Rising toward the peak of Mt. Davidson, Miraloma Park is an attractive master-planned community roughly bordered by Portola Drive to the north, Bosworth Street to the north and west, and Monterey Boulevard to the south. The Westwood Highlands neighborhood lies to Miraloma’s southwest, with Mt. Davidson at Miraloma’s western edge.
Developed between the 1920s and ’50s as a “city within a city,” Miraloma Park was originally envisioned by the Meyer Brothers as a community consisting of one-story over-garage homes with landscaped front gardens and lavish backyards. Many of these over-garage houses remain, along with attractive Mid-Century Modern properties and Spanish-style haciendas. A variety of unique architectural gems can be found throughout the neighborhood, such as whimsical Period Revival properties with turrets modelled after fairytale castles.
Perched above most of the city, Miraloma feels like a community that’s floating above the bustle of San Francisco’s busier neighborhoods. Miraloma attracts residents looking for a peaceful setting without leaving the city. The neighborhood is characterized by quiet streets and breathtaking views over the city.
Miraloma is distinctly residential in character, but there are a few place to enjoy good food and drinks along Portola Drive. Mollie Stone’s Market is a neighborhood favorite. Pop’s Sandwich Shop, and Tower Burger are popular local eateries. The laidback Miraloma Club serves drinks at the highest elevation of any bar in San Francisco.
Miraloma is located between the expansive green spaces of Mt. Davidson Park and Glen Canyon Park, providing residents with an abundance of unspoiled outdoor recreation space.
Mt. Davidson is known for its famous white cross, towering above the city at 103 feet tall. Similar crosses first appeared in the 1920s, with the current permanent concrete cross being inaugurated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1934. The cross featured in regular TV broadcasts until the 1970s, and also prominently in the classic Clint Eastwood crime movie Dirty Harry.
Glen Canyon Park spans 70 acres, 62 acres of which is considered completely undeveloped natural scenery. Islais Creek flows through the bottom of the canyon. The park contains an abundance of plants and wildlife, the latter including red-tailed hawks, great-horned owls, coyotes, opossums, raccoons, and skunks. It is also home to the rare San Francisco forktail damselfly.
Miraloma is zoned to the San Francisco Unified School District.
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