Blogger Eleven Twenty-Nine lives on the west side of Bernal Heights, and she recently experienced one of those flushes of Bernal-love that transcends the physical charm of our village on a hill — because it’s rooted in a deep appreciation for the people who make the neighborhood feel so much like home. She writes:
Besides the obvious beauty of our neighborhood — we are lucky to overlook the whole city from the top of the hill — we are so lucky to have a great community. Whether it’s right next door or half a mile away, there are people we trust, who care about us and our home, and who we’ll go out of our way for when they need it.
We’ve often thought about how much we value this aspect of our neighborhood and whether, if we’d known about it, we would have paid a premium to live here. When looking for a new place to live there are so many things to factor in: walk scores, school zones, proximity to shops and restaurants, parks, etc. But what about having friendly neighbors and a sense of belonging and safety?
In a city like San Francisco, where everyone seems to be too busy to really connect with other people, the surprise of building a community with our neighbors has been invaluable.