Lone Mountain, San Francisco

Viewed from other hilltops in San Francisco, Lone Mountain and the twin spires of St. Ignatius Church stand as iconic reminders of San Francisco’s rich history. Best known as home to University of San Francisco, the neighborhood also contains historic landmarks such as the Columbarium and the grand garden stairway called the Lone Mountain Spanish Steps.

It is centrally located, bordered by Laurel Heights to the north, Anza Vista to the east, NOPA to the south, and the Inner Richmond to the west. Getting around town by car, bicycle or public transportation is a cinch, and there are numerous parks, shops and restaurants within easy walking distance.

Housing stock here in Lone Mountain consists primarily of single-family homes and condominiums, with a variety of multi-unit properties mixed in. The primary builder in Lone Mountain was Oliver M. Rousseau—of Rousseau & Rousseau—whose fine craftsmanship and elegant architectural design is greatly prized. 

Historical fact: This serene site was once home to the Odd Fellows and Masonic cemeteries, part of the so-called “Big Four.” Those graves were moved to Colma by the 1940s, paving the way for residential development. Only the Columbarium remains as witness to the area’s past.

Today the neighborhood is quiet yet thriving. Residents love the easy access to Rossi Park (with playground, playing fields, tennis courts and pool), Laurel Playground, the Koret Center at USF, Trader Joe’s, City Target and the shops on Clement Street. Also nearby are Laurel Village, the Presidio, shops on Sacramento Street and Golden Gate Park.

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