Sutro Heights Park, San Francisco

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Sutro Heights Park is historic public park in the Outer Richmond District of western San Francisco, California. It is within the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and the Sutro Historic District.It is located above the Cliff House in the Lands End area, with views of the Seal Rocks, Ocean Beach, and the Pacific Ocean.HistoryThe park is on the site of the former "Sutro Heights" estate of Adolph Sutro, a Comstock Lode silver baron, and a major land owner/developer in and mayor of San Francisco.In 1881, Adolf Sutro purchased 22acre of undeveloped land south of Point Lobos (San Francisco) and north of Ocean Beach at the western edge of the city. It included a promontory overlooking the Pacific, with scenic views of the Marin Headlands, Mount Tamalpais, and the Golden Gate. Sutro built his mansion on a rocky ledge there, above the first Cliff House.The grounds consisted of a spacious turreted mansion, a carriage house, and outbuildings set in expansive gardens. The estate dominated the Lands End area, with an elaborate entrance gate. He spent in excess of a million dollars to recreate an Italian style garden. It was filled with fountains, planted urns, and statues, Victorian flower beds, hedge mazes, parterres, forests of trees, a glass plant conservatory, and other garden structures. Vista points included the "observation plaza" overlooking the Cliff House, and the "Dolce far Niente Balcony," a long terrace-like structure along the cliff overlooking Ocean Beach. To provide garden decorations, he imported over 200 concrete replicas of Greek and Roman statuary from Belgium, to provide examples of European culture to visitors.
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  • This view is fantastic and I think I should have been here in the morning at dawn, instead of at dusk. The light was great on the day I was there and the sky was pretty clear. You can hike the area or...  more »
  • The remains of a once-grand mansion make for a haunting visit to this oceanside park. However, a few apparently homeless people lurking about and an overall lack of maintenance make it less than grand...  more »
  • Don’t let the gate across the entrance on Point Lobos fool you -- that’s to keep cars out, not pedestrians. I was a little concerned it’d be too empty for a woman walking alone, but there are voluntee...  more »
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  • This is a "secret" park and wonderful for walks and "taking care of SF visitors." The views are wonderful and the sunsets great from the old house footings! The Park adds to the fun history of The Sutro events in SF History! Fun picnic site too with tables!
  • Wonderful views from up here, especially at Sunset. You can see all of Ocean Beach and the Great Highway. It's really cool to see everyone moving around like ants on the beach below, and to be able to see so far out to the Pacific from this park. A great spot to spend a sunset in San Francisco
  • Sutro Heights Park is a terrific spot to photograph the sunset over the Pacific. After the sun sets, take a few shots of the western end of San Francisco & the traffic light trails of The Great Highway.
  • Beautiful public park with sweeping views of the Pacific Coast and tidbits of SF history that is significantly less traveled than neighboring Sutro Baths or Land's End
  • Some of the best views in San Francisco. Amazing overlook of Ocean Beach in a hilltop park. Incredibly peaceful place and a great spot to watch the sunset.
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