The small yet highly desirable North Beach district, nestled in the valley between Telegraph and Russian Hills, has long been known as San Francisco’s wonderful old Italian neighborhood. Washington Square serves as the epicenter of this true San Francisco neighborhood with its distinctive assortment of restaurants, bakeries, delicatessens and shops. North Beach’s short distance from the Financial District always creates high demand for it mostly older real estate supply.
Named after the first western telegraph station located in San Francisco in 1853, Telegraph Hill has been home to numerous artists and writers including Mark Twain over the years. At the top of Filbert Street is Coit Tower, a 210 foot San Francisco landmark dedicated to the firefighters who fought the flames that followed the 1906 earthquake. Telegraph Hill provides some of the City’s most dramatic views from its assortment of homes and condominiums, and provides close proximity to the Fisherman’s Wharf, Pier 39, the Financial District, North Beach and Chinatown.
Originally, this area between the fashionable Marina District and Pacific Heights was used for grazing cows. Rapid development began near the turn of the cedntury and the beautiful architecture is very much admired today in the Victorian and Edwardian homes and condominiums. Union Street is the “main street” of the historic Cow Hollow district and is reknowned for its preserved homes where one now finds a variety of speciality shops and restaurants.
Cow Hollow is roughly bounded by Lyon Street to the west, Lombard Street to the north, Van Ness Avenue to the east and Vallejo Street to the south.
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The elegant Pacific Heights neighborhood is one of the City’s most popular with locals and tourists alike, where one can enjoy the pleasing architecture of the Victorian homes and mansions on the hill along with a variety of condominium and stock cooperative, tenancy-in-common and rental buildings. Mesmerizing scenic views of the San Francisco Bay, Golden Gate Bridge and the southern parts of the city are the highlight of many Pacific Heights properties. Generally known as a quiet neighborhood, the majority of commercial activity in Pacific Heights is focused on Fillmore Street where one can find luxury shops, everday stores, cafes and restaurants.
Pacific Heights is generally bounded by Presidio Avenue to the west, Vallejo Street to the north, Van Ness Avenue to the east and Californai Street to the south.
Nestled between Noe Valley and Diamond Heights and conveniently located near the freeway and Glen Park BART station, Glen Park is an ideal location for many San Francisco homeowners. With no Starbucks in sight, the Glen Park neighborhood prides itself on its mom and pop stores and restaurants and the enchanting Glen Canyon Park where dog walkers and hikers abound. Mostly known for its charming single family homes, recent development on Chenery Street, one of Glen Park’s main shopping streets, features newer condominiums above the new public library and the upscale Glen Park Marketplace.
After being known for nearly a century as home to one of San Francisco’s primary industrial centers, Potrero Hill has become one of the City’s most desirable places to live in recent years with its close proximity to downtown and easy freeway access. Exceptional city views can be found from many of the homes, condominiums and loft projects that canvas the north slope of Potrero Hill that rises above the flatlands that include the San Francisco Design Center and the California Culinary Academy. The Hill’s vibrant 18th Street business district is well known for its unique mix of shops and restaurants that cater to locals and visitors alike. Another well-known business located on Potrero Hill is the Anchor Steam Brewery, one the first and most successful microbreweries in the United States.
Potrero Hill is roughly bounded by Vermont Street to the west, 14th Street to the north, 3rd Street to the east and Cesar Chavez Street to the south.
During the 1960’s, the Haight was known for its flower children, hippies, and would-be hippies. Revitalized since then, this neighborhood boasts renovated Victorians, flats and apartments situated near wooded areas like Golden Gate and Buena Vista Parks.
Located just west of Pacific Heights, Presidio Heights is known for its highly sought-after homes and condominiums in addition to its adjacency to the Presidio, San Francisco’s exceptional national park. Sacramento Street serves as Presidio Heights’s main business street, offering dining at some of San Francisco’s most trendy restaurants as well as shopping at some of its most sophisticated boutiques. Residents enjoy easy access to the Presidio’s network of hiking and jogging trails, the lovely children’s park at Julius Kahn Playground as well as the renowned Presidio Golf Course.
Presidio Heights is roughly bounded by Arguello Boulevard to the west, the Presidio the north, Presidio Avenue to the east and California Street to the south.
Due to the 1989 Loma Preita earthquake, the Central Freeway that ran through Hayes Valley, was destroyed, which began a new era for this trendy neighborhood. With its ultra-chic boutiques, funky art galleries and high-end restaurants, and the Van Ness performing arts district nearby, Hayes Valley attracts an eclectic crowd. Newer condominium projects mix with the more traditional San Francisco Victorians and Edwardians throughout the neighborhood. For one of the best cups of coffee in San Francisco, the Blue Bottle Coffee Company in Hayes Valley is the place to go!
Hayes Valley is roughly bounded by Divisadero Street to the west, McAllister Street to the north, Gough Street to the east from, to Market Street to the south.
The Richmond District is a diverse neighborhood with many shops and restaurants, especially along Geary Boulevard, Clement and California Streets. These areas also have easy access to the Presidio, Lincoln Park (with the Palace of the Legion of Honor and a golf course), the University of San Francisco and Golden GatePark. Golden Gate Park, the boundary between the Richmond and Sunset Districts provides an excess of pleasures, including: the California Academy of Sciences, the De Young Art Museum, the Conservatory of Flowers, the Japanese Tea Garden, Morrison Planetarium, an aquarium, the tulip gardens, polo fields, lakes, stadiums, a buffalo enclosure, one of the biggest zoos in the West, and is bordered by miles of open sea shore. Closed to drive-through traffic on Sundays, the park is a perfect place for long walks, jogging, roller blading and biking.