On Potrero Hill, you can relax in brilliant sunshine while watching fog engulf the rest of the city. Potrero Hill has its own pace and a feeling of distance from "the City." Potrero Hill's primary shopping district is on 18th Street, between Connecticut and Texas streets, along which you'll find quaint eateries, mom and pop shops and Farley’s, arguably the best coffee shop in SF. It is known for its views of the San Francisco Bay and city skyline, its proximity to many destination spots, its sunny weather, and having two freeways and a Caltrain station. One of the best kept secrets for many years, Potrero Hill was once the blue-collar home of shipping docks, storehouses, and the simple shops and bakeries frequented by the families who called it home. The big turnaround came on the heels of the dot-com revolution when many of the warehouses and factories in the area were transitioned into the live-work lofts and offices we know today. Among Potrero Hill's many assets, its sunny weather, fantastic views, and ready access to all highways rank high on the list. A hardy neighborhood, there are a great many early Victorians along its charming streets which remarkably withstood the earthquake of 1906. Eateries, bars and shops along 18th street are plentiful in options. You'll find plenty of shopping and grocery options close to 16th and Potrero. If you've never visited Potrero Hill, get ready to be romanced by this charming hillside respite.
Bernal Heights is a hip, yet quiet neighborhood perched on a hill above the hustle and bustle of San Francisco. From here you get picturesque views of the SF skyline. Bernal is the perfect location to retreat to at the end of a long day and enjoy the sparkling view of city lights in the evening. Known for its iconic views, abundant, lush parks, inspirational murals by local artists and one of San Francisco’s most popular farmer’s markets – you’ll never want to leave the hill. Life in Bernal is framed by the downtown strip on Cortland Avenue with a historic public library, boutique shops and restaurants and some of San Francisco’s best watering holes. Holly Park, Bernal Hill Precita Park to name a few of the parks that offer outdoor entertainment and a peaceful place to exercise or just unwind. The area is truly one of the warmer climes of the city, remaining mostly clear of the coastal foggy marine layer that flows in and out of the city Like its residents, the architecture in Bernal Heights is eclectic and features rustic hillside cottages, a generous sprinkling of Victorians and Edwardians, some vintage converted farmhouses, spacious modern new designer digs and some multi-family dwellings, many with outstanding views. Bernal residents new and old are equally diverse and exhibite a strong sense of neighborhood. Bernal Heights is truly a hidden gem and always one of the “hottest” real estate markets in the city.
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