One of the few neighborhoods that survived the 1906 earthquake, Pacific Heights is home to beautiful Victorians, serene streets, and a host of shopping, dining, and entertainment activities. Fillmore St. is the main shopping hub, with high-end retail and consignment and curated boutiques. Polk St. and Hyde St. are packed with delicious eateries. Many families are drawn to Pacific Heights for its excellent schools, accessible public transportation, and close proximity to several parks; Lafayette Park and recently revitalized Alta Plaza Park isn’t far away with 360-degree views of the city, tennis courts, a playground and wide grassy lawn. Russian Hill, Marina, Nob Hill, and Polk Gulch are all within walking distance, the Muni makes a quick trip downtown, and Marin County and Sausalito are an easy drive away for weekend wine tasting or waterside oysters and bocce ball.
Lower Pacific Heights offers home buyers a stylish, upscale-feeling neighborhood bolstered by an approachable, casual attitude. Within the confines of these blocks, you'll find Japantown, the oldest and largest such enclave in the United States. From the spectacle of the Peace Plaza pagoda to the grandeur of St. Dominic's Church, it really seems there's something here for everyone. This area is a shopper's delight, with bustling commercial centers along both Fillmore and Steiner streets. The Japan Center mall is a mecca for all things Japanese. When it comes time to eat, the possibilities are endless. Evenings see the streets fill with patrons looking to dine at one of many gastronomic destinations, or music fans lining up at the Boom Boom Room and the adjacent historic Fillmore Theater. Sundance Kabuki Cinema is a welcome addition to the neighborhood; as the largest independent theater in the city, the Kabuki screens first run features and plays host to a number of film festivals, attracting cinephiles from all over the Bay Area. The neighborhood is home to an interesting mix of classic Victorian homes and mid-rise condo developments. As throughout much of the city, you'll find wonderful diversity among your neighbors. You can get a picture of the sense of community that exists in this diverse pocket of the city each April during the Cherry Blossom Festival. Freeway access has been greatly improved in recent years thanks to the completion of the Octavia corridor freeway entrance, opening up the area to south and east bay commuters. If you'd like to dip your toes into the Northside life, Lower Pacific Heights is a great place to begin your search.