And now, the conclusion of the Curbed Cup, our annual award to the San Francisco neighborhood of the year. Because this is the most important decision of all time, the polls will be left open until noon, January 1. Let the final battle begin!
It's been quite the journey, but we're finally here: the showdown between the two San Francisco neighborhoods that will compete for the glorious Curbed Cup fake trophy. First up is the Lower Haight, coming off epic wins over the Tenderloin, South Beach, and Bernal Heights. As our own Abby Pontzer puts it, her neighborhood is "completely distinct from lovely but yuppie Hayes Valley to the East or touristy and druggie Upper Haight to the West." Lower Haight's got some of the coolest Victorians the city has to offer. Just this year the Nightingale House (Landmark No. 47) hit the market. As did a renovated 1913 firehouse, which quickly sold.
The other nabe that could win the 2010 Curbed Cup is Potrero Hill. It took out Noe Valley in the first round, Hayes Valley in the second, and then the Panhandle. Potrero Hill is a top contender for "we're having another kid so we're moving." It's one of the only neighborhoods you can find decent parking in under 15 minutes. It's got a nice selection of eco-friendly architecture and recently built contemporary houses. And those hills! If you've got the cash, you can score a pretty amazing pad with stellar views. But its major development moves slowly. It all comes down to this...
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