Centrally located in the heart of San Francisco, just north of Twin Peaks and east of Mount Sutro, is the pretty neighborhood of Clarendon Heights. The homes in the area come in a wide and colorful array of architectural styles, from Tudor- and Italian-style villas to sleek modern abodes, with many homes offering panoramic views of the city and San Francisco Bay. Nature lovers will appreciate the rich topography and many recreational facilities nearby, including the wonderful hiking trails and hills at Buena Vista Park, Corona Park, Sutro Heights Park, and Tank Hill. 

For shopping, residents head to the shopping districts along Haight and Castro Streets, where they’ll find everything from hip bars and bistros, to gourmet mom-and-pop shops and other retail establishments. And for culture, they needn’t look any further than the Randall Museum, an arts and science center located within Corona Park, or the many internationally acclaimed museums within Golden Gate Park.  ©2016 Maryann LoRusso

Buena Vista Park is the oldest park in San Francisco and known for its breathtaking views. 

Buena Vista Park is the oldest park in San Francisco and known for its breathtaking views. 

Located within Corona Park, the Randall Museum focuses on the arts, crafts, sciences and natural history.

Located within Corona Park, the Randall Museum focuses on the arts, crafts, sciences and natural history.

Several MUNI lines run through the neighborhood.

Several MUNI lines run through the neighborhood.

Clarendon Elementary School is one of the city’s highest rated public schools and known for its Japanese immersion program.

Clarendon Elementary School is one of the city’s highest rated public schools and known for its Japanese immersion program.

Castro Street is a lively, culturally diverse commercial district offering everything from acclaimed restaurants and bars to neighborhood coffee shops.

Castro Street is a lively, culturally diverse commercial district offering everything from acclaimed restaurants and bars to neighborhood coffee shops.

Dramatic views can be seen from atop the 600-foot-high Tank Hill, named for an old water tank stationed here in the late 1800s.

Dramatic views can be seen from atop the 600-foot-high Tank Hill, named for an old water tank stationed here in the late 1800s.