Lower Pacific Heights was developed as a middle class family neighborhood that survived the devastating 1906 earthquake and fire. That’s because a fire line was created by blowing up the buildings along Van Ness Avenue, the neighborhood’s border to the east.
Today, much of the Lower Pacific Heights real estate consists of 1880 to 1900s Stick, Italianate and Queen Anne homes. Once part of the Western Addition—still the official name for the area—it’s also been called Baja Pacific Heights. Its boundaries are Presidio Avenue to the west, Gough Street to the east, and in between Geary and California Streets on the north and south sides.
Lower Pacific Heights offers an easy walk to many essential and leisure time necessities. Laurel Village on California Street boasts two groceries, two banks, coffee shops, cafes, and even an old fashioned 5 and 10 cent variety store where you can find just about anything. Molly Stone’s, Trader Joe’s and countless corner markets make food shopping a snap. Fillmore Street is everyone’s favorite spot for strolling. It connects to Japan Town, a walker-friendly place where you can explore many Asian cuisines, shops, and cultural surroundings—you can even take in a movie at the Sundance Kabuki Theatres.
Fillmore Street leads across Geary Boulevard into The Fillmore District, where jazz clubs and restaurants are staging a strong comeback. There is a public library, and Mt. Zion and Kaiser Hospitals are both centers for healing.
Presidio National Park is a short run or bike ride away, with numerous trails, Julius Kahn Playground, Presidio Golf Club, the YMCA, new Disney Museum and more. Centrally located, residents here can commute to Downtown’s Financial District, across the Golden Gate Bridge to the north, or travel south down to the Peninsula.