At just under one square mile, Little Hollywood is one of San Francisco’s smallest neighborhoods, and consequently one of the least well-known neighborhoods, even to locals.
This compact sliver of San Francisco lies on the southern border of the city, accompanied by Candlestick Point to its east, Bayview Heights to its north, and the expansive Visitacion Valley to its west (which it was once a part of).
This newly-defined neighborhood was rightfully named to reflect the large amount of silent film stars who were once residents here, including early movie starlet Mae West. The architectural movement that formed the neighborhood in the 1920s and 1930s also influenced the name. The homes built here during this time resembled those in the Hollywood Hills of Southern California.
Today, Little Hollywood is a quiet family and residential sanctuary tucked in between busy Bayshore Boulevard and the 101 freeway, both offering a direct route to other areas of the city. Caltrain also runs straight through the neighborhood, as do other small public transportation lines.
Little Hollywood is also home to the city dump, now owned by Recology San Francisco. By hosting artists-in-residence, a sculpture garden, and a quarterly art show showcasing works made from recycled materials, Recology has shed its rep as a mere garbage dump by becoming a beacon of smart eco-friendly waste disposal.
This pie-shaped neighborhood sheltered from the world at the edge of the city is indeed a small town in itself, and a diamond in the rough. It is a place where neighbors all know one another and enjoy each other’s company while living in a tranquil San Francisco locale.