Telegraph Hill is one of the closest residential neighborhoods to the downtown financial district. It is part of a cluster of affluent areas in the northeast corner of the city. These include:
- Russian Hill
- Nob Hill
- North Beach
- North Waterfront
The predominant type of housing in Telegraph Hill is condos, which were 53% of property sales over the last year. Single Family Homes and TICs made up another 3% and 13% of sales respectively.
The major landmark in Telegraph Hill is Coit Tower which was built as a monument to the firefighters of San Francisco after the 1906 earthquake and fire. It is meant to resemble a fire hose and nozzle.
Telegraph Hill is home to dedicated urbanites young and old and is within walking distance of the financial district. This walk can be brisk since it may involve traversing steep hills from different parts of the neighborhood.
Telegraph Hill offers fantastic views of the bay, including Alcatraz, Angel Island, the Bay Bridge, Treasure Island and the Berkeley hills.
Telegraph Hill is usually one of the warmest parts of the city and can be sunny and 10 degrees warmer than the western neighborhoods that border the Pacific Ocean. This happens most frequently in the summer when the marine layer fog comes in from the ocean.
The accessible shopping and dining areas are extensive and include the vast downtown area plus the tourist areas immediately to the north known as Fisherman’s Wharf and Pier 39.
Telegraph Hill is one of the most densely populated parts of the city. The only neighborhoods with a significantly higher density are Nob Hill and South Beach, which do have some larger condo buildings.
Telegraph Hill, Nob Hill and the other northeastern neighborhoods are “old school” San Francisco, even though they have a predominantly young demographic. South Beach, on the other hand, is basically a new neighborhood.
Most of South Beach was re-developed and built after the year 2000 as part of the relocation of the professional baseball field from Candlestick Park to the new AT&T Park, WHICH IS HOME TO THE 2010 WORLD CHAMPION SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS! Salute!