It’s not hard to decipher which natural landmark this pretty hilltop neighborhood, which lies at the geographic center of San Francisco, was named after. With an elevation of about 922 feet that makes it the second highest landmark in San Francisco, the north and south Twin Peaks are about 660 feet apart from one another, with Twin Peaks Boulevard running a figure eight around them. Many of the homes in this area are built like staircases into the hills, and those along the summits and on the slopes offer stunning views of the Bay.
As expected in a neighborhood with such distinct topography, there is plenty of beautiful land to explore within well-preserved recreation areas such as Twin Peaks Summit, Midtown Terrace Playground, and the Sutro Recreation Center, as well as along the many long pedestrian stairways that wind around the hills. The homes in this area vary in architectural style, and there are more apartment complexes here than in other parts of the city, many offering panoramic views. Thanks to the Twin Peaks Improvement Association, with prohibits further development in the neighborhood, noise and commercial activity are limited, but several great shopping destinations in adjacent neighborhoods are just minutes away. © 2016 Maryann LoRusso