A rocky bump rising in the bay between San Francisco and Oakland, Yerba Buena Island is a dramatic and historic part of the City by the Bay. In 1868, an army camp was established here which, in 1875, led to the construction of an octagonal lighthouse that still stands. Over the years, it has been called Sea Bird Island, Wood Island and Goat Island, but in 1931 its original Spanish name was restored. The Yerba Buena Tunnel runs through its center, connecting the western and eastern spans of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.
Now, after decades of transition and struggle, the island is becoming home to some of the most dramatic and beautiful homesites in the world within 72 acres of open space. The aptly named Hilltop Park will crown the island’s peak and was designed by landscape and public artist Walter Hood, a 2019 recipient of the MacArthur Genius Grant. There are also five miles of wooded, winding dirt and gravel hiking trails, as well as a wind-protected sandy beach called Clipper Cove.
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