Since becoming one of the country’s first residential parks back in 1912, St. Francis Wood remains one of San Francisco’s most affluent, exclusive neighborhoods. Many of the homes here were designed by prominent architects of eras past—from Julia Morgan to John Galen Howard—and are coveted for their stunning period details and gorgeous views. Competing for attention with these majestic single-family houses is St. Francis Wood’s lush landscape and curvilinear street plan. 

A stroll through the neighborhood reveals serene greenbelts, towering eucalyptus trees, regal fountains, and terraced plazas, all managed by an active homeowners association and providing an urban oasis for residents. Despite this tranquility, modern conveniences are readily available. Just a few blocks north is the charming West Portal commercial district, whose streets are lined with quaint specialty stores, restaurants, wine shops, and day spas—even a neighborhood movie theater. For those who need to get downtown and to other parts of the city, a MUNI line runs right through West Portal. © 2016 Maryann LoRusso 

Built around the entrance to the Twin Peaks Tunnel, the West Portal MUNI Station connects with the Market Street Subway and runs through the city to the Embarcadero.

Built around the entrance to the Twin Peaks Tunnel, the West Portal MUNI Station connects with the Market Street Subway and runs through the city to the Embarcadero.

Mount Davidson Park is a wooded area at the city’s highest peak that features walking trails and sweeping urban vistas.

Mount Davidson Park is a wooded area at the city’s highest peak that features walking trails and sweeping urban vistas.

Que Syrah is a cozy wine bar on West Portal Avenue that serves up an impressive selection of small-production wines

Que Syrah is a cozy wine bar on West Portal Avenue that serves up an impressive selection of small-production wines

The West Portal commercial district is a lively area filled with popular restaurants, coffee and wine shops, day spas and fashion boutiques. Residents flock to neighborhood favorite Fresca for ceviche and other classic Peruvian fare.

The West Portal commercial district is a lively area filled with popular restaurants, coffee and wine shops, day spas and fashion boutiques. Residents flock to neighborhood favorite Fresca for ceviche and other classic Peruvian fare.

Stonestown Galleria is a large indoor mall flanked by a Nordstrom and Macy’s, and featuring a wide array of stores and restaurants.

Stonestown Galleria is a large indoor mall flanked by a Nordstrom and Macy’s, and featuring a wide array of stores and restaurants.

 Grand homes surrounded by lush foliage are the hallmark of St. Francis Wood.

 Grand homes surrounded by lush foliage are the hallmark of St. Francis Wood.