bernal heights neighborhood tour 5167Everything the light touches is Bernal Heights.Melia Robinson/Business Insider

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

Short commutes into downtown, relatively affordable homes, and panoramic hilltop views made it a desirable place for artists, musicians, and tech workers to settle down.

But the residential enclave located south of the city’s Mission District and Noe Valley has seen a surge in popularity in recent years, causing home prices to appreciate 111% over the past six years. The median sales price for a two-bedroom abode is $1.58 million.

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 spent an afternoon in Bernal Height’s northern end to see what the buzz is about.