Golden Gate Heights Apartments for Rent(hide neighborhood information)
In Golden Gate Heights it’s all about the view. Vintage early 20th century homes along with more modern structures sit atop some of the highest hills in San Francisco. At times this means being surrounded by fog. On those days when the sun is shining the views of the San Francisco Bay Area seem to go on forever. Many owners have opted for large expanses of glass to enjoy the scenery from the comfort of their homes.
A few years ago residents of Golden Gate Heights got together and created a colorful, tiled mosaic staircase leading from Moraga Street up to Grand View Park, the highest point in the neighborhood. The locals refer to the park as Turtle Hill because of the domed shape. It barely covers an acre, but Grand View Park, at 820 feet in height, offers panoramic views reaching from the Pacific Ocean and the Marin Headlands in the west to the long, lazy sweep of the densely populated East Bay.
Most of the homes in Golden Gate Heights were built between 1940 and 1969 although there are also Victorian and Edwardian structures. The hilly terrain gives most lots an unobstructed view, some facing towards the Pacific Ocean, others San Francisco Bay, the Golden Gate, and/or downtown. Builders strategically placed the homes and their oversized windows to take advantage of a particular lot’s best view. Developers putting up apartment buildings followed suit, resulting in some of the most sought after units in the city.
Mark Twain High School is in the northern end of the neighborhood near Grand View Park. Herbert Hoover Middle School is to the south, and several private schools are nearby. St Anne of the Sunset is the closest church. Golden Gate Park and the San Francisco Botanical Garden is a two block walk north.