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Cole Valley is located in San Francisco
Cole Valley
Cole Valley
Location in San Francisco
 • Total 0.44 km2 (0.169 sq mi)
 • Land 0.44 km2 (0.169 sq mi)
 • Total 4,192
 • Density 9,550/km2 (24,740/sq mi)
ZIP Code
Area codes 415/628

Cole Valley is a small neighborhood in San Francisco, California. It borders Golden Gate Park to the north, Haight-Ashbury to the northeast, The Castro to the east. and Twin Peaks to the south. Near Kezar Stadium, Cole Valley is the smallest neighborhood in the city.


The neighborhood is bordered on the west by Stanyan Street and the Sutro Forest, on the south by Tank Hill, and on the east by Clayton Street in San Francisco, California. The main commercial strip is condensed into three blocks along Cole Street and part of Carl Street. This strip includes more than a dozen restaurants and cafés.

It is very close to Haight-Ashbury and Golden Gate Park, and is sometimes considered a sub-area of that district. It is also close to the Inner Sunset.


Cole Valley grew up around the streetcar stop at the entrance to the Sunset Tunnel at the intersection of Carl and Cole Streets. That intersection is still the center of the neighborhood's small business district, and the N Judah light rail line still stops there.

Cole Valley was popular with dot-commers during the late 1990s dot-com bubble. Craig Newmark, founder of Craigslist, is a recent former resident, and still frequents Cole Valley's cafes. The area is home to young professionals, some University of California, San Francisco residents, staff and neighborhood families since the early 1960s.

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