Saturday, March 05, 2011

Sundays in My City - Bernal Heights Houses - March 6, 2011

Bernal Heights is a San Francisco neighborhood which lies south of the Mission District.
Cesar Chavez Street forms its north boundary and San Jose Avenue is to on the west
side. I-280 and US 101 are to the south and east.

The area developed after the 1906 earthquake, which it survived, because of its bedrock
foundation.  Houses were built here to accomodate workers after the earthquake and it
still has many of the small houses and Victorians built at that time.  It is not quite as
upscale an area as neighboring Noe Valley but it has become a residential area for young
families with children and its central shopping street, Cortland Avenue, has some nice
restaurants and stores.

I often visit the area and I have a dear friend who lives in the neighborhood.  Recently,
I had my camera with me and took pictures of some of the little houses in the area.

The Victorians in this area aren't the big impressive houses one finds in Pacific Heights
but I think they are cute.  I've never been inside one, though.

I've had a lazy weekend.  Got a call from UCSF on Friday and the MOHS surgery for
the basal cell carcinoma on the side of my nose is scheduled for this Thursday, the 10th.
I am so glad my insurance approved the procedure to be done there as that is the best
place and my dermatologist was pushing for this. 

Today, I watched three movies on Netflix, all of them I enjoyed.  The first, "Brothers," my
youngest son had recommended and it was quite good.  The last one was an Indian
film ( I love Indian movies ), a very sad true story about an Indian model who was shot
and the complications around getting justice in her case.  I highly recommend, "No One
Killed Jessica" - there are English subtitles although, often, the actors are speaking English.

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  1. What beautiful houses. I could imagine sitting writing inside the first blue one! How lovely.

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  3. I love houses and these have such a great history! Someone should organize a garden tour of them one day.

  4. I love how the houses are set in California, and the many different colors there.

    Good luck to your surgery, Carmen!

  5. Those little homes are lovely. I would very much love to see inside one.
    Hope all goes well with the surgery on your nose.
    Maggie X

    Nuts in May

  6. Love the homes in Bernal Heights. They are compact but with character. That little orange and green one is a classic.

    We'll talk more about your surgery tomorrow.

  7. Those houses are so cute! I love old houses.
    Visiting from Sundays in my City.

  8. I so like the first one, it's old and new at the same time. But I would never paint my house in that color! :D It looks like a very nice walk, thank you for sharing it with us.

  9. I would love to own one of those little cuties. I don't need big and impressive.

  10. Hi Carmen, i'll be cheering you on during your procedure Thursday. I hope it's an easy one for you.

    And how about that orange house! Wow, it's easy to spot.

    Happy SIMC, jj

  11. Nice houses. Hope all goes well with your procedure.

    What was the third movie??

  12. beautiful pics
    like the car

  13. I like these much better than the big ones. Full of character without over-sing the world's resources.

  14. Hi Carmen!

    I'm glad to be back home from Sydney, Australia! It was a quick, whirlwind trip but very loooooong flights to and from.

    A friend of mine had Mohs surgery on her nose. She said it was pretty painless but took a long time. Take a good book along with you as you have to wait while they examine each section under a microscope.

  15. Anonymous10:32 PM

    What great little houses, they look like they should be dolls houses!

    Good luck with your surgery.

  16. I love the orange house with the matching car outside!

  17. I love the little houses and wish mine was that small. It's not big, but as I get older, the maintenance is becoming a worry.

    I love Netflix and will have to check out the Jessica one :)

    Thank you for coming by to see me!

  18. Glynis -
    There is a little yellow Victorian in that neighborhood that I love - I'd love to live in that I have to downsize, it would be perfect for me and it would be a heck of a lot easier to heat than those big ones in Pacific Heights!

    Cyber Boss -
    Please come back often. I appreciate your comments.

    qandlequeen -
    I don't know what kinds of neighborhood activities they have in Bernal Heights. It is an up and coming neighborhood.

    ~✿~Icy BC -
    We definitely have quite an array of colorful homes out here! I am forever amazed!

    Maggie May -
    My surgery is getting closer. I hope it will be an easy procedure. My biopsy has almost completely healed over!

    Poetic Shutterbug -
    I wouldn't mind one of the little Bernal Heights homes up near their Park - but I actually like Glen Park area better.

    Dysfunctional Mom -
    Thanks for stopping by my blog! Sundays in My
    City is a fun meme.

    Josep -
    Orange isn't my color, I'm afraid but, ever since I moved to San Francisco, I'vewanted a yellow Victorian. I don't think it will happen, though.

    Unknown Mami -
    I'm not sure where in the city you live. It is so outrageously expensive in our area. All these years, as a single parent, I've never been able to afford a house but, for the last ten years, I've been paying $2300/month rent, more than my brother's mortgage for a lovely new home in Georgia.

    Joanna Jenkins -
    Thanks for the good wishes regarding my Mohs surgery on Thursday. I'm assuming it will be a simple thing and I'll leave there with most of my nose intact!!!

    Amy -
    The other movie I saw was "My Girlfriend's Boyfriend", a 2010 film with Alyssa Milano and Christopher Gorham. It was a lighthearted romantic comedy.

    sm -
    We have some really interesting and unusual houses in San Franciso!

    secret agent woman -
    I agree with you - these smaller Victorians are
    really very charming.

    Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti -
    From San Francisco, that Sydney non-stop isn't too bad - 13 hours - but when you tack on the additional five hours to NY, then it is cumbersome ( or did it take less ). It is so worth the travel time,isn't it? That part of the world is spectacular. Your husband certainly gets some great business trips!

    myrelish -
    That whole area is full of houses like that. Thanks for the good wishes regarding my surgery.

    Sheila -
    Orange isn't my color but it is a cute house, I think.

    Paxie -
    I haven't owned a house in years but I've rented a four bedroom place ( at $2300/month ) for the past 13 years. Since my job loss two years ago and my retirement, I can't afford it so a move is imminent. I'm getting rid of things in anticipation of a much smaller place.