Glen Park Properties

Written by Linda Alexander
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Glen Park properties are distinctive for their small cottages, lush landscaping, and cozy small town feel This once working class neighborhood of Irish and German immigrants is now a thriving, multi-ethnic community. Glen Park was undeveloped throughout most of the 19th century. Glen Canyon, 500 feet deep, is one of the more prominent features of the area. It was prospected for gold by the Forty-Niners, and landowners ran cattle there.

Until the 1890s, what is now Glen Park was too remote from downtown to develop. Until cheap and efficient mass transportation was available, development couldn't take place and it remained agricultural. The San Francisco and San Mateo Railroad Co. opened in 1892, raising the value of Glen Park properties. Like many other San Francisco neighborhoods, the aftermath of the 1906 earthquake and fire brought a flood of refugees to the area. Due to its location away from the city, Glen Park was marketed to commuting working class people, many who had been living in the Mission district.

Paving the Way for More Glen Park Properties

The Public Works Department began paving streets in Glen Park in 1922, now that automobiles were becoming popular. The new roads allowed direct access from Mission to Glen Park; this led to more residential development. Popular styles of Glen Park properties built during this time were the Spanish Colonial and Mediterranean Revival styles. Most of Glen Park was built up before the Great Depression; however, some privately funded parks were added in the 1930s. Between the end of World War II and construction of Diamond Heights in 1967, the only area of significant construction was an FHA funded tract of "Junior Fives," a standardized house plan designed according to FHA guidelines.

During the late 1960s, the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency initiated a period of transition after constructing Diamond Heights. Part of this project included the building of low-income housing but this was successfully integrated into the landscape and the existing community. Glen Park has since flourished as an ethnically mixed neighborhood. The natural beauty, small town atmosphere and good public transportation have kept longtime residents there, and attracted new ones. Well-paid technology professionals from the south bay moved to Glen Park in the 1990s, pushing home prices further up. It's evolved from a humble working class neighborhood into a increasingly upscale community.


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