Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Pacific Heights: A Brief Interlude

Bound by Bush Street, Presidio Avenue, Union Street, and Van Ness Avenue, the Pacific Heights sub-district of San Francisco is one of the most enchanting, affluent and scenic areas of SF.  As a resident of Pacific Heights, I am often amazed by the various architectural details, ranging from Victorian to Mission Revival style homes – not to mention the exquisite views found once within!  Whether you are a passer-by or live in the area, you will undoubtedly fall in love with the beauty that lies here.

With a longstanding history, Pacific Heights was first developed in the 1870s, with small Victorian homes, and grown to become one of the most expensive parts of town.  You do not need to swing the latest Chanel bag to take advantage of this attractive area, as there is something for everyone to enjoy!  To help paint a picture of the splendor that exists, let me take you through some of the wonders found here:

·         Lyon Street Stairs: Once you reach Lyon Street, head down the Lyon Street stairs – all 269 of them!  And yes, back up them too.  You will be rewarded with beautiful landscaping, views of the Bay, and peek-a-boo looks into the homes that line the staircase.  If you go in the springtime, the blossom trees are like little pink clouds that will follow you up and down the stairs.
·         Alta Plaza Park & Lafayette Park: These green spots are located within blocks of each other, and offer a place for animal lovers to let their little creatures run and play amongst themselves.  Alta Plaza & Lafayette Park also caters to children with various swing sets and playpens.  And for the young at heart – tennis courts with fairly even pavement are here, which also present sweeping views of the City skyline once atop the parks.
·         Fillmore Street: Nearly all of the shopping in PacHeights is located on Fillmore Street, the definite retail and business hub of the neighborhood.  From Jurlique, which is a natural skin care product store - to Zinc Details, which offers small household items – you will find everything you need on Fillmore!
·          Cafes & Restaurants: The list goes on-and-on for scrumptious bites found right on Fillmore!  You will just have to take a stroll for yourself to find the many eateries, cafes and delicacies found on this historic street.  My favorite: Dino’s Pizza, which is on the corner of California & Fillmore ;-)

There are clearly many more intangibles to note about how wonderful Pacific Heights is and the many joys the neighborhood brings to its residents. 

One final, complementing point regarding real estate values I want to add is that the "average" selling price has increased by 12% over the past six years in PacHeights – remarkable given the downward pressure experienced in real estate values throughout the majority of the country!  This just goes to show you that ‘location, location, location’ is ever-so crucial when it comes to identifying a sound piece of property – and Pacific Heights fits the bill to the fullest!