Small? Who you calling small? Laurel Heights is what you call “fun sized. Thank you very much. Laurel Heights is a quiet little pocket where strollers outnumber hover-boards and scooters any day of the week. Reminiscent of Pacific Heights, this elegant area boasts an abundant number of eye-candy Victorian houses with the well-heeled families to fill them. Laurel Heights is a piece of suburban bliss airdropped into the middle of the city.
This tiny neighborhood enjoys close proximity to the Presidio and Golden Gate Park, CPMC’s California Campus, and the UCSF Medical Center at Mt. Zion. Just west of Pacific Heights, some of the influence of that neighborhood’s refined vibe stretches over to Laurel Heights. Bespoke boutiques, ribbon shops, and sidewalk cafes give Sacramento Street a wisp of Parisian flair.
Got kids and/or sports on the brain? Then surely parks are of prime importance, so don’t miss Laurel Hill Playground, with its tennis and basketball courts, a baseball diamond, (obviously) a playground and plenty of open space for picnicking. Make a splash at the JCCSF pool, shop for goodies in Laurel Village, or venture into the Presidio for a game of tennis.
Want to make sure the kids don’t get hangry enough to spark a Lord of the Flies style revolt? Ply them with pasta at casual Italian eatery, Rigolo. Craving a more refined environment? Book a table for brunch in the gorgeous garden at the Magic Flute. Hot date with high-falutin’ tastes? Dress your Sunday best and head to a fancy dinner at Spruce.
The neighborhood’s rough borders are along California Street in the north, Geary to the south, Arguello in the west and Masonic to the east. California and Geary double as both transit and shopping corridors. Centrally-located Laurel Heights has a plethora of bus and Muni options. Buses frequent the California, Geary and Divisadero commercial strips, ferrying people in all directions.