Homes for Sale on Potrero Hill
East of the Mission District, offering views of the Bay and a quiet retreat from the bustle of downtown SF, lies Potrero Hill. The housing stock here is characterized by a mix of condos and Victorian-era homes. Plenty of cafes, bars, and restaurants give the area a self-sufficient feel. Schools are generally good, and a large concentration of professionals choose to live in Potrero Hill. Homeownership is high among the 14,000 San Franciscans who call this home.
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Living on Potrero Hill
Potrero Hill Shopping and Dining
18th Street has the largest cluster of restaurants, with French, Japanese, Vietnamese, and Californian cuisine all represented. There are organic grocers and delis, a florist, a post office, and, on Mariposa Street, the Anchor Brewing Company, founded in 1896 and self-described as “America’s first craft brewery," which offers tours and tastings.
Potrero Hill Park and Spaces
The neighborhood contains a good selection of recreational spaces and parks. Here’s a rundown of the neighborhood’s green spaces:
The Potrero Hill Recreation Center, on Arkansas Street, is the largest and most central park, providing facilities for baseball, tennis, athletics, a dog play area, and a community garden. Indoors at the center, you'll find a bookable auditorium, a gym, basketball courts, and yoga classes for all levels of expertise. There are also picnic and BBQ facilities for those who prefer a little sedentary leisure time!
A little to the southwest of the PHRC is the Starr King Open Space, a 3.5-acre grassy hilltop offering fantastic city views and a habitat for birds and wildflowers. Look out for the colorful murals of mountain scenes painted on the sides of adjacent apartments. You'll also spot the state flower, the golden poppy here.
Another hive of activity can be found at Jackson Playground, on 17th Street and Arkansas Street. Facilities include tennis and basketball courts and a playground. There are two baseball diamonds too. The park can become a little parched in hot summers, although it is still popular with locals. Picnic and restroom facilities are available.
Skaters will be glad to know that San Francisco's largest skate park, Potrero del Sol, is in the southwest of the neighborhood, adjacent to community gardens and containing half pipes, ramps, and bowls.
On the other side of Potrero Avenue, there's the well-kept James Rolph Jr. ground, where locals can book baseball, basketball, tennis, and other sports facilities.
Another green space to grab a vista or two is McKinley Square, at 20th Street and Vermont Street (a kind of mini-Lombard Street with multiple switchbacks). Shaded walkways between the trees offer views of the neighborhood and city. With extensive lawns, it's also the area's best picnic spot.
A hidden gem within the neighborhood is the Benches Garden, a green strip of beautifully manicured community garden extending in a strip alongside the Bayshore Freeway from McKinley Square north to the titular seating area. The garden demonstrates what can be done to improve the forgotten hinterlands adjacent to major roads.
Potrero Hill Culture
Fringe theatre, modern art, and street art are all celebrated within the Potrero Hill neighborhood.
Check out the Museum of Craft and Design on 2659 Third Street for everything from lighting and industrial design to sculpture and painting. At 360 Kansas Street, you'll find the CCA Wattis Institute, an exhibition and research center for cutting-edge artists.
The Potrero Hill Festival happens each October, which includes many local bands playing daytime gigs on 20th Street between Missouri and Wisconsin Streets.
The Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital takes up a lot of real estate between Potrero Avenue and the 101, making this a very convenient neighborhood if you require regular hospital visits.
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