From Pasture to Prime Real Estate
Sitting between the Inner Mission and Dogpatch is the relatively isolated neighborhood of Potrero Hill. Like many neighborhoods, Potrero Hill has an interesting story in the larger narrative of San Francisco. Initially, Potrero Hills' origins extend back at least to an 1835 land grant to Don Francisco de Haro to graze the cattle of Mission Dolores at the new pasture or potrero nuevo. During the mid-19th century gold rush, squatters took to the land, and eventually the shipyard-adjacent community became home to the many waves of newcomers to San Francisco. With family housing situated on the hills, the flatlands of Potrero Hill were home to factories and warehouses throughout much of the 19th and 20th centuries.
With the deindustrialization and dot com boom of the 90's, Potrero Hill became a destination for many in San Francisco. The sun, warmer climate, breathtaking views of downtown, and access to freeways and Caltrain made the area popular with tech workers and transplants. While the demographic has shifted greatly in Potrero Hill, the community maintains a close-knit feel that can be seen on the streets and parks in the afternoons and during the weekends.