The city's richest and many of its poorest People live here amid an
abundance of cultural and institutional variety. Included are Pacific
Heights, Presidio Heights, the Marina and Ashbury Heights at either
side and in the middle, the Haight Fillmore, Hayes Valley, Cathedral
Hill and Japantown.
Boundaries: Fell Street, Stanyan Street, Turk Boulevard, Parker Avenue,
Anza Street, Masonic Avenue, Presidio Avenue, the Presidio, the Bay
and Van Ness Avenue.
6A - Anza Vista - A subdivision of homes
on the site of Calvary Cemetery. Built during the 1930s and 1940s, it
is a quiet, isolated, almost traffic free neighborhood of home, flats
and apartments designed in the bare of ornamentation style of Bauhaus
tradition. Its streets arc clean and, unlike many city neighborhoods,
free of overhead wiring. Its principal institutions are Kaiser Hospital,
the Irwin Memorial Blood Bank and Sears Roebuck.
Boundaries: Masonic Avenue, Turk Boulevard, Broderick and O'Farrell
6B - Haight Fillmore (Hayes Valley) -
Many years ago, a community sprang from this streetcar bus transfer
intersection. You can find here some secondhand shops, soul food, and
one of the city’s more imposing landmarks, the Italian renaissance
styled church and tower of Sacred Heart Church. It is also one of the
last areas where Victorian houses can still be purchased for bargain
Boundaries: Waller, Fell, Steiner and Webster Streets.
6B - Hayes Valley - Just behind the Opera
House, over an underground creek, the 160 acre land grant once owned
by an early settler, Col. Tom Hayes. Includes a number of secondhand
furniture shops, many Victorian houses, a motel with a pool inside one
of its rooms, and the Moorish arches of Lighthouse for the Blind, housed
in a strikingly designed building. Boundaries: Although topographically
the valley runs between Fulton and Fell, and Larkin to Webster Streets,
neighborhood residents tend to think of Franklin and Divisadero as its
cast west boundaries.
6C – Japantown - Although Japanese
Americans, like the Chinese, have moved to farther corners or San Francisco
as well as the suburbs, the ethnic center remains here. Such factors
as Nihonmachi redevelopment, together with the Japanese Cultural and
Trade Center and the booming prices in Victorian houses that surround
the area, have boosted rents beyond the ability or most Nisei. Sansei
and Issei to pay, but you can still find Japanese groceries, cooking
ware and restaurants here. Also, hotel rooms with Japanese style baths.
Boundaries: Geary, Fillmore, Pine and Octavia Streets.
6D - Western Addition – Historically,
the Western Addition was where the city grew westwardly. But as neighborhoods
such as Pacific Heights and Anza Vista came to have their own identities,
the boundaries of the Western Addition shrank to include only the plateau
west of Van Ness Avenue. The place has changed in other respects, too.
Where it was once home to the secondhand furniture shop center, the
kosher food shops and a lively Fillmore Street commercial and nightclub
hub, the Western Addition is now characterized more by urban renewal
projects like the Japanese Cultural and Trade Center, the new St. Mary's
Cathedral, Nihonmachi and many blocks of new town houses. Traditional
sights include hundreds of Victorian houses and an old auditorium, now
the city's leading rock music palace.
Boundaries: Van Ness Avenue to Masonic and Presidio Avenues, Fell Street
6D - Beideman Area (Western Addition) -
A few square blocks that few people noticed have recently emerged to
landmark status since the Redevelopment Agency moved some notable Victorian
houses to the section surrounding Beideman Place. Alongside others that
have been rehabilitated to attractiveness, the homes and flats create
a viable neighborhood near the California College of Podiatric Medicine.
Boundaries: Geary, Turk, Divisadero and Pierce Streets.
6D - Cathedral Hill (Western Addition) -
This neighborhood of expensive apartment houses and retirement residences
is named for the new St. Mary's Cathedral, which they surround. Providing
an air of stability are three nineteenth century churches, the First
Unitarian and two Lutheran, St. Mark's and St. Paul's.
Boundaries: Van Ness Avenue, Octavia, Post and Turk Streets.
6E - Alamo Square - Named for the four,
block park and Playground in its midst, this was once a fashionable
neighborhood that went down, and now, thanks to numerous house restorations,
has been making a comeback. Attractions include the Addams House like
Imperial Russian consulate of czarist days at 1 198 Fulton Street, the
picture postcard row of Victorians on Steiner Street and the French-American
School at Steiner and Grove.
Boundaries: Fulton, Scott, Steiner and Hayes Streets.