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Bernal Heights, San Francisco

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4.7/5 based on 35 reviews on the web
Bernal Heights is a neighborhood in San Francisco, California.LocationBernal Heights lies to the south of San Francisco's Mission District. Its most prominent feature is the open parkland and radio tower on its large rocky hill, Bernal Heights Summit. Bernal is bounded by Cesar Chavez Street to the north, San Jose Avenue to the west, US 101 to the east, and I-280 to the south.HistoryBernal Heights, also called "Nanny Goat Hill," had its origin with the 1839 Rancho Rincon de las Salinas y Potrero Viejo Mexican land grant to José Cornelio Bernal (1796–1842). By 1860, the land belonged to a San Francisco financier, Frenchman François Louis Alfred Pioche (1818–1872), who subdivided it into smaller lots.Bernal Heights remained undeveloped until the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. Built atop bedrock, the hill's structures survived the tremor, and the sparseness of the development saved much of Bernal from the ravages of the firestorm that followed. The commercial corridor of Eugenia Avenue filled in with shops as the pastureland on the hilltop was developed for workers' homes during the rapid rebuilding of the city. Some of the tiny earthquake cottages—which the city built to house quake refugees—survive to this day, including three which were moved up to Bernal Heights. During World War II, the area saw another population surge including many African American families thanks to its proximity to the San Francisco Naval Shipyard at Hunters Point. During the Vietnam War, the neighborhood was known as "Red Hill" for the anti-war activists in shared households and collectives who moved in among the working-class families.
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  • I am from Pennsylvania, and looked up cool things to do while visiting my daughter. We drove to "Billy Goat Hill", but one of the neighbors had cut the swing down. If we waited a week it might be back...  read more »
  • Located south of the Mission District, this Hill is easily reachable on foot. From the top the view is really beautiful on SF. At the foot of the Hill, you can take a bus to return to the Center.
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  • Easy drive to the park at the top of the hill. Use Waze. Park and get out to walk around the perimeter of the hill. There are lots of hikers and dog walkers there. You won't be alone! On a clear day y...  read more »
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