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Pacific Heights

"Pacific Heights" redirects here. For other uses, see Pacific Heights (disambiguation).

Pacific Heights
Neighborhood of San Francisco
San Francisco Bay can be seen below.
Nickname(s): The Devil's Backbone
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

 • Board of Supervisors Mark Farrell
 • State Assembly Tom Ammiano (D)
 • State Senate Mark Leno (D)
 • U.S. House Nancy Pelosi (D)
 • Total 2.50 km2 (0.967 sq mi)
 • Land 2.50 km2 (0.967 sq mi)
 • Total 21,925
 • Density 8,756/km2 (22,677/sq mi)
ZIP Code 94109, 94115, 94123
Area code(s) 415

Pacific Heights is an affluent neighborhood of San Francisco, California. 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.


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

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, Athletica and Design Within Reach. 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.

Government and infrastructure

The San Francisco Police Department Northern Station serves Pacific Heights.[10]


See also

San Francisco Bay Area portal


External links

  • Pacific Heights Residents Association
  • The Chronicle's standing article about Pacific Heights
  • The Perfect Pacific Heights Commute The Scene from Pacific Heights to Lucas Film in the Presidio
  • Flickr Photos of the Pacific Heights Neighborhood

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

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