The quiet, hilly neighborhood of Golden Gate Heights is known for its beautiful views, pretty “secret” parks, and great location that puts it within walking distance of popular outdoor attractions, restaurants, and shopping. Many of the homes here are perched on higher ground, affording residents some of San Francisco’s most breathtaking vistas—some sweeping from downtown to across the bay and out to the Pacific.

Nature lovers appreciate that the neighborhood is overflowing with charming parks, playgrounds, picnic spots, and hiking trails—some of them relatively unknown to those who live in the area. While Golden Gate Heights is an undeniable outdoor haven, it’s also conveniently situated midway between two bustling commercial districts, Inner Sunset and West Portal, giving residents access to a wide range of eateries, specialty shops, and nightlife. Public transportation also makes it easy to get to other parts of the city, as eight bus lines and one light-rail line run through this quaint and laid-back neighborhood. ©2016 Maryann LoRusso

The J.P. Murphy Playground, off Irving Street, includes a play structure, tennis courts, basketball court and a large grassy area perfect for picnicking.

The J.P. Murphy Playground, off Irving Street, includes a play structure, tennis courts, basketball court and a large grassy area perfect for picnicking.

Hawk Hill Park in Golden Gate Heights features a sandy hidden trail with great views to the south.

Hawk Hill Park in Golden Gate Heights features a sandy hidden trail with great views to the south.

Inspired by the Selaron Steps in Rio de Janeiro, the Mosaic Stairway substitutes for Moraga Street between 15th and 16th Avenues and leads up to Grand View Park.

Inspired by the Selaron Steps in Rio de Janeiro, the Mosaic Stairway substitutes for Moraga Street between 15th and 16th Avenues and leads up to Grand View Park.

Many homes in Golden Gate Heights are perched atop hills and have breathtaking views of the city, ocean and bay.

Many homes in Golden Gate Heights are perched atop hills and have breathtaking views of the city, ocean and bay.

One of the city’s most secluded and romantic spots is Grand View Park (called “Turtle Hill” by the locals), situated on a hill surrounded by 14th and 15th Avenues and Noriega Street. Offering stunning 360-degree views of San Francisco, this park is perfect for sunset watching.

One of the city’s most secluded and romantic spots is Grand View Park (called “Turtle Hill” by the locals), situated on a hill surrounded by 14th and 15th Avenues and Noriega Street. Offering stunning 360-degree views of San Francisco, this park is perfect for sunset watching.

People from all over San Francisco flock to the restaurants, shops and bars along Irving Street.

People from all over San Francisco flock to the restaurants, shops and bars along Irving Street.