Diamond Heights is an exclusive residential neighborhood built on two hills between Noe Valley and Glen Park. Many of the homes that sit on these hills were built in the early 1960s, and their sleek mid-century modernist style is strongly reflected in their sharp angles, glass walls, landscaped courtyards, beams, and other mod details. The quiet streets in Diamond Heights curve around the area’s hilly terrain, leading to some beautiful semi-hidden natural gems. 

Residents enjoy the numerous hiking trails, playgrounds, and picnic areas found in the area’s quaint hillside parks, including George Christopher Playground, Walter Haas Playground, and Billy Goat Hill, which boasts some of the city’s most stunning vistas. A centrally located shopping center on Diamond Heights Boulevard is home to several good restaurants, a bakery, and a Safeway supermarket. And commuters enjoy the fact that the area is conveniently serviced by the three MUNI lines and connects to BART at the Glen Park Station. ©2016 Maryann LoRusso

George Christopher Playground is home to a popular playground as well as several sports fields.

George Christopher Playground is home to a popular playground as well as several sports fields.

Stretching from Laidley to Beacon Streets, the 241 Harry Steps are engulfed in a jungle of banana trees, vines and palm trees.

Stretching from Laidley to Beacon Streets, the 241 Harry Steps are engulfed in a jungle of banana trees, vines and palm trees.

Glen Canyon Park, which occupies 70 acres along a deep canyon, offers hiking trails, a community recreation center, playground, ball fields and tennis courts—and is a favorite with local rock climbers.

Glen Canyon Park, which occupies 70 acres along a deep canyon, offers hiking trails, a community recreation center, playground, ball fields and tennis courts—and is a favorite with local rock climbers.

Marked by a steep cliff towering above O’Shaughnessy Boulevard, O’Shaughnessy Hollow boasts some of the most beautiful grasslands and dramatic terrain in the city.

Marked by a steep cliff towering above O’Shaughnessy Boulevard, O’Shaughnessy Hollow boasts some of the most beautiful grasslands and dramatic terrain in the city.

Walter Haas Playground features climbing areas, hiking trails, basketball courts and scenic vistas. The Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts, just northwest of Diamond Heights, is a highly regarded alternative prep school.

Walter Haas Playground features climbing areas, hiking trails, basketball courts and scenic vistas. The Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts, just northwest of Diamond Heights, is a highly regarded alternative prep school.

Billy Goat Hill Park features hiking trails and amazing views of the city and bay.

Billy Goat Hill Park features hiking trails and amazing views of the city and bay.

The Diamond Heights Shopping Center is home to a Safeway supermarket, an adjacent park, and secret back door to Glen Canyon Park.

The Diamond Heights Shopping Center is home to a Safeway supermarket, an adjacent park, and secret back door to Glen Canyon Park.

The Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts, just northwest of Diamond Heights, is a highly regarded alternative prep school.

The Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts, just northwest of Diamond Heights, is a highly regarded alternative prep school.

The San Francisco Police Academy has its home on Amber Drive.

The San Francisco Police Academy has its home on Amber Drive.

Three MUNI lines conveniently serve the neighborhood, while the 52 train connects to the BART system at the Glen Park Station.

Three MUNI lines conveniently serve the neighborhood, while the 52 train connects to the BART system at the Glen Park Station.