Spotlight on the Pacific Heights Bay Area neighborhood

If you're new to the city and browsing through some of the homes for sale in Bay Area, you may be wondering where you should look to find quintessential San Francisco homes, such as the Victorian mansions you see in the movies, located on streets lined with trees only a stone's throw away from the Bay.

You can enjoy all of these things in the prestigious neighborhood of Pacific Heights. Complete with panoramic views of the Golden Gate Bridge and upscale shopping boutiques on Fillmore Street, this chic neighborhood is a dream come true for many homebuyers. Furthermore, it's great for families as it is mostly quiet and residential.

A majority of the homes in Pacific Heights are spacious and offer a wide variety of styles. Some of the most impressive homes are located on Broadway Street between Divisadero and Lyon. However, it's safe to say that most of the houses in this neighborhood are beautiful.

The median sales price for homes in Pacific Heights this past year - December 2011 to February 2012 -  was around just over $1 million. This is significantly higher than the median sales price of homes in San Francisco as a whole. With that said, the sweeping views and elegant homes are well worth the increase in price to numerous residents.