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