A slim strip of land wedged between Stonestown and Ingleside Terrace, Lakeside has plenty of old-fashioned charm—as evidenced by all the tidy homes with manicured front lawns framed by white picket fences. Although it’s bordered by two busy streets, Junipero Serra Boulevard and 19th Avenue, the neighborhood is fairly quiet and relaxed. But it’s also conveniently situated near plenty of shopping and other amenities, making it an attractive and convenient spot for the mix of families, couples, singles, and college students who live here. Both Ocean Avenue and the Lakeshore Plaza shopping center offer a variety of grocery stores, specialty shops, and restaurants, while the nearby Stonestown Galleria mall boasts a good selection of retail chains, eateries, and department stores, not to mention a Trader Joe’s grocery store. 

Public transportation is extremely accessible too, with the M-MUNI line traveling up and down 19th Avenue, and the K and T lines running east and west. During the week, MUNI is usually packed with college students from nearby San Francisco State University, many of whom exit at Mercedes Way—the stop where many Lakeside residents hop on. On weekends, outdoor adventure awaits at the area’s many beautiful natural attractions, including Sigmund Stern Recreation Grove, home to the popular summer concert festival, and Lake Merced, which offers fishing, boating, jogging, biking, and kite flying—not to mention golfing at one of its three world-renowned courses. ©2016 Maryann LoRusso

The Merced branch of the San Francisco Public Library on Winston Drive was built in 1957 and underwent a $5.4 million renovation a few years ago.

The Merced branch of the San Francisco Public Library on Winston Drive was built in 1957 and underwent a $5.4 million renovation a few years ago.

Residents can fill all their shopping needs at Stonestown Galleria, an 862,000-square-foot mall that includes department stores Nordstrom and Macy’s, dozens of national retail chains, and a Trader Joe’s supermarket.

Residents can fill all their shopping needs at Stonestown Galleria, an 862,000-square-foot mall that includes department stores Nordstrom and Macy’s, dozens of national retail chains, and a Trader Joe’s supermarket.

Junipero Serra Playground features a play area as well as a basketball court, tennis court, and a baseball field.

Junipero Serra Playground features a play area as well as a basketball court, tennis court, and a baseball field.

The clubhouse at Junipero Serra Playground is adorned with ceramic tile murals by San Francisco artist Laurey (Bean) Finneran.

The clubhouse at Junipero Serra Playground is adorned with ceramic tile murals by San Francisco artist Laurey (Bean) Finneran.

Lake Merced Park is a 614-acre area with a 4.5-mile recreational trail encircling a freshwater lake, popular for fishing, boating, jogging and biking.

Lake Merced Park is a 614-acre area with a 4.5-mile recreational trail encircling a freshwater lake, popular for fishing, boating, jogging and biking.

During the academic year, the blocks around San Francisco State University’s campus are lively with students walking to and from classes.

During the academic year, the blocks around San Francisco State University’s campus are lively with students walking to and from classes.

Shabu House, on Ocean Avenue between 19th Avenue and Junipero Serra Blvd, offers a cook on your own dining experience.

Shabu House, on Ocean Avenue between 19th Avenue and Junipero Serra Blvd, offers a cook on your own dining experience.

Ambrosia Bakery on Ocean Avenue is a great place for meeting friends over a cappuccino and pastry.

Ambrosia Bakery on Ocean Avenue is a great place for meeting friends over a cappuccino and pastry.