A lacy, wrought-iron arch near Lakeshore Avenue marks the boundary of Trestle Glen. This elegant neighborhood was built in the 1920s around a Key Route streetcar line and takes its name from a 19th century trestle that carried picnickers across the gulch to a park.
Starting on Trestle Glen Road, head up the street along what once was a creek that fed into nearby Lake Merritt. Compared with Temescal or Glenview, the houses here are larger and more formal — two story Renaissance, Tudor and Colonial homes with lush green lawns. The landscaping tends to be more formal, too, with neat rows of tree roses, beds of papyrus or peacock lilies and other handsome exotics. One house has a strictly geometric layout of succulents, paving stones and river rocks that looks ready for the cover of Sunset magazine.
A shady pocket park on the right-hand side of the street offers a bench and a history lesson about the area. Continuing past Sunnyhills, turn left on Grosvenor. As you climb the moderately steep hill, the houses become narrower and taller, set back from the street up cunning flights of stone stairs. At the first stop sign, you meet Sunnyhills again. Turn left and loop back down to Trestle Glen Road.
Getting there: Trestle Glen Road intersects Lakeshore Avenue just east of Interstate 580.
Cool stuff in the neighborhood: Lakeshore offers a number of restaurants and cafes, including the worker-owned Arizmendi Bakery, YaYu Ethiopian, and a Peet’s Coffee. There are also a number of clothing and accessory boutiques.
More information: About Trestle Glen in this Sam Whiting article from the San Francisco Chronicle.