Semi-suburban city living
It may not seem so from your leafy perch on Jordan Avenue, but almost everything you need is within walking distance of Laurel Heights. Laurel Village, with two grocery stores, multiple restaurants, banks and shops including an independent bookstore and a hardware store, Standard 5 & 10 Variety, that completes your journey back to 1962 the minute you step inside. Geary Boulevard, a fast-moving cacophony of city living, is a five-minute walk in the other direction. Clement Street, with its dizzying array of shops, restaurants and night spots, is a few blocks to the west. From inside Laurel Heights/Jordan Park, all seem miles away. Here, hidden from the rest of the city, is a neat semi-grid of streets where locals are safe to work in their yards, ride bicycles, discuss the days events over backyard fences, the only reminder of the city that encircles them being slow-moving drivers, inching up and down Laurel Heights’ streets, looking for the elusive parking spot they couldn’t find closer to Geary or California Street. Along with the easy walk to amenities this is Laurel Heights’ reminder that it is indeed a city neighborhood, albeit one whose personality tilts more to the suburban than the hyper-urban.