Neighboring North Beach, San Francisco’s Telegraph Hill district has been home to a broad spectrum of residents; from the poorest immigrants to the wealthiest investors. Originally named “Loma Alta” by the Spaniards, then “Goat Hill” by subsequent immigrants, it was given the moniker “Telegraph Hill” when, in 1849, a contraption was erected there that signaled to citizens and the business community the type of ship arriving. In the 1920s, writers, poets and bohemian intellectuals made the neighborhood, as well as North Beach, a sort of West Village of the West Coast. Its most noted and visible landmark is iconic Coit Tower.
Many of Telegraph Hill’s residences -- some originally built as single family homes as early as the 1870s -- are now condos, apartments and flats. That’s not to say there are no beautiful single family homes, including Victorians and Mid-century Modern examples. Although they rarely become available, there are some wonderful abodes – usually multi-level and offering spectacular views. The district, supporting its own Neighborhood Center and very active Telegraph Hill Dwellers association, is proud of its sense of community.