The Barbary Coast has an interesting history, and is perhaps San Francisco’s oldest neighborhoods. The name “Barbary Coast” is derived from 18th century references to the wild coast of North Africa. Over time, the term became synonymous with pirates and debauchery. Thus, during the Gold Rush era of San Francisco, the nine-block area bounded by Montgomery Street, Washington Street, Stockton Street and Broadway became known as the Barbary Coast.
Ships that were abandoned off the coast ultimately sunk and were covered with landfill in the area and have continued to be uncovered during construction as late as 2001. The Financial District, predominately a commercial center high-rise office buildings and historic banks built on Gold Rush fortunes, offers a smattering of upscale apartments and condominiums – and the demand is growing. Four-star restaurants and hotels, as well as services of all kinds, are never more than a block away.
Green space can be found if you’re persistent: Jackson Square Park, near the Embarcadero Center, is the perfect place for a refreshing, sunny picnic lunch. Hidden between the famous TransAmerica Pyramid and another high rise, you’ll find TransAmerica Redwood Park, a tiny sanctuary where busy stockbrokers take a break to watch people practice their Tai Chi. There are even several hidden roof top parks high above the hustle you find out more about here: Hidden San Francisco Roof Top Parks.
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