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As the smallest community in San Francisco, Cole Valley may be small in size, but it is big on character and charm with beautiful historic buildings and unique shops and eateries. The intersection of Cole and Carl Street is the hub of the business community and there are more than a dozen bakeries, restaurants, shops, and cafes in this area. There is even an outdoor mural that is a tribute to pets in the community. Businesses are easily accessible for residents on foot and the neighborhood is very walkable, exuding a trendy but laid-back vibe. 

San Francisco weather is mild with temperatures that are comfortable for walking all year around. Fog and rain with cooler temperatures occur in winter and may require a light waterproof jacket. Even summer mornings can be foggy, but by virtue of it’s inland location, Cole Valley is protected from some of the denser fogs that occur on the coast.

Terrain in Cole Valley
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Most of Cole Valley terrain has moderate hills by San Francisco standards, however, areas to the south near Tank Hill rise sharply and residents walking with their dogs in this area need to be prepared for a strenuous climb. Views from Tank Hill are well worth the effort. Cole Valley is a small neighborhood bordered by Golden Gate Park and the communities of Haight-Ashbury, Twin Peaks, and Castro. Cole Valley is mostly residential in nature with single-family homes, although there is a commercial district with shops and restaurants at the main crossroads in the middle of the area. Homes are densely packed but have more landscaping at the street front than many other neighborhoods with shady trees along residential roads fronting beautiful historic homes. Victorian dwellings with bay windows, trims, and turrets, often in brightly painted colors, are frequent sites in Cole Valley. Walk up apartments and multifamily buildings are also common along Cole Valley streetscapes.
Greenways in Cole Valley
Neighborhoods in San Francisco have an average of:
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Greenways in the area include Richard Gamble Memorial Park located near Cole and Carl Streets. This pretty park features two grassy lawns connected by a paved walking trail and a lot of trees and seating in the shade.

At the southwest border of Cole Valley is the 61-acre Mt. Sutro Open Space Reserve which is a protected natural area for wildlife and native plants. This area has plenty of trails and greenways to hike with your dog. Tank Hill is located southeast of Cole Valley and involves a steep climb through the residential neighborhood and a steeper climb up the hill. Energetic hikers and hounds can then enjoy the panoramic 360-degree view of the surrounding San Francisco neighborhoods.

A short walk north of Cole Valley lies Golden Gate Park with acres of open space, trees, and walking trails. You and your dog will not get bored hiking this beautiful park and its greenways.

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