Telegraph Hill is home to one of San Francisco’s most iconic landmarks, Coit Tower, which rises 210 feet above the neighborhood and offers sweeping views of the bay. The hill—which was originally called Loma Alta(high hill) and then Goat Hill before it earned its current moniker in 1862—is also famous for its pretty topography, hidden gardens and staircases, and the flock of feral parrots that supposedly reside within the neighborhood’s greenery.
Many of the area’s immaculate homes were built around the hillsides at the foot of Coit Tower, and many boast lovely landscaping and staircases of their own. The Filbert Steps, whose colorful gardens flow down to Levi’s Plaza, provide scenic exercise for those who love a good hike with great views, while a few neighborhood parks provide additional vistas and family-friendly recreation. While Telegraph Hill is a mostly residential neighborhood, the area is adjacent to the bustling nightlife and restaurants of North Beach. And the riverfront Embarcadero, with its museums, farmer’s markets, specialty stores, and eateries, is just a short walk away. © 2016 Maryann LoRusso
© Maryann LoRusso