The Outer Richmond is located in the midst of the city’s premier parks and real estate on the western side of The City, with the Presidio, Sea Cliff, and Lincoln Park to its north and Golden Gate Park to its south. Called “The Avenues” by locals for its numbered avenues running north/south, the area, a 19th century cemetery site, was used for emergency housing after the 1906 earthquake. Many victims chose to stay on, then Jewish and Irish immigrants soon filled the area. Chinese newcomers joined them in the 1950s, but the neighborhood is now home to a large Russian community as well, many having arrived in the 1990s after the fall of the Soviet Union. Today the outer Richmond, though mostly residential, has international restaurants, a world class museum, and a park that has superb ocean views. Fog is indeed a big factor here, especially in the summer when you can’t see your hand in front of your face!
5 PLACES TO SEE
Cliff House (1090 Pt. Lobos Avenue) is known for its spectacular Pacific Ocean views. The 2 restaurants and bars are a part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.
To the North are the eerie ruins of the Sutro Baths. Built in 1896, they rivaled the ancient baths of Rome, with 7 swimming pools under glass as well as over 500 dressing rooms. It was destroyed by fire in 1966. It is a great place to hike and explore.
Above the ruins stone lions stand watch over windswept Sutro Heights Park, once the sight of a prominent San Franciscans mansion. The views from here are incredible. You will be able to see Seal Rocks off the coast. At one time the rocks were covered with boisterous sea lions. After the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake , many moved to Pier 39 at Fishermans Wharf.
The Lincoln Park Golf Course (300 34th Avenue) is the famed 17th hole. It has amazing views of the Golden Gate Bridge. The park is also the sight of the Holocaust Memorial, the chilling sculpture depicts ten bodies and a standing figure with one hand raised at a barbed wire fence. Several scenic trails, including the Coastal Trail, mark what is called Lands End.
And finally the crown jewel of all is The California Palace of the Legion of Honor. 34th avenue. This Beaux Arts building is modeled after Paris’s Palais de la Legion d’Honneur. It sits dramatically on a cliff top setting and has outstanding collections of European and ancient artwork of paper, porcelain, and more.