Pacific Heights is one of the most recognized neighborhood names in San Francisco. The housing stock is predominantly condominiums and single family homes, which were 72% and 19% respectively, of residential unit sales over the last year.
Over the last ten years, seven of the top 15 highest priced home sales in San Francisco were in Pacific Heights. This includes the single highest priced sale, which was for $30 million in 2005. The other top neighborhoods were Presidio Heights, Sea Cliff and Russian Hill.
These occasional outliers do not reflect the day-to-day reality in Pacific Heights, which is part of a cluster of very affluent neighborhoods in the north and north-east part of San Francisco.
Pacific Heights straddles a ridge that creates a north facing slope, with views of the bay, and a south facing slope with views of the city and peninsula. Properties that have good views of the bay naturally sell for a significant premium, and these views can be spectacular.
There are two main shopping and dining areas easily accessible from Pacific Heights. The first is along Union Street from Steiner to Laguna, which is technically in Cow Hollow, and the second is along Fillmore from Jackson to Geary. There is a third retail area along Divisadero that also runs south starting at California.
Pacific Heights has a significant number of large format, high-density condo and co-op buildings. This is similar to the adjacent neighborhood of Nob Hill and is dissimilar to the other adjacent neighborhoods of Presidio Heights and Cow Hollow, which do not have nearly as many large buildings.
Pacific Heights is in a transition zone from a weather perspective. San Francisco can be highly affected by fog from the Pacific Ocean. This mostly happens, off and on, during the summer months. Some summers are worse than others and most of the city still enjoys an enormous number of sunny days throughout the year.
Since most of Pacific Heights is elevated along a ridgeline, it suffers from a little less summer fog than the Marina and Cow Hollow further below. Areas to the east (Nob Hill, Russian Hill) tend to have slightly warmer and sunnier weather because more of the fog will dissipate and burn off. Areas to the west, including the Richmond and Presidio Heights, tend to be cooler when the fog comes in.