Edgehill Mountain Park, San Francisco, California

Ocean View Cantilever

People have now started telling me about other Edgehills and Edge Hills they’ve heard of and today’s hat tip goes to Andy Butler for pointing me to Edgehill Mountain Park in the Golden State.

Edgehill Mountain Park might be stretching the definition of mountain a little but it looks interesting nonetheless. A little searching led me to edgehill.net and some photos on Flickr. Paul Furman of Bay Natives (San Francisco’s premier source for California native plants :-)) has kindly said I can use a few of the photos and pointed me to some more information.

Edgehill Mountain Park was founded in 1985:

Edgehill Mountain is part of a western San Francisco greenbelt which stretches through the center of the city, connecting Mt. Davidson, Hawk Hill, Twin Peaks, and the area around Laguna Honda reservoir. Originally part of Adolph Sutro’s San Miguel Ranch, the property was sold following his death in 1898. After the land became one of the city’s first subdivisions, known as Claremont Court, houses were built on the mountain’s western and southern slopes. The first major problems began in 1952 and ’53 when winter rains sent part of Edgehill Way and one home sliding down the mountain. In 1985, Edgehill Mountain Park was established when the city purchased one acre of the mountain’s undeveloped western slope and designated the area an Open Space Park. In 1997, a slope above some newly constructed homes collapsed during a rainstorm, cascading mud and rock onto the houses below and sending an unmistakable warning that the park could not survive the environmental destruction generated by further residential development.

We also have maps of Edgehill Mountain Park allowing me to satisfy one of my other obsessions!

It’s a shame I hadn’t heard of Edgehill Mountain Park last year when I drove from San Francisco to New York – maybe I’ll pay a visit next time I’m over there!

Edgehill Studios Cafe

In Edgehill Village, Nashville Tennessee there’s a coffee shop where everybody knows your name: Edgehill Studios Cafe.

Edgehill Studios constantly crop up on my Twitter alerts (even more often than the Groove Armada song!) with people going down for a coffee or to see some live music. One such alert popped up this morning so
thanks to the wonders of YouTube and Spanish-language television you can see what it’s like to watch a gig at Edgehill Studios Cafe:

It seems Edgehill have the opposite problem to the University as former employee, Mark Kelly Hall explains:

I worked at a cafe just off Music Row called Edgehill Studios Cafe for a couple of years, getting the word out about the place and its events through music listings, printed calendars, flyers, radio spots and the ever-changing PowerPoint presentation running on the flatscreen TV behind the counter.

It was an ongoing effort (and often a losing battle) to get people to say the name, the whole name, and nothing but the name of the cafe. Especially one of the original owners (a big-idea guy). Sure, as long as we all knew what we were talking about, fine, but effective branding is essential, as any marketing novice or Disney employee will tell you, so name consistency kind of, uh, matters.

One day we heard from someone who had tried to find us by calling information and they were told we weren’t listed. Then I noticed we were listed in the phone book as Edge Hill (2 words) Studios Cafe. Which explains the EH logo (which, I was told, was given about a day’s worth of design consideration–not enough, people). I couldn’t help but think that if I’d only been there at the beginning, I could’ve prevented some confusion. My strong recommendation would have been to drop the “studios” altogether; even though it supported the cool concept of a multifaceted creative space…it also no doubt confused people, given our aforementioned location off Music Row (where there are a remarkable number of recording “studios”). And we got one inquiry from someone looking for living space (another kind of “studio”). Or maybe they would’ve ignored me altogether, I don’t know.

The Battle of Edgehill

This painting depicts the eve of the famous Battle of Edgehill in Warwickshire. It’s part of a collection at the Walker Art Gallery but unfortunately my sources inform me it’s not currently on display. But there are lots of other nice things there along with a great little coffee shop!

Edgehill Village, Nashville, Tennessee

Nashville’s hippest, hottest destination for food, drink, shopping, music and fun is Edgehill Village. This Urban Village is just one block off Music Row, near Belmont University and Vanderbilt University.

The Village includes: a bakery, barber shop, coffee shop, restaurant, bubble tea shop, hair salon, skin care salon; clothing, gifts, patio & interior home furnishings, florist; pilates work out facility, custom jewellery design and manufacturing, and art gallery.
More new stores opening soon!

Along with all the places to shop – Edgehill Village is also home to some of the "Edgy-est" Loft Apartments around!

Looking at the history of Edgehill Village the whole area was restored from derelict buildings a decade ago.

More from across the pond soon!