Lone Mountain is one of the quaintest, most historic neighborhoods in San Francisco. Marked by a large hill (called, appropriately, Lone Mountain) and sometimes referred to as “University Terrace,” the area is best known for being home to the University of San Francisco campus. Bordering Laurel Heights, Anza Vista, North Panhandle (NOPA), and Inner Richmond, Lone Mountain consists primarily of well-maintained single-family homes built by Oliver M. Rousseau. Many of these houses are now inhabited by the faculty and students at USF, a Jesuit Catholic school established in 1855 and the first university in San Francisco. USF’s main buildings are laid out on two campuses a few blocks apart from one another; the main is on Fulton Street and the other, the former women’s college now referred to as the Lone Mountain Campus, on Turk. Many of the area’s landmarks are part of the campus, including the Lone Mountain Spanish Steps; the Columbarium, which dates back to 1898; and Saint Ignatius Church, an Italian Renaissance/Baroque-style structure designed by Charles J. I. Devlin in 1912.
Nature lovers appreciate the fact that Lone Mountain is situated close to several outdoor treasures, including Golden Gate Park and its many museums and hiking trails; the Koret Recreation Center, a pool and health center located on the USF campus; and the Angelo J. Rossi Playground, a neighborhood favorite that boasts a children’s play area, basketball and tennis courts, and an indoor swimming pool. The neighborhood is close to public transportation, California Pacific Medical Center, and plenty of shopping and dining along nearby Geary Boulevard. For foodies, a Trader Joe’s grocery store is a short walk away, while a Whole Foods is just a five-minute drive down Stanyan Street. ©2016 Maryann LoRusso