North Beach has historically been an Italian neighborhood and is often known as the Little Italy of the West. While the neighborhood has diversified dramatically, North Beach real estate still offers proximity to a number of fine Italian restaurants and cafes, popular with tourists and locals alike. Apartments line the steep hilly streets, with the park at Washington Square, home of the Church of Saints Peter and Paul, serving as the center of the neighborhood. North Beach is also the home of Beach Blanket Babylon, a campy cabaret spoof of pop culture that has sold out shows for 32 consecutive years.
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