Home to both the Stonestown Galleria mall and San Francisco State University, Stonestown offers both the amenities of the suburbs and the convenience and excitement of city living, while somehow maintaining the youthful feel of a college town. The shopping center, which was established in 1952, serves as the commercial hub for the neighborhood, while the adjacent San Francisco State University (SFSU) attracts students and other residents who appreciate not only the plentiful shopping, but also the relatively affordable housing, convenient public transportation, and abundant recreation. 

Among the area’s many beautiful outdoor spaces are Lake Merced, where residents can enjoy fishing, boating, jogging, biking, and kite flying—not to mention golfing at one of its three world-renowned courses—as well as Sigmund Stern Recreation Grove, where 33 miles of greenery provide the lush backdrop to the Stern Grove summer concert festival. In addition to single-family homes, plenty of townhouse and apartment rentals are available in the Stonestown area, including those in the new luxury complex Summit 800, along Brotherhood Way. Both college students and commuters benefit from nearby BART, light-rail and bus lines that lead to other parts of San Francisco, and from easy access to Route 1 and I-280 leading north and south of the city. © 2016 Maryann LoRusso 

During the academic year, the blocks surrounding San Francisco State University’s campus are lively with students walking to and from classes.

During the academic year, the blocks surrounding San Francisco State University’s campus are lively with students walking to and from classes.

Offering recreational swim and aquatic fitness classes, the Charlie Sava Pool at 19th Avenue and Wawona is a favorite family venue.

Offering recreational swim and aquatic fitness classes, the Charlie Sava Pool at 19th Avenue and Wawona is a favorite family venue.

Residents can fill all their shopping needs at Stonestown Galleria, an 862,000-square-foot mall that includes department stores Nordstrom and Macy’s, dozens of national retail chains, and a Trader Joe’s supermarket.

Residents can fill all their shopping needs at Stonestown Galleria, an 862,000-square-foot mall that includes department stores Nordstrom and Macy’s, dozens of national retail chains, and a Trader Joe’s supermarket.

 Lake Park provides habitat for a variety of migratory bird species. It’s also home to a popular dog park, as well as a trail that encircles one of San Francisco’s remaining natural lakes and winds through Stern Grove.

 Lake Park provides habitat for a variety of migratory bird species. It’s also home to a popular dog park, as well as a trail that encircles one of San Francisco’s remaining natural lakes and winds through Stern Grove.

TPC Harding Park Golf Course, opened in 1925, is part of the PGA Tour’s Tournament Players Club (TPC) network of courses. Surrounded by Lake Merced on three sides, the course provides one of the most scenic golfing experiences in the country. 

TPC Harding Park Golf Course, opened in 1925, is part of the PGA Tour’s Tournament Players Club (TPC) network of courses. Surrounded by Lake Merced on three sides, the course provides one of the most scenic golfing experiences in the country. 

Lake Merced Park is a 614-acre park with a 4.5-mile recreational trail encircling a freshwater lake, popular for fishing, boating, jogging and biking.

Lake Merced Park is a 614-acre park with a 4.5-mile recreational trail encircling a freshwater lake, popular for fishing, boating, jogging and biking.

Summit 800 is a new development of luxury townhouses on Brotherhood Way. 

Summit 800 is a new development of luxury townhouses on Brotherhood Way. 

Commuters have easy access to Silicon Valley via the I-280 Freeway.

Commuters have easy access to Silicon Valley via the I-280 Freeway.

The M-Oceanview and K-Ingleside MUNI lines make getting downtown a snap. 

The M-Oceanview and K-Ingleside MUNI lines make getting downtown a snap.