The homes in this sunny part of town reflect two very distinct architectural styles: Early 20th-century design dominates Jordan Park on the western end, while post-war and mid-century aesthetics reign in Laurel Heights. The majority of homes in Jordan Park are detached, single-family homes with front porches, visible yards, and large lots. Laurel Heights also has many single family homes that tend to be more modern. The combined area—which borders the affluent neighborhoods of Presidio Heights, Lower Pacific Heights, Lone Mountain, and Inner Richmond—is one of the most sought-after, centrally located spots in the city. The west campus of California Pacific Medical Center is just steps away, and expedient bus lines offer quick access to several popular commercial areas. Laurel Village on California Street is a favorite shopping destination with multiple restaurants, supermarkets, and specialty shops; nearby Sacramento Street offers an array of upscale antique stores and boutiques; and adjacent Clement Street houses a great mix of ethnic shopping and dining options.
Because of its proximity to several outdoor treasures, this area is also a great choice for nature-loving city dwellers. Golden Gate Park, which offers miles of hiking and bike trails, picnic spots, and award-winning museums, is within walking distance. Neighborhood gems Laurel Hill playground and Rossi Playground offer tennis and basketball courts and even a pool (at Rossi). And a short drive away are the Presidio national park, home to the Golden Gate Bridge, hiking trails, a popular golf course, and semi-private beaches. ©2016 Maryann LoRusso