SOLD! Congrats to DD
Adorable Bernal Heights home within walking distance to bustling Cortland Ave. This adorable home features 2 bedrooms & 1 bath, with great bonus space below. The bright main level features an open floor plan and views to the bay. This comfortable home enjoys seamless access to a beautifully landscaped garden & patio which affords many options making for the perfect balance between indoor/outdoor living, a refuge from the hustle and bustle of the city or for entertaining guests year-round. There is a huge attic for storage, work space and laundry in the basement level, 1 car parking, plus more storage. Close to amenities, transportation and easy freeway access. A perfect place to call home!
Bernal Heights was part of the 1839 Rancho Rincon de las Salinas y Potrero Viejo, a 4,446-acre Mexican land grant awarded to José Cornelio Bernal (1796–1842). By 1860, the land belonged to François Louis Alfred Pioche (1818–1872), a Frenchman and financier, who subdivided it into smaller lots. It was first populated primarily by Irish immigrants who farmed the land and ran dairy ranches. According to legend, a mini gold rush was triggered in 1876 when con artists planted the hilltop with traces of gold.
Bernal Heights remained fairly undeveloped until the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. Built atop bedrock, the hill's structures survived the quake. Some of the tiny earthquake cottages, which the city built to house quake refugees, survive to this day, including three that were moved up to Bernal Heights. During World War II, the area saw another population surge. The new arrivals included many African-American families who worked at the nearby San Francisco Naval Shipyard at Hunters Point. During the Vietnam War, the neighborhood was known as "Red Hill" for the anti-war activists in shared households and collectives who moved in among the working-class families.
By the 1990s, Bernal's pleasant microclimate, quaint houses and freeway access to the peninsula and Silicon Valley led to another wave of new inhabitants.