Pacific Heights, San Francisco

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Pacific Heights
Neighborhood of San Francisco
Northern view from Alta Plaza Park. The Marina District and San Francisco Bay can be seen below.
Northern view from Alta Plaza Park. The Marina District and San Francisco Bay can be seen below.
Nickname(s): The Devil's Backbone
Pacific Heights is located in San Francisco
Pacific Heights
Pacific Heights
Location within Central San Francisco
Coordinates: 37°47′30″N 122°26′08″W / 37.7917°N 122.4356°W / 37.7917; -122.4356
Government
 • Board of Supervisors Mark Farrell
 • State Assembly Tom Ammiano (D)
 • State Senate Mark Leno (D)
 • U.S. House Nancy Pelosi (D)
Area
 • Total 2.50 km2 (0.967 sq mi)
 • Land 2.50 km2 (0.967 sq mi)
Population
 • Total 21,925
 • Density 8,756/km2 (22,677/sq mi)
ZIP Code 94109, 94115, 94123
Area code(s) 415
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Pacific Heights is an affluent neighborhood of San Francisco, California, US, which is prestigious for the notable people who live in the area. It is located in one of the most scenic and park-like settings in Northern California, offering panoramic views of the Golden Gate Bridge, the San Francisco Bay, the Palace of Fine Arts, Alcatraz and the Presidio. Its idyllic location provides a temperate micro-climate that is clearer, but not always warmer, than many other areas in San Francisco.

The Pacific Heights Residents Association defines the neighborhood as inside Bush Street, Presidio Avenue, Union Street, and Van Ness Avenue.[2]

Pacific Heights is situated on a primarily east-west oriented ridge that rises sharply from the Marina District and Cow Hollow neighborhoods, to the north, to a maximum height of 370 feet above sea level. The streets of Jackson, Pacific, and Broadway extend along some of the most scenic areas along the hill's crest. The section of Broadway Street extending from Divisadero to Lyon Street is known as the "Gold Coast." Pacific Heights features two parks, Lafayette and Alta Plaza, each with spectacular views of the city and the bay. Easily visible to the north, for example, are the Golden Gate Bridge, the Marin Headlands, and Alcatraz Island.

Lower Pacific Heights refers to the area located south of California Street down to Post Street. Though previously simply considered part of the Western Addition, this new neighborhood designation became popularized by real estate agents in the early 1990s.

History[edit]

The neighborhood was first developed in the 1870s, with small Victorian homes built. Starting around the start of the 20th century, and especially after the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake, many were replaced with period homes. Still residential, the area is characterized by painted Victorians, châteaux and mansions.

Attractions and characteristics[edit]

The oldest building in Pacific Heights, located at 2475 Pacific Avenue, was built in 1853, though the majority of the neighborhood was built after the 1906 earthquake. The architecture of the neighborhood is varied; Victorian, Mission Revival, Edwardian, and Château styles are common.

Several countries have consulates in Pacific Heights. They include Germany,[3] Greece,[4] Italy,[5] Portugal,[6] Russia,[7] South Korea,[8] and Vietnam.[9]

Most of the neighborhood's boutiques and restaurants can be found along Fillmore Street, south of Pacific Avenue. They include stores like Marc by Marc Jacobs, Ralph Lauren, Athleta and Prana. Other businesses in Pacific Heights are located on California and Divisadero Streets, as well as on Van Ness Avenue.

Because of its affluence, Pacific Heights has many elite private schools. This includes San Francisco University High School; Drew School (formerly Drew College Preparatory School); The Hamlin School; Convent of the Sacred Heart High School; Stuart Hall High School and Town School for Boys, among others.

Universities and colleges include Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, part of the University of the Pacific and the Academy of Art University

Famous bestselling author Danielle Steel lives in Pacific Heights along with some of the wealthiest people in the world.

As of 2013, Pacific Heights was named the most expensive residential neighborhood in the United States, with the median price of a single family home costing $10,250,000. [10]

Government and infrastructure[edit]

The San Francisco Police Department Northern Station serves Pacific Heights.[11]

Notable residents[edit]

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Coordinates: 37°47′30″N 122°26′08″W / 37.7917°N 122.4356°W / 37.7917; -122.4356