In some ways, the Potrero Hill neighborhood seems very “un-“ San Francisco. With the exception of its 18th Street corridor, it tends to get quiet after business hours, typically sees more of the sun than other parts of the city and is known for its neat, clean streets and properties. Although Potrero Hill has seen its days as a primarily working class neighborhood, today it is considered upper middle-class. More than 60% of its residents are Caucasian and hold college or graduate degrees.
There is some diversity in the district’s housing, however. Approximately one-third of the properties are single family dwellings, including large homes in a variety of architectural styles, and modest bungalows and cottages. The neighborhood is not without its industrial and business area as well. The well-known Anchor Brewing Company is based here, as are the California Culinary Academy and the production offices of popular TV series “MythBusters.”
Convenience to San Francisco’s amenities as well as to other parts of California is just one more reason to put down roots in Potrero Hill. Major California highways 101 and 280 run through the area, as does Caltrain.