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Location DB > United States > California > San Bruno > TreeTops Apartments
TreeTops Apartments
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created by jander on 9/22/2010 11:44 PM
last modified by RescueMe1060 on 9/1/2013 5:17 AM
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 Basic Information
Type: Building
Status: Repurposed
Accessibility: Difficult
Recommendation: forget it
 Physical Information
Sharp Park and Skyline
San Bruno, California
United States
Owner: Aimco
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  •  Hazards
  • Brand New Apartment Complex, soon will be filled with tenants
  •  Interesting Features
    No Longer abandoned, No exploring to take place here unless you wanted to go to jail on purpose
     Security Measures
  • fences
  • 24 hour guard
  • cameras
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1987
    Closed: 2006
     Required Equipment
  • nothing to explore anymore
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    Today, the TreeTops Apartments stand fenced off, like a ghost town, withering away in the Pacifica fog. Prior to closure, the apartments recieved bad reviews for shoddy construction, lack of acoustic privacy and mold. Little do most people know that over 30 years ago, another unwanted development once stood at the same very site....the old shopping center. During the late 1960s, early 1970s, I grew up in the Westborough neighborhood of South San Francisco. At The top of the hill was Skyline Blvd @ Westborough/Sharp Park Rd, where there once existed the "Fox Skyline Center". The official name of the center was Pacific Heights Center or Pacific Heights Shopping Center (after the surrounding district of San Bruno). I must have visited the place 10 times while it was open, as a youngster, my dad took us up to a carnival up there. I remember jumping in the red and white trampoline thing inflated by a compressor. I think the tall monument sign for the center was mechanical and the sign would spin until it broke, it was never fixed. I saw a few movies there at the movie theater: "The Van", "Pom Pom Girls", some karate movies, "Blazing Saddles". It was pretty much a hoodlum hangout by that time.... In the early 80s, I went to see bands that played often at "Prima Pizza" aka "Boston West". Bands also would sometimes play at the Sky House Restaurant. As a teenager, I felt the shopping center had a charming sense of dilapidation. It was the most inhospitable place to put a shopping center imaginable. During the afternoon, the fog rolls in, and at this location, after sunset, it is often as thick as pea soup...high beam weather. It is often very very windy and damp. I remember going by there, the fog was so thick, you could hardly see the Thrifty in back. During the early 80s, there were some marginal tenants there, a TV Repair, A Boxing Gym, the Skyhouse Tavern/Restaurant, a Real Estate Office, I believe there was a Photomat booth (long closed of course), and a Shell Station at the corner. Musak was still playing through rusty circular speakers in 1982. The Safeway (and later Harvest House Market) was also long closed, the movie theater shut, the Thrifty was on its last limbs, they were not keeping up the place very well. Maybe during those final years, they were just waiting for remaining leases to expire. Local punks lit fire to the theater building, after it closed.. In 1983/4, they shut the center and in 1986 they tore it down. Now its Tree Tops Apartments.
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    Its been rebuilt, all thats left is the pictures on this DB of the old building

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    our trip to the tree top
    Mon, Jul 8th, 2013
    posted by bonnie&clyde
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    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Opheliaism on 5/18/2014 5:34 AM.

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  • on May 18 14 at 5:34, Opheliaism validated this location
  • on Sep 1 13 at 5:17, RescueMe1060 changed the following: Owner, Street Address, Status, Accessibility, Hazards, Interesting Features, Recommendation, Security Measures, Required Equipment, Media Coverage, Future Plans
  • on Jul 8 13 at 1:27, bonnie&clyde added some pictures to a gallery
  • on Jul 8 13 at 1:25, bonnie&clyde added some pictures to a gallery
  • on Jul 8 13 at 1:22, bonnie&clyde added some pictures to a gallery
  • on Jul 8 13 at 1:20, bonnie&clyde created a new gallery
  • on Jan 22 13 at 14:22, Opheliaism added this location to the delete queue
  • on Jul 22 12 at 15:59, Opheliaism conditionally validated this location
  • on Apr 12 12 at 12:49, Opheliaism conditionally validated this location
  • on Jan 9 12 at 23:38, Opheliaism conditionally validated this location
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