Potrero Hill

The origins of Potrero Hill neighborhood go back to an 1835 land grant to Don Francisco de Haro the purpose of which was to graze Mission Dolores's cattle at the potrero nuevo ("new pasture"). Gold rush squatters ousted the herds and began the first of many waves of urbanization and immigration: Scots in the 1860s, then Irish, Chinese, Russians, Mexicans and finally African-American Southerners in the 1940s. Their ethnic identities gave names to Potrero’s three bluffs: Russian Hill (uphill from Rhode Island and 21st Street); Scots Hill (from Connecticut to Texas and 19th to 23rd Street); and Irish Hill (which has been leveled for the Bethlehem Shipyard on the northeast corner of Potrero).

This neighborhood is bounded roughly by 16th, Third and Cesar Chavez streets and Potrero Avenue. Potrero Hill is known for its sunny weather, sweeping views of San Francisco Bay and city skyline, close proximity to many destination spots as well as for having two freeways (101 and 280) and a Caltrain station. Initially a working-class and industrial area until the gentrification in the 1990s, Potrero Hilll today is mostly an upper-middle-class family neighborhood.

The hub of Potrero Hill is the 18th Street corridor where many trendy restaurants and shop found their home. The stretch of Vermont Street between 20th and 22nd Street has many switchbacks, similar to its more famous cousin in the Russian Hill – Lombard Street. This neighborhood is also home to many famous companies, such as Anchor Brewing Company.

Housing development on Potrero Hill span over several decades resulting in the neighborhood’s diverse architecture – from cottages to big mansions to large-scale condominiums. Most of Potrero Hill’s soil is serpentine, the best soil for ensuring a solid foundation which allowed this neighborhood to survive two major San Francisco earthquakes. However, drilling through serpentine rocks is time- and labor-intensive resulting in many houses being built by conforming to the slope of the hill with long staircases leading to the front entrances, often with detached garages at the street level.

New office construction continues on the north side, while condos rise on the hill's eastern and southern edges, particularly in Dogpatch, the name given to the Third Street corridor between 16th and Cesar Chavez (some consider Dogpatch its own neighborhood while others disagree, it does have its own neighborhood association but shares merchant association, Democratic caucuses and general neighborhood matters with Potrero Hill).

Potrero Hill’s proximity to the Mission, SoMa and Financial District as well as its own attractions drew many high-tech professionals, driving up real estate prices and rent. Unlike the Mission District, which is populated with renters who are contending raising rents and evictions, long-term homeowners residents of Potrero Hill accepted gentrification as they benefit from the rising real estate values.

Potrero Hill neighborhood has an average Walk score of 87 and an average Transit score of 77.

The below link provides further details on this neighborhood and its attractions: http://www.sfgate.com/neighborhoods/sf/potrerohill

The content displayed above was partially derived from http://www.sfgate.com/neighborhoods/sf/potrerohill/ and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Potrero_Hill. 


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