Presidio Heights is a relatively small and very quiet neighborhood just west of Pacific Heights, on the southern border of the Presidio. It is consistently the most expensive neighborhood in San Francisco for both single family homes and condos.
While this surprises some people, the other high-end neighborhoods tend to be larger and have a wider range of property types and sizes, so that the median price for the whole neighborhood is a bit lower.
Presidio Heights, on the other hand, has a more consistently similar housing stock, where roughly half (45%) of the units sold over the last year were large single family homes and 36% were condominiums. Most of the condos are in small-format buildings that have four units or less and most of these are large, high-end properties.
Presidio Height is part of a string of very affluent northern neighborhoods that include Pacific Heights, Cow Hollw, Nob Hill and others to the east. Lake Street and Jordan Park are directly west and south respectively. As you move east from Presidio Heights, the housing stock becomes more condo dominated and as you move west it becomes more single-family home oriented.
There are two main retail areas within walking distance for residents of Presidio Heights. The first is along Sacramento Street between Spruce and Lyon and the second is Laurel Village on California between Laurel and Spruce.
Presidio Heights is in a transition zone from a weather and fog perspective, so it can be a bit cooler than the neighborhoods to the east. 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 a large number of sunny days throughout the year.
While all of San Francisco can be “socked in” at times, Presidio Heights does not suffer from nearly as much fog as the western most neighborhoods such as the Outer Richmond and Outer Sunset.