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Go inside the hottest neighborhood in San Francisco, where home prices have risen 75% in the last 5 years

Business Insider Logo By Melia Robinson of Business Insider | Slide 1 of 28: <p> For a long time, Bernal Heights was the best kept secret in San Francisco real estate.</p><p> Short commutes into downtown, relatively affordable homes, and 360-degree views from atop its hills made it a desirable place for artists, musicians, and tech workers to settle down.</p><p> But the residential enclave located south of the city's pricey Mission District and Noe Valley has seen a surge in popularity in recent years, driving the median sale price of a single-family home to $1.36 million, <a href="http://www.bernalheights.com/2017/02/02/bernal-heights-2016-market-recap-released/"> up 75%</a> from five years ago. In 2014, real estate site Redfin named the north slope of Bernal Heights, an area that's densely packed with million-dollar homes, <a href="https://www.redfin.com/blog/2014/01/top-neighborhoods-of-2014.html"> the hottest neighborhood in America</a> based on increases in search traffic to local listings.</p><p> I recently spent the afternoon in Bernal Height's northern end to see what the buzz is about.</p>

For a long time, Bernal Heights was the best kept secret in San Francisco real estate.

Short commutes into downtown, relatively affordable homes, and 360-degree views from atop its hills made it a desirable place for artists, musicians, and tech workers to settle down.

But the residential enclave located south of the city's pricey Mission District and Noe Valley has seen a surge in popularity in recent years, driving the median sale price of a single-family home to $1.36 million, up 75% from five years ago. In 2014, real estate site Redfin named the north slope of Bernal Heights, an area that's densely packed with million-dollar homes, the hottest neighborhood in America based on increases in search traffic to local listings.

I recently spent the afternoon in Bernal Height's northern end to see what the buzz is about. Click ahead to see what I found.

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