One of a few spaces in San Francisco to survive the 1906 earthquake largely unscathed, Dogpatch features some of the oldest structures in the City, many of which date from the 1860s.
But with its history comes a past.
In fact, Dogpatch was once considered to be the rougher, working-class part of town characterized by docks, warehouses, and shady goings-on.
The dawn of the dot-com era in the early 1990s brought new life to Dogpatch and with it, a radical transformation of warehouses into trendy, sought-after live/work lofts and condos that continues to this day.
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City dwellers who crave the sun will appreciate the climate in Dogpatch (if there’s sun to be found in San Francisco, you’ll find it here). And those who prefer flatland to steep hills will welcome Dogpatch’s mostly level streets and dock areas as a refreshing alternative.
If Dogpatch is home but work takes you south of the City, with its regular and express train services, the Caltrains Station at 22nd Street makes commuting a snap.
No one knows for sure where the name “Dogpatch” comes from, but speculation abounds. According to some, the area was named after the middle-of-nowhere, fictional setting of Al Capp’s classic comic strip, “Li’l Abner,” which ran from 1934 to1977. During Capp’s time, “Dogpatch” was used to describe a primitive, underdeveloped backwater. My, how things have changed.
Once a gritty, working-class neighborhood, today, Dogpatch is a mecca for upper-middle-class working professionals who are drawn to its new construction, easy access to downtown and the freeways, and cooler-than-cool vibe.