Neighbor Craig has been admiring some of the feral streets of Bernal Heights; streets so small, or so wonky, or so disjointed that it’s dubious whether they deserve to be called streets at all. Take it away, Neighbor Craig:
I’ve been thinking about the least Street Streets of Bernal Heights. Here are my current favorites:
Joy – one block long, only stairs, but many lovely cottages on those stairs. Next street over is Faith. Paradoxically, the rest of Joy was eliminated when the 101 freeway was built.
Esmeralda – About three blocks – not connected, mysteriously runs between Lundy’s and Prospect, then Winfield and Elsie on the Northwest Slope, mysteriously reappears on near the top of the northeast slope for one block connecting Alabama and Franconia with barely a curve to signal the start and end. At one point the street turns into a SLIDE.
Waltham – basically a driveway for 2 houses near the top of Alabama, one of which is listed on VRBO.
Emmett Ct – A sliver of an alley with 3 houses off of Precita
Heyman Ave – 5 houses between Coleridge and Prospect. It’s a SMALL block, but a real street
Rosenkrantz – Famous for being a random sign with no apparent street or even stairs on the southern stretch of Bernal Heights Blvd. However, there are legitimately 5 houses on this street once you dive over a guard rail and dirt road to find it.
Mayflower – I dare you: Just try to find it. ONE house in all of Bernalandia has this street address, but the place where the street possibly lies is actually about 4 short blocks long!
Special recognition goes to Peralta for holding the title as the least contiguous street in Bernal, breaking six times over its course as it winds from the Alemany Farmers Market and ends in a scary stairway 50 feet directly above the Cesar Chavez/101 Hairball.
PHOTOS: Craig Sakowitz