Pacific Heights is a picture-perfect haven with street after street of beautiful mansions, Spanish-style buildings, and meticulously maintained Victorians many of which have magnificent vistas to the north escaped the fire of 1906 so every architectural period imaginable is represented and some of the buildings are an extraordinary mixture of styles. One look at the houses and establishments here and you’ll know all these pack a punch in the mortgages department. The dramatic Palace of Fine Arts, Alcatraz, Angel Island, Golden Gate Bridge, Marin Headlands, Gharidelli Square, Aquatic park, Hyde Street Pier are only a few of the subjects that dot the landscape of the northern views from these hundreds of unique and privileged properties. The most exclusive neighborhood in the city boasts of Spreckels Mansion (this half-block French baroque mansion was commissioned in 1913 by Adolph Spreckels, the mega-rich sugarcane magnate which is currently the home of the author Danielle Steele) foreign consulates, Italianate villas, private schools, luxury buildings and three parks, Lafayette, Alta Plaza and Alamo Square. At the foot of this hill to the north, storekeepers transformed residential buildings into shops and offices in the 70’s along Union Street, which defined Pacific Hts from the beginning of the Marina area. The largest mansion built for Adolph Spreckels can be found nesting in the boundaries of Pacific Heights not to the foreign consulates of Italy, Russian, Egypt and Germany. These residences are like fairytale retreats lining the streets going east to west from Franklin all the way out to the Presidio Army base.