Welcome to Ashbury Heights
Tucked between Haight-Ashbury and Corona Heights, Ashbury Heights is a small neighborhood that is packed with charisma and close-knit community charm. Its central location makes it easy to enjoy all the luxuries of big city living, but this quiet enclave exudes a peaceful, nostalgic aura that has been preserved throughout the city’s long history. Locally-owned restaurants and soda shops, historic parks, and more are beloved by the neighborhood’s families. Ashbury Heights is one of the few small neighborhoods in San Francisco where single-family homes remain the norm, staving off the recent housing trend of converting priceless historic homes for multiple tenant occupancy. This community’s hillside streets are lined with mature trees and the eclectic mix of Queen Anne mansions and Victorian row houses gives depth to the architectural landscape.
What to Love
- Surplus of gourmet eateries and trendy cafés
- Single-family dwellings with history
- Picnics in Buena Vista Park
- Breathtaking overlooks with some of the best views in the city
People & Lifestyle
Centrally located Ashbury Heights is the perfect middle ground for young professionals and growing families. With a left-leaning, involved community, Ashbury Heights is favored by both young activists and seasoned dot-com professionals. Although Ashbury Heights itself does not boast a multitude of nightlife options, its convenient location makes it easy to walk north to Haight-Ashbury’s array of eclectic bars and raving clubs. Highly walkable with broad sidewalks and nearby amenities, this neighborhood offers the best of urban living.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Ashbury Heights is home to a plethora of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and boutiques. Experience European sidewalk café dining without ever leaving the Bay Area at French restaurant Zazie
. Zazie’s elegant bistro menu includes stellar brunch and dessert options, and this long-time favorite has been dishing up extraordinary escargot, steak tartare, and Meyer lemon ricotta ravioli since its opening in 1992. Transport back in time to an era of happy days at retro-style soda shop The Ice Cream Bar
. This charming, full-service 1930s-inspired soda fountain and lunch counter serves old-fashioned treats just the way you like them.
Ashbury Market is a small corner market that specializes in organic goods and healthy alternatives to cater to the community’s growing interest in natural, green living. It’s everything you could want and more from a neighborhood market.
Things to Do
One of Ashbury Heights’ unexpected appeals is its access to green space. The community boasts several beautiful parks that are close enough to walk to and are great for an afternoon picnic or sunset stroll. Established in 1867 and originally known as Hill Park, Buena Vista Park
is San Francisco’s oldest recognized park. Stretching across 36 acres, this steep, hillside park boasts grassy slopes and stunning skyline views from its peak at 575 feet. With a playground, tennis court, and old-growth forests to explore, Buena Vista Park is a great option for a weekend family outing. Nearby Corona Heights Park
has barbecue grills, tennis courts, and hiking trails to its famous red rock peak. Plus, it’s home to the Randall Museum of Science, Nature, and the Arts
. This natural history museum combines science and the arts to cultivate a complete narrative—the two sides of history working in tandem to create an engaging, hands-on learning experience that is suitable for all ages.
Ashbury Heights’ highly-rated public schools attract growing families who seek only the best for their children. A few of Ashbury Heights’ most notable schools in both the public and private sector include:
- Lowell High School, 9-12
- Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts, 9-12
- Abraham Lincoln High School, 9-12