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The Westgate house was originally built in 1926, in the vicinity of Monterey and Westwood Heights.  Nine years prior to this, the Twin Peaks Tunnel was built and created a very important connection between east and west San Francisco.  The service through the tunnel evolved from streetcars in the beginning, and then into light rail.  It definitely made getting to jobs in the financial district a lot easier!

And as a result of the tunnel, a unique business district blossomed around the West Portal neighborhood at the western end of the line, to serve the surrounding residential community.  In turn more residences began to be built nearby, such as the Westgate house.

That neighborhood is still thriving today…“it’s like a village within the city”.


credit: Roger Puta

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