The Outer Richmond is an outdoor lovers’ paradise. Even when the fog rolls in, the neighborhood’s proximity to the Pacific Ocean and its sweeping panoramic vistas creative a mystic, even romantic vibe. The area situated between Golden Gate Park to the south and the Presidio national park to the north was a popular recreation destination during the 19th and 20th centuries, when it was known as the “Outside Lands,” and the area still attracts a plethora of visitors with its many beautiful natural sites. Today, the Outer Richmond is a desirable residential community known for its plentiful outdoor treasures. Just steps away is tranquil Ocean Beach, where residents can enjoy everything from sunbathing and strolling, to diving and dog walking. Nearby Land’s End Park, the Presidio and Golden Gate Park boast dozens of hiking trails and scenic picnic spots. And inside the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Baker Beach and China Beach offer more sunbathing and sunset-viewing opportunities.
For those who love to soak up the culture, the Outer Richmond is perfect. From the art museums in Golden Gate Park and the internationally acclaimed shows at the Legion of Honor in the Presidio, to the historic WPA murals within Beach Chalet and the Sutro Bath ruins near the ocean, there’s so much beauty and history to soak up. Residents can enjoy all of this, plus friendly neighbors and a diverse assortment of restaurants and retail establishments. The main commercial drags—Geary Boulevard, Clement Street and Balboa Street—overflow with a wide assortment of ethnic eateries, while grocery stores and shops reflect the many cultures that have settled in this easygoing neighborhood through the decades. And there’s an added bonus for folks who live here: Unlike in neighboring Inner and Central Richmond, the parking here is pretty easy to come by. ©2016 Maryann LoRusso