Sunny, quiet Mission Terrace is located in the southeastern portion of San Francisco. Most of the homes here were built in the 1920s and 1930s, and many have a Spanish influence. The neighborhood hub is Balboa Park, a family-friendly gathering spot that offers a pubic pool, playground, sports stadium, baseball diamonds, and tennis courts. Mission Terrace boasts an active neighborhood association that plans annual events such as an Easter egg hunt, Fourth of July parade and barbeque, neighborhood garage sale, and even a family-style pizza dinner night. Members of the community have been proactive in beautifying the neighborhood; they founded the Bridge Garden project, a volunteer-led effort to improve streetscapes and public spaces.

For everyday needs, residents head to nearby Mission Street, where neighborhood pizza parlors, corner grocery stores, and other mom-and-pop shops can be found. Mission Terrace enjoys proximity to the 280 freeway, and the nearby Balboa Park and Glen Park BART stations keep the neighborhood well-connected to other parts of the Bay Area. © 2016 Maryann LoRusso

Balboa Park is home to a pool, playground, stadium, baseball diamonds, and tennis courts.

Balboa Park is home to a pool, playground, stadium, baseball diamonds, and tennis courts.

The Doctor’s Remedy Brunch at Doctor’s Lounge is a great cure for too much partying the night before.

The Doctor’s Remedy Brunch at Doctor’s Lounge is a great cure for too much partying the night before.

Mission Street is lined with a diverse range of shops, restaurants, and nightlife.

Mission Street is lined with a diverse range of shops, restaurants, and nightlife.

Taqueria Guadalajara is a popular neighborhood joint known for its burritos.

Taqueria Guadalajara is a popular neighborhood joint known for its burritos.

Red Sea Market is a relaxed corner stop for pizza as well as beer, wine, and groceries.

Red Sea Market is a relaxed corner stop for pizza as well as beer, wine, and groceries.