Potrero Hill

Portrero Hill Playground

This urban suburb perches high above the neighboring SoMa and Mission districts. Seemingly peering down on its noisier neighbors.  Screaming ambulances and endless freeway construction keep a pleasant distance from this hillside enclave, where residents take in admirable views of the Bay, the downtown skyline, and points south.  The southwest quadrant near Potrero and 23rd streets is dominated by the sprawling San Francisco General Hospital complex.  Low-income housing projects jut out above highway 280 on the Cesar Chavez (Army) Street side.  Parks, playgrounds and schools give way to amass of furniture stores, antique dealers, auto-body shops and design firms in the tangled blocks near 16tha and Division.  Local architecture varies from mod, brushed-aluminum condo towers to shocking-pink and line-green row houses, mid 70’s Bauhaus styles, and pastel Palm Springs stucco units.  A handful of mellow pubs, delicatessens, and sun-drenched cafes on 18th Street between Texas and Connecticut make up the neighborhood scene.  Favorites include Farley’s coffee shop, whose tables are filled with laptop toting prose poseurs, the fantastic Thai Thanya and Sallee restaurant, and Just For You servicing one of the city’s best brunches.  Not to mention whole Foods and Starbucks!  Lots of hip happenings in Potrero, one of the most recently gentrified, and developed neighborhoods in the City, with a mixture of old homes and new urban techno dwellers side by side.  Home to a Caltrain Station – this neighborhood is suitable for Silicon Valley commuters and first time home buyers seeking modern low to high end condominiums.

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