Telegraph Hill: Dramatic water vistas and quintessential architecture.
Originally named Loma Alta ("High Hill") by the Spaniards, Telegraph Hill was then familiarly known as Goat Hill by the early San Franciscans, and became the neighborhood of choice for many Irish immigrants.
The steep cliffs of Telegraph Hill are a highly significant and aesthetically important component defining the setting of this quintessential neighborhood. The abrupt changes in grade produce dramatic and unique vistas at points throughout this district that include the Bay, Treasure Island, Alcatraz, and the entire city below. Unimproved street rights-of-way are valuable open spaces ranging in character from the well-tended, renowned Grace Merchant and Valetta's Gardens on Filbert and Greenwich Streets, to the rock-face cliffs of Green and Calhoun Streets. You will most likely see the famous Telegraph Hill parrots amidst the distinctive and unique architecture that sits in the forefront of the beautiful water views below.