The breathtaking views and sunny days in the Potrero Hill neighborhood have attracted luxury buyers for the past two decades. Potrero Hill, located on the city’s eastern outskirts, is convenient for commuters thanks to its proximity to two freeways and a Caltrain station.
Throughout history, the land has been used by a variety of cultures. In the late 1700s, Spanish missionaries grazed cattle here, and in the mid-nineteenth century, European residents went from Dogpatch to Potrero Hill. Indigenous peoples also hunted on the relatively empty pasture land. The Spaniards named it “Porto Nuevo,” meaning “new pasture,” and it became known as Potrero Hill.
The Long Bridge, which connected Mission Bay to Potrero Hill and Bayview in 1865, significantly impacted Potrero Hill’s popularity. The Long Bridge, which was designed to accommodate the transcontinental railroad, was decommissioned in the early twentieth century.
Potrero Hill, like a few other San Francisco neighborhoods, was spared by the 1906 earthquake and fire. People relocated from devastated areas of the city in the following years, resulting in an inflow of immigrants.
As the Dogpatch became more industrialized, more people moved west to Potrero Hill. During WWII, shipbuilding at neighboring Dogpatch exploded, resulting in a population surge on Potrero Hill’s southern slope.
The community’s main thoroughfare, US Route 101, was built in the 1950s. Interstate 280 was built along the east side of Potrero Hill a decade later.
Potrero Hill was a welcome neighborhood for the LGBT community due to its desirable location and inexpensive rentals. As a result, artist studios, art schools, showrooms, and designer studios sprouted. Showplace Square, located north of Potrero Hill, is a unique light-industrial district.