Live Like A Billionaire For A Day In Pacific Heights San Francisco

The ritzy Pacific Heights San Francisco neighborhood is the palatial playground for billionaires and the city's elites. Due to having some of the best views in all of San Francisco, this neighborhood has attracted those who can pay for stunning vistas right outside their windows.

After the great earthquake and fire left most of San Francisco in ruins at the turn of the 20th century, Pacific Heights was one of the only neighborhoods to remain standing. The rich flocked to the neighborhood and set up resplendent mansions that are still hot commodities on the real estate market. Even if you don't have a million dollars for a down payment on a home, Pacific Heights has a number of parks, eateries, and shops to get your own taste of the high life. Here are our top places to visit in Pacific Heights San Francisco.

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9 Great Things About Pacific Heights

1.Bun Mee

Bun Mee

The Vietnamese eatery Bun Mee fits right into the upscale ambience of Pacific Heights. The main dish served here is a gourmet twist on the typical Vietnamese street food sandwich, banh mi. The menu features a wide array of banh mi, from the classic braised pork belly to the American fusion favorite "sloppy bun", which takes after a sloppy joe. Adored by foodies across San Francisco, Bun Mee is the perfect lunch place with its fresh ingredients and authentic menu.

2. Billionaire's Row

Billionaire's Row

Pacific Heights San Francisco is where you'll find a swath of homes each worth tens of millions of dollars. Aptly named Billionaire's Row, these lavish mansions are home to both old money stalwarts and up-and-coming tech entrepreneurs such as the founder of Oracle and the CEO of PayPal.

Stop by to ogle these massive homes and get a taste of the lifestyle of the rich and famous. These billionaires chose Pacific Heights due to its stunning views and feelings of suburbia tucked into the city. One look at these homes and you'll start trying to invent your own schemes to get rich quick!

3. Lafayette Park

Lafayette Park

Home to the first astronomical observatory on the West Coast, Lafayette Park is the perfect respite amid the hustle and bustle of the city. The park itself offers unparalleled views of the city and the bay, and the grassy knolls are wonderful places to lay out a picnic blanket and dine in the open air. Enjoy the tranquility of the park and take part in some of the recreational activities like tennis or basketball.

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4. The Spreckels Mansion

Spreckels Mansion

Pacific Height in San Francisco is home to a number of colossal mansions, but the 27-room Spreckels Mansion takes the cake. Originally built by the son of a sugar tycoon in the 19th century, this French baroque chateau style home took the spot of eight other Victorian houses. residents.

The house was later bought by famed romance author Danielle Steele who lives there now and reportedly throws lavish parties and writes when she's not writing her bestselling novels from the comfort of her own home. Although it is now surrounded by shrubs, you can take a glimpse at this home that embodies the fame and grandeur of Pacific Height San Francisco's wealthier residents. (We hear from another source that there are 55 rooms in the mansion. We wouldn't know — Danielle stopped inviting us over.)

  • 2080 Washington Street

5. Lyon Street Steps

Lyon Street Steps

Truly a hidden gem (even most locals don't know how to find it), the Lyon Street Steps will enchant you with breathtaking views of the Palace of Fine Arts Dome, the mighty bay shrouded by the marine layer, the Presidio forest, and the charming old Pacific Heights San Francisco mansions. This photo-op-worthy staircase is a steep 288 steps that unites the two blocks between Green Street at the bottom and Broadway at the top. Reaching the summit of this staircase can feel like a spiritual experience where the fresh, salty air from the bay will run through your hair.

  • Broadway & Lyon Street

6. Presidio National Park & Inspiration Point

Presidio National Park and Inspiration Point

It's simple and convenient to step out of the Pacific Heights San Francisco neighborhood into the urban oasis of Presidio National Park. With state-of-the-art hiking trails and lush, natural landscaping, Presidio National Park truly feels like a wilderness within the city.

Located within the park you'll find Inspiration Point, a spacious sandstone plaza with spectacular views of the bay, Alcatraz, and Angel Island. Rustling in the trees you can find red-tailed hawks and native plants like the blue-eyed grass growing freely in the park. It's undoubtedly a scenic place for a picnic

  • Arguello and Washington Boulevards

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7. Alta Plaza Park

Alta Plaza Park

With stunning views of the Bay, the Marina, the Golden Gate Bridge, and Alcatraz, the idyllic Alta Plaza Park is the perfect place to spend a warm day soaking in the sun. The whole panorama of Pacific Heights San Francisco is on display here. Young couples play with their children on the swing sets and successful tech entrepreneurs let their dogs roam free in the off-leash dog area.

Complete with a playground, paved walking trails, a large lawn area, two full tennis courts, and a multipurpose basketball/tennis court, Alta Plaza Park is a gem in the Pacific Heights San Francisco neighborhood. Pack up your picnic basket and head out for a relaxing afternoon.

8. Browser Books

Browser Books

A cozy, one-of-a-kind, independent bookstore, Browser Books keeps pace with the artistic heart of Pacific Heights. With an interior lined with carpet, this bookstore has been a community staple since the 1970s. Here you'll find a wide mix of books, but the focus is on fiction and literature (although the shop has a keen interest in Buddhist philosophy as well). Another fun feature of this quirky bookstore is the antique typewriters that line the wall. Bibliophiles will definitely feel at home in this quaint bookshop.

9. Atelier Crenn

Atelier Crenn

Chef Dominique Crenn of Atelier Crenn was the first female chef in the whole United States to earn two Michelin stars. Her dream of a restaurant offers what she calls poetic culinaria with dishes sporting unique names like Under the midnight glow, I can taste the sweetness of the sea. The ingredients are always fresh and change according to what's in season in the local farms. This is truly a journey for your tastebuds.

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