Lower Pacific Heights
Lower Pacific Heights may not have the ritzy reputation of its northernneighbor Pacific Heights, but it attracts visitors and property buyers from all over for its unique and distinct charm.
Diversity is the name of the game in Lower Pacific Heights. Here, you will find high-end and funky shops and restaurants, jazz festivals and Kabuki theaters, and early 20th century architecture mingling withmodern high-rises.
With all these happily sharing space in this low-key yet vibrantSan Francisco neighborhood, Lower Pacific Heights is the epitome of the city’s individuality and rich culture.
Living in Lower Pacific Heights
Lower Pacific Heights covers a small area, making most shops, restaurants, and business districts within walking or biking distance. The community’s Walk Score of 97 makes it the 14th most walkable neighborhood in San Francisco.
Transportation to and from Lower Pacific Heights is also easy and convenient, thanks to the many Munibuses that go through the neighborhood in all directions. The area is also only minutes away from Highway 101 and Interstate 80.
The neighborhood’s main corridor is Fillmore Street, around which is a lively downtown area. Here, you will find a wide array of dining options, from Michelin-starred restaurants to casual burger joints.
Fillmore Street is also home to a number of stores and boutiques, but if luxury shopping is your thing, your best option is to make the short drive to the posh shopping centers of nearby Pacific Heights.
Fillmore Street is also the starting point of the annual Fillmore Jazz Festival.
Southeast of Lower Pacific Heights is Japantown, which offers its own brand of shopping, dining and entertainment. The place is best known for great sushi, as well as for its gift and stationery stores and Kabuki theatres.
Alta Plaza Park and Lafayette Park onthe Pacific Heights border provide open green spaces and playgrounds.
The Lower Pacific Heights community is continuously growing, resulting in increasing density. Residents’ median income is at par with San Francisco’s, and there’s a good mix of singles and families.
Condos and townhomes dominate the real estate scene in Lower Pacific Heights. In contrast to neighboring Pacific Heights, properties in this area are relativelymore affordable, but still onthe higher end of the national scale, as is typical of San Francisco properties.
The area’s late 1800s and early 1900s Victorian mansionshave been restored and repurposed into condominiums and single-family homes. They boast such classic features as stained glass windows, bay windows, and crown molding, but have been updated to include modern elements like custom lighting, state-of-the-art kitchen appliances, and upscale bathroom fixtures.
A few other historical single-family homes are also found in the area, boasting such features as hardwood floors, high ceilings, and a large patio. Most homes of this type have two to three bedrooms.
There’s also a number of newly-constructed, contemporary-style condos, as well as converted Victorian buildings.
Attractions and Amenities
Japantown is one of Lower Pacific Heights’ touristdestinations, and Fillmore Street is where you’ll find most of the neighborhood’s major attractions including:
- SPQR and State Bird Provisions – two restaurants listed on the San Francisco Chronicles’ Top 100 Bay Area restaurants
- Boom Boom Room – a popular jazz bar considered a San Francisco cultural icon
The Fillmore – a historic venue for live performances