This family-friendly residential neighborhood is perfect for those who love being close to the ocean. At its western border is Ocean Beach, whose soft sand and panoramic views lure surfers, dog owners, and joggers year-round. Other outdoor attractions include the renowned San Francisco Zoo and Lake Merced, which features a beloved jogging path and three golf courses. Along the Great Highway, scenic viewing spots, ocean-skimming hiking trails, and popular restaurants such as the Cliff House are great places to visit year round.
The majority of homes in the Outer Parkside are built in the 1940s; some are quite spacious, with attractively landscaped front yards. For shopping and dining, residents head to the mom-and-pop retailers and ethnically diverse eateries along Taraval Street, to the coffee houses and beach-inspired shops along Sloat Boulevard, or to the department stores and national chains in the Stonestown Galleria mall on 19th Avenue. Those amenities, combined with easy access to Highway 280 through 19th Avenue and quick public transportation downtown via the L-Taraval MUNI line, make this neighborhood convenient to other parts of the city and beyond. ©2016 Maryann LoRusso