A quiet residential neighborhood that was once a rural agricultural area, Ingleside gets its name from a popular roadhouse called the Ingleside Inn, which opened in 1885. The neighborhood became popular after the earthquake of 1906, when it became a haven for San Franciscans who had been displaced by the disaster. The majority of homes here were built prior to the 1940s and are small to moderately-sized single-family dwellings designed in a variety of architectural styles—from small Victorian cottages to Mediterranean Revival townhomes. Ingleside’s primary commercial district is to the north along Ocean Avenue, where residents find plenty of specialty shops, grocery stores, and restaurants, but for more extensive shopping the nearby Stonestown Galleria Mall is a great option.
For those who love the outdoors, Ingleside is close to two of the city’s best natural attractions: Stern Grove, home of the popular outdoor summer concert series, and Lake Merced, where residents can spend the weekends fishing, boating, jogging, or golfing. Even closer is the Lakeview and Ashton Mini Park, a charming neighborhood spot that offers ocean views and grassy areas for picnicking. Ingleside is served by several bus lines and three rail lines, and the nearby Balboa Park Station is an official transfer station for BART, the system that ushers passengers to and from the suburbs. ©2016 Maryann LoRusso