Prestigious neighborhood with spectacular homes and views
Pacific Heights and Lower Pacific Heights are two high-class neighborhoods exemplifying a classic San Francisco lifestyle. The streets are lined with grand Victorian and Edwardian mansions constructed when these neighborhoods first became popular among the city’s elite in the late 19th century. These elevated neighborhoods are among San Francisco’s sunniest, and many homes within Pacific Heights boast views of the Golden Gate Bridge. Pacific Heights is home to SF’s famous Billionaires’ Row, a quiet hilltop street with some of the city’s most spectacular architecture and views. Pacific Heights and Lower Pacific Heights residents enjoy a unique urban-meets-upscale lifestyle. Both neighborhoods are primarily composed of quiet residential areas with classy formal architecture, while Fillmore Street draws in the fashion-conscious with its high-end shopping and attracts crowds from across the city for its annual festivals.
Fillmore Street shopping and dining
The Fillmore Jazz Festival
The magnificent mansions lining Pacific Heights’ Billionaires’ Row are home to a heady mix of old money and modern-day tech elite. Residents include such prominent figures as Oracle founder Larry Ellison, Yelp CEO Jerry Stoppelman, Apple Inc. chief designer Jonathan Ive, Pay Pal cofounder Peter Thiel, novelist Danielle Steele, and Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi. Less well-known residents include many professionals and their families attracted by Pacific Heights and Lower Pacific Heights’ enticing mix of peaceful residential streets and proximity to some of the city’s finest shopping, restaurants, and attractions.
Fillmore Street combines stylish shopping with a diverse dining scene. Troya is a trendy Turkish-Mediterranean spot serving delectable kebabs and mezes. Stop by for a fast-casual brunch or lunch or head to Troya in the evening for a leisurely meal enjoyed alongside a wide-ranging wine list.
SPQR draws on Italian influences for its creative Northern Californian dishes. Award-winning chef Matthew Accarrino uses the finest quality locally-sourced ingredients to prepare SPQR’s innovative pasta, antipasti, and dolci. This Michelin-starred dining hotspot also carries an extensive wine selection.
Shops along Fillmore Street and the streets adjacent to it cover many niches and specialties, from high-end fashion boutiques to home furnishing and antique stores. Lexe is a highlight, curating a wonderful collection of women’s clothing at reasonable prices. Fillmore Street also features premium brands such as Marc by Marc Jacobs, Prada, and Ralph Lauren. Sacramento Street is another one of San Francisco’s best shopping streets, offering a range of boutiques, antique stores, jewelers, and health and beauty stores.
Aside from shopping and dining, other things to do in the Pacific Heights and Lower Pacific Heights area include taking in magnificent city and bay views at Alta Plaza Park. This steeply sloped park has some of SF’s most spectacular panoramic views. Alta Plaza also offers amenities such as basketball and tennis courts, a children’s playground, and an off-leash area for dogs. The famous Lyon Street Steps also run adjacent to these neighborhoods and provide captivating views over the city and San Francisco Bay.
The Vogue Theater on Sacramento Street has been in operation since 1910. The Vogue screens a mix of classic films and new screenings. In February, it hosts the Mostly British Film Festival with special screenings of new releases from across the English-speaking world.
The shopping haven of Fillmore Street is also home to one of San Francisco’s most popular annual events. The Fillmore Jazz Festival attracts as many as 100,000 attendees for three stages of live music over Independence Day weekend. Along with world-class musicians, the festival also features scores of gourmet food and fine art vendors spread out over 12 city blocks.
Pacific Heights is one of SF’s most rewarding neighborhoods to stroll through and take in the scenery. Many of its iconic homes have served as filming sites for movies and TV shows such as The Princess Diaries, Mrs. Doubtfire, Party of Five, and Full House. Visitors can enter the beautiful Queen Anne-style 1886 Haas-Lilienthal House to see its wonderfully preserved interior featuring Gilded Age artifacts and antiques.
Public schools within Pacific Heights are operated by the San Francisco Unified School District. Highlights include:
Claire Lilienthal Elementary School, Public, K-8
Chinese Immersion School at Deavila, Public, K-5
Lowell High School, Public, 9-12
Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts, Public, 9-12
Convent & Stuart Hall, Private, K-12
The Hamlin School, Private, K-8
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