With its stately Victorian mansions, its hilly, tree-lined streets, and its unparalleled views of the Bay, Pacific Heights is the part of the city many people think of when they imagine San Francisco. Some of the world’s most well-heeled folks reside in these elegant turn-of-the-century abodes, and many of the city’s most famous residences—including the Flood Mansion, the Haas Lilienthal House, and the Spreckels Mansion—are found here. Most of these regal homes, even the more modest-sized ones, are perched on hills overlooking the Marina, the Golden Gate Bridge, and beyond; while walking at such steep angles is an aerobic exercise, the views are unparalleled.
Within the blocks surrounding Fillmore and Union Streets, residents have access to some of the most upscale, fashionable shopping and dining the city has to offer; clothing boutiques, bookstores, wine shops, cafes, bars, spas, fitness centers, and even two movie theaters keep these popular commercial hubs bustling with residents and tourists. For outdoor recreation, both Alta Plaza and Lafayette Parks are idyllic, child- and dog-friendly spots to play and picnic on a beautiful day. And for those who don’t have access to their own private drivers, easy public transportation makes the commute downtown or to Silicon Valley a breeze. ©2016 Maryann LoRusso