Haight Ashbury Properties

Written by Linda Alexander
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Haight Ashbury properties are famous for the 1960s, which brought an influx of hippies into the neighborhood. Earlier, it had also been a home for the Beats. During the 1960s, Victorian rentals were cheap, though now many Haight-Ashbury properties are worth $1 million or more. But the area still has a bohemian flavor to it. Lately, this residential and commercially mixed area has become more of a tourist attraction than anything.

Haight-Ashbury was originally developed as a middle-class residential district in the 1890s through 1910s. It grew rapidly mainly because of its good location in a valley, partially sheltered from the fog. Like other neighborhoods, development didn't occur until good transportation was available. Once the cable car line was completed in 1883, the area was rapidly developed. Bordering Golden Gate Park, Haight was first built as an entertainment destination with hotels, saloons, and an amusement park.

Haight Ashbury properties constructed during the early 20th century were commonly Queen Annes. For the most part, they were very similar 2 and 3-story single family structures and flats. It was a largely single family, middle class community, built by developers and contractors. It continued to expand after 1906 with an influx of earthquake refugees, and was almost completely built up by World War I, with its own commercial district.

Haight Ashbury Properties Go From Chic to Shabby to Chic Again

The depression left many Haight Ashbury properties in disrepair, and World War II didn't help; most of the single family homes were then divided into apartments or converted into boarding homes. The low rents attracted a number of beats and hippies during the 1950s and 60s. Since then the charm of the counterculture has been a major selling point for the now restored, aesthetically pleasing homes in the area.


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