Potrero Hill runs in the family. Neighbors tend to stick around for generations, and newcomers are welcome to share in this sunny little high-elevation enclave. Sunny and steep, Potrero Hill showcases Oz-like views of the city skyline, ships on the bay, and Oakland’s twinkling lights beyond. From Bullitt’s car chase scenes to the latest Godzilla flick, locals are used to having film crews roll up again and again, to capture that perfect shot of the city.
Some of the things that make Hill residents proud: Here you’ll find the street that’s actually the crooked-est in the city, Vermont Street. A community center originally built as an English school for new immigrants, The Potrero Hill Neighborhood House (known by locals as the “Nabe”) and designed by famed architect Julia Morgan, features some of the best views in the city. Mission Hill saloon, one of the city’s favorite dive bars, and Anchor Brewing Company (free tours on weekdays!), are conveniently here to satisfy beer lovers’ needs. Mr. and Mrs. Miscellaneous is the go-to spot for ice cream – get the Bi-Rite-esque high quality and interesting array of flavors without the nutty lines. Potrero Hill Recreation Center was renovated in 2011 and boasts a baseball field, a tennis court, a basketball court, and a dog park. (However, the steepness of much of this neighborhood means you don’t need to hit the gym for cardio.) Hankering for an authentic French meal? Head to Chez Maman, a tiny, cozy mom-and-pop gem where you’ll wait for a table – but you’ll be glad you did when the rosé/mussels/frites buzz kicks in.
Potrero Hill’s location in the southeastern-most part of the city, adjacent to the Mission and Mission Bay, makes it one of the most desirable places to live. Have a car? This is one of those rare parts of the city where finding a spot isn’t an issue. The Hill offers immediate access to Highway 101 and Interstate 280, in addition to the 22nd Street Caltrain Depot and a dozen different MUNI lines. The borough’s tech shuttle stops and quick access to freeways means that the entire Bay Area is within easy reach.
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