elementary
K - 5th
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Revere (Paul) Elementary
K - 8th
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