Haight Ashbury will probably always be associated with San Francisco’s counter-culture revolution. But nowadays, the neighborhood is just as well known for its hip shopping and nightlife, trendy restaurants, and architecturally stunning homes. “The Haight,” as it’s affectionately called by residents, is home to some of the city’s most desirable Victorian and Edwardian homes, many of them restored to their turn-of-the-century glory. The stunners that line the Panhandle of Golden Gate Park have the added luxury of having one of San Francisco’s most gorgeous outdoor venues right at their door. A great spot to bike, hike, walk dogs, and run, this outdoor oasis offers miles of recreational space, as well as museums, outdoor concerts, and other cultural attractions. Also nearby, on the eastern edge of the neighborhood, is Buena Vista Park, the city’s oldest park and named for the spectacular views on its upper slopes.
The neighborhood’s commercial hub is, of course, famed Haight Street, which remains one of the city’s liveliest and most colorful places to shop and dine. Here residents come for everything from books, art, music, and vintage clothing, to laid-back restaurants, coffee shops, and bars. The neighborhood is conveniently served by a number of buses and a MUNI street car that stops just south of Haight, and running along the north edge of the neighborhood, both Oak and Fell streets are major thoroughfares offering quick auto access to downtown and freeways. For those who prefer to travel via bicycle, “the Wiggle” path that runs from Stanyan to Market Street minimizes major hills and busy intersections. ©2016 Maryann LoRusso