Ingleside Terrace offers the best of what San Francisco has to offer—a relaxed, suburban-like atmosphere, as well as all the conveniences of modern city living. The neighborhood was developed around the old Ingleside Racetrack, which was the site of California’s first auto race in 1900 and is now encircled by Urbano Drive. The neighborhood officially opened in 1913 as a residential park offering residents a rec center, tennis courts, and the city’s largest sundial. Originally designed to lure homebuyers to the area, the 28-foot marble-and-concrete structure is now a city landmark and a conversation starter. Today, Ingleside Terrace is maintained by an active homeowners association that hosts community-building events throughout the year.
Residents also benefit from the neighborhood’s central location, putting it within walking distance to both the Ocean Avenue commercial district and the Stonestown Galleria Mall just blocks away. The K-MUNI streetcar runs along Ocean Avenue and heads straight to West Portal, home to a diverse assortment of shops, restaurants, and nightlife. Public transport can quickly transport commuters down to the Glen Park or Balboa Park BART stations, while Junipero Serra Boulevard offers easy access to the Peninsula. Often seen boarding MUNI cars or walking around the shopping areas are students from nearby City College and San Francisco State University, adding a feeling of liveliness to the neighborhood. ©2016 Maryann LoRusso