Originally an agricultural community in the southwestern portion of San Francisco, Oceanview is a culturally diverse neighborhood with a rich history. One of the first areas to be developed in the city’s OMI (Oceanview-Merced Heights-Ingleside) district, Oceanview got its name from a station on a defunct railroad line that once linked San Francisco and San Jose in the late 1800s. Today the area includes an interesting assortment of mostly single-family homes, from detached Victorians and Edwardians dating back to as early as the late 1800s, to Sunset-district-style row houses developed in the 1940s, to a handful of cottages that once served as homes for refugees after the 1906 earthquake.
While a few small local businesses are sprinkled throughout Oceanview, most locals head to nearby Ocean Avenue or Stonestown Galleria mall for major shopping. Outdoor lovers appreciate the neighborhood’s proximity to several natural attractions, including Lake Merced and Stern Grove, as well as two favorite local spots, Oceanview Playground and the Minnie & Lovie Ward Recreation Center. Because it’s situated just north of I-280, Oceanview offers easy access to Silicon Valley and other parts of the Bay Area. Residents are also served well by public transportation, with the M-Oceanview MUNI streetcar running east and west along Broad Street and the 54 bus heading straight to the Balboa Park BART station. ©2016 Maryann LoRusso