San Francisco's Northwest District includes the neighborhoods of Central Richmond, Inner Richmond, Outer Richmond, Jordan Park, Laurel Heights, Lake, Lone Mountain, Sea Cliff and the Presidio.
Jordan Park/Laurel Heights
Laurel Heights is a popular and low-key neighborhood, interchangeably known as Jordan Park. This small upscale neighborhood consists primarily of well-kept Victorian, Edwardian, and mid-century homes on manicured, tree-lined streets. Residents of Laurel Heights/Jordan Park enjoy a variety of boutique shops, cafes, restaurants, and specialty grocery stores located in the Laurel Heights Shopping Village. Excellent healthcare is also nearby, with California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) located on California Street near Arguello Boulevard.
The Lake Street area is an affluent, quiet, picturesque part of the city that offers a convenient location, low crime rate, good schools, and a neighborhood feel. Residents here are minutes away from both Baker Beach and the Presidio Golf Course, and nearby Mountain Lake Park offers public tennis and basketball courts, a playground, and dog park. Also known as the Lake District, this neighborhood is almost entirely residential but offers its residents easy access to the restaurants and shops of both the Central and Inner Richmond neighborhoods.
As a historical hill, Lone Mountain now hosts the main campus of the University of San Francisco (USF). This neighborhood is populated with USF students, tenured professors, and other professionals. This upper-middle class area consists primarily of Edwardian homes with a fair number of multi-unit residential buildings and apartments catering to the local student population. Lone Mountain is also home to the Rossi Playground and Pool, offering residents convenient access to public tennis and basketball courts, picnic areas, an indoor swimming pool, a children’s playground, and field for soccer, baseball, or softball.
First established as a military fort in 1776, the Presidio has seen soldiers through the Mexican War, the Civil War, the Spanish-American War, both world wars and the Korean War. It was also filled with tents and shacks to provide relief to survivors of the 1906 earthquake and fires. It's a veritable treasure trove of San Francisco history, but it's also a park and an area of outstanding natural beauty.
Central Richmond offers a quiet, almost suburban, atmosphere for its residents. With the neighborhood’s proximity to the Golden Gate Bridge commuting to the North Bay is a breeze, while the 1 California Muni line takes residents straight to Downtown and the Financial District. Housing in this neighborhood ranges from larger multi-unit apartment buildings to 3 unit apartment flats and modest single family homes. While predominantly residential, the Central Richmond hosts several top rated restaurants on its commercial strips, Geary Boulevard and Clement Street.
The Inner Richmond neighborhood is a bustling multicultural area with grand mansions, stucco houses, easy access to the Presidio and Golden Gate Park, and a variety of reasonable restaurants and shops. A historical hill that once served as a cemetery, Lone Mountain now hosts the main campus of the University of San Francisco (USF), a popular Jesuit-run school. This neighborhood is populated with USF students, tenured professors, and other professionals. This upper-middle class area consists primarily of Edwardian homes with a fair number of multi-unit residential buildings and apartments catering to the local student population.
Residents of Outer Richmond will be lulled to sleep by the sound of foghorns, a romantic oceanside element that is evocative of San Francisco. This neighborhood is home to several parks and attractions including the Sutro Baths, Cliff House, Lincoln Park, and the Lincoln Park Golf Course. Perched at the top of Lincoln Park, The Palace of the Legion of Honor was built in the 1920s to honor Californians who died in France in World War I and currently houses a distinguished collection of sculptures by Auguste Rodin. For a bit of urban hiking, head to Lands End and walk along the edge of the city, and the continent, on the Coastal Trail (including wheelchair accessible trails that begin at Merrie Way parking lot). Locals go to Simple Pleasures Café for some of the best (read: strongest) coffee in the area. Homes in this area rang from single-family residences to flats, and are slightly more affordable than other parts of the city, due to location, weather, and housing type.
Sea Cliff is a small neighborhood consisting mostly of exclusive mansions, scenic views, and celebrity residents, past and present, including famous musicians, corporate executives, political bigwigs, and movie stars. Sea Cliff is so named because the neighborhood is situated on the northwestern cliff of the Richmond District overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Local attractions China Beach and Baker Beach are only minutes away. Tour buses, vans, and other commercial vehicles are largely banned from this area to maintain privacy and exclusivity. With impressive views of the Pacific Ocean, Golden Gate Bridge, and Marin Headlands, combined with stately landscaped yards and high square footage, homes here command exceptionally high selling prices.
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