One of San Francisco’s hidden gems, Merced Manor is a picturesque residential neighborhood located between Stern Grove and Lake Merced. Most of the homes here are single-family, detached houses built in the 1930s through the 1950s, many with castle-like details such as arched porches, half-timbered facades, turrets, and faux belle towers. A good portion of these dwellings sit in front of alleys that allow owners to access their garages from behind. And because utility wires are underground, the blocks within the neighborhood have a clean, uncluttered feel. Those who live here appreciate not only the charming homes, but also the abundance of outdoor recreation. Merced Manor is surrounded by several beautiful natural areas, including Stern Grove Park, home of the popular summer outdoor concert series, and Lake Merced, which is an ideal year-round location for biking, hiking, golfing, jogging, and golfing.
Residents also have convenient access to both public transportation and shopping. Within a short walking distance is Stonestown Galleria, a mall that includes major department stores, national retail chains and eateries, while both Lakeshore Plaza on Sloat Boulevard and Ocean Avenue on the other side of 19th Avenue offer additional shops and restaurants. Public transit includes the major bus lines that run east/west along Sloat Boulevard and north/south along 19th Avenue, as well as the M-MUNI streetcar that heads downtown. As for Merced Manor residents who commute, both Highway 1 and I-280 are easily accessible. ©2016 Maryann LoRusso