Located in the upper northeast part of San Francisco, North Beach is located between Chinatown and Fisherman’s Wharf and was first settled by Italian immigrants in the 1870’s. Today, the area is predominantly Italian and is often called the Little Italy of the West. At the heart of this community is Washington Square, a grassy piazza where the Church of Saints Peter and Paul sits. Located directly east of North Beach is Telegraph Hill, which is known for sweeping views and its famous landmark, Coit Tower. As for the beach, it’s long gone. Once the waters of the Bay lapped up against Taylor and Francisco Streets, but that waterfront has long since been replaced by 19th century landfill, known now as the Barbary Coast.
Numerous high-end, high-rise condos and beautiful turn of the century single family homes grace the summit and sides of the hill and offer beautiful views of the San Francisco Bay. Townhomes in smaller, historic buildings, often feature hardwood floors, 10-foot ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows and exposed brick walls. At the center of Broadway and Columbus, North Beach spreads out from the Bay to the bottom of Telegraph Hill, and features authentic Italian cuisine, the spiritual home of the Beat movement, and boisterous nightlife.
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