The Board of Supervisors designated the Yerba Buena Neighborhood as an urban renewal area in 1966, and in the decades that have followed the neighborhood has undergone an amazing transformation. An area that was once home to desolate parking lots is now filled with bustling pedestrian corridors, urban parks, world-class museums, restaurants, and hotels. Below are just a few significant neighborhood milestones:
- The Moscone Convention Center opened in 1981, followed by The San Francisco Marriott in 1989 (it’s grand opening day was also the day of the Loma Prieta earthquake)
- Yerba Buena Gardens – an award-winning 5.5 acre urban oasis sits on top of the Moscone Center - opened in 1993.
- The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art opened it’s doors to the neighborhood in 1995.
The “official” Yerba Buena Community Benefits district run east to west from 2nd to 5th and north to south from Market to Harrison Streets. The San Francisco Association of Realtors includes a few more blocks to the east of 2nd St, defining Main street as the eastern edge of the neighborhood on their real estate district map. The neighborhood is home to a wide variety of housing options - from senior housing and below market rate housing to luxury condos and live/work lofts. This is a high-density neighborhood, though, so if you are looking for a single family home, you’re not going to find it in Yerba Buena.