When one imagines elegant mansions perched on rocky cliffs over the ocean, with sweeping views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Sea Cliff immediately comes to mind. This tranquil, picturesque neighborhood is bordered by Lincoln Park to the west, the Richmond district to the south, the Presidio to the east, and the ocean to the north. Punctuated by pristine streets and walkways, gorgeous ocean and bay views, and grand estates with spacious lots and meticulous landscaping, this is a perfect location for nature lovers. There are plentiful outdoor treasures to explore: Lands End, a landscaped trail within the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, offers spectacular vistas and access to the shore.Nearby you’ll also find Ocean Beach, Baker and China Beaches, and the Presidio national park—all great for sunbathing, picnicking, and strolling. And golfers will enjoy being so close to Lincoln Park, which is home to one of the most beautiful courses in the state, complete with dramatic views of the ocean and Golden Gate Bridge. 

Cultural attractions also abound near Seacliff. From the deYoung Museum and the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park, to the Sutro Bath ruins near the ocean and the Legion of Honor inside the Presidio, there’s so much beauty and history to soak up. The nearest commercial drags—Geary Boulevard and Clement Street—are just a walk away, and they provide an abundant source of dining and shopping choices. From the upscale Moroccan restaurant Aziza on Geary to the diverse ethnic dining overflowing on Geary Boulevard, to the mom-and-pop grocers and hip new eateries popping up along Clement Street, there’s something to suit every palette. © 2016 Maryann LoRusso 

Lincoln Park is home to one of the most scenic golf courses in the world.

Lincoln Park is home to one of the most scenic golf courses in the world.

The Sea Cliff Gate at 30th Avenue and California Street.

The Sea Cliff Gate at 30th Avenue and California Street.

The Legion of Honor is one of the country’s most revered art museums.

The Legion of Honor is one of the country’s most revered art museums.

Katherine Delmar Burke School is one of several prestigious private schools in the area and was featured in several films.

Katherine Delmar Burke School is one of several prestigious private schools in the area and was featured in several films.

Elegant mansions line the lush, landscaped streets at El Camino del Mar and Sea Cliff Avenue.

Elegant mansions line the lush, landscaped streets at El Camino del Mar and Sea Cliff Avenue.

The Cliff House, built in 1909, is home to several restaurants with breathtaking ocean views.

The Cliff House, built in 1909, is home to several restaurants with breathtaking ocean views.

China Beach is perfect for sunbathing or yoga, and offers scenic views of the Golden Gate Bridge

China Beach is perfect for sunbathing or yoga, and offers scenic views of the Golden Gate Bridge

A gorgeous view from the Lands End trail in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

A gorgeous view from the Lands End trail in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

Sutro Heights Park boasts 18 acres of scenic walking trails.

Sutro Heights Park boasts 18 acres of scenic walking trails.

The historic Seacliff Bridge Pathway.

The historic Seacliff Bridge Pathway.