Sea Cliff is dominated by Spanish architecture homes perched on the cliffs east of Golden Gate Bridge. Certainly one of the most desirable and picturesque residential areas in the U.S. Success exudes itself from any of houses, stars and theatrical types such as Robin Williams, Sharon Stone, and Carol Hayes of Hayes Productions all have homes here. The Presidio Trust sits to its east with remains of the Land’s End Park and the famous Sutro Baths of 1896 to the west. The California Palace of the Legion of Honor museum built in 1924 ( inspired by the Palais de la Legion in Paris), home of Rodin’s “The Thinker”, and the public golf course of Lincoln Park all share the Sea Cliff address!
Telegraph Hill, formerly known as “Goat Hill” by the many Italians who lived in this quarter, has lovely vistas that are shared by quaint single-family homes and apartments which are coveted due to the proximity to the financial district and nightlife of North Beach. Lillie Hitchcock Coit, a poker-playing, cigarette-smoking millionaire who loved to ride on fire trucks and became an honorary member of the Knickerbocker Engine Company No. #5, bequeathed one-third of her fortune to having a monument, Coit Tower, built on the very top of Telegraph Hill. Today, Coit Tower homes the revolutionary frescoes of Diego Rivera and other less known painters who were financed by the Federal Art project of 1933. Hundreds of tourist a day can be counted while by night lovers parked to enjoy the city lights laid out like a blanket, just steps away from the surviving wooden houses from the 1906 fire that once covered the hill.
Russian Hill Homes with an eclectic assortment of 19th century Italianate facades, apartments, condos and single-family residences to structures designed by famous architects such as Willis Polk share this arena. Also, Vallejo Street Crest District w/ its National Register of Historic Places site to the infamous “crookedest street in the world” Lombard Street are all used as settings of countless books and films. Several lovely parks, plenty of good restaurants, and shopping on Polk and Hyde streets make this a highly sought after urban and centrally located area to live or rent.
Marina The Marina District is a neighborhood located in San Francisco, California. The neighborhood sits on the site of the 1915 Panama–Pacific International Exposition, staged after the 1906 San Francisco earthquake to celebrate the reemergence of the city. Aside from the Palace of Fine Arts, all other buildings were demolished to make the current neighborhood.
Cow Hollow In the 1800’s vegetable gardens and dairy farms in Cow Hollow feed the citizens of the then perceived remote city near by, San Francisco. Close by was the underwater soon to be land filled district that housed the 1915 Panama Pacific Exposition. A magnificent structure, the Palace of Fine Arts, designed by Bernard Maybeck stands today. Filled with many Mediterranean-style flats and apartments, the once sleepy commercial street Chestnut St. is now the busy commercial thoroughfare on which many small restaurants, old deli’s, upscale retail stores such as Pottery Barn preside. The Marina greens give way to kite flying, volleyball games, endless dog walkers, a nest where many of the privileged can dock their sailboats at the St. Francis Yacht Club and breathtaking views of the Golden Gate Bridge and Marin County.
Presidio Heights is the richest and most influential San Franciscans chose the grand estates that lay west of Pacific Heights once the cable car lines were completed. The views from this enclave are unparalleled in all northern and eastern directions. Certainly, new blood has moved but many ancestors of the original settlers remain. On the west one of San Francisco public golf courses operates while the Palace of Legion of Honor where a copy of Rodin’s thinker is found embraces the Presidio’s northwest.
Pacific Heights is a neighborhood of San Francisco, California, which is known for the notable people who reside in the area. It has panoramic views of the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco Bay, the Palace of Fine Arts, Alcatraz, and the Presidio.
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.