The Presidio

Capping the northern-most tip of the San Francisco peninsula, the Presidio is 1500 acres of cypress, eucalyptus, and pine forests, grasslands, meadows, ocean bluffs, trails, beaches, a seal of wildflowers, the city’s last free-flowing creek, and what remains of a 220 years of military occupation.  There are hiking trails and vistas with outstanding views of the Bay and San Francisco beyond.  Now part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, the park possesses spectacular views of the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco Bay.  Long abandoned as a fortification, the Presidio developed into an army administrative, then medical center. It’s still home to t area research institute, the century-old San Francisco Military Cemetery, and an 18-hole golf course.  Today Skywalker Ranch has relocated here – George Lucas; film operations and a sales office that leases and sells old homes to civilians.  Today’s visitors are drawn to Baker Beach and the pre-Civil War- era Fort Point, which both offer spectacular views of the big orange bridge.  At high tide, fantastic waves bash, crash and smash the seawall approach to Fort Point, a favorite destination for runners and dog walkers.  Surfers and windsurfers love the water under the bridge and off Crissy Field, which is a great old landing strip that offers miles of lawn, walking, beach and dog beach to its’ visitors.  Her you will find wind surfing and sailing competitions, a view of Alcatraz plus the tide pools of the bay. Home to families and individuals looking for a country feeling in the city, tinged with a little bit of history.  Marin county commuters would be happy to live so close to the GGB.

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