At the core of any legitimate description of San Francisco, you'll find Telegraph Hill and North Beach! Beginning at the juncture of Broadway and Columbus, North Beach spreads north to the Bay, and up to Telegraph Hill. This most authentic San Francisco district is home to a vibrant community. Telegraph Hill was, for years, known as the neighborhood where the "ruling class" lived, and North Beach known as San Francisco's "Little Italy".
The neighborhood also has the distinction of being the spiritual home of the beat poets who rose to fame in the 50s and 60s - Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs, and others. Local legends such as Francis Ford Coppola wrote The Godfather at one of the tables at Caffe Trieste, and Robin Williams performed regularly at 901 Columbus.
This exciting stretch of city brings a devil-may-care attitude to city life. Those lucky enough to live here, enjoy evening's awe-inspiring views from hilltop patios in the rows of exquisite homes that line the elevated blocks.
It's in the dimly lit old-fashioned neighborhood haunts where one can still find the authentic life of Telegraph Hill and North Beach. City Lights, the infamous rebel poet bookstore, is where Allen Ginsberg's HOWL was first published. Some of the most extraordinary shopping in the city can be done along Grant Street in the upscale boutiques. And above all, don't miss your chance to have some of the best Italian food this side of the Amalfi Coast. A remarkable dining opportunity at your fingertips thanks to a history of immigrants who made this area home in the 1920s and 30s.
The "beach" in North Beach is no longer there. There was a time where the tides of the bay lapped up against Taylor and Francisco Street. Today that waterfront has long since been replaced by 19th-century landfill, known now as the Barbary Coast.
You'll never run out of history to learn or places to explore in this incredibly distinct American neighborhood. And 118 Alta is perched above it all!